Monday, July 20, 2015

Busy Pittsburgh Weekend

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  There was so much happening in Pittsburgh, and luckily the weather was gorgeous!  Dan and I tried to visit all the events going on, so we were quite busy.  Let's get into this marvelous weekend!

Our weekend started with a day drinking happy hour at Independent Brewing Company.  I tried a Peach-Habanero Stout from Blue Canoe Brewing and Goedenacht from Draai Laag Brewing.  Both were decent but way too strong-tasting for a full drink, so I settled on an Oatmeal Stout from Four Season Brewing.  Dan and I also split a smoked salmon dip with pita chips. 


We stopped by Gaby et Jules for dessert.   I've never been there before, but it's an adorable French bakery on Forbes Ave.  There's also a location in Market Square!

They had amazing selections of French pastries, and we decided to get a dozen macarons. 

So many great flavors that were devoured by the time the weekend was over.  Whoops!

I also got a bike!! My parents fixed up one for me with new tires and also got me a helmet for my birthday.  I took it for a few rides and it's so much fun!

On Saturday, Dan and I walked around the Vintage Grand Prix car show.  There were so many people and cars there- it was insane!  We stayed for a while and also watched part of the preliminary races.  It was a lot of fun but really hot!

Later that day, we stopped by the Picklesburg event on the Rachel Carson Bridge!  There was a live band playing, as well as tons of vendors selling cool pickled products.  I tried a pickled peach mule from Wigle Wiskey, a pulled pork sandwich with pickled veggies on the side from Butcher and the Rye, and a pickled strawberry cupcake.  I also picked up some Bread and Butter pickles and root beer BBQ sauce.  SO good!

Our group also stopped by Sienna Mercato's beer garden to get something to drink.  I love their open rooftop, and the weather was perfect.  I had a pineapple beer and a cider.  Great summer drinks!

The city looked gorgeous at night!  There was also a night race on the river trail with live DJ's and lots of glow sticks.  Most of the roads and bridges were blocked off to cars, so it was nice to walk around with no traffic!

On Sunday, I met up with Jennifer to go running.  We went all over Oakland, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill. There were so many beautiful houses that I've never noticed before.  I love running with new people and finding new places to run!  We stopped by Schenley Plaza after for tai chi, which ended up being cancelled.  Instead, we just talked for a while then headed home.

Later that night, Dan and I went to our first concert at First Niagara Pavilion!  Kelly Clarkson was playing, but the real reason we went was to see Pentatonix.  They were incredible!

There was a huge downpour right before the concert started and we all got soaked!  Fortunately it was just a quick shower and the rest of the night was nice and cool. Felt nice after the hot weather we had all weekend!  There was also a gorgeous sunset:


What did you do this weekend?
Are you a fan of Pentatonix or pickles?

21 comments:

  1. I got married this weekend! It was perfect. I love how you guys had a downpour right before the concert. Rain usually sucks, but it would feel amazing when it's so hot out. Fun weekend!

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    1. I think you win for best weekend! Congratulations Suzy :)

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  2. sounds like a fun weekend! I went out of town for a friends wedding! Oh my gosh I love pickles, one of my students last year had a family pickle company so I used to get them for free all year! It was the best

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    1. That sounds like a ton of fun, and I'm really jealous you got free pickles. I'm so obsessed with them!

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  3. What a fun concert to go to (I like Kelly Clarkson too)! I'm not a huge pickle fan but my sister is obsessed with them and has to have them in the house all the time.

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    1. Yay for a fellow Kelly fan! Your sister seems like a cool girl :)

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  4. I love me some pickles!! Sounds like such a fun filled weekend - I went rockclimbing for the first time which was super fun!! Way more fun than my "afraid of heights" self thought I would!! Hope you have a fabulous day!!

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    1. That's so cool! Dan is an amazing rock climber and he's taken me a few times. I'm not usually afraid of heights but rock climbing freaks me out. Plus, it's a huge workout and my arms are always dead afterwards! Glad that you had a good time :)

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  5. This sounds like a perfect Pittsburgh weekend- I'm pretty jealous! Although I had a wonderful weekend being a wedding in the Finger Lakes of NY!

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    1. I'm so jealous, I absolutely love the Finger Lakes! I'm happy you had a great weekend as well :)

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  6. Love Pentatonix!! that same show with Kelly Clarkson was in NYC late last week, I almost bought tickets! What a lovely Pittsburgh weekend - gotta get home soon :)

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    1. It was a great concert! The only reason I went though was because tickets were on Groupon. I had to go with that great of a deal :) I hope you get to visit soon!

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  7. Those pasteries look delish! Always so many fun things happening in Pittsburgh!

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  8. It sounds like you had a super busy, but fun weekend! I love your bike - such a fun color :) I don't think I've ever seen that many flavors of macarons in one box - which one was your favorite?

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  9. Wow you had a busy weekend! Look a those French pastries! So pretty! I love your bike. I've been thinking about fixing up my old bike from junior high. It's in some rough shape, but I really don't want to buy a new one. I thought it might be a nice way to add some more variety into my workouts. I love pickles, thought I'm not sure how I feel about a pickled strawberry cupcake. It sounds very interesting. Have a great week!

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  10. Ohhh, I used to LOVE pickles. Super sour pickles were always my favorite.

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  11. Sounds like you had a busy but really fun weekend! I love running and discovering new places with new friends as well. :) Happy Monday!

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  12. You really did see everything this weekend! Glad you got to try so many of the pickle treats. I can't wait to hear more about your bike adventures--cutest bike ever!

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  13. I didn't have major plans, but I ended up being quite busy. My alarm went off way too soon yesterday. Why do weekends go by so fast?

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  14. Busy weekend for sure! I was at Picklesburgh too (wasn't everyone? lol)! I sent my girl to camp and I ran. I also stayed up late one night talking to an old friend. Yes, I am a fan of pickles. And pastries like the ones pictured above. ;)

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  15. I've never been to Pittsburgh. Looks like fun! And now I want a pastry ;). I like pickles!

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