Did you know that Forbes Avenue is one of the longest roads in Pittsburgh? It starts in Uptown and ends somewhere near Edgewood! If you were to ride to route you’d encounter the hospitals, museums, ethnic eateries, colleges and communities that make up Oakland, Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze and Regent Square.
And if you looked a little closer you’d find that these neighborhoods offer outdoor exploration, indoor adventure sports and food you can feel good about eating.
What does Pittsburgh taste like? Some might say a Pittsburgher from Primati’s. But if you want fresh, homegrown food, look no further than Legume Bistro in North Oakland. For seven years, they’ve been collaborating with local farms, growers, and artisans to produce the most wholesome seasonal menu creations. The menus change, but the quality does not. Would you expect anything less from things grown in Pittsburgh?
The whole ‘sushi thing’ can be tough if you don’t know what you want, let alone pronounce what’s in it. Don’t want that? Don’t have that! It’s your call at Sushi Fuku. Here, the fish is fresh, the knife skills are legit, and the sushi assembly line never slows down. All you have to do is choose between the roll or the bowl. Next, pick between brown or white rice, and add protein, toppings, and sauce. Then, try not to make a mess while stuffing your face. Good luck and happy eating!
Burgers and salad, that’s what Hello Bistro does. Delicious burgers, huh? Why even bother with the boring salad? Well wait just one minute there. Hello Bistro is trying to make your meal decision difficult by taking your salad experience to a whole new level. Here, your healthy eating options are almost endless. 55 salad toppings options for just one bowl! So pile on the proteins and veggies, friends. Pop in out of the Oakland hustle and bustle to say hello.
Imaginative sandwiches, fresh salads, and homemade soups for vegetarian, vegan, and healthy-minded city dwellers. As the name suggests this place is truly a unique experience, especially when compared to other eating options. Eat Unique is a welcomed refuge from other second rate delis and fast food joints. Plus the location is convenient for students, professionals or tourists looking for a bite to eat in-between classes, meetings or museum stops.
The green space at Schenley Plaza received an eatery update when The Porch set up shop – going from food kiosks to full-service dining. This “come as you are” restaruant goes out its way to be green (LEED certified design), buy local (working with local farmers and artisans) and even grows its own goods on their rooftop garden. In the spring and summer the back deck is the place to be. There you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Schenley Plaza while sipping a drink and snacking hard on made from scratch meals.
Healthy eating in the heart of Oakland? We’re certainly not talking about The O! It’s Red Oak Cafe we’re referring to. At this cafe the goal is to create a menu-service combo that is “fast, fresh and healthy.” And they’re doing just that, offering up everything from smoothies and vegetarian options to the affordable Blue Plate Special. When partons stop by, whether they’re Pitt students or professionals, they tend to get more than than they bargained (in a really great way!). Think – healthy options in a hurry!
The mission of this Co-op is simple enough: fresh, local foods for everyone. And that’s not all. The East End Food Co-op is commitment to sustainable food, environmental responsibility, and the Pittsburgh community. Combined, these values make the Co-op a one stop shop for natural snacks, organic and local produce, affordable bulk foods, as well as local dairy and meats. Plus they do prepared foods in their Cafe, featuring ready-made meals that cater to all sorts of dietary restrictions. Stop by to scope out aisle after aisle of specialty foods you won’t find anywhere else.
There’s nothing worse than “healthy” dessert makeovers that don’t taste anything like the original, less healthy counterpart. And while others try and fail to pull off this miracle, Gluuteny has perfected this process. This bakery is the go-to spot for sweets and treats made in-house, from scratch, by hand, daily. The only thing missing from these handmade goodies is gluten, casein and preservatives because these treats are allergy friendly. Do it yourself bakers can stop in for gluten-free flour mixes.
This neighborhood café brings the community together around fresh, local food. If you’re going all out, get their pumpkin-walnut pancakes – totally worth the splur. But if you’re watching what you eat, there are all sorts of healthier selections to choose from. Take a look over the menu and you’ll find vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The veggie omelet, gluten free pancakes and vegan sausage are mainstays. But if you can’t find what you’re looking for the the staff at Square will go out of their way to accommodate your dietary needs.
Eclectic, inviting and quaint are a few words that can be used to describe the atmosphere at Root 174. But when it comes to the food, we only need one word – delicious. Okay, there are a few more, like fresh, rustic, elevated comfort food. You’ll find fresh ingredients from local farms throughout the menu, as well as vegan and vegetarian specialities like “meat” loaf and falafels. And carnivores are in for a few mouthwatering meals like the bacon-glazed Brussels sprouts and bone marrow creme brulee.
Channel your inner cliff hanger at this 14,000 square foot indoor climbing center. The bouldering area is a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling climbing zone. Planning and executing your route is part playground and part workout, making the experience fun and challenging. It’s safe too – the floor is padded in case you fall. Next up is the top rope and lead climbing area with walls that go as high as 50 feet! They offer classes for newbies where they’ll teach you everything you need to know about climbing safety.
This independently owned studio is focused on providing the best Bikram yoga practice to its students. No matter your experience of ability level, the instructors here will help you through your practice. Each class consists of a 26 pose (Asana) series that works the entire body. Sessions are 90 minutes each, taking place in a heated room. But sometimes this studio mixes things up a bit with community based events like donation based yoga and yoga in the park.
This place goes way beyond the typical bike shop. Adhering to the philosophy that learning to fish (read-build a bike) is better than being given a fish (or bike), Free Ride is more concerned with teaching skills than making sales. This non-profit teaches DIY bike skills and recycles bikes, helping to make cycling more accessible for everyone. Here, you can donate a bike, buy what they have on hand, volunteer to fix up a bike in need, or earn-a-bike through a work-trade program.
Like eating well and exercising well, taking up yoga takes time. And the fine folks of Schoolhouse Yoga are here in the Squirrel Hill (and throughout Pittsburgh) to help you all along the way. Newbies and long time yogis are sure to find a practice that fits their needs and ability level. Gentle Yoga or Yoga 1 are a good fit for first-timers, while experienced practitioners may enjoy a more challenging practice, like Ashtanga Yoga.
From the outside, the warehouse on Hamilton Avenue in Homewood is rather unassuming. But what you find inside will blow you away. This warehouse is home to the Wheel Mill – an 80,000 square foot indoor playground for bicyclists. This bike park is complete with ramps meant to mimic mountain trails and a half-pipe that will send you soaring through the air. Harry Geyer, the owner and a passionate rider in his own right, set out to pack with warehouse with every conceivable type of ramp, trail and obstacle. We think he succeeded.
This 300 acre park situated within an urban environment, between two top universities is one of Pittsburgh’s best playgrounds. Here you’ll find a little bit of everything, including wooded trails, tennis courts, a public swimming pool, running track, soccer field and ice rink during the winter, as well as a golf and disc golf course nearby. Whether you’re interested in escaping the city for a workout, walk through the woods or a picnic with a view, Shenley Park has you covered.
Pittsburgh’s largest park covered more than 550 acres that feature hiking, biking and running trail all within an outdoor oasis. The boasts exercise, environmental and animal friendly amenities including the new Frick Environmental Center that, when completed will be a cutting-edge, environmentally sustainable building that will serve as a living laboratory for children and the community.
Fitness means different things to different people. At Pittsburgh FIT getting fit is achieved through Functional Integrated Training. F-I-T. Clever, right? By combining a variety of proven tactics, like gymnastics-based movements, bodyweight exercises, weight training, and aerobic conditioning Pittsburgh FIT will adapt and scale every workout, or move to meet you where you are on your journey to becoming fit.
Being healthy (or “in shape”) goes way beyond what happens in the gym. Which is exactly why Chris Anthony employs an approach aimed at forming habits that impact life outside the four walls of her facility. Like her approach to getting fit, Chris Anthony Fitness is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Members work out together, guided by trainers who are direct, persistent, and willing to do “whatever it takes” – like answering your text messages, taking a trip to the grocery store with you, or assessing your food log. All in the name of achieving your goals.
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