Last week I capped-off my black and gold adventure with a trek through some gorgeous boutiques featuring fresh designs and diverse apparel. This week, I’ll highlight some delicious Pittsburgh eateries and not only the fun local denizens, but some wonderful burgh’ folks who transplanted to live right here in New York City doing yunzer’s everywhere proud!
Kickoff: Primanti Bros
YES. Those are French fries on a SALAD. And your burger. And anything else they can get their hands on! Primanti Bros is a Pittsburgh tradition and an absolute MUST eat while in town. Kick back some tasty hometown micro-brews and enjoy a HUGE sandwich, (seriously, the size of your head), for a price tag much more wallet-friendly than a Manhattan brunch. East Village, are you listening?
Second and down: Eat N’ Park
Anyone who has lived in Pittsburgh knows its Christmas when that wonderful old tree and star commercial plays on TV. It’s nostalgic things like this that keep Eat N’ Park the place for smiles! A family-orientated quaint restaurant chain, serving up burgers and diner food, this is a staple for visiting, and especially on cold days when warm honey glazed sticky buns are on the table. Bring the kids as there are always little events for them here.
Third and down: Dani Barbe, The Vagabond Queen
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Dani Barbe ever since we met up at Rockwood Music Hall here in New York City. We both spent time in Donora, PA, and it’s a bind not easily broken. This stunning black and gold fashion maven is also a singer, designer and all around DIY spirit, a girl after my own heart! Not only beautiful, but talented, she creates handmade luxury geode and natural inspired cocktail rings and jewelry right in Pittsburgh and while on tour. One look at these stunning photos and you know this lovely lady’s ideas are headed places!
And speaking of people headed places; did I mention New York City is home to a LOT of dynamic performers, artists and talented folk who all hail from Pittsburgh? I have a little list of the top of heap right here in my pocket; let’s take a look at the cream of the crop!
Jerielle is a beautiful, blazing talented actor who not only has a fantastic jazzy singing voice, but acting chops to boot. Her work has been featured most recently in Spandex: The Musical Off Broadway. She performs at many music venues with the wonderful Tara Lynne Band. This is one flame haired performer making Pittsburgh proud!
Dave Droxler/Chelsey Shannon:
Dave and Chelsey both hail from da’ burgh’ and are a dynamite duo fostering creative arts and live theatre right here in Manhattan with the NY Children’s Musical Theatre Festival. Every year there portfolio of performance projects grows, from spots on TV and film to live stage, it’s no wonder when you see their resumes that they’re absolutely brilliant at what they do.
And if that’s not impressive enough, check out this mind blowing roster of all the performers who have hailed from this gritty city of the arts.
As you can see, Pittsburgh is an amazing place to visit, great eats, dynamic creative scenes and even better, wonderful people who not only live there, but go on to take the Pittsburgh way out into the world and make a difference.
As I pack up my luggage and say goodbye to family and friends, there’s that same familiar pang in my chest, leaving home is never easy, no matter how good my going back to NYC game face is, it hurts, especially as I get older. It’s a strange nostalgia. I take a long look at the skyline as move on, PPG glimmering like a solemn fortress, the mustard yellow bridges being consumed by evening’s shadow and I know I’ll be back here soon again.
Pittsburgh is home, and always will be, so LIVE from Pittsburgh; this black and gold girl is signing off and headed on to my next trek abroad!
Till then, GO STEELERS and see you at the counter!
Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.
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