Discover Something New at Home in Pittsburgh

Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AMUpdated Dec 20th 2013 10:54 AM

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With vibrant festivals, whimsical public art and an uplifting baseball season, "Steel(ers) City" has outgrown its moniker. A 40-foot-tall rubber duck delighted Pittsburghers as it floated down the Ohio River as part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts in September. The economy is changing, too, as a lively community of entrepreneurs founds start-ups throughout the city.

New Restaurant: Nu

The women behind Pamela's have pickled their way into a new venture in Squirrel Hill. Nu, an upscale Jewish delicatessen, pairs classics like homemade matzo balls with the whimsy of coleslaw served in Chinese takeout containers. Consider skipping the fruitcake and Christmas cookies for this hearty, contemporary fare.

Place to Bring a Little "Home" Home with You: Wigle Whiskey

You already have enough Terrible Towels, so try a new local creation. Pittsburgh now boasts a grain-to-bottle distillery of its own in the Strip District. Wigle's tasting room and store sells whiskey, rum, bitters and ginever (Dutch-style gin) daily. To get the full experience, take the distillery tour before sampling the goods.

Word on the Street

It finally happened. The Pirates ended a historic losing streak and headed to the playoffs. Though they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals, they ignited the city. With the Steelers struggling, locals are keeping warm this winter with crackerjack memories, recently stoked by Andrew McCutchen's National League MVP award.

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Stephanie E. Butler came to Pittsburgh for school and was so enchanted by the streets and municipal buildings that shared her family name that she decided she had to stay.

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