First Night 2010

Achievement: #25. Go to 2010 First Night

If you live in Pittsburgh and haven’t checked out a First Night celebration for New Year’s Eve, you are really missing out. There are so many different events, covering music, dance, art, hands-on activities, and of course food. Oh, the food of First Night! Umm… yes, where was I? πŸ™‚

We went to our first one when we moved back to Pittsburgh, to ring in 2009. We had so much fun (despite the below-zero temperatures) that we knew we had to return to welcome 2010, so on a drizzly-rain kind of night, we hopped the bus and headed into town for a fantastic evening!

We started the night with dinner at Sonoma Grille, which is one of those ‘special occasion’ restaurants in Pittsburgh that is way out of our price range anytime other than a big night. We decided the eve of a new decade was just that sort of special occasion, so we ordered some delicious food (the kind of food you would never actively think to order, but find yourself enamored with when it arrives at the table), chatted up the server about some Central Coast wines, and had a lovely time all around. Somehow we missed pictures for that part of the evening, but we made up for it the rest of the night!

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Michael with his First Night button on the bus.

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Showing off mine as well. You buy your button at Giant Eagle in the weeks leading up to New Year’s, and wear it on your jacket all night to get into all of the events.

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We met up with one of our favorite couples, Jim & Liz, as we had done the previous year. Liz’s friend Kyle had a sculpture titled Welcome Love on display, so we went to see it. It was an interactive sculpture, in that everyone could write their resolutions on a piece of ribbon and then intertwine the ribbon into the sculpture. Here I am with my resolution.

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Our group with Kyle’s sculpture.

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The sculptor himself and Liz with Welcome Love.

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Nex stop was the Culinary Institute for those amazing brownies!! I insist on stopping here any time it’s open (including gallery crawls downtown) so we can get these brownies. This year, they had cashews and peanut butter on top, so they were salty and sweet. Oh how delicious!

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Getting ready to say goodbye to 2009…

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The kiss at midnight, and our first official picture of 2010!!

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The city of Pittsburgh welcoming 2010 together on Penn Avenue, in the yinzer fashion with fireworks. We had such a great night, and we know this is going to be an amazing year!! πŸ™‚

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