Giving back this year

[UPDATE: We raised $4725 dollars!!] Now more than ever, I feel a need to give back to my community, so I'll be donating ALL of the profits from map sales from now (4:39PM on November 23) through 11:59PM, November 29. It's an opportunity to buy a holiday gift and give back to some great Philadelphia non-profits (see the Philly Love Notes Etsy shop for more details). Your purchase of a custom Philly map will be a donation to the following organizations: Sunday Breakfast Read more

With all my love

Emma Fried-Cassorla Favorite Spot: Anywhere along the Delaware River Waterfront (but I'm biased) I Am: A Philly lover and resident, Montana lover and former resident, twin, Philly Love Notes, Communications Manager for the Delaware River Waterfront, hiker, climber, traveler, papercutter, iPhone addict, handwritten note taker, Crohn’s patient, scientist, lover of the Race Street Pier and slippers and family Years in Philly: Off and on for 33 (I was 30 when I started!) Current home: A studio loft in Callowhill with my lovely boyfriend Read more

And so we conclude

Cynthia Schmitt A photo posted by Philly Love Notes (@phillylovenotes) on May 20, 2015 at 7:05pm PDT My Love Note Can anyone remember that first moment they fell in love? How does one encompass the complexities of living in a city that's caught between New York and Washington DC? Even Benjamin Franklin, a hero of this city, spent most of his time in Europe. He did choose to die here, so I always thought that must have meant something. Edgar Read more

Queen Village / Bella Vista

Love Note #73: Want a magical Philadelphia evening? Head over to the bocce court in Bella Vista. You might just find Melody Kramer there

Melody Kramer
Favorite Spot: Bocce court at 10th and carpenter
Neighborhood: Bella vista

Address: 10th and carpenter


I am: An almost med student (at Temple University) slash ex-public radio producer (at fresh air) who loves running, photography and exploring the city
Years in Philly: City proper: 10 years total (baby, college, now.) burbs: 14 years. Other: 4 years.
Current Neighborhood: Center city via west philadelphia



My love note: I first discovered bocce through my college roommate Jackie, who grew up in south Philadelphia in a large, loud, bocce-loving family. She brought a glow-in-the-dark bocce set with her to school and we used to whittle away evenings throwing the balls around a field at 39th and Locust. College ended. Jackie moved. I moved. I moved back. I missed bocce.
Enter the court at 10th and carpenter. A perfectly manicured, regulation-sized bocce court, complete with nearby benches for heckling and nearby Chickie’s (for the best vegetarian hoagies on the planet). In the morning, retired men share stories and catch up over games. In the evenings, a motley crowd gathers — hipsters, local Vietnamese shop owners, families wandering through the tiny pocket park.

I recently spent an evening by the bocce courts listening to a violinist, catching fireflies, drinking furtive sips of wine, singing and — of course — playing bocce. It was a quintessential, magical Philadelphia evening.

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Love Note #62: Headhouse Market in Society Hill tops LeeAnne Mullins’ list of simple pleasures

LeeAnne Mullins
Favorite Spot: Headhouse Market
Neighborhood: Society Hill
Address: South St & S 2nd St


I am: A recently married 30-year-old food-lover, who came to Philly by way of Nova Scotia, Canada. I love to cook, take in live music, explore the world, and share a bottle of wine and a barrel of laughs with friends. 
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: Fishtown
My love note: Coming to Philly happened almost by accident. It was not in my master plan of travelling the world and never settling down, until I met someone who made sticking around seem worthwhile. We moved to Philly on a whim and decided to make a little life for ourselves here combined with the other essentials. In life, there is nothing more rewarding–besides love–than friendship and food. Headhouse Market symbolizes both of those to me. It was, again, almost by accident, that I made a friend who instantly became a favorite of mine who introduced me to two things: Headhouse Market and tomato sandwiches. 

All summer long now, I can’t have one without the other. Both are so simple yet so pleasurable, bringing a burst of joy into my day with anticipation and satisfaction. The tomato sandwich is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in Philadelphia. And Headhouse Market is one of the best farmers’ markets we have in the city. It’s easy to combine them in my mind. I try to take advantage of the bounty of the market every week–especially the tomatoes–from the time it opens in the spring until closing in the fall. From the first sights of peas, asparagus and garlic scapes to the last dance with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, the market is one of those simple places with the least simple offering of any “business” I have been to in the city.

The first time I went to Headhouse, I wondered to myself how I hadn’t been already. How was it possible that I had lived, cooked and dined in Philly for a few years without coming to this place filled with the most amazing variety of ingredients and goodies? I assure you, I am making up for lost time. I have some favorite vendors and some favorite items in general, of course. I run into friends I haven’t seen in a little while for a chat and a hug. I get to chat with the farmers about what’s good that week, while also chatting about anything else that comes up. I’ve yet to encounter an unfriendly soul at Headhouse. I find myself heading home with a smile and heavy bags filled to the brim with blueberries, raspberries, any and all squash, kale, asparagus, chicken sausage, eggs, herbs and greens stuffed alongside Three Springs peaches or apples, Market Day Canele pastry, Birchrun Hills cheese, and the to-die-for coffee from Philly Fair Trade Roasters.

Truly, though, I keep coming back for the tomatoes and bread. Some of the best food items I’ve ever eaten in Philadelphia have been concocted with Blooming Glen Farm tomatoes or Ric’s Bread. Or both. From their plump heirlooms to juicy sungold cherry tomatoes, Blooming Glen is hitting the spot with their tomatoes time after time. And Ric’s? What can I say? Your bread is so delicious, I would like to marry it if not for the legal issues. The aforementioned friend who introduced me to heirloom tomato sandwiches failed to tell me how intoxicating said sandwich would be when enjoyed with your 14 grain variety. My summertime tomato sandwich has, by this point, seen many iterations. With or without bacon. Sometimes the addition of a fried egg–with a runny yolk, of course. Maybe mayo. Maybe not. Dill? Sure! Basil? Absolutely. As long as those tomatoes are perched on top of that bread, glistening with the promise of being sweet, supple, delicious and simple, I’m a happy girl. With many simple pleasures to be thankful for, Headhouse is tops on my list.

(LeeAnne with Ben from Three Springs)

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Love Note #58: Sophia Hwang cheated a little bit and chose all of Queen Village. I don’t blame her though.

Sophia Hwang
Favorite Spot: Queen Village Neighborhood
Neighborhood: I’m cheating by having my favorite spot be a neighborhood
Address: Between South Street and Washington Ave, Front and 6th Street.

I am: New York born and raised, but came to Philly by accident after going to school in the Bay Area. I am a former teacher but everyday youth advocate. I conduct research that influences policy and practice. I am a board member of Young Involved Philadelphia. I am also a home cook and food hippie (open to interpretation).
Years in Philly: 4 years + 1 month.
Current Home: In transition

My love note:
An ode to Queen Village,

You are the oldest neighborhood in Philadelphia and therefore the keeper of the most treasurers. You are home to iconic “2 street,” speckled by stunning coffee shops (Bodhi, Fulya, Java) and protected by cobblestone cross streets that reveal the magic of Penn’s Landing- the same 2 street that brings Mummers and commoners together.

Though you are an obscure neighborhood to some and often mispronounced (QueenS Village), you are truly accessible. The mighty 57 bus holds steady and true, helping SEPTA keep its head up high when they say, “We’re Getting There.”

Queen Village, you are home to majestic puppies and humble owners, such as Connor, the purple doggie of Fitzwater street (may he rest in peace). Pugs named “Friendly” and “Shy” (as noted on their matching neckerchiefs) are lucky to call you home, as they romp and mosey leash-free, through Mario Lanza Park.

Queen Village, you are beautiful. Decorated by the unique fabrics along 4th street and the culinary treasures on Bainbridge (Phila Bar and Restaurant Supply, 4th Street Cookies, and Ela), the only accessories you need are those sold for $1 at Philly AIDS Thrift.

Queen Village, you have unlocked some of Philadelphia’s secrets and helped me to accept that this city is fantastic because it is unique and nonsensical. For two years, I was lucky to stumble through Center City streets and return to a place called home. You are #whyilovephilly. The toes of NY and SF are curling with jealousy.

Adoringly,
Sophie


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Part 1: 1011 E. Moyamensing in Southwark

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Whenever I bike from Fishtown back to S. Philly, I find myself biking down Moyamensing. I can never remember why I’ve chosen to make that turn until I see the house at 1011, one of the few remaining clapboard houses left in the city. One day I finally stopped to take some pictures just as the owner was walking home. She told me a bit about the history, but I wanted to find out more. I’m taking advantage of having my own blog to document my attempts to learn about this house.


Part 1: The house has historic designation and is on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Hoping that this would lead me to the home’s history, I took an extended lunch break to wander City Hall looking for the Historical Commission. Once there, I was handed a thin manilla envelope with documents showing the date that the homeowners registered for the historic plaque (1990) and the approvals for renovations in the late 1970s. That was it. No history, no build date, nothing else. I was told that the next step will be to establish a deed chain through the City Archives.  Hopefully another extended lunch break will come in the next few weeks and I can learn (and write) a bit more about this unique home.
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On Fitzwater

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This may be my new favorite house in Philly. I feel like I’m at Miami Beach.  Or at least what I think it would be like.


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