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

South Philly

Love Note #46: Local urban ecologist David Hewitt loves Jefferson Park and the Kentucky Coffee Trees planted there

David Hewitt
Favorite Spot: I have a lot of favorite spots, but for this, I’ll choose Jefferson Square (a park)
Neighborhood: Southwark
Address: Between 3d and 4th Streets, between Washington and Federal


I am: A biologist – I do a number of different things professionally, but in this context, I’m an urban ecologist
Years in Philly: I was born here
Current home: Currently living in South Street area (but moving soon – to either Germantown or Manayunk)
My Love Note: My father used to live around the corner from Jefferson Square, but I never went there – it was a bit chaotic, and it was also just simply off my radar. After having moved back to Philadelphia (I was away for 9 years, moved back 2 years ago), I went over there and was amazed how much it had changed – clean, well kept – great place to go. And really nice plantings – some quite old, some quite young. There’s a beautiful Kentucky coffee tree in the northeastern quadrant of the park – you can identify it by the big bean-looking pods hanging from it – it was there when that neighborhood had heavy industry (there used to be an iron foundry in the next block over, between 4th and 5th streets) and more cemeteries (the Union Burial Ground was 2 blocks over – it was a good sized cemetery – you can still see its walls, one of them lining the parking lot of the supermarket at 6th between Washington and Federal). Now, that tree is a shade tree in a residential neighborhood. It’s seen the changes, and stood the times.

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Love Note #40: Christine Knapp loves the community created around the Singing Fountain on Passyunk Square

Christine Knapp
Favorite Spot: Singing Fountain 

Neighborhood: E. Passyunk Square
Address: East Passyunk Ave. and Tasker St

I am: A 33-year old native New Yorker, been living in Philadelphia for 12 years. I work at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, a U.S. Department of Energy project at the Navy Yard. I am the immediate past President of the Passyunk Square Civic Association, where I’ve served for the last 5 years. 
Years in Philly: 12
Current Home: Passyunk Square, the area between Washington Ave. and Tasker St. between 6th and Broad streets, home to Pat’s and Geno’s, the Lower Italian Market, and the vibrant East Passyunk Avenue business corridor. 

My love note: One of my favorite places (so many to choose from!) in Philadelphia is the Singing Fountain at East Passyunk Ave. and Tasker St. The triangle of land is created by the diagonal East Passyunk running through 11th St and Tasker St. It once housed a gas station, and then sat vacant for years until being renovated as a public space. Last year, the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation gave the Fountain a major face-lift, removing the fencing, adding benches and a chess table, and planting trees and greenery.

At any given time, you’ll find people hanging out at the Fountain, listening to the music (not just Sinatra anymore!), eating gelato from Capogiro, watching kids stamp through the puddles, playing a game of chess, or dining at one of the restaurants that add outdoor seating at the Fountain on busy nights. Farmer’s markets are held there every Wednesday throughout the warm-weather months, and musical acts often perform during “Second Saturdays” and other festivals throughout the year.

The Fountain brings the neighborhood together, provides a public space for relaxation, people-watching and general enjoyment. It’s a true Philadelphia gem!

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Love Note #32: See why Brett Mapp loves brunch at Sabrina’s in the Italian Market

Brett Mapp

Favorite Spot: Brunch at Sabrina’s
Neighborhood: Italian Market

Address: 910 Christian Street


I am: One of Leadership Philadelphia’s Emerging Connector’s and also a Creative Connector. My day job is Director of Operations for the Old City District and my night job is Cultural Liaison of Culture Works. I am on the board of Mural ArtsFlashpoint Theater Company and serve on various arts and culture committees. 
Years in Philly: 28
Current Home: Bella Vista 

My love note: Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day but brunch is the most enjoyable. In my mind there is no better place for brunch than Sabrina’s. The specials never change, yet each week they have the most creative pop culture titles one can think of. Please make sure you are hungry because the serving size is more than generous. You can always tell a first timer by the look on their face when the stuffed French Toast arrives at the table. Yes, there can be a long wait on the weekends, but they have a beautiful waiting room and give you a free cup of hot chocolate in the winter


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Love Note #31: Matthew Sherman is like a kid in a candy store at Fante’s in the Italian Market

Matthew Sherman
Favorite Spot: Fante’s Kitchen Shop at the Italian Market
Neighborhood: Italian Market
Address: 1006 South 9th Street


I am: I am a mechanical engineer, with a passion for cooking and I take my kitchen utensils/gadgets very seriously. 
Years in Philly: 5 
Current Home: West Philly

My love note: Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think their collection’s complete? Look at this trove treasures untold how many wonders can one cavern hold? Looking around here you think sure, they’ve got everything. They’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty. They’ve got whozits and whatzits galore. You want thingamabobs? They’ve got twenty!

Alright, had to get that out of my system. Yes I like Disney songs too, but Disney doesn’t sell an 1800 watt stainless steel deep fryer that makes you want to let out a Tim Allen-esque grunt. Fante’s Kitchen Shop really does have everything, even a 3 ft pepper mill, and nothing says manly kitchen time like over sized cookware. I feel like a kid in a toy store when roaming the aisles, jumping from cutlery to cast iron cookware to meat grinders. For those of you who are more of the in-and-out type, the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, allowing for well informed purchases of all of your cooking and baking needs. The store also has a rich history dating back to 1906, making it a great place to get some local culture.

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Love Note #28: David Whelan (and kids) love the sandwiches at Shanks on the Delaware River

David Whelan (ex-pat files)

Favorite Spot: Shank’s Original Pier 40
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: Follow Christian Street east all the way to Columbus B
lvd. It’s across the street on the water. 901 S. Columbus Boulevard

I am: Married with two kids
Years in Philly: 4
Current home: I own a house in Queen Village, but live in Iowa

My love note: I enjoy going for walks during my lunch hour. I try to find lunch spots where I can sit outside and get some sun in addition to a good sandwich. Shank’s opened up a couple years ago. The restaurant itself is a shack sitting out by the pier. You order from a window and they call your name over an intercom when it’s ready. I enjoy sitting at the red metal picnic tables outside and watching the water. You can see some coast guard boats parked next to the pier and various ships going by on the Delaware. Sometimes there are a few old guys fishing. I doubt they catch much. The water is pretty murky. I would recommend most of the sandwiches. The eggplant parm is definitely my favorite. My kids enjoy the meatball sub.

(photos by David Whelan)



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Love Note #25: The Spice Corner in the Italian Market brings Alemji Taku back to her roots as a child alchemist

Alemji Taku

Favorite Spot: The Spice Corner
Neighborhood: Italian Market
Address: 904 S 9th St

I am: I am a graduate student with a discerning palate and a taste for tea.
Years in Philly: 6 

Current Home: West Philly

My love note: I love The Spice Corner because it takes me back to a time in my childhood when everything around me seemed exotic. A time when I would sit in the kitchen with my mother pouring random ingredients into a bowl and pretending I was mixing potions. This small shop is packed with jars of fine spices, spice blends, dried fruit, flavored coffee beans and lots and lots of loose tea. I usually go in to replenish my stock of a particular tea but then quickly become mesmerized by the wall of tea and end up leaving with two or three teas that I haven’t tried before. The old-world feel of the shop, and the act of brewing an exotic tea allow me to recapture my days as a child alchemist. 


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Love Note #17: Capitolo Community Garden and Paolone Park

Leigh Goldenberg and Aaron Bauman

Favorite Spot: Capitolo Community Garden and Paolone Park
Neighborhood: E. Passyunk/South Philly
Address: Capitolo Community Garden — 10th and Federal; Paolone Park — between Sears and Medina/7th and 8th. 

We are: Bike Commuters, Phillies Season Ticket Holders. 
Leigh: Theatre Administrator, Food Co-Op volunteer, Lover of Coincidences 
Aaron: Website Guy, Homebrewer, Ultimate Frisbee Player


Years in Philly: 5 together as homeowners, plus Leigh’s 18 years in the burbs conveniently situated near a regional rail station
Current Home: We call our block Franklin Heights. Our civic association is Passyunk Square

My love note: 

Dear South Philly,
You are better known for your cheesesteaks and every-man-for-himself parking wars than for aesthetically pleasing greenery. But we’ve found those trees and places to plant. In the Capitolo Community Garden, we’ve grown enough red peppers to season our pasta for years, pounds of asparagus, fistfuls of arugula, oodles of herbs. We’ve met neighbors that represent all the types of people that make South Philly home – long-time residents, new families, English/Spanish/Chinese/Japanese speakers. 


Often on our way to and from home, we pass Paolone Park. We never call this park by its name, but rather “Park Block,” a little haven of community two blocks from our house. We covet their barbecues with inflatable pools and live music, and sneak a walk past the landscaped greenery whenever we have spare time or babysit someone’s dog.


Love,

Leigh and Aaron

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Federal Donuts

Shorts
My favorite Sunday morning routine is sitting at the kitchen table with the NYTimes (sorry Inquirer), tea and Federal Donuts. Unfortunately, this never happens because of the following internal debate…

“Ok, you can only get one donut, and you have to bring it home so you can eat it while reading the paper”
“Fine, two donuts, but you’d better get on your bike with them”
“Did you really need to sit and eat one of them?”
“I know it was amazing, but you can get home while the other one is still hot and sit at the table and enjoy it.”
“Really, you can’t even get to your bike without eating the other?”
“No, you cannot go back and get more for your “roommate””
“Damnit”


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Love Note #7: Center City Pretzel Company

Ben Cassorla (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Center City Pretzel Company
Neighborhood: Italian Market
Address: 816 Washington Ave

I am: guitarist, brother 
Years in Philly: solidly on till I was 18, now fleetingly (and usually in the wee hours)
Current home: Los Angeles


My love note: Center City Pretzels is where a piece of my childhood was baked. They’re only open from midnight–noon, the pretzels you buy are literally coming right off the conveyor belt (its a factory) for maximum heat and goodness, and they’re just 35 cents. Perfect for the wee hours of the night or morning.


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Love Note #1: Hardena: My vote for the best restaurant in Philadelphia

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Spot: Hardena Restaurant
Neighborhood: Point Breeze?
Address: 1754 S Hicks St, 19145

I am: a scientist, student, foodie
Years in Philly: Off and on for 29. Almost 30. Getting old.
Current home: South Philly, the promised land of pho and Mexican food

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