Philly Love Notes Gift Guide

Hello friends and Philly-lovers, Time for the first Philly Love Letters Gift Guide! With some help from you, I put together a completely non-comprehensive list of amazing things being done right here in the city (or right outside). This only scratches the surface of the cool stuff being made here. There are always tons of great markets and small businesses to support (like Amalgam Comics, Philadelphia Independents, Yowie, and Omoi Zakka). And of course, one of the best gifts of all -- donating money, time, Read more

Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more


Love Note #101: Brew in Newbold. Heaven for a self professed coffee addict and beer snob like Sarah Baicker

Sarah Baicker
Favorite spot: Brew
Neighborhood: Newbold
Address: 1900 S. 15th St.

I am: Talker/writer/editor of Flyers content on Comcast SportsNet and Master cupcake baker. Creator of little green dinosaurs.
Years in Philly: 13 (with a big gap in between the first eight and most recent five, for adolescence, college and grad school)
Current home: Italian Market


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Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in South Philly 4 Comments

Love Note #43: Even beer writer Ryan Hudak has his favorites — Memphis Taproom

Ryan Hudak
Favorite Spot: Memphis Taproom
Neighborhood: Fishtown

Address: 2331 E. Cumberland St.

I am: I’m 30, happily married, and I write about beer for my blog, In Search of Beer.
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: We are renting a home in Fishtown and currently in the midst of searching for a place to buy in the same neighborhood.

My love note: As a local beer writer, Fishtown is perfect for me. I live within walking distance of five great beer bars and, if you get a little more liberal with walking distance, I can make many more. Even with all the selection at my fingertips, though, I find myself returning to the same place on a regular basis: Memphis Taproom. Not only is their tap list always interesting, but their bottle list is out of this world. And they don’t just rely on their great beer, but they also deliver on one of my other favorites: great food. Their upscale pub food always does the trick for me. Whether it’s a longtime favorite like fish and chips, or something completely surprising (smoked coconut makes a very convincing substitute for bacon), and from the smoky, meaty Port Richmond Platter to the fried pickles that my wife and I insist every out-of-town visitor try, there’s never a bad meal at Memphis and there’s always a quality beer to help it along. Throw in owner Brendan, who clearly loves what he’s doing, and Keith, my favorite bartender in the city, and there is no place I’d rather be. It also helps that about 90% of the time I go there, I can always count on running into a friend.

In the summer months, their beer garden is a must-visit. While it doesn’t offer the same selection as inside the bar, the stationary food truck with their gourmet hotdogs and canned craft beers make sitting outside under the strands of lights with a cool breeze the perfect summer moment. And after that moment is over, you can go back inside and get some fried pickles.

Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Fishtown / Kensington 1 Comment