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

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SuperPlus Eats Philly “One Year of Being in Philly”

Superplus Eats Philly is a Philly-based food blog run by Tom and Holly. It’s got a lot of great recipes for seasonal, local cooking, and foodie related events around the city. They also wrote a one-year anniversary post, which, as you may have already guessed, shows their love for their new city.

 

But enough of that. This is a food blog!

As I mentioned, when I lived in Philly before, I lived in the Northeast section, which is about 10 miles from where we are now. When I did come into the city, I normally stayed more in the Center City area because of its proximity to the train home. I tried the best I could to avoid driving into the city.

Where we live now is in the Graduate Hospital (aka G-Ho) area, south and a bit west of Center City. It’s not an area I was all that familiar with before, so it has been a fun adventure exploring all the restaurants in the area. This part of town is really up-and-coming and new places are popping up all over the place.

Before I secured the apartment, I came by after work to check out the neighborhood. I hung out for a while at Pub & Kitchen which is a block away from our building. When I lived in Vegas (technically in Henderson, NV which abuts Vegas), I lived in a restaurant and bar dead zone. There was only one bar in walking distance and it was terrible, so I was beside myself at the thought of living so close to a pub with an excellent beer list and great food. It can get a little crowded and loud at night, but it’s become a nice spot for us for early dinners or afternoon drinks. It was the first place we went to when we needed a break on move in day.

On a subsequent visit to the neighborhood, I checked out Jet Wine Bar a few blocks away and instantly fell in love. Holly and I had some favorite wine places back west, and I loved the idea of having an excellent wine bar in walking distance. Again, coming from a place with zilch in walking distance, having anything decent nearby gave me a thrill. Jet tends toward unusual and adventurous wines and the list changes pretty frequently. It is unarguably one of our go-to spots.

I mentioned a couple of times how happy I was to find good places within walking distance. This is important because Holly and I decided to embrace our urban lifestyle and forego having cars. I think I can say it has been a rousing success. I always found having a car stressful, and given our eatin’ and drinkin’ lifestyle, it’s nice to be able to enjoy ourselves and not have to deal with driving.

So it’s been an exciting year of learning all about our neighborhood, and we couldn’t be happier with it. Onward to part 2!

To see the rest of this post and Part 2, and to read more about eating locally in Philly, check out their blog.

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Shorts — Life as a Blogger

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I’ve been plugging away at this blog for five months now.  In that span of time I’ve accrued almost 140 love notes, which have brought me to at least 100 random places around the city, and have allowed me to meet with upwards of 75 people (so far). It has been with me through breakups, new relationships, new housemates, quitting my job, finishing my masters, and somewhere along the way finding a deep love for my city.  

Most of the time, it’s completely exhausting. Like now, at midnight on a Monday night, when I’m still trying to put posts together for this week. It’s also been a whirlwind of learning.  It is not an underestimation to call me a technophobe, but here I am with a blog. I know what SEO means. I have twitter followers and can retweet things. I can embed maps. In the coming weeks I’ll even be redesigning the site and getting facebook (thank you tech friends). 

In those five months I’ve gone from spending my days alone, hunched over a microscope with mild social anxieties (a true scientist) to networking, and organizing parties, and setting up collaborations, and teaching classes to kids. 

I’m surprised by how this blog has changed me. I’m excited to continue meeting contributors, discovering new places, and learning more. While still in its infancy, I hope that this blog is helping people reconnect with their city just as it has done for me.  

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