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 #300: 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 whom I’m never supposed to talk about online (but am breaking the rules this one time)

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My Love Note

Dear Philly,

When I started this blog, I wasn’t a Philadelphian. I am now.

I’ve seen the joy and ass-kicking that this city deals out. I’ve been through sweat-soaked summers and foot-deep blizzards. I’ve moved from Mt. Airy to East Passyunk to Point Breeze and now to Callowhill. I left and came home, left and came home. But what makes me a Philadelphian is the people I’ve met through this project. The hundreds of people who have written love letters, my social media friends, #whyilovephilly enthusiasts and others who are proud to call this city their home.

At Love Note #300, it seemed fitting to end. The blog has served its purpose and seen this city through its transformation. It will remain as an archive of 300 reasons why people have loved here, have left and returned, have longed to live here again, or who have made it through tough times with this city as their North Star. I can only imagine that there are thousands more.

There are other ventures in the works, social media sites to continue, maps to make and #whyilovephilly parties to throw, which I hope will continue to inspire a deep affection for this city.

So (I’m raising my metaphorical glass here)… goodbye Philly Love Notes. What a wonderful ride it’s been. Here’s to many more years of Philly love.



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My Annual Philly Love Note 2015 Edition

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Place: Delaware River Waterfront (but I’m biased)

I am: A lover of the waterfront, blogger, Philly-girl, twin, friend, giver of good gifts, closeted romantic, biker.
Years in Philly: 32 minus 5
Current Home: S. Philly (even farther South than last year)

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Love Note #204: My Annual Philly Love Note

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Place: Philadelphia, all of it

I am: The communications manager at the Delaware River Waterfront Corp, blogger, Philly-girl, twin, friend, giver of good gifts, closeted romantic, biker, and a little lost.
Years in Philly: 31 minus 5
Current Home: S. Philly

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Love letter to Philadelphia for the Huffington Post

I reached out to the Huffington Post for their Love Letters section. I figured, I have a collection of 175 love letters, why not re-post one there.

Instead, they asked my to write one. So I did. It got published today in their travel section today!

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Today on the Race Street Pier (one of my favorite spots in the city)


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Spring Break

Philly Love Notes is taking a much needed Spring Break — i.e., I just started a new job and need to learn how to handle both at once. I’ll start publishing love letters again in two weeks.

In the meantime, put your love for Philly down on paper/computer screen, and send it over to me at or use the SUBMIT page. 


Leaving you (temporarily) with a photo from my new office down at the Delaware River Waterfront. Spending every day along the river is only making me love Philly even more.

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A long time coming. My Love Note to Philadelphia

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Place: Philadelphia, all of it

I am: A blogger, a soon-to-be communications manager at a yet-to-be disclosed Philly organization, a reformed neuroscientist, a twin, a Philly-girl, a loving girlfriend, and Walter B. Majestic’s #2 fan
Years in Philly: 30 minus 5
Current Home: S. Philly


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FDR Park Boathouse

FDR park is an underused gem in the city. I mean, look at how beautiful this is. Who would know that it existed right across the street from the stadiums?
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A Night of PEP Bowl in South Philly

PEP Bowl
If you happen to be in S. Philly looking for something to do, head over to PEP bowl — a six-lane, non-profit, BYOB-F (booze and food) bowling alley. Totally old school. Totally amazing.

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The #whyilovephilly Party (Blowout)

Oh man.

I threw my first real party on Friday night.

I’ve been trying to remember the last time I had a party. No birthday parties, maybe a dinner party here and there, perhaps one in college, but nothing for a long, long time. And nothing quite like that.

I teamed up with Alex Hillman from IndyHall and Young Involved Philly to bring a bunch of Philly-centric people together to celebrate the City. I was nervous, and gave myself way too much work, but it was totally worth it.

The #whyilovephilly Party happened on November 30th, 2012

at the Trestle Inn (make the trek to the Callowhill neighborhood, it’s worth it).

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Carmen’s Country Kitchen

I tried out Carmen’s Country Kitchen for the first time on Friday morning.  These days I have the luxury of being able to sit for an hour at breakfast before “work” (read: internship) starts.  The person I was supposed to meet never showed, which turned out to be a small blessing in disguise.  

I spent the next hour chatting with Carmen herself. She is an amazing woman, full of great stories, neighborhood gossip and advice. There is no need to go into the food here on this blog — enough has been written about it on Yelp. The reviewers are right. It is indeed delicious and massive. 

Unfortunately, Carmen’s will be closing in December.  A neighborhood staple will be replaced by a pizza shop, and Carmen will be moving down to the Carolinas to be closer to her grandchildren.  Her hours are pretty crazy before the move date, but if you get a chance, go before it’s too late

(note that this is only half of the order)
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