Brandon Gollotti (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Italian Market
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 9th St between Washington and Christian
I Am: Philly native stuck in Brooklyn
Years in Philly: 25
Current Home: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Surbhi Puri (ex-pat files)
Favorite Place: Philadelphia’s food scene
I am: A life sciences consultant currently in Boston. I went to UPenn for my undergrad and grad education. Philly will always be the wonderful city where I found myself.
Years in Philly: August 2002 to August 2011
Current Home: Boston
(photos taken by the ladies at Philly-ism and by Jason Varney. If this post doesn’t make you hungry,
these photos and their website certainly will)
Editors Note: This love note strays a bit from the norm. It is not an ode to a place or an event, but rather to a Philly-specific . The pimple ball was popular in two cities — Philadelphia and Boston. The writer grew up in S. Philly, went to Central High School and UPENN, and has since moved on to Baltimore. Rather than choosing a particular place, he wrote this love letter to his childhood game.
Steve Grantz (Ex-pat files)
I Am: A Philly native living in Baltimore, which has similarities, but plenty of differences.
Current Home: Baltimore (Roland Park)
Years in Philly: Ages 0-21
Favorite Spot: Shank’s Original Pier 40
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: Follow Christian Street east all the way to Columbus Blvd. It’s across the street on the water. 901 S. Columbus Boulevard
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.