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

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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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Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpet Shake from Square Burger at Franklin Square

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There’s not really a need to say more than Krimpet Shake, except that you can play on a carousel and get in a round of mini golf while drinking it.


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Love Note #21: A love note from Shannon McDonald to the Northeast’s summer establishment, Twistee Treat

Shannon McDonald (Part 2 of 3)
Favorite Spot: Twistee Treat
Neighborhood: Tacony
Address: 6900 Frankford Ave

I am: I’m a journalist from Northeast Philly with an appreciation for all neighborhoods.
Years in Philly: All of ’em
Current Home: Holme Circle

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Herschel’s East Side Deli

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I’m always on the look out for delicious Sunday breakfasts without the crazy brunch lines. Hence, Herschel’s. Everything bagel with pastrami and egg. Unbelievable.

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Federal Donuts

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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 #13: Mugshots

Chaucee Stillman (aka: streetsandstripes.com)
Favorite Spot: Mugshots
Neighborhood: Fairmount
Address: 2106 Fairmount Ave 

I am: A recent university grad spending my time nannying two wonderful boys and photographing couples in love on the weekends (aka, weddings!) I’m a blogger by day, photographer by trade, and I love to travel.

Years in Philly: 4.5 years

Current Home:  Fairmount

My love note: Mugshots, you’re a doll. Your chai lattes (either iced or hot) are the perfect afternoon pickmeup. Hours of editing photos have been spent in your booths, and your bagels are too delicious to part with. Your afternoons may be a bit packed with little hipsters, but we can work around that. Cheers to good conversations, morning mochas, and neighborhood charm.

(Photos taken by Chaucee)

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Love Note #11: Jonathan Levin’s love note to Port Richmond’s Polish restaurants

Jonathan Levin
Favorite Spot: Syrenka and Staropolska
Neighborhood: Port Richmond
Address: 3173 Richmond St and 3150 Richmond St

I am: music, food, hiking enthusiast
Years in Philly: 1.5
Current Home: West Philadelphia
 
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