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.
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 Blvd. 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.
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.
Shannon McDonald (Part 2 of 3)
Favorite Spot: Twistee Treat
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
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””
|Chaucee Stillman (aka: streetsandstripes.com)
|Favorite Spot: MugshotsNeighborhood: 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
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)
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