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 #8: Morgan’s Pier

Allison Stadd
Favorite (New) Spot: Morgan’s Pier
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Penn’s Landing
Address: 221 N. Columbus Boulevard


I am: the editor of uwishunu.com, jazz drummer, word nerd, granola addict
Years in Philly: 7
Current home: Midtown Village

My love note: Morgan’s Pier is the perfect new summer bar in Philadelphia. The setting is perfect with the fresh river breeze and view of the soaring Ben Franklin Bridge, far enough from the hustle of the city to feel like you’re on a mini vacation; the setup is perfect with casual picnic benches and umbrellas on a boardwalk-like deck; the drinks are perfect, with a huge local craft beer list and really tasty cocktails made from scratch; the food is beyond perfect, from pro David Katz of Meme – who else would dream up “snack bacon,” caramelized bacon you chew on like jerky? One of my favorite things about Philly is that it’s a city of neighborhoods, and each feels so different. Morgan’s Pier turns Penn’s Landing into a neighborhood unto itself, one that I kind of never want to leave…



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Summer Nights

Shorts 


Good food, berries, ice cream, good friends, deck, South Philly, cool summer breeze


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Love Note #7: Center City Pretzel Company

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.


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Love Note #5: Reading Terminal Market

Emily Paull
Favorite Spot: Reading Terminal Market (Old City Coffee, Metropolitan Bakery, Pennsylvania General Store, Hope’s Cookies)
Neighborhood: Market East
Address: 51 N 12th St

I am: Crafter, Animal lover, Soon to be Fairmount resident.
Years in Philly: 2 semesters
Current home: Roxborough

My love note: Reading Terminal is its own small city in the midst of Philadelphia. People converge here, bonding over a shared love of food and community, enjoying the sights, smells, sound, and just being around everyone else. The environment here seems to nourish body and soul — and specifically fills my needs for cookies and caffeine.

 

 

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Love Note #4: Reading Terminal Market

Ross Markman
Favorite Spot: Reading Terminal Market (Iovine Brothers Produce and Giunta’s Prime Shop)
Neighborhood: Market East
Address: 51 N 12th St

I am: Guitar learner, Rubix cube completer, butter hater.
Years in Philly: Off and on for 34 years. Current run 5 years long.
Current home: Fairmount

My love note: Reading Terminal, in many ways, is a microcosm of Philadelphia. The people, the food, the atmosphere — all decidedly Philly. On any given day, a blend of locals, tourists and suburban housewives all in pursuit of a good cheesesteak fill the aisles and nooks. I love it for the quality and cheap produce, the turkey bacon, and the best pickles in the city. The Market is also a place for myself and my girlfriend to unwind before a week of school and work. We have lunch, laugh about whatever, and talk about crap we’re going to buy for our new apartment.

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Love Note #1: Hardena: My vote for the best restaurant in Philadelphia

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Spot: Hardena Restaurant
Neighborhood: Point Breeze?
Address: 1754 S Hicks St, 19145

I am: a scientist, student, foodie
Years in Philly: Off and on for 29. Almost 30. Getting old.
Current home: South Philly, the promised land of pho and Mexican food

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