Favorite Spot: Las Parcelas Garden in Norris Square.
Neighborhood: The gardens are located in the Norris Square community in West Kensington. An area rich in history and culture.
Address: The garden is located on Palethorpe street between Susquehanna and York streets. 2240 Palethorp St.
I am: I am currently the after school enrichment coordinator at Edison High school. I have been working for the last 17 years to empower youth to find their own direction. We do learning projects, create presentations and offer students a chance to explore opportunities outside their own possibilities (i.e. taking city youth on an outdoor camping trip)
Years in Philly: I have spent all my life in Philadelphia, going from Fairmount to North Philadelphia and now to the Northeast.
Current home: The Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia.
My love note: Las Parcelas Gardens is an active gathering place for the Norris Square community and beyond. The garden was initiated by two activist Hispanic women combatting crime and drugs in the city. Both Tomasita Romero and Iris Brown have faced these challenges head on to transform the entire neighborhood. Overseen by the Norris Square Neighborhood Project and supported by the PA Horticulture Society and their urban greening projects, the space provides a green space for neighbors to grow their own vegetables. Las Parcelas literally means parcels of land.
The garden/farm has an outdoors cook-stove, a spitfire roasting pit and a replica of a rural Puerto Rican wooden house circa 1940 with museum-like pieces inside. I was staff and then a board member of NSNP. I have been to many celebrations and service projects in the gardens. Even though I am no longer directly involved I go back every chance I get.
Favorite Spot: Memphis Taproom
Address: 2331 E. Cumberland St.
I am: I’m 30, happily married, and I write about beer for my blog, In Search of Beer.Years in Philly: 5Current Home: We are renting a home in Fishtown and currently in the midst of searching for a place to buy in the same neighborhood.
My love note: As a local beer writer, Fishtown is perfect for me. I live within walking distance of five great beer bars and, if you get a little more liberal with walking distance, I can make many more. Even with all the selection at my fingertips, though, I find myself returning to the same place on a regular basis: Memphis Taproom. Not only is their tap list always interesting, but their bottle list is out of this world. And they don’t just rely on their great beer, but they also deliver on one of my other favorites: great food. Their upscale pub food always does the trick for me. Whether it’s a longtime favorite like fish and chips, or something completely surprising (smoked coconut makes a very convincing substitute for bacon), and from the smoky, meaty Port Richmond Platter to the fried pickles that my wife and I insist every out-of-town visitor try, there’s never a bad meal at Memphis and there’s always a quality beer to help it along. Throw in owner Brendan, who clearly loves what he’s doing, and Keith, my favorite bartender in the city, and there is no place I’d rather be. It also helps that about 90% of the time I go there, I can always count on running into a friend.
In the summer months, their beer garden is a must-visit. While it doesn’t offer the same selection as inside the bar, the stationary food truck with their gourmet hotdogs and canned craft beers make sitting outside under the strands of lights with a cool breeze the perfect summer moment. And after that moment is over, you can go back inside and get some fried pickles.