Editors Note: This summer, Mighty Writers is opening a second site at 39th and Lancaster in West Philadelphia to reach even more children like Christan. To learn more or to donate, please click here.
Favorite spot: Mighty Writers
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital
Address: 1501 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
I am: a cat-crazy, aspiring author whose hobbies include drawing manga and practicing martial arts.
Years in Philly: 13
Current Home: Graduate Hospital
Kishwer Vikaas and Gino Barrica are the geniuses behind the Philly-centric podcast called Talkadelphia. Inspired by Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, they’ve set out to talk to every single Philadelphian that fascinates them. Their podcast provides insight into the lives and projects of people like IshKnits, Eric Smith and Tim Quirino, Leah Kaufmann, and Tim Whitaker. Their classic episode features Mayor Nutter with a surprising and lovely twist at the end (I will not spoil it, just listen).
Kishwer and Gino were kind enough to invite me onto the show to talk about the Philly Love Notes project. For those readers who don’t know, people send me love notes written to their favorite place in the city. We then meet, chat, and take a few pics. Most of these meetings are pseudo-interviews, or my attempt to learn about all the fascinating Philadelphians. I rarely have the chance to talk, at length, about the project. It was enlightening to prepare for the interview and realize just how much I’ve accomplished since the site started in the spring. So thanks Talkadelphia (aka Kishwer and Gino)!
Posted on January 15, 2013
Favorite Spot: Dutch Eating Place
Neighborhood: Market East
Address: 1200 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
I am: a slow-talking, dream-walking, Jersey-born, Philadelphia-bred, Pakistani-American who copywrites for a public health nonprofit, interns at a legal clinic and attends law school at night.Years in Philly: 18 Current Home: Bella Vista
My love note: Comfort food to me means rich, stick-to-your arteries Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Until the age of 16, I grew up surrounded by a vibrant community of Mennonites (the Amish community’s more liberal brethren) who brought pans of delectable cream-and-butter-laden casseroles to every church event. So whenever I’m in need of a pick-me-up meal, I make my way straight to the Dutch Eating Place, where more often than not, I can find one of my Mennonite friends waitressing. At this point, I am generally struck with nostalgia and order the apple dumpling served with fresh cream, a typical Pennsylvania Dutch dessert that I recall my friends’ grandmothers preparing many a time. For those unfamiliar with the dumpling, it is basically a blob of dough stuffed with apples, cinnamon and sugar — and baked. Delicious. And if it’s too early for apple dumplings, there’s always blueberry pancakes. Or apple cinnamon french toast. Or scrapple.