Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Sean Martorana x Philly Love Notes

The best part about running Philly Love Notes and making maps is the opportunity to connect with, spotlight, and help build the Philly community (see Giving Back This Year -- news about 2017 soon, #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign, #whyilovephilly parties, Philly Love Letters). So... I'm very excited to announce the new project, #whyilovephillyarts, a series of collaborations aimed at showcasing the amazingly talented artists and makers we have here in the city.  The Concept - Commission a piece of art from a variety of painters, illustrators, graphic designers, Read more

Kishwer Vikaas

Love Notes #181 and #182: Mighty Writers is a rowhome turned-writing wonderland for Christian Precise and Kishwer Vikaas Barrica

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.

Christian Precise
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

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Philly Love Notes on Talkadelphia

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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)!

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You can listen to all of the Talkadelphia episodes on their website or through iTunes. You can also follow them on Twitter or Facebook 
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Love Note #34: Craving something delicious? Kishwer Vikaas suggests the Dutch Eating Place at the Reading Terminal Market

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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.
 

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