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

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

Love Notes

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 #6: Pickle Backs at Bar

Isabelle
Favorite Spot: Bar
Neighborhood: Market East, Ave. of Arts South
Address: 1309 Sansom St.

I am: an exhibition designer, a southerner, and a perfectionist 
Years in Philly: nearly two
Current home: South Philly


My love note: Pickles are delicious, Jameson is delicious, who would have ever thought to put the two together? I’m not sure if this drink is Philly-born, but it seems like it should be. My classmates and I first ordered this weirdly refreshing drink (at the bar named Bar) after asking the surely bartender what was in the unmarked clay jugs near the register (their pickle brine is made in-house). Over the last two years, my hectic school schedule has kept me from exploring a lot of Philadelphia, but not Center City’s drinking establishments. 


Having a pickle back at this dank dark bar, on a side street, in the middle of the city, just seems quintessentially Philly…



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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 #3: A love note to the magnificence of the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Spot: Race Street Pier
Neighborhood: Penn’s Landing
Address: Race St and N Columbus Blvd

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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Love Note #2: The Race Street Pier, waterfront beauty in an industrial setting

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Spot: Race Street Pier
Neighborhood: Penn’s Landing
Address: Race St and N Columbus Blvd

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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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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