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

Reading Terminal Market

Love Note #283: Even a Texan still dreams of Reading Terminal Market

Domenica Murphy
Favorite Spot: Reading Terminal Market
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

I Am: A stay at home mom in Dallas who misses everything about her home.
Years in Philly: 23

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Love Note #164: Tori Molnar used the Reading Terminal Market as a gateway to Philadelphia

Tori Molnar
Favorite Spot: Reading Terminal
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

I am: 16 year old entrepreneur, blogger, speaker, world traveler.
Current Home: Pittsburgh (Not for long)

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Love Note #162: Julie Slavet highlights the deliciousness of Meltkraft, Reading Terminal Market’s new addition

Julie Slavet
Favorite Spot: Meltkraft at the Reading Terminal Market
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia 19107

I am: Executive Director of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership. From Boston via a quick painful stop in Plano Texas. New empty-nester. Thankful to Philly for the wonderful environment in which my son and daughter grew up.
Years in Philly: 17
Current Home: Jenkintown

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My favorite posts of 2012 (Emma)

5. Ross Markman and Emily Paull (Love Notes #4 and 5): Reading Terminal Market
Ross was my friend’s roommate.  Emily is his girlfriend. Somehow I convinced them to be the first love note writers outside of my own short notes. I met them at Reading Terminal, iPhone in hand, having no real experience with photography, and certainly none with photographing people. We sat down at the tables in the Market, and I handed them each a piece of paper to write their love notes that I would later transcribe. I have learned much since then: 

  • Have people submit their notes via email when they are good and ready 
  • Courier is a terrible type font for this blog (yes, I know, it will be fixed soon)
  • Shoot photos of people discreetly if possible so as not to make them too uncomfortable
  • Warn contributors that it’s “just me and an iPhone” so they’re not too disappointed when I come sans camera
  • Have standardized questions
  • Hyperlink
  • Occasionally add in some personal moments (but not too many)
  • Use the meeting as an opportunity to get to know the contributors and the places they’ve chosen
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Show Reading Terminal Market Some Love

Reading Terminal Market is both a Philly institution and a Love Note reader favorite (see Love Notes from Albert Lee, Ross Markman, Emily Paull, and me). They have put together a cool contest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate (oh how many cookies I could buy with that money). The rules are fairly simple: take photo, upload to twitter or instagram (or FB), use the hashtag #MyMarket. Entries are due by Sat night, but voting continues till Wed.  

I’ll certainly be entering.  Will you?

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Love Note #88: Albert Lee, Mr. Philadelphia himself, continues to spread the love. Part 2 of 3 — Reading Terminal Market

Albert Lee (Part 2 of 3)
Favorite Spot: Reading Terminal Market 

Neighborhood: Chinatown
Address: 12th and Arch

I am: I’m what you call “Philly homegrown.” Born and raised in the 215, I spend my days entertaining tourists and locals at the official visitor center of Philadelphia.
Years in Philly: 32
Current home: Chinatown


My love note: 
Ah. The Reading Terminal Market. What hasn’t been said about this amazing space? That it’s on everyone’s must-see list? That you can eat through all of Philadelphia’s tasty traditions with one visit? Or that its storied history is shared amongst thousands of those who proudly call Philadelphia home.  A resounding yes to all that and more.

Located on the intersection of 12th & Arch, it’s impossible to miss. Once home of the Reading Railroad, yes Monopoly, it now stands as a farmer’s market. Quincy Market in Boston, eat your heart out!

Sure, I can rave about sinking my teeth into a roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich from DicNics or take on the challenge of eating a slice of Pummel Cake from Flying Monkey Bakery (Google this if you don’t know what  I’m talking about), but it’s much deeper than that.

The reason why I declare my undying love to the Market can be summed up in chicken bones and blueberry bread.  Yes, chicken bones. No, not a cheesesteak or chocolate chip cookies, but the hollowed out bones of some fine poultry.  You could almost use the cliché of “Chicken soup for the soul.”

Growing up in a Chinese family in Chinatown, no food ever goes to waste. What is defined as the term “foodie” now would have certainly made our household legendary. “Hunger never saw bad bread” and neither did we. If you can cook it, you can eat it especially when it came to chicken. Feet, gizzards, heart. I’m amazed I didn’t have feathers growing out of me. What I did have was homemade chicken soup made lovingly by my late grandmother. Throughout my adolescence, my grandmother (a native of China) would go to the Reading Market to GodShall’s Poultry and ask for a bag of chicken bones. She couldn’t speak much English but she knew how to say phrases like “Bob Barker”, “Come on down” and of course, chicken bones. And make no mistake, just because she couldn’t speak English didn’t mean you could cheat her. If you were off by a single cent, she would call you out on it.
So she would make her travels to the Market to get her bones for her soup. Through mountains of snow or torrential downpours, I could always look forward to arriving home with a big bowl of love waiting for me.
And as far as the blueberry bread goes, let me take you back to the days of Nintendo, specifically the “Game Boy” because that’s what I carried with me when I wasn’t holding bags of groceries from the Market. My mother and I always made our visits on the latter part of Saturday afternoons. Why you ask? Well, at about 5 p.m. every Saturday (almost like clockwork) we would group together with a sea of ladies hovering over the baked goods aisle at the Amish stands at the market. There I was, all squished in wondering why no one was moving. My mother says to just wait. Minutes pass. My feet are achy and my battery in my Game Boy is dying. Finally, I hear the sound of an Amish merchant saying everything on this side of the counter is $1.00. Whoosh!!!! As I was almost bowled over by the “Running of the Bulls”, my mother grabs a loaf of blueberry bread that is amply priced at one dollar. “Enjoying that dollar blueberry bread, aren’t you son?” as I happily chew away at the plump blueberries with my GameBoy safely tucked away.
Although we no longer go wait in the aisles for bread or stop in for chicken bones, we do make our weekly visits and grab whatever we can to use for now or later. It touches my heart to see the ads that say generations have come to this market to shop, laugh and of course eat. It is where culture and commerce meet and nowhere else in the city have I seen tourists, locals, and conventioneers come together and leave with nothing but a smile and a full belly. May it never change….


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Love Note #34: Craving something delicious? Kishwer Vikaas suggests the Dutch Eating Place at the Reading Terminal Market

Kishwer Vikaas

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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Herschel’s East Side Deli

Shorts

I’m always on the look out for delicious Sunday breakfasts without the crazy brunch lines. Hence, Herschel’s. Everything bagel with pastrami and egg. Unbelievable.

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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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