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

Society Hill

Love Note #178: A gluten-free Philadelphian finds some love at Zahav’s Kitchen Counter

Nicole Fiamingo
Favorite Spot: Zahav’s Kitchen Counter
Neighborhood: Society Hill
Address: 237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

I am: A gluten free foodie that is living life day by day
Years in Philly: 1 1/2 years
Current Home: Wayne, PA

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(Zahav photos from Philly-ism, one of my favorite Philly blogs)

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Love Note #114: Whenever Lindsay Lehault returns to Philly, she finds herself strolling through Lawrence Court Walk in Society Hill

Lindsay Lehault (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Lawrence Court Walk and surrounding streets
Neighborhood: Society Hill
Address: Pine and Delancey Streets between 3rd and 5th

I am: I lived in Philly from second grade up until I went away to college. Then I lived in Brooklyn for twelve years and now we live in the lovely Garden State. We make frequent trips back home to visit the city and all my friends and family that still live there.
Years in Philly: 12 years as a resident and another 12 years of regular visits
Current Home: Cranford, New Jersey

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(all photos by Lindsay)

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Love Note #62: Headhouse Market in Society Hill tops LeeAnne Mullins’ list of simple pleasures

LeeAnne Mullins
Favorite Spot: Headhouse Market
Neighborhood: Society Hill
Address: South St & S 2nd St


I am: A recently married 30-year-old food-lover, who came to Philly by way of Nova Scotia, Canada. I love to cook, take in live music, explore the world, and share a bottle of wine and a barrel of laughs with friends. 
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: Fishtown
My love note: Coming to Philly happened almost by accident. It was not in my master plan of travelling the world and never settling down, until I met someone who made sticking around seem worthwhile. We moved to Philly on a whim and decided to make a little life for ourselves here combined with the other essentials. In life, there is nothing more rewarding–besides love–than friendship and food. Headhouse Market symbolizes both of those to me. It was, again, almost by accident, that I made a friend who instantly became a favorite of mine who introduced me to two things: Headhouse Market and tomato sandwiches. 

All summer long now, I can’t have one without the other. Both are so simple yet so pleasurable, bringing a burst of joy into my day with anticipation and satisfaction. The tomato sandwich is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in Philadelphia. And Headhouse Market is one of the best farmers’ markets we have in the city. It’s easy to combine them in my mind. I try to take advantage of the bounty of the market every week–especially the tomatoes–from the time it opens in the spring until closing in the fall. From the first sights of peas, asparagus and garlic scapes to the last dance with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, the market is one of those simple places with the least simple offering of any “business” I have been to in the city.

The first time I went to Headhouse, I wondered to myself how I hadn’t been already. How was it possible that I had lived, cooked and dined in Philly for a few years without coming to this place filled with the most amazing variety of ingredients and goodies? I assure you, I am making up for lost time. I have some favorite vendors and some favorite items in general, of course. I run into friends I haven’t seen in a little while for a chat and a hug. I get to chat with the farmers about what’s good that week, while also chatting about anything else that comes up. I’ve yet to encounter an unfriendly soul at Headhouse. I find myself heading home with a smile and heavy bags filled to the brim with blueberries, raspberries, any and all squash, kale, asparagus, chicken sausage, eggs, herbs and greens stuffed alongside Three Springs peaches or apples, Market Day Canele pastry, Birchrun Hills cheese, and the to-die-for coffee from Philly Fair Trade Roasters.

Truly, though, I keep coming back for the tomatoes and bread. Some of the best food items I’ve ever eaten in Philadelphia have been concocted with Blooming Glen Farm tomatoes or Ric’s Bread. Or both. From their plump heirlooms to juicy sungold cherry tomatoes, Blooming Glen is hitting the spot with their tomatoes time after time. And Ric’s? What can I say? Your bread is so delicious, I would like to marry it if not for the legal issues. The aforementioned friend who introduced me to heirloom tomato sandwiches failed to tell me how intoxicating said sandwich would be when enjoyed with your 14 grain variety. My summertime tomato sandwich has, by this point, seen many iterations. With or without bacon. Sometimes the addition of a fried egg–with a runny yolk, of course. Maybe mayo. Maybe not. Dill? Sure! Basil? Absolutely. As long as those tomatoes are perched on top of that bread, glistening with the promise of being sweet, supple, delicious and simple, I’m a happy girl. With many simple pleasures to be thankful for, Headhouse is tops on my list.

(LeeAnne with Ben from Three Springs)

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Love Note #53: From Tara Nurin — Go to Positano Coast, get the far corner table on the outdoor terrace bar, and relax in the Mediterranean atmosphere

Tara Nurin
Favorite Spot: The far corner table overlooking the street below at Sopra Lounge, Positano Coast’s outdoor terrace bar.

Neighborhood: Society Hill
Address: 212 Walnut St {Second Floor} 

I am: A former TV reporter and current freelance journalist who specializes in craft beer/dining and destination coverage for national and regional print, video and radio outlets. I’ve spent my adult life living all over the world for no more than two years at a time until a job brought me to the Philly area. I’ve never left.
Years in Philly: 9
Current Home: Camden Waterfront
My love note: An accidental encounter first introduced me to you; then a second, then a third. After that, I began seeking you out, pouting when I couldn’t approach you. I luxuriate in your 360 views — to the right, a gauzy, breeze-blown curtain that modestly obscures the old-fashioned street; to the left, a discrete bar for those who wish not to participate in the buzz of the main lounge; straight ahead, beautiful people, beautiful seascapes of the brilliant hues of the Mediterranean, beautiful furnishings in virginal white leather, deep sea azur, blood-pumping rose and tree-ripened lemon; and behind me, the freedom of Philadelphia’s open air. You offer me the sophisticated and languous setting for pleasant chatter, martini glasses bearing fresh, organic ambrosias, and dapper plates overflowing with grilled octopus, artichokes, imported oils, lemon zest and rosemary pesto. You give me gifts that are unmatched by other suitors for my affection, and in return, though I cannot give you my loyalty, I do promise you my devotion.

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Love Note #45: Want to impress someone with a beautiful walking tour? Check out Ashley Hahn’s walking tour of Ed Bacon’s Greenways in Society Hill

Ashley Hahn
Favorite Spot: Ed Bacon’s Greenways
Neighborhood: Society Hill
Address: St. Joseph’s Way, St. Peter’s Way, and Lawrence Court, between Locust and Pine, 3rd and 5th Streets

I am: a planner, preservationist, writer, maker, grower, and beagle enthusiast.

Years in Philly: On and off since 2005. Happily on again since 2011.
Current Home: Bella Vista
My love note: As a rule, I don’t have a lot of love for modernist, urban-renewal era projects but Ed Bacon’s greenways are an exception. Under Bacon’s leadership at the Planning Commission, Society Hill was partly razed and partly preserved using federal urban renewal funds. Today the greenways Bacon designed in Society Hill show off both sides of this history in spades, as 1960s modernism abuts Federal-era rowhouses. 
 
For me, a walk down Bacon’s paths is like a meditation. It’s a quiet experience of heightened sensory awareness. I tune in to appreciate the light, the birds, the textures, or the happenings in someone’s yard. I go out of my way to route myself through the greenways day and night.
 
A Walk: Start at 4th and Locust and walk east down St. James Place to I.M. Pei’s mod townhouses surrounding a circular garden. Then turn right (south) to walk down St. Joseph’s Way. There’s a park nook to your left and an historic interior court of houses to the right. Cross Spruce and St. Joseph’s Way becomes St. Peter’s Way. St. Peter’s leads you through another mixed historic and modern block to Three Bears Park (aka Delancey Park), a space designed by John Collins. Three Bears is a leafy mid-block treasure tucked between Cypress and Delancey streets. The park has a small play structure, mature plantings, plenty of benches, and a small sculpture of three bears covered in chalk markings. It’s at once a peaceful and playful space and on weekends it is packed with families. You could continue straight down St. Peter’s Way to Pine Street or hang a right on lovely Delancey. Cross 4th Street and walk down a narrow alley (Lawrence Court Walk) that looks like a dead-end – it isn’t. Keep meandering through Lawrence Court (smelling the roses if they’re in bloom) or turn south onto 4th Street.

Here’s a map to help you out

 

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