"Though I wasn't born here, Philadelphia and I have a deep connection. It's a city that has allowed me to make a home for myself and my husband, our many animals and our crazy garden/homestead we call Farm51 @farm51. The people who live and work in this city are full of resolve. There's a sense of family and belonging when you live here, a real sense of brotherly love." Photographer Neal Santos @nealsantos is one of my favorite Instagrams to follow. The man's photos of sandwiches belong in museums! I mean, his other photos are great, too or whatever. But those sandwiches ! " I've gotten to photograph and report on a lot of great stories about Philadelphia and beyond, much of it from my experience as a photographer for a newspaper. I've gotten to rub elbows with all types of people, anyone ranging from the President, celebrities, actors, chefs, farmers, artists, and every day people. I enjoy catching glimpses of people's lives through a camera.
With the help with wonderful partners and colleagues, I run and operate a photography studio called Rock Paper Scissors (rockpaperscisso.rs) and co-host a series of Filipino-inspired pop-up restaurants in Philly @PelagoPhilly.
Treat and experience Philly as if you lived here. Find a local and ask them as many questions as possible to ensure you have the best and most enjoyable experience possible. "
Good morning from Philly! Neal here, (@nealsantos) and I'm wiping the Monday morning crusties out of my eyes. For the next week I will be taking you with me to some of my favorite Philly spots. Expect an insiders look at some things to check out that are new and old, thrifty and ritzy, and everything in between. This morning I am happy to wake up with a latte from the kind and incredibly good looking folks at @rivalbroscoffee. Stop by their location in Fitler Square, and expect a new location coming in Passyunk!
Perhaps my favorite lunch-in-the-park combinations: Hummus, donuts, and a fried chicken sandwich from @federaldonuts and @dizengoff_philly. Walk on over to Rittenhouse Square and soak the sun, challenge the chess dudes or watch some park performers.
My favorite series of murals are best seen riding the El train westbound towards 69th street. Painted by @steveespopowers, these Love Letter murals make up just a fraction of the 3,000 murals all over the city thanks to the work of @muralarts. Look them up for all sorts of tours to suit your needs. Fun fact: I got married along these murals on the subway, so this has a special place in my heart.
(at 52nd Street)
Philly is a city that can embrace things both new and old. Take it one step further and shop at @jinxedstore for some neat relics of the past, or some new things too. With several locations spread throughout the city, Jinxed is one of my favorite places to shop and get lost in a sea of stuff.
One of my favorite places to get lost in a slice of history and nature is @bartramsgarden. Explore the gardens and hug a gingko tree, walk the trail by the Schuylkill and borrow a dog if you can.
Hanging out at @garagephilly for some afterwork drinks and grub from #indacart. This place houses a bar as well as a permanent food truck with a rotating cast of fine Philly culinary characters. Currently enjoying @shakeshack's Super Fry Fickle Dog.
Double Knot's (@doubleknot_phl ) namesake cocktail is beautifully smoky and perfect for happy hour. If you're in the neighborhood consider trying all their menus throughout the day. Can't go wrong when you have coffee cocktails and donuts to start your day and robotayaki and sushi to end it.
For a slice of old school Philadelphia charm, head to the Italian Market where you can stroll through the sidewalk vendors, go vintage shopping, grab a hoagie and a cup of coffee and taste some oils, cheeses and cured meats from my friends @dibrunobros.
If you are visiting Philly on the weekend, do not miss the barbacoa tacos and consomé from @barbacoachef. While you're there be sure to introduce yourself and talk to Ben and Christina, the owners. Tell them I sent you!
Saturday mornings in West Philly are my favorite. Grab a coffee to go and take a stroll through Clark Park and be privy to the countless farmer's markets, flea market's and outdoor craft festivals.
Sunday breakfast is best in Queen Village's @hungrypigeonphilly. Not to miss is their breakfast sandwiches, housemade pastries and excellent coffee.