Heavy metal softly played in the background. It’s the same vibe as Blackbird Pizzeria, another Philadelphian, vegan, heavy metal restaurant without, of course, the pizza. I couldn’t possibly imagine myself spending significant amounts of time here; it seemed like an interesting tourist destination, but throughout my short stay, I felt a constant disconnect between the […]Read more "impressions: grindcore house"
I missed the bus on from 34th and South Street. I decided to skate. Twenty feet in, I decided not to skate. I arrived discomforted. Wet. I ordered a dark roast. Hot. There were no open tables. I went outside. I pulled out my computer. My computer was hot. It hadn’t slept. Like me. I […]Read more "impressions: ultimo coffee"
The dark roast is labeled drip coffee on the menu. It’s the company of the coffee that was served in the dining halls when I had first arrived at Penn. In that sense, the coffee is reminiscent of late nights studying in Craig Library, back during a time when two cups of coffee per day had […]Read more "impressions: rival bros coffee bar"
Quaint. Quiet. Quixotic. Located around the corner from the Barnes Foundation, I found a corner store in the midst of a series of high-end row homes. I got off the bus at 21st and Market Street before skating a couple minutes north. A couple of charming row-houses lined the hill up to Spring Street. […]Read more "impressions: peddler coffee"
It’s a sustainable clothing shop before a coffee shop. But, to someone like me who had never bought clothing from there, it had always been a coffee shop before a clothing shop. It’s in University City, otherwise known as West Philadelphia before it had been renamed for rebranding and gentrification purposes. After all, I cannot […]Read more "impressions: united by blue"
The cafe is somewhere near the Philadelphia Art Museum. I knew not because I saw the iconic ionic columns on the way over but because I saw the location on my Google Maps app. After a skating a short distance, I found myself stopping in a quaint corner shop. The greyish column located immediately outside […]Read more "impressions: the lucky goat coffee house"
The dark roast costs two dollars exactly. Located around Independence Hall, I took Septa Route 44 to 5th Street before skating a short distance small enclosure where “chill vibes” supposedly exist. I had forgotten to pull the string for my stop, but I ended up without needing to because it was the last stop. […]Read more "impressions: menagerie coffee"