Meet and connect with Entrepreneur, Consultant, Foodie and Sippie, Samantha Fryzol, and discover what she loves about Philadelphia.
Name: Samantha Fryzol.
Occupation: I started Sipadelphia while I was an Event Coordinator for a local liquor company to help promote our events and it organically grew into something much more. I now use it as a source for “where to go” and “what to do” around the city, as well as help support the local restaurant industry in a fun and authentic way. Recently, I officially turned it into a freelance company and LLC. I am now offering services such as event planning and social media consulting.
Born and raised or imported to Philly? I moved to Philadelphia for a job a little less than three years ago. I very quickly felt at home.
Favorite restaurant in Philly? This is an incredibly hard question. I’m a huge foodie I can’t pick just one! Here are some go-to’s for specifics… For happy hour: Harp & Crown, Mei Mei or Mission Taqueria. For brunch: The Love, White Dog Cafe or The Hadley. My favorite spot to take out-of-town visitors: Suraya, or PHS Pop Up Garden. For a casual hang: Separatist Beer Project, Frankford Hall, or El Vez. And dinner: Bistro Romano, Bing Bing Dim Sum, or Morimoto.
What is your one favorite “best kept secret” about Philly? Something that you and only a few others know about but everyone should… “The Atlas of Tomorrow” is an interactive mural at 533 South Juniper Street. Passersby are invited to think of a question or situation in their life where they seek clarity and then turn the wheel at the sidewalk level to rotate the dial. Once they stand back to see which specific character the dial points to, they can find the character and its guidance on one of sixty-four stories displayed at the sidewalk level. I like to spin it on days where I’m feeling overwhelmed or need a fun little bit of guidance.
What makes Philly your Philly? I never once felt like a transplant in Philly. Moving here I quickly felt at home, my only regret was that I didn’t make the move sooner. My career and social life are surrounded by the restaurant industry which is a family of its own. Shown this past year more than ever, the support that fellow industry workers have shown to each other has been amazing. It’s like being part of Philly’s hidden cliques. Philly never ceases to amaze me, sometimes in a comical way, and I love that too. I also genuinely enjoy networking and connecting with fellow creatives, entrepreneurs, rule breakers, trailblazers, and everyone in between. To keep it simple, I just really love Philly and how it embraced me.