The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Vegan Edition

Cheesecake at Vedge // Photo via Facebook

Cheesecake at Vedge // Photo via Facebook

*Welcome to our new occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!

Once you find your favorite restaurant dish, you never, ever forget it. And upon discovering the amazing creation you’ve stumbled upon, you’re usually tempted to tell anyone and everyone who will listen, because they simply canNOT miss the trip to mouth-heaven that your new favorite dish provides. But aside from posting a “Man, the Curry Tofu Wrap at HipCityVeg is bangin’!’” Facebook status, there’s not a whole lot you can do to get the word out on your favorite Philly restaurant dishes. And this is where our new series, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly, comes in.

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Try This: 112-Mile Schuylkill River Sojourn Guided Kayaking Trip

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Here’s an insanely cool event you probably haven’t tried before: the Schuylkill River Sojourn. Over the course of seven days, participants take a 112-mile guided canoe/kayak trip down the Schuylkill River, stopping at campsites along the way. The trip kicks off in rural Schuylkill Haven, not far from Pottsville, on June 7th and ends, 112 miles later, at Boathouse Row on June 13th. Pretty neat, huh?

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The Top 5 Worst Excuses We’ve All Used to Skip The Gym

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Sure, there are some valid excuses to skip the gym. They look like something like these: I’m injured, I’ve hit the gym every day this week and I need a day to rest, I’m dying of the flu, my BFF is in town for 24 hours and I’m going to spend every millisecond with her and a few bottles of champagne (Okay, we’ll call this one borderline), etc. But there are also those totally invalid, my-dog-ate-my-homework excuses that we all know are BS, but use anyway. They look something like these:

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Free BYOB Yoga Class Friday Night at SWEAT Fitness

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It’s hard to squeeze in a Friday afternoon workout when, come 5 o’clock, happy hour is just screaming your name. But thanks to SWEAT Fitness, this weekend you don’t have to choose between working out and boozing it up: This Friday, SWEAT Fitness’ South Philly location is hosting a BYOB Vinyasa yoga class. And this class beats even the cheapest of happy hours, because it’s totally free!

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Insane Groupon Deal Alert: $3 Classes at Raja Yoga Studio

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If Tax Day has you down in the dumps (Ugh, I’m with you.), this ought to cheer you right up: Raja Yoga, located in Graduate Hospital, has teamed up with Groupon to bring you some seriously sweet deals. The studio is offering 10 yoga classes for $45 or 25 classes for $75. With the first deal ringing in at $4.50 per class, and the second at a measly 3 bucks per class, this deal is kind of insane.

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13 Backpacks for Bike Commuters That Aren’t Embarrassing to Lug to Work

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Now that spring has sprung, many of us are trading in our morning SEPTA commute for a commuter bike. This is both a blessing and a curse: On one hand, biking to work means you get to soak up some sun, see the city and get a workout in, all before 9 a.m. Talk about a productive morning, huh? On the other hand, it also means you have to find a backpack that fits all your crap and doesn’t scream Hi, I think I’m lost. Can you point me to the nearest high school? when you walk into the office. If you’ve ever tried to find said backpack, you know: It’s a truly miserable task.

But don’t give up and resort to your so-old-it’s-probably-vintage monogrammed L.L. Bean backpack quite yet. We did some hunting and found the 13 chicest commuter-friendly backpacks for men and women. (Some of them are so chic, they don’t even remotely resemble a backpack. See slide number six.) Now all you’ve got to do is pick one.

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What to Eat This Week: Grilling Edition

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Okay, okay, so we might be jumping the gun just a bit on this one — but given the fantastic weather Mother Nature has blessed us with this weekend, I think it’s safe to assume that the grills are comin’ out of storage. Grilling provides that oh-so amazing, charcoal-y flavor your little George Foreman simply can’t replicate, try it might. Plus, it’s the easiest way to cook anything and everything. Proof: The slideshow of super-simple and delicious recipes below. Happy grilling, friends!

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Pack the Perfect Picnic: 10 Insanely Delicious Recipes for a Weekend Picnic

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This weekend’s forecast calls for 70-degree weather and sunny skies, and you know what that means? It means the only season that matters has officially arrived: picnic-season. Eeeeeee! There is nothing I love more than soaking up some vitamin D with my dog lounging next to me, a Scrabble board in front of me and friends surrounding me. Oh! And I can’t forget the most important picnic essential: food. So. Much. Food. (Because a good Scrabble game requires ample amounts of brain-food. Duh.)

But making food for a picnic can be a tricky task: You want dishes that taste good cold, won’t get soggy, and are easily packed. This combo is pretty tough to find, which is why, come picnic-season, many folks resort to the most lack-luster meal of all time: a turkey sandwich on whole wheat.

To help you avoid this boring, brown-bag-lunch fate, we’ve rounded up a bunch of easy, healthy, picnic-friendly recipes for you to choose from. So pick a few, dust off that picnic blanket and enjoy!

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