Calling all Paleo devotees: If your Wednesday dinner plans consist of leftover grilled chicken breast and some three-day old sautéed veggies, we’ve got a better idea. According to our friends over at Foobooz, the owners of Russet on Spruce Street are hosting a Paleo-friendly BYOB cookout this Wednesday, July 23rd. They’ll be serving up a menu loaded with tons of grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork from Philly CowShare, and everything will be suitable for Paleo eaters. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg, either—$35 gets you four courses served on the restaurant’s back patio. Now, doesn’t that just sound so much better than leftover chicken?
A few years ago, during a frenzied Whole Foods shopping trip en-route to a cookout, I accidentally grabbed a block of vegan cheddar “cheese” instead of the plain old cows’ milk variety. I didn’t realize my mistake until later on when, after a good 15 minutes on the grill, the cheese still had not melted onto our veggie burgers, which were now burnt to a crisp. Needless to say, it was a total cookout fail, and I’ve been pretty skeptical when it comes to non-dairy cheeses ever since.
But it looks like my skepticism might soon be a thing of the past: A group of scientists is attempting to create Real Vegan Cheese (their term, not mine), by engineering a vegan version of the milk protein casein, and combining the protein with water, vegan sugar and oil to make a vegan milk of sorts. The vegan milk would go through the age-old cheese-making process, as cows’ milk does, to create vegan versions of your favorites, like emmentaler and parmesan, according to the project’s Indiegogo page. Lots of folks are into the idea, it seems: The project has already reached its $15,000 goal, with 21 days left.
Every morning, when I look out of my kitchen window into my backyard, I am immediately overwhelmed with a confusing cross of excitement and defeat: I have a beautiful and bountiful herb garden going, and that makes me excited. But the parsley, chives, basil, mint and more grow so quickly, that I never know how to use them all—every dish I make, I think to myself, I wonder if I could I sneak some parsley into this? Or maybe some mint! (Hint: Parsley and mint are not sneaky herbs.) I’m constantly trying to use up all the green stuff growing in my garden, but when it comes down to it, I just can’t. And, I’m sure I’m not the only one experiencing this overgrown-herb-garden guilt. But no longer, my friends: Here, we’ve got five dinner recipes that are chock-full of parsley, basil, thyme and more. So say goodbye to your overgrown herb garden and hello to herb garden greatness.
Some of you might remember our piece from last year about a woman who chose to eat her own placenta after giving birth, in pill form, and totally loved the experience. Well, it looks like the placenta-eating craze is still around, but it’s gotten a bit more gourmet: Earlier today, our friends over in Philly Mag’s news department, made us aware of the fact that placenta prepared in a ceviche-like fashion is indeed a thing, and you can have it made for you right here in Philadelphia, if you so please.
When you think of celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels, the first emotion you experience is probably fear. Because, from what we’ve seen on The Biggest Loser , that lady is one scary trainer. Be Well editor, Emily, worked out with Michaels once and, from her experience alone, I think we can all agree: Michaels is indeed a bit intimidating. But the thing is, Michaels doesn’t want to be known as the most terrifying trainer to ever grace your TV screen.
UPDATE 7/24: It’s official—Bailey’s been adopted!! He now lives happily in Northeast Philly. Congrats on your new home, Bailey!
For our second edition of This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog, we’ve got the oh-so-adorable Yorkshire Terrier mix, Bailey. Bailey is a small ball of energy who loves exploring Philly with The Monster Milers, and would make a great companion on your runs through the city. When he’s not clocking miles along the Delaware River, you can find this little guy hanging out at the PAWS Adoption Center in Old City.
Good news, guys: We’ve got one more class to add to the very, very, very long list of free fitness classes around Philly this summer. Starting tomorrow, SWEAT Fitness will be hosting a free Zumba class every Thursday evening in Manayunk. And get this: The soundtrack to the hourlong session will be spun by a live DJ. So basically, it’s a post-work dance party in the park. Um, yes, please!
I’ll be honest, when I show up for a free fitness class, I’m not usually expecting all that much. And if the class isn’t great, I’m sort of okay with it. I mean, it is free, after all. If it is a good class, I feel like I lucked out. If it’s an amazing class? Well, I haven’t really experienced a so-amazing-my-jaw-dropped free fitness class.
Scratch that—I hadn’t experienced one, until this past weekend. On Saturday morning, I made my way over to Urban Yoga Philly’s free yoga class in South Kensington and, let me tell you, it was freakin’ awesome.