I think this pretty much cement’s Philly’s status as a vegan powerhouse: We’re getting a new vegan bar. Our friends at Foobooz are reporting that HipCityVeg owner Nicole Marquis is teaming up with real estate developer Allan Domb to open a bar called Charlie Was a Sinner (Friends: What do we think of the name?) at 131 South 13th Street in Midtown Village.
It’ll serve cocktails made with juices and feature a menu full of plant-based food. They’re pegging March as the rough opening date, with construction beginning tomorrow.
If my many pregnant friends and family members have taught me anything, it’s that the whole wild-craving thing during pregnancy is not an urban legend. Case in point: A friend who is currently pregnant with her second child is obSESSED with hot dogs. Like, she can’t get enough of them. This, from a girl who is otherwise the healthiest, cleanest eater I know.
Researchers from Philly’s Monell Chemical Senses Center have found that what moms eat during pregnancy may have some seriously long-lasting consequences for their kids. Specifically, the more varied mom’s diet, the more likely her kid will be open to a diverse range of foods and flavors. And if you keep reinforcing a diverse diet once the kid is weaned, he’s likely to carry those eating preferences into older childhood and beyond.
Quick—when’s the very best time to stock up on gym clothes, workout gear and running shoes? Right now! On Cyber Monday, you can score all kinds of deals on top fitness brands if you know where to look. Here’s a roundup of the best Cyber Monday deals on fitness and workout gear. Happy shopping!
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Figuring out how to dress for outdoor workouts this time of year can be an annoying exercise in trial and error. You need layers that aren’t too heavy but aren’t too light, pieces that both insulate and ventilate, and fabrics that evaporate moisture without letting cold air in. Talk about a tall bill.
Instead of hibernating on my couch until spring (hmm, tempting … ), I’m retooling my winter- workout wardrobe with essential high-tech pieces that actually work like they’re supposed to. (Trust me, I tried them.) Go ahead and call me Goldilocks: This stuff is just right.
If you’re planning on taking part in the madness that is Black Friday (Side note: You are a person I will never understand), consider heading to Lululemon in the King of Prussia Mall for a crack-of-dawn yoga class before the holiday-shopping insanity begins. Or you can use it as a way to wind down after your all-night shopping spree, since some stores at KOP will be open starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday night.
Either way, Lulu will open at 5 a.m. for a one-hour class, ending with a much-needed mind-clearing savasana. Yogis who participate will then be able to so shop before the masses from 6 to 7 a.m.
Lordy, does time fly. I can’t believe it was back in September when we first broke the news that someone had stepped up to the plate to organize a run based on the epic training montage in Rocky II, a 30.61-mile route first pieced together by Dan McQuade over on our news blog. Now that the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run is just 11 days away, I figured it was time to check in with organizer Rebecca Schaefer to see how things are shaping up—and, you know, to find out if the thing is still happening.
In a word: Yes, it’s still on. Here’s what Rebecca had to say about all the logistics, how she’s been training, and what aspects of the fatass-style run (in her words: “no fees, no bibs, no medals, no refreshments, no BS”) are keeping her up at night.
Here’s a way to have your Thanksgiving turkey and burn it off, too: Inner Drive Fitness’s post-Thanksgiving Turkey Buster workout on Friday morning. The Newtown Square studio will host a free 90-minute indoor cycling/strength training combo class for anyone who brings a canned food donation for the emergency food center at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Broomall. This is an especially great deal for anyone who’s already taken advantage of the first-class-is-free promo at Inner Drive.