Gluten-Free Folks, Rejoice: La Crêperie Café Now Serves Gluten-Free Crêpes

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Calling all gluten-free dieters: If you thought swearing off gluten meant you had to forever forgo the deliciousness that is a warm, freshly-made crêpe, think again — La Crêperie Café in Rittenhouse is now serving gluten-free crêpes all day, every day. (It’s totally appropriate to shed some tears of joy upon hearing this news.)

The gluten-free crêpes, which the restaurant began serving a few weeks ago, are made in-house with rice flour instead of wheat flour, and all of the crêpes on the menu — a whopping 63 choices — can be prepared gluten-free. So go, enjoy a freshly-made crêpe, just because you can.

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The Pollen Vortex Is Coming: 7 Benadryl-Free Ways to Ease Allergy Symptoms

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Allergy season is the worst. And in case you haven’t heard, this year’s allergy season is going to be the worst of the worst, with a “pollen vortex” set to torture us all for a full two weeks straight. A pollen VORTEX, people — this is no joke.

I’ll be honest: I’m probably going to lock myself in the house for those two terrible weeks with all six seasons of The Wire and a gigantic bucket of guacamole. But if you have to leave your house (Because, life.) and you’d rather not put yourself into a Benadryl-induced stupor to avoid the torture that is allergy season— the itchy eyes, the runny nose, the scratchy throat — try these totally natural tricks for easing allergy symptoms, instead. Good luck, folks!

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To Do: 2nd Annual Cook-Wissahickon 5K

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If you’re planning out your weekend workout schedule, you might want to add the 2nd Annual Cook-Wissahickon 5K to the list. The timed 5K, happening this Saturday, starts and finishes at the Cook-Wissahickon school in the Roxborough/Manayunk area. Participants can choose to either run the 5K or, if running a 5K sounds like absolute torture, walk a shorter 1.5-mile course. Both the run and the walk will be done on an open course through the neighborhood, so if you aren’t from the area, it’s a great chance to soak up some new scenery during your weekend workout.

All proceeds from the 5K will benefit Cook-Wissahickon Elementary school. You can find more information and register here.

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Would You Buy These “Anti-Thigh Gap” Jeans?

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Jean-loving gym-fanatics, rejoice: A new company is designing jeans tailor-made just for you. Barbell Denim — a company started by four recreational athletes tired of donning uncomfortable jeans with little room for movement and a high risk of splitting at the crotch — promises a fashionable pair of jeans that will effortlessly accommodate the muscle-y quads, calves and butt you’ve spent hours in the gym working for. Because no one — and I mean no one — should have to wear a pair of jeggings.

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VegPhilly: The Guide to Healthy Eating in the City

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Yellow Juice Bar’s green juice || Photo via Instagram

When it comes to lunch during the week, I have two major problems: I’m a creature of habit, and I’m easily bored.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that those things don’t mix well, and it’s led to some shameful lunchtime catastrophes. I’ve gotten sick of my week’s worth of make-ahead lunches after two days, went to the same falafel place four days in a row, and during one especially weird stretch in February, I ate hummus and Wheat Thins at my desk for a week straight.

Of course, I’d love to spend 45 minutes scrolling through Yelp in search of the perfect healthy lunch spot, but honestly, who has time for that? No one, that’s who.

So let me present to you the answer to all of your lunch-related woes: VegPhilly. It’s been around for about a year now, but I just found it last week. And I’m obsessed.

Here’s how it works.

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To Do: Sweat at Sly Fox Brewery’s Foxtrot 5K

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Is there any better race than one that ends at a beer brewery? I’d argue the answer is no. If you agree, you will love Sly Fox Brewing Company’s Foxtrot 5K. The charity race, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, starts and ends at the popular Pottstown brewery. And boy, does it have a great ending: After sweating their faces off during the timed 5K, runners are invited to hang out at a day-long post-race party hosted by the brewery, complete with six food trucks, live music, and tons of beer on tap. Now, that’s my kind of race!

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5 Eco-Friendly Yoga Essentials to Shop This Earth Day

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In celebration of Earth Day, we’ve rounded up five eco-friendly everyday yoga essentials to add to your collection. Whether you’re looking for a new yoga bag that can take you from work to class or a new pair of leggings that give you the stretch you need to get deep into a pose, we’ve got you covered. Check out the goods below.

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To Do: Bootylicious Beyonce Twerkshop at Philly Dance Fitness This Weekend

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The other day, I was mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came across this video of a New York City socialite of sorts, getting her groove on in a Beyonce-inspired dance class. The envy that I felt was absurd. All I could think was, Why isn’t every dance studio in Philadelphia hosting hourly Beyonce-themed dance classes, every single day?! Whyyy? (Dramatic, I know) And then Philly Dance Fitness came along with their Bootylicious Beyonce Twerkshop. Yep, that’s right: A Twerkshop.

Last year, the dance studio hosted Beyonce-themed dance classes and Twerkshop classes, and after tons of requests to bring these favorites back, the studio decided to combine the two, creating the 90-minute workshop of everyone’s dreams. (Okay, maybe not everyone.) During the workshop, participants will, first, learn how to twerk. Then they will “pop, grind, shake and wind through 90 minutes of nonstop dance routines,” to the beat of Beyonce tunes, of course.

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Bikers and Walkers Make For Healthier Cities, Report Finds

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Thanks to the warmer weather, many of us have ditched our morning SEPTA commute, opting to ride our bikes or walk to work instead. And, according to a new report released by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, this is exactly the type of behavior that leads to healthier cities: The report found that many cities with higher percentages of biking and walking commuters experience lower levels of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Unfortunately, this trend doesn’t hold true for Philadelphia.

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