Tell Us: What’s the Absolute Best Order at Blackbird Pizzeria?

Blackbird Pizzeria slices | Photo via Instagram

Good news, vegan friends: The folks at Blackbird Pizzeria, the spot known for its vegan menu of pizzas, wings, cheese fries and the like, had the soft opening for their new Northern Liberties location, at 614 North 2nd Street, last night. And if you missed it, not to fret: As Philly.com reports, the new location officially opens for regular hours today at 11 a.m. Say it with us: HECK yes.

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Meet a Health Hero: Stephanie Ford

» You can vote for Stephanie here from August 22nd through September 18th.

Name:
Stephanie Ford

Role: Founder of Pedal Posse Divas, a Philadelphia-based community for women who share a passion for cycling, hosting weekly rides; women’s biking advocate.

What motivates you to try and make Philadelphia a healthier place?
I am motivated to try to make Philadelphia a healthier place because a healthy community is a thriving community. So many of the illnesses that people are affected by are curable. If people would put time and effort into making healthier food choices, exercising daily (even if that means walking), we would begin to see how those simple things can make a huge difference in how we feel and look and to the overall quality of our lives.

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This Is the Ultimate Trader Joe’s Grocery List

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

Celebrations are in order, my friends: Trader Joe’s just turned 50 years old. And to celebrate, they asked for customers and crew members to dish on their favorite items and narrowed what they say was a very long list down to the top 50 favorites, in no particular order. In other words, they’ve compiled your grocery-shopping list for the weekend.

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Goodbye, Boring Veggie Wraps: 6 Philly Food Trucks Vegans Should Know About

The Chilly Banana | Photo via Instagram

Ah, food truck-lined streets: A grub-filled wonderland for most foodies, but for vegans, walking up to a window can be daunting. Dietary labels don’t always show up on dry-erase board menus, meaning you can end up waiting in a forever-long line, only to, come time to place your order, find out the the item you had your sights set on isn’t actually vegan. Say it with me: NOOOOOOOO.

My friends, family and S.O. are all barbecue junkies, so at food truck-filled festivals, I always get stuck at the barbecue truck, which is often the least vegan-friendly truck on the scene. Meaning I usually, erm, stick to booze. But despite what it can seem, there are vegan food truck and food cart options out there, my fellow vegan friends. Here six food trucks and carts — some completely vegan and some very vegan-friendly —to look out for around Philly for some good vegan eatin’. Read more »

Meet a Health Hero: Dr. Ted Corbin

» You can vote for Dr. Corbin here from August 22nd through September 18th.

Name: Dr. Ted Corbin

Role: Medical director of Healing Hurt People, a hospital-based violence intervention program with the mission of decreasing violence and trauma through public health policy, practice research and training.

What motivates you to try and make Philadelphia a healthier place?
I am a native Philadelphian and I see all the untapped potential in our youth. In our program Healing Hurt People at Drexel, we work with youth who have been victims of violence and we help them rebuild and mobilize their talents. As is true for all of us, healing for these young people starts with a healthy mind — figuring out what we need to do to be safe, not just physically but also socially, morally, and psychologically, managing emotions, dealing with loss and envisioning a future. Not an easy thing for anyone but once you’ve gotten there, it’s a beautiful space to heal, own, occupy and build.

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This Drone Footage of the Rail Park Will Fuel Your City-Running Daydreams

I can’t resist going to the High Line every time I visit New York. And every single time, I am reminded that, while it’s a lovely idea in theory, in reality, it’s a bad idea: It’s kind of like going to Reading Terminal at lunchtime. It’s packed with people, both city dwellers and tourists, all moving at a glacial pace in a confined space. Not pleasant.

I’m hoping that Philly’s Rail Park, a three-mile elevated park currently under construction for its first phase — a short and sweet .25-mile stretch starting in Callowhill — will be … different. And given that we aren’t New York, I’m sure it will be. As the website for the park, the first phase of which is expected to open in early 2018, states, “The Rail Park is a vision for a greenway that will serve pedestrians, bicyclists, neighbors and visitors alike.” So, unlike the High Line, they’re anticipating people embracing the elevated park with modes of transportation beyond just moseying along.

Personally, what I’m most excited about when it comes to the Rail Park is the green escape it will give city runners. Because those grey sidewalks can get old real quick. Earlier this week, the folks over at Curbed Philly pointed out drone footage from Philly by Drone, shot on August 1st — set to some very soothing Anthony Hamilton music — of the currently under construction Rail Park, and let me tell you: It is two minutes and 32 seconds chock full of the stuff city running and cycling daydreams are made of. So watch it below, then imagine yourself plodding or pedaling along the elevated parks eventual paths. (We won’t tell your boss if you escape reality for a few minutes.)

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The Checkup: How This Common Weight-Loss Tactic Is Backfiring on You

• Just typing the words “counting calories” makes me die a little inside. It makes eating sound like … work. Yuck. And good news: Nutrition pros say you’re probably better off not obsessively counting calories if you’re trying to lose weight, for a whole slew of reasons. To name a few, it’s impossible for calorie counts to be truly accurate (which means the tactic can backfire and lead you to over-consume calories), and it distracts from what’s actually important when it comes to food (think: getting protein and healthy fats). [Furthermore]

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Meet a Health Hero: Kevin J. Burns

» You can vote for Kevin here from August 22nd through September 18th.

Name:
Kevin J. Burns

Role: Executive director at Action Wellness, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people living with chronic illness in the Philadelphia area.

What motivates you to try and make Philadelphia a healthier place?
Social justice. I have always been motivated to work to achieve better access to health care for people who, for any reason, do not have equal opportunities to high quality care. I am very proud of the work Action Wellness has done and continues to do to ensure better access to care for all people living in the region.

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Yes, Please: Get Free ReAnimator Coffee at Sweetgreen Rittenhouse This Month

Photo courtesy Sweetgreen

WOOHOO! Why am I so excited, you ask? Well, my friends, here’s why: I’m downright ecstatic about the news that ReAnimator Coffee will be hosting three pop-ups this month at the Sweetgreen in Rittenhouse (1821 Chestnut Street), giving away free coffee to the lunchtime salad-loving crowd. And guess what? The first pop-up date is tomorrow, August 16th!

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