• ‘Tis the season for cookies galore! Since I would never tell you to totally resist (Indulge! It’s okay!), may I recommend a few—oh, fine, one hundred—calorie-conscious cookie recipes for your baking pleasure? You’re welcome. [Cooking Light]
Pop singer Robin Thicke, who’s in town for Q102′s Jingle Ball tonight, apparently stopped by the Sporting Club at the Bellevue to shoot some hoops this afternoon. The gym posted a few photos on its Facebook page showing Thicke posing with fans and staffers and playing basketball in the gym.
Evidence below. Anyone see him there? More importantly, how’s his jump shot?
Nope, you didn’t read the headline wrong. Shake Shack Center City, the über-popular burger and milkshake joint, is teaming up with Breakaway Bikes on Saturday for a 40-mile out-and-back bike ride to Ambler. Actually, it’s not that far-fetched, when you consider that Shake Shack Philly’s Shack Track and Field running club has become so popular, it’s now being replicated in other cities across the country.
Anyway. The ride starts at Breakaway at 8:30 a.m. You’ll be back in the city around 11, ending at Shake Shack, where you’ll celebrate with burgers, fries and Victory beer floats. And if you’re not up for the ride, no worries—you should still bring your wheels to Shake Shack between 11 and 1 because Breakaway will be doing free bike checks, and one lucky raffle winner will receive a basket stuffed with goodies from Shake Shack, Breakaway Bikes and Victory Beer.
For many, the mere thought of giving up their daily 2 p.m. latte is enough to cause a full-blown panic attack. But according to an interesting article published in The Daily Beast, you might not actually need coffee to get a midday jolt of energy.
Writer Gregory Ferenstein conducted an experiment on himself, comparing his cognitive function (i.e. how sharp his brain was) after doing 30 seconds of exercise and after consuming 250 milligrams of caffeine. To measure the effect of each method, he tested himself using Quantified-Mind, a website that tests reaction time and memory. Get this: He found that a short burst of exercise had a greater effect on his cognitive performance than a the cup of java. Interesting, huh?
When’s the last time you cleaned out your closet? If it’s been a while and you have some seriously hideous holiday sweaters or t-shirts on hand, put them to good use this week at RowZone Manayunk. The indoor rowing studio is offering free entry to its class at 5:30 p.m. on Friday to anyone who dons an ugly holiday-themed tee or sweater. You’re invited to stick around after class to hang with the RowZone crew for a social hour.
To sign up, go here and register for Friday’s 5:30 class. Create an account and sign up as unpaid. You’ll get in free (a good deal, considering a class normally costs $30) when you show up in your holiday
best worst. Space is limited, so register ASAP.
RowZone Manayunk, 4401 East Main Street, Manayunk.
King of Prussia-based Banyan Productions, which has produced shows for TLC, HGTV, Discovery and more, is currently casting for a new wellness-focused reality show called “Natural Reboot.” The show is slated to appear on a new network called Veria Living.
As the name (sort of) suggests, the show offers a total-life makeover for one woman (yes, women only—sorry guys) per episode, to “help restore balance to women who feel their lives are out of whack,” according to the casting call. Women selected for the show are paired with a team of experts, who help them make positive changes in everything from diet to exercise to work to home life.
So there’s this new page on Facebook called My Real Yoga Body. I found it by way of internationally known yogi Kathryn Budig, who seems to have just discovered the page herself. It launched on October 28th and is basically a feed of user-submitted photos of “real” yoga bodies—i.e. normal people, of all shapes and sizes, practicing yoga.
Do you check with guests about their food allergies before having a party? Every year we hear tragic stories of young lives lost from contact with peanuts, tree nuts or foods containing or exposed to nuts. Many schools are peanut- or tree nut-free zones, and we are seeing more and more food products carrying “school-safe” labeling. Not all kids with peanut allergies have other tree nut allergies, but for those that do, the issue can be even more challenging.
Peanut allergies can be very dangerous and cause a reaction known as anaphylaxis, which is a medical emergency. It can involve many symptoms including tongue and lip swelling, respiratory distress and cardiovascular collapse, which can result in death. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. This being the holiday season, I felt it timely to write about a personal experience as a host dealing with this very issue.