The Checkup: One Major Reason to Choose Hot Coffee Over Iced Coffee

• As someone who’s been drinking coffee since I was old enough to ride the school bus, having a cup of joe in the morning isn’t just an option; it’s a serious must. And when I’m running out the door, tight on time, I will scoop up a cup from the closest shop, and if it’s hot out, you better believe I am going for an iced coffee. But it looks like, if caffeine is my goal (and it is), this choice is one that could cost me in the pick-me-up department. The way iced coffee is brewed could mean less caffeine. NOOOOOO. [Science of Us] Read more »

6 Wake-Up Yoga Poses to Boost Energy and Jump-Start Digestion

Coffee. Oh, beloved coffee. Many of us are lost without it. But — while we wouldn’t dare urge you to abandon your caffeine addiction altogether — it is worth noting that there are other ways to wake up your brain and body.

Case in point: Here, Maura Manzo, co-founder of Conshohocken’s Yoga Home (you may recognize her from this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp) walks us through six very doable (read: beginner-friendly) yoga poses that will help give you a dose of caffeine-free energy when you wake up (or when you need a 2 p.m. energy boost), along with jump-starting your digestion and gearing you up for a day spent at a desk. Check ’em out below.
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The Checkup: Why You Should Stop Drinking Your Coffee Piping Hot, Stat

• Good news, coffee addicts of the world: Yesterday, the World Health Organization officially took coffee off of its list of possible carcinogens, which it’s been on since 1991, and said that drinking coffee could actually protect against a number of cancers. That said, researchers did note that, surprisingly, drinking coffee—or any beverage, for that matter—when it’s super hot could contribute to esophageal cancer, so make sure to let your java cool before you sip! [New York Times] Read more »

La Colombe Is Now Open in Bryn Mawr

La Colombe opens on the Main Line | Photo by La Colombe

La Colombe opens on the Main Line | Photo by La Colombe

La Colombe opens its first suburban Philadelphia location today in BrynMawr. The Main Line La Colombe opens at 915 West Lancaster Avenue, in a former auto garage. The cafe is part of a new retail and office development at the site named Bryn Mawr Village.

The 2,000 square foot space features skylights, handcrafted wood furniture, indoor plants and planter boxes at the entrance.

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Rival Bros. Coffee Coming to East Passyunk

rival-bros-11th-tasker-940Rival Bros Coffee, the coffee company from Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi have announced that they are opening their second location, this one across from the Fountain on East Passyunk, at 11th and Tasker Streets, the former home of Chiarella’s.

The Rival Bros. Coffee Bar will have a similar vibe to Rival’s 24th and Lombard location and the menu will be the same, including a rotating selection of breads and pastries from High Street on Market.

Rival Bros. Coffee Bar – East Passyunk [Foobooz] 

The Checkup: 7 Healthy Foods That Can Completely Sabotage Your Workouts

• You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by noshing on some hummus and crackers before you hit the gym, but these healthy-eating experts disagree. Same goes for leafy greens, raw seeds, and a slew of other seemingly good pre-workout foods, thanks in part to the bloat and stomach discomfort they can cause while you’re mid-lunge jump. [Women’s Health]
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The Checkup: This Is Why You Get Eye Boogers

• You know when you wake up with eye boogers? Or worse, you wake up next to someone else with gnarly eye boogers? Well, turns out that gunk is a combo of mucus, dust, lint, bacteria and dead skin cells, and the reason you have eye boogers in the morning and is because you’re not flushing your eyes out at night by blinking. Not that any of this information makes them any less gross. [Refinery29]
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La Colombe Gets Scientific with the Geographical Society and Monell Chemical Sciences Center

DarkAndStormy_webuseWhat happens when La Colombe CEO and host of the Travel Channel series Dangerous Grounds, Todd Carmichael, two scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center, and the Geographical Society of Philadelphia get together for a night? A completely elevated coffee tasting experience. And Science.

This Thursday, March 31st at La Colombe’s flagship location at 1335 Frankford Avenue is Dark and Stormy, a special event that explains why 100 million Americans drink at least one cup of coffee a day by looking at the science behind the drink, including the sensory experiences we have with our daily cup(s) of joe.

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The Checkup: The Argument for Going to Happy Hour Tonight — for Your Health 

• From the director of a 75-year study on happiness and health: “Over and over in these 75 years, our study has shown that the people who fared the best [health-wise] were the people who leaned into relationships with family, with friends and with community.” So instead of heading home and curling up on the couch tonight, grab some friends and catch up over happy hour (we have plenty of healthy picks here) or go get your dance on or, if you’re not into going out, have a Netflix and chill session with your BFF — for your health. [The New York Times]
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What You Could Talk About Over a $380 Coffee with Mayor Kenney

Jim Kenney photo by Jeff Fusco; background photo via Elixr’s website

Jim Kenney photo by Jeff Fusco; background photo via Elixr’s website

Mayor Jim Kenney is an expensive date.

Friends of Chester Arthur, a nonprofit that benefits Chester A. Arthur School in the Southwest Center City/G-Ho/Anderson Yards section of Philadelphia, recently auctioned off a coffee date with Kenney.

The winner paid $380 for the opportunity to talk to the mayor over coffee for a half-hour. That’s a $760 hourly rate for the mayor, which is partner-at-a-law-firm money.

“That’s not bad for a mayor of two months,” Kenney told the Philadelphia Business Journal. By the end of his term, he’s going to be collecting a grand an hour, at least. Read more »

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