Here Are 9 Popular Junk Foods Philly Does Better

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There was a time — long before food blogs existed, long before the rise of cheflebrities — when the world assumed kitchen workers ate like royalty at home — because of course they did. Because chefs are around great ingredients every waking hour of the day, there’s no chance that they go home to peanut butter and jelly.

But when the world got obsessed with food, secrets were spilled. And now we know: the guy who built that 18-course menu with caviar and gold leaf? He probably wen’t home to a lovely spread of instant ramen and Arby’s. And there’s no shame in that. The kitchen is exhausting and junk food is easy. It makes sense.

But that’s where the love affair between chef and junk food begins, and it doesn’t stop there. Here, now, nine junk foods reimagined by some of our city’s best chefs.

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Coming Soon: City Fit Girls FitRetreat on August 23rd

Attendees at last year's City Fit Girls FitRetreat | Photo by D. Burton Photography & Designs

Attendees at last year’s City Fit Girls FitRetreat | Photo by D. Burton Photography & Designs

City Fit Girls is bringing back its City Fit Girls FitRetreat for a second year, teaming up with Ryan Crown’s Juice Club to host the women’s wellness weekend. Co-founders Kiera Smalls (a Be Well Health Hero semifinalist) and Takia McClendon are cooking up a slew of fun events to keep you sweating.

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To Do: Pure Barre Lifted Seat Workshop Next Monday

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If you’re looking to give your tush a little extra oomph, look no further than this special Pure Barre workshop: The Lifted Seat  Workshop is a 75-minute workout which will focus on lifting tightening and toning your tush.

The workshop is on June 23rd, and it’s happening at all Pure Barre’s Philly locations. The class starts at 7:05 p.m. and costs $35. You can sign up in person or online here prior to the class.

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Philly Launches Gay Facebook

As if we need another excuse to log onto Facebook today, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) debuted a new quiz on the Visit Gay Philly Facebook page. Not only is the page designed to help LGBT visitors figure out which Philadelphia neighborhood best suits them (Are you into nightclubbing or antiquing? Or both?), but it gives everyone a chance to win a weekend stay in Philadelphia, including free tickets to the next Lady Gaga concert.

It’s all part of GPTMC’s popular “Philadelphia: Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay” campaign (the biggest LGBT tourism campaign launched in the U.S. at one point). The quiz also asks questions about dining, shopping and nightlife as it relates to five neighborhoods: the Gayborhood, Old City, Rittenhouse Square/Benjamin Franklin Parkway, East Passyunk and New Hope in Bucks County.

If you complete the personality quiz between now and November 15, you’ll be entered to win a weekend stay in Philadelphia, which includes:

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Watch: Tom Charles

Hip hop artist Tom Charles has been performing in Philly for awhile now – you may have caught his performance at Outfest last year. His latest low-budget video “Don’t Ask” has the rapper taking a kind of lyrical tour around the city. We’d like to see more from him – what do you think?

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Jay-Z on Gay Marriage

As hip-hop legend Jay-Z announced a live two-day Philly music festival for Labor Day weekend on the steps of the Art Museum yesterday, he also took time to talk about same-sex marriage and President Obama – and why discriminating against LGBT people in America is no different from racism.

“I’ve always thought it as something that was still … holding the country back,” the rapper said. “What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love.”

We’d also like to know if Mayor Nutter serenaded the hip-hop mogul with “Rapper’s Delight.”

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