The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Healthy Food-Truck Finds

Banh Mi Xiumai at Kung Fu Hoagies | Photo via Kung Fu Hoagies

Banh Mi Xiumai at Kung Fu Hoagies | Photo via Kung Fu Hoagies

*Welcome to our occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!

Like many cities, our city has a love affair with food trucks. They’re quick, convenient, reasonable, and can showcase some of the trendiest cuisine around. While often guaranteed to be tasty, many food-truck offerings are definitely not guaranteed to be a paragon of health and nutrition. I personally realized this two weeks ago at The Food Trust’s Night Market Callowhill. I was surrounded by a ton of Philly’s food trucks, overwhelmed by mouthwatering choices but starved (pun intended) for something I could be sure was figure-friendly.

Inspired by that experience, I went on the hunt for the most delicious healthy food-truck items in Philly, and who better to consult than some of our local health-minded, food-loving registered dietitians? Below, Philly dietitians dish on their favorite healthy food-truck finds and prove you don’t have to avoid the food truck to have a nutrient-packed lunch. Read more »

The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Vegan Brunch Edition

The Vegan Rooster at Memphis Taproom | Photo by Erin Jaskiewicz

The Vegan Rooster at Memphis Taproom | Photo by Erin Jaskiewicz

*Welcome to our occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!

Searching for good vegan brunch is kind of like searching for a breeze in a Bikram class: pretty much impossible to find. Which is a bummer, because brunch — a time where you get to gorge on pancakes and mimosas at 11 a.m. without feeling bad because, well, brunch — is the greatest thing ever.

Sadly though, if you’re vegan, oftentimes, it’s more worth it to sleep in than go out to a brunch where you’ll be forced to eat a plate of sliced tomato and avocado with salt in lieu of any other brunch options while your friends happily chow down on waffles right in front of your face with no regard for your feelings.

So, to help make brunch something our vegan friends can actually look forward to, we asked six local vegan foodies,  who really know what they’re talking about, to dish on the best vegan brunches they’ve ever had in Philly. And while many of them admitted it’s slim pickins out there, they did have some go-to favorites. Check ‘em out below, then put eating one of two of them on your to-do list for this weekend. Because sleeping through brunch is no way to live your life.

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People Are Really Mad Beyoncé Won’t Shut Up About Her Vegan Diet

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You know that (played out) joke that all vegans talk about is being vegan? Beyoncé is totally living up to the stereotype, which I personally am happy about — spread the plant-based gospel, Queen Bey! — but some of her fans are pissed. Why? They say — true to the joke — the only freakin’ thing Bey talks about is her vegan diet. And they are over it. And they are unleashing their anger all over social media.

So, what ticked them off? Today, in a hyped up segment on Good Morning America, Beyoncé was slated to reveal a big announcement but, it turned out, it wasn’t a big announcement at all. The segment was really just a three-minute-long love letter to her vegan diet and the 22 Days Nutrition meal service she rolled out with celebrity trainer Marco Borges back in February. And, as Gawker quickly noticed, fans who woke up early expecting to hear about something else — anything else! — were not pleased.

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Pure Fare Just Debuted the Best On-the-Go Breakfast Ever: Breakfast Popsicles

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Photo via Instagram | @pure_fare

Can you think of a better way to start your day than with a popsicle? Because I can’t. And thanks to the good people over at Pure Fare, you can do just that and you don’t even have to feel guilty about it (for real!): The gluten-free, mostly-organic spot just started whipping up breakfast popsicles, and the first concoction — made with hemp milk, coconut milk, blueberries, granola and maple syrup — is basically your morning bowl of granola made better. Who else is drooling?

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The Checkup: Is This the Miracle Hangover Cure We’ve All Been Looking For?

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• Because it’s a long weekend full of barbecues and beer, and we care: Apparently, Pedialyte — you know, the drink dehydrated, sick children drink? — is loaded with sodium and potassium, making it the perfect morning-after drink when your head is throbbing and your will to live is at the bottom of a Bud Light can somewhere. [Greatist]
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Change of Plans: Philly VegFest Won’t Be at Clark Park This Year

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A few weeks ago, we told you guys VegFest, the free festival celebrating all things vegetarian, would be making its way back to Philly June 6th (Sadly, the same day as Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our day-long fitness fest — but no worries, you can go after you get your sweat on!). And when we announced that the festival would be back for a second year, the location of the 2015 festival was supposed to be Clark Park, but looks like there’s been a change of plans.
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