Now is about the time when everyone in Philly has sweat through one too many shirts on their morning commute and is begging for a fall breeze and the pumpkin-spiced everything that comes with it.
I get it: It’s hot. But don’t let a little sunshine stop you from squeezing in those bucket list activities that can only be done in summer: soaking in Bok Bar’s spectacular city views, making the most of sweet, sweet (and plentiful) summer produce, eating under the stars, downing a smoothie bowl before sunrise. Below, all of those plus more delightful ways to make the most of your week!
No meal prep? No problem: Save the farmers’ market produce you failed to use last week with these recipes, like any-herb chutney (perfect for saving wilted herbs) and use-it-up frittata, AKA the perfect place to put all the veggies you promised yourself you’d eat last week. (Hey, better late than never.)
Switch up your warm-up strategy! Foam rolling often gets praised as a no-brainer recovery practice, but it’s worth working into your pre-workout plans, especially if you Netflix-and-chilled all weekend. Here’s the lowdown, as explained by a Thrive coach. Do it.
Soak up all the Bok skyline views you can get! Bok Bar closes in the fall, and spoiler alert: Fall isn’t too far off. (Insert puddle of tears here.) So if you’ve yet to make it up to the sky-high bar to soak in the just-plain-lovely views of Philly’s skyline at sunset, you’d better put it on your calendar, stat. Do it.
Trade your snooze button for a free smoothie bowl: Bryn + Dane’s long-awaited Center City location opens Thursday, and the first 200 people to make it through the doors (they open at 6:30 a.m.) will earn themselves a free acai or pitaya bowl. Do it.
Take yourself out: A well-kept secret: Little Nonna’s has one of the most delightful garden seating areas in town, and their pan-seared gnocchi with sweet summer veggies, like corn and blistered tomatoes, is another thing you’ll want to squeeze in before summer comes to a close. Do it.
Picnic under fireworks! Cherry Street Pier is putting on a fireworks display at 9:30—throw a few drinks and desserts in a picnic basket and you have yourself some lovely Saturday night plans. Do it.
Rethink your weekend walk: This interview with T. Morgan Dixon, the founder of the non-profit Girltrek—it’s a super inspiring organization; read the article—will make you rethink how something as simple as an hourlong morning walk can have a dramatic effect on both you and your surrounding community. Do it.
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