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This London Pop-Up Café Takes Exercise as a Form of Payment

Europe’s premier fitness provider David Lloyd Clubs wants you to “Run for Your Bun” with the world’s first café that lets you pay for your meal with exercise. The concept was created by the company for its campaign to encourage office workers to move away from their desks and be more active, according to a press release. Customers will be able to select a complimentary lunch after completing a six-minute workout under the guidance of one of the café’s trainers. The pop-up is located at 3 Slingsby Place in London's Covent Garden. It will be open to the public through Jan. 13 from noon to 3 p.m.


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Montreal’s Zero8 Caters to Customers With Potentially Deadly Food Allergies

Zero8, a restaurant in Montreal, has built a loyal fan base with its mission to serve a menu without the eight most common allergens: gluten; milk products; eggs; fish or shellfish; soy; sesame; nuts; and peanuts. The regulars are so committed to Zero8 that when high rent caused the restaurant to close its first location in 2013, patrons encouraged owner Dominique Dion to start a crowd-funding project. The funds allowed Dion to reopen the restaurant two years later, according to Montreal Gazette. The crowd-funding project is ongoing, as Dion plans to expand the eatery’s concept to other cities.


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Company to Pursue Clinical Trials to Link Cannabis Gum to the Alleviation of IBS Symptoms

Results from a study conducted by AXIM Biotechnologies showed that the company’s cannabinoid (CBD) gum may alleviate symptoms from IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders. Each piece of CanChew Gum contains 50 milligrams of CBD hemp oil and 10 milligrams of natural CBD, according to the Medical Marijuana Inc. website. “We believe we can match or improve the bioavailability profile for CBD compared to other delivery systems such as smoking or oral intake,” George E. Anastassov, CEO of AXIM Biotech, said in a statement. “We look forward to entering clinical trial and making available our cannabis-based medicine to patients suffering from IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders as soon as possible.”


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Food Stamp Users Will Soon Be Able to Order Groceries Online

Thanks to a new initiative by the USDA, food stamp users will soon be allowed to do their grocery shopping online. The USDA will partner with retailers like Amazon, Fresh Direct, Safeway, Shoprite, and other smaller regional chains in select test markets in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, before expanding nationwide. "Online purchasing is a potential lifeline for SNAP participants living in urban neighborhoods and rural communities where access to healthy food choices can be limited," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. During the test, the USDA will evaluate whether national or local retailers are more accessible to SNAP participants. The USDA will also test out a couple different payment methods. SNAP users will still have to cover all service and delivery fees, according to Engadget.


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Why Did This Female Chef Reject Her Michelin Star?

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Receiving a Michelin star may be one of the highest culinary honors a chef can receive. However, rejecting a Michelin star is not as uncommon as you might think. Joining the small but attention-grabbing group of chefs to return their stars is Karen Keygnaert, the only female chef in Flanders, Belgium, to have earned a Michelin star. Keygnaert’s restaurant, A’Qi, received a Michelin star five years ago, two years after it opened. Now she is giving her star back in order to start fresh, untainted — with an all-female staff.  “Until ten years ago, a Michelin star was a blessing, but in these economic times it is more of a curse,” Keygnaert told Munchies. Keygnaert wanted to “stop with all the frills”; there was too much pressure on a Michelin-starred restaurant to maintain a perfect façade. A’Qi will move across town and reopen as Cantine Copine in spring 2017, according to the new restaurant’s website.