WAKE UP AND SMELL THE NITRO

Your hap­pier hour can happen be­fore work —— L.B.

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LOS ANGELES

In­stead of: Be­ing stuck in traf­fic on the 101 south­bound Try: L.A.’s new Metro

Expo line. It runs from Santa Mon­ica to down­town and takes about 50 min­utes. $1.75; metro.net

HOUS­TON

In­stead of: That same-ol’ iced tall skinny vanilla latte Try:

Nitro cof­fee. The tra­di­tional brew is in­fused with ni­tro­gen gas, giv­ing it a frothy tex­ture. Dis­trict Roast­ers in nearby Tom­ball ($4; dis­tric­troast­ers.com for Hous­ton vendors)

serves it bot­tled, and Star­bucks is adding it to 500 lo­ca­tions this sum­mer.

CHICAGO

In­stead of: An­other sleepy jog on the tread­mill Try:

Tak­ing your work­out to the roof. Shred415 hits the top of the Park Hy­att Ho­tel for its fat-burn­ing rou­tine (car­dio drills, strength train­ing). Wed­nes­days, 6:30 a.m., 800 N. Michi­gan Ave. $25 per class; shred415.com

NEW YORK

In­stead of: That bor­ing bran muf­fin Try: Slurp­ing up Ivan Orkin’s break­fast

ra­men. (Think dashiched­dar broth.) It’s served start­ing at 8 a.m. at his Slurp Shop, 600 11th Ave. $13; ivan­ra­men.com

PHILADEL­PHIA

In­stead of: Lis­ten­ing to your kids com­plain about their home­work Try:

At­tend­ing the Philly chap­ter of CreativeMorn­ings, a na­tion­wide lec­ture se­ries that brings cre­atives and au­di­ences to­gether for talks over break­fast. Free; creativemorn­ings.com

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