WAKE UP AND SMELL THE NI­TRO

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

Bloomberg Businessweek (North America) - - Etc. -

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

How em­ployed peo­ple age 25 to 54 with chil­dren spend a typ­i­cal work­day, ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics

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