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Frybread Friday – Our Food Cart guest this morning, TeePee’s Fry Bread. Now you may think you know frybread, but unless you have tried Rod and Kristen Thompsen’s frybread, you haven’t had the good stuff. Their frybread isn’t heavy and overly sweet. Its tasty and light. The “Indian Toes” taste similar to a New Orleans beignet. And at the cart, they use the bread to make their “Indian Tacos”.
I think I’m going to be making a trip to the cart at S.E. 50th and Division to try those. They have a fundraiser tomorrow for the Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland – and the sun is supposed to be out. Great time for frybread!!
How Oregon Are You? – Now you can find out. Never mind if you were born here…that apparently doesn’t factor into this quiz. Its mostly about how much you know about Oregon pop culture. I would have rated 98-percent if I had known more about beer! As it is, I’m only apparently 89-percent Oregonian, but I guess that’s what happens when you are born in Vancouver Washington.
New York Anti-Santa?? -- New York city police have warned bar owners not to serve the drunken Santa’s helpers that show up for the annual “Santacon” December 14th. Its been a problem in the past, and has gotten out of hand in many places…apparently even Portland. In fact, there is a group in the Rose City that wants to protest the debauchery. They’ll be out December 7th, the NOPOAnti-con. This could get interesting. Dueling Santas, on the street – one naughty, one nice…who will win?? By the way, Hillsboro’s SantaCon is November 30th, and Portland’s is the same day as New York’s. Just don’t put the bad mouth on Santa!
Bicycle Built for an Invisible Helmet – Have you seen this photo? Its an “invisible helmet”. Amazingly, this device around her neck detects when you are in some sort of bike accident and it deploys! Don’t believe me – watch this video:
If you want to know more about it, you can check it out here. They are for sale in Europe. Would you try it, if they go on sale here? I’m not so sure, guess I would like to see more evidence of everyday use, and that they actually protect your noggin in an accident.
Santa Cycle – Is there a bike your child’s Christmas list?
If so, here are some things to consider if you’re going out shopping.
Happy Cranksgiving – Great event, coming up this weekend at Velo Cult.
Cranksgiving started in New York and its spread to many cities, including Portland. It’s a sort of scavenger hunt, on your bike, with teammates and prizes. Its also a benefit. Portland’s event will donate to “Outside In”, a local charity that helps young people on the streets. Check it out this Saturday.
Signal Cycle – I leave you with this…Researchers at Portland State have taken an in-depth look at whether cyclists obey signals on the street, and what it takes to trip them. There’s a lot of numbers and percentages here, but if you are into that sort of thing, have a field day!
Bicycle Built for 7 – Pretty much everybody in these parts know about this legendary bike, owned by Emily Finch. She hauls her six kids around on it. Emily must have calves of steel! Some idiot stole the bike from out in front of her house. She admits, it was her fault for leaving it out…but come on…who needs a bike this big? Keep an eye out for it. Emily is concerned it may have already been pulled apart for parts. Let’s hope not.
Filling in -- Thanks for all the well wishes from our listeners for Bob Miller. He’s out have having emergency surgery (again) on his hand. The original wound got infected, which landed him in the ER over the weekend. We’re hoping he will be back by Thursday. Until then, Tim Hohl and I are holding down the fort.
This morning’s photographic evidence of that, looks a little blurry – much like Tim and I feel early in the morning!
Big Cat Toy – Check out this video from the Oregon Zoo. This is what they use to keep the cougars at the zoo in good shape, and mentally stimulated.I'll give you a hint, the salmon loses!!
Bike Lock App – Its only in the “Kickstarter” phase right now, but it looks like it would be a pretty cool device to have. It is an app that downloads to your smart phone and locks up a special “u” lock. But that’s not all, you can also keep track of where you are, your route, how far you’ve gone and how much CO2 you’ve saved. You can watch it in action here:
LeMonde – Remember the LeMonde 10 speeds, when we were kids? The three time Tour de France winner has decided to come out with his own line of bikes once again. These aren’t your usual two wheeled suspects either. Figure on throwing down between seven to eleven THOUSAND if you’d like one when they go on sale next spring.
Speaking of New Bikes – the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show is coming up this weekend. The metro area is home to a number of bike builders, and you can see their work, starting Saturday, at Sandbox Studios. Go, enjoy…and drool over some beautiful bikes.
Squirrel! Found this while I was pawing through a link from Reese Witherspoon – talk about squirrel! I get a kick outta squirrels, and this one is a sort of a harvest squirrel. You could use him as a Thanksgiving centerpiece! As far as Reese Witherspoon – on her internet site (besides squirrels) she has the first photos of her filming the movie “Wild” in Ashland. If you haven’t read the book yet, do. I had made some cracks about Witherspoon playing the role (I wasn’t convinced she’d do a good job) but after seeing the first pictures, she appears to be pulling it off. I am very excited to see the movie once it comes out. Loved the book, and it was a kick to interview the author Cheryl Strayed on the radio.
Food Cart Friday – had a great time with Robert and Danny from Pressed 1 this morning. The fellas did NOT warn me about how spicy the pressed sandwich and the OMG sauce were! It was hot, hot, hot!! My sinuses are so clear! Gotta tell ya though, it was tasty. Then they made us these incredible s’mores – a peanut butter cup, a toast marshmallow, slice of fresh pear all on a graham cracker. It was amazing! You can find them at 52nd and Foster at Carts On Foster.
Go by, say hi - you won't be sorry!
Walk and Bike to School Day – Its tomorrow and it looks like the weather is going to cooperate. In fact its going to be the only sunny day this week. Two hundred and fifty schools have signed up this year to participate. The idea is to get kids involved in physical activity, and have a good time while they get to school in a non-polluting way. If you’d like to know more, check it out here or ask at your school.
BTA Bike Challenge – Thursday we will learn which business is the winner of this year’s Bike Commute Challenge. One workplace, CH2M Hill’s Portland Office, even went so far as to put a video together about how involved they were.
Its all in good fun –
Road Diet – Will S.W. Barbur slim down? That’s what a group of bike and pedestrian advocates would like to see. The so-called “Road Diet” is not included though in the S.W. Corridor plan that will be before the Portland City Council on Thursday. The diet would have winnowed the busy thoroughfare down to one lane in either direction for cars, and allowed for bike and pedestrian lanes. The advocates will push the council to study the effects of the proposed safety improvements and include the diet too.
You Will Ride This Winter – Fall rain is here, winter is right around the corner. That is usually the separating line between fair weather riders and those who are very motivated. There is a guy who wants to keep you on your bike in the dreary months. William Santana has started a new group called the Portland Winter Group. The group will ride every Saturday – rain or shine. And it will be a swift group, averaging 22 miles an hour. Check out more here
Something for the Ladies – There is a new bike shop in town “Gladys Bikes” – and it is the first in town to cater exclusively to women. The owner is Leah Benson. The new shop is on North Williams in the Hub Building, which is the same spot where Sweetpea Bicycles and Sugar Wheel Works is located. One of the main services provided is bike fitting. Benson stocks accessories and components that make sense for women.
Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Here’s my morning ride report. First off, using the line from the Christmas song seems so appropriate, as its probably the only time you can see jack-o-lanterns on porches right next to houses decorated with lights for Christmas, bats hanging from poles and at the next house lighted snowflakes. It’s the juxtaposition of Halloween and Christmas, orange lights and red & green. On the animal patrol, I spied two cats and two raccoons this morning (watch it fellas, I know where you live). Also a tip of the bike helmet to the family on Linwood who knows how to properly display the American flag after dark. They have a light shining on it, directly. Now, the VFW hall doesn’t even do that. Granted their parking lot is lite up, I guess that’s the best they can do. They leave their flag out all night. On the OPS front - it also must be the season for home remodeling. I didn’t see any furniture, but did see five rolls of used carpeting, and someone is doing a makeover on their bathroom, because all their old cabinets are out in the rain. Nice, I'm sure someone will pick all that crap up! (NOT)
Someday --- Its on my bucket list, and I spotted this blog to give me encouragement. Maybe it will do the same for you. One of my favorite places on the planet is the San Juan Islands. I have been camping and kayaking up there several times. We spent part of our honeymoon there when we got married three years ago, and went back last year. Its so peaceful and there is something about the light and all the water that makes it so unique. I have biked ON several of the islands, but never biked and camped TO and FROM the islands. Just sounds like a perfect way to see them. The bike in camp spots are wonderful on all the islands. One of these days….I am going to do it!
Breaking Bad – I have to move on, now that “Breaking Bad” has aired its finale. Walter White is dead, so are most of the bad guys, Jesse made it and so did Skyler. So what’s a BB fan to do with all that free time on Sunday nights? Buzzfeed to the rescue! The internet site has come up with a list of shows that could come close to tickling that Heisenberg spot. I’ll confess, there’s only one on the list I couldn’t get into. The rest I’m either equally addicted to, or have thoroughly enjoyed in the past.
Food Cart Friday – and it DELICIOUS!! We invited Tiffin Asha, a food cart that serves up delectable South Indian inspired snacks. Elizabeth Golay is the chief and owner, and its her baby. She has come up with the recipes, which use many standards from Southern India such as Dosas then spice them up with her own special “gun powder”: blended spices you mix yourself in fresh sesame oil.
If you take a look at reviews on Yelp, you’ll see how popular this cart on Alberta is. Elizabeth brought in some of the idli with sambar – a rice cake dumpling with a hearty, well spiced soup made of seasonal veggies, tamarind and coconut. We also got to sample all three flavors of gun powder. I have a scratchy throat today, and all of it felt wonderful on my throat and woke up and cleared out my sinuses. If you’d like to try out the menu, you can find Tiffin Asha at 1313 NE Alberta
Looks good, huh??