Last week some friends and I went to the Leatherman Tool factory for a tour. All Leatherman tools are made in Portland, Oregon in this factory, and they are proud of it. Sadly, on the tour they do not allow photos to be taken. It was really cool to see how the tools are made from big steel rolls. Then they’re punched, bent, polished, and assembled into a finished product. (Parts that are forged do not get made here). I have been carrying a Leatherman Wave for the past years and use it everyday. Leatherman has this video tour on the site to make up for no photos in the factory, and it is really nice because you can see things closer up than what we got to see some of the time.
After the tour we went off to the retail store not far away. It had a case that contained the first prototype of the multi-tool from Tim Leatherman, along with a really old, giant, multi-tool made of hundreds of pieces of the tools. I picked up a new knife for Angel, and for my dad. If you ever have a chance to take a tour of the factory, it’s pretty cool, more info about that HERE.
Hot Lips Pizza
After the tour, we ate some lunch at Hot Lips Pizza. It was the first time I ate their pizza and I thought it was great. I have had their sodas. It is great soda made with fruit from the Pacific Northwest. You can find it bottled all over the place out here. I had a Black Raspberry along with a nice simple slice of cheese pizza, and garlic bread sticks. It was all really great, and I can’t wait to have at all again the next time I make it up to Portland.
Black Star Bags
Right Down the street from Hot Lips on Hawthorn is Black Star Bags, which moved into that location a year ago. The company has been around for the past 5 years, offering great handmade and costume backpacks, messenger bags, panniers, and accessories. David Stoops (Owner/Designer) has great skills, and is capable of making all your bag dreams come true, along with his amazing freestyle embroidery skills on his machines, you can get a piece of art on the bags. Be sure to check out Black Star Bags and stop into the shop if you are looking for a new bag.
My friend who was with me in the shop was getting the design and features of his backpack worked out with David. With David & Black Star, my friend was able to get everything he wanted for his bag, and in a couple weeks he will have his own custom bag that is perfect for him. I can’t wait to see my friend’s backpack after it is finished.
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March has been very eventful for me so far, but there haven’t been any big topics I have wanted to blog about yet.
Last week I got to go on a nice long ride with a friend outside of Eugene; we got to sit and watch some cute baby pigs for a little bit. The next day, Angel and I had a nice ride around Eugene. We went to the Masonic Cemetery, and got a lot of great photos of some wild flowers. I’ll write about the cemetery next time I go there. It’s a great place to spend some time looking around. Afterwards we went to Viva! Vegetarian Grill for some ice cream and sweet potato fries. (Recently, I won a free ice cream cone, for guessing the flavor right on their Facebook Page, but haven’t had the chance to clam my prize. It’s peanut butter. YUM!) Later that night Angel and I went out to eat with some friends at Cornbread Cafe, our first time there. We have had really nice weather so far this month, but it looks like the next couple weeks might not be that great.
Most recently Angel and I went to see The Lorax. When we got our movie tickets we didn’t really look at the tickets themselves right away. (We got the tickets early). Later we realized we had received IMAX tickets. We have never seen anything in IMAX, and neither of us have ever seen a 3D movie. We don’t care for the idea of 3D movies, as we both have glasses (and don’t want to deal with the 3D pair), and find all the hype annoying. After we went to exchange the IMAX tickets for normal 2D tickets, we were told they were for John Carter, (didn’t notice that part) not what we wanted at all. We just wanted to see The Lorax, standard 2D, not John Carter IMAX 3D.
Well anyway, here are some nice photos I have taken since the beginning of the month.
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I love smoothies, they are probably one of my most favorite sweets to consume, and favorite ways to eat fruit. My smoothies are made out of whatever I have in my freezer.
No unnecessary fillers
No banana (I’m allergic)
No milk, yogurt, soy milk, or tofu
No ice, it just waters it down
Directions: I only like all fruit smoothies. I freeze almost all my fruit. By freezing the fruit I have no need for added ice or other thickeners. I don’t measure anything (waste of time), I just put it in the blender. The one draw back to this is that they tend to always taste the same, just a blend of everything, never a dominate flavor, but I don’t mind it. Sometimes I will add some extra of something to give it more of that flavor.
The fruit I commonly like to use:
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, and any other berries
Apples, peaches, pears
Watermelon or other melons. It helps to use melons as a juice source for the smoothie, or macerate them and freeze them into cubes if you want them to be incorporated that way.
Some special fruit: Frozen açaí, or pomegranate jewels are always nice to add.
It’s also nice when Angel has extra fresh fruit in the fridge.
Added: Ground flax seed, wheat germ, and hemp protean powder, and a little cinnamon(little goes along way).
Liquids: I like to normally use plain apple or orange juice. Sometimes fancy juice blends.
I also freeze leftover smoothie or other fruit juice in ice cube trays to make little smoothie starters.
Serving: The consistency of the smoothies is normally nice and thick, so you have to use a spoon for it. I like to serve them in wide glass cups, or my trusty Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Pints. Or, when I’m on the go, my Klean Kanteen Insulated Thermos.
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Posted in BIKE, Day Ride, FOOD, Video
Tagged bicycle, bike, eugene, food, iPhone, Oregon, photo, vegan, vegetarian, video
Posted in BIKE, Day Ride, FOOD
Tagged bicycle, bike, bike commute, eugene, LHT, Linus, Long Haul Trucker, mixte, photo, Surly, vegan