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Velo Cult, Pedal Nation, & Great Portland Food

Velo Cult Bike ShopYesterday Angel and I got a chance to hang out in Portland after taking her sister back from a visit. We started out the day by going to the newly opened Velo Cult Bicycle Shop. Started in 2006, the shop originally is from San Diego, but decided to move the entire shop to Portland, employees and all. We visited them Sunday, on the morning after their Grand Opening Party. (They were still cleaning up after it). The shop caters to commuters, tourers, randonneur riders, and other subcultures of cycling with refurbished and new bicycles, but this is not just a place to sell and service bikes, but a place where all “bicycle culture” gets to meet. There is a large and open floor plan. They have some amazing mechanic work stations, with benches for customers to talk with their mechanic right in front of them; a bar offering local beer and food, a photo booth (which sadly was shut down when we were there), and even an authentic castle drawbridge (which doubles as a stage) in the shop!! I believe the drawbridge is from Canteburry Castle, after it was demolished in 2009. This is a really cool shop and you should check it out if you have a chance. They plan on hosting shows, and screening movies there in the future, as well as putting on other fun events for cyclists.
Tool Wall at Velo Cult Velo Cult

Also while at Velo Cult I got the chance to check out the Complete Surly Troll. I wouldn’t mind getting one of these as my first mountain bike. I also think it would make a great touring bike for Angel. It would be a good companion to my LHT. If only the Troll came in some color other than orange (her least favorite).Shouldn't Angel Get A Surly Troll?

Before we went to Pedal Nation, we stopped by the Off The Griddle food cart. With super nice staff, they offer amazing veggie burgers from their solar-powered cart. Angel went with Vegan Cheeseburger, and I went with O.T.G Burger (no lettuce, tomato) just grilled onions and added BBQ sauce; I like my burgers simple. It’s always fun waiting for your food to come out while you read through some Trivial Pursuit games.
O.T.G. Burgers Trivial Pursuit at Off the Griddle

After we arrived to Pedal Nation, I spent a lot of time talking with different people about their products and learning whatever I could. There were a lot of cool things there. The spectrum of booths was across the board, with everything from wooden helmets, a fat tire recumbent, to an upcoming indoor mountain bike park (The Lumberyard) and other great cycling groups. Full list of exhibitors HERE. One thing I thought was really cool is that Nutcase is coming out with 4 bell designs based off of their helmets, which will be available for purchase in the near future (possibly June), along with a new visors to attach to their helmets and even cycling jerseys to match the helmets. Those should all be great. I’m sure Angel will want a watermelon jersey.
Pedal Nation Recap Nutcase Is Coming Out With Bells Nutcase Helmets Wooden Helmets

Before leaving Portland we had to get our favorite pizza at Sizzle Pie. I went with 2 slices of cheese, and Angel got a rabbit salad. There was no Spiral Tap in the case, (our favorite) so we got one to go that we could eat at home. It was a super great idea. Angel wanted the pins, and I thought I might put the patch on my safety vest. This is truly good pizza.
Sizzle Pie!!! YUM!!!

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Pizza Night Time-Lapse

Pizza NightLast night was Pizza Night at our house. I made a short time-lapse video of making the pizza with the GoPro camera. I love making pizza and we have been using Daiya, and pineapple to top our pizza lately, which is great. But as you can see in the photo, we also love just sauce covered pizza, and even our bread stick style, just olive oil and salt. It’s always fun to make homemade pizza.

Time Lapse Soup

GoPro Hero Angel and I have already started playing around with the GoPro HD HERO we just got. We tried the Time Lapse Photography feature out as Angel made soup yesterday. It was a lot of fun. We set the camera up on a shelf, taking 485 photos over the course of an hour, at a rate of every 10 seconds. We compiled the photos together and made this nice little video. Enjoy!

This is just one fun thing that we are able to do with the camera. The Time Lapse Photography feature allow photos to be taken every 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds. I think we will be able make a lot of fun videos with this feature.

Angel's soup

Dave’s Killer Bread Good Seed Halos

For those of you in the Pacific Northwest you probably already know about Dave’s Killer Bread. Dave’s makes the finest bread you can buy at the grocery market (only available in states on the west coast or mail order). All Dave’s breads are organic, whole grain, choose the best ingredients(all kosher and vegan), and are baked right outside of Portland, OR. Their slogan is  “Just say no to bread on drugs!”. The bread has NO artificial flavors or preservatives. My favorites are the Good Seed for toast and peanut butter sandwiches, and the Blues Buns are great for making the perfect Boca Burger. They have lots to choose from and I have never been disappointed by any of their bread.

Something those of you who already love Dave’s might not know yet is Dave’s has recently come out with bagels called Good Seed Halos. The other day, looking at the store, we came across the Halos and wanted to try them. I am a person who eat a bagel almost every day. I tend to choose the cheaper bagels or whatever on sale but I love all the Dave’s products so I had to try them right away. They come in a 4 pack for $5.19, which is a bit pricey. Each bagel is large (3.8oz) each in a comparison to the store brand bagels being 3oz (Fred Meyer/Kroger Brand). Each Good Seed Halo is nutrient packed, covered with lots of seeds just like the Good Seed Bread making them amazing.
I tried the bagels toasted with  Adams Peanut Butter, Earth Balance, and Tofutti Better the Cream Cheese. With all of these the bagels were amazing.  I enjoyed it so much I had a second bagel right away. The bagels are soft, toast well, and have great flavor. These are the best bagels I have ever had.

 

Read Dave’s Killer Bread Good Seed Halos Full Press Release HERE

Heres a fun video for the Blues Buns