Don’t Let the Rain Keep You Indoors!

October 30th, 2014 by Jon

As it gets cold and wet outside, it may be tempting to hang up the helmet and call the riding season over. It’s getting slightly miserable out there, and it seems like only the crazy would be pedaling on the streets this time of year. (we should know, we deliver in all kinds of weather!)

Even if you choose not to commute by bike while it’s wet out, that doesn’t mean you should stop riding entirely. After all, it’s not like we cycle purely for the sake of getting from point A to point B!

Here are a few reasons to keep cycling, even if it means getting a little wet during your trip:

Cycling is good for your muscles: If you’ve been on a bike for more than a few minutes, you should be familiar with a burning sensation in your legs. This is, of course, a good thing. Cycling is great for improving the muscles in your thighs, calves, and rear.

Cycling can help with joint conditions: Because cycling is considered a low-impact form of exercise, it can be especially beneficial for those who can’t take part in other higher impact exercises (jogging for example).

Cycling increases lifespan: Cycling has been linked to improving cardiovascular health, and drastically decreases your risk of heart disease. According to the British Medical Association, cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%. Discovery Magazine even writes cycling can improve your immune system, and has even shown evidence of fighting cancer. Even when adjusted for risk of injury, cycling has associate with increasing “life-years.”

Cycling improves the waistline: On an average ride, a cyclist will burn approximately 300 calories per hour. An average person will burn approximately 11 pounds of unhealthy fat per year, while building muscle mass and increasing your metabolic rate.

Cycling improves mental health: While the physical health benefits are usually very apparent, few consider the mental benefits behind riding a bike. Bicycling has been proven to reduce stress and increase hand-eye coordination among those who choose to cycle a mere 30 minutes a day. The Journal of Occupational Health published an article showing cycling significantly improved mental health among those who choose to commute daily to work.

At the end of the day though, it comes down to your comfort level of riding in bad weather. If rain is coming down sideways, maybe sit the day out and give us a call! We can drop by your favorite food cart, so you can stay dry indoors.

Wake Up On The Right Side Of The Bed!

October 28th, 2014 by Jon

youcanhas_no_shadow.png_preview_500x417-300x250Mornings really set the trend for the day. If you wake up on the right side of the bed, nothing can go wrong! Your morning routine seems to go smoothly, you get to ride your bike to work, and your confidence is through the roof!

But if you wake up on the wrong side? Well, we’ve all been there, and it’s a completely different story.

Part of what keeps us going in the morning is getting the right breakfast. Whether you’re looking for something really hearty or something you can grab on the go, breakfast is what gives us the energy to hit the day in high gear! Lucky for you, Portland Pedal Power has a solid menu that can give you the boost you deserve!

Check out breakfast menus:

Addy’s Sandwich Bar serves sandwiches & salads made with traditionally prepared, carefully sourced, natural products. You will find scones, muffins, mini muffins, and just about anything you need to start your day right!

Aprisa puts a mexican spin on breakfast, creating high quality food with a chef’s flare. Aprisa puts a spin on fast food, offering breakfast burrito bowls, breakfast tortas, and guacamole that will  add a zing to your morning!

Bowery Bagels is Portland’s premier NY style bagel bakery and sandwich shop. The hand rolled bagels are boiled and then baked, resulting in an authentic, lightly crisp, chewy bagel. Bagels, sandwiches, Schmears, what more could you need?

Brunch Box has been downtown Portland’s leader in amazing burgers and breakfast sandwiches served on the go. Choose from a huge variety of breakfast sandwiches, like the OMG, the OMFG, Black & Bleu, + more!

Theo’s Restaurant is a Portland landmark know for their late night treats, quick and tasty lunches and early morning breakfast values. All sandwiches are served with your choice of Tim’s Chips, green salad, or housemade red potato salad. Make sure to select your side selection below. And best of all, Theo’s serves Gluten Free fries and you can make any sandwich (almost) Gluten Free by selecting your GF bun.

So don’t settle for the wrong side of the bed. Get up on the right side and treat yourself to something good this morning! Check out our menu and we will help make your morning!

 

Begin Your Day Right with BrunchBox!

October 23rd, 2014 by Jon

Breakfast can be such a hassle. You’ve got a limited amount of time to get out the front door, and sometimes corners need to be cut. That’s why we are very lucky to have BrunchBox, a local food cart to brick and mortar success. Check out what BrunchBox is doing to start your day right!

Since 2009, BrunchBox has been downtown Portland’s leader in amazing burgers and breakfast sandwiches served on the go. Visit the food cart (SW 5th Avenue) for some of the famous sandwiches, like the OMG Burger. (Pictured below)

Feel more like sitting down? Check out their brick and mortar location (620 SW 9th Ave) where  you can find a wide variety of menu items including fried chicken, onion rings, fries and milkshakes, beer and mimosas, as well as classic fare.

Brunchbox’s “claim to fame” is the YouCanHasCheeseburger, a burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches that serve as buns, which has been featured on television and in print nationally and abroad.

What else makes BrunchBox special? How about 30 signature sandwiches, breakfast served all day, and full sandwich customization? How about vegetarian and turkey options? How about quality ingredients? We use Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels, Secret Aardvark Hot Sauce, Franz Breads and Certified Black Angus Beef from Pasco, WA.

BrunchBox is excited to offer delivery for  bulk office orders through Portland Pedal Power! Now you can have delicious grub brought directly to your face, wherever it may be (within PPP’s delivery zone, of course).

BrunchBox is open from 8am – 10pm everyday, and Happy Hour is from 2pm – 7pm DAILY!

Had something from BrunchBox and want to share? Take a pic and show us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Love Them or Hate Them, The Holidays Are Coming!

October 21st, 2014 by Jon

There’s nothing like the smell of Pumpkin Spice in the morning! Whether it’s heading down to the local barrista to get your Pumpkin Latte, or going to the bakery and grabbing some spiced muffins, Autumn has a flavor that brings us all back to the early days of watching Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

Many vendors take advantage of this time to brush off the fall menu and start experimenting with pumpkin again. Gluten Free GEM Bakery recently started up their fall flavors menu, and we are super excited to try their Cinnamon Swirl Pound Cake again. 

Of course, pumpkin spice isn’t for everyone. If you just read the above and felt a little panicked about spending the next few months crammed in the holiday season, we’ve got your back. Not everyone embraces the holidays, and that’s ok! 

We want to feature our Non-Holiday Vendors to give customers a break from the season. If you defiantly sell non-traditional foods during the holidays, or if you’d rather chow down on Chow Mein this coming Thanksgiving, stick to your guns! We would love to talk up your food in our Tired of Turkey campaign.

We want to know about your fall menu, whether you embrace or ignore the season! Tell us all about your holiday delights so we can tell everyone about your holiday delights. We will help spread the news to our thousands of fans! Shoot us an email for more information.

USAgencies: Helping the Community by Giving 5% Back!

October 16th, 2014 by Jon

With all the doom and gloom in the news recently, It’s always nice to hear about businesses doing something right in the world. Especially when it hits so close to home. For the past few months, USAgencies Credit Union, one of our partners, has been giving back to the local community through its Platinum Visa Program. 

With just the swipe of a credit card, members at USAgencies Credit Union are giving back to the local community, Launched as a benefit of being a Platinum VISA cardholder in 2008, the credit union has committed 5% of net income from this card to investing in charitable efforts. Since its inception, the program has given back more than $18,500.

With the roll out of their new brand identity in late July, USAgencies has reignited their community giving efforts online. Organizations seeking donations can now visit USACU.org and submit their request.

“Our giving efforts are informed by the philosophy that we want to be a consistent resource for our members in their financial lives,” says Kasey Rockwell, Director of Credit Union Relations. “The Community Giving Team works to ensure that approved requests and credit union giving efforts are a reflection of the membership groups we serve.”

Details about this program can be found at USACU.org/giving.

Good on you, USAgencies, for doing something right for the community. We are proud to be partnered with such a proactive Credit Union such as yourselves!

Shurky Jurky: Meat Your Taste Buds!

October 14th, 2014 by Jon
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At Portland Pedal Power, we are big fans of things done differently. Anyone can go with the groove, but someone who decides to shake it up a little? That’s what peaks our interest.

That’s why we are very excited that we came across Shurky Jurky, a completely new take on what most of us take to be a simple snack food. Instead of sticking with the Status Quo, Shurky Jerky mixed it up and created a superior flavor, no artificial sugars, and using whole fruit for flavor.

Shurky Jurky is a new kind of Gourmet Sustainable Artisan Snack Company. Instead of  heading down the road of artificial flavoring, Shurky Jurky are bringing back the Perfect Portable Protein, a Classic Home Style, Rip Tear Jerky handcrafted for individuals leading active & healthy lifestyles. Shurky Jurky are Purveyors of Choice Artisan Jerky made responsibly from scratch using real fruit and without any refined sugars, additives, non-natural flavorings or preservatives.

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Be Seen This Halloween!

October 9th, 2014 by Jon

Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun this fall! Halloween is coming up this month, and you know what that means! Candy, costumes, parties, and trying to forget the Christmas commercials you’re going to endure for the next two months.

You might be staying out on the road a little later than usual these coming weeks, what with Halloween parties or finding the best neighborhood to do your trick-or-treating (you’re never too old to like candy). Portland Pedal Power wants to remind you that even though you may think your Zombie-Batman costume stands out among the crowd, People on the road might not be looking for the undead Dark Knight… in the dark night.

One of the most important things we can do when we’re on the road is make sure we are seen. Here’s a couple of ideas you might want to implement if you’re out celebrating All Hallows Eve a little late:

Illuminate: Flashlights, flashlights, flashlights! Make sure you’ve got some source of light while you’re on the road. You probably know your regular routes by heart, but that doesn’t mean everyone else on the road knows you’re there. If you’re looking for some new additions, take a look at these great lights from Knog. Knog has some great products that are easy to clip on your bike, and as we said in prior blogs, the lights are all rechargeable through USB. Read the rest of this entry »

Dinner at Pacific Pie Company: What a Treat!

October 2nd, 2014 by Jon

Mushroom and Beef. Mmm...There are some things you can only experience in PDX. We’ve got bridges up the Wassu, the Made in Oregon sign, the Rose Festival, and the Swift Watch in September.

This last week I had the opportunity to go see the Swifts do their nightly dance out at Chapman Elementary, and it was a sight to behold. We were running a bit early, so we decided to drop by Pacific Pie Co. for an early dinner.

We sat down and quickly discovered just how  indecisive we are, especially when confronted with such a tempting menu. We went back and forth from their Sandwiches to Entrees to Sausage Rolls, and finally decided that since we were eating at Pacific Pie Co., we simply must try their pies.

To start off, We decided to try the Moroccan Spiced Lamb Meatballs, which came out in a delicious creamy sauce and soft pita bread. It was certainly spicy, and I found myself trying to steal a little more than my half of the plate.

I decided on the Beef and Mushroom Pie along with the Rhubarbarian Cider. The pie itself was delicious, and has a great Onion Gravy. My only regret was I didn’t order two.

My compatriot went for the Thai Green Curry Chicken Pie, cooked with green coconut curry sauce, zucchini, bell peppers, and cilantro. If this isn’t making your mouth water, I don’t know what will.

And oh lord, the pie crust: I have not enjoyed such a good crust since grandmas apple pie of my childhood.The Appetizer!

Afterwards we grabbed a Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart Pie to enjoy as we watched the Swifts tumble into their home. Never have I been more content at watching birds than with a Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart pie.

So as we continue to enjoy the fall weather, be sure to treat yourself this fall! While the official Audubon Swift Watch technically ended September 30th, there’s no reason you can’t drop by Pacific Pie Co. for a great dinner. Or if you feel like staying indoors, drop us a line! We can bring some of your favorites right to your door.

Get a Taste of Fall at Gluten Free Gem Bakery!

September 30th, 2014 by Jon

apple_barWith fall comes rain, warm sweaters, visits from the grandparents, and the taste of pumpkin. I swear, pumpkin flavored everything is 80% of the reason I look forward to fall so much. You can add it to coffee, pie, and obviously baked goods. Who can turn down a home-made pumpkin muffin?

Gluten Free Gem Bakery seems to have read my mind, because the baking brains that bring you some of the best baked goods in the Northwest have got quite the menu to help welcome in the fall colors.

Gluten Free Gem Bakery specializes in pastries and desserts to please gluten and gluten free consumers alike.  Many of their items are not just gluten free, but dairy free and vegan as well!  This way, Gem can accommodate some of the most common food allergies without sacrificing flavor.  The owners’ daughters, Greta and Emma Miller, who are gluten free, inspired the bakery and its name.

And now, Gluten Free Gem Bakery has been working long into the night to bring all the best baked goods that will teleport you back to watching Charlie Brown collect rocks and serve popcorn for Thanksgiving. It’s all about nostalgia!

Visiting the menu, you will find some favorites from last year like their Caramel Apple Bar, Chocolate Pecan Pie Bar, and Pumpkin Cheesecake. On top of these classics, you’re also going to find a few new items like their Cinnamon Swirl Pound Cake, Chocolate Cheesecake Bar, Pumpkin Swiss Roll, and Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake.

So grab your wool sweater and smell the pumpkin spice! It’s time to get back into the season of things. Reacquaint yourself with some Fall Flavor and Visit our Order Page!

Working Late? We Can Help You Burn the Midnight Oil.

September 25th, 2014 by Jon

I know you. You had to stick around the office a lot longer than you were expecting because the meeting ran long. The commute home was full of people who probably shouldn’t be out on the road, much less in a two ton steel box. After navigating that jungle, you finally get home and realize you don’t have anything ready for dinner. Thanks Universe, you can be a real pal sometimes.

We can’t shorten your commute or meeting time, but we can take a little bit of stress off your shoulders when dinner time rolls around. Portland Pedal Power is working to help you get dinner extra late. Whether you’re stuck trying to get your website debugged, brainstorming the next app that will change the modern world or just stuck in a meeting that is running long, Portland Pedal Power has the meal you can enjoy late into the evening.

Now you can schedule dinner with Portland Pedal Power weekdays, Monday through Thursday, between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM.

Check out a few of the places you can enjoy late into the evening:

Perfect Pizza takes pride in knowing they have lived up to their name, creating the perfect pizza for all of the Northwest. Now they have set up shop in Portland and we’re bringing their perfection right to your door.

Crave Catering offers a headspinning global dining experience taken from around the world! Crave offers cuisine from Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia and India while offering exceptional local flavors found only in the Northwest.

Garden Bar offers large, generous bowls of crisp, locally sourced veggies, seasonal fruit, satisfying grains and gorgeous local cheeses tossed with seriously flavorful dressings.

Kalé serves the dish that has been the ultimate comfort food to Japanese for over a century. Savory, and similar to a stew consisting of beef, onions, carrots, tomatoes and many other vegetables, locals enjoy it over Japanese rice.

Visit our order page to see what you want for dinner! Want to stay up to date with our latest news? Be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter so you can read about new vendors, monthly events, and other goings on!