Stay Strong, East Coast Cuisine Couriers!

January 29th, 2015 by Jon

Winter Storm Brings Snow To NortheastBeing in the Pacific Northwest, we’re lucky enough to escape most of the terrible weather the rest of the US has to endure. Granted, we have rain, fog, rain, more rain… But at least we’re not up to our knees in snow when we’re walking downtown. Doing the same in New York? That’s a different story.

If you’ve been keeping up with Snowpocalypse 2015, you’re likely familiar with the blizzard the East Coast is suffering at the moment. New York, Boston, and other parts of the North Eastern US have been hit with a lot of snow, shutting down large swaths of the city. Sounds awfully familiar…

To keep the public safe, the Mayor of New York recently made quite the declaration, banning all non-emergency vehicles from the road after 11PM once the blizzard hit. No busses, no taxis, no Uber cars, and before you ask, yes; that includes food delivery bikes.

This, as you can imagine, didn’t go over too well among hungry New Yorkers craving a midnight snack. Jon Stewart probably put it the most eloquently.

Now, at Portland Pedal Power, we know how important it is to get your fix of Aybla Mediterranean, your Siri Indian Cuisine, or curing your munchies with some of the delicious food cart specialties found on our menu. And we also know how difficult it is to ride during less-than-perfect conditions, especially when we’ve got some precious cargo in the back.

That’s why we want to give a special shout-out to the Food Delivery Heros out in the North East, getting last minute deliveries out to those suffering from the munchies. Kudos to you, fellow cuisine couriers! We support your efforts to help the munchies stricken!

Well, at least until it snows. Then we might be staying in.

Aybla Grill – Bringing You the Flavors of the Mediterranean

January 20th, 2015 by Jon

Nothing hits the spot quite like good Mediterranean food, especially when prepared by someone who knows what they’re doing. That’s why Portland Pedal Power can’t get enough of Aybla Mediterranean Grill or its head chef, Saied Samaiel.

Saied was born in Syria, and trained on the Greek island of Crete. Saied spent ten years perfecting his work before coming to Portland to offer his authentic Mediterranean cooking.

Aybla first hit the Portland food cart scene with a cart at the SW 10th & Alder pod in 2004. Since then, Saied has expanded his business to include four food carts and a mobile food truck which are all supported by Aybla’s brand new commercial kitchen located in the inner Southeast.

In addition to their many locations, Portland Pedal Power also offers delivery for Aybla, meaning you can have this delicious cuisine delivered right to your doorstep! Check out some of the meals you can find on our menu:

lThe Gyro! - Grilled lamb or chicken served in a Greek pita with tzatziki, onion, parsley & tomato. An instant classic!

Grilled skewers of ground lamb served in Greek pita bread with lettuce, parsley, onion & tomato.

The Super FalafelGround garbanzo beans mixed with onion, coriander, parsley, & spices, quickly deep-fried and wrapped in a large Greek pita with hummus, tahini sauce, lettuce, & tomato. 

The Mediterranean PlateMediterranean Plate Lamb, Chicken or Kafta Kabob grilled over Syrian rice (uniquely flavored w/roasted wheat berries), with tzatziki, parsley & tomato served with Greek pita bread.

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get hungry. Check out our menu to start planning your lunch now, and we’ll get you set up with something delicious!

National Pie Day – Another Reason to Love Pie!

January 14th, 2015 by Jon

Apple-Slice-Website-1024x621Pie Day is a magical time of the year. It’s like a whole day was dedicated to bringing you back to your grandmothers house, when the egg timer dings and suddenly the kitchen is filled with the smell of browned crust and hot apple filling.

That’s right folks, National Pie Day is coming up! Unlike Pi Day, which has a mathematical undertone, Pie Day has no subtleties about it. January 23rd is all about the baked deliciousness you know and love, meaning you can enjoy these goods math free (which, if you had the math experience I had in high school, is a good thing)

This year, Pacific Pie Co. and Portland Pedal Power are teaming up to bring you free pie delivery on National Pie Day, Friday the 23rd. If you order a pie from Pacific Pie Co. to be delivered on the 23rd, Portland Pedal Power and Pacific Pie Co. will cover the cost of delivery, ensuring there are no barriers between you and your pie.

We also want to hear about your Pie Experiences! Have you had an especially delicious Pie from Pacific Pie Co? Have a saucy story about last year’s Pie Day? Or maybe you just have a picture of a delicious pie you just took out of the oven, and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to share. This is your opportunity!

Posts Your Pie pictures and stories by Thursday, January 22rd and tag Portland Pedal Power and Pacific Pie Co. on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, and our judges will award a lucky pie enthusiast a Free Pie in addition to their free delivery. Yes, you did read that right. Free Pie, Free delivery, all for showing us your enthusiasm for pie. What’s not to love?

Stick to your Resolutions! Whole Foods can Help!

January 13th, 2015 by Jon

10881765_829807827058222_477619493_n“Week 3 out of 52: I find my willpower to be weakening. All this healthy food is taxing my taste buds, and I find the junk food in my pantry is beginning to talk to me, calling my name. I might not make it through my 2015 resolution of staying healthy, and it’s only January. Tell the kale it wasn’t personal.”

Ok, so maybe we’re not so dramatic, but you have to admit those resolutions that looked so good at the beginning of the year might be starting to get a little stale already. Somehow, we always forget that healthy eating also means less of the bread covered appetizers and more collard greens.

That being said, if you’re finding yourself eating the same kale salad over and over again, you might be doing healthy food wrong. Just because you’re eating healthier doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to enjoy your meal!

That’s why we highly recommend you check out Whole Foods and their online ordering menu. Whole Foods makes it easy to get wholesome, organic food straight to your door, without the issue of trying to avoid the snack-food aisle. You can grab sides and salads like their Spinach Orzo Salad, or go on a full on picnic with their Specialty Wrap Box.

Have a party coming up? While it might be a good invitation to slack from your healthy goals, fear not! Whole Foods offers fresh alternatives to the typical greasy potato chips that usually graces your coffee table, like their Fresh Fruit Platter, Tea Sandwiches, or their Petite Baguette Sandwich Crate. The best part, aside from being healthy? They taste fantastic!

So don’t give up on your resolutions, and don’t get burned out on the same bowl of greens day in and out! Whole Foods can help make your resolutions that much easier to stick to!

Online Marketing and the Bot Invasion

January 8th, 2015 by Jon

Illustration by Brad Jonas

Online marketing is a great tool, isn’t it? You get thousands of impressions on a daily basis from people all over the world. Your Facebook page, your Google AdWords, and your blog are viewed by anyone and everyone with a computer, getting attention no banner, billboard, or grassroots advertising campaign can come close to achieving.

That 15 minutes of fame you were promised in the 60s suddenly turned into a 24/7 live feed of your business activity, making your corner store bakery a worldwide phenomenon. And the best part? You can see it all happening and record it with online statistics.

Sounds great, right?

Well like many ventures, Online Marketing isn’t free of it’s own issues. In fact, online marketing seems to be inundated with it’s own Bot Invasion, sent to destroy your analytics numbers and inflate your digital budget. Just when you thought the T-9000 was your worst enemy

The Association of National Advertisers recently published their findings on a major online fraud study, and discovered 11% of display ad impressions purchased by 36 major US advertisers were served to bots. Video ads were even worse, with 23% of all impressions sent to non-human traffic. One unnamed premium lifestyle site was sending 98% of its video ads to Bots.

To put that into perspective, this trend means that of the $140 billion the globe will spend on digital marketing, $15 billion will be lost to Bots through display ads alone.

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Think you’re getting away bot free? Think again: sites related to finance, family, and food have the highest percentage of bot fraud, anywhere from 16%-22%. Bot’s don’t need sleep, infect personal computers, and can view thousands of sites at a time.

So what can you do? It looks like Bots are a way of Online Marketing life. Is resistance to Bot Fraud futile if you’re trying to get your name out there?

Well, the last time I checked, you can’t steal impressions from a moving bicycle with Ad Space. Especially when you’re getting 132,000 impressions per bike per month. Not to mention the 13.8% ROI you get from our PPP Interactive Promotion.

Yeah, we like to brag.

Don’t misunderstand, Online Marketing is a great tool, and one that we use frequently. You are reading our Blog after all. But when you’re looking for personalized attention, numbers that deliver, and a marketing plan free of the Bot Invasion, look no further than the bike lane. Our Brand Ambassadors pass along info about all our vendors, advertisers, and local events on every delivery. As an added bonus, they also happen to be immune to Bot Assimilation.

Contact us to break away from Bots and get your name out to the world!

Happy New Year!

January 6th, 2015 by Jon

bicycle-benefits-imageHappy New Year! Now that the holiday season is officially over, it’s time to ditch the old ’14 and get a jump start on this new year. 2015 is going to be a great!

Many of us have resolutions to hit the new year running… or jogging, lifting, elliptical-ing, and so forth. Hopefully, some of us are planning on cycling as well. This is Portland after all. We didn’t start calling ourselves the Bicycle Capital of the World for nothing!

Here are a few good reasons to start taking up cycling as a New Years Resolution:

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). This means you can keep cycling long into your twilight years!

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. You’ll feel healthy and look healthy to boot!

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.

Some of these benefits may seem obvious, but it’s important to remember you can only take advantage of them if you choose to climb on the bike. The most important thing to remember is that this is an enjoyable experience! Get out and explore some of the fantastic bike trails Portland has to offer!

Have any New Year’s Resolutions you plan on making? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook what you want to do this upcoming year!

Happy New Year! Plan your Resolutions Now!

January 1st, 2015 by Jon

Optimized-edited_WFBikeWith the New Year comes New Year’s Resolutions which usually means buying some new gym clothes, setting up a budget, and throwing away sugary foods.

One that always seems to evade our grasp is the resolution to eat right. We always start off the year with the best intentions, like buying more kale and throwing out the peanut butter cookies.

But by January 15th, we seem to have conveniently forgotten the greenery in the fridge and have started foraging for junk food in the pantry.

Fear not, citizen! There’s a new way to keep yourself loyal to your best intentions. Whole Foods makes it easy to follow through with your resolutions, offering healthy alternatives through their optimized online menu. Whole Foods is filled to the brim with healthy alternatives that will help you stay healthy, without forcing yourself to give up flavors you love.

Whether you’re a vegetarian, a carnivore, a vegan, an organic foods enthusiast, or just someone who wants to try something new this week, Whole Foods can cater to your every need. Check out their menu, and you will find anything from appetizers to allegro coffee to whole meals and entrees laid out for your ease of use. Because at the end of the day, you can do it all yourself. But you don’t have to.

Best of all, we can drop it off at your doorstep, meaning you have more time to use those gym clothes and jump on the cycle machine.

Check out the Whole Foods Online Menu to start planning your resolutions!

Change the World: Order Lunch

December 30th, 2014 by Jon

eggplantsandwichNew City Kitchen is striving to change the world, offering delicious meals and second chances. We wanted to learn a little more, so we gave them a call and discovered what makes New City Kitchen so awesome:

Want to help change the world? Order sandwiches! New City Kitchen is your one-stop solution for socially responsible lunch catering. We prepare delicious box and sack lunches with tasty sandwiches, fresh (and gluten free) salad rolls, and yummy cookies. Our products have Mediterranean accents, and are flavor-tested by ProChefs Oregon, the local branch of the American Culinary Federation. Customers describe our grub as “tasty,” “really fresh and tasty,” and “fresh and delicious” (did we say tasty?).

NCKemployeeNew City Kitchen is a nonprofit social enterprise that trains and employs people who are looking for a second chance in the workforce. Our mantra is “Hope has a flavor.” When you give people the opportunity they’ve been waiting for, they come alive. They are motivated and inspired to give their very best, and this shows up in the quality of the food they create. At New City Kitchen, we’re giving people hope every day. Try us and see for yourself; you’ll taste it in every bite.

We’re excited about our partnership with Pedal Power because we are all about being the change we want to see in the world. Our social mission is to create delicious food while helping people gain skills and find employment. Having our products delivered by bicycle is environmentally responsible (and fun). We’re working to create a “new city” where people can rise to their full human potential, and Portland Pedal Power is part of that vision.

New City Kitchen is available through our catering menu! Check out what New City is offering for lunch, and you help make the world a better place. 

There’s Still Time to Give to the GiveGuide!

December 23rd, 2014 by Jon

20141105_173914Willamette Week is making it easier to give back to the community. WW has hand-selected 136 great Portland nonprofits that need your help this holiday season. This helps make it easy for you to make a donation – and a connection – to groups in your community. What you give today will help make Portland a better place all year long.

This guide doesn’t just cater to a small portion of the community, either. Whether you’re a health nut, an animal lover, or a patron of the arts, or all three, WW has a way you can help out the community. Choose from a variety of nonprofits benefiting animals, education, arts, the environment, health and wellness, and other alternatives.

And the best part is, the more you give, the more you get back! Donating at any level, and you’ll receive free and discounted products from your favorite local brands, like Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Chinook Book, Portland Center Stage, Widmer Brothers, and more!

On top of that, you can also take place in the McMenamins Challenge! Nonprofits with the most individual donors 35 and under in each category will be awarded $1000!

Help make Portland a better place for the whole year round by giving a little extra this season. Donate soon! The deadline for all donations is Midnight, December 31st!

Today is a Big Give Day on GiveGuide!

December 18th, 2014 by Jon

GG-2012-Logo1This year, Wilamette Week is making it easier to give back to the community. WW has hand-selected 136 great Portland nonprofits that need your help this holiday season. This helps make it easy for you to make a donation – and a connection – to groups in your community. What you give today will help make Portland a better place all year long.

This guide doesn’t just cater to a small portion of the community, either. Whether you’re a health nut, an animal lover, or a patron of the arts, or all three, WW has a way you can help out the community. Choose from a variety of nonprofits benefiting animals, education, arts, the environment, health and wellness, and other alternatives.

And the best part is, the more you give, the more you get back! Donating at any level, and you’ll receive free and discounted products from your favorite local brands, like Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Chinook Book, Portland Center Stage, Widmer Brothers, and more!

Give Guide also features Big Give Days. Donating a minimum of $10 to any organization on one of these days, and you have a chance to win a great incentive.

If you give $10 or more today, the 18th of December, you get the opportunity to win a case of spirits from Rogue Distillery! This prize is sponsored by the Rogue Foundation.

Help make Portland a better place for the whole year round by giving a little extra this season. With incentives like these, everybody can celebrate the season!