Getting SMART with USAgencies Credit Union

March 4th, 2015 by Jon

SMART-jpg (bigger border)Portland Pedal Power is happy to be partnered with USAgencies Credit Union, a local business dedicated to giving back to the community. This March, USAgencies is giving back through the SMART program. Read their guest blog on what they’re hoping to accomplish these next two months:

Drive into Reading with USAgencies! During the months of March and April, USAgencies is teaming up with Enterprise Car Sales for a special sale with an extra bonus for SMART (Start Making A Reader Today). What’s the bonus? Book. Lots of em.

For each Enterprise Car Sales vehicle financed through USAgencies during the sale, Enterprise is donating $70 to SMART. This will buy a Book Pack for 2 students – that’s a pack of 14 books per child to get them through the SMART program during a school year. Students get to keep these books for their very own, to share with their family and read at home – an integral part of literacy development.

Learn more about USAgencies and their partnership with Enterprise Car Sales on their website.

In addition to the Enterprise donations, USAgencies will match dollar for dollar up to $1000 each donation made on USAgencies’ Facebook campaign page. Help reach their goal of $1000 so they can double the impact!

Visit their website for more information about USAgencies and their community giving efforts.

Pi Day? Why not Pi Week!

March 2nd, 2015 by Jon

Optimized-PIEverybody loves Pi Day. Not only is it everyone’s favorite irrational number, but it’s a great excuse to enjoy some delicious pie.

This year, Portland Pedal Power and Pacific Pie Co. are teaming up to bring you not not just Pi Day, but Pi Week!

Rather than cram all that Pi goodness into a single day (or a single minute, if you’re going for “EXTREME PI DAY” at 3/14/15 9:26 AM) we’re extending the celebration to the entire week, with a special offer every day leading up to Pi Day.

Getting your orders in for the week leading up to Pi Day will get you something different each day. See what kind of extra baked goodness you can get, including:

Monday (3/9) – Ordering any pie from Pacific Pie Co. will get you free delivery, ensuring nothing gets between you and your Pie.

Tuesday (3/10) – Orders totaling more than $200 will receive a dozen free bite-sized sweet pies, so everyone around the office can get a taste of something sweet.

Wednesday (3/11)- orders totaling more than $200 will get a $10 gift card  to Pacific Pie, getting you some credit to celebrate Pi Day this Saturday.

Thursday (3/12) - Orders over $200 will receive a 2 free mini savories pies, giving you a chance to try the other side of the pie spectrum!

Friday (3/13) – Order a full sized pie, and Pacific Pie Co. will include a hand-made pastry in the the shape of the Pi Symbol on top of your pie.

So many choices, so many pies. Get your orders in for the office this coming week, so you can enjoy Pi Week to the fullest!

Celebrating World Foods 1st Anniversary in Everett!

February 26th, 2015 by Jon

logoThe One Year Anniversary is always exciting. Most of the time, it’s surprising it’s even been a full year! It feels more like 4 months, or just a few weeks.

This week, World Foods is celebrating their One Year Anniversary of their Everett location! This coming Saturday, come celebrate at World Foods Everett location for celebrating and wine tasting! The party lasts from 1:00 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, the 28th.

In addition to the wine tasting, The Everett Location will be featuring:

  • Hayes Oyster Farms shucking fresh oysters
  • Veuve Cliquot Champagne
  • Chateau Musar Wine
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing
  • Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee
  • Painted Hills NY Steak seared on Himalayan Salt Blocks
  • and much more!

In addition to the celebration on Saturday, the Everett and Barbur locations will also be featuring wine tasting on Friday, from 4 – 7 PM, and then on Saturday at their Barbur location from 3 – 6PM.

Portland Pedal Power is very excited to be delivering from World Foods! Be sure to keep your eyes on our menu. We’ll be updating it shortly with World Foods!

Get Away From it all with TREO Bike Tours!

February 17th, 2015 by Jon

TREO 2Sometimes, you’ve just got to get away. Not just taking a day off and going to the waterfront for the afternoon, but actually get away from it all. Somewhere away from cellphone coverage, the constant moisture in the air, and the glare of the computer screen. Does such a place exist? And where do I sign up?

TREO Ranch is a unique destination for cycling clubs, team building, executive and corporate retreats, as well as family and group vacations. You can escape the day-to-day grind by traveling to Eastern Oregon, where you’ll see a countryside unlike anything you may find on the western side of the cascades.

TREO Bike Tours offers group bike tours with full support. Each ride is all inclusive, meaning you get a full set of meals, full ride support for any mechanical issues that may come up, micro beer and soda on tap, and even a hot tub for those extra long rides.

TREO 3TREO takes you through the side of Oregon less traveled. You will experience both gravel and paved roads (and most importantly, carless roads!) traversing both high a low altitudes. You can customize your trek, pick and choose which routes your group can enjoy based on the skill level (from intermediate to beyond advanced) and interest (speed, distance, and elevation).

During your bike tour, experience hearty meals and comfortable lodging at TREO’s western guest ranch near the Hardman Ghost Town in Eastern Oregon.  Their secluded and comfortable 3200-sq-ft guest house has 12 beds and sits on a 300-acre farm with the nearest neighbors miles away. After a long ride, you can enjoy a leisurely soak in the six-person hot tub, enjoy a game of pool, pull a cold one from your personal tap, kick back with the air conditioner on their comfy couches or relax outside in the shade.

Cycling might be your thing, but what about your cousin Larry, who may be less enthusiastic? Larry doesn’t have to miss out; TREO also has Multi-Sport Adventures, like Clay Pigeons, Target Shooting, hiking through Glutton Falls, and even Calf Roping for the ladies!

Check out a brief snapshot of what you’ll see when you sign up for TREO Bike Tours:

Jenn had the opportunity to go on a TREO Bike Tour in July of 2013. Check out what she had to say about her experience with TREO.

Ready for a once in a lifetime experience? TREO is accepting reservations for Corporate Retreats, so you can start team building like never before. Schedule your escape now to reserve the best times this spring and summer.

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Whole Trade Roses from Whole Foods!

February 9th, 2015 by Jon

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Roses: The tried and true way of telling that significant other that they mean the world to you. Other flowers just don’t seem to cut it, and certainly don’t send the right message (take it from me, a handful of dandelions stopped being cute when you pass the age of 9)

But at the same time, everyone does roses, right? What kind of message are you sending with wilting, drab flowers you grabbed at the last minute from the drug store?

Whole Foods and Portland Pedal Power are teaming up to bring you something completely unique for this coming Valentines Day. You can order two dozen Whole Trade Roses to be delivered in the Downtown Portland area this coming February 13th and 14th. (Valentines Day!)

So what are Whole Trade roses? The Whole Trade® Guarantee seal means these flowers meet specific criteria, including:

  • Meets Whole Foods Product Quality Standards
  • Provides more money to producers
  • Ensures better wages and working conditions for workers
  • Cares for the environment
  • Donates 1% of sales to Whole Planet Foundation®

This isn’t just empty bragging rights, either. Whole Trade products also give back to the communities they come from. Thanks to the Whole Trade® Guarantee, a “social premium” amount is paid for every case of flowers, supporting community projects in Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica. Take a look at the positive impact yourself:

Ready to get some bonus points in the Valentines Day department? Get your orders in early so you can head into the Valentines Day weekend stress free this year!

Sending Some Portland Love With Tique Box

February 3rd, 2015 by Jon

Valentine_s_Day_Box_grandeValentines Day: The perfect opportunity to make yourself look like a hero for your special someone. But how do you top yourself from last year? Don’t waste your time searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and give you all the credit!

Together, Tique Box and Portland Pedal Power are bringing you a chance to send someone a special gift on February 13 and 14. Anyone can get a box of chocolates or a stuffed animal. But getting something truly incomparable? Tique Box has you covered.

Using the Valentine’s Delivery Service, your gift can be hand-delivered by bike, a truly unique and Portland way to celebrate your loved ones. Think of us like cupid, but instead of wings, bows and arrows, we’ve got gears, wheels and boxes filled with Woodblock Chocolate, Rose City Sweets, and Smitten Artisan Truffles.

Each box includes items crafted by Portland artisans and a personalized note from you. Our easy-to-navigate system allows you to customize the experience with a personal touch.

Get started by visiting the Delivery System and personalize your Valentines Day! Be sure you get your orders in by the deadline of February 9th!

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!