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!

It’s Dangerous to go Alone! Take This!

September 23rd, 2014 by Jon

worst_day_ridersHappy Fall everyone! As of the 23rd of this month, we are officially packing up the good weather. The sun begins to hibernate, we put away the shorts, and we break out the Gortex jacket and rubber booties to endure our 9 months of showers.

I for one welcome our moisture-ridden months, but its also a time to be extra cautious on the road. People tend to forget that it’s been 3 months without water on the roads, and with that comes oil slicks and bad attitudes.

Whenever it starts to rain when we’re on the road, we always need to take a few extra precautions to make sure both our precious cargo and riders get to their location on time. Here’s a few tips to help keep you safe on the road:

Dress to Stay Dry - Ok, so this might be a “Duh” moment for some people, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. After all, moisture seems to come at you from all directions on busy roads. Be sure to grab the rain jacket, Walz Cap, If you need some new equipment, ask our riders where they get their gear, or check out North St. Bags to see how the locals do it.

Stay Away from the Rainbows – Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing rainbows after a good rainstorm. It makes a good picture for Instagram! But if you see one on the road, steer clear. That’s oil showing true colors. Oil buildup from the summer is still clinging to the asphalt, and provides a wonderfully slick surface the help your face become fast friends with the ground. (Not a friend worth having)

Yellow Lenses – Eye protection like your regular sunglasses are always a good idea, but when it’s overcast and a little darker outside, it might be harder to see where you’re going. Yellow lenses don’t darken your view, but still offer you protection from the water aiming directly for your corneas. It’s science! Read the rest of this entry »

Make the Most of Fall: Take a Ride!

September 16th, 2014 by Jon
Photo by Adam Sawyer

Photo by Adam Sawyer

It’s getting to be that time of year again. The rain returns, pumpkin flavored beer, rain, fall colors, rain, more rain. But let’s look for the silver linings on all these clouds! Sometimes we get a nice crisp fall day which we can all take advantage of. Last year, we put together a list of fall rides to help you make the most of your fall! When we do get one of those nice days where the sun comes to visit, you can be prepared with this list of local scenic routes that can be found right in our back yard!

1. Terwilliger Bike Path is a relatively easy bike path starting at Charter House at OHSU, following Capital Highway, passing Tryon creek and ending at Lake Oswego. The bike path is mostly downhill and separated from the road. It’s perfect if you want to have a family day out with your kids! You can find a detailed map of the route here.

2. The Banks-Vernonia State Trail is a part of a non-profit effort to repurpose unused railways called “Rails to Trails.” The path used to be a part of a railway system from Portland to Seattle, and is now a 21 mile trail. Cross waterways like Beaver Creek and the Nehalem River, and view the massive trestles used during the heyday of the railroad. Take a look at the trail here.

3. The Forest Park Trails are a great way to get a little closer to nature while sticking around the neighborhood. From Leif Erickson Drive to Saltzman Road to Newton Road to Firelanes 1, 3, 5, 10, 12 and 15, there are dozens of miles open to cyclists throughout Forest Park. The park sports an amazing tree canopy, picturesque greenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Keep in mind the trails in Forest Park can be pretty rough compared to urban trails, and you will want to take a bike that can comfortably navigate the gravel roads. Take a look at a map of the park here. Read the rest of this entry »

Bite the Big Apple With Bowery Bagels!

September 11th, 2014 by Jon

photo_deliveryA New York style bagel: Right off the bat, you might think it would be pretty difficult to find such a baked good around here. After all, Portland can’t get much farther away from the Big Apple.

How could Portland, Oregon, found about as far west of New York as you can get (About 3,000 miles worth!), create such a classic symbol of the metropolis?

Never fear, skeptical bagel connoisseur, for a hero appears within our very city! Bowery Bagels is Portland’s premier New York style bagel bakery and sandwich shop. The hand rolled bagels are boiled and then baked, resulting in an authentic, lightly crisp, chewy bagel.

Their bagels are particularly delicious with any of  Bowerys house made cream cheese schmears: plain, smoked salmon, fresh herb, roasted vegetable, BOM.com (bacon-onion-mushroom), and several vegan options.

They offer breakfast bagel sandwiches in the morning, and a delicious selection of lunch sandwiches, made from scratch soups, and salads. All the meats, sausages and bacon, are roasted and cured in our kitchen.

Make sure you start your morning off right, or get yourself pumped for a second wind at the office: Get yourself something delicious from Bowery. We take care of the hard work, and all you have to do is meet up with us, grab your meal, and get a taste of New York. Our Bowery-toting bikes have got your back.

Get a Taste of Thai at Thai Peacock!

September 9th, 2014 by Jon

10275324_631594156915868_2739618401290417427_oThai food is one of those things you can’t just get anywhere. It takes a practiced hand, good ingredients, and a recipe that has been tried and true.

That’s why we are very lucky to have Thai Peacock in the Portland area! Thai Peacock has offered great traditional Thai dishes in downtown Portland area for many years. Their chefs pride themselves in preparing the freshest exquisite blends of exotic ingredients for spicy lovers and non as well.

Thai Peacock has certainly earned its place as one of the best:look at its accolades! Just this year, Thai Peacock earned a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, ranked #95 among all restaurants in Portland. CitySearch ranked Thai Peacock as the best Thai food in Portland in 2011.

And of course, if you want more proof, just take a look at their Yelp Page.

Ready to plan lunch for tomorrow? Check out some of the things you will find on our menu:

Fresh ginger stir-fry with bell peppers, black fungus, mushrooms & onions

Roasted cashew nut stir-fry w/ chili jam, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms & bamboo shoots

Steamed broccoli, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, bamboo shoots & baby corn, topped w/ peanut sauce

Spicy eggplant stir-fry w/ sweet chili jam, bell peppers, onions & sweet basil leaves

Panang Salmon –  Salmon in panang curry w/ bell pepper, peas & carrots

Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles) - Wide rice noodles, egg, onions, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, mushrooms & basil leaves

 

 

Portland Pedal Power is Delivering for The Left Coast!

September 4th, 2014 by Jon

Left_Coast_photoPortland Pedal Power is very excited to announce we will be delivering for Left Coast, a food cart dedicated to creating delicious southern food meant to bring out the inner beach-lover in all of us. We asked John Sturm, owner of Left Coast, what inspired him to start his work in the culinary arts:

The first thing that comes to mind when I think about the South is the smell of low tide (well, that and the taste of soft-shell blue crab). But when the smell of low tide combines with the lack of airflow and the oppressive humidity, it gets a particularly funky smell all of its own. It reminds me of lazy, childhood mornings watching the shrimp boats and deep-sea fishermen leave the harbor under a sticky, morning sun – headed for deeper water.

Their return was always much more highly anticipated than their departure. They would return with what seemed like tons of live shrimp, crabs, and fish to be cleaned and sold right on the docks, generally to chefs who worked in the restaurants overlooking the harbor. Evening low tides are always the most memorable with the unmistakable, embarrassing stench of the water-less harbor combining with the smell of fish being fried and grilled in the restaurants.

Left Coast tries to recreate these memories and experiences using the finest Northwest ingredients. I am the owner and chef, and I have literally cooked my way from coast to coast. Portland was an accident, not a choice. It just seems that I ran out of gas, money, and luck all at once – right here…and it couldn’t have been a better place for that to happen. Life is a lot like surfing – you just have to trust it!
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Portland Pedal Power is Partnering With USAgencies!

September 2nd, 2014 by Jon

IMG_20140828_084212Imagine a relationship with trustworthy experts who actually listen, who genuinely care and who put your needs first – not what you’d expect from bankers, but that’s exactly what you get at USAgencies Credit Union. That’s why Portland Pedal Power is very proud to announce that we’re partnering with USAgencies!

USAgencies connects you with the whole spectrum of financial services, offering super convenient anytime-anywhere banking with personal one-on-one service, access to tens of thousands of ATMs nationwide, 24-hour phone banking, online and mobile banking, and thousands of shared branches across the country helping make the little stuff easy as pie.

When you become a member of USAgencies, you’re joining one of the best member-driven credit unions in the Pacific Northwest, and bonus: you’re also joining an active community of awesome Oregonians just like you.

So why consider USAgencies? Membership with USACU is about being part of something bigger than yourself. It’s about putting your money and your support behind a cooperative institution that truly has your success as our focus.

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Enjoy Labor Day Weekend with Twist FroYo!

August 28th, 2014 by Jon

twistfroyoLabor Day Weekend has to be one of the most anticipated days of the summer. You get the nice heat, the fountains are running, your neighbors are cooking the soy brats, and you get one final chance to say, “Summer is awesome!”

That’s why Portland Pedal Power is promoting one of the most summer-y things of all: Twist FroYo! This Labor Day Weekend, come enjoy some of the best Frozen Yogurt in town! We’ll be hanging out at two of the coolest events this weekend, handing out delicious samples of Twist FroYo and hanging with all the cool kids. Come be one of those cool kids!

We’ll be relaxing at Wallace Park enjoying the Portland Film Festival on August 30th (this Saturday) watching Ping Pong Summer and enjoying the good weather. What goes together better than Frozen Yogurt and a movie? Not much, I tell you.

We’ll also be chillin’ at Art in the Pearl, named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country. The event lasts all weekend, and fills the Northwest Portland Park blocks with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages. 

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Nong’s Khao Man Gai “Chops” The Competition!

August 26th, 2014 by Jon

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It’s always exciting when you can tell your friends “You know that person you saw on TV last night? I know them! I get to see them in real life!” You can imagine our excitement when we found out one of the chefs behind a famous Portland food cart we deliver for made an appearance on the Food Network!

Nong Poonsukwattana of Nong’s Khao Man Gai brought her own zeal to the table on Food Networks TV show Chopped. On the show, four chefs are pitted against each other, given a box of mystery ingredients they must use in order to create a three course meal meant to wow the judges. Each contestant has seconds to plan, and then 30 minutes to create. One by one, after the appetizer, main course, and desert, contestants are “chopped” from the running until a clear winner is picked among the judges.

So how far does Nong get? Well, no spoilers here in case you missed the first airing, but needless to say, you wont want to miss the episode. You will have a whole new reason to go see what Nong is cooking up!

The original airing for the episode has already passed, but Food Network will be airing the episode for the coming week. Check out the full episode to see the outcome, and check out Nong’s Khao Man Gai on our menu when you start to feel hungry!