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!

Ride SE Portland at Sunday Parkways

August 21st, 2014 by stacy

It’s that time again! Sunday Parkways is back, taking over SE Portland this coming Sunday, August 24th.

Here at Portland Pedal Power, we’re always excited when bikes take over the streets of our city. Most recently, we participated in the cycle takeover of Portland’s Willamette River bridges during Bridge Pedal, and we’ll be out for Sunday Parkways this weekend, representing Point West Credit Union and giving out loads of swag! Point West is proud to support Portland’s favorite means of alternative transportation as it recognizes our city’s growing bicycle community, offering bicycle loans with rates as low as 4.49% to help finance your next ride.

Sunday will also be one of your best chances to enter the Point West Pedal Power Photo Contest. Throughout the summer, Point West has been donating a dollar to the Community Cycling Center for each new Facebook like, as well as for photos posted on their Facebook page, up to $1,000. So while you’re enjoying your Parkways ride, be sure to grab a selfie with our the PPP bike and post it Point West’s Facebook page, and you could win a $250 Visa gift card!

More details on this coming Sunday Parkways after the jump.

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Protect Your Wheels This Summer: Get A Lock!

August 19th, 2014 by Jon

Portland tends to have a reputation of being a friendly place, but there will always be people who try to take advantage of our situation.

Unfortunately, the Portland Business Journal reported bike theft is on the rise this summer, with an increase of nearly 5.3% since 2007. Our northern neighbor Vancouver has already seen more than 40 stolen bike reports since June 1st. And of course, lets not forget the six year old who wrote a note shaming the people who made off with her bike.

Some may sigh and think “this is why we can’t have nice things!” but bad stuff happens in life. We can’t avoid it! That’s why it’s always a good idea to prepare for the worst, but still expect the best. Check out a few ideas we have posted in prior blogs about how you can keep your set of wheels safe:

Bike Locks: Fairly obvious, but it must be said. Bike locks are the first defense against bike theft, and it’s important to remember that not all bike locks are created equal. According to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, nearly all locked bikes stolen in 2008 in the Portland area were locked with a typical cable lock, which can be clipped with a good set of cutters. Consider a high-quality U-lock, such as this Kryptonite model which can be found on Amazon.

Lock the Important Things: Should you not lock up the important parts of your bike, you might find yourself with the beginnings of a unicycle. Make sure when you’re using your bike lock, you include a wheel and the frame in its loving embrace.

Quick Release Wheels: If you’re consistently taking off your front wheel or your seat post, then you may have one of those quick release levers allowing quick removal. Of course, having these quick release levers means quick removal for just about anyone. You can of course just switch to your typical nut and bolt, but if we do that, aren’t we letting the bad guys win? In all seriousness, consider the Pitlock, which allows for quick and easy removal, but doesn’t sacrifice security.

Serial Number: Do yourself a favor, Right Now. Get yourself a pen and some paper, find your bicycle, and write down the serial number along with the make and model. Put this on your fridge, email it to yourself, have it tattooed on your arm… but make sure you don’t lose the info. If unfortunately the worst occurs and you find yourself lacking a set of wheels, it will be nigh impossible to retrieve your bike without this information.

Do you take precautions with your bicycle? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter what you do to keep your bicycle secure. Send us a picture of how you keep your set of wheels safe!

 

Get a Taste of Northern India at Mayura Indian Grill and Bar!

August 14th, 2014 by Jon

The phrase “Lets get Indian food tonight” likely brought a distinct memory to your mind. Whether it be the curry that perfectly accentuates your order of Ochra, the heat that reminds you of India’s gift of working with peppers, or that garlic naan that simply ties the whole meal together, suffice it to say that an Indian meal is not something you will want to try just once.

That’s why we are very excited to deliver for Mayura Indian Grill & Bar! Mayura offers excellent Indian food from their location on Northwest 23rd, whose repertoire consists mainly of Northern Indian dishes. Because of this, you can expect plenty of yogurt, tandoor cooked meats, breads, lentils and kebabs!

The quest for quality Indian cuisine augmented with superior customer service prompted the founders of Mayura Indian Grill and Bar to start this venture. Since its inception, Mayura Indian Grill and Bar has won accolades from its loyal customers and the print media alike.The founders of Mayura Indian Grill and Bar are constantly striving for perfection and innovation. Impeccable management has resulted in placing Mayura Indian Grill and Bar among the very best Indian restaurants in the Portland area.

Swing by our Order Page, and you will find some delicious cuisine hailing from Northern India, such as:

Dosa - Savory Rice & Lentil Thin Crepe, All Served with Fresh Coconut & Lentil Soup.

Navaratan Kurma – Seasonal Vegetables In A Cashew Sauce with Fresh Fruits, Nuts & Raisins.

Andhra Chicken - Chicken Cooked with Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions & Spices In Southern Indian Style.

Lamb Saagwala - Cubes Of Lamb Cooked W/ Fresh Spinach, Onions, Tomatoes & Fresh Ground Spices.

Mayura Botti Kebab – Spring Lamb, Marinated In Mildly Spiced Sauce with Grilled Onions & Lemon.

I know your mouth is watering just like mine was when writing this, so make sure you get yourself to our order page and find yourself something for lunch! Once you try it, shoot us a message on Facebook and Twitter, or tag us in an image on Instagram! We want to know what you think!

We’re Celebrating 5 Years! Join Us!

August 8th, 2014 by Jon

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Five years is a big achievement, don’t you think? It’s longer than a president’s term, longer than getting an education at a University and much longer than a standard year on Mars (two Earth years, for the Martian curious).

That’s why the Portland Pedal Power team is very excited to host our Five Year Anniversary Extravaganza on Wednesday, August 13th from 4:30 – 7:30 PM. We’re ready to celebrate, and we hope you can join us!

It seems like yesterday that the business consisted of just four like-minded individuals. Today we’ve grown into quite an operation, with nine additional employees working to provide delivery and active advertising to dozens of clients throughout inner Portland.  From humble beginnings with one delivery bike running out of a garage behind Zupan’s on Burnside, we’re now a fleet of 11, delivering from more than 50 vendors while displaying ads for 10 local companies.

If you so much as signed up for one of our newsletters or read our blog, you helped us on our way to success, and we want to thank you for your contribution! That’s why we want to invite you to our Five Year Anniversary Extravaganza, where we’ll kick back and relax with good food and drinks.

If you’ve ever wanted to try something delicious from Bowery Bagels, Pacific Pie Company, Seres Organic Chinese, Brunch Box, Thai Peacok or Theo’s Restaurant, this is your chance. These vendors, and many more, will be supplying a wide variety of the tastes of PDX. And of course, we’ll be supplying drinks on the house, so how could you say no?

We’re hoping to see you next week!

Portland Pedal Power 5th Anniversary
738 SE Washington Street
Portland, OR 97214
Wednesday, August 13th, 4:30-7:30 PM

Please RSVP by August 11 to stacy@portlandpedalpower.com if you are planning to join us.