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Title: Birthday Bloggy Business
Daily Ride: Hopefully
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Happy Pi Day. Also, happy birthday to me. I am 30 years of age today. I feel fine. Secretly, I wanted to be in the 27 club, but I never became a musician. They would’ve kicked me out. I can party like a rockstar. That has to account for something. 

I had a knifing accident yesterday. No worries, no animals were harmed. Really the only thing affected is my texting abilities as my left thumb is out-of-order. I was making Vegan Gyros completely from scratch and it was the romain being chopped that made me over confident and BOOM. I wish it could’ve been something cooler like somehow a pita making massacre. I will not be going over the Vegan Gyro Blood-ssacre because it will take me two days to text it out on my notes with only one thumb. I’m not sure who’s quote this is, but it is hilarious. I looked it up… “I am not vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.” A. Whitney Brown. A writer and comedian, of course. 

The gyros were delicious. 

I do not know if I go for a ride, my thumb will start bleeding uncontrollably again. I might have to exercise a small bicycle hiatus again, unfortunately. Which isn’t much exercise. 

Rule of thumb is, don’t drink and knife. Or at least, don’t tell your mom. I did try a new (to me) Californian brewery yesterday. Out of Coronado, California comes the overly creative brewery name Coronado Brewing Company. For the lack of creativity of the brewery name, their beers so far are creatively named and very good. 




I have to pay a bill today that I cannot make payment to because of Strava. I like Strava and what they’re about, but I chose to take a break from the premium membership before my membership renewal date and I’ve been charged three times. The first time, they refunded me. As of right now, I have two monthly premium membership fees pending on my banking app. So I am literally a few dollars short of paying my bill. They have been emailed and I received two emails (one as a free member and one as a premium member) confirming that I emailed them. Has Strava been drinking? I hope they are not chopping romain lettuce. Do they have injured thumbs? Explaining the dumbness going on with my debit card kind of like my current texting skills. Just wanted to vent. Thanks for reading and Happy Pi Day and Happy Weekend! 

Winter Conclusion

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Title: Winter Conclusion 
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I’m confident that yesterday was the last super cold day of winter. Yesterday was frigidly in the single digits almost the entire day in Fahrenheit units of temperature measurements. Which I don’t even have to try. It is an amazingly hilarious joke on its own. I knew spring was approaching soon a few weeks ago when I had slight allergies attack. The attack was defended strongly with smiles. I don’t know if the groundhog still exists, but my allergies prediction was correct. Leave the groundhog be. 

I was on the fence doing backflips yesterday contemplating a ride. It was super cold, but it hopefully should be the last super cold day of winter. Should I tackle it and ride into the sunset. Death Rides A Horse. I do not have any horses, just bicycles. I decided to continue my not planned cycling hiatus and wait for the weather to turn for the better. I think today has a high of -1 * C. That’s almost ZERO. I love the Celsius Zero and it should be a superhero! 

I do have a ride planned with a friend. Really just a paid acquaintance to help me seem more normal to the crazy people who read these bloggings. I do not actually have any friends. Animals like me. Anyways, this paid “friend” and I were gonna do a decent distance. He wants to ride miles and I threw a slight fit and made it clear that I wanted to ride kilometers. Not sure how we will come to a conclusion on that. Sounds like a job for the Celcius ZERO! 

I had this beer last night. It was a literal beast. I’ve enjoyed many beers of theirs. The actual brewery is Mercury Brewing Company out of Ipswich, MA. The beer line is Clown Shoes. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it’s a good beer line. The beer I had was a Russian Imperial Stout bottled on 02.06.15. I love when they put this date on beers. I’m skeptical when I cannot find and ultimately know how old a beer is. If it’s a beer above 8% ABV, you don’t have anything to worry about. The beers below that ABV are the ones that will spoil. The name of this beer is Blaecorn Unidragon. It is a literal beast at a not so nice Clown Shoes 12.5% ABV. Two middle fingers up!

I’ve loved this band muchly for a good 5-6 years. And I’ve also enjoyed other bands that are tied to the band Russian Circles. They are an instrumental post-rock/ post-metal Chicago based trio. They are very talented. I’ve only seen them live once, but it was amazing. All of their sound greatness is awesome. They play heavy yet light and blend it well. 
Yesterday I bought ten pounds of potatoes. This was my adrenaline rushed tweet:

I ate some potatoes yesterday. And today is my #VeganVriday, so I will be enjoying more potatoes for sure today. I’m working on my St. Paddy’s Day meal and my bullshit of an excuse of a recipe. Really it’s just a grocery list that says beer a few times. 

I plan on making and somewhat mapping a “recipe” of VEGAN Corned Beef & Cabbage and Colcannon in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and my somewhat recent discovery that I am 1/16 Irish. That is coming by the death penalty deadline 3.12.15. I did already make a batch of Vegan Colcannon. It was to live for! 
As for the Northern Illinois Winter, I’m not scared of you, but you are a bitch.
And for the Northern Illinois Spring, welcome. I love you! 
Happy Friday! Happy VeganVriday! Have a great weekend!

Slow Strava Aptitude 

I’m new here on whatever this is. Blognet, blogville, blog your mom. Anyways. I somehow started my long-thought dream of blogging all over you. I went for a night FatBike ride tonight thinking roads were gonna be slightly bad for a cross bike. The roads were actually amazing until I came into parks and a cemetery. 

I’ve been drinking all day. I have been consumed with ‘work’. I pace my drink. I rode hard and it was amazing. Just wanted my shit to sync. I guess I am scared of all of you. 



So, my ride uploads through my wifi or others. It then goes through GarminConnect (bless their souls) where it links to Strava, usually. I’m upset that Strava is blank for a crazy night ride, but it is okay. 

There are two really nice women at the grocery store that used to always ring me up after a super long and awful days of work at my old job before I quit. I am horrible with names. But, I’ll remember their faces forever. It was nice to finally see them for the first time in four months. 



I haven’t ridden the FatBike in weeks. And the air pressure was low. The last FatBike ride I was on was an IVCA (Illinois Valley Cycling Association) Wednesday night I&M Canal ride that had a few ice age apocalyptic  catastrophes. The low tire pressure helps grip the dangerous terrain. I biffed it one and a half times. I’m an excellent biff artist. I put some air in the tires. 



My ride uploaded to Strava this morning. Not sure why there is sometimes a delay. I’m close to a 250 km mark for the month. It is not much, but it is all outside riding in the heart of a cold winter. I have two days left and need 40 km. Every mile or kilometer counts. #RideOn

Veggie Burger

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I’ve been thinking of this meal for a few days now. And I’m super excited to create this and eat it all. I’m so hungry. Hunger is motivation. I’d love a beer.



I’m enjoying my second 2015 Extra Hoppy Old Guardian by Stone. I’ve already been known to love Barleywine beers, but this one is probably the best Barleywine beer that I have ever had. I’m a hop addict. They make me truly hoppy. 
One thing about Barleywine beers is that that pack a punch. They are always at least 9% ABV. Plan their enjoyment responsibly. Calorically speaking, they are probably horrible for you. Situations like this is where happiness is more important than health. For me, at least. Moderation is the key for anything. 



This meal has a few steps that I did in a special order to have everything ready and hot close to the same time. I prepared the homemade Thousand Island and Veggie Burgers on a previous day. Might as well start with those. 
Pea-Brain Patties:
-Slightly overdone Blackeyed Peas
-Slightly overdone Split Peas 
-Carrots grated dicely
-Diced White or Yellow Onion, carmelized
-Garlic, caramelized
-Oats
-Sunflower Seeds w/o shell
-Sautéed Peppers, sautéed 
-Habaneros, diced
-Dry Brown Rice, slightly over cooked and seasoned
-Baked Potatoes, cooled and diced
-Celery Seed
-Kale, chopped
Cumin/Fennel/Salt/Pepper/Garlic
-Egg
-Corn Starch, if needed
-CornFlakes Crumbs
>Mix, Form, Bake



Vegan Thousand Island:
-Veganaise
-Sriracha
-Celery Seed
-Garlic, caramelized 
-Sea Salt/Pepper/Sugar
-Paprika/Garlic/Onion Powder
-Balsamic Vinegar
-Diced Hot Peppers (I used Habanero)
-Deseeded Cucumber, diced
>Mix while listening to good tunes
NOTES:
-That is amazing Thousand Island.
-Those Patties were originally supposed to be vegan, but wouldn’t hold together how I like. 
-I love Veganaise. 
-I always use dry beans. Have a little dignity. Do it right and save money! 
I was disappointed with the way the side turned out. Definitely edible and the Burgers were NO JOKE. The side was a Cabbage stir-fry. I did not use oil. I did not even sauté anything. I baked and used Veggie a Broth as a lubricant. Lubricant? Whatever… If it weren’t for the Greek Yogurt I used, it would be Vegan. Veganaise would work great. Cabbage Dry Stir-Fry is the name I gave the side. 



Cabbage Dry Stir-Fry ingredients:
-Garlic and Ginger, diced
-White or Yellow Onion, diced
-Carrot, diced
-Sea Salt/Pepper/Sugar/Ceyanne/Dill
-Cucumber, deseeded and diced
-Soy Sauce/Sriracha 
-PLAIN Greek Yogurt
-Cabbage, finely chopped
-Veggie Broth
So, this burger… Is named Crazy Cheesy Split&Blackeyed Hawaiian Pea-Brain Veggie Burger. It deserves a unique and elaborate name.

The first time I picked up an Extra Hoppy Old Guardian, the liquor store guy, Dom, offered it to me as I had already picked up a regular 2015 Old Guardian. They were in the back as they just came in. Only 6.99 for a bomber. Outstanding! The other day I didn’t see them on any shelves. I figured they were sold out already. I picked up a few other beers and then got to the checkout line and Dom was there. I asked if they were sold out already. Dom said no and grabbed one from underneath the counter as if we were back in the prohibition at an illegal speakeasy. It’s a very good marketing scheme and I hope to pick another up the next time I’m there. Excellent Barleywine! 



Crazy Cheesy Split&Blackeyed Hawaiian Pea-Brain Veggie Burger ingredients:
-White or Yellow onion, sliced thick and at the middle of onion
-Slightly thick cored sliced Pineapple seasoned with Cayenne
-Artichoke, sliced into 1/6 pieces
-Thousand Island
-Hearty Buns
-Pea-Brain Patty
-Mozzarella Cheese, sliced from block
-Sharp Cheddar Cheese, sliced from block
-American Cheese
-Cali Avocado 
-Manpower/Technique 
-Drinkable Good Beer for hydration purposes
I used parchment paper, but ran out. I used a piece of aluminum foil. I also used a vast surplus of love and architecture building/design mentalities. This Sandwich is a tower. And liked to come apart a bit. Broiler and oven was a great help. 



Steps Schedule:
I first roasted the sliced onions and pineapple flipping carefully once for 25 minutes at 350* F. I then broiled them for a minute for color and burnt greatness. They escaped the heat and I set them aside. 
I saved the parchment paper after saving the onion and pineapple from the fire. I put the diced garlic and ginger directly up my nose because the smell was too amazing. I roasted those for 10-15 minutes. I hope you didn’t put anything up your nose. Control the urge! They smell even better once they start to roast. While in oven, I then diced carrot, cucumber and onion. I put them into a mixing bowl and seasoned with dry ingredients and added roasted garlic and ginger. 
I threw the mixture into the oven and got the other burger veggies sliced. I moved the burger prep out of the way. No one likes a cluttered cutting board especially when the Cabbage is on deck. AND Cabbage is CRAZY. With a clean cutting board, I was in no way bored. I cut that Cabbage so good. Mix with Sriracha, Soy Sauce and Veggie Broth and throw on top of already roasting for 20 minutes veggies. 
I used to think I liked longer chunks of cabbage, but finely chopped is the correct way for me. Don’t let me lie to you. 
Now is a good time to get a good grip on your buns and find that crack. If there isn’t a crack, you’ll have to credit card those buns with a bread knife. If there is a crack, put your fingers in there generously and bust those buns apart. We’ll need to lather in between the crack. The lather treatment consists of Thousand Island dressing that you should have already made! You’re gonna want to broil these buns and char a bit if you live on the edge.
Set those beautiful buns right in front of your eyes. Take a good look at those buns and prepare to clothe those buns with edible clothing. I had a concept of stacking ingredients. Oh, yeah, that’s right. I did it again. Throw the Pea-Brain Patty on the ultimate kitchen hardware, your Pizzazz. The patty only needs eight minutes. 
I wanted to smartly stack the layers of this amazing sandwich with Cheese dripping down for a visual stimulation to people. 
I went: Bun, Cheese, Pea-Brain, Cheese, Avocado, Onion, Cheese, Pineapple, Cheese, Artichoke, Top Gun…..BUN. 
Don’t forget about the Cabbage. Mix it with the Greek Yogurt or Veganaise. Plate it all up and sell it! Crazy Cheesy Split&Blackeyed Hawaiian Pea-Brain Veggie Burger all day! 
The sandwich stayed together amazingly in my hands until my teeth and tongue ripped that baby to shreds like a damn carnivore. And it was totally herbivore the whole time! Enjoy! If you wanna see how I rank BEERS, become a friend of mine on Untappd. 
NOTES: 
-For the last few years, I’ve included skins on my veggies as much as possible. I hope people love nutrients as much as I do. 
-My oven is awesome. The broiler is on the top of the inside of the oven. Convenience is amazing. 
-I’m gonna go for a good ride tomorrow. FatBike? 
-Barleywine makes me feel fine!
#RideOn #Cheers