Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nagasawa Fixie Hipsters & The Ramdomness Of Our Ride

My favorite Caffe Al Mercato Combo
photo Cycling Art

It was another hot day (30C), this past Sunday as John and I decided to re-tackle Whytecliff Park in Horseshoe Bay. John and I wore our Go media jerseys and ventured to West Vancouver to Caffé Al Mercato. I want to thank John for making the effort riding out from New Westminster to pick me up on my side of Vancouver. So off we went in good spirits through Stanley Park and over the Lions Gate Bridge to West Vancouver before a beautiful day.

Caffe Al Mercato is quickly becoming one of my top favorite coffee stops – it has a high FRFuggitivi approval rating. Why? It has excellent espresso that go well with their delicious $1 baked goodies. And, it has a huge patio for many cyclists to stretch out on. But the enjoyable thing about going out on rides is the randomness of events. The cafe was busy and I found a table for John and I but there was one cyclist looking for place to sit. We're all about cycling camaraderie and also nice guys too, so is the ethos of Frfuggitivi. John invited him to join us.

The ultimate in Keirin cool was Koichi Nakano,
who rode Nagasawa bikes.

His name was Stefan and he was just finishing his early ride (to avoid the heat) and settling in for a post ride snack and interestingly he talked about his trip to London. He mentioned that it was hipster fixie nation where many hipsters roll on very expensive frames. Such as Nagasawa frames from Japan, which can run up to about $6K apiece. Apparently, Nagasawa makes frames only for keirin riders in Japan and affluent buyers. To acquire one of his coveted legendary steel frames, one must go through a supplier that sells his frames. A worthy but pricey proposition. But as interesting as the conversation was going it was time for us to ride on - we thanked Stefan and carried onto Marine Drive.

Puncheur = PhilGil

To get to Whytecliff Park, we must tackle a series of undulating short steep climbs with breathtaking scenery. John said he wanted to move there. I would do the same in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, we don't have the huge amount of capital to afford any of the ultra rich properties there. And I didn't have time to stop to take pictures, I was enjoying the ride way too much. It's probably the first time ever that I imagine myself as a puncheur. Those riders who specialize in rolling terrain with short but steep climbs - ie. Peter Sagan or Philippe Gilbert. Of course, in real life I'm not. Once we reached the park we encountered a couple of cyclists, who we passed along the way, and one was bold to asked us, "Does your jersey say 'Go Diaper'?"

She actually caught me off guard. I quickly flashed my Go Media jersey at her and thus debunk her claim.

photo Cycling Art

Such is the randomness of this ride.

This was our turnaround point and as we rode back into Stanley Park it was close to noon, hot as hades and sadly we encountered a traffic detour. We forgot it was the Pride parade and to make matters worst all the major roads were off limits and it was packed with humanity (reportedly a-half-a million). So, John and I ended up riding through the downtown core right up the ridiculously busy Georgia street. Hemmed in by bumper to bumper traffic and by the enormous crowds, I felt like a bike messenger. We finally made it through, got on the Georgia Viaduct, John headed towards New West and after 66kms - I was home.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday File: I'm the 2XU Recovery Prize Pack Winner! Hors Catégorie, Hammer Throw! & Nutrition.


Friday File...

I'll take a step back to yesterday's excitement - I'm still reeling from winning the BMC Racing Team Contest of 2XU North America's Recovery Prize Pack!

Australian sportswear company, 2XU is the compression garments worn by the team and they are sending me some kit. The marketing manager of BMC sent congratulations and asked me what size for tops and bottoms. I'm not sure exactly what I'm getting but I can't wait! So, for now, I'll leave it for an upcoming detailed review/post.

Many thanks to BMC Racing Team and 2XU! 

Grand Tour á porter...
Red Dots Cycling Caps; La Francaise, Corsa Rosa & Vuelta El Toro!

I'm very happy to announce that some of our handmade cycling caps (above) are now sold in Hors Catégorie in Montréal! Co-owner, Fred Landry wrote an article on our Red Dots cycling caps, 'Grand Tour á porter.' I believe we are a good fit with this cool Montréal bike boutique shop! 

Hors Catégorie, Montréal.

The God of Thunder!

That's a big hammer!

Thor Hushovd is back with a vengeance. Racking up wins to prove that the God of Thunder is indeed back to his winning form. This is an excellent digital depiction of his hammer throw winning one of two stages at the Tour of Poland!

The Norwegian champion won the inaugural Arctic Race of Norway. Here he puts it all too rights winning the thrilling final uphill stage over Paul Martens.

The real hammer throw!

One more from le Tour...

Magnificent image of David Millar on the Champs!
via Brakethroughmedia

 Good nutrition always remains a high priority in cycling...

I'll have to try this...
Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter.

Where's the beef?

This image shows Andy Schleck ordering a burger in a fast food joint in Messancy, Belgium. Could it be that Andy has changed his mind from eating healthier?

Anquetil and Stablinski ...

Have a good Friday!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday File: Viva il Giro!

Friday File... with an Italian flavor.

Giro d'ltalia starts tomorrow morning, for us on the west coast, it's an early call for me at 5 AM PDT. Stage One: Pizza came from Naples (the start) and Taylor Phinney was doing his best to sell it...

Hey it's pizzeria Phinney...
Pizza anyone?

Two-time Giro winner, Ivan Basso is out of the Giro with a saddle sore. A huge loss for his Cannondale team and not a heavy favorite to win -  a shame the Corsa Rosa will lose a colorful contender. We will have to see if he comes back for the Tour.

Bernard Hinault won his first Giro in 1980. The Badger looking exhausted
his pink pursuits will gather him a total of three Giro victories (1980, 1982, 1985)!

Ready for my next ride!

My new way of storing my Marinoni in my space challenged studio.

Canadians in the Giro:

Go Ryder!

One of my favorite squads I'll be following is FDJ. Canadian Dominique Rollin is on the squad... good luck to them for a stage win!

Orica at the team presentation today. Canadians Christian Meier and Sven Tuft will help the Aussie team for stage victories, notably for the TTT.

Here's a short video on why this race is so special... and the dancing nun is
having a lot of fun!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday File: Our 17th, Go Catharine Go, Soccer Bronze, Muur Calling & Psycho

She's gonna rip it up!
photo: Sean Kilpatrick

Friday File time...

To start off, Carolle and I are celebrating our 17th anniversary tomorrow... knowing Carolle she will fill up our special day with good food to enjoy. I can already smell the BC blueberry lemon, lime pound cake cooling off in the kitchen!

We can only wish...

Also, tomorrow (4:30 AM) is Canada's main hope to win another gold... Catharine Pendrel. The final cycling events switch to mountain bike events at Haleigh Farm. She is the World No. 1, 2011 World Champion and current leader of the World Cup Series. And looking to improve from her fourth in Beijing, Pendrel said...

I know that I'm capable of a top three for sure. I know I'm capable of having a really great race... it takes a lot of factors to fall into place on the day. I think we've done the groundwork to have a great day.

Having watched what was one of the most exciting and skilled soccer matches ever, in my humble opinion, the US beat our Canadian ladies in a controversial referee-ed Olympic semi-final. But, Canada returned emotional down ...but not out! They took the bronze, an historical first Olympic medal, over the French. Guru coach John Herdman came in to turn the Canadian Women's soccer program around after a disaster 2011 World Cup. The results have been fantastic giving the Canadian ladies an emotional and physical toughness to compete with the best. The World Cup is coming here in 2015 and with plenty of hard work and hopefully lot's of new investment it's going to pay off... again!

Sunday means the Muur!

Tornado Tom Boonen is currently leading the Eneco Tour, with the ITT Saturday... Sunday promises to be a dramatic stage riding up the famous (so glad the organizers included this) Murr van Geraardsbergen. Tomorrow's ITT is 17km perfect for ...dragster Svein Tuft!

I'm heavily considering having some of my cycling art prints on the Red Dots Cycling website. I'll be working on the logistics! Here's a review of my artwork by thewashingmachinepost

One more...
Even psychos have some bike fun...
Anthony Perkins plays some early bike polo on the set of Psycho!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday File: Tuft Victory, Classic Racer, RadioShacked & Spice Cookies

Finding his mojo... again!

Q: Who's Canada's national TT/Road champion that won today's TT stage in the Tour de Beauce?

A: Svein Tuft!

Svein Tuft (Team Canada via Orica Greenedge Cycling) returned back into the victory column winning the 21.4 km ITT. This is his first win of the season and a claim back to form. He started the stage in 17th spot 1:44. The course and conditions was ripe for Tuft: 18C blue skies/ gentle wind, out and back course built for a power rider.
Tuft showed champion form blazing the course finishing 27:08 after turning over a 56X11 up to 80 km/h,

When I went out over the rollers I felt the power was there. It's been awhile since I've pushed that kind of power - it's satisfying.

Tuft is in fourth (1:04) on GC behind teammate Christian Meier. Both riders well placed to do something special with two stages to go ...and with confidence growing he said,

I think for a bike racing fan, there's going to be some fireworks!

German sprinters; Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel are sprinters extraordinaire winning stage 1 & 2 of the Ster ZLM Toer GP Jan van Heeswijk in the Netherlands. Mark Cavendish is still fighting to win a stage and finds himself battling two rival sprinters who will give him another battle in this year's Tour de France.

Red Dots Cycling is pleased to bring back the popular Classic Racer cycling cap! And, cool heads will prevail... we now offer this classic cap in two new sizes: Small/Medium and Medium/Large!

Classic Racer is back...
with or without black stripe!
© Red Dots Cycling

Geez, how bad can it go? As if the rumors of A & F Schleck planning to leave the troubled RadioShack ship isn't enough. RadioShack troubles just got bigger with Johan Bruyneel's part with a famous triathlete, and faces up to a lifetime ban. If his involvement is true, ASO may ban the team's invitation to the Tour.

Carolle has made, probably the most delicious spice cookies, I've never had. Problem is that, it was so good I never had the chance to take a picture of it... that means she'll have to make more!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Giro: Scrumptious Pastry & Up the Nose with Cotton

My favorite feed zone...
Sergio Henao (Sky) digs in for scrumptious Italian pastry!
photo Bettini

The nose ...knows!

After watching this video on the secret society of a cycling team (Omega Pharma here), I can say I've learned something new.

Ever ask yourself why the riders stick cotton up their nostrils before a TT? The soigneur puts a few drops of Olbas oil on the cotton and then it's up the riders' nostrils.

Olbas oil is a Swiss made decongestant made from essential oils to, in the cyclists case, help enhance breathing passages. Cycling is taking a page from the virtues of using Aromatherapy, this time before the TTT and why not? It provides for better breathing, relaxation and even combats colds and hay fever! 

At the start of stage 5...

Making amends...
Gianni Savio (manager for Androni Giocattoli) is probably saying,
"Sorry for what Ferrari did, no hard feelings Cav!."
photo: Sirotti

That's a huge bike!
Photo Bettini

Full Results after stage 5, 199km Modena-Fano

Stage winner: Mark Cavendish
Maglia Rosa: Ramunas Navardauskas
Maglia Rossa: Matt Goss
Maglia Azzurra KOMs: Alfredo Balloni
Maglia Bianca: Ramunas Navardauskas

Canadians on GC:

3. Ryder Hesjedal (aka Weight of the Nation)
50. Christian Meier
111. Dominique Rollin
132. Svein Tuft

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sugar Pie

My very first Sugar Pie!

Today's hectic, Carolle's busy on the sewing machine, Steve the repairman is in fixing a leaky hot water pipe and I'm pacing thinking of the Tour of Flanders... so I've decided to make my very first sugar pie.

Carolle's here to coach me, but I'm game for something sweet to go along with my early wake up call for Sunday's Tour of Flanders. There should be live streaming starting around 3:00 PDT.  I'm aiming for around four-ish, not so bright eye and no bushy tail, but with the help of plenty of coffee and sugar pie I'll be enjoying this impending battle.

This delicious sugar pie is from Carolle's Quebecoise Aunt Aurore...


1 C. White Flour (you can substitute 1/2 C each of White & Whole Wheat)
1/4 C Cold Butter
pinch Salt
2 T. Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Cold Water

Combine ingredients, don't over mix, the secret here is just to break the butter into the crust mixture. Form into a ball place in a bowl into the freezer.


1 Can Evaporated Milk
1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar (make sure it's packed well)
2  Eggs
2  T. White Flour

Mix ingredients well so that the brown sugar dissolves in the milk. Set aside.

Take your crust mixture out of freezer. Have a rolling pin at the ready. I use a sheet of parchment paper placed on a wooden cutting board sprinkled with plenty of white flour so the crust mixture doesn't stick. This is an art: gently roll out dough from the center outwards and it must be larger than your pie shell (1"- 2"overhang). Gently place crust mixture over the pie plate pinch in so it forms the plate, fill with Mixture. Pinch in sides to finish. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 F, then an extra 35 minutes at 350 F.
Allow to cool, you won't be able to taste it right away because it's very hot! I sometimes, have some vanilla ice cream with this before or after a ride, either way a tasty pie from Aunt Aurore... Enjoy!

GreenEDGE  Tour of Flanders previews Sebastian Langeveld.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

GreenEdge: Corsa dei Due Mari

GreenEdge smokin'!
Svein Tuft in white/red Canadian national jersey.

GreenEdge got the edge on the rest of the competition and won today's opening TTT in Tirreno-Adriatico known as La Corsa dei Due Mari. A majority of GreenEdge riders are track based and rode perfectly for the kill today.

They put the hammer down and nailed it winning the 16.9km TTT  in 18:41, 17 seconds faster than the Cancellara led RadioShack-Nissan and Farrar led Garmin-Barracuda. Cadel Evans BMC was further behind (58s) having to cast off a struggling Philippe Gilbert.

Matt Goss gets to wear the leaders jersey and Svein Tuft is second overall.

Veteran Stuart O'Grady is in fourth overall and here's a fun interview with Eddy Merckx on nutrition. Merckx may surprise  with his nutrition back in his days...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chocolate Milk Envy

Drink your drink!

I'm reading quite a few articles online that chocolate milk (low fat) is a popular and proven recovery drink beating out the lights of some sports drinks.

The humble, affordable and tasty chocolate milk found in most convenience stores has plenty of research in favor of this idea. Here's an article from The Telegraph.

I'm not much of a sports drinker. I know there are benefits from it. But it's worth while to investigate further of the humble chocolate milk.

Studies suggest chocolate milk naturally has protein and carbohydrates that helps build lean muscle and provides fluids for rehydration and minerals like potassium, magnesium and sodium key electrolytes that are loss in sweat.

Importantly, consuming it within 30 minutes of finishing the workout. This is key. The longer you wait the more you diminish the effect of the supplement.

In fact, I bought this carton of 2% chocolate milk (image) yesterday to test it out. It tastes great just like I remember it as a kid. I've stopped drinking milk since my early twenties and just come back to it due to all the positive articles.

I plan to give it a test, right after a hard ride and look forward to embrace the health and low cost benefits from good ole chocolate milk!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tour of Utah: Wacky Food Hand Ups

How about a nice pickle?

During the Queen stage at this years Tour of Utah, the fans are also the stars! Thanks to Roots Culture Connect for this ... time for powdered doughnuts!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Musing for Mussettes & Drink

A 1928 Tour de France cheers!...
Andre Leducq toasts Nicolas Frantz.

Inside today's mussettes are by far science base than their fore fathers ever had. Here's a look at some gourmet choices today & years past.

The revolutionary brothers Pelissiers...
Henri, Charles & Francis.

For the feed zone, (here) the Garmin Transitions Team has these choice morsels in their mussettes. Loaded with the essentials for their riders; electrolyte, Cliff bar/block/gels, rice/egg cake & ham, cream cheese sandwhich & of course a can of Coke.

In times of old, well before science intervened, the mussette was as basic; lumps of sugar, a cooked chicken leg or fruit.

The Pelissiers were amazing riders. In the twenties; Henri, Charles & Francis won many races. In fact, Henri won the 1923 Tour de France. They developed new ways of training that was ahead of the time. I'm not saying scientific but plain smart.  While their colleagues would try to train for many kilometres per day. The Pelissiers derived that short, intense workouts worked better.

When it came to nutrition, the brothers knew how to eat ... less. Back then, races often lasted for many hours and riders had to have enough food to supply them the needed energy. Before the start riders would gorge meals of eggs, cutlets and bananas or anything heavy to sustain them. The problem was too much food to digest would stop a rider from riding off the front. The Pelissiers went for a light breakfast, enabling an early race attack.

They never drank alcohol during a race. A huge advantage over the other riders as they drank themselves silly. Alcohol was one of the longest used artificial stimulants in cycling. The 'happy' Alcyon team drank cognac, white wine, port, and champagne during Bordeaux-Paris. Right up to the 60s and 70s, some riders believed that a shot of eau de vie (fruit brandy) would help them.

Drinking on the job...
Georges Speicher at the 1933 Tour.

Monday, November 29, 2010

"Pass the Peanut Butter!"

Campy + Peanut Butter + My baked bread = Tasty Heaven!

In my toolbox...

I did some digging, of the internet kind, and found a very tasty bit of information on my Campagnolo Cotterless Crank Bolt Wrench.

The origin is from the sixties, tool #769 and of course made in Italy. It's a 15 mm closed wrench used to remove or install the crank bolts from the bottom bracket and to operate the crank extractor tool.

Here's the fun part, it's also called the, "Peanut Butter" wrench. Not only a finely crafted & practical tool but if you're ever stuck without a flat edge can also use it to spread peanut butter on your bread!

Does that mean the Italians also created the peanut butter sandwich?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Churning the big 5-0!

Happy birthday to me...
My 50th just got alot better!

Today, is a big day for me ... I'm 50! Although the thought of turning this pivotal age was so intimidating, now that I'm here it was certainly more of a chore getting here. I've never felt more mentally & physically better than ever. Must be the benefit from all the riding.

This morning started out ... with work. I promised myself not to stray close to the computer, but the pull was too strong. By noon I was finished and it was out to my favorite sushi eatery with Carolle & my old friend Jim. Then off to see and enjoy the company of my twin brother, Ron. It's kind of fun to celebrate it twice. It was so hot we indulge with a couple of beers in the shade. A couple of nice gifts from him is the Glenlivet & the Spanish Red Marques de Rojas. As a matter of fact, tonight's dinner was all handmade by Carolle and has a mix of Greek (spanakopita) and west coast (wild sockeye salmon/prawns) to it. I loved my homemade coconut cream birthday pie. It was all so delicious.

After an exquisite dinner we savored the Auchentoshan single malt scotch whisky. And, oohh it's sooo smooth with an agreeable sweetness triple distilled from bourbon oak casks. It's now my favorite.

In fact, we plan to extend the festivities toward the long weekend with even more fun!

Marques de Roja or Mouton Cadet?
Playing the role of wine taster. Actually I'm not
but I enjoy wine!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Tasty like a rice pie.

Ohh... those delicious tartes aux riz!

I have a hankering for Belgian rice pie. There's a cafe shop I go to for that alluring and tasty pastry. And it goes together. This weekend marks the true start to the cycling season. I'm biased towards the pavé races and Belgium has two. The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad & Kuune-Brussels-Kuurne will mark the much anticipated drive through classic cobblestones.

It just makes a whole lot of sense the beautiful rice pie and the Belgian classics. What can be more better? Right, a beer of course. Patisserie Lebeau, all sweet things Belgian here in Vancouver, has my favorite tarte au riz. The owner, Olivier Lebeau is originally from Verviers, Belgium and his specialties are an addiction, couple with a cafe and it's heaven.

And what better way to have a tarte au riz and think of the upcoming Belgian classics... I'm thinking there's quite a few riders primed for victory and to win will be prestigious. Only a hardened classics man will emerge to take it and these two races will serve as a primer for the ultimate to come; Flanders & Paris-Roubaix.

I like many riders' to win but only one can. The list is many. And that's what makes it fun to speculate. Flecha the arrow will make his mark. It's a long time coming. And if not, Sky has an alternative in Boasson Hagen. If Hushovd looks out of sorts, though we can never count him out, then his Cervelo teammate Haussler looks capable. Those triplets of BMC look a threat, too. Ballan, Burghardt & Hincapie are hungry for a piece of that pie...

Which reminds me ...I'm off for a tarte au riz!

Flecha going straight for the pie!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pomegranate Love.


I'm shamelessly plugging the simple but lovely red fruit ... the pomegranate. Returning from a afternoon ride, I enjoyed the edible seeds on yoghurt. And there's more to the robust red fruit. I checked it out...

Getting to the edible red juicy arils (seed casings) is a chore. Just wear something that you don't mind having pomegranate juice splatter on. You'll have to rip into it separating the seeds from the peel. Time consuming but well worth it.

A good source of fibre, Vitamin C, potassium and especially high in polyphenols, an antioxidant. A good weapon in the risk of cancer and heart disease. In fact, it has higher antioxidant to beat out green tea & red wine. It won't be a reason to stop drinking red wine!

Cheers to the pomegranate!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Rain, Café & Cherry Tomatoes.

Right off the vine, our first batch of beautiful cherry tomatoes!

This morning Gregory, Michael & I met at the Burrard Street Bridge for our ride to Iona Park. No dice! The weather turned nasty; with ugly dark skies opening up into a steady downpour. Solution? We managed to seek refuge at a close by Café Bistro. Ok, it's not so bad to curl up in a warm bistro sipping fine Americanos. In fact, it was better than getting soaked from the rainstorm. After an hour or so the rain never did let up and so I went back out into the storm for home. I joked with the guys that I imagine it a little like Paris-Roubaix. I came home, bike and moi completely drenched and climbed into a welcoming hot bath.

Now, that the bike is cleaned, from this morning's mini Paris-Roubaix, I'm watching the weather to try for a spin later. And, to give some nice color into a somewhat dreary day, Carolle has grown tomato plants on our balcony and now it's time to eat them. The cherry tomatoes are destine for dinner!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Delightful Date Squares on a 142nd Birthday!

A date to remember & celebrate...

...Happy Canada Day, eh!

Ok. I feel that I can't keep this from you folks much longer...

With the consent from Carolle here is her delightful date squares...

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Filling:

1 C. pitted dates.
The juice & zest of 1 orange.
1 C. of water.
Dash of salt.

Simmer and stir until it thickens and put aside to cool down.

The Crust:

2 C. of roll oats.
1 C. of flour.
1/2 C. of brown sugar.
1/2 C. of butter.
1/4 C. of oil.
1/2 t. of baking powder.
3/4 C. chopped walnuts.
(you may have to add more oil to have a nice crumbly dough!)

Now, we start with the crust by mixing together the above ingredients. Place half of the mixture by tapping it on a 9X9" baking dish. Next, spread the filling and add the last half of the crust mixture on top. Tap gently.

Bake for 45 minutes. Please notice my oven is on the old side and requires a longer time. Newer ones don't. You'll know it's done when it turns a golden crisp texture. Careful it will be very hot and it's time to cut it into squares! Let it cool down. At this moment I can't wait any longer and I must have a square or two or three...


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