Wednesday, June 30, 2010
It is a simply gorgeous day today!
Out in farm country, you can see the crisp blue sky and the beautiful white clouds over sparkling fields of corn. For a pleasant change, the temperature is down and the humidity has dropped to an enjoyable level - a perfect day for a bike ride.
I folded up my Barcelona, popped her into my trunk, and headed to town to meet my friend, Susan, for a trail ride. Susan and I ordered our bikes together and have been looking forward to outings on our bikes.
We took at trail ride along the bike path first, then rode back to town.
(Susan with her new Barcelona - she got the cream colored one.)
We stopped first for Iced coffee.
Our bikes looked so cute together! People went by smiling as they passed me taking photos of our bikes the way people take photos of their kids.
I got a decaf iced latte - I think I already had enough caffeine; I blabbed the whole bike trip. Susan got her favorite iced mocha. We enjoyed our coffee outside; today is far too nice to spend any unnecessary time inside.
After our luxurious drinks, Susan had to go back home, but I took a detour to the groceries store for blueberries, grapes, and bananas then meandered through town making a little travelogue of my new bike's first sojourn out into town.
Friends and strangers along the way had to stop and check her out. My bike did very well; it just glides along the road and bike trails, the basket is just the right size for carrying my camera, cell phone, and some groceries, and the whole rig fits nicely into my trunk. The one issue it has is that the bottom folding joint is stiff. Susan's swings freely, so this is a quirk with my bike. I have sent an email to Avery at Citizen Bike to see what I need to do to free it up. I expect it just needs to be lubricated, but I want to be sure, and also to use whatever lubricant they suggest at Citizen.
Monday, June 28, 2010
My new Barcelona bike came with minimal directions and some tools. After a lot of unwrapping, and puzzling over the directions, I just started one step at a time. Put in the handle bars, lock the folding mechanism in place, unfold and lock in pedals, unfold the frame and figure out the locking mechanism, then put on and adjust the seat post.
I was very pleased that I was able to figure it out without any help. It does appear that folding it up, and then setting it up again will be simple now that it is all assembled.
This was a fun shot to take... I set the camera up on the back of the Honda, hit the timer button, ran to my bike, jumped on, and hoped I wouldn't ride right out of the picture.
Don't worry, I have a real helmet to wear out on the road and trails.
Now she needs a name - a Spanish one since she is a Barcelona. My top contenders so far are:
Frida (for my one of my favorite artists)
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Breakfast this morning was yogurt with fresh blueberries, one of my favorites. No need for a recipe here, just the two ingredients.
Then off to the farmers' market to find some goodies for this week.
There was an Indian gentleman there selling an assortment of delicious food. I bought some saag paneer. If you have never had it before, it is a spicy, creamy spinach with homemade cheese in it; one of my favorite Indian dishes. To go with the saag paneer I bought some garlic naan, an Indian flat bread. I enjoyed my lunch out on the patio with Stella.
My afternoon snack was dates and almonds with a lemon La Croix.
Remember those beets from my video blog? They were calling my name at the farmers' market. I decided they would be perfect for a beet/ goat cheese salad. Here's the recipe:
Boil the beets until they are soft but not mushy. Run cold water over them to cool them off, then peel and cube.
Bottom layer of the salad: romaine lettuce (of course you could use spinach or another green), then add the cooled, cubed beets, sliced baby cucumbers, and goat cheese.
Make a dressing of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a touch of salt and drizzle it over the salad. Voila!
Along with the beet salad, I served zucchinis with Vidalia onions:
Coarsely chop the Vidalias and lightly saute them in olive oil. Next add the sliced zucchinis and saute for a few more minutes. Grind fresh peppercorns over them for seasoning. Next squeeze 1/3 lemon over them, cover and turn off heat so they steam for a minute. Cook only long enough to heat them through so they are still firm and crisp.
The side of bread is a fresh baked bialy I bought from the bread lady. She had quite a delicious looking assortment. It was hard to choose, but I chose the onion filled bialys because I rarely find them in Ohio and they taste like home to me.
Eat well, love well, live well.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
It was the perfect day to shop and socialize at the farmers market. I had fun making this little movie when I got home.
Unfortunately, by the time the movie gets compressed for the web, the images are all blurry. Does anyone have an answer to that?
Music Credit: Leo Kottke, Mona Ray
Leo's music goes on longer than the movie, so turn it off at the end.
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