When we ran that list last week (you know, the one about bike picnic essentials?) we forgot to mention one thing: the blanket. Picture it: some artisinal treats, a bottle of French lemonade, a friend or sweetheart, and a great locale you can bike to. But upon what shall you sit? Don’t forget your Beg Bicycles picnic blanket!
And don’t forget about our Picnic Lovers’ collection for the rest of your supplies.
Image Courtesy of Beg Bicycles
The only thing better than eating a delicious meal is doing it outdoors in the company of friends. That’s our official perspective, anyway. If you like the way we think, we think you’ll like our Picnic Lovers’ Collection: these bike accessories were hand-picked to help you picnic perfect this season.
1.) Vintage Bike Basket: You know how we love bike baskets, but who said they had to be woven? We’re gaga for this vintage, metal, rear-mounting picnic basket. The campy woodgrain look provides a bit of edge to this classic shape. Perfect for sandwiches and other snackums.
We had a chat with Erika and Christian, the brother-sister duo behind Musette Bakery, the spot to satisfy your sporting sweet-tooth.
1. Why did you want to start Musette Bakery?
Picnic season is just around the corner, and what better way to get from the kitchen to the park than with this Moynat Bicycle Trunk. Expertly constructed with traditional materials, this dedicated picnic trunk mounts on your handlebars and beautifully carries cutlery, drinks, dinnerware, and, of course, sandwiches. The designer piece will also run you about $32,000 (yikes!).
Photo Credit: Luxury Launches
If you’re looking for a more reasonable way to pack a picnic, we like Peterboro Basket Company’s Quick Release Tote Basket. The sturdy shoulder strap is great for carrying your bounty from your bike to the perfect spot in the park.
Or if you love the vintage feel, try our vintage metal bicycle picnic baskets.
We can’t think of a better way to spend St. Patty’s Day than aboard this Kelly green ride from Kate Spade. Whether you’re off to the parade or just out for a quick spin before your corned beef and cabbage, we love the tailored look of this vintage-style cruiser. Plus, the bicycle basket is perfect for toting, oh, we don’t know, a bottle of whiskey?
We love wine, but we don’t always love the price tag. Luckily, the New York Times recently published a guide to fall wines $20 or under. So if we’re biking to thanksgiving tomorrow, we can feel confident that the wine in our Oopsmark bicycle wine rack won’t ruin our budget or tarnish our reputation for sophisticated taste. And speaking of taste, we can’t wait to try Señorío de P. Peciña Rioja Crianza 2005, which has notes of raspberry and vanilla-y American oak. On weeknights, we’ll be sipping low-alcohol Bebame El Dorado County Red 2011. And for something a bit more exotic, we’ll turn to Spanish sparkling wine—specifically Raventós I Blanc Cava de Nit Catalonia 2009. Bottoms up!
Wanderlust Wednesdays: Need Some Energy?
On average you can burn as many as 410 calories per hour while pedaling at a moderate pace, according to the National Institutes of Health. When riding my heavy vintage Schwinn
around the neighborhood, I bet I burn even more. To help boost my energy I like to gnosh on an energy bar, but when I looked at the nutrition labels of some popular brands I couldn’t even pronounce the ingredients. I decided to try out an all-natural white chocolate cranberry energy bar recipe I found online at Honest Cooking
. These bars are super easy to make, taste great, and are very easy to transport with you on your rides. And did I mention they’re all natural?
White Chocolate Cranberry Oat Energy Bars
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups oats
3 Tbsp flax seeds
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1. Beat the yogurt, sugar, eggs, pumpkin and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
2. Add the whole wheat flour, wheat germ and baking soda.
3. Stir in the flax seed, oats and then the white chocolate chips and cranberries
4. Pour the batter and press into a foil-lined 9 x 13-inch pan
5. Cook the bars for 7-8 minutes at 375 degrees or until the top of the bars starts to turn light golden brown.
6. Let cool for 15 minutes and cut into bars. Enjoy!
Just joined a CSA for the first time called Next Door Organics. I’m getting my first bag of groceries on Sunday at the Dekalb Market pick up. Can’t wait since I’m starting my raw cleanse on Monday.