Monthly Archives: January 2013

LADOT BIKE BLOG

City Planning’s David Somers has two blog posts today to explain how these prioritized bike lane projects will be moving forward. This post covers the public hearings for the project and the approval process afterwards, while his second post goes into more detail about the Draft EIR.  – Nate Baird

The City Planning Department has scheduled four public hearings to hear public comment on the First Year bicycle lanes. The projects include the nearly 40 miles of bicycle lanes that were evaluated in the recently completed Draft EIR in addition to one mile of bike lanes along Sunset Blvd. west of Figueroa St. The 40 miles of bike lanes include the first proposed protected bicycle lanes or ”cycle tracks” in the City as part of the MyFig Streetscape project, as well as strategic gap closures such as Venice Blvd. along with the introduction of critical bikeways in all major…

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Our pal Damain Riehl has jump started his front rack making business and you should support it. These are great looking handbuiltt racks from the Pacific Northwest. You can’t beat made in the USA goodness.

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Few have seen and many have asked. These are finally back in production starting with the simplest standard road bike 700c version. All that is required is a steel fork with a caliper brake mount hole and a bolt on(skewers are made to clamp, and are not suitable to support loads) axle. Recommended load limit is 70lbs, which is more than most people can handle, and any more will likely damage your frame before the rack itself.

Axle to crown length for this rack is 370-410mm and will allow front brake and fender clearance. Currently fabricating…

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The Story's Story

“Despite being a denizen of the digital world, or maybe because he knew too well its isolating potential, Jobs was a strong believer in face-to-face meetings.” That’s from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. It’s a strange way to begin a post about notebooks, but Jobs’ views on the power of a potentially anachronistic practice applies to other seemingly anachronistic practices. I’m a believer in notebooks, though I’m hardly a luddite and use a computer too much.

The notebook has an immediate tactile advantage over phones: they aren’t connected to the Internet. It’s intimate in a way computers aren’t. A notebook has never interrupted me with a screen that says, “Wuz up?” Notebooks are easy to use without thinking. I know where I have everything I’ve written on-the-go over the last eight years: in the same stack. It’s easy to draw on paper. I don’t have to manage files…

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Can’t wait to make this

harira soupI love one pot meals. They’re easy, they’re quick to prepare and they’re usually large enough to last you several days.

And for me, the ultimate one pot meal, is soup. You can literally throw anything in and make it super hearty, filling and balanced. And it’s a great way to get your daily serving of veggies too!

I remember this little Middle Eastern restaurant we used to go to when I first moved here, that served this amazing vegetable and bean soup. Bursting with flavor, hearty… just delicious. And it’s really funny because growing up, most of my friends were of Moroccan origin, and I got to taste a lot of their food, but I don’t remember ever having this soup.

The traditional “Harira” soup is typically made with some kind of meat product and doesn’t include many vegetables. So, of course, we decided to create our own vegan…

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Blueberry Oat Squares

The Misfit Baker

Happy New Year!

 

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! It truly is my favorite time of the year… Today we took the lights down and tucked away the Christmas ornaments, and I must say, our home is looking a little dreary.

I thought that I’d kick off 2013 in an unrefined way… with blueberry oat squares. Not only easy to make, these babies are packed with the goodness of rolled oats, whole wheat, coconut, and (of course) fruit. Then, not wanting to ruin a good, healthy thing, I sweetened them with coconut sugar… Not familiar with coconut sugar? It’s an unrefined, granulated sweetener, made from the sap from coconut buds. I understand that it is nutritious and has a low glycemic index. It also tastes delicious!

 

What’s the first thing you baked (or plan to bake) this year?

 
 

Blueberry Oat Squares

 
 

Blueberry Oat Squares

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Total Women’s Cycling – Equality For All

Juliet Elliott

I’m really pleased to be writing for the newly launched Total Women’s Cycling site. I’ve got a couple of long term product reviews up there including an article about the best SPDs I ever bought plus a piece about the need (or lack of a need, depending on how you see it) for equal prize money for men and women.

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“As a women in the action sports industry, I’ve long believed in equal opportunities for men and women; I make no apologies about my feminist standpoint and champion female athletes over their male counterpoints in an effort to redress the balance, skewed as it is by many centuries of womankind being forced into the background. Not so many generations ago, women were still denied the opportunity to travel independently, participate in any sport or free themselves from either the kitchen stove or a boring life of embroidery and poetry and…

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Meatless Monday – Morrocan Style Vegetable Soup (“Harira”)

harira soupI love one pot meals. They’re easy, they’re quick to prepare and they’re usually large enough to last you several days.

And for me, the ultimate one pot meal, is soup. You can literally throw anything in and make it super hearty, filling and balanced. And it’s a great way to get your daily serving of veggies too!

I remember this little Middle Eastern restaurant we used to go to when I first moved here, that served this amazing vegetable and bean soup. Bursting with flavor, hearty… just delicious. And it’s really funny because growing up, most of my friends were of Moroccan origin, and I got to taste a lot of their food, but I don’t remember ever having this soup.

The traditional “Harira” soup is typically made with some kind of meat product and doesn’t include many vegetables. So, of course, we decided to create our own vegan…

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