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First Annual 2012 Soupaneuring Challenge, 12/01 through 1/31 (inclusive)

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Vannevar

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Nov 27 2012 at 11:30pm #

Background. MG developed the Coffeeneuring Challenge to encourage autumn riding and to popularize rule-and-food based bicycling in a format derived from randonneuring — hence, coffeeneuring.

Coffeeneuring has been so much fun, in terms of people introducing others to new riding destinations and eateries, that there’s been some interest in following up with Soupaneuring. (We expect to see subsequent egg-based and pastry-based bicycle activities.)

Rules. These are the (v1.4) rules for the First Annual Soupaneuring Challenge (2012):

1. Requirement

Rule 1: Make Six Soupaneur Bike Rides between Dec 01 to Jan 31, inclusive. Because we’re inclusive.

2. Definitions

Rule 2A: Definition of an Soupaneur Ride: You ride your bike somewhere and eat soup-based food. Could be a residence, restaurant, your Mom’s, a campground, a soup kitchen, etc. Can be in combination with work, errands, or group/organized rides.

Rule 2B: Variations such as Broth, Chili, Tofu Juice, Vichyssoise, Borcsht, Gazpacho, Stew are acceptable. If it’s soup to you, it’s soup to me. Hot, cold, lumpy, runny, it’s cool. We are encouraging and not judging.

3. Scheduling

Rule 3A. No More than 1 SoupRide per week Except as specified in 3B.

Rule 3B. Except: If Family/Religion/Events preclude you from making a SoupRide in any one week, you can claim one week as a WAIVER WEEK and then ride two SoupRides in another week. Only one waiver week per challenge. It is, after all, a challenge.

4. Distance

Rule 4A : Min Distance to qualify as an Soupaneur Ride: two miles total distance.

Rule 4B : Persons who prefer Kilometers may substitute an equivalent distance in Clicks but should consider reporting the price of their soup in Euros.

5. Move it Around

Rule 5: No Repeat Destinations/Eateries. Multiple locations of chains are begrudgingly tolerated. “Ride globally, soup locally

6. Communication

Rule 6A: Take a digital photo of your soup-related food, along with some identifying aspect of the location if possible. Extra obsession points awarded to those whose photos involves bike stuff in the photo.

Rule 6B: Post the photo and the some of the following details online via the BikePgh forum at http://bike-pgh.org/bbpress/topic/first-annual-2012-soupaneuring-challenge-1201-through-131-inclusive If possible, include: Location/website of soup supplier, date/time, describe the soup, mileage of the ride, type of fun (1,2,3), synopsis.

Rule 6C: If you tweet, tweet the same details and include the #Soupaneuring #hashtag #thingy.

7. Judgement

Rule 7: On the matter of interpretations: You who bike on the road must have a code that you can live by. Use your judgement. We support you.


Swalfoort

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Nov 27 2012 at 11:41pm #

This might be the first time I have thought to look for a “like” button, and been disappointed when I did not find one.

+1 on the rulemaking Vannevar!


Anonymous

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Nov 27 2012 at 11:52pm #

Let the soup consuming begin!


edmonds59

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Nov 28 2012 at 12:29am #

Teach your children well.


Anonymous

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Nov 28 2012 at 3:10am #

This is sad. The best soup destination for me is my house. My wife knows a lot of soup/borsch recipes and cooks them really well.

PS just ate a bowl of russian red (with beats) borsch with sour cream.


dbacklover

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Nov 28 2012 at 3:22am #

@mikhail

does that mean we can ride to your house for soup??


Anonymous

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Nov 28 2012 at 3:45am #

You should talk to my wife. :) She is managing all that stuff.


Vannevar

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Nov 28 2012 at 12:05pm #

Mikhail I used to go to Kazansky’s for borscht (sp?) but it’s closed now, haven’t had that for years. My compliments to Mrs. Mikhail.


Vannevar

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Nov 28 2012 at 12:06pm #

May I ask, where are the great places (still open) in Pittsburgh for soup? Where would you go if you were only having soup?


StuInMcCandless

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Nov 28 2012 at 12:20pm #

I guess that’s going to have to be part of the challenge. I can think of 100 places that have soup on the menu, but zero that specialize in it.

Or maybe we can do as Mikhail suggested and set up a round of visiting each other’s homes for homemade soup?


Erica

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Nov 28 2012 at 1:34pm #

What if I make soup at my house, take it somewhere 2 miles away, and eat it there?

Or if I want soup somewhere that’s only 1 mile away, but bike an extra mile and backtrack?

(these sound like facetious questions, but they’re not, I promise)


Pseudacris

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Nov 28 2012 at 1:42pm #

@Erica, the 2 miles is RT, so wherever your soup is along the 2 miles is fine (even if it is next door). The main thing is to keep in the spirit of the challenge. Also I think your first scenario sounds like a picnic — I see no problem with it. Soup on!

@Mikhail …Mmmm borscht! Does she make it with beef broth or other? I love beets!


erok

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Nov 28 2012 at 2:37pm #

You could do this just by visiting vietnamese restaurants. phoaneuring


Swalfoort

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Nov 28 2012 at 2:42pm #

There is at least one place I can think of that specializes in soups…..

The Bulbarian Macedonian Cultural Center in West Homestead. Saturdays (mornings only, I think), they offer Soup Sega! (Soup Now). 20 or so varieties of soup for sale. I’ve tried several, and they are all delicious. It’s their version of a pirogi fundraiser, but much more interesting.

They are located just off that weird intersection of 7th and 8th Avenues in West Homestead. If coming from Homestead, you’d take a left off of either 7th or 8th. It’s the low red building on the right, with a large parking lot on the far side. I think there might be a VFD between the intersection and the Bulgarian Macedonian Place.


Vannevar

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Nov 28 2012 at 2:56pm #

Swalfoort, very close to that is the best chocolate-chip cookies in Pittsburgh, Nancy B’s.


Erica

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Nov 28 2012 at 2:58pm #

Big Idea sells soup! We get it from Soup Nancys at the public market in the strip district.


Pseudacris

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Nov 28 2012 at 5:12pm #

The co-op and whole foods both have soup bars. The (pretty sure vegan) mushroom barley soup at the co-op knocks the socks off anything I’ve had at whole foods.

I love the ph?-neuring – ha!

Bi-bim-bapneuring


Swalfoort

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Nov 28 2012 at 5:45pm #

@Vannevar – yep, Nancy B’s and the Bulgarian Center are just about 100 yards from one another. Unfortunately, there is never a time when they are both open. Nancy B’s is a weekday only, close early sort of place, and the BMCCC is a weekend only sort of place (for soup, at least). Nancy B’s cookies are worth the trip though!


Anonymous

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Nov 28 2012 at 6:07pm #

when does the Baconeuring challenge start?


B.S.

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Nov 28 2012 at 8:37pm #

Baconeuring, huh, think that started for me last night at the Harris grill in shady side. Should of snapped a photo, Bacon & expensive PBR. Bacon Tuesday what a great concept


buffalo buffalo

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Nov 28 2012 at 9:06pm #

“expensive PBR” ? isn’t that Budweiser?

(if I recall correctly, Bacon Tuesday is also a Thing at Harris’s other location, Shiloh Grill on Mt Washington…)


Pierce

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Nov 28 2012 at 9:10pm #

I heartily approve of the rule allowing us to go to individual’s houses


Anonymous

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Nov 28 2012 at 10:55pm #

@Pseudacris She does it the old style — everything fresh, no broth just water and then it’s my responsibility to deskin beats, “shred” it, clean beef and pork, get potato ready, get carrot “shred”, you know, all assistant work except cutting cabbage (I did not master this piece of work and I doing it wrong! :)). And as usual there is no exact recipe. Anything could and would be modified in fly depending on the amount, freshnest, current taste of components (if cabbage is a little bitter than amount of it and time when it goes into borsch would be different), etc. My younger daughter still tries to get all these stuff formalized but to no success.


edmonds59

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Dec 1 2012 at 4:54pm #

Are there any good delis left in Sq’uill? Cause what I need most right now is a good matzo ball.


helen s

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Dec 1 2012 at 5:00pm #

http://smallmanstreetdeli.com/squirrel_hill.nxg


edmonds59

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Dec 1 2012 at 5:30pm #

Omg thx Helen. Heaven.


Pseudacris

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Dec 1 2012 at 7:38pm #

I sure miss Kazansky’s sometimes. Sigh, heading out for soup now.


edmonds59

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Dec 1 2012 at 11:14pm #

Soupaneuring outing #1 – Matzoh ball soup, Smallman Street Deli, Squirrel Hill. Two large, firm balls of matzoh in hot savory broth, accompanied by a corned beef sandwich with succulent folds of tender pink beef, hot melted swiss oozing from the interior. Bow-chicka-bow-bow. This is like 50 shades of soupaneuring.

Robinson to Sq’uill, 36 miles, spectacular day. Thanks again Helen S!


Anonymous

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Dec 1 2012 at 11:31pm #

Edmonds59, it looks like you made a terrific choice! Wow– I especially like the “Bow-chicka-bow-bow” description! I didn’t do as well. We started out hoping to get to the BMCC in Homestead before they closed, but we were too late. Joined the Christmas parade and headed down the main drag to the Tin Front Cafe to try their potato leek soup.

I give it a 3. Why restaurants think they need to load stuff down with pepper I’ll never understand. Hoping to make it to the BMCC on another soupaneuring ride.

25 miles on an unbelievably nice December day.


Pseudacris

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Dec 2 2012 at 12:10am #

SOUPANEURING — BOWL 1

Sat evening Dec 1, 2012.

Location: Chaya, Murray Ave, Hill of Squirrels

RT: 3.8 miles

This steaming bowl of Nabeyaki Udon is about the size of my bike helmet. If you’ve never had them before, udon noodles are fat, slightly chewy, and very filling. This soup had a miso & fish broth base and all kids of yummy treats floating on top or lurking beneath the noodles, including a couple of tempura shrimp and an adorable bundle of straw mushrooms. I was stoked about the greens: I had recently been reading about “Chrysanthemum greens” (do you homework before snipping them from floral arrangements — I think the plant species may be a different one with a similar flower & name!) and that’s what was wilting on top. Slightly bitter like mustard greens. YUM!The soup was extremely hot, so the hostess brought me a small ceramic bowl to decant small portions into so they’d cool faster.


Vannevar

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Dec 2 2012 at 12:14am #

Soupaneuring One (with srpit, see earlier report). Tin Front Cafe in Homestead, very cool space, interesting patio area (I wonder if they’d let you roll your bikes back there instead of leaving them on 8th Avenue). Had a cup of cortado and a bowl of soup. My bowl was empty and quite clean when I left the table. The potato leek soup did arrest the full palate, and the texture was interesting. 25 miles. Trip report and #Soupaneuring Tweet posted.

A memo from the administrative staff: For those who consider a week to be a timespan that begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday, it seems reasonable to Staff that the week ending on Saturday ended 12/1, and any soup consumed on Sunday 12/2 represents the consumme.tion of the second week of the challenge. But persons who envision the week with other endpoints should proceed within their understanding.


Pseudacris

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Dec 2 2012 at 12:19am #

@V I’ve never ordered a cortado before. Is that more or less milky than a macchiato? Another coffee concoction to try — Yes!


Vannevar

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Dec 2 2012 at 12:26am #

@P I’m not an aesthete, and I’ve only ever had two of them – one today, one at 21st Coffee last month – but I’d say those two were a bit silkier than a macchiato.

Caveat lector: the level of my sophistication is that I equate having a 7-11 coffee and a hershey bar with having a mocha.

(EDIT: ‘leptor’ retyped as ‘lector’ thanks!)


Pseudacris

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Dec 2 2012 at 12:35am #

Haha, for a minute I thought you wrote caveat lipitor ;-)

which would make sense if it was heavy cream in there.


edmonds59

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Dec 2 2012 at 1:06am #

Oh yeah, Imma need caveat lipitor after mine! ;)


pearmask

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Dec 2 2012 at 1:52am #

Oooh, matzo ball soup. There aren’t that many chicken-based soups that I care about or particularly miss from my pre-vegetarian days, but I do really like matzo ball soup for some reason. Edmonds, you’ve inspired me — now I need to make myself some kind of vegetarian matzo concoction and have a soupaneuring picnic.


TeamDecaf

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Dec 2 2012 at 1:54am #

Whoa, Psuedacris, that’s a bowl of soup! Damn.


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 2 2012 at 11:17pm #

Week #1, Subway in West View.

Soupaneering #1, Subway in West View

The day did not go well, so I was lucky to be able to pull this off at all. The original plan was to take off before dawn to pick up and drop Tag-O-Rama tags, and nab a better one for Wheelset of Fortune, then catch up on some writing while I had a bowl of soup somewhere, for a bike game hat trick, as well as get together with (an)other cyclist(s) for a group construction project. It didn’t happen. By the time I was ready to go out, it was raining steadily, and I was ready for a nap.

With failing light but a break in the weather, I opted for the three-mile trip into West View, where several choices of both fast food and decent restaurants awaited. I opted for Subway, which had a choice of just two institutional soups. I chose the broccoli and cheese, with a side of a white macadamia nut cookie, and chocolate milk. Total outlay, less than $5.

I worked on my writing project as I dined, then with it fully dark, returned the three miles home. Total, about 6.1 miles. It also continues an uninterrupted string of going someplace purposeful at least once each week since January 1, 2012.


Anonymous

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Dec 3 2012 at 12:08am #

Soupaneuring event 2:

Caught in a steady rain while chasing murals on the Southside, we decided to duck into the Beehive for some hot soup.

It was either Vegan or Vegetarian (sorry, I forgot)Tuscan vegetable soup. Complemented with a large chocolate chip cookie. Pretty good soup. I’d give it an 8.5 today.

We continued to ride in the rain, but most of the time it was pretty light and we figured no threat of hypothermia today so what the heck. 29.33 miles on an unexpectedly (and greatly appreciated) warm December day.


Vannevar

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Dec 3 2012 at 1:32am #

Soupaneuring event 2, BeeHive Southside, see srpit‘s previous report.

Soup was great. I like the Beehive. I won’t take people there again.

Ended up watching drunken ugliness involving 3 patrons, not what I expected at 1230 Sunday. My take-away was: maybe it’s stupid of me to make a soup run at a coffeehouse that’s also trying to be a ginmill and selling booze by the (multiple) shot.

I’m going to have to try a restaurant next time.

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