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

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dbacklover

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Dec 3 2012 at 2:30am #

My weekend was a total fail for soup. I am gonna try to make it one day this week. even if I have to ride around for a while and have soup at my house. just have to see.


sew

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Dec 3 2012 at 1:40pm #

Easy one for you Stu, North Park Lounge has a good Wedding Soup.


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 3 2012 at 5:58pm #

I may have to try that. I almost never go east of McKnight, and never go west of Perry. Almost never go north, either.

OTOH I found a soup place diagonally across Fifth Ave from Consol Arena. I may try that on a day there isn’t a hockey crowd.


erok

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Dec 3 2012 at 6:05pm #

Zuppa!

Went to Colangelo’s right next to La Prima on 21st in the Strip. Got their Pasta e Fagioli for the first time. It’s rare that i get something in a restaurant, take a sample, and exclaim out loud “Holy crap that’s awesome!”

It had fresh olive oil sprinkled on top that, combined with the italian bread dipped in was pretty incredible.

A bit lazy on the first one with only 2.5 miles but i got to eat comfortably outdoors in december


edmonds59

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Dec 3 2012 at 6:14pm #

Stu, et al, a few weeks ago I had lunch at Millers Seafood house on California and had something like an egg drop soup that was unexpectedly outstanding, esp given the looks of the place. Totally home-made, hearty and good. The ambiance of an old school mill bar and a waitress who doesn’t have time for your crap. I would absolutely go there again.


Swalfoort

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Dec 3 2012 at 7:17pm #

@Erok, I’ll have to check that place out!

@Edmonds, Millers used to be a “go to” place for a relatively inexpensive, surprisingly good meal. Never quick, however. I think we stopped going when they took their awesome mussels off the menu. Seriously, these were as good as the ones at Gandy Dancer. I need to go back to Millers again. Haven’t been there in ages now.


TeamDecaf

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Dec 4 2012 at 11:11pm #

LittleAsiaSoupaneuring12_12

Virgin to Soupaneuring here, not sure if I needed a pic of the outside of the building, oh well. And that’s my helmet in the background in case you can’t tell.

The soup is Seafood Soup with veggies. The item on the bottom left is much more interesting though (and tastier by far) – Squid salad, steamed squid in a blended light sweet and sour sauce. Shown half-eaten, served cold. The soup gets an average-plus rating only because it wasn’t very flavorful – a bit mild. Served extra hot, loved that. Plenty of soup/ingredients for the price ($5.95). I’d like to try some of their other soups. Several people around me had some good looking bowls.

I’ve never been to Little Asia before – Craig Street, Oakland.

22.69 miles, round trip.


buffalo buffalo

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Dec 5 2012 at 11:58pm #

TD– I’ve always found Little Asia rather disappointing. Nearby try Orient Express, around the corner on Forbes (same idea, better execution), or Miss Saigon 88, a couple blocks up Craig almost to Centre (quite good Vietnamese, massive proportions, not much more expensive).


TeamDecaf

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Dec 6 2012 at 1:01am #

^ Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll look for times to try them out.


dbacklover

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Dec 6 2012 at 1:35am #

Tandem at OTB last night. rode from Incline to OTB then OTB to town. Put bike on bus just as rain started. I guess the long nights and several beers had gotten to me. I woke up several miles past and downhill from house and had to ride back in the rain. wet but lovely.


Vannevar

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Dec 6 2012 at 2:59am #

Very exciting to see all the Soupaneurs!


Marko82

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Dec 6 2012 at 3:01am #

DB, I just KNEW that would be your first choice.


dbacklover

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Dec 6 2012 at 3:52am #

you know it. forget saving the best for last. not sure whats next but im thinking pho


Anonymous

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Dec 6 2012 at 9:46pm #

Stopped at Kelly O’s in the strip for breakfast today and we think this may be a good spot for when we start the Eggneuring next year. Also – they have homemade soup! We’re planning to try it soon.

No bike racks yet, but we mentioned the need to the owner and she seemed receptive to the idea. Said she would give Bike Pgh a call.


TeamDecaf

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Dec 9 2012 at 10:52pm #

So, I have a question about rule #3 Scheduling…

Rule 3A. No More than 1 SoupRide per week

Does a week run from Sunday – through Saturday? OR does that mean participants have to wait 7 days after each post before they can post again?

If a week runs from Sunday through Saturday, someone could post on Saturday of week 1 and Sunday of week 2 (2 consecutive days)???

All assuming that Rule 3B cannot be used.


buffalo buffalo

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Dec 10 2012 at 12:28am #

I was assuming seven days. I’ve also been too busy to play, so I’m not actually participating this round…


Anonymous

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Dec 10 2012 at 12:51am #

TD it’s just a regular week – Sunday to Saturday. Yes, your can Soupaneur Saturday of week one and go the next day – Sunday of week two. In fact that’s exactly what we did last weekend.


Vannevar

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Dec 10 2012 at 1:27am #

We know people work different schedules and some people have their weekends on Tue-Wed, etc. You can define your week as long as it’s seven days long.

And yes, you can definitely hit day7 of week N, and day 1 of week N+1, and day 1 of week N+2, and have 3 Soupaneurs in 9 days.


Vannevar

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Dec 10 2012 at 1:31am #

Soupaneuring 3. 12/9/12 1600, Smallman Street Deli, Murray Ave, Squirrel Hill, with SRpit. (Following up on HelenS’s suggestion and Edmonds59′s example)

Matzo Ball soup, in preparation for a drizzly (but mild temps) Menorah Ride. Really good soup.


TeamDecaf

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Dec 10 2012 at 2:32am #

MissSaigon88

Okay, I’m in for my week 2.

I’ve taken buffalo buffalo’s suggestion and moved north on Craig Street to Miss Saigon 88. And yeah, it’s an improvement over Little Asia.

Shown above: Spicy Bun Bo Hue.

Lemongrass red broth beef flavor w/ sliced beef, pork, onion, cilantro and udon noodles. $11, included a side dish.

19.59 miles, roundtrip. And oh, the canvas awning sign says “Sushi,” but they’ve eliminated it from the menu already. I heard the waitress tell another patron it wasn’t profitable.


Pseudacris

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Dec 10 2012 at 2:38am #

SOUPANEURING — BOWL 2

Sun evening Dec 9, 2012.

Location: Lulu’s, Craig St, Oakland

RT: ~10 miles

Good company, but thoroughly mediocre Pho Ga.

Post-menorah ride bowl-o-soup with Stu!

I don’t eat beef, which is what Pho is traditionally made with — this is a chicken version. Tram’s (bloomfield) and Pho Minh (garfield) have much tastier versions, but hot soup is always nice on a rainy day.


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 10 2012 at 11:31am #

Soupaneuring, Week #2: Lulu’s Noodle House, South Craig St., with Pseudacris, as above.

Same dish, from the other side of the table!

Soup at Lulu's

I believe this was Pho Soup (K7 on Lulu’s menu): Vietnamese rice noodle (w/beef), cilantro, and onion.

I was impressed by the size of the bowl, and ended up taking half of it home with me. Their soup take-home containers worked excellently, as nary a drop leaked out.

A brief take on getting to the soup: I started in McCandless, then rode about 13 miles to meet the Hanukkah parade already in progress. Maybe 25 cars with police escort, followed by maybe 12 to 15 bikes. Definitely the slowest bike ride I’ve been on this year. The parade ended at the menorah lighting in Schenley Plaza, where we got a jelly donut (and a warm latke, if you knew where to look).

From there, we departed for Lulu’s via a back sidewalk around the Carnegie Museum complex, which comes right out at Forbes and Craig.


erok

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Dec 14 2012 at 2:45pm #

#2:

Thurs Dec 14

Sushi Boat in Oakland on Oakland Ave.

The presentation and packaging aren’t great, but the sushi and Miso Soup were, especially for the price.

This soup: $1.25

Sushi: $3.25

total ride ~ 11 miles

Curious how much Vannevar’s Matzo Ball Soup was, but I have a feeling that it’ll be tough to find a cheaper soup than Sushi Boat’s Miso. They also have hot and sour and wonton for the same price.


erok

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Dec 14 2012 at 2:47pm #

I tried to show the seaweed and tofu in the spoon


Vannevar

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Dec 14 2012 at 11:33pm #

Erok, you low-priced the matzoball soup considerably. very nice.


TeamDecaf

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Dec 15 2012 at 10:42pm #

SmilingBananaLeaf

Soupaneur #3

Smiling Banana Leaf – Thai, Bryant Street, Highland Park. Inset in the top right is Tazza D’Oro. The back story follows the soup image.

TomKhaSoup

Tom Kha Soup – Coconut milk, galangal, chicken and mushrooms. $3.50. Average rating – it was good. I would go back for other menu items.

Six riders from Major Taylor; we started our ride at Tazza. My original plan was to ride awhile and come back to Tazza, have soup. When we returned from a 28.44 mile ride, Tazza was out of soup. We went around the corner to the Smiling Banana Leaf instead. Major Taylor members’ bikes in the Tazza image: Pras, campV, Janie, Mikhail, Dennis.

Also in the soup image, my odometer – with 2,703.8 miles, averaging 52 miles per week for 52 weeks. A record for me.


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 16 2012 at 2:30pm #

Trip #3: OTB.

Sweet potato & jalapeno at OTB

Sweet potato soup with jalapeno specks.

This ended up being the fourth-longest bike ride I took all year. It started with the Flock of Cycles ride, which ended at OTB on East Carson St. Seeing that they had soup available, and my chances of getting out over the weekend were next to nil, and I was done with work for the weekend, this was my best shot at staying in this game. Oh, and I was hungry, too.

Soup and tip was just a tad over $5.

I was at a table with at least seven other people: Hyla, her friend Maria, Marcel, Brian, Sarah, and couple others I didn’t catch their names (Nick and Cassie, maybe?). A fun time was had by all.

Following this, I biked up into Oakland with Hyla and Maria, then downtown, then the 11 miles home. Total mileage, 28.08 miles. Only on Dirty Dozen day, and a couple of really nice days over the summer, did I put more miles under me in one day.

Also on this trip, I cracked 1,600 miles for the year. I’m amazed I’ve traveled this much!

Unfortunately, I didn’t tweet the trip, so I don’t know if it counts or not.


Vannevar

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Dec 16 2012 at 2:38pm #

Stu, you rode, you soup’d, it counts! And speaking of counting, Mega-Congrats on (2^3)E+02 miles.


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 16 2012 at 3:04pm #

(2^4)E+02, but thanks!


Swalfoort

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Dec 16 2012 at 8:59pm #

Soupaneering Event #2, Tomato Dill Soup at the Rusty Nail in Bellevue. Soup was delicious. The dill brought the tomatoes to life with a nice mild tang. Cup of soup was $2.99, including tax.

Ride was about 6 miles, tryng to get what I could in before the rain started.

tomato dill soup


Anonymous

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Dec 16 2012 at 11:56pm #

@Stu (2^2^2)E+2 looks even better. :)


Pseudacris

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Dec 19 2012 at 10:33pm #

SOUPANEURING — BOWL 3

Wed afternoon Dec 19, 2012.

Location: Frick Park Market, Pt Breeze.

RT: 9.68 miles

I’ve lived near this place for over a decade but have never stopped in — for no reason in particular. I generally don’t eat beef unless it’s in hotdog form – also for no particular reason. However, I broke some habits on my way home today and had a delicious cup of homemade Beef Vegetable Soup at the Frick Park Market [NSFW], which is just across the street from Starrett Elementary on Reynolds Avenue.

Made-to-order sandwiches! Homemade soup! Meals-to-go and homemade sausage by pre-order. Amish jam! A Pastry Case, Slushees and all your favorite health-wreckers from grade school. This place reminded me so much of the two corner stores I lived between in elementary school. The only things missing (perhaps I didn’t look hard enough) were a giant jar of pickled pig’s feet and a box of loosies.

This place is great — I’ll definitely go back. Good for a spur-of the-moment picnic in Frick or Mellon Parks.


Vannevar

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Dec 19 2012 at 10:48pm #

May I ask, what’s loosies?


Pseudacris

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Dec 19 2012 at 10:53pm #

Single cigarettes. It’s how a lot of the kids I grew up with got hooked on tobacco.


Pseudacris

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Dec 19 2012 at 11:03pm #

Found this write-up of the store:

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sectionfront/life/point-breeze-mom-and-pop-store-carries-on-a-tradition-of-quality-and-service-340994/

Check it out!

Mac Miller made a rap video about this place. I marked it NSFW in my link above for language…many F bombs are dropped…but lots of good images inside the market.


erok

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Dec 20 2012 at 9:22pm #

Soupaeuring #3 12/20/12

Vegetarian Italian Lentil

Dozen Bake Shop, Lawrenceville

kinda cheating on this, but had to because i may be off the bike for a week. total ride will be about 5 miles, but i’ve only done about 1.5 of it so far, and went here for my lunch today.

The soup was really hearty and tasty and seemingly fresh. Probably the second or third time i’ve had soup here, and it’s been stellar every time.


TeamDecaf

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Dec 23 2012 at 11:04pm #

CafeVeniceFront

CafeVeniceChickenNoodle

#4 – Cafe Venice • Mt Royal Boulevard • Shaler

I was really excited to go back here after many years away. I had heard great things. I called in advance to be sure they had soup. Yes, said the very Italian broken-english voice.

When I arrived the only choice was Chicken Noodle. Okay, I thought, it had to be some kind of super-authentic home-made style. The decor was authentic, the three Italian-speaking folks behind the counter were authentic and hey, there’s an Italian language newspaper at my table, some type of well-worn playing cards that I assume to be an Italian game, and a requisite shaker of dried hot peppers.

I was so disappointed, I swear the soup came right out a Campbell’s can. Yeah, they added some fresh-cooked rice, plus the bread was homemade and fresh, but jeesh, overall disappointment ruled.

6.33 – miles. My reflective bike tire is in the background of the soup image. And oh yeah, it’s tough to see on the outside photo, but there’s a wood-burning fireplace directly behind my back wheel. It’s often burning warmly, but not today. No soup, no fire for you!


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 24 2012 at 12:34am #

Soup #4 for me, I think #1 for Pierce.

Beehive, East Carson St., with Pierce, and buffalo buffalo.

I believe this is a bean soup with spinach leaves.

Beehive soup!

This soup event followed a little ride to celebrate Festivus Day, December 23. We started (together, anyway) at Friendship Park, after individually traveling some distance. From there through Junction Hollow to the new trail behind AEO, to Thick and REI. After a brief stop at Big Dog, in the 2700 block of Sarah St, we left because they didn’t have soup (sorry, guys).

The young woman behind the counter initially said they had no soup, either, but really they didn’t have warm soup ready because of the lack of a cook. But she was willing to warm up some she had from the previous day, and I was hungry, so, sure!

Total distance from Friendship Park to Beehive, including our various little back-tracks: 8.05 miles.


TeamDecaf

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Dec 24 2012 at 1:24am #

@Stu – I wanted to join you, but couldn’t time my family obligations to fit.

I too, went to Big Dog for soup several weeks ago, only to be disappointed by “no soup” too. Google “soup Pittsburgh” and Big Dog’s comes up first – it did several times for me, bummer.


Pseudacris

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Dec 24 2012 at 1:44am #

Bummer about Big Dog. On the SSide nearby I noticed that Doublewide & the Pretzel shop are both advertising soup.

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