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

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Dec 24 2012 at 9:29pm #

Soupaneur 4, with SRPIT.

KellyO’s in the Strip District.

Turkey Pot Pie Soup. (very good)

22 miles. accomplished my mileage goal for the year today.


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Dec 24 2012 at 10:07pm #

4th and last attempt to post here tonight:

Same as above, but I had the wedding soup.

A slightly less fuzzy photo:

The owner said she’d have the bike racks installed out front by spring.


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Dec 27 2012 at 3:46pm #

Possible new Soupaneuring Destination:

P-G: Community cafe opens in Braddock, using local ingredients, healthy foods



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Dec 28 2012 at 12:56am #


Thursday evening Dec 27, 2012.

Location: Doublewide Grill on E Carson St., Southside.

RT: 14.9 miles (11.4 bike & ped + 3.5 bus)

Vegetarian Chili. Thick and hearty, but a bit too sweet for my tastes. Comes with tasty cornbread.

Doublewide has a full-on automotive theme. I locked to their fence. The staff is friendly and they advertise vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free menu items alongside meat n taters.

The top bit of Joncaire’s sidewalks were shoveled & salted and the Junction Hollow & Eliza Furnace trails were plowed but some of the transition points were PITA. I used the tracks to get onto the jail trail but the lot wasn’t plowed, so I walked across that & the hot metal bridge and ramps.

On Squirrel Hill & the South Side it was deeply slushy shoulders and jagoff passing distances. I opted to rack-n-roll from Doublewide back to Ellsworth on the #75. It took a bunch of walking and the sketchiest lanes out of the equation and biking Reynolds and Hawthorne trail was fun (had to walk the Great Northeast Passage, too). Fat, low-pressure tires & full fenders – yay.


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Dec 28 2012 at 1:39am #

Pseudacris you are an awesome badass for soupaneuring today. Rule 9.


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Dec 28 2012 at 2:01am #

haha – thanks, v, although there are many others here who could put my winter riding to shame. I’m glad I didn’t ruin the roll of expensive water soluble ink jet prints I carried home, though I came close while using the rack n roll.


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Dec 28 2012 at 9:22pm #

Event 5 with Vannevar:

Graham Central in Cranberry

Implementing rule 3B, our second Soupaneuring this week as make up for missing last week.

I tried the loaded potato soup – which I normally don’t care for, but this one was actually pretty good. VB had the tomato basil and seemed to enjoy it, except that his wasn’t very hot when they served it.

The ride wasn’t very long – a whopping 4 miles, but I’m a wimp. Not willing to risk a fall on my bad shoulder again with the ice out there, so we did a short loop around the neighborhood. I suspect that VB is out now getting a more substantial ride in.


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Dec 28 2012 at 11:16pm #

Soupaneur Five iaw Rule 3B, Special Consideration in the Event of Temporal Overtasking in the Vicinity of Holidays.

See SR-PIT above for the facts, all true. Graham Central (my first time) is in the heart of nu-Burgh (ie Cranberry) just north of Rochester Road, just west of 19, only fifteen minutes from anywhere because – well, because it’s Cranberry.

Nice looking coffee shop, almost seems like it’s built and staffed for a customer base that hasn’t arrived yet. Nice place, good wifi, ample parking. (In the most-perfect-universe it would have a fireplace.)

I had tomato basil soup, which was generously assembled with sweet tomatoes and tasteful spices and some interesting greens and it was really good, although perhaps a bit luke-warm on a day that called for a hot bowl of soup.

Planned on riding through a nearby park complex but the roads were closed, rode instead through a real estate development which may have actually grown two new carriage-houses while we were there.

It was so good to get to ride between snow-days.


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Jan 2 2013 at 12:01am #


Soupaneur #5 – at Claddagh Irish Pub, South Side Works. About 16-18 riders from the Icycle Bicycle ride stopped here after the ride.

My soup is Guinness Onion. A very tasty version of French Onion with a bit of Guinness flavor. The bread on the side, a heavy all-grain style, was great too. $4.99


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Jan 2 2013 at 1:25am #

Soup #5, China Sea in Bellevue.

China Sea in Bellevue

$1.95 (excluding tip) got me an egg drop noodle soup.

I’m pretty sure this is the first unicycle soupaneuring pickup anywhere with the wheel in the picture!


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Jan 2 2013 at 1:37am #

Went to the Claddagh after the Icycle Bicycle ride today, I had the best clam Chowder.

19.67 miles today.


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Jan 7 2013 at 1:42am #

Soupaneuring 6 with Vannevar at Whole Foods.

Minestrone for me, Chili for Vannevar. Almost 15 miles and 11 murals/pubic art pieces around Oakland, Shadyside, Friendship, Larimer, Homewood and Wilkinsburg. But not a single parking chair. Sigh.


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Jan 7 2013 at 3:50am #

Soupaneuring 6 w/SRpit (above). Five Bean Chili, quite warming and gruntling, 15 miles. Since there’s no point in posting the same photo again, I though I’d share this bit of advice about bicycling in the snow we found painted on a building today:


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Jan 13 2013 at 12:30am #


Like Pseudacris said, “stick a spoon in it!” Soupaneuring #6.

Is it obvious I like Tazza? Today I got the last cup of Vegan Moraccan Lentil sold. I’ve never had lentil, ever, so I don’t have a comparison or much of an opinion. It was okay, not great, not bad. I feel like I replaced a little protein. No, I’m not vegan, it was the only choice.

Tons of riders, walkers, joggers, families out on this unbelievably nice day.

28.23 miles


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Jan 13 2013 at 1:13am #

Oh try more lentils! They are inexpensive and versatile & cook really fast. Aladdins on Sq Hill has really good lentil soup & they’ll add chicken on request.

Today was amazing, I was on the South side and a noisy bar had its whole storefront open to the street!


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Feb 1 2013 at 8:44am #

And we’re back…. OK, so it’s February, only 92% of 2013 remaining, and time to check the status of the first annual Soupaneuring Challenge.

Our progress reporting was negatively impacted by both technical difficulties and the media focus on the recent Inauguration. Can I ask everybody who completed the Challenge to check in and report completion, along with any suggestions for next time? This way I’ll know who to send the (as yet theoretical) schwag to.

Thanks, V.


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Feb 1 2013 at 10:44am #

Doh! Thanks for reminding. I unfortunately didn’t complete the challenge but did get my soup #4 in.

The Soup Nancy’s at the Pittsburgh Public Market.

Vegetarian curry lentil.
The soup was really nice tasting. I like a bit more chunks in my soup, but the flavor made up for it.

total ride about 5 miles


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Feb 1 2013 at 11:59am #

I know I had six, but I may not have posted the sixth, since it corresponded with the board going down. Will try to include it in this post.

#1 – Subway in West View on 12/2
#2 – Lulu’s on 12/10
#3 – OTB on 12/16
#4 – Beehive on Festivus Day, 12/23
#5 – China Sea in Bellevue on the unicycle on 1/1
#6 – EatUnique on South Craig on 1/18 – white turkey chili


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Feb 1 2013 at 12:41pm #

I’ll take credit for one that I remember clearly: Tomato Dill soup at the diner in Bellevue. I think I had another one (and maybe two), but since I can’t remember them at this point, I won’t take credit for them.

Are we on to egganeuring this month?


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Feb 1 2013 at 12:56pm #

Will we start a new thread or rename this one?


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Feb 1 2013 at 5:03pm #

I finished, all six. Yay

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