Monday, May 23, 2011

Meals on Two Wheels

Friday was Memphis Bike-to-Work Day, a second annual citywide event in which residents are encouraged to ditch their cars in favor of bikes for one day. I live in Midtown, about 15 minutes away from my downtown office. And though I've never biked that far before (I've only had my bike since Christmas), I knew I could do it.

So I strapped on my helmet and hopped on Falcor. I named my Electra Ladies' Cruiser after the luckdragon from The Neverending Story because I figured he'd take me to magical places:

I'd tell you more about the ride itself, but I'm writing a story at the newspaper I work for on that, and it won't be out until Wednesday. Since my blog has some local readership, I'll skip to the food part.

I usually either bring my lunch to work or drive home to eat, but I could do neither since I was biking to work. A packed lunch would have been too heavy with all my other work stuff in my backpack, and the ride home for lunch would have taken an extra couple of hours out of the work day. So I went with the obvious solution — bike to the nearest vegan-friendly downtown eatery. Turns out, that was Frank's Deli on South Main:

Although Frank's is about two blocks from my office, I'd never tried their food. There are several portabella mushroom-based dishes on the menu (a panini, a wrap, or a salad), but I went with the Portabella Panini with no pesto-goat cheese spread and a side of Zapp's Voodoo Chips:

I biked the sandwich to Civic Center Plaza, where a Center City Commission-sponsored Bike Expo with live music was underway for all the bike-to-workers. I found a park bench and chowed down. The bread was soft and chewy and the sandwich was packed with balsamic-marinated mushrooms and sweet tri-color peppers. The Zapp's were as awesome as always.

I was about to head back to the office, when I spied the Drag'n Frozen Treats man. This guy drives around downtown on a bike, hauling a cart of frozen treats. He had these Lemon Sorbettos (served in a frozen lemon cup!!), and they were totally vegan:

Perfect treat for a hot spring afternoon. I was a little sweaty from the ride, but the sorbet totally cooled me off. Would I ride to work everyday? Nope. But I totally enjoyed Friday's ride, and I burned hella calories!

10 comments:

MollyZilla said...

That lemon sorbetto looks delish! You remind me that I need to get out and bike more. I live in such a bike friendly city, but I'm terrified to bike on roads.

foodfeud said...

Sounds like a nice change! I don't own a bike though I think about it a lot but here in NYC I'd be pretty terrified of traffic. How long did the bike in take you?

Mihl said...

Yay for biking to work! It sounds like you had a wonderful day that way.

Eric said...

glad you were able to take part of bike to work day!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Good for you! Looks like a great ride with some delicious eats on the way! :) Your bike is so cute.

I am actually afraid of bikes, I'm sorry to admit... I had a pretty bad accident when I was in middle school (my braces went through my lip! eek), and I have been afraid to get back on ever since. I wish I could get over my fear because biking is so great for so many reasons!!

vegan.in.brighton said...

I love your bike, SO cute!

Jessica said...

That sorbetto looks delicious - I think I would need one both ways in the heat! Happy bike month!

Erin said...

Best bike name ever.

Tender Branson said...

Naming your bike is a brilliant idea. Almost as brilliant as Voodoo Gumbo chips. First had these in New Orleans, returned to Tampa and was pleasantly surprised to find them here.

Tianalalala said...

Hey I ordered that bike a few days ago, with 24 inch wheels but i'm starting to wonder if I will be too tall for it. I'm 5'3. Do you think it will be too small? Yours look about 24 inches too.