Bike to Breakfast and Home Improvement Store

One of my last bike commutes from the area where we use to live to downtown Reno, NV.

One of my last bike commutes from the area where we use to live to downtown Reno, NV.

A month ago my family and I moved away from Sparks, NV which had been our home for the past three years to the southwest area of Reno, NV. Our new home is much more central to the activities and places where we spend a lot of our time.

Our move has also shortened by bicycle commute from 20 miles roundtrip to 12 miles. It has also shortened the time I'm on the road, especially when riding in the dark or in bad weather.

Although I miss our previous home, neighborhood and the good people we became friends with, I am truly enjoying my new route to and from work as you can see from the photos above! I get to ride through downtown Reno under the Reno Arch, past murals and the beautiful Virginia Lake.

Many, many of our favorite restaurants are along my route to and from work, through downtown Reno, Midtown and southwest Reno. I can't help but look at my GPS computer to note how near to home we are from so many places where we currently like to eat and shop at. Yet there are still so many new places for us to try and explore!

Our cats love the snow and their new home!!

Life has been a whirlwind, each evening and each weekend. Part of that is because we're living life out of boxes and have not yet formed a routine. We're trying to unpack as little as possible because we will be renovating the kitchen and bathrooms and putting in new flooring all throughout our house.

This past Saturday, we finally had a chance to ride our bicycles to breakfast! About 1.5 miles from our home (and along my bicycle commute route) is a restaurant called Josef's Vienna Baker & Café. Located near Moana Lane and Lakeside Drive, this place is a bread and pastry paradise! There was not a designated place or bike rack outside of the restaurant to lock up our bikes so we secured them to a wooden pergola in front of the restaurant's window. That way we can see our bicycles from inside the café and that worked fine for us.

We don't worry too much about what we eat (pictured: Decadent Baked Eggs and Savory Crepes smothered in Hollandaise sauce) when we ride our bicycles.

After breakfast, we rode to a home improvement store (also within miles from our house) to pick up a door sweep and caulk before we returned home. Our entire trip was just over 5-miles.

Then my husband got on his road bike for a quick spin while I took one of our cats for an easy ride down the streets of our new neighborhood. It was "Love Your Pet Day" and we celebrated it with a fun bike ride together!!

Who does not love a bicycle ride?!

We are really blessed to have a home in a neighborhood that is a better fit for our life and is closer for both of us to bike commute to work.

Savory Mustardy Chicken for Superbowl Sunday

My husband and I do not really follow football but we always enjoy watching the big game. It doesn't matter which playoff team's side we're on (although we usually root for the underdog) but we always hope for a good game regardless of who wins.

A good game goes hand in hand with good food, right? This savory mustardy chicken recipe is one of the things I like to make. But since I was missing some additional ingredients, I needed to go to the grocery store. I LOVE that the market is just 2 miles roundtrip and an easy ride on this gorgeous, sunny Saturday!

Savory Mustard Chicken Recipe

Marinade is enough for about 20 pieces of chicken depending on the size so double or triple the recipe if you have more chicken.

Marinade is enough for about 20 pieces of chicken depending on the size so double or triple the recipe if you have more chicken.

  • 8 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 Tablespoon Dion
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch or two of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 20 chicken drummettes, drumsticks or pieces of chicken, cleaned and pat dry

Mix together garlic, honey, mustard, soy sauce, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper for marinade. Pour marinade over chicken in a non-reactive bowl or leak proof plastic bag. Refrigerate at least an hour or up to 24 hours before grilling or broiling.

Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Place chicken in a single layer leaving a small gap between each piece the sides of it to bake until well browned and cooked through.  Enjoy the chicken and the game!

A Grocery Store Run

Located about a mile from our home is a grocery store. I often swing by on the way to the office or home to pick up a few items that I need for the day or to cook for dinner. While a mile from home does not seem that far, it is a significant distance to walk--especially on the return trip with bags and bags of groceries to carry up a 300-foot ascent. Yet it seems like overkill to fire up the car and drive for such a relatively short distance.

For our family, traveling to the grocery store is best done by bicycle. And when we have A LOT of groceries to haul, we ride together to help carry the load.

Soaking in the view of the city below by taking a longer route.

Our house is situated on a street that makes a large loop so we like to take the longer route to the market and then loop back home. This way we have more time together and more fun time on our bikes!

So we threw our panniers on our bikes and pedaled down the streets.

Fun time on the bicycle and quality time together!

My husband, John, is my biggest supporter. He encouraged me to start riding a bike and, when I was ready, he rode with me for as long as I needed in order to feel comfortable navigating the road. I learned all I know about road cycling and racing from him. And now it's my turn to encourage him to practice utility cycling and go wherever we possibly can around town by bike. I am so lucky to have him to share the joy of bicycling with!

Time to load up the grocery haul!

After shopping, we divvy up the grocery items between our bags and bikes. The fruit and vegetables and case of seltzer water along with anything heavy ;-) go with John in his panniers and on his bike rack. The eggs, bread, flowers and custard pie go with me.

I've been testing the Detour "Toocan 2.0 Pannier" for a couple weeks and have been impressed with the quality of material and construction--and its features. Stay tuned for the review in August and a chance to win a bag giveaway!!

Because our grocery store is a little too far to walk from home but too close to drive, riding our bikes is the way to go shopping!! Running errands is so much more fun when you have someone with whom to share the task and even more fun when you travel (and carry your goods) by a bicycle.

Do you go grocery shopping by bicycle? I'd love to hear about your experience and any tips you have to make your trip easier.

Friday Night Bike Date at Murrieta's Mexican Restaurant

I thought this week would never end. Then BOOM! Friday came and went. My husband and I thought, what better way to usher in the weekend than a date night at one of our favorite restaurants?

This hill is where the 250 feet of elevation gain tacks on to my route. It's a killer after over 9 miles already!

This hill is where the 250 feet of elevation gain tacks on to my route. It's a killer after over 9 miles already!

John had just finished his workout on the bicycle trainer in the garage as I pedaled up to the driveway. Then he was ready to go after a quick hop in the shower (wish it was that easy for me). And down the hill we rolled on our bicycles!

Downhill we go towards the Reno valley below.

Downhill we go towards the Reno valley below.

The restaurant was not far from our house. Less than a mile away and quick to get to. Especially downhill (it's coming back up that is the challenge).

After we arrived at Murrieta's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, we locked up our bikes together. There's not a bike rack to be seen but since it was a gorgeous summer evening, we planned to sit outside where we can keep an eye on our bikes.

No need for a bike rack if we can chain our bicycles together and sit on the patio where we can see them.

No need for a bike rack if we can chain our bicycles together and sit on the patio where we can see them.

We ordered a pitcher of margarita to sip on before starting our dinner. One of my favorite dish is the Carnitas Rancheras. Tender carnitas in salsa verde, served with guacamole, jalapeno, pico de gallo and flour or corn tortillas. It is served sizzling hot and tastes oh-so-good!

With our bellies full and thirst quenched, we pedaled together slowly up the hill towards home. I love our bike dates because there's always good food, fun on our bicycles and quality time spent with each other!

What are some bike dates that you like to do? I'd love to hear about them!!