Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Picky Pizza Posters - Lucy's New York Style Pizzaria

Leaping from our California experience, we go to the east coast for our pizza inspiration with a New York Style pizzeria. Very apropos since we had one of our favorite east coast dwellers join us for dinner. Grammy joined us for this adventure and since she grew up in the state next to New York, she must be an expert in pizza that is New York style.

Ben: It’s not that New Yorkish.
Sam: How would you know?
Ben: There’s Mount Timpanogos over there! That’s not in New York.

Sasha’s analysis: “The pickle plate was really good and the olives were great. Grammy liked the olives the most. The mozzarella is really good. The drinks are really good. Grammy, what is your number for the olive and pickles appetizers?”
Grammy: “7”.
Sasha: “It only goes to 6!”

Ambiance

Exposed brick wall with unframed pictures of New York, Sparse layout. Alternative music playing. Generously sized booth a good size for seven people. USB charging outlets! Wifi wasn’t working for us. Plastic pizza peels to draw on. Great view of Squaw Peak over the Smith's parking lot.

Ben: They’re trying too hard to be New York. (points to black and white picture of some random clock) That’s the tower of London!
Sam: (points to different picture) Do you mean the Statue of Liberty cause that is IN New York.

Sam: How sexist! Only a baby changing station in the women’s restroom.

Price for a large cheese: $12

Impressions

Thin crust, very crispy, So floppy you have to fold it, Super cheese, stretchy, high quality with lots of flavor

Sam: Leaving a trace of grease on my plate! This is gunna be good. Greasius maximus.

Sasha: I like cheese.

Sam: Wow, hot hot hot. Nuculear grease.
Mom: Don’t you mean nuclear?
Sam: Sowwy, it haad ta say wid a burnt tounge.

Ben: My crust bubble looks like a spider built a nest inside. Wait a minute! There are tomato pieces in the sauce. Gross!
Dad: You know sauce is made of tomatoes, right?

Score

4/6 Slices

But we’ll have to go to New York and compare just to be sure.

Sam: I’m just not sure that Utah Valley’s signature dish is New York style pizza.

And Grammy was nice enough to pay for dinner. Maybe she’ll fly with us all out to New York to try out authentic New York Style Pizza straight from the source!
WanYing was not a huge fan of the cannoli. More for the rest of us! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

How Many Bikes Does One Family Need?

The old adage rings true: How many bikes do you need? One more!

This weekend we added another one to the stable - an Xtracycle EdgeRunner 27D LUX. With a 20" rear tire, upright ride, 27 gears, hydraulic brakes, and extended frame this baby is ready to roll with any load and in any condition.

Xtracycle only makes cargo bikes and their expertise shows in every detail of our new steed. The load rides nice and low, the gearing is perfect for starting with extra weight, the tires are wide, and the ride is smooth and easy. If this bike can't replace a car for at least 9 months of the year, nothing can!

And you know that since this bike is primarily for Steve (although I'll be allowed to ride if I ask nicely) we had to sprint for the integrated 6v dynamo hub and ridiculous 70 lux dynamo-powered headlight, matching taillight, and USB port. I give it 3 days until the dynamo has been hacked to provide energy for a multitude of other necessities.

Like father, like son

I can't wait for the rest of our accessories to come and, never fear, a full photo tour of our EdgeRunner is coming soon. She will be fully and truly ours once she takes her first trip to Costco - I'm guessing that seeing this baby riding down the street fully loaded and with a case of MexiCoke strapped to the back will be quite entertaining for all. Not the least of whom the rider :)

You know, I'm pretty sure that bikes are the finest sure-fire way to exchange money for smiles.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

I Can Ride My Bike With No Handlebars

Ben has recently committed himself to excellence in no-handlebar bike riding, the icing on the cake being his recent accomplishment of no-hands riding while patting his head and rubbing his tummy.

And while hands-free riding can get a little annoying (on a recent ride, Me: Ben, why are you riding so slowly? Are you feeling ok? Ben: (with his perfected tween "how did you get so dense, Mom?" face) It's hard to ride fast when you're doing the whole thing with no hands!) we have to admit immense pride and a bit of jealousy at Ben's new skills.

When the boy puts his mind to something, he really can accomplish just about anything! I think it's time to get that kid a unicycle. Do they come in junior sizing?

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