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People like to claim snowboarding as an individual activity, full of personal expression and all that nonsense, but truth is, it’s a lot more fun to do with friends. And since “fun” is a big deal in snowboarding right now, “the crew” is really enjoying its place in the snowboard spotlight. There are tons of crew video contests, crew movies, and even pro teams are pretending they all like each other for that together-y feeling.  But like everything in snowboarding, there are always gonna be certain crews that really stand out. Yawgoons, Lick the Cat, House of 1817, Footyfiend etc etc. What sets these guys apart from you and your homies? Well, there are a few things. Using this step by step guide, this season can be the year you guys break out and maybe even start getting free hoodies and beanies!


Hill City Squad – named after Duluth aka The City on a Hill.

1. A good name. Picking your crew name is key to your success. It should be something that’s easy to say, but just a little offbeat, so if someone Googles you they don’t get a bunch of unrelated bullshit. Pick an inside joke or if you’re really STUMPED, maybe you can get some tips from the Internet. Whatever you do, stick with it. Changing names often confuses everyone.


True fact: UKC has a “team manager”.

2. A leader. Snowboarders tend not to be the most motivated or organized individuals, so when you get them together, it’s basically like herding cats. You need one person in the group who can make the decisions, make sure shit happens, and otherwise keep your crew together. A lot of times they’re also the filmer, which brings us to our next point…


Dr. B is a leader and a filmer. The double wammy.

3. A dedicated filmer. There is no way you can be successful or relevant in snowboarding today without someone filming your every move. Ideally, they should be able to hold the camera steady, edit well and otherwise make all the hilarious antics and sick boarding they capture watchable. Bonus points if they’re some sort of weird character.


Tre Squad even lets a skier play and it works for them!

4. At least one good snowboarder. Don’t worry, many a snowboard career has been built on riding someone’s coattails. It’s awesome if all of your buddies kill it, but it’s more realistic that only one or two of you have above-average talent. That’s ok, just make sure when your footage hits the internet, that person has stacked tons of clips. Bonus: if they’re sponsored, the rest of the crew can leach off them and use their hand-me-down gear.


LTC- The Ultimate social networkers.

5. A digital presence. No one is going to pay attention to you if you’re not spamming them from every social network. Making a sick ass facebook page, get an instagram, twitter and even a blog. Think of it as a resume you can send out to potential sponsors and media outlets to show them how serious you guys are.

Finally, there are many other things you can do to make your crew stand out. Get matching tattoos, get a shitty van to live communally in all winter, get a black kid, whatever. We can’t give away all the secrets. We can tell you though, it’s best to start building up hype now so that you have lots of followers when the snow finally flies. Then it’s just a matter of living the dream daily and before you know it, you’ll all be snowboarding superstars, drowning in powder, pussy and product!

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Recently I posted the ultimate instagram. You may have seen it if you’re one of my over 500 followers, but if not, check your feed now! You’re not following me? Jesus it’s @brookegeery. Anyway, it’s the same photo as above, but you’ll need to see it on Instagram to grasp the amazing filtering choice I made (this one was edited in boring old Photoshop.) I know this is the best instagram ever because I can see how many people like it (the ultimate sign of success) and at press time it had upwards of 12 likes. Because of that, I decided a making of the ‘gram post was in order so that when people start trying to find more info about the photo, it’s ready.

So while this moment may look totally natural, the truth is it took a few tries. Wrangling two puppies (6 months and 7 weeks) to pose and look adorable together turned out to be quite the challenge.

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Lemmy was hard to get in focus, and Belle couldn’t have cared less.

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Then Lemmy was like, this is stupid, and tried to leave.

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This one actually turned out pretty cute. But I wanted them both looking at the camera, dammit.

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Lemmy broke the cardinal rule of action photography – no butt shots.

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We finally figured out the stairs were the ultimate set, but Belle was over it.

Luckily she weighs under two pounds, so it was pretty easy to put her on the second stair, where she wasn’t able to move, Lemmy has gotten so over it that he was just chilling on the stair below, I whistled and magic happened. This photo now as 19 likes and a comment, so it’s pretty safe to say it’s going viral.

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Location: SE 50th and Divison
Number of carts: 14
Covered: Yes
Pros: Lots of entertainment options, wet naps, free wifi, good food choices.
Cons: Beer is only on weekends, really close to Los Gorditos.
Types of food (check their site for current carts): Turkish, burgers, coffee, seafood, Pork, Venezuelan, chicken and waffles, Pizza, Southwestern, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai
http://www.alacartspdx.com/

Ala Cart is much more than just a cart pod. It’s like a cart experience filled with fun for the whole family. What does that even mean? Well, I’ll tell you. In addition to some 14 food carts, there’s also a little playground for kids, cornhole for big kids, sidewalk chalk for beautifying the parking lot and trivial pursuit cards on the tables. Care about cleanliness? They have free wet naps and the port-a-potty has a sink in it. Oh and perhaps the most exciting for a nerd such as myself- FREE WI-FI! And that’s not all. There’s a hair salon (perhaps a trim while you wait?), an ATM and plenty of covered and uncovered seating.
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Of course, if all the carts sucked, all this would be unexciting (although you could grab food at Los Gorditos – the best Mexican food in Portland right down the street and sneak it in) but that’s not a problem. There are several carts that serve interesting and delicious food. I’ll be honest, I fully judge a cart by its cover, and today I selected La Arepa because their menu was all pictures. The cart specializes in Venezuelan food, which is rice and bean based, but was sold me was avocado and plantains. I got the number 15, which was awesome because I didn’t have to attempt to speak Spanish and it tasted damn good. You can tell this place is muy authentico since the dude had a really hard time with my name and ended up calling out “Brulalala” or something.

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Jared was not in tow so I don’t know what food was spicy but not too spicy, but Stan got a stuffed burger from the burger Guild with sweet potato fries. Including a drink, he paid $9 which is a damn value if you ask me. It was certainly not the neatest burger ever eaten, but his review was quite favorable, and like I said, free wet naps!

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The pork chop cart hooked up Lemmy with a water bowl and even a treat, giving this cart high marks for dog friendliness too. Over all, I would like to go back and try more of the carts and Stan gave Ala Carts a hearty two thumbs up. Oh and I almost forgot to mention, how can you be mad at the fun play on words that is the name?

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Location: Corner of SE 52nd and Foster
Number of carts: 11
Covered: Yes
Obligatory Score: 3

https://www.facebook.com/CartsOnFoster

The parking lot that houses Carts on Foster has come along way since it was All Pets Playhouse – a decrepit-looking animal boarding house that I never saw open. Now it’s a bustling cart pod, with a lot more carts than the one other time I awkwardly walked through and then decided to go somewhere else a few months ago.

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Pretty flowersss!

I use the term bustling loosely, it’s not that crowded which is a good thing if you hate waiting in line for food like I do. (That’s one issue with food carts over all I have, is the amount to time it takes to get your food can vary widely if you decide to go to different carts.) The inside is filled with plants, there’s both a tent and a covered porch for seating when it rains. (I heard it does that here.) There’s enough variety in the carts that you have choices but not too many, and the drone of Foster Road is drowned out by the way it’s set up. Basically, it’s nicer than I thought it would be, but ya know, still eating outside in a parking lot. Kinda what you’re signing up for.

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The falafel from El Sultan

As far as food choices go, there’s a couple sandwich carts, a Mexican/Mediterranean cart, a coffee cart, a pastry cart, a breakfast cart and a Hawaiian cart (which actually used to be at Cartlandia.) Again, this changes so don’t trust me on this one, check the facebook or at least, don’t get your hopes up for Mexi/Medi before you go there.  There’s also a bar, which is partially inside and offers an indoor-outdoor seating experience. It actually would be a kinda sweet place if you’re looking for a patio to drink on some sunny summer day.

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A sub from Pressed.

On our visit Jared and I got falafels from El Sultan, which has been there as long as I can remember. Now going to a cart boasting cuisine from two non-adjecent parts of the world may be risky, but for $5 I was satisfied with my purchase. It came with chips and the pita was super soft and yummy. The fillings we’re kinda bland and there was way too much iceberg lettuce. Plus pickles. Who puts pickles on a falafel? Stan got an Italian sub from “Pressed” and was thoroughly disappointed. For $9 at least it came with deep fried french fries, but the bread was an even bigger buzz kill than the sandwich. Sorry Stan.

Over all, Carts on Foster is not the worst pod I’ve been to. Considering the location, it’s decent. That said, it’s not a must-visit cart pod by any means. According to Stan, if he had people in town, he wouldn’t bring them there and I’d have to agree.

Happy Espresso on Urbanspoon

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Location: 45th and Woodstock Ave
Number of Carts: 3
Covered Section: No
Obligatory score: 5

Note:  This was supposed to be my introductory post, but I spazzily posted about Cartlandia first.

I may start writing about every cart individually and inserting Jared’s “spicy but not too spicy” input in each one, or more likely just highlight the ones I like, but I really want to start with the pods themselves. After all, part of dining is the experience and I don’t care how good the food is if you feel icky eating there.

So let’s start with the neighborhood I claim to live in (even though my house is technically in Brentwood/Darlington), Woodstock. This pod popped up a few years back and has gone through a few carts, but the line up as of August 14th, 2013 is Graffiti Sandwiches, El Gallo Taco and a breakfast cart, Yolk, which I’ve heard is run by the same people that own Toast.

I really like this pod. One of the best things is there’s not actually too much choice to be made. Three genres, breakfast, Mexican and Sandwiches. I can handle that no matter how my day is going. Plus all three are actually good. I’ve never gotten anything at these cart I’ve been bummed out. Oh yeah, cause not all Food Carts in Portland are the stuff of Food Network legend. There are a lot of them that were opened by people who have no idea what they’re doing.

As far as ambiance, this place is great. There’s no flapping tarps or major thorough-fares, just the cute, Reed College influenced Neighborhood. The tables are wood picnic tables, but not like the crappy kind. They’re heavy duty and feel handcrafted and all Portland-y, and the Mexican cart even has an a house plant.

Basically, this is the perfect cart pod. Not too big, not to small, good choices and a nice place to sit. Of course, if it’s raining you’re grab and go only, but I guess, who goes to Food Carts when it’s raining?


This cart gets a 5 out of whatever number I decide to give the best cart pod I’ve been to. I guess I’m setting the bench mark here. EXCITING.

PS. I’m gonna stick to Southeast Food Carts. That way I don’t have to leave my quadrant.

PPS. Anyone know of any Food Cart blogs I should be reading for inspiration?

PPPS. I don’t remember the log in info for the FTP of this site, so the rebrand may take awhile.

 

El Gallo Taqueria on UrbanspoonYolk on Urbanspoon
El Gallo Taqueria on Citysearch

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For this edition of our most juvenile column, I’ve decided to give the pros a break and subject myself and fellow writer nerds to scrutiny. The battle of the media bosses begins now, so who would you fuck, marry or kill?

Colleen Quigley – I’d fuck Hondo, marry Brooke (but it’s probably going to end in a murder-suicide) and kill Pat. I love Pat and it would be a huge loss to snowboarding and for that I’m sorry, but I can’t have sex with him and marrying him sounds weird too.

Cory Grove – Already fucked you (heyyyyyoooo) so kill you, that’s easy. But I’m going to go with marry Hondo and fuck Pat. But at the same time, Pat has his shit together. Hmm. Long term, Bridges is marriage material so fuck Hondo, marry Bridges.

Oliver-Dixon Cider – I’d kill Brooke because Stan and I are probably the next of kin as far as taking over Yobeat goes.. Bone Hondo because I heard he doesn’t like the Cats of Anarchy and marry Bridges because he his beard game is on lock and he can probably be my sugar daddy.

Desiree - Kill Hondo and Brooke, Marry Bridges.

Peter Line – Brooke-fuck, a girl. Pat- marry, Stories for days when we get old and drink tea by the fire. Hondo-kill, Hondo will probably trip on his shoelace and kill himself by accident anyway.

Johnny Brady  – Marry Bridges, obviously, kill Hondo and fuck you.

Nick Lipton – Fuck Hondo, marry you, kill Bridges. Easy.

Andrew Brewer – Kill Brooke, Marry Bridges, Bang Hondo.

Paydn Harvey, C3 Rider Services master -I would probably fuck Bridges because he has unearthly handplants, marry Brooke for her soon to be sandwich website empire wealth, and kill Hondo because he voted for Never Summer.

Ted Borland – Kill Brooke cause Stan put me up to it, fuck Hondo and Marry Bridges.

Preston Strout – I’d marry Hondo, then fuck him and then kill him. You could do the write up and Pat could caption the photos.

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Location: 82nd Ave at Spring Water Corridor
Number of Carts: A lot
Covered: Yes
Obligatory Score: 1
http://www.cartlandia.com/

Despite it’s adorable kitschy name, Cartlandia is about the least “Portlandlandia” place in Portland. Yes, it claims “bike-centric” and is on the Springwater Corridor — a Portland-y bike path lined with wild blackberries– but the PDX stereotypes end there. There are tons of carts, but this must be the cheapest place to rent space in Portland, because is seems it’s mostly people who probably shouldn’t own restaurants and are just “trying it out.” Some I’ve tried are fine, but certainly not food you’d drool over and want to seek out again.

My biggest issue with this place is the sheer number of carts. I NEVER know what I want for lunch (hence the Lunch blog – it was supposed to provide direction) so I’ve already suffered with one decision by the time I make it to Cartlandia. Then I get there and have to decide all over again. To make matters worse, there’s always new carts which means I have to walk by awkwardly and try and look at the menu without actually talking to people. (For some reason I feel bad when I don’t get their food if I’ve spoken to them, ok.)

As far as genres go, like you’d expect on 82nd ave, there are a bunch of Thai places. There’s also a few carts representing various Central American countries, and at one point there were two Hot Dog carts. There’s a crepe and wrap place, and pizza. There’s also a sloppy cart that I’ve never seen open. Oh and there’s a British Pastys cart that I almost forgot about. I’m just not interested in bready English food, sorry. Anyway, it changes a bunch so for the current list go here.

Anyway, once that is taken care of and I get food, the atmosphere feels much like the county fair. I mean, I don’t really know what else I’d expect from a cart pod on 82nd. They have a beer garden with giant blaring TVs, you’re sitting in a shitty parking lot surrounded by like shady car mechanics, and there are tons of tables full of normal, non-hip people eating with the occasional tweaker mountain biker thrown in for good measure. Finally, with so many carts, the whole place smells like fried food.

My hope is that it will get better, as now that I am an 82nd aver, I’m cheering for urban sprawl and redevelopment. According to the Cartlandia blog they just cleared out 7 new spaces maybe someone will put an epic cart in there, but for right now, Cartlandia is kind of a bummer. Oh shit, I just came up with the best idea! Maybe they should start hosting Bingo there, really play off the fair theme! I heard that’s getting hip again on the news, which is where I learn about everything hip, so it could work to be the tipping point for 82nd. Just an idea.

 

Sometimes Internet comments hurt. Not these though! Thanks spammers.

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So you may have guessed I got bored with trying to eat lunch on Hawthorne every day. It was expensive, we ran out of restaurants we weren’t specifically avoiding, and oh yeah, I moved my office to felony flats. Well, technically we’ve rebranded it the “Flavel Arts District” hoping it’ll catch on like Alberta did, but apparently white trash people are harder to gentrify. Anyway!

I was just in a heated debate with Stan about our two nearest Food Cart pod locations (actually it wasn’t heated at all, we agreed) and realized, I could start food blogging again, but about cart pods. I’m way better at keeping these things going when I have some sort of structure (or it’ll at least give me entertainment for the next couple weeks until Winter starts.

So get hyped! I’ve got thoughts.

I’ve been neglecting this blog for all this time. As the “queen of Internet snowboarding” I really should be trying harder to keep my social presence up, but I heard blogging is dead. I mean, follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Snapchat and if you want we can play Words with Friends.

Anyway, I’ve been so busy trying to promote Yobeat with all this social networks that I’ve been finding it hard to create content. You probably haven’t noticed, I can post videos with my eyes closed these days, and I’ve had Stan doing stuff. But just so you know, I have been on Auto pilot for months.

I think I just got motivated though, so while I might not do much on this site because I am highly convinced no one cares about my day to day existence (miss you livejournal!), and blogging about social media sounds highly uninteresting to humans, I’m gonna blog about Food carts. There are so damn many in Portland that I can probably keep myself and my 4 readers entertained for months.

Oh and if you’re somehow on this site because your instagram account got blocked I CAN’T HELP YOU.