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You’re a snowboarder, which means you are either broke, or pretending to be. No matter how little money you have though, you probably still like to eat on a regular basis, and chances are, you hit the drive through more than you like to admit. And why the hell not? It’s cheap and easy, and it sure does taste good after a long day of ‘boarding. The same old fast food can get mighty boring though, so with a little inspiration from fancyfastfood.com, Party Time Nate set out to create a gourmet meal with a few things we picked up on the drive down from the mountain. If you’d like to recreate this delicious meal yourself, Nate explains how in the video above.

And because it’s amazing, here are specifics on what we bought, how much we spent and the calorie counts of each.

Dairy Queen
6 piece Chicken Strip Basket (includes fries and sauce) 1410 calories
Total: $5.99

Mcdonalds
McRib 500 calories
Medium Fries 380 calories
McDouble 390 calories
Total: $5.79

Jack in the Box
Medium Curly fries 430 calories
2 Hamburger deluxe 360 calories each
Side of rice 242 calories
Total: $5.24

Del Taco
Double Del Burger 560 calories
10 Crunchy Tacos 130 calories each
Total: $6.49

Grand Total Calories: 5932
Grand Total Cost: $23.51

(And people wonder why Americans are fat)

Remember when I used to post before and after pictures of home improvements? These days, the house is pretty much done so the dramatic improvements are limited, and I’ve had nothing to blog. Lucky for me, there is no shortage of improvements to be made at Nate’s house and this weekend, I decided I would up his curb appeal and put in a garden. I wish I had the real before picture, with the beds all overgrown with weeds, but you’ll have to use your imagination on that part.

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PS. I have a new hobby.

You’re a snowboarder, which means you are either broke, or pretending to be. No matter how little money you have though, you probably still like to eat on a regular basis, and chances are, you hit the drive through more than you like to admit. And why the hell not? It’s cheap and easy, and it sure does taste good after a long day of ‘boarding. The same old fast food can get mighty boring though, so with a little inspiration from fancyfastfood.com, Party Time Nate set out to create a gourmet meal with a few things we picked up on the drive down from the mountain. If you’d like to recreate this delicious meal yourself, Nate explains how in the video above.

And because it’s amazing, here are specifics on what we bought, how much we spent and the calorie counts of each.

Dairy Queen
6 piece Chicken Strip Basket (includes fries and sauce) 1410 calories
Total: $5.99

Mcdonalds
McRib 500 calories
Medium Fries 380 calories
McDouble 390 calories
Total: $5.79

Jack in the Box
Medium Curly fries 430 calories
2 Hamburger deluxe 360 calories each
Side of rice 242 calories
Total: $5.24

Del Taco
Double Del Burger 560 calories
10 Crunchy Tacos 130 calories each
Total: $6.49

Grand Total Calories: 5932
Grand Total Cost: $23.51

(And people wonder why Americans are fat)

Party Time Nate as “The Hoff”

Halloween is this Sunday. Do you have your costume picked out yet? If you’re like me, probably not, and on Saturday you’ll schlep on over to Goodwill and end up with whatever ridiculous getup is leftover. But this year, why not plan ahead a little bit (seriously at this point it’s only a couple days) and figure out what to be right now! To help, Party Time Nate donned several costumes made almost entirely out of snowboard gear you may very well already have, or at least if you have to buy, you’ll be able to use again before next Halloween. So this weekend, don’t settle for the same half-assed costume, break out your gear and get creative.

Costume Idea 1: Canadian

To complete the Canadian look, you’ll simply need to don all denim (a Canadian tuxedo, of course) and a Canadian flag. Put a tooque on your head, and you’re good to go. In this look, Nate is wearing the 686/Levis 3-Ply Jacket with Holden Stella Denim pants, and a handmade YoBeat beanie. We made the flag with colored pencils and a piece of white cardboard. If you really want to make this look official, we suggest drinking Kokanee rather than Hamms.

Costume Idea 2: Jed Anderson

Yeah sure, you could go as an unnamed “snowboarder,” but isn’t more fun to go as a specific snowboarder, such as Jed Anderson? Chances are, you already have this look dialed as Jed is easily the most imitated rider this season, but if not, here’s what you’ll need. A helmet (doesn’t matter what brand cause Jed doesn’t have a helmet sponsor, but Nate is wearing a Bern Berkeley) a hoodie so you can put your hood over your helmet, Ashbury Goggles, Nike Boots, and some nice tight pants. Please note, Nate is still wearing the same Holden women’s pants, but if you want to make it official, you’ll really need The Sissy Pant from Airblaster. And yes, dressing as Jed Anderson also counts as dressing as a Canadian.

Costume Idea 3: Scuba Diver

Put your base layer to use for this extremely comfortable costume. All that really matters is it’s tight and black, but to create this look Nate donned some women’s underwear. He’s got the DAKINE Realm 1/4 zip and Realm pant. His hood is actually the Coal U.H.B. and then a regular old mask and snorkel complete the look. Simple.

Costume Idea #4: Lumber Jack

You know you wanted a plaid jacket for this season, and here’s the perfect excuse to get one. Pair it with some jeans and a nice warm beanie, make an axe (they probably won’t let you in anywhere with a real one) and boom, you’re ready for action. Of course, Nate is wearing the Holden Women’s Matador Jacket so if you want to be a real lumberjack, something more manly might in order. The Spacecraft Watchman beanie completes the look.

Costume Idea #5: Rocker Dude

What better way to be metal this Halloween than with a YoBeat Bathory T? Nate’s headband is actually the belt from that Holden Matador jacket, and he’s still got on women’s pants, but any tight jeans will do.

Halloween Costume Idea #6: Mummy

The Airblaster Tereclava may very well be the most useful item you could get for Halloween. Here it is paired with a basic bathrobe and just like that, Nate is a super scary mummy.

Halloween Costume Idea #7: Sheep

See what we mean about the Tereclava? Add some ears and Nate is a sheep!

Costume Idea #8: Wrestler

Spacecraft definitely makes some zany facemasks, and the Tron Mask is a must have if you want to be a wrestler. Add some long underwear bottoms and take your liners out of you boots to make stylish wrestling shoes, and you’re set.

Costume Idea #9: Biker

Leather is hot for 2011, and with a few accessories, your faux-leather snowboard coat can turn you into the most badass biker on the block. Nate is rocking the Holden Motorcycle jacket with the same Stella Denim pant (although if you wanna go all out, some Leather pants such as the Strummer would be key) and the look is completed with a DAKINE Convertible Balaclava “converted” into a doo-rag. Add some Ashbury Day tripper shades for that extra badass element and ain’t no one gonna fuck with you.

Costume Idea #10: Astronaut

If you’re of the snow thug persuasion, or were a couple years ago, you can turn your over-sized snowboard gear into a spacesuit with little effort. The keys to making this costume work are less in the outerwear itself (Nate is rocking a two-year-old Holden Wallace Jacket and Bonfire Radiant Pant and you could certainly improve on the color combos) but the real kicker (no pun intended) is wearing your snowboard boots. While Nate has on the Nike Zoom Force One’s a pair of the DK Double Tongue’s would really set this look off. As for his helmet, it’s an old kitty litter bucket. Again, you could probably do better.

That’s all we came up with, but there are plenty more. This year, put in a little effort and maybe you’ll even win a gift certificate or something for how bitchin’ your costume is. Happy Halloween!

Summer is winding down, which means it’s time to start getting ready for the season. Perhaps you’ve done this once or twice before, but this upcoming season isn’t just any season. No, this is the ’10/’11 season, which means there’s a long list of new products, trends and other important factors you must take into account when determining what you’ll need when the first snow flies. Never fear, your friends here at YoBeat have done the research for you, and starting now we’ll be dropping stories that will be your guide to success and glory this season.

In this first segment, we show you how to get a homemade tattoo. While yes, they may be permanent, prison tats are this season’s feathers, so you don’t want to be the only one in the mountain town without one. Luckily, Party Time Nate recently purchased a tattoo gun (slightly safer and more respectable than a ball point pen and a lighter) so we used it in our tutorial. While it is not required, a large amount of alcohol is not a bad idea before going under the needle, and if you already have some shitty tattoos, you’ll suffer less regret in the morning.

But enough talk, if you haven’t already, enjoy the video of Nick sacrificing his shoulder (further) to the altar of “being cool in snowboarding” and remember, if all your friends are doing it, it must be cool!

After losing the soup off, and the Totino’s Party Pizza challenge, I figured it was time to let some other people do the cooking. I brushed up on my hosting skills by studying Padma for weeks (not really) before we headed to Seattle for this latest Top Chef installment. This time it was legendary pro snowboarder Peter Line competing against my former challenger, Party Time Nate, and the theme was hot dogs! Peter was kind enough to host in his insane Seattle pent house that sort of made me feel bad about my own home. Maybe I shouldn’t have given up on being a pro snowboarder after all… It was nothing but a good time, and you know what, the food was pretty damn good too. So enjoy the video, cause I’m not going to tell you who won.

Check out the full recipes and the making of gallery on YoBeat.

Two titans of snowboarding’s culinary community met, but only one could emerge victorious. Party Time Nate and Peter Line set out once and for all to determine who was the superior chef by cooking what else, but hot dogs!

Appetizers
s-peter-app Peter Line’s Hot Dog and Pork Rillette

Full Recipe

s-nate-app Party Time Nate’s Deconstructed Hot Dog

Full Recipe

Entrees
s-peter-entree Peter Line’s Beef Hot Dog and Pork Bolognese on Parppadelle

Full Recipe

s-nate-entree Party Time Nate’s Hot Dog Risotto

Full Recipe

Desserts
s-peter-dessert Peter Line’s Cream Cheese Hot Dog ice cream with sriracha caramel sauce

Full Recipe

s-nate-dessert Party Time Nate’s Hot Dog Foster

Full Recipe

Check out the gallery of what went down behind the scenes:

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This year at YoBeat we really got into the Christmas spirit. We are like a family and we have a lot to be thankful for, plus, holidays make for easy content! Our greatest achievement this holiday season, however, was our holiday card shoot. Many lucky industry types have already had the above e-card delivered directly to their inboxes by Santa himself, but on this most joyous of holidays, we present to you the outtakes!

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For this shot we were summing up our various roles at YoBeat. You’ll notice Party Time Nate drinking, Zimmerman taking a photo with his iPhone, Nick Lipton being a pain in my ass and me reading our 2009 media kit for some reason. I am the only one who doesn’t do any real damn work around here!

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Nike 6.0 sent the various media outlets Holiday Snuggies as a gift this year. Zimmerman was most excited about it, as he is old, but we realized that we could all enjoy it as a group if we wanted!

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No Photoshop tricks here, despite Zim’s impressive skills. I am really getting beer dumped on my head in this photo. Jerks.

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Disclaimer: We don’t condone underage drinking, drinking and driving, or anything of the sort. But Party Time Nate doesn’t show up without a six pack and the Hamms really added to our creative spirit for the shoot. Just saying.

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Should I be worried by the insane amount of joy on Nick’s face over the fact he is strangling me with a Snuggie?

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Another priceless Nick face. This time he is showing the true fear he feels being this close to Zimmerman. It’s complicated. Don’t ask.

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Both Nick and Zim seem to want to kill me in this photo. At least Party Time seems to like me, although that might just be the beer.

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Please note, we did not get dressed up special for this photoshoot. We all wear stylish YoBeat shirts EVERYDAY! Get yours here.

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Finally, here’s wishing you the best this holiday. Thanks to Nate, Nick and Tim for humoring me by doing this shoot, Jared Souney for taking the photos, all our other contributors, and of course, you, for reading. I still don’t really get why you do, but we appreciate it.

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Last weekend was some holiday celebrating the independence of America or something. I don’t know, I am not real big on loud holidays, so I celebrated by drinking quietly. But I finally made it out to take advantage of the sweltering Portland heat with a river trip on Sunday. Rather than the shallow, crowded Sandy River, we headed an hour north to the Washougal. Not only does the river have a cool name, but tons of deep water and places to jump into. And we lucked out with the crowds, being that there were none. The water was ours, and a few Miller High Lives and good friends, my first (and certainly not last) river trip was a success. Feel like you were there by looking at some more pictures. (more…)