Bike Date: Parlour Food Truck + Indeed Brewing
äventyr started because of our bicycle dates (story here). Our plans for 2020 were to go on as many bicycle dates as we could, traveling within a 5 mile radius from HQ to our favorite small independently owned local businesses ~ dining inside, having a drink on a patio, sharing a fika, reconnecting over a relaxing happy hour, spending time out in our community. For all of us 2020 now looks very different than we had planned, but this is still our life, and we need to make the most of our now ~ so onward we roll. ~DeAnn & Kurt
How do you feel 'normal' during a Pandemic? For us it is riding a bicycle; even more so ~ going on a bike date!
BIKE DATE SCOUTING NOTES: PARLOUR FOOD TRUCK + INDEED BREWING
Date of Bicycle Date: July 11, 2020
- Destination: Parlour Food Truck at Indeed Brewing.
- Distance (one-way): 3 miles
- Travel time (one-way): 15 minutes
- Bike racks?: Yes, there are bike racks right in front of Indeed Brewing/Centro at Quincy Corner.
- Bags used: The Social musette pannier bag (DeAnn), Gräventyr Bar Bag prototype (Kurt).
- Always Packed in our bags: Bike locks, tire pump, multi-tool, spare tubes, tire levers, bike lock/house keys attached to our bag lanyards, wallet. And after reaching destination ~ food and beer + napkins made by DeAnn (just in case).
- Rear rack used: Planet Bike (DeAnn)
- Bikes used: Our City Bikes. Trek Lexa (DeAnn). Kurt's reworked old Trek Crockett he converted from his gravel bike to a city/gravel bike.
- We ordered our Parlour dinner through their website earlier in the day to ensure it would be there when we arrived, you can select your time (and they were spot on when we arrived!). That said, you can just walk up and order.
- We found out that Parlour was going to be at Indeed by the weekly emails we get from Tock.
- You can order your beer ahead through Indeed's website, but it is pretty simple (and sometimes actually easier as far as timing) to just walk up to their window on NE 15th Avenue and place an order.
- Bring a face covering and use it when you order, and if you plan to sit on the patio (while not eating/drinking).
- Bring extra napkins/hand sanitizer if you are concerned about cleanliness ~ they can also be used to sit on. That said, both establishments provided napkins/hand sanitizer (Indeed has sanitizer at the window for after you place an order ~ you have to touch their screen when you pay).
- Garbage cans (touch-free) located on edge of Indeed's Patio.
- Stay physically distant. We sat on the grassy knoll by the bike racks and were there early in the evening so had no problem finding a spot.
Route Notes: Our route was on secondary NE roads and designated bicycle boulevards. You can essentially see our route here.
We are so lucky to have Quincy Corner (home to Centro/Popul Vuh and Indeed Brewing, and on our visit ~ Parlour Food Truck) only a bike ride away. We have visited The Corner many times during the Pandemic for take away, expecting to do so on this bike date ~ but we found a little spot to tuck in and stay.
Pre-Covid, we had been working on the design for a new bag. Our production was halted for weeks while we worked on face mask donations and then producing our own Face Coverings (shown on DeAnn at the Parlour Food Truck above). On this bike date DeAnn used two Social musette bicycle pannier bags to do some concept testing. We fully expected to get our take away items, pack them in our bags (shown here) and ride off to a park. Although we support those folks enjoying local patio's, we personally are not in that space and very much into doing take away.
We can confirm, that two Parlour burgers, two pickle orders, one order of fries, and two packets of ketchup, plus two Indeed crowlers fit in two Social panniers.
And, we are still working on that new bag design (subscribe to be the first to know).
Concept proven, a spot freed up on the grassy knoll overlooking Quincy Corner (by Indeed) and we decided to stay. There are plenty of bike racks here, but we were right by this handy fence to use as a bike stand.
- Parlour Burger (2)
- Parlour Fries (1)
- Parlour Pickles (2)
- Indeed Crowler's to drink (Shenanigans Honey Wheat Ale) and to go (Gone Fishin')
Our view during dinner (will it rain, or will the sun keep shining?... The sun kept shining).
On the way home... How Nordeast Minneapolis is this shot?! If you don't know, come for a bike date...
About that normal... This truly was the first time since the pandemic was declared that we have done something that felt normal ~ eating 'out'. Pre-pandemic we had a list of bike dates we wanted to go on this summer that we had never been able to work our way through. The food truck option is a perfect way to dine out on a bike date during the pandemic ~ we would highly recommend it! What really made the night was being able to feel part of the 'crowd' and part of the scene by finding a spot to sit outside not on a patio. We often talk about that biking allows us to be part of our community/world, while not always engaging directly with others. As extroverted introverts, we love this and are thankful that it is something we are used to because it means SO MUCH during this pandemic to be able to be part of our community and our world while being physically distant. To be honest, that part feels 'normal'.
We are still smiling about this date and have more planned. There is nothing better than spending time together on our bikes, especially on a date where we can just be together on a summer night with no fitness goals, no dogs (we still love you), and not having to cook. Moments like this a precious, and where life happens, conversations are had, and memories are made. We can't wait for the next one!