Days later, Ronnen was in Boston promising to put his life savings into the project. He and Brown convinced Casino to move to California and lined up investment from Khosla Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm specializing in green technology. Jean Prevot, director of operations for Laura Chenel’s Chèvre, also joined Kite Hill to help them design and build a production facility in Hayward, California, just a few hundred yards from the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay.
Cathy Strange, the global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market, tasted the Kite Hill lineup earlier this year. “I loved it instantly,” she says. “I could taste the culture, the rind. I’ve never, ever seen this kind of texture in an alternative milk product.” As a result of that tasting, Kite Hill reached a deal to retail exclusively through Whole Foods.
Remember when you were a kid on the night before Christmas? It was the one time of year you actually went to bed early. The torture of it all however, was that you were so excited you could not fall asleep.
Last night I felt like a 6 year old kid in jammies trying to fall asleep before Santa showed up and drove me off to Moab in his Jeep.
Wait. That sounds weird.
Anyway, today we are off to Moab for a week to explore some trails and have a great time.
Keep up with our adventures right here on Off-road Vegan!
Every now and then I have these moments where I just love living in Oregon. Like the sudden smell of cedar, or the first snow, or a beautiful 80 degree morning in July.
But the converse is also true.
Last night I worked on cleaning Frank for hours and removed the top and doors in preparation for the annual “No Roads Required” show at Portland International Raceway. So of course, for the hour drive it would drizzle and be FREEZING.
Anyway, I arrived around 9:30 and got my pass from Chad.
We soon set up and watched as the area filled in with vendors and other Jeeps.
They had an RTI ramp, a ton of raffles, and awards for the best Jeeps in the show. It was a great event!
Life can be defined a string of epiphanies that drive some kind of change in our direction. While this may seem like an overly analytical way to define fate, I also think it is a powerful view.
If I never decided to create an account on Yahoo! Dating back in 2000, I would have never met my wife of 11 years. If I never decided to haphazardly drop off my resume at IBM (in windpants and a T Shirt, mind you), I would have never worked for IBM and enjoyed the career that I do.
And, if I never ate vegan jerky and Field Roast hot dogs on all my Jeeping excursions, I would never have thought to create this blog.
It is not always easy being a walking conundrum.
My friends know me as a vegan, yet also as a shooter and owner of guns. I am something of an animal-rights person yet I support hunting. I worry about the state of our planet, and yet I drive a 14 MPG beast through the woods.
So I felt a great way to share these personal adventures would be through a blog.
My goals for this blog:
1. Start and hold an active and functional (read: Adult) discussion on many things that plague our society. These can be politics, policies, gun rights, pretty much anything. All sides are welcome, but we need to be respectful.
2. Share some kick ass recipes. Some of these will be from the trail, and others will be shared from the home base.
3. Post reviews. I want to post reviews for my Jeep friends on new equipment I am testing, as well as things a vegan finds useful while on the trail.
4. Share our adventures from the trail. Provide trail reviews, photos and video, tips on places, or anything else we feel is worth sharing when on the road.
Sit back, buckle your seatbelt, and enjoy the qinoa tofu salad.