We all know the stock JK headlights are an embarrassment. So one of the first things I did was replace them with the infamous (and oft used) Trucklite LED headlights. But as the technology has improved in the space, I never thought to see what else might be on the market, or what the improvements could be.
Well, it finally happened. I was able to sink my teeth into the newest, and possibly most anticipated vegan food item in a long time. Beyond Meat has been releasing their new product, the Beyond Burger in limited Whole Foods stores across the country (yet to be found in the PNW, sadly).
But Veggie Grill worked out a special deal with Beyond Meat and have included it in their new Winter Menu. We made a bee line for the closest VG (downtown Portland) and raced in from the car.
First things first, the second I walked into the place it smelled different. Veggie Grill never really had a “smell” (Like Subway, Burger King, or Abercrombie). But now, they did. It literally smelled like a Burger King in there. I wasn’t, and am still not, sure it is a good thing.
Living in the woods of Oregon, you must be proficient with a few critical things. Make a damn good coffee, and be able to hit your target with judicious marksmanship.
So when those two things unite, it makes for an awesome product.
Enter Black Rifle Coffee Company. This small batch, veteran-owned roaster hails from Utah. They have an awesome brand which represents the antithesis of what they call “hipster coffee.” Which, in my opinion was becoming overly pretentious. I want my coffee good, I want it consistent, and I want my roaster armed (not kidding, the photo below is from their website. I love it).
While roaming around our local grocery store, something caught my eye – a few Silk brand yogurts in the refrigerated case.
I have never been a huge yogurt fan, but I thought I’d give these a try.
So tonight we cracked them open and gave them a go.
There have been a ton of advancements in the vegan food scene, but finding a good, boxed mac and cheese has been sorely missing. Even though it is disgusting (and slightly embarrassing to admit), sometimes I miss the Kraft macaroni and cheese or even the velveeta days. So, on a recent trip to Whole Foods, I grabbed one of each vegan mac and cheese. Here are the contenders.
When it comes to my Jeep, I am really picky as to who gets to touch it. I do all my own maintenance, and my inner circle of Jeep friends get to wrench on it. But sometimes you just need to get a gear job done and need to take it to a reputable shop.
Last May, it was time for 4:88s so I took the Jeep to Northridge 4×4 in Silverdale, Washington.
I have had a long relationship with the guys at “NR 4×4” so I fully trusted them to do the job and do it right.
There are few things in life, than a hot Summer day in a Jeep, topless, and doorless. I swear it is the best form of therapy available. But, there are days where the thermometer is in the triples where I have been stuck in traffic and have been roasting.
But there was never a middle ground. It was either run the top as a bikini, or run topless and roast on those peak Summer days.
Enter SpiderWebShade, the middle ground.
While roaming our local New Seasons today, something caught me eye in the rainbow of colors in the Gardein freezer section. It seriously is starting to look like Rainbow Brite puked Skittles all over the place.
Anyway, the pink highlight color on the bag drew my eye and I snagged the last bag in the freezer.
The bag promises it contains a packet of awesome sauce. So with that, we planned on making it part of tonight’s dinner.
As with all of Gardein’s fake meats, these were simple to make. Simply toss the frozen bites into a skillet with some oil and cook thoroughly. Toss in the awesome sauce, and serve over a bed of whatever starchy goodness you want. We went with some sticky rice.
I didn’t feel like dinner. I felt like some vegan sin food. And I was longing for those old school, bad-for-you velveeta experiences.
One of the biggest concerns I have had with the JK platform was under hood heat. The engine bays (in both the 3.8 and 3.6 variants) are super cramped, and we push our Jeeps when offroading, especially in hot and dusty places like Moab or the Rubicon.
I was really excited when Rugged Ridge sent me one of their performance vented hoods to try. This would be the perfect chance to see just what kind of a difference would be seen with a vented hood.
Before the Rugged Ridge hood, I considered a bunch of options. Starting with the cheaper end, I looked at hood louvers from companies like Gen Right and Poison Spider. The biggest benefit to these, is that you do not need to paint your hood.