Bike Date: Sociable Cider Werks + Union Hmong Kitchen + Northeast Park
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
This date was so good, we made it a Double Date ~ back to back Saturday's.
Bike Date Scouting Notes: Sociable Cider Werks + Union Hmong Kitchen + Northeast Park
Date Dates: August 15 & 22, 2020
- Destination: Sociable Cider Werks, Union Hmong Kitchen, Northeast Park
- Distance (one-way): 2 miles
- Travel time (one-way): about 10 minutes
- Bike Racks? Yes, Sociable has bike racks to the East of the Union Hmong Kitchen truck.
- Union Hmong Kitchen: We ordered earlier in the day so that the food would be ready for take-away upon our arrival.
- Sociable: Signs clearly state where to go and what to do. They have a roll-up door to the bar they are serving out of, so plenty of ventilation. Hand Sanitizer available at counter. Staff is wearing masks and gloves and sanitized the gloves they were wearing after checking us out.
- Bring your Face Covering for ordering, and it is always a good idea to bring your own hand sanitizer.
- Stay Physically Distant: Head to the park (more on that below). We did not eat in as we are being Covid Cautious, but there is a good sized patio area set up in the large parking lot with physically distant tables that are clearly marked and have a system for when you leave for you to let the staff and other customers know that your table needs to be sanitized. The patio was busy on both visits, which made it an easy choice for us to hop over to the park (more on that to follow).
Packed up and ready to head over to the park!
Picnic Spot: Northeast Park
The perfect physical distancing spot is Northeast Park! We honestly never even paid attention to this park, but have found it a huge asset for our bike dates this Summer.
- Nice knolls to sit on.
- Right across from Sociable.
- Good spot for saying hello to people in the community as they walk by (Yes! Say 'hello' and for sure they will say hello back with a smile).
- Right on a bicycle boulevard - Fillmore Street NE.
- Garbage & Recycling available by the baseball field next to the entrance to Sociable off Fillmore Street NE.
Our Menu: We chose the same selections on both dates.
- HT Fried Chicken Sandwich with Uncle Mike's Potato Salad
- Rice Bowl with BBQ Pork
- Sociable Cider Werks Crowler for picnic (Freewheeler)
- Sociable Cider Werks Crowler to take home (Hop A Wheelie)
Date 1: On our first date the food from UHK was OUTSTANDING! The chicken was moist on the outside and crispy on the inside with great flavor. Although the chicken sandwich was a mess (note bring lots of napkins and/or wet wipes), it made the sandwich. Yummy. The potato salad was well made and way too much for one person (in my opinion). The pork in the rice bowl was tender and moist, the vegetables fresh and perfectly cooked, and the overall taste was delicious!
Date 2: We brought our 'A' game on our date the second time (plates, placemats, utensils, napkins, a seat mat we are testing), unfortunately Union Hmong Kitchen did not. When we arrived our food was ready, but it seemed like it had been sitting there awhile, it did not seem freshly made. The meats were dry (unlike our first visit). And the potato salad was super runny and not well executed. That all said, it was over 90 degrees that day, very busy at Sociable, and no one is perfect. We will not let that dissuade us from returning.
On both visits we found the Cider from Sociable Cider Werks a refreshing change from beer ~ lighter, crisper, and great for warm summer days.
We will definitely be back for another bike date soon. AND we are beyond excited that Chef Yia Vang will have a new permanent home in NE soon ~ Welcome Vinai (announced to our excitement after our first date)!!! Our neighborhood just keeps getting better and better. Bring on 2021 (covid free please!)!!
Bonus Stop for Dessert: Dairy Queen!
Our route was entirely on bicycle boulevards all the way. Specifically:
- NE Arthur Street
- 22nd Avenue NE
- Fillmore Street NE
- If you need to come from other directions, 18th St NE now has a separated bike lane for your riding pleasure.
äventyr gear used:
- The Social musette pannier (DeAnn)
- The Gräventyr Bar Bag (Kurt)
- *Coming Soon* Bike to Market Bag (DeAnn & Kurt)
- The äventyr Purist Water Bottle [*New Stock just in!*] (DeAnn)
The ability to ride our bikes in our city and go on dates like this enhances not only our weekends, but our life, and our mental well-being. We believe strongly in the power of bicycling whether for fitness, in the city, or far far out of the city. We are thankful for the gorgeous weather we have had during this covid Summer, and look forward to a hopefully long and sunny Autumn with much more bicycling to come! ~ DeAnn & Kurt