Trick Tip: Focusing Tofu

(How to Drain and Press Tofu) In addition to my recipes, I’ll be periodically presenting some kitchen-savvy “trick tips.” Just like any pre-teen with an iPhone can show you how to do a kickflip (the key is to land bolts and then roll away), I will be throwing my hat in the ring to wax […]

Tom-Peh Stuffed Shrooms

(Tempeh-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms) What can I say about Tom Penny that wasn’t already said in his Menikmati intro seventeen years ago?  Skateboarding’s humble equivalent of Where’s Waldo has amassed a decades-long following with unassuming ease (indeed, one might even assume he’s oblivious to it).  While few (if any) skateboarders have ever lost themselves in the […]

Cha-YO-te Flip Tacos

(Chayote squash tacos with Baja mango slaw and chipotle almond butter; inspired by the vegan fish tacos at Jajaja Plantas Mexicanas in NYC and the front-foot catch tre flips you know you’ve tried to copy). Prep time: 60 minutes; bake time: 10 minutes. Forgive me if this title takes some explaining, sometimes I forget that […]

Guac Fakie

(Spicy Edamame and Avocado Guacamole with Baked Plantains) Prep time: 20 minutes; Bake time: 20 minutes. If you started skateboarding around 2000, there’s a good chance your first primer was none other than Transworld Skateboarding’s Starting Point (1997), which featured 20 beginner trick tips from the eternal god of pop, Jeremy Wray.  Not to editorialize, […]

“Pretty Sweet” Potato Burgers

(Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers) Prep time: 30 minutes; Bake time: 45-50 minutes. There are certain milestones in skateboarding that almost every skateboarder remembers in perfect detail: the first board you ever had, landing your first kickflip, your first non-Payless pair of skate shoes. You get the idea. Among those common mile-markers firmly embedded […]

Maple: Seven Steps to Heaven(ly) Energy Bars

(Seven-Ingredient Maple Energy Bars) Prep Time: 20 minutes; Bake/Chill Time: 1 hour. Let’s talk about Marc Johnson. How many other skateboarders can boast nineteen video parts (and counting) over their careers? How many of them can put out a three-song part that not only avoids the potential death trap of being boring, but is well-crafted […]

Stash Pocket Oats

(Overnight Oats with Hemp Protein Powder and Almond Butter) When I first started skating back in 2000, my parents warned me that skateboarders were notorious advocates of recreational drug use and suggested that I should be wary of idolizing them as role models.  Being the young, straight-and-narrow pup that I was, I didn’t believe that […]

Micky Papa(ya)’s “Blended” Part

(Sweet Potato and Papaya Smoothie) Prep time: 30 minutes (to roast sweet potatoes and soften goji berries/dates); Bake/Blend time: 2 minutes. Recently, I had the good fortune of getting to visit the Berrics and skating the hallowed ground I covet via computer screen daily. As is often the case when I visit a new park […]

Beet League Skateboarding

(Beet Juice with Apple, Carrot, Greens, Ginger and Lemon) Prep time: 5 minutes. Cook/juice time: 5 minutes. In the summer of 2010, the Berrics posted a series of videos called “Writing Paper.” In each of the videos Rob Dyrdek approached one of skateboarding’s finest and discuss the format of a revolutionary contest circuit he had […]

Willy’s Baja Lipsliders

(Wahoo’s-inspired Black Bean Shiitake Sliders with Vegan Baja Slaw) Prep time: 20 minutes. Bake time (including mushrooms): 20 minutes. Total time: 40 minutes. When I started this blog a little less than two months ago, the stated purpose was to promote longevity on the board through healthy, plant-based cooking.  If you’re looking for the very […]

Switch Mango Push Smoothie

(Mango and Avocado Smoothie) As much as skateboarding focuses on freedom of expression and rebuking society’s arbitrary strictures (who doesn’t love the irony of Pretty Sweet’s “Dudes in Suits” chapter?), there are a few rules in skateboarding that stick out like proverbial thorns in a rosebush.  To be frank, they don’t make a lot of […]

Dough Comply

    (Non-Dairy Cookie Dough Ice Cream) Despite all of the roles that skate shops fill—safe havens for skateboarders, suppliers of fresh product, organizers of local events, hubs of progression for skaters in a given scene—only a select few of them enjoy any kind of notable longevity.  With the exception of a few perennial institutions, […]

Front Nose Pretzel at Hummus Hideout

(Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels with Spicy Black Bean Hummus…and Karl Watson) I’ve been re-watching a lot of Karl Watson’s parts lately.  I had only been skating about a year when Expedition One: Alone came out; of course I was floored at all of the skating, but since I had only been skating a year and […]

PJ Ladle’s Wonderful, Horrible Lentils

(Boston Baked Lentils) PJ Ladd just released his first full video part since Really Sorry (2003).  This is not a drill.  The part, one of three full-length parts in New Balance Numeric’s newest video, TriColor, premiered today, after a month-long delay from the original premiere date of July 17, 2017.  For those of you that have been […]

FOR DAILY USE

FOR DAILY USE (Common Vegan Ingredients) What does the Nike SB Janoski have in common with ingredients like flax seed, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast (nooch, as the cool kids say), coconut oil and almond butter have in common?  They’re both “for daily use.” I get it, these seem weird at first blush.  Remember […]

(TOFU)CKING AWESOME CURRY

Thai Style Tofu Curry I’m dating myself here, but it’s still weird for me to imagine Dill and AVE riding for any company other than Alien Workshop and Gino riding for any company other than Chocolate.  I know their transition to Fucking Awesome! is no longer breaking news, but I still instinctively link them to their […]

Vegan Bulletproof Coffee

Prep time: 1 minute.  Total time: 1 minute. What do bulletproof coffee and Santa Cruz skateboards have in common? Despite always vouching for the tried and true seven layers of maple, skateboarders have flirted with alternative deck technology more than they like to admit.  Every so often a board company will come out with purportedly […]

Tofu Chili Dogs and Watermelon “Feta” Salad

Fourth of July Feast: Tofu Chili Dogs and Watermelon “Feta” Salad It’s no secret that skateboarding is aggressively counterculture and increasingly global. We all start skateboarding for our own reasons, but in the thousands of people I’ve talked to and interviews I’ve read over the last seventeen years, the common trend is that skateboarding speaks […]

Battle at the Berries Cookies

(Blueberry and Raspberry Cookies) Prep time: 15 minutes.  Bake time: 10-12 minutes. I often argue with friends and family about how skateboarding is not a sport; chiefly among the many reasons I take that stance is that it’s almost impossible to score.  Some of the contest circuits have it down to a science, but, inevitably, […]

Bean Plant Shakie

Prep time: 3 minutes.  Cook time: none. I’m no skate historian.  I’ve tried to bone up on as many skateboarding history books as possible, but nothing really compares to being alive and shredding in the 70s and 80s.  Sadly, all my skateboarding history knowledge is from secondary sources, and, as such, tricks that involve grabbing […]

Black Bean Tempeh Bowl

Prep time: 20 minutes.  Cook time: 15 minutes. In 2006 I traveled through Oregon with my mom, grandma, younger brother and a friend of my mother’s visiting from Austria.  I had just graduated high school and while all my friends were road tripping together and sewing their wild oats before college, I was traveling with […]

The Green Goblin Smoothie

(Spinach and Almond Butter Smoothie) Prep time: 3 minutes What I said in my last post—that I would stop with the puns—was a bold-faced lie.  That said, unless you’re familiar with downtown Austin, this one may go right over your head.  I’ve never had the cajones to be a rail chomper.  Sure, I’ve done my […]