THE AUGUST CHALLENGE: FOOD

Food? What kind of challenge is that? Food isn’t a challenge; it’s a basic necessity of life itself. What next? An oxygen challenge?”

Pretty freaky how I can read your minds, eh? But yeah, I get it. Food is everywhere and most of us Cycle365-ers are lucky enough to be able to eat it at least a couple times every day. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for millions of people throughout the world. This, however, is not the place to get up on the soapbox about world hunger. All I want to do with this challenge is celebrate food and, in the process, maybe remind us all not to take it for granted.

I know I’ve bragged about this before but, just to refresh your memories, I’m kind of a genius when it comes to food knowledge. I’m also a celebrity chef with a food blog that has many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many fans. It boggles the mind when I think about how every one of those “many’s” has an equivalent number of dedicated readers. I think the inter-web has a term for people like me who have upwards of 8-10 hits on any given post. It means I’ve gone viral — like a virus.

So it shouldn’t surprise anybody that I’ve chosen FOOD to be the topic for this month’s challenge.

My first thought for the challenge was to divide it into three separate ten-day challenges. I wisely scrapped that idea, though, and opened things up to accommodate everyone’s individual opportunities. That’s the kind of inclusive thinking that makes me the PEOPLE’S Challenge Czar.

Here are the three ideas I had for the 10-day challenges. As I said, the good news is that you can post them ANY time during the month.

  • Take a picture of a food source before it actually becomes food. Like a herd of pigs. Or a grove of peaches. Or a crop of turnips. Or a patch of wild blueberries. Or a nest of ostrich eggs.
  • Take a picture of a local restaurant. Extra credit goes to pictures of menus posted out front. I am truly interested in what people in your part of the world like to eat. If there isn’t a menu posted outside the door, you get extra-extra credit for going inside, asking for a menu, and taking a picture of it. Extra-extra-extra credit can be earned by posting a review of your restaurant experience.
  • Have a picnic while on a bike ride and take a picture. You don’t have to be cooking hotdogs on the public grill or anything. (But I admit it would be cool to see you cooking something at the park.) Your picnic picture can be as simple as eating a tangerine at a picnic table.

More good news. All that stuff above is optional. You can do any one of them or none of them. You can post anything you want that is related to food. Grocery stores, recipes, food pareidolias in clouds, personal stories related to food . . . whatever you want. And none of your reports will be graded by me or any other fake teacher. All I ask is that you please try to include your bicycle whenever possible. Thank you.

I took this picture on one of my tours. As a restaurant, it’s good to be “famous for good food.” (If they do say so themselves.) It wouldn’t be so good if the sign read “famous for giant rats and cockroaches,” but it might be funnier.

P.S. I thank you all for your participation in last month’s challenge, and I’m proud to say that everybody graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors — except me.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

19 response to "THE AUGUST CHALLENGE: FOOD"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: July 29, 2021

    Great idea! Are beverages food? In Bavaria beer is considered a staple.

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 29, 2021

      Not all beverages are food, but beer definitely is. Thank you for the question.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: July 29, 2021

    I get confuse easily. You say you THOUGHT of doing it in three 10 day challenges but decide to not do that.

    Later you say here are the rules for the 10 day challenge.

    Is this a 10 day challenge or challenge for the whole month. I did say that I get confused easily.

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 29, 2021

      You got me worried about what I said, so went back to check things out. I think I stated what I meant, but let me clarify. The three bullet points were ideas I had for three separate challenges. I changed my mind. Those ideas (more of a wish list actually) can be used anytime during the entire month of August. And they are just suggestions — NOT rules. You don’t have to implement any of those suggestions if you don’t want to. The gist of the challenge is to post anything you want that is related to food.

      • By: NancyG Posted: July 29, 2021

        Thanks Greg — I will enjoy the foodie searching. ;’-)

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 29, 2021

    The new challenge sounds like a real wiener! 🙂

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 30, 2021

      You sure are a hotdog when it comes to puns. Sorry to be so frank. Maybe some day I’ll be able to ketchup to your punniness.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: July 30, 2021

    You certainly have a different persona with the cowboy hat, the cornsilk comb-over and the chef(!) hat. I think you should share some recipes along the way since you are head chef. They had rutabaga (called swedes over here) on sale very cheap here some weeks back, and I did think that someone would be happy making pasties.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: July 30, 2021

      I agree with Em, this is your chance to showcase what you cook. After riding upstairs to the bathroom, riding into the kitchen should be no problem.

      • By: gregblood Posted: July 30, 2021

        That’s right, Suzanne. Instead of pedaling up the stairs and turning left down the hallway, all I have to do is pedal up the stairs, turn right, and there I am . . . in my kitchen domain.

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 30, 2021

      Yes, lately I seem to be a man who wears many hats. I have almost as many hats as alter-egos, I think. And I DO have every intention of sharing recipes (including pasties with Swede) and other useless food knowledge from my new & improved cooking blog on Blogspot. Also, I’ll have to introduce one of those aforementioned alter-egos — Chef G. — the star of my blog.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: July 30, 2021

    I’m not surprised at all it’s a food challenge, sounds like fun. Hey, every journey starts with one step and as your first, inaugural Youtube subscriber I confidently predict in the distant future you might become an influencer.

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 30, 2021

      I thank you for your continued support, Led. As it turned out, my movie-making career didn’t pan out on YouTube as successfully as I hoped it would. I had visions of being the Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Coen Brothers and Ken Burns of 7-to-90-second films. That’s why I am now concentrating on becoming the next Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Andreus Viestad, and Rachel Ray of celebrity chef-ery.

  6. By: NancyG Posted: July 31, 2021

    I know, I know. I said I get it! But just so that I am more clear in my own head: 1. we do not need to do the three categories in order. Right? 2. we can do as many things that fit each category over the month of August. Right? 3. we can post anything we find that fits the category at any time. Right? and 4. we can add any other food thing that we might find that does not fit in any category. Right?

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 31, 2021

      You are 100% right on all four points. And here’s a fifth point: You don’t even have to do anything from those three categories at all if you don’t want to. They’re a few things I’d like to see, but they are in no way a requirement.

  7. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 31, 2021

    Gee, Chef G, this is so complicated I don’t get it. Do we have to plant the food? Do we have to grow the food? Do we have to harvest the food? Do we have to cook the food? Do we have to eat the food? Do donuts, HoHos, and Twinkies count? How about Little Debbies? Wait. Now I’m hungry. Never mind. I gotta go down to the Seven-‘Leven.

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 1, 2021

      The answer to all of your questions is “YES.” Since you’re going to the 7-11 anyway, could you pick me up a Big Gulp?

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 1, 2021

      The answer to your question is also “YES.” The more food for thought, the better.

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