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Shaka Burrito comes to New Brunswick

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After a longer-than-expected premises renovation period, Shaka Burrito opened its doors in New Brunswick last week. The wait was well worth it.

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Located on the corner of Route 27 and Spring Street (street address 120 Albany Street), the space has a cheerful, easygoing ambiance. The staff is friendly, the Pipeline Beef Rice Bowl I ordered was excellent. I took half of it home, along with a nice Shaka keychain recycled from a wetsuit neoprene.

Shaka Burrito opens in New Brunswick
Shaka Burrito opens in New Brunswick
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Modular bike routes

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[UPDATE June 14, 2014] I created a composite map of all five modules (loops). All loops are displayed with the same line symbol (red semi-transparent). Since some route segments are part of more than one loop, some segments appear darker than others. I hope this makes sense.

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All routes begin and end at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park (blue point marker). Click on the map below for a higher-resolution image. I will add route descriptions soon.

All five loops bike route module map Start-Finish point
All five loops bike route module map Start-Finish point

Some tech info for the geonerds: I collected the route data using my Google Nexus 4 phone and the Google My Tracks app (thanks to for the app recommendation). The app’s KMZ files proved to be somewhat unyielding to work with (thanks to for helping with that), so I ended up exporting the data as GPX (another Terry Stigers suggestion).

Next I used QGIS 2.2.0-Valmiera (64-bit) with the OpenLayers plugin to display the “tracks” segments of my GPX files over a Google Physical layer base map.

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[UPDATE June 08, 2014] Another bike route module has been mapped. Johnson Park (Loop 5) is 4.88 miles long, and begins and ends at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park. Map below, .

In the next few days I will publish a composite map of all five modules along with general description of each.

Johnson Park (Loop 5) bike route module map
Johnson Park (Loop 5) bike route module map

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[UPDATE June 01, 2014] Another bike route module has been mapped. Rutgers Busch – Golf Course (Loop 4) is 5.84 miles long, and begins and ends at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park. Map below, . More modules, detailed route descriptions, and a composite map to follow in the next few days.

Rutgers Busch - Golf Course (Loop 4) bike route module map
Rutgers Busch – Golf Course (Loop 4) bike route module map

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[UPDATE May 31, 2014] Another bike route module has been mapped. Rutgers Busch (Loop 3) is 3.86 miles long, and begins and ends at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park. Map below, . More modules, detailed route descriptions, and a composite map to follow in the next few days.

Rutgers Busch (Loop 3) bike route module map
Rutgers Busch (Loop 3) bike route module map

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[UPDATE May 26, 2014] Another bike route module has been mapped. Rutgers Golf Course (Loop 2) is 4.11 miles long, and begins and ends at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park. Map below, . More modules, detailed route descriptions, and a composite map to follow in the next few days.

Rutgers Golf Course (Loop 2) bike route module map
Rutgers Golf Course (Loop 2) bike route module map

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Inspired by , who designs modular software and cooks modular meals, I decided to design a modular bike route and share it with my fellow cyclists in the New Brunswick/Highland Park area. The idea is to compile a number of short bike routes that begin and end at the same point, which will allow cyclists to combine different modules into a composite ride of their choice.

I just completed the first module — Rutgers Livingston (Loop 1). The route is 6.02 miles long, and begins and ends at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park. Map below, . More modules, detailed route descriptions, and a composite map to follow in the next few days.

Rutgers Livingston (Loop 1) bike route module map
Rutgers Livingston (Loop 1) bike route module map

 

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BurgerFi opens in New Brunswick

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I love a burger that’s good and cheap, and delivers the goods. Today the chain opened their first New Jersey location . The place was packed around 1 pm. I went with the top menu entry — the BurgerFi® Burger ($5.57) — and Fresh Cut Fries ($2.97). BurgerFi also serves beer (bottled and draft) and wine (by the glass or bottle).

Overall, the place felt happy. Good food, good value. I’ll be a regular.

BurgerFi New Brunswick NJ opening
BurgerFi New Brunswick NJ opening

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Winter storm Hercules in New Brunswick, New Jersey — January 2014; triptych

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And the snow fell, and it got colder, and the car got buried in snow, and it was beautiful.

Winter storm Hercules January 2014 New Brunswick New Jersey triptych
Winter storm Hercules January 2014 New Brunswick New Jersey triptych
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Clover at Starbucks

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My friend Justin convinced me to give the new a shot. Clover is not yet available in all Starbucks stores, but the  has it.

I liked the coffee, but I doubt I could tell the difference in a double-blind test. The brewing process, however, is a spectacle to behold. Below is a 15-second video of the Clover machine being worked by my favorite barista, Clarissa.

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Rutgers clock

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I took this picture at E minutes past R o’clock last night, in front of the Barnes & Noble at Rutgers bookstore in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey. I was home by U.

Rutgers clock on Barnes and Noble facade
Rutgers clock on Barnes and Noble facade

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The Cyclenox

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If you are unfamiliar with (new website coming soon is ), it is because I just invented it an hour ago.

Cyclenox is a New Brunswick/Highland Park cycling meetup event happening twice a year, loosely coinciding with the vernal and the autumnal  (hence Cyclenox, get it?). The idea is to meet fellow cycling enthusiasts from our area and perhaps go for a ride together.

The Vernal Cyclenox 2013 will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Highland Park, New Jersey. Ideas and suggestions for the event are welcome, either in the comments below (preferable), or by email to atanas@entchev.com.

I look forward to the event — seeing old friends, and making new ones. I have created a — please add yourself if you are planing to attend.

Vernal Cyclenox 2013 Highland Park New Jersey
Vernal Cyclenox 2013 Highland Park New Jersey

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