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The Grin vs the Jam

6 Apr

I’m into longboarding a lot these days.
I love to clean the wheels, chase the squeaking away, switch bearings, … In short, I need tools.

I treated myself with the Grind by Leatherman ($20). I love it. It’s design, small, light, in two part so perfect when I need to tight the trucks to the board.

The Grind presents a total of 8 tools

  • a grip tape file,
  • 9/16″ open end wrench,
  • truck key,
  • 1/4″ hex bit driver,
  • 1/2″ open end wrench,
  • 3/8″ open end wrench,
  • 1/2″ flat/philipps screwdriver
  • and of course … a bottle opener.

It’s a great tool to drop in the pocket of my bermuda, but I already lost it once (I bought a 2nd one), then I discovered the Jam ($20) still by our friends from Oregon Leatherman.

The Jam is a 5 tools in one with

  • a gripe tape file,
  • 1/16″open end wrench,
  • 1/2″ open wrench,
  • 3/8 open end wrench
  • and … the bottle opener.

What I really do like about the Jam is that you can use it as a carabiner too … I don’t loose it as easily as the Grind and I hang it at my backpack. I always have with me even if I switch bermuda 😉

Then I needed to change my bearings and I couldn’t do it neither with my Jam nor Grind as my wheels are deep … I had to go back to the standard T-shape skate tool with its wrench (starting price $5 on Amazon). I unscrewed my wheels in no time, using the wrench.Photo Apr 05, 7 27 01 PM

To sum up, the Grind and Jam are cool, stylish and easy to carry around but the one really doing the job is the t-shape skate tool (that I keep home). Use the metal allen key in the t-shape tool to pop the bearings out (can’t be easier).PS: both the Grind and the Jam are TSA compliant!

Photo Apr 05, 7 29 35 PMDon’t forget to check out

  • I met Pete, my visit to Pete iand Hamboards HQ in Huntington Beach!
  • Hamboards official website
  • The Grind and the Jam on the Leatherman official website

PS: Thanks Pete for all your advices!

Keep on driving and don’t forget to toast …

22 Jul

Photo 16-07-13 4 40 47 PMIt all started in New york and its hot dogs and Los Angeles with its tacos. In Belgium we didn’t have trucks but “Frit kots” (a cabin which sells french frites) and “charettes a escargots” (a wheeled table with a hot pot of sea snails boiling all day long).
Now, the food trucks revolution is on, and many food trucks are operating in Paris, London, … and even Brussels. I love food trucks, I would dream of a bubble tea food truck stopping in front of the office … Maybe one day …

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Anyway, I met Jean-Baptiste, the dynamic owner of @keepontoasting on a market in Brussels last Sunday and he told me his story from the kitchen to the steering wheel of his truck to sell the best toasties in the country!

How did you decided to go on the road and buy your truck ? Tell us about your truck ? The customisations you did.

The foodtruck industry is big in the US and in Asia already, I thought there were no reason that Belgian customers can’t get a decent Photo 16-07-13 4 42 56 PMmeal on the street.
So I decided to use my experience as a skilled cook to improve the current offer.

The truck is a tailor-made brandnew one that a bought from a specialised company. There are two big fridges, another for the drinks and a large gas griddle to cook the toasties.

Why did you chose to become the specialist of the toast ?

Gourmet toastie or grilled cheese is a classic that everyone can rely to.
But it’s very customisable as a dish so I can show my creativity to surprise and impress customers.

The menu is rich and changes depending on the market.
The bread is made with spelt flour and bio veggies, … Jean-Baptistery cares about you and uses the best products for his toasties.
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How does you day looks like ?

I wake up early around 5am then I go to the garage. The baker delivers my spelt bread directly in the truck there.
Then I start to ride the truck to the early market at 6am to get the best daily vegetables, dairy products and meat. I go park at the day’s location to prepare the toasties and the daily dessert. I usually open from noon to 2pm and elsewhere from 5pm to 9pm.

Where can we find you ?

You can easily find the truck on a daily basis on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. The weekly schedule is on the website http://www.keepontoasting.be

Into good street food ? So start chasing the food trucks around the world, my favorites are
In NYC,
@waffletruck, the best Belgian waffles in the world!
@PhilSteaks, the authentic Philly Cheesesteak

In Paris,
@lecamionquifume, the specialist of the burger on wheels
@cantinecali, the 1st bio food truck

In Brussels,
@keepontoasting, the best toasties
@welovemellow, frozen yogurt truck

In Miami,
@bobastation, the bubble tea truck

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