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Vote for America’s Best Town Ever

dweber posted this April 13th, 2015

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64 towns. 1 winner. You decide.

Outside Magazine’s Best Towns contest is back for the fifth year in a row. America’s most awesome towns go head-to-head, boasting their best attributes and proving that home really is where the heart is. So whether you’re a die-hard local or you just can’t stop thinking of that one summer getaway, YOU get to pick which town will be crowned Best Town 2015!

From mountain escapes to beachside getaways, powder hot spots to the dusty roads of the Wild West, Outside put together a bracket of their 60 favorite towns. But here’s the catch: They need four more towns to get to the top 64 towns, and they’re looking for your Wildcard Nominations via Instagram. If you have a favorite town with easy access to trails and wilderness, farmers’ markets and craft beers, great ‘hoods and friendly neighbors, then get to nominating!

How to nominate

  1. Upload your photos to Instagram. Use the hashtag #BestTowns2015 on each entry.
  2. Include the full name of your town and state in the description.
  3. You can enter as often as you want.
  4. If your town was one of the top 16 on our 2014 Best Towns list, sorry, it’s time to give someone else a chance.

Judging

  1. First and foremost, enter frequently and encourage your friends to enter too! We’ll keep a tally of the number of posts each town gets.
  2. Beauty, composition, and vibe in the photo all count. Dull, ugly or ill-framed images will be skipped.
  3. The number of likes an image gets matters – so tell your friends to like your pictures!
  4. In the image description, say why your town deserves the Wildcard spot but keep it brief – one or two lines is perfect.

Important Dates

  • Wildcard Nominations and voting starts at 8 a.m. EST on April 20, 2015.
  • Wildcard nomination and voting ends at 8 a.m. EST on April 30, 2015.
  • Start voting on the completed bracket on May 4, 2015.

Beginning May 4, all 64 towns will be up, so vote for your favorite towns. Each week is a new round and you can vote once per round for each matchup. And just to sweeten the deal, we’re giving away a new Toad&Co outfit every week to one lucky voter.  The winning teams will advance until only two towns remain then we’ll have a seven-day showdown to determine Outside‘s Best Town 2015!

3rd Annual Grilled Cheese Smackdown

dweber posted this April 7th, 2015

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We’re generally a pretty laid back bunch, but we take our grilled cheese very seriously. It all started in 2011 as a modest celebration for National Grilled Cheese Month when a handful of Toads claimed they could make the best grilled cheese. The results were downright delicious!

With a fire in our bellies and a hunger for more (and let’s face it, any excuse for a party), we decided to kick it up a notch: We forged the Golden Spatula Award – the highest honor to be bestowed upon a gourmand – and invited local businesses and non–profits to show us what they were cookin’ with. Boy, did they bring the heat. From Mac n’ Cheese filled ciabattas, to waffle ironed Monte Cristos, to a sandwich who’s popularity was only eclipsed by some very scandalous aprons, we’ve seen some serious chops displayed at the GCSD over the years.

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And like a fine cheddar, the Grilled Cheese Smackdown is just getting better with age. This year’s 3rd Annual Grilled Cheese Smackdown was the best yet: Our friends at The Organic Soup Kitchen set up a grilled cheese and tomato soup station, we whet our whistles with beer from our favorite local brewery, Telegraph Brewing Companyand we gathered around to watch 10 local teams throw down their gooiest, cheesiest, tastiest grilled cheeses in the battle for the coveted Golden Spatula.

Outside under the twinkle lights, friends popped from station to station sampling the award winning sammies, picking up tips and leaving high fives, while our team of esteemed judges had their hands (and mouths) full tasting creations from return competitors and a handful of rookies:

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For the third year in a row our friends at LoaTree came dressed to the nines and ready for a smackdow. LoaTree is a lifestyle company that profiles changemakers, builds community and inspires action through unique storytelling.

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Like most academics, the folks from UCSB’s Bren School have a scientific approach to the perfect grilled cheese. The Bren School is a graduate program focused on research, teaching, and community service related to solving environmental problems.

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Throwing their hat in the ring for the first time was the Direct Relief team who’s sammie, “Deliver a World of Gouda” was a crowd pleaser. Direct Relief is a medical aid organization that works to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty.

Rick and Kimberly, our trusty Dealer Services Manaager at Toad, went for Ricky's tried and true "Hot N'Sticky". The secret? mixing sriracha sauce INTO butter!

Rick and Kimberly, our trusty Dealer Services Manaager at Toad, went for Ricky’s tried and true “Hot N’Sticky”. The secret? mixing sriracha sauce INTO butter!

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C’est Cheese, our Year 1 champs came back to reclaim the crown with a killer breakfast grilled cheese. A family-run cheese shop and cafe in downtown Santa Barbara, these guys bring a whole new level of credibility to the Smackdown.

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They might be rookies to the GCSD, but the Deckers team made a veal grilled cheese that smacked of old school expertise! Deckers Outdoor Corporation designs, manufactures and markets innovative, function-oriented footwear developed for high-performance outdoor, sports and recreational activities.

Our neighbors, the Ontraport Team, had all the late night munchies in their "Dude, Where's My Grilled Cheese?" (Hot Cheetos, bacon, siracha, BBQ chips, gold fish crackers…). Ontraport supports entrepreneurs in delivering their value to the world by removing the burden of technology and automating their business.

Our neighbors, the Ontraport Team, had all the late night munchies in their “Dude, Where’s My Grilled Cheese?” (Hot Cheetos, bacon, siracha, BBQ chips, gold fish crackers…). Ontraport supports entrepreneurs in delivering their value to the world by removing the burden of technology and automating their business.

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The guys from Union Bank showed up with backup… Union Bank is dedicated to providing unparalleled service to customers, colleagues and communities. Grilled cheese included upon request.

Ian and Nina go together like bread and butter. Competing for Toad for the last three years, these two headed into Year 3 as the reigning champs.

Ian and Nina go together like bread and butter. Competing for Toad for the last three years, these two headed into Year 3 as the reigning champs!

Isabel and Daisy, the Toad copy writer, rounded out the Toad teams. Their Indian inspired "Dharcheesling" enlightened our tastebuds.

Isabel and Daisy, the Toad copy writer, rounded out the Toad teams. Their Indian inspired “Dharcheesling” enlightened our tastebuds.

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All said, it was a battle of epic proportions of cheese, pitting mozzarella vs. Munster, goat vs. Gouda, provolone vs. parmesan. Teams wowed with home grown veggies and perfectly golden crust, and we saw the most multicultural selection of grilled cheeses yet (Indian grilled cheese, anyone?). The competition was fierce but in the end there could only be one winner… reigning champs, Ian and Nina’s appropriately named El Jefe Chees-urito!  Let’s see if they’ll make it a three-peat at the 4th Annual Grilled Cheese Smackdown, or will a new victor be crowned?

Thanks to all the participants, judges, and spectators who made this year’s Smackdown such a success – we can’t wait for next year! In the meantime, here are a few recipes to tide you over…

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C’est Cheese’s Breakfast Grilled Cheese - The “Fancy Pants Award” 
Makes 1 sandwich:
1 grilled ancho chile cut in strips
Thin sliced ham
Aged white cheddar
Mild cheddar
2 slices sourdough bread
1 egg
Arugula
Butter

1. Butter the outside and inside of the bread. On the inside of one slice, layer ham and ancho chile strips (the more the spicier!)
2. Add one layer of mild cheddar then a layer of aged white cheddar. Top with other slice of bread and grill until cheese is melted. Meanwhile, poach an egg in boiling water.
3. Top perfectly grilled sandwich with a small handful of arugula and place poached egg in a nest of arugula. Yum!

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Ian & Nina’s El Jefe Chees-urito – The “Two Time Champ” Award 
Makes 5 sandwiches:
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 lb marinated Carne asada, cooked
1 cup of Dubliner cheese, shredded
1 cup of Irish cheddar
1 cup of jalapeño jack cheese, shredded
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 stick of butter, softened
1/4 carmelized onions
1 can red enchilada sauce
1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
sliced radishes soaked in an ice bath
sourdough bread, sliced
1 jar pickled carrots*
2 cups avocado whip**
1 bag cantina style tortilla chips
Limes cut in quarters

*To make Pickled Carrots: 5 carrots – peeled and sliced diagonally, 1.5 cups rice wine vinegar, 1/2 cup sugar, and a pinch of ginger, cumin, garlic powder and salt. Mix in a bowl, cover and let sit overnight.
** To make Avocado Whip: 3 avocados, 3 cloves of garlic and a pinch of salt. Toss into a food processor and mix until it’s light and airy.

1. Mix butter, caramelized onions, parmesan and chopped garlic. Slather the butter mixture on the outside of the sourdough bread slices.
2. On the bottom slice stack a handful of the dubliner, the cheddar and the jack. Next a layer of the Carne asada,then another handful of all three cheeses on top of that and top with about 5 crispy chips. Add the top slice of bread with the buttered side up.
3. Stick the sandwich in the back of a panini press and leave for about 6 minutes or until the bread is nice and crispy without being burned.
4. Let cool for two minutes and then cut in half diagonally. Drizzle with red enchilada sauce and top with cotija cheese. Serve with extra chips, avacado whip, pickled carrots, radishes and a lime wedge. Muy bien!

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Direct Relief’s Deliver a World of Gouda – The “Best Use of Branding Award”
Makes 4 sandwiches:
4 brioche rolls
1 cup cilantro butter**
1 cup BBQ Sauce (your favorite or homemade)
Smoked gouda cheese, sliced
2 cups BBQ Pulled Pork, cooked
1 jar Hooper’s Chili-Style Pickles
4 Direct Relief mozzeralla logos**
4 small square slices of Extra Sharp Cheddar
4 small square slices of Sharp Cheddar
4 small square slices of Gouda

*To make cilantro butter, combine in a food processor: 1 stick softened unsalted butter, 6 cloves chopped garlic, 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, 2 tbsp fresh lime juice, a pinch of salt and pepper.
**On a wide, thin slice of mozzarella, cut out the Direct Relief caduceus logo with a sharp knife (just be careful!)

1. Slice brioche rolls in half and coat the whole thing with cilantro butter.
2. Liberally Lather the bottom piece with BBQ sauce, then a layer of sliced gouda, then a handful of pulled pork, then a layer of sliced pickles, then another layer of gouda, and top with other half of the bun. Press in griddle until cheese is melted.
3. On the top of each grilled cheese, make the Direct Relief logo: A square of extra sharp cheddar in the top left, a square of sharp cheddar in the top right, a square of gouda in the bottom right, a square of sharp cheddar in the bottom left, and lay the mozzarella caduceus right in the middle. Hover the grill over the sandwich to broil the cheese until it melts!

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Daisy & Isabel’s The Darcheesling – The “New Age Award” 
Makes 2 sandwiches:
Fresh mozzarella log, sliced into 1/4″ thick rounds
2 cups spinach
1 sweet onion, sliced
4 slices of naan bread
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 jar masala sauce
1 jar mango chutney
1 jar spicy mint sauce*

To make spicy mint sauce, place in a food processor: 2 handfuls of mint, 2 handfuls of cilantro, juice from 2 limes, 3 serrano peppers, a pinch of salt for taste, and if it seems thick add a splash of water to loosen it up.

1. Mix the melted bunter and chopped garlic and spread on both sides of two pieces of naan bread.
2. In a skillet, saute onions and spinach with a splash of masala sauce.
3. on the inside of one naan, spread a layer of spicy mint sauce, then layer all the sautéed veggies. Top with a layer of mozzarella.
4. On the inside of the other naan spread a liberal amount of mango chutney. Place on top of the mozzarella and panini press until naan is crispy.
5. Warm up the masala sauce and pour into a ramekin. Pour remaining mango chutney and masala into ramekins. Cut sandwich in half and serve with the three dipping sauces.

Win a Trip to Chile & Argentina

dweber posted this March 27th, 2015

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Picture this: You and a friend hiking through the Andes, kicking back in glacial lakes, dancing the night away in Buenos Aires… Well that could become a reality because we’re kicking off our new Modern Travel Collection by sending two people to Chile & Argentina for 13-days of awesome. Oh, and we’ll toss in a new Toad&Co Modern Travel wardrobe for the trip too – because let’s face it, the days of the safari costume are over! Enter our Modern Travel Trip Sweepstakes NOW and you could be wandering the streets of Santiago in no time.

So why Chile & Argentina? Misty mountain ranges, crashing seasides, romantic rolling hills, unruly wildlife, pulsing cantinas… The Argentinians call it buena onda, or “good vibes”. We call it adventure.

WHAT TO DO IN CHILE & ARGENTINA

Pisco Sours
While the Peruvians will claim this cocktail as their own, Chileans are known for knocking back their signature spirit: the Pisco Sour. A mix of Pisco (a brandy distilled from grapes in the winemaking region of Chile) and fresh lime juice with a dash of simple syrup and an egg white for fizz, the Pisco Sour will put some hair on your chest. Santiago, the buzzing capital of Chile, slings a mean Picso since pride is on the line. Wander from barrio to barrio and try the variations on the classic cocktail.

Villarrica Volcano
Adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers will delight in Chile’s adventure capital, Pucon, in central Chile. World class mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, horse riding – whatever gets your blood pumping – it’s all in Pucon and it all comes with a killer view of smouldering Volcán Villarrica. Known locally as Rucapillán, it’s nickname is a Mapuche word meaning “House of the Pilán” or “House of the Spirit,” and it certainly lives up to it’s name. Villarrica is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes and the top is permanently covered by snow and giant glaciers. Pack a few layers and get spirited away.

Lanin National Park
After a few days traipsing the volcano, journey over the mighty Andes into Argentina. Drop by the country’s picturesque Lake District for some much needed R n’ R and a dip in one of its 24 glacial lakes. Flowing from lake to lake are hundreds of rivers and creeks bursting with salmon and trout. Hike amongst the grand Argentinian forests to the Mapuche reserves – home to the indigenous people who are known for their hospitality and stunning craftsmanship. And in case you’re missing the rumble of a volcano, Lanin Volcano is always there when you when you need it – all 3,776 meters of it.

Bariloche chocolates
Belgium, Switzerland, and Bariloche: The chocolate trifecta. Home to some of the world’s best chocolatiers, Bariloche is a sleepy mountain town with quaint, chalet-style wooden architecture and a serious sweet tooth. Back in the1800’s, German and Austrian immigrants came to Argentina looking for new opportunity and brought their time-honored recipes. Pop into the chocolate shops on Mitre Street, Bariloche’s main thoroughfare, for some of the most delicious chocolate you will ever try.

Empanadas 
Is there anything better than buttery, flakey pastry stuffed with goodies and eaten on the fly? Baked, fried, stuffed with meats and cheese, veggies or fruits, drizzled with honey or dipped in salsa – you really can’t go wrong with an Argentinian empanada. And though each region has it’s own take on the snack, Buenos Aires is the unquestionable heartland of empanadas strictly based on the sheer number of empanada shops in the city. Sample versions from the Tucuman Province (big and fried in oil), Salta Province (small and baked in clay ovens), Patagonia (seafood and lamb fillings), or the spicy empanadas of the Jujuy region. Whatever your preference, good luck stopping once you’ve started!

WHAT TO WEAR IN CHILE & ARGENTINA

Boarding Pass Short
Packed for any adventure, these shorts are up for anything: exploring the barrios, cruising the playas and scrambling around in the Andes. They’re styled like classic walking shorts but our performance Travel Twill fabric stretches, keeps you cool, blocks the sun (excellent UPF 40+), dries fast, and repels dirt and salsa stains.

Swifty Tank
In a word, the Swifty is smokin’. It wicks moisture and fends off UV rays with a dynamite fabric blend that feels soft as cotton (but it’s actually a rockin’ blend of polyester and green-tech Tencel®). Tiny stripes and curving seams boost the sizzle factor. And Swifty’s hidden zip pocket and generous shoulder coverage means you won’t lose your room key or show your bra straps when you’re hiking up a volcano.

Whirlwind Dress
After two days in Buenos Aires, your hips break loose and you start to walk like the locals do. Blame it on the music, the sunshine and this dress. Super-simple and free flowing, the Whirlwind Dress is made of two layers of cool, quick-dry fabric that handles heat, travel and water with ease. With an excellent 40+ UPF rating to block the burn and a super-secret stash pocket in between layers, the Whirlwind will have you walking to a new beat from sun up to sun down.

OnRush Polo 
Good looking, refined and ready for action. No, we’re not talking about the Argentine gauchos – we’re describing the Onrush polo. Our Onrush is designed for those who are ready to wrangle the day. Perfect for travel, a day on the trails, city cruising or a sea salt happy hour, the polyester drirelease® and organic cotton knit wicks moisture and keeps you dry and looking muy bien all day long.

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ENTER NOW! Sweepstakes ends 4/14/2015 

Botanic Gardens

dweber posted this March 19th, 2015

On a recent February day Team Toad spent a sunny morning pulling non-native plants at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden as part of our Do The Right Thing initiative. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is just a skip up the hill from our headquarters, nestled amongst the Santa Ynez mountains and home to 10 unique gardens, a Native American creek dam, and one very impressive wildflower meadow.

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As many as 6,550 species and varieties of plants (collectively referred to as taxa), are believed to be native to the state of California. Of that, 2,270 taxa are found no where else in the world and 1,120 species are considered endangered. Invasive plant species, or weeds, pose a major threat to these endangered native species.

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Invasive species are characterized by their adaptability to new environments and aggressive growth within those environments. Without nature’s checks and balance system (like seasonal weather or hungry insects), one small weed can turn into a big problem. Especially in California where water is a hot (or cool) commodity, weeds are taking over prime soil real estate and pushing native species to the brink.

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Although they can look like lovely wildflowers or clovers to the untrained eye, weeds can do some serious damage. Without a thriving native plant population, other wildlife that depends on native plants may migrate or die out, leaving a big imbalance in a fragile ecosystem. So when invasive plants become too unruly for mother nature, that’s when a little bit of man power goes a long way.

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After a hours of weeding and a few trips to the compost bin, there was only one thing left to do: Enjoy the gardens. Ok, there were lots of things left to do – it’s a ravenous invasive species, after all… To learn more about the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens and California’s native plant species, visit www.sbbg.org. If you’re not in California contact your regional botanic garden or arboretum about volunteer opportunities. Trust us, you’ll benefit just as much from a morning pulling weeds as the garden will!

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Happy (Extra) Hour

dweber posted this March 9th, 2015

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An extra hour of sunlight means getting outside after work, more sunset walks, a hearty garden and an extra hour of happy hour! Ok, maybe not an extra hour, but isn’t Daylight Savings a great excuse to whip up a pitcher of margaritas and unwind with good company?

The Mint Tangerita

3 tangerines, peeled
1 cucumber, diced
1 handful of fresh mint
1 cup fresh lime juice
3 cups sparking water
2 cups Cazadores tequila

In a pitcher, muddle together tangerines, cucumber and mint. Add lime juice, sparkling water and tequila. Mix well, pour over ice, salud!

Travel Inspiration: Just Go For It

dweber posted this March 5th, 2015

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The travel bug always strikes me in the middle of the work week. Somewhere between my morning emails and the 3rd cup of coffee, my mind starts to wander to days spent meandering cobblestone streets, washing clothes in bathroom sinks, sipping dreamy cappuccinos at cafes with names I can’t pronounce… Traveling is exciting and, although not always relaxing, it’s always memorable. It’s those memories – of the places we’ve been and the people we get to know along the way – that give us something to daydream about and work toward.

Our friends over at the travel blog Wonderlust and Lipstick summed up this feeling perfectly in a recent post, Traveling Inspiration: Why You Should Just Go For It. No matter how simple your next trip, shaking up your daily routine is good for the body and mind. Grab a bag, toss in a few layers, set an away message and off you go.

Modern Travel: Montreal

dweber posted this February 26th, 2015

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Living up to its nickname as la metropole du Quebec, Montreal is Canada’s cool older sister – artistic, outdoorsy, modern and eccentric. Established in 1611 as a French trading post on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, Montreal is situated on an island, surrounded by more islands, with a mountain smack dab in the middle of it all. The unique geography of Montreal makes it an urban hiker’s paradise – full of winding alleyways, gorgeous river walks and an endless selection of patisseries. Do what the locals do and grab a snack on the go (Montreal bagels have long rivaled the infamous New York bagel), stroll the old industrial Lachine Canal and get your groove on at a random street festival (Montreal has hundreds of festivals every year, so you’re bound to stumble upon one). Explore the old Victorian epicenter in Vieux-Port, find oddities in Little Burgundy, traverse the paths of Mont-Royal, settle into a warm café au lait in Plateau Mont-Royal, then grab a cold one and practice your French in the taverns of Mile End. Wherever you end up in Montreal, you’ll surely feel a joie de vivre!

WHAT TO DO IN MONTREAL

Mont-Royal Park
Every great city has a great park: London has Hyde Park, New York has Central Park, and Montreal has Mont-Royal (un-coincidently designed by the same man who did Central Park!). But unlike those other flat parks, Mont-Royal features eleven miles of pathways and staircases that twist up to a stunning observatory at the top. Pack your sneakers and walk your way from the heart of downtown to the summit or rent snowshoes, tobogons and ice skates at Lac Au Castor Pavillion along Beaver Lake. Regardless of weather, there is no shortage of activity or enthusiastic Montrealers in Mont-Royal Park, so plan to spend a few hours in the true heart of the city – it’s where you’re sure to experience Montreal the local way.

La Banquise
No trip to Montreal is complete without getting a plate of piping hot poutine – the potatoey, cheesy, gravy-drenched unofficial (but sort of official) dish of Canada. Whether you’re new to poutine or straight up addicted, La Banquise is the place to start. Get La Classique (fries/gravy/cheese curds) or branch out and try one of the more adventurous variations. Go for the La T-Rex – a smorgasbord of meats – or opt for La Elvis, the unquestionable King of Poutine. Dense. Smoky. Delicious. Yum.

Marché Jean-Talon
If you like farmer’s markets, then Marche Jean-Talon is your Mecca. Although it’s one of the biggest public markets in North America, it’s approachable, local and still has a country market feel: Rows upon rows of vibrant produce beg to be photographed, friendly vendors offer samples or sightseeing tips, and the cheese displays are definitely something to write home about. Grab a smoked meat sandwich (4” thick – it’s a Montreal specialty), try a scoop of fresh hazelnut ice cream, hit the crepe stalls, shuck Atlantic oysters, or even try the taco stall in the center of the market (yes there are tacos, and yes they are delicious). And like any authentic farmers market, this one is cash only and one of the best deals in town.

Dieu Du Ciel
Dieu du Ciel represents everything that is awesome about Montreal: Quality (both the beer and the people), relaxed, down-to-earth and cheap! And just like it’s name implies, the beer is positively divine. One sip of their Peche Mortel and you’ll know why they named the joint “God of Heaven.” For the size of the microbrewery, they manage to produce a huge selection of international award winning beers: The hibiscus beer and, ironically, the American IPA are big crowd pleasers, though you really can’t go wrong with any of their seasonal ales. It’s not exactly a well-kept secret that DDC makes awesome beer, so space is limited and prepare to get cozy with your neighbors. But what Dieu Du Ciel doesn’t offer in floor space they make up for with a certain je ne sais quoi… or maybe it’s just good ol’ fashioned beer.

Parc-nature du-Bois-de-l’ile Bizard 
It might be a mouthful to say, but Bois-de- I’ile Bizard Park is simply gorgeous. Located on an island just northwest of downtown Montreal, this large nature preserve is reminiscent of the great Canadian woods that grace old postcards and cookie tins. Snowshoe or cross country ski amongst the sugar maples, cedar groves and marshes. Stop on the footbridge over lac des Deux-Montagnes for some casual beaver and bird watching. Walk the miles of pathways and take in the tranquility– tres magnifique!

WHAT TO WEAR IN MONTREAL

Wisper Double Tank
Worn on its own or peeking out from under a sweater, the quiet elegance of the Wisper Double Tank lives up to its soft-spoken name. Two layers of silky, eco-friendly Tencel®, with a hint of forgiving spandex and bra-friendly straps, make this tank a travel must. With Wisper’s pretty draped neckline, you’ll be dressed-up enough for a dinner date even after hours traversing Mont-Royal.

Boarding Pass Pant
It’s a full plane and you’ve got the middle seat between two lumberjacks – but somehow you’re still smiling. You can thank your pants for the breezy attitude. Our Boarding Pass Pant is made of Travel Twill: a soft, light and stretchy blend of cotton/poly/spandex that maintains its shape and character over the long haul. There’s a stealth zip pocket to stash your travel essentials and the fabric is water, oil and stain resistant to avert evidence of dining disasters (Poutine isn’t exactly the daintiest of foods…).

Allisa Dress
With gas prices so low, why not take a spur-of-the-moment trip? Of course you’ll say yes when you’ve got the Allisa Dress. Tossing on this simple, functional dress is as easy as slipping into your favorite T-shirt, but gives you travel-worthy panache. Made from an uber-soft blend of organic cotton and poly, you’ll get plenty of coverage with the double-layer skirt and the stretchy waist can be worn high or low for maximum versatility (and minimalist packing). Toss on a pair of fun printed leggings, stash your passport in Allisa’s hidden pocket and get on your way.

Livingstone Shirt
This shirt is a mild-mannered button-front designed for wild-mannered adventures. Transition easily from one environment to the other – coffee, hike, bike, pub, grub, repeat. Made of Tencel® Sun, cotton and polyester, the lightweight fabric wicks moisture, traps sweat, dries fast and resists wrinkles nicely. A hidden zip sleeve on the chest pocket is perfect for stashing cash or passports, and just like Montreal locals, this shirt will maintain its composure and functionality all day long. Trés bon!

Horny Toad Becomes Toad&Co

dweber posted this January 27th, 2015

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Shakespeare said it best, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” So on January 27, Horny Toad changed its name and became Toad&Co. It’s something we’ve been thinking about for a long time and we’re really excited to start 2015 with a new name – one that sounds just as sweet. It’s a truer reflection of who we are, where we’re going and the great partners we’re proud to call our “Co.”

We’ll always love the name Horny Toad. We’re super proud of what we’ve accomplished with that name and it will always remind us of our Telluride roots. We’ve come a long way since that first hat was sewn 24 years ago, so we put a lot of consideration into our new name: We kept what’s best about being a Toad – our fun spirit, our commitment to great product and doing good – and added a nod to the partners we’re proud to call our &Co. That means our customers, employees, retailers and reps, the non-profits we support and like-minded companies we hang out with – you’re the company we keep. The name Toad&Co makes a lot of sense when you look at it that way.

Toad&Co says it all: More than just making clothes, we’re a company committed to making socially and environmentally smart choices; we value the important work of the individuals and organizations we support; we think living well and doing good are one and the same; and we believe that anything worth doing is better with good company. While this may seem like a big change, it’s important to know that nothing about our company is changing. We’re still the same great company, with the same great product and the same great people that make us who we are. Thanks for being part of it — you’re gonna love the new Toad.

Snap a Pic, Win a Shirt

dweber posted this January 15th, 2015

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From Horny Toad to Toad&Co, you’ve always been in good company. We believe that anything worth doing is worth sharing with friends, so we’re all about Keeping Good Company – and that means you. As a thank you for being part our Co for all these years, we’re giving away Keep Good Company Tees to the first 50 people to post a selfie wearing your favorite Horny Toad threads. Tag us @hornytoadactivewear with #KeepGoodCompany on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to win

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Cheers to a Great Year

dweber posted this December 29th, 2014

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2014 was an awesome year for Team Toad: We got settled into our new headquarters, hired a few new faces from all over the country, hit the slopes and surf, and even found time to hang out with an elephant. We’re pretty excited about the big things coming up in 2015, and if it’s anything like 2014 then we’re in for a great year!

2014 by the Numbers…

New Hires: 8
Volunteer Hours: 1,200
Gallons of espresso made: 60
Baby Toads born: 3
# of Toads who cleaned up Mission Creek: 33 Toads, or 100% of the office!
Hours of pre-work surf-sessions: 208
Renewable Energy Certificates Purchased: 14
Smoothies made: 4,004
New office pups: 2
Pounds of organic food scraps composted at headquarters: 312
# of momos (aka: Tibetan dumplings) made by our accounting department: 2,000
# of Paintings sold at the Search for Adventure benefit auction: 36
Grilled cheese entries in the 2014 Grilled Cheese Smackdown: 7
# of panini presses in the kitchen at all times: 4
Toad weddings: 2
Lunch & Learns: 10 (highlights include Inside a Factory, The Wonderful World of Composting, Insights from a Yarn Bomber, The Environmental Defense Center, Mountainfilm in Telluride Screening)
Kegs of local beer consumed: 12
# of Bowling lanes in our office: 1 (it’s our bar!)

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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A very Toady Halloween

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Momos! An awesome homemade Himalayan lunch from our finance department


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Cheese. Bread. Butter. Win.


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Steve and his new bride, Michaela, when Team Toad met Team Elephant


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Eradicating invasive plants with the Backyard Collective

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How many Toads does it take to move a bowling lane?