Posted by Lauren
Big news, guys. Kyle and I got a place!
With TWELVE other people!
I ran that joke by Kyle and he said “no one thinks you’re funny.”
Two winters ago, I joined a few friends and split a 4-month lease on a cabin in north lake Tahoe. Although the upfront cost is kinda high, there are so many benefits to being 1/12 of a ski lease. You only need to bring your ski gear up one time, you don’t have to deal with bargain hotel rooms, you have a full kitchen to cook with, and all your friends can stay in one place….. scenes from 2011:
I loved being a part of the lease in 2011, but couldn’t commit last year due to a new job with limited PTO. That worked out just fine since the snow sucked. This year, however, I was eager to rejoin the ski crew! My dad taught me how to ski at a fairly young age and we made family trips up to the snow often. I attempted snowboarding once, but never caught on. I love to hit the slopes, glide through fresh powder, and experience the thrill of runs that might be a lil’ too dangerous. I like that feeling of looking over a steep precipice and just, doing it.
When in doubt, do the pizza and you’ll be fine. (This rule also applies to addressing hunger pains.)
Didn’t little kids in the 90s have the best ski suit color options? Anyways… get ready for a lot of Tahoe posts over the next 15 weeks!
After work, Kyle and I drove to Tahoe for our very first ski weekend of the season. Along the way we stopped at East Oakland’s Organic Choice.
Kyle gave me a few options as we drove north on 880. Chipotle or a “smoothie soup greek place with lots of options.” The latter sounded more unique, so that’s how we ended up at this curious spot called Organic Choice.
Essentially, it was similar to a “food court”, with stalls for smoothies, Mexican food, Greek food, crepes (and I think Chinese food). Their menu was basic, yet varied, with enough choices to satisfy everyone you’re with. Organic Choice serves up to 90% organic fruits and vegetables and their organic juices are made with only fresh fruit. They also have complimentary wi-fi for customers.
Kyle chose the chicken burrito and sliced it open.
The salsa bar was an unexpected, but nice, touch.
I ordered the combo dinner plate, with beef and chicken gyro. It came with three slices of pita bread, salad, and rice dolmas.
We both enjoyed the burrito and Greek combo plate. Unfortunately, as you can see above, we were literally the only two people there. The restaurant was bright, clean, recently remodeled…. what gives? I’m sure the adjacent Subway was poppin’ with footlong fanatics. The guy who made our food was super helpful, nice, and thankful for our business.
Bottom Line: if you’re in the East Bay, please give this place a shot. It needs more patrons!
Question: Do you ski or snowboard? Have you ever? Why or why not?