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End of the Snowboard Season

7 Apr

We’re well into April now and the winter snow has turned into spring slush. My legs have never been this achey – I spent over an hour and a half foam rolling my quads last week. =( On the plus side the lift lines are short and the snow is soft for me to practice little jumps.

I bought a weekday season pass to Stevens for next year. It costs the equivalent of 4 trips, so not too much of an investment, and it also lets me ride for free for the remainder of the season.

The other thing I splurged on were new bindings which are awesome – they’re Rome Madisons (Madisons? More like Radisons). James and Kyoto mounted them for me.

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I tested them out at Crystal a couple of weeks ago with Caroline, and there’s such a difference compared to my old bindings. My heelside turns in particular are way smoother and I feel like I have a lot more control. The only downside is that they’re slightly heavier, but it’s worth it to not spend several minutes before and after (and sometimes during!) a run fiddling with my bindings. With the way my (and Mike’s) bindings fell apart I’m never going to buy anything K2 again.

But anyway, it was great hanging out with Caroline, and pretty cool to see the aftermath of the in-bounds avalanche.
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Also last week James and I went to Stevens and he brought his snowboard instead of the skis he’s been on all season. Even though it was a Saturday there were no lift lines and crowds so we got a lot of runs in. It took him maybe 3 runs to get the hang of it again. I think his knees are OK as long as he doesn’t snowboard regularly during the season.

He waved, but was otherwise too cool to look at me. =(
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Afterwards we had Ethiopian food at Altaye in Rainier Beach (not actually a beach). I need to eat Ethiopian food more often because man, it is delicious and cheap.
IMG_3520Depending on the snow I might head out one or two more times this season. There’s less urgency now that I can snowboard as much as I want next season (and now that my legs are getting destroyed in a single run).

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Bay Area Holiday: Day 3 (Addis & Berkeley)

9 Aug

Addis
6100 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

In the morning we all helped with the post-party clean-up and James and I packed our clothes to move onto the next leg of our trip. We headed to Berkeley and stopped for some great Ethiopian food at Addis, which is a bit away from the main area.

I’m just going to say it now: Addis was the most unexpectedly good food we had while we were in the Bay Area. Not that everything else wasn’t great, but we had high expectations for them already. Addis was like “we’ll see how we go” and it was fantastic!

We doubled up on the combo platter (I think around $24 each) which were supposed to feed two each. When it came out, the food was freaking enormous.

Look at the size of it compared to Joel’s hands!

I can’t remember exactly what was there – there was yedoro wot (a chicken and hardboiled egg dish) and I think we also got yesega wot (spicy beef) and yesega alicha (less spicy beef), plus gomen (collared greens), yemeser wot (spicy lentils), alicha denich (carrots and potatoes), shiro wot (split peas), house-made cheese and a green salad.

Also some bread to eat it with.

Look at the texture! It was simultaneously flat and spongy, almost a bit like an airier un-sweet pancake.

I’ve never had Ethiopian food before so this was all a bit of an exciting mystery to me. We tore off bits of bread and used it to pinch off bits of meat from the communal platter. Everything was soooo good! OK I didn’t try the salad but everything else was good! We just kept pinching bits of meat and stuffing ourselves.

Nancy and I both really liked the cheese – it was a nice sour counterpoint to the meat. Surprisingly James was a big fan of the lentils (and you know it’s a big deal when James compliments lentils).

I reckon you easily go three to a platter – maybe even four if you’re light eaters. After we’d all desperately stuffed ourselves the plate still looked like it had hardly been touched:

James had what he termed a “taco hangover” so was unable to help his usual amount.

If you’re in the area I reckon Addis is definitely worth going to. I really need to stop blogging around lunchtime because looking at all that food is making me so wistful.

After we rolled ourselves out the door we had a poke around the Berkeley campus. American universities are so much more expensive than Aussie ones! There’s also a lot more school spirit – people actually walk around wearing their school logo. You can get bumper stickers, clothes, toys, flags, posters, etc. We went to the Berkeley store where Joel and Nancy picked out some gifts for Joel’s nieces and James got some pajama pants.

The Berkeley downtown area definitely had a hippie vibe to it – lots of record stores, used bookstores and headshops. Even the local Lululemon went tie-dye!

It was great seeing all these areas that we wouldn’t normally look at. After our wander around hippie Berkeley, we drove into San Francisco for our porn studio tour. Stay tuned!

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