Oakland

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Ume Yoga: Yoga Studio in Oakland

[Real Life Update: Writing this from my MacBook Air! My 5 year old MacBook Pro experienced her death yesterday so I replaced her. It’s a rainy day here in San Diego so I’m taking some time to finally rest.]

For my final share of this Bay Area series we have: Oakland. It’s no news that Oakland has undergone massive changes since the 80s. Gentrification, while displacing families that have lived in the area for long, has also birthed what appears to be a new city with a different culture. As Dante Zedd said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, “It’s like everybody dead or in prison so now it’s OK for (white people) to move back in the ‘hood,” (Here are some articles about Oakland’s gentrification: In Oakland, this is gentrification when it knocks on your door and The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland). I can attest that Oakland has become hip, cool, and trendy. While it was really fun to explore, there’s a question that’s still tugging at my heart strings: Hip, cool, and trendy at what true cost? Here are some snapshots:

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Nightly Views: A shot of the Oakland Tribune and a Christmas Tree (Fun Fact: The Oakland Tribune newspaper moved out of the tower in 2007. Today, it houses other businesses.)
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Friendly Reminder: Boundaries matter. I found these words on the sidewalk as I was walking around. It reminded me of that internet phrase: “Do no harm, but take no shit.” Danielle LaPorte has also shared a similar saying before. She said, “Open, gentle heart. Big Fucking Fence.
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Xolo: La Taqueria. The establishment is owned by Dona Savitsky and  Thomas Schnetz whom own a taqueria in Berkley (Tacubaya). Here’s a bit of information about Xolo from their website: “Xolo is our take on a Mission-style taqueria in downtown Oakland, California. Named after the hairless dogs that Frida Kahlo used to keep, Xolo is a fun and casual taqueria where you can eat on our patio, mezzanine, or in our large dining room, in an atmosphere that harkens an old style taqueria with touches from the 1950s and 60s. We are located in the historic Floral Depot building, next to our sister restaurant Flora, and across the street from the newly renovated Fox Theater.
We primarily serve tacos and burritos with carefully selected combinations of meats, beans, vegetables, and sauces. There are also a few other fun items like our bacon wrapped hot dog (our Danger Dog), mini crispy churros, vegan pozole, and Mexican hot chocolate. We make everything from scratch and we use local and organic ingredients as much as possible. Xolo is a great late night spot to grab some tacos and a beer or to enjoy a late lunch when everything is closed between lunch and dinner.”
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Post-gym eats. Curry Up Now is a food chain that serves Indian inspired fare. They have establishments in California and Georgia and will soon be opening additional ones in Utah. Per their website, here’s their mission: “Our founders firmly believe they were put on planet earth to bring happiness through food to the entire world.  With this in mind, we’ve created a one-of-its-kind, cutting-edge, never-before-seen menu using clean ingredients served in a unique and approachable format that supports many different diets while staying true to our earth friendly beliefs. We live by the mantra – if we don’t get better every day, we get worse. As such, every decision we make is taken with this belief in mind.”