Berkeley (and specifically my new apartment) has a lot of things my dad would like. My new apartment is right near Berkeley Bowl, a super market with every kind of produce you could possibly imagine. Wandering through the produce section I encountered 6 varieties of avocados (one kind for only 59 cents each) and at least that many different kinds of mangoes. Since it is right between my home and work, I stop most afternoons as I bike down the hill to pick up some fresh stuff.
My house is also far enough down the hill that I’m close to the warehouse district. You might think that this is a disadvantage, but it’s actually awesome. I’m right near Urban Ore, a recycle place which has everything from furniture to old sinks to wood trim to kitchen appliances. Ohmega Salvage is also nearby, which is an architectural salvage store where you can get nifty things like ironwork from old buildings. Between my house and the climbing gym there is a conveniently located hardware store. It’s not quite as awesome as home depot, but it’s pretty good. However, biking home with 2×4’s is not recommended.
Though I have yet to explore the many options around me, there is apparently really good food down here, such as a Vik’s Chaat Corner, which I’ve been told is some of the best Indian food in Berkeley. Also nearby is the Takara Sake Factory, where they do free factory tours and Sake tastings.
Oh yeah, and I have THREE barbecue grills in my backyard along with a fire pit, lime tree, and various vegetable planting boxes. Also, my roommates are all awesome, with the added bonus of being exceptionally clean in the kitchen. It looks like I’ve finally found a home.