Lot more than soup at Soupa


Soupa Quinoa  ·

One of my favorite lunchtime stops is at Soupa in the Village at Squaw Valley. During the shoulder seasons, I frequent Soupa more often as I can easily make the drive to Olympic Valley and grab some lunch pretty quickly during a work day. My sister, Michelle Allen, and myself did just that on a recent warm, fall day.

The best thing about Soupa is the fresh, hearty and healthy dishes that they serve daily, and most items are priced around $8 or $10.

The soups are the star with a changing variety of hearty soups, bisques, curried soups and every variation in between, and there’s always a vegetarian option. Curried Coconut Carrot, Black Bean, Chicken Tortilla, Roasted Red Pepper, Spinach & Bleu Cheese, Clam Chowder and the list, literally, goes on. With different soups featured daily, you’ll never run out of choices. And, all of their soups are gluten free.

On my most recent visit, I combined my love of soup with my love of quinoa and opted for the Soupa Quinoa bowl. A delightful creation with an organic spinach base covered with fresh, seasonal vegetables like onions, carrots, zucchini and potatoes, and topped with the choice of soup, which I topped with the Coconut Curry Carrot. It’s also available with chicken. Like I said, fresh, hearty and healthy. Having skipped breakfast that day, I also paired it with one of my favorite panini sandwiches – the Cheddar Peppa, cheddar cheese and jalapeno spread on multigrain. Soupa is the reason I now add jalapenos to my grilled cheese creations.

For Michelle, it was the Chicken Pesto Panini with tomato and Swiss cheese on the multigrain served with a cup of the yummy Red Pepper Sweet Potato soup.

Their tasty paninis range from the Spicy Bleu Chicken to the BLT to Tuna Melt and the PB Jammin’. There are quinoa bowls for breakfast, lunch and anytime in between from the Banana Nut served with almond milk, to the Teriyaki or Thai Peanut to the Beet and Chevre. All are available with chicken or veggies.

Now, if I could just get them to open a North Shore location so I can enjoy their tasty creations without fighting the traffic.

Soupa is open daily in the Village at Squaw Valley from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the extended schedule resuming on Dec. 16. For more information or for the day’s soups, call (530) 584-6190 or visit teloswine.com.

By Katherine E. Hill

Katherine Hill
Katherine first moved to Tahoe in 1998 and has been in love with the Tahoe-Truckee region ever since. She has been in the journalism field for more than 25 years and has worked for daily and weekly newspapers and magazines, as well as online publications, as an award-winning writer and editor. In the fall of 2013, Katherine became only the third owner of the 33-year-old publication, and today serves as its Publisher and Editor In Chief. Life in Tahoe is an amazing place to live, and she enjoys hiking and water sports in the summer, and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding with her nephew, Anikin.