Last weekend, I went to get brunch with my friends. We went to Bird’s Nest Cafe near USC, which serves pancakes, tacos, sandwiches, omelettes, and more. I got the Sunrise Tacos pictured below, and I thought they were delicious. They usually come with avocados which would probably make them super appealing for most people, but unfortunately I’m allergic to avocados :( I would recommend coming to this place, since it’s really cute, not expensive, and quick!
Afterwards, we went to Cafe Bora in Koreatown, a cafe that specializes in purple yam desserts. Purple yam is a type of korean vegetable, so it’s different from ube and regular yam! The cafe itself was incredibly cute. Everything had a purple and white theme, and the layout and decor of the place was just soo cute.
This is my friend Fabio trying the purple yam ice cream! I tried a bit of it, and it definitely has a distinct flavor. I’m not really sure how to describe it though.
I got the purple yam tiramisu :) I thought it was really yummy, although the layer of powder on top was a bit too thick. I stole the flower from Fabio’s ice cream, so it actually comes as a small bowl with tiramisu and a flat layer of powder. I personally liked the tiramisu better than the ice cream, so I would get that if I came again. They do have a purple yam bingsu as well, so I might try that next time instead. It is a bit more expensive though – the bingsu is $8, while the ice cream and tiramisu are $3-4.
It is currently 1:21 in the morning and I am thrilled to be writing the first post of our new admissions blog, Caltech Fission. For those of you who didn’t follow the old blog, it’s nice to meet you. My name is Andrew and I’m a senior at Caltech studying geophysics and English literature.
After a week being back, I think it’s about time for some reflections on what it meant to be abroad, and what I’ve taken away from it. I’m really happy to be back, but it’s just been almost a culture shock of sorts being back in California, and back at my true home (for now, at least).
There’s nothing more festive than beautiful holiday decor. Something that has gotten quite popular in recent years is light displays. Around Pasadena, the LA Zoo, LA Arboretum are a few venues that have elaborate holiday light displays. This past weekend, I went to check out the LA Zoo Lights. The general admission is $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends, which is certainly not cheap, so if you do go, be sure to take a ton of photos.