For those of you unfamiliar with Spanish, that means “cook,” and it’s an order! As you could probably guess, this week’s cooking assignment was the food of our neighbor to the south, Mexico. Well, in reality it was a Mexican-American fusion, because my girlfriend (from Mexico) explained to me the finer differences between what we cooked and the food she’s familiar with.So what did we cook in our Mexican(-American) feast? We started off with enchiladas (which I learned means the tortilla is dipped in chili), and each group made a different one - we made a so-called “entomatada” because it was dipped in a tomato sauce. We also made a Chile Relleno casserole (because stuffing chiles is still a bit too advanced for us), which was good. Lastly, we made different types of salsa (ours was a very spicy green one!) and guacamole. I don’t eat avocados, but everyone else in my group kept “tasting for flavor” - suspicious, because after tasting almost 1/4 of it was gone!
Other dishes prepared by “the kitchen” (read: the more experienced chefs) included chile verde and quesadillas (one with mango and pomegranate - SO unexpectedly delicious)!
¿Tienes hambre ahora? Pues, miras estas fotos y tendrás más hambre ;). (Translation: are you hungry now? Well, look at these pictures and you’ll be even more hungry!)
Fortunately, I saved some of the food for a later time - looking forward to reliving my foray into México!
Recipe of the Week: Roasted Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto: This is by far the easiest side-dish to make (and you can use some extra prosciutto from last week’s pasta!). I don’t even like asparagus normally, but roasting it in the oven makes everything more gooey and delicious. Be wary about adding too much salt, though - the prosciutto is cured so it can be VERY salty. Still, this recipe is a great way to make sure you tell mom you’re getting your veggies while you’re away from home!
On May 8, the Washington Nationals came to Los Angeles Angels for a lovely Mother’s Day Game. I, being a D.C. native and avid Nationals fan, of course had to attend– the Nationals play the Angels very rarely because they play in different leagues and on opposite coasts. My dad and I have a goal of going to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and we had to take advantage of our home team being in L.A., so my mom and dad both flew out for the weekend.
As I write this blog, I’m sitting on a grassy knoll on Pomona-Pitzer’s campus. It’s the last match of my final season of tennis here at Caltech. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling to be done with my college tennis career (unless I decide to use my final year of NCAA eligibility, granted to athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). Being a part of the women’s tennis team here has been a defining part of my identity and where I met my community on campus. In this blog, I want to discuss a bit of the process of becoming an NCAA athlete, the Caltech experience of handling schoolwork and a sport, and my take on how it affected my growth here.
A few days ago, I wrote a blog post for recommendations of boba around Caltech. This follow up includes a far more comprehensive list of boba shops in the 626/SGV area. Now, I’ll admit that I have a rather extensive spreadsheet of boba stores and drinks that I’ve tried and enjoyed or disliked. However, I’d rather not bore everyone with a full spreadsheet, especially when it reveals just how much boba I’ve had each year. However, if I attempted to write about all of the shops I’ve tried, this post would get too long, so it’s instead compressed into a much more easily digestible format: a Tiermaker list. Obviously, this is the most sophisticated possible presentation of this information and 100% objective. Definitely tested via the scientific method and not subject to personal bias whatsoever.