Today I went out for dim sum for lunch at Full House in Arcadia. You know this is an authentic dim sum location since all the patrons are Chinese and there’s a fish tank with a $1000 fish in the entrance. Although the fish is unbelievably pricey, the actual dishes were very affordable. This was also a push-cart style restaurant so there is no wait time for dishes to come out of the kitchen.
We ordered way too much, but it’s okay since dim sum makes great take away that can be stored in the fridge for breakfast for days. We ordered every possible sort of bao and dumplings, pig ears, pork blood, tripe, peking duck, roast duck and roast pork, along with a variety of other classic dim sums.
We had a friend come along who has never had dim sum before and we were all super proud of him for trying all the dishes, including jellyfish and other lesser known animal parts. Better yet, he loved most of it! If you aren’t an experienced dim sum eater, you are probably super confused by this point. In short, it’s like tapas style breakfast/lunch dishes. If you are interested in learning more about the most popular dishes, here is a brief guide by Serious Eats.
Let’s be real, the Chinese were brunching before brunch was cool. They’ve been doing it for centuries! For the cost, I would rather eat a dozen shrimp dumplings and radish cakes over 2 pancakes. One downside of dim sum is the wait at the restaurant can get pretty long on the weekends, but I think it’s worth it, especially when enjoyed family style with a group of friends!
Unlike many students, I never had the opportunity to visit Caltech before enrolling. I had visited California once in elementary school, and the first time I returned was to move in for college. The only time I had ever left home before was for a week or two of sleepaway camp. Now, I would be moving across the country to a place I had never seen before with a bunch of strangers. Naturally, I was a bit terrified.
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.