It’s somewhat of an annual tradition to have a special Chandler dinner for Cinco de Mayo at Caltech. This year, it was a triple threat, with Guardians of the Galaxy decorations and special guests: firefighters!
The Guardians of Galaxy theme was perfectly coordinated with the ASCIT funded movie night at the Alhambra theatre that night. Caltech students are greeted at the cinema at the specified showtime with free tickets and popcorn.
Who else better to invite to this dinner than our very own superheroes across the street? The fire department is only about a block from the Center for Student Services (CSS). For this dinner, they set up an information booth and even brought a fire truck! The firemen and firewomen were really friendly and we got to talk to a few of them over dinner!
The food, of course, was amazing.There were freshly made tortillas prepared in a set up complete with a wooden tortilla press.
I really think that of the Chandler special dinners, the Cinco de Mayo has the most delicious food. This year there was juicy shrimp ceviche, warm gooey empanadas (both savory and sweet ones) as well as refreshing Mexican beverages.
We’ve all heard that the stomach is the fastest way to someone’s heart^. I never fully understood this until I got to college. While Caltech Dining Services (CDS) does its best to diversify the lunch and dinner menus, sometimes nothing can quite fulfill the craving for your mom’s home cooking. Having grown up in between Venezuela and Texas, home cooking for me looks like arepas, tacos, and brisket (among other things). Thankfully, Caltech’s location, just outside vibrant LA, makes attempts to find close seconds (to my mom’s cooking) easy and exciting. Often, I don’t even have to venture more than a mile or two from campus to find reliable favorites. Here are just a few within walking distance:
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.
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.