One of the things that we really enjoy at Caltech are donuts. So much so that we named our official website of the Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology (ASCIT) after this sweet treat. This student-run website is a portal to the student directory, student advisory groups, student publications and more. Recent features that student web developers have added included a course schedule planner.
Besides the website, ASCIT also helps bring hundreds of actual donuts to the Olive Walk at midnight. This is a quarterly event we know as “Midnight Donuts”. Flavors include maple bars, Boston cream pies, and other classics. Members of ASCIT spend time before the event slicing up strawberries and filling plain donuts with them for one of the signature Midnight Donuts treats. There is always a crowd on the Olive Walk right before midnight waiting for the countdown to 12:00 am before we can help ourselves to the donuts.
For those craving donuts during the term, ASCIT puts a box of them on the Olive Walk every Friday morning. They also put out Einstein bagels on Monday mornings for those who prefer more savory toroids.
There are also other places off campus that serve decadent renditions of donuts. One donut shop is Donut Friend. The first time I had Donut Friend was during Caltech’s first hackathon, Hack Tech, where they brought in free donuts, onigiris, Red Bulls, and other goodies. Hack Tech is now an annual event hosted on campus where students from other colleges fly in to participate in 48 hours of often-sleepless coding, pitching, and camaderie.
One Wednesday afternoon, I decided on a whim to drive to Donut Friend with fellow Techer, Grace Lee (author of the food blog Will You Say Grace). They offer DIY donuts with ingredients such as balsamic vinegar and fresh mint, as well as gluten free buns. In the display cases are flavors like bacon, smores and more.
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.
In the past few years, boba or bubble tea has exploded in popularity, with stores opening up all across the country. As a very avid but picky boba drinker, this has been a blessing for me, as I’ve been able to try drinks from so many new stores. In the past four years, I’ve been able to try what might be conservatively called a fairly significant portion of boba stores in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area (otherwise known as 626/SGV).
I feel like a person’s desk or workspace can tell you a lot about them. So, I’ll reveal my darkest secrets and take you on a tour of my desk at Caltech! To begin, I’ll note that the dorm rooms have varying sizes/types of desks, so not all of them look like this; for example, bunk bed rooms in some houses have a desk as the bottom “bunk”, and so the desk spans the entire length of the bed. In comparison, mine is a standalone desk with some shelves on top of it. Regardless, I think what matters more is what a person chooses to put on/around their desk, so it’s time to show you all the nerdy things I have decorated my desk with.