It’s not a trip to the Bay Area without a trip to Din Tai Fung. I know that I have one in LA, but who can resist going to one of the best chains ever. DTF in the Bay Area is in the Santa Clara mall, which is much nearer to San Jose than San Francisco. The mall itself is a Westfield (interestingly, the same brand as the one in Arcadia) and is huge, with both fast fashion and high-end brands such a Gucci and Prada there. I went with my intern friends who also love Din Tai Fung.
The restaurant had a super long wait, as always. So in the intervening time, we walked around an empty mall at 7 at night. It wasn’t super interesting, because all of the shops were closed. What we did get were dragon balls. Or dragon breath. Whatever the name is, it was my first experience having them. For those that don’t know, they are essentially puffed froot loops that have been chilled with liquid nitrogen so that they are super crunchy and let off cold air. Although they don’t have any taste, it was quite fun to shove them in my mouth and have all the cold air come out through my nose. Like a real dragon!
As for our meal at Din Tai Fung… what else can I say but that it was delicious. My only problem with the Bay Area DTF is that although the Xiao Long Bao are the same price, you only get 6 or them instead of 10. What a disappointment. I always want more of those delicious bao to eat.
As a Caltech student, I obviously have a love for STEM. But for me, that love is incomplete without the bigger picture—the role that STEM can play in helping society. That connection between science and humanity served as the initial motivation for one of my primary passions: organizing for environmental justice.
Now that the 2021 baseball season has come to close, I want to take a little trip down memory lane to the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs. To set the scene, after an exciting wild card game win, the Washington Nationals (my team) began a five game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers win the first and third game of the series, and the Nationals win the second and fourth game, making game five a do-or-die situation. The final game took place at Dodgers Stadium, a mere 20 minute drive from Caltech. I pounced on this opportunity, going to the game with my fellow baseball-fanatic and Caltech student, Arya.
Hi y’all – this is my first post on the blog, and I’m glad to be here! This is actually a continuation of my friend and fellow blogger Tyler Colenbrander’s previous post about our experience living together over the past three virtual terms at Caltech. You can see his post at this link.