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.
It is currently 1:21 in the morning and I am thrilled to be writing the first post of our new admissions blog, Caltech Fission. For those of you who didn’t follow the old blog, it’s nice to meet you. My name is Andrew and I’m a senior at Caltech studying geophysics and English literature.
After a week being back, I think it’s about time for some reflections on what it meant to be abroad, and what I’ve taken away from it. I’m really happy to be back, but it’s just been almost a culture shock of sorts being back in California, and back at my true home (for now, at least).
There’s nothing more festive than beautiful holiday decor. Something that has gotten quite popular in recent years is light displays. Around Pasadena, the LA Zoo, LA Arboretum are a few venues that have elaborate holiday light displays. This past weekend, I went to check out the LA Zoo Lights. The general admission is $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends, which is certainly not cheap, so if you do go, be sure to take a ton of photos.