Ahhh winter. My long-distance partner visited campus this past weekend and while it was pouring rain (honestly this never happens in LA but if it does rain, it’s only between the months of January and March), we made quick work of all of our favorite restaurants, a few favorite recipes, and a few new choices!
On the one sunny day we did get, we headed into Old Pas to checkout out some furniture stores. We’ll be moving in together in June, after we both graduate from our respective institutions (eep!) and we wanted to get a feel for each others’ taste in furniture that isn’t in a dorm room. Not that the classic dorm-assigned wooden desks and chairs aren’t awesome but…well…no they’re not awesome. And I would love to own a couch that hasn’t been purchased for $30 from a graduating senior.
After browsing, we stopped at Cool Haus for some ice cream! They are known for their funky flavors (many of which are infused with alcohol). I got a vegan red wine flavored acai sorbet, and he got…chicken and waffles flavored ice cream. Yeah…
I also stopped for an acai bowl (basically a smoothie in a bowl, topped with delicious stuff) at Nektar Juice bar, which is only a couple of blocks from campus.
I later attempted to duplicate what I’d eaten once we were back on campus…judge for yourself!
We also had the chance to bake a little bit. We made these caramel apple donuts with a new donut pan and a mix I picked up at Williams Sonoma’s winter sale. I’m extremely excited to reuse this pan…I see many donuts in my future as a third-term senior taking only three classes.
Luckily, we also took some time to eat on campus without any work. I used a free delivery credit on Instacart to get bagels, cream cheese, and lox delivered from Whole Foods (including lactose-free cream cheese, bless you Whole Foods), so we had a little outdoor brunch while it wasn’t raining!
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.