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!
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.
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).