Before finals last term, I was able to squeeze in a few more off-campus adventures. My boyfriend came to visit (he attends another University), so we rented a Zipcar for two days and drove all over Los Angeles, eating as much food as we could, basically.
We started at True Food Kitchen in Old Pas. It’s a chain that’s fairly new, and we’d never been before (although we ended up going there twice in one weekend this time). They’re pretty veggie-based, although their meat dishes were excellent as well. We had an amazing beet and vegan ricotta bruschetta, followed by a huge bowl of grains, veggies, and chicken.
The next night we went to Bar Ama in DTLA for incredible Mexican food. I had enchiladas with a cashew-based queso (I’m lactose intolerant, hence the various fake “cheeses” in this weekend’s food roundup). The cashew queso was actually not half bad, and the rest of the food was amazing.
The morning after, we drove out to République for brunch. we both ordered the same thing: super fluffy and eggy french toast with fruit and fresh orange juice. I would go back just for the juice, the the french toast would also be worth the drive.
Back in DTLA, we finally visited The Last Book Store, which I’ve been meaning to see since I arrived in LA. It’s on every list of “best bookstores in the United States” so of course I had to visit. It’s decorated like it’s made of books! They had a very well-curated selection, and I found a bunch of titles I’ve been meaning to read.
I’m finally taking advantage of my last few weeks in Los Angeles and hitting up every sight I haven’t seen. Is there anything on your LA bucket list? Maybe something you’re going to visit while you’re out here for Prefrosh Weekend? Let me know in the comments!
Studying at Caltech is a lot like crewing a spaceship. You get to work alongside some of the most talented people on Earth, you’re constantly doing science in order to survive, and the environment tends to keep you under a lot of pressure. It’s an incredible experience, and also a very challenging one, to be sure. Sometimes you’re left feeling like an impostor among your crewmates, having failed to complete every task you think is expected of you. But fear not! These feelings are not based in reality; they are merely symptoms of a benign condition known as impostor syndrome. Think you might be affected? This post is for you.
It’s been over three months since my trip to the Galapagos, and I am still thinking about it. For seven days, we all woke up at 5:30 am on the boat, ate breakfast together, and went out as the sun was rising on our morning hike to catch frigatebirds mating or iguanas spewing salt from their nostrils. Our days were spent snorkeling with turtles, sea lions, and schools of fish, and our nights were spent sitting on the bow of the ship, talking all together under the stars. It was truly a spring break I will never forget.
I can still recall the day college admissions results were released in the spring. In my own hubris, I was expecting a plethora of options from top schools around the country. I actually ended up with only two schools to choose from, Caltech and Columbia University, before Decision Day. “This is gonna be easy” I thought to myself. I was not thinking correctly. I was being a fool.