Wanderlust Creamery has one of the best artisanal ice creams in LA. To celebrate the new season of Game of Thrones they came out with some Game of Thrones inspired flavors. My friends and I went to go check it out even though some of us weren’t GoT fans. While the GoT flavors were specials, they have other more permanent flavors that are even more amazing!
They make everything in house, including the cones. They have ube (purple yam) cones and were making them while we were there.
We sampled every flavor they had and my goodness it was hard to decide. The Jasmine and Apricot, Mango Sticky Rice and Earl Grey were hits amongst the ice-cream lovers. The “FIRE + BLOOD INSPIRED BY: ESSOS, ACROSS THE NARROW SEA” and “DRAGON GLASS INSPIRED BY: THE WALL” were the GoT flavors that drew me in. These two were sorbets which were slightly lighter. Fire + Blood is “made from dragonfruit, blood orange, + serrano chili” and Dragon Glass is “Darkest chocolate + Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout”.
They also have a variety of toppings to choose from. I am a minimalist in some ways so I skipped, but look at all the choices!
If you sign up for their rewards program, you can come back the next day for a free scoop. My friend signed up, and for me it’s only a matter of time. I think Wanderlust is my favorite ice cream place now, tied with Scoops. I will be back soon!
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.
A few days ago, I wrote a blog post for recommendations of boba around Caltech. This follow up includes a far more comprehensive list of boba shops in the 626/SGV area. Now, I’ll admit that I have a rather extensive spreadsheet of boba stores and drinks that I’ve tried and enjoyed or disliked. However, I’d rather not bore everyone with a full spreadsheet, especially when it reveals just how much boba I’ve had each year. However, if I attempted to write about all of the shops I’ve tried, this post would get too long, so it’s instead compressed into a much more easily digestible format: a Tiermaker list. Obviously, this is the most sophisticated possible presentation of this information and 100% objective. Definitely tested via the scientific method and not subject to personal bias whatsoever.
In the past few years, boba or bubble tea has exploded in popularity, with stores opening up all across the country. As a very avid but picky boba drinker, this has been a blessing for me, as I’ve been able to try drinks from so many new stores. In the past four years, I’ve been able to try what might be conservatively called a fairly significant portion of boba stores in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area (otherwise known as 626/SGV).