In high school, I loved going to the mall with friends. Even if I didn’t need to buy anything, it was nice to hangout under air conditioning with access to food all around us. Also, it doesn’t hurt to window shop and try on dresses that I obviously cannot afford. It is hard to find time to go to the mall during the school year since they are all a drive away. Also, once the bank of mom and dad becomes more stringent, it’s harder to go on shopping sprees.
Near Caltech, there is the Westfield Santa Anita Mall which has a huge selection of stores. However, if you really want to be impressed by the selection, head over to Glendale Galleria and Americana right beside it. Glendale Galleria has more affordable everyday stores like Gap, Macy’s etc. while Americana has high end options like Tiffany’s and Co. You can really tell this shopping location is popular with millennials because there is a cupcake ATM.
When we went, Wholly Guacamole was having a promotional event with a free guac bar. I got some chips and guac with mangoes and tomatoes because I am an avocado addict. People who had Twitter also got a free shirt if they tweeted the event. In fact, they were printing the shirts on site.
One thing I learned from being a serial shopper is to shop online unless shipping is too expensive. I found an Anthropologie store at Americana that was having a sale and it made my day. My friend sat around while I tried on tons of dresses and tops. I ended up with only a pair of joggers since everything there is quite pricey. We had to return to Caltech since we had commitments for later this evening, but 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).