A friend of one of the summer students came up from San Diego for the weekend and wanted to get a quick tour of LA so we decided to take him to Little Tokyo for an afternoon. Since 2013, LA has been in a ramen frenzy with new shops opening every other week. LA is known for having great fusion food, so many of the ramen new comers claim to be fusion rather than traditional. We decided to take him to one of the top ramen places, Shin Sen Gumi which has become a mini chain due to its popularity. It is fairly authentic and allows for quite a bit of customization.
The ramen ordering form asks you for the richness of the broth, the al dente of the noodles, spiciness level, and has checkboxes in front of all the toppings you can add. They are known for their tonkotsu ramen, so this is the only broth based ramen they serve. There are a variety of appetizers to choose from too, but since the portions are quite large, we stuck with ramen.
The tonkotsu ramen had extremely rich broth. It’s made from pork bones boiled for hours until the fat and collagen break down to produce an opaque, milky broth. In the words of my friend “it’s like eating a whole pig condensed into this bowl of soup”. Even though it was extremely rich, it had a very clean flavor and was delicious. It was so good that he asked for an extra portion of noodles to finish the broth.
We also tried their ramen salad and stir fry.
Afterwards, we went to Tea Master Matcha Cafe and Green Tea Shop for matcha ice cream. This place is the BOMBDOTCOM. We were feeling heavy after the ramen, but after some of this amazing soft serve, we felt like we had detoxed. This is quite ironic since the ice cream was extremely milky and creamy with a distinct tea flavor. My friend was such a fan that he wanted seconds.
Unlike many students, I never had the opportunity to visit Caltech before enrolling. I had visited California once in elementary school, and the first time I returned was to move in for college. The only time I had ever left home before was for a week or two of sleepaway camp. Now, I would be moving across the country to a place I had never seen before with a bunch of strangers. Naturally, I was a bit terrified.
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
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.