What’s better than regular Chinese beef noodles? Hand-torn Chinese beef noodles. Today, I went to Arcadia (just east of Pasadena) with Angelina and Gabriela to eat some authentic Chinese food. We decided to go to 101 Noodle Express because it’s close to Westfield Santa Anita Mall and it has hype reviews in Yelp.
The restaurant specializes in xiaolongbao, beef rolls, dumplings, and beef noodles. Their veggie dumplings are delicious for all the vegetarians out there. We wanted to have some xiaolongbao but they were out, so we got crispy pan fried dumplings instead (thicker skinned than gyozas). We also ordered beef brisket and beef tendon noodles. The beef was super tender and well seasoned with Chinese five spice. The noodles were also nicely al-dente.
Top to bottom: beef brisket noodles (hand-torn), beef tendon noodles (regular), pan fried dumplings.
We walked in the >100F heat to the mall after. We were fanatics of stationary, so we checked out Daiso, a Japanese chain where everything is $1.50 (wayyy better quality than Dollarama) and MUJI. We saw their new food hall that had Instagram hotspots like Matcha Matcha, Side Chick, and Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake. We were too full to eat anymore, but we will be back.
We are planning Thai or Vietnamese food for lunch next weekend, but I am also open to your recommendations!
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.