Pike Place Market is in the heart of downtown Seattle. It’s known for its fish market, but there are also other vendors also selling flowers, fruits, jams, and other food items. Underground, there are bookstores, gift shops, and various other shops.
Apparently, if someone buys a fish, the vendors will make a show of throwing the fish around. I didn’t see it happen when I was there though.
Pike Place is also home to the original Starbucks. Of course, there was a huge line outside the store even though the coffee certainly tastes the same as in any other Starbucks. The store does still have the original logo, which is cool!
Next to Starbucks, there’s a Russian bakery called Piroshky Piroshky. Their savory pastries are really good, but there was also a huge line outside! I didn’t try it when I came to Pike Place, but I found another outlet of the shop, with no line, and tried it there :P
As I write this blog, I’m sitting on a grassy knoll on Pomona-Pitzer’s campus. It’s the last match of my final season of tennis here at Caltech. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling to be done with my college tennis career (unless I decide to use my final year of NCAA eligibility, granted to athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). Being a part of the women’s tennis team here has been a defining part of my identity and where I met my community on campus. In this blog, I want to discuss a bit of the process of becoming an NCAA athlete, the Caltech experience of handling schoolwork and a sport, and my take on how it affected my growth here.
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).