We got some pluots in ourfarm box the other day, which is super exciting because I’ve never had a pluot before.
A photo of the food for the week; we got one of the small-sized boxes for this week because we had SPECIAL DINNER PLANS, so there’s not that much food in it.
What even is a pluot anyway? Wikipeida tells me that it’s some arbitrary mix of apricot and plums, but that doesn’t tell me anything. I like both apricots and plums, so, at the very least, it shouldn’t be terrible.
Anyhow, here are some close-up shots of the pluot. The type of pluot we recieved is named Dapple Dandy or Dinosaur Eggs. Apparently, this type of pluot is called Dinosaur Eggs because it looks mottled and kind of ugly on the outside.
The pluot is crunchy. The texture is kind of like a hard, not-fully-ripe peach, but a lot jucier. The flesh is amazingly juicy and sugary, probably because it’s in season. The skin adds a burst of sourness that complements the sugary flesh very well. All in all, the fruit tasted like… an arbitrary mix of apricot and plums. That doesn’t tell you anything, does it…
**Final Verdict: 10/10, it’s called Dinosaur Eggs! How can you not like it? **
We’ve all heard that the stomach is the fastest way to someone’s heart^. I never fully understood this until I got to college. While Caltech Dining Services (CDS) does its best to diversify the lunch and dinner menus, sometimes nothing can quite fulfill the craving for your mom’s home cooking. Having grown up in between Venezuela and Texas, home cooking for me looks like arepas, tacos, and brisket (among other things). Thankfully, Caltech’s location, just outside vibrant LA, makes attempts to find close seconds (to my mom’s cooking) easy and exciting. Often, I don’t even have to venture more than a mile or two from campus to find reliable favorites. Here are just a few within walking distance:
On May 8, the Washington Nationals came to Los Angeles Angels for a lovely Mother’s Day Game. I, being a D.C. native and avid Nationals fan, of course had to attend– the Nationals play the Angels very rarely because they play in different leagues and on opposite coasts. My dad and I have a goal of going to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and we had to take advantage of our home team being in L.A., so my mom and dad both flew out for the weekend.
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.