I had a pretty good weekend. I took a day off and did things that make me happy, like grocery shopping and cooking. At the end of Saturday, I went out with two of my housemates and another friend of our for a girls’ night.
Stop 1 was Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa. Sushi Nozawa was a hole-in-the-wall LA sushi restaurant.It was highly acclaimed and a frequent celebrity sighting location. Sugarfish is a spinoff. I took pictures of some of my food for you. The rest I ate on site because it was too good to wait.
I ordered the “Trust Me” menu, a popular option because I trust the chefs to know sushi better than I do. I’ve never been that big a fan of sushi but tonight’s was incredible. I’ll definitely be treating myself again another time.
Edamame was pretty basic. I ate the tuna sashimi before I got the chance to take a picture, so below you can see the plate it came on.
The albacore and salmon rolls came out together. I ate the albacore before taking a picture. Here’s what the salmon rolls looked like:
That was the end of our amazing, delicious, well-curated meal. I will definitely be going back once my wallet’s had a breather.
At the end of this meal, we took an Uber to Old Pas (the sort of downtown area of Pasadena, it has lots of fun shops and cafes and bookstores and bars for the 21+). There we went to a dessert bar (they also serve dinner, but we weren’t about that). We got a banana cream souffle to share and it was amazing. Why yes, I do have a picture of it.
One of our number was lactose intolerant, so she got vegan ice cream and a chocolate chip cookie.
That was my Saturday night. I worked some of Sunday and went to a midterm review. Midterms have been happening since Wednesday, I’m simply choosing to ignore them. It’s pretty easy when I only have one midterm and it isn’t until a week from Tuesday.
It’s been over three months since my trip to the Galapagos, and I am still thinking about it. For seven days, we all woke up at 5:30 am on the boat, ate breakfast together, and went out as the sun was rising on our morning hike to catch frigatebirds mating or iguanas spewing salt from their nostrils. Our days were spent snorkeling with turtles, sea lions, and schools of fish, and our nights were spent sitting on the bow of the ship, talking all together under the stars. It was truly a spring break I will never forget.
Four weeks before graduation! While I’m looking forward to the summer and all the fun it promises, I’m also reflecting on my undergraduate experience over the past few years. This is a blog about my favorite classes during my time here, some expected and others less so. As a Computer Science major, no CS classes actually make my final cut, but my top three favorite classes all fall into the realm of Neuroscience, my other primary academic interest.
I remember being a junior in HS and my APCS partner, Brooke, had just gotten accepted into Caltech. She was looking at the course catalog for humanities courses during class (instead of working on our project) and shaking her head at the offerings. When May rolled around, she told me part of the reason she didn’t choose to go to Caltech was how the humanities courses seemed to be “too scientific,” with classes that integrated history with quantum physics, etc. A year later, when I was in the same situation, I decided to matriculate to Caltech for its strong STEM offerings, but felt some anxiety about how my love of the humanities would be fed during my four years of undergraduate education.
One of the most well-known benefits of being a Caltech student is the infamous 3:1 student to faculty ratio, which implies a personalized, interactive undergraduate experience with world-class research scientists. It was a primary reason why I chose Caltech above other schools as a high school senior. Now as my time at Caltech comes to a close, I can reflect back on my interactions with different professors and consider if this 3:1 ratio really “lives up to the hype.” I believe the answer is yes.