Over the weekend, I went out for lunch at zpizza. I’ve been to one at home, but never in Pasadena. The service at the Pasadena location was great! The staff was super help and understanding. They offer a variety of unique pizzas (ie. Thai or Napoli), as well as the typical variety of cheese, pepperoni, etc. They also provide gluten-free crust on request, and apparently it actually tastes good.
Also, there’s a 10% discount for Caltech students :O
I ordered a Napoli and parmesan breadsticks, which were delicious! My friend ordered an Italian. I forgot to take pictures until we were practically done. Whoops :P The Napoli slice is in the center, and the Italian is more towards the right.
My friends and I have noticed that whenever something is called “Californian,” such as the Californian sushi roll, it includes avocado. What’s funny is that zpizza’s Californian does notinclude avocado! This is the first “Californian” food item that I’ve seen without avocado.
I also went to a Vietnamese resturant off of Colorado, called Indochine. They serve solid Pho, and their shrimp tempura rolls are also really good. I didn’t take pictures of my food, but I did take a picture of their crazily-shaped ice cubes.
There’s a hole in the center of the ice cube! It’s like a little bucket. I was able to hold the ice cube up using a straw.
My next adventure will be to Beard Papa’s, which sells cream puffs. The Pasadena store offers vanilla and chocolate fillings regularly. Over this summer, they will be offering special fillings, such as mango, caramel, or green tea. :O
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.