Sophia's Graduation + Kogi
Sophia's graduation from USC with a PhD in Molecular Biology. Woohoo!
The ceremony itself-- where Aaron, one of Sophia's fellow lab-mates, also graduated with his PhD-- with Sophia and just about all of her immediate family, plus a few of her friends around and keeping a low profile. (Bruins in sc territory are never safe!). Lunch at Ciudad, then off to Little Tokyo Marketplace to visit the market and snack at Honda-Ya til the Tsai family (with their new graduate!) had to run off to the Disney Concert Hall for a performance.
Saw Kevin, Grace, and Chris too-- all of us from UCLA-- plus Ray and Molly, Bill and Annie, one of Sophia's cousins, and of course her parents. The crowd at the reception made us run straight to Ciudad, which turned out to be trendy Mexican food... not bad! The Peruvian ceviche was pretty good! Most split afterwards, those who stuck around got a tour of Sophia's lab and then we ran off to the market and Honda-Ya to kill time.
Justin and I ended up in the market to buy a bottle of water for Sophia. Turns out it was free sample day... yeah, you can imagine where that went. *grins*
Honda-Ya was pretty good as usual. Homemade tofu, oyster shooters, and all kinds of tasty things. Yum! And congrats, Sophia!!!