Posted by Nicole and Lauren
N: This past weekend was such a fun one! Staying in on Thursday and Friday nights was a great idea because this weekend sure took a lot out of me. It was BUSY!
L: We all had an eeeearly wake up call on Saturday. Kyle dropped me off at the airport (at 5 am!!) and I met our mom and David in the security line. We waited at the gate and, like, 30 Facebook employees were all on the same flight headed to Disneyland. Talk about a team trip! The flight was uneventful, but we had a real life Trojan Dance Force girl pick us up :)
N: I woke up at 6 to curl my hair and put on “dance makeup.” I picked them up at LAX at 8 and then headed to my dance performance with the team. We performed a routine at an Alumni Tailgate. Campus always looks extra pretty on gameday.
N: While I was dancing, the folks went to the Rock ‘n Roll LA Half Marathon expo at the LA Convention Center (conveniently half a mile from USC).
L: The expo was pretty busy and had a lot of solid vendors. Expos are generally hit or miss, so I’d classify this one as a “hit”. After a little shady #twinning impersonation work, I secured both my race bib and Nicole’s. If you are familiar with Rock n Roll races, you know how stringent they can be. I was so nervous… I felt like a 20 year old using my friends’ ID to sneak into a bar.
L: After the expo we walked all the way to Delta Gamma. I made sure to avert my eyes since the walk was on the race course.
N: We met back up at the sorority house for a pre-football-game lunch.
N: They’re so cute…
N: For Family Weekend, DG had an In-N-Out truck and lots of cardinal and gold decorations. We enjoyed our burgers on the porch.
N: Before we knew it, it was time to head through campus towards The Coliseum.
L: I love being at USC on game day! SO SO SO SO different from Cal Poly.
N: The weather was quite hot, but we stuck it out for almoooost the entire game. The parentals sat with other DG families and Lauren sat in the student section with me. At halftime, we moved forward and met up with friends in the fourth row. Only the best view for my sista!
L: Luckily the weather cooled down and USC made a significant lead by the 4th quarter… 19 – 3! Halftime was awesome, their band did renditions of boy band music. Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, and N’SYNC all made the cut.
N: After the game, we walked back to the sorority house so I could pack an overnight bag. Then we waited and waited, but eventually got a cab to downtown LA. We dropped our bags off at the hotel and quickly found a restaurant because we were all starving for dinner. It was worth the wait — our food was awesome!
N: We went to Coco Laurent, conveniently located just a couple blocks from the hotel. Each dish was a winner:
- I’Oignon Soup – carmelized onions, sherry, marsala, gruyere crostini
- Truffle Fries – grana padano, parsley
- Kale Caesar Salad – baby kale, almonds, brioche croutons, house made caesar dressing, grana padano
- Brussels Sprouts – (no) pork belly, chili, parmesan ***these were SO GOOD***
- Maine Diver Scallops – yukon potato puree, roasted heirloom carrots, truffle vierge, beurre blanc
- Quiche Lorraine – confit leeks, gruyere, ham, mesclun, sherry vinaigrette
- Market Vegetable Salad – mesclun, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon radish, baby carrots, red onion, blue cheese, goddess dressing
- Potato Gnocchi – cherry tomatoes, asparagus, lemon cream, fines herbes
L: We dined al fresco and the weather was perfect. We told our waiter that we were reeeeally hungry and he made sure we got all of our food quickly. I felt bad because the table next to us ordered before we did (with a different waiter) and they were still waiting for apps when we were getting out check. The manager had to apologize to them. So, Coco Laurent has tasty food, but inconsistent service.
N: After dinner we went across the street to grab dessert from Bottega Louie, per Lauren’s suggestion. The display cases only had limited options, but we eventually settled on a few macarons (vanilla, salted caramel, espresso, and pistachio x2) and some beignets (plain, raspberry, and hazelnut).
L: I was bummed to see a limited selection, but the macarons didn’t disappoint! We all shared tiny bites of them back in our hotel room before falling asleep.
We’ll be back with the race recap soon!
-Lauren and Nicole