Hello Diddy Riese!

Hello Diddy Riese!

It’s one of the very first places I learned about as freshman at UCLA. I learned about it from my roommate Vicky and I can still remember the very first night I visited this sweet little cookie shop with friends in the heart of Westwood. It was a cold night and the lines were filled with UCLA students. It didn’t take too long for me to realize what the hype was all about. It was all about 25 cent cookies (now 35 cents) and $1.75 ice cream sandwiches! Now whenever I visit the campus or am in Westwood, Diddy Riese is a must stop. Aside from the chance to get some of their yummy and very affordable cookies, going to Diddy Reese brings back so many memories for me of happy bonding times with Bruin friends


The moment I walk into Diddy Reese, I am always pleasantly greeted with the sweet aroma of fresh baked cookies. The display of colorful and sweet cookies is always brings a smile to my face and I react like a giddy UCLA freshman all over again ;). There are so many delicious flavors to pick from!


They have cinnamon sugar cookies sprinkled with golden cinnamon specks and sweet little sugar dots. They also have white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, which happen to be my favorite Diddy Riese cookie flavor of all.

Chocolate fans will always be happy here! They have both white chocolate chip and chocolate chip.

If one wants to deviate from the traditional chocolate chip cookies and live on the cookie edge a little, Diddy Riese has candy chocolate chip and chocolate chip with walnuts.

For those who want an even more sweetness in their life, there are chocolate white chocolate, chocolate chocolate chip and peanut butter.

All of these cookies are a great deal at 35 cents each! Surprisingly I saw they offer the cookies at even cheaper price if you get the day old cookies. You can get a dozen for $2.50! That is only 20 cents a cookie!

Diddy Riese cookies always bring a smile to my face and they’re sure to bring a smile to others as well. They offer special tins and boxes of cookies that make for great gifts. It’s perfect for this holiday season.


Diddy Reese makes Hello Kitty Foodie one happy Cookie Monster err meant Cookie Kitty ;).


Hello UCLA Ackerman Union Happy Eats!

Hello UCLA Ackerman Union Happy Eats!

My last blog post focused on a place that UCLA engineering students frequent for quick snacks and drinks :). Aside from SEAS cafe though, there’s also plenty of other good places for food and drink right at the heart of UCLA’s Ackerman union.

There are plenty of eateries located on both A and 1st level of Ackerman union. At level A, they have fast food places like Carl’s Jr., Jamba Juice & Taco Bell, healthy salad/wrap eateries at Curbside Cravings and sushi/noodle eats at Tsunami. Right upstairs on the 1st floor are the chain restaurants like Panda Express, Sbarro, Rubio’s and Wolfgang Puck. They also have Wetzel’s Pretzels, RX candy store and Reflection boba drinks.


Though food is great, it’s no secret that coffee seems to be a must for college students. Maybe my love of cute little coffee shops started at UCLA via the quaint and cute Kerchoff Coffee House!
Established in 1974, Kerchoff has been serving students coffee, teas and pastries for almost 40 years! (Trivia for you Kerchoff Coffee house is the same age as Hello Kitty!)

I love a good cup of coffee but am also a big fan of teas! Here at Kerchoff they offer various organic teas. They have green tea, black tea and pomegranate tea.

Aside from Kerchoff Coffee House, students can get their caffeine fix via the newer Bruin Buzz!

Bruin Buzz offers all kinda of warm beverages as well as yummy pastries like jelly roll cupcakes!

Coffee/tea and pastries along with a copy of the Daily Bruin make for a Bruin-tiful afternoon.


There’s plenty of choices for UCLA students and visitors on campus! Some places are old classics while some are newer venues. All in the heart of campus ❤️.

Hello UCLA SEAS Cafe!

Hello UCLA SEAS Cafe!

It felt like I was seeing an old friend as I walked into UCLA’s Boelter Hall today.


Boelter Hall is the home to UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and a place that was almost like a second home during my days as a UCLA engineering student. Early mornings, hot afternoons and long cold nights, I was there. Classes, lab work, study sessions and engineering org meetings filled many of the times I spent in that building.



As I turned the corner, I saw the “old friend” that was with me through many of those days.
Right at room 5800E, I saw SEAS (School of Engineering and Applied Science) Cafe. Seeing the little eatery brought back a flood of memories to my Bruin heart and I went in to say hello and see what they offered now.



With only a 10 minute break in between my engineering classes back then, I can still remember grabbing a bagel from SEAS cafe. They still have bagels but now have Kripsy Kreme, croissants and danishes too. It seems college students still crave carbs as I noticed the shelves almost empty when I stopped by today.



One cannot live on bread alone and long study sessions would have me screaming caffeine please. SEAS cafe was one of the most affordable places to buy coffee and apparently still is.



They even have a coffee happy hour now! Hmm why didn’t they have that when I was a student ;)?

Sometimes, I wouldn’t make it back in time for dorm dinners which would mean, I’d either have to buy something on campus or bring something early that I could heat it up. Apparently SEAs Cafe still has students in the same situation as I spotted instant noodles and microwaves .


No time for dinner at all, meant grabbing something quick like cliff bars and granola bars.


SEAS cafe then was simple and small and now it’s still simple but yet has a little more. What once was a small room with a couple snacks, is now a larger room with tables with a window view of the Court of Sciences. SEAs cafe has now grown up to be a fine little cafe. Aww…

Thanks for the memories SEAS cafe and for being a part of my UCLA journey! I’m so happy to see my “old friend” is still helping engineering students get through the days and nights.

For more smiles, please read my recent Yelp review on SEAS cafe.