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MIT student blogger Mitra L. '07

Reek Week by Mitra L. '07

Updated 8/3 to include pictures of Gilroy garlic ice cream.

+ Intern Open House at Googleplex

+ Freakonomics book-signing at Yahoo!

+ Non-surprise party at Half Moon Bay

+ Gilroy Garlic Festival
+ Santa Rosa shindig

+ Riding horses (nope, whew)
+ MIT Send-off

Here are a gazillion pictures from Gilroy Garlic Festival 2005:

The entrance is flanked by two port-a-potties. A little bird tells me that between 120,000 and 150,000 people attend each year, and that it is the largest food festival in the country. On 101S, immediately (2 seconds) after we pass the “Welcome to Gilroy” sign, we can smell the garlic. Love is in the air, and it doesn’t smell good.

A little presumptuous.

Starting out pretty tame — garlic braids.

Garlic jelly (not Jell-O, as one very disappointed visitor found out) is pretty good. Garlic chocolate — not so much.

The traditional garlic fries.

I feel really bad for the stands that were *selling* garlic ice cream — no one’s going to buy it if another stand is giving it out for free.

The happiest (and stinkiest) I’ve been in years.

Eating garlic gives you the power and strength to do things you otherwise wouldn’t be able to do.

The bales of hay outlined a picture of a clove. These garlic people are just so clever.

They have a televised garlic cooking competition. You know what that means — free samples. Almost as good as Costco at lunch.

Why these people are dressed like this, I do not know.

This man (‘s hat) is quite popular among garlic paparazzi.

The Crest bus has stations for you to brush your teeth. I say, “When in Rome…”

And three from Santa Rosa:

Some creative marketing on Apple’s part.

5 responses to “Reek Week”

  1. MJ says:

    + Freakonomics book-signing at Yahoo!

    + Meeting Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner


  2. What’s with the Online Applications and Tracking link? Every time I click on it, I get this message:

    An application error occured at approximately Sat Jul 30 18:13:14 EDT 2005 (java.lang.NullPointerException).

    Anybody knows what’s going on?

  3. Eric,

    That usually means someone screwed up the coding of the jsp page smile.

    I would wait until someone fixes it. I’m sure it won’t be long, but don’t take my word for it as I’m not them. smile



  4. i wish there is a way i can make friends here am from africa and love to study at MIT. need friends from MIT.

  5. rose says:


    *so SO jealous*