Hi friends! I want to introduce you to one of my dear friends Stephanie! Stephanie and I have been friends since 7th or 8th grade. (Typing that just made me feel really old…) Anyway, I asked Stephanie to do a guest post for me since I wanted you all to get to know her because coming up Stephanie and I will be working a lot with one another on something special for y’all!
I didn’t realize how many things I’d miss about California when I moved away. I missed more than just my family, friends and old co-workers. I missed more than just my old stomping grounds and places where I made memories. Here are several things I miss the most:
1. In-N-Out Burger
Maybe it’s the sauce. Maybe it’s the burger. Maybe it’s just everything about In-N-Out. It’ll probably be one of my first stops the next time I’m back in the state.
2. Philz Coffee
I know this might sound crazy when there are so many great coffee shops all over the world, but there’s no place quite like Philz. Sure, I can buy the beans and make my own Philz from home no matter what state I’m in, however that’s just not the same. I surprisingly miss the baristas asking me to take a sip to make sure the coffee is OK.
3. Good Asian and Mexican food
You can argue with me all you want but I think the best (and most affordable) Asian and Mexican food can be found in the Bay Area. There is such a thing as bad boba and it’s a shame. NorCal knows good boba. That is all.
4. Avocado on demand
I normally don’t have to look hard on a menu for “avocado” anything. But now, I find myself looking for the word “California” on menus in hopes of finding something with avocado on it.
Why do people look at me like I’m crazy when I say, “hella” in a casual conversation? I don’t understand this “wicked” and “mad” business.
6. The ocean
I know you can see other oceans, but there’s something about the cold, salty Pacific that just feels like home.
7. Spontaneous weather
What’s with this on-and-off rain? Does nobody wear rain boots anymore? Well it’s impossible to if it’s just going to sprinkle here and there the whole day. I try to stay away from the sun as often as I can since I’m pretty pale, however when you don’t see the sun for a long period of time, you really learn how to appreciate it. And dry heat. I’ll take dry heat over humidity any day.
What did you miss when you left California?
Stephanie Jade Wong is a digital journalist based in Brooklyn. She’s interested in reporting and editing about beauty and lifestyle.
Stephanie holds an M.A. in Arts Journalism from the Newhouse school at Syracuse University, and a B.S. in magazine journalism and minor in (cultural) anthropology from San Jose State University.