GUEST POST: 7 Things I Missed When I Left California

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!


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

5. Language

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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

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I know you can see other oceans, but there’s something about the cold, salty Pacific that just feels like home.

7. Spontaneous weather

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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?


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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.

5 thoughts on “GUEST POST: 7 Things I Missed When I Left California

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