Category Archives: California

Finding Flavor in Garden Grove’s Car Country

When I first saw the numbingly repetitive suburban sprawl of Garden Grove, California, I asked myself, “Yeah, but where exactly am I?” I thought that the place could be Houston. Or Orlando. Or anywhere else in America where the city … Continue reading

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Killer Snails, Creepy Lemons, and Pupusas I Won’t Share

As a frequent visitor to New York City’s farmers’ markets, I was curious to check out what was available at markets on the West Coast. Last Sunday, I wandered around the Hollywood farmers’ market on Ivar and Selma Avenues, where … Continue reading

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Curry, Karaoke, and Curly Khmer Letters: an Afternoon in Long Beach

Long Beach’s Cambodian community is one of the latest ethnic communities of California to gain official recognition in the form of geographic nomenclature: Cambodia Town. It has also been informally called Little Phnom Penh, and the differences with the real … Continue reading

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Visiting Pasadena without Licking Telephone Poles

Last week, in the middle of Old Town Pasadena’s swirling of food and foot traffic, I stumbled on the city’s newest source of gastronomy: Rocket Fizz, a store selling locally made soda from around the country and the world. Newest, … Continue reading

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