Southern California (SoCal) is a huge metropolitan area that defies many descriptions. It is a beautiful place with a perfect weather and there are lots to do. Generations of immigrants have created a fusion of cultures and food.

As the frontier of the American Dream, laid-back Southern California allows you to be a pampered star, an earnest culture vulture, a die-hard foodie, and anything else your heart desires.

Southern California encompasses six counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. Riverside and San Bernardino Counties is known as the Inland Empire.


The climate is a highly varied range of micro-climates dominated by a mild Mediterranean climate. The climate and health-conscious diets and lifestyle promotes the production and consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and meat. Fried and battered foods are not common in California except for fish tacos, tempura and French fries.

Cuisine in the region is heavily influenced with Mexican and Spanish origins. Taco shops offering burritos, refried beans, tortas, tacos, nachos is very popular. Countless taco shops can be found throughout the region. There are also Asian influences in the regional cuisine. Boba, mocha ice cream are examples of Asian influence in the cuisine.

The car culture of Southern California has contributed to the popularity of drive-thru restaurants. Well known fast-food chains such as McDonalds, Jack in the Box, In-N-Out Burger, Fatburger were all established in Southern California. Gourmet burger is very popular in the region.


Southern California is known as the entertainment capital of the world. It is the home of Hollywood, a district of Los Angeles which is associated with the motion picture industry. Several motion picture studios are headquartered in the region: Walt Disney, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

Besides the entertainment industry, the culture in the region is very diverse. The beaches and open deserts are very popular to visitors. Los Angeles is also home to major museums like the Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art are among the well one museums.



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