10 Signs You Grew Up Eating Food in Southern California

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If you grew up eating in SoCal, consider it something to pin on your "Awesome Things About My Life" board on Pinterest. It's a badge of honor; when non-natives ask me what Southern Californians do for fun, I list variations of "eat with friends" and "find new restaurants to try." I'm not a liar, so what makes SoCal food so great? Well...

10. Nothing Beats In-N-Out

Photo by Charles Lam
Just beautiful

Since In-N-Out's founding in Baldwin Park, it's become the pride and joy of our fast food culture, something even fancy chefs can admit to love. Growing up, In-N-Out is the default destination after literally everything. High school dances, concerts, football games, regular school days--you name it. No wonder the UCI In-N-Out is full of Uni High kids all of the time.

9. You Think Mexican Candy is Amazing Candy

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When someone says, "Give me the Lucas," you know they're talking about the oh-so-addicting chili mango Mexican powder. Beyond that, too, you've dabbled in Tamarindo candy, Duvalin chocolate-strawberry candy, Vero mango-and-watermelon-flavored lollipops, and De La Rosa peanut confections--lead be damned.

8. What's Dunkin Donuts?

Photo by Michelle Woo

You've probably never eaten Dunkin Donuts. In fact, you probably didn't hear about the East-Coast-lauded chain until you either went to the one in Vegas and/or know someone from the East Coast. Now they're coming to California? We'll stick to our Cambodian donut shops, thanks much.

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