Stunning mountain ranges and vast deserts. Magical forests with the highest trees in the world. The iconic American dream cities – Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Pacific with its fabulous beaches. This is California. Surfers’ mecca and amazing laid-back atmosphere which shows the culture of fascinating colors. That culture is full of diversity, activity, creative energy and delight in the taste of life – passions, trends and cuisine. What distinguishes Californian culture? We present the 10 most important expressions of the culture of California.
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Cultural melting pot
California is one of the most ethnically diverse states in the USA. The deep roots of many nationalities make up the unique mosaic of the culinary arts, architecture, customs, trends and artistic styles. The identities from around the world resounding in many different ways form an exceptional culture of California based on openness and tolerance.
Freedom and ease
California lives everyday life to the fullest, savoures the beauty of views and sea breezes. A sense of freedom and ease is enjoyed here – on paradise beaches, in quaint coastal pubs, in the remote Californian locations with stunning nature or … at work. The third largest State in the USA is famous for its creative industry. It is a reason why California and its culture are associated with a strong sense of individuality, life in accordance with own beliefs, liberal approach to politics, economics and social sphere.
Abundance of flavours
California combines American, Mexican, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine plus the trend for a healthy lifestyle and food with strong accent of seasonality. What many people don’t know: there are also fine local wines – California is fourth world biggest producers of this alcohol. It is a real paradise for gourmets who can choose from a wide variety of flavours and ways of feasting. The joy of dining together is as important as the cuisine specialties.
Taste the Californian cuisine in Cracow – Mavericks Cracow
A vegan place, luxury restaurant or maybe a sandwich on the way? The characteristic theme of the culinary arts of the West Coast are not only exquisite dishes, combining the influence of different continents, but also popular food trucks. They are great for snacks on the run, on the beach and in the streets. They are present both in large metropolitan areas and small tourist towns. It was from California that the fashion for this way of serving food came.
The breathtaking scenery of the West Coast features sharp rocky cliffs, foaming turquoise waves of the Pacific, wide bays and stunning beaches. Not only do they attract millions of tourists, but also, first and foremost, great numbers of surfers. The intensity on the waves fits perfectly in the liberation spirit of California. Relaxing on the beach, adrenaline, search for harmony with the ocean plus the unique fashion, music and lifestyle make up the surfing lifestyle we all know well – and love.
The winds blowing over the Pacific Ocean provide excellent conditions for the enthusiasts of extreme water sports. Mavericks is one of such places – the mecca of surfers where the waves can reach up to 24 m. This name was taken also by Mavericks restaurants in Cracow and Berlin. This restaurants cultivate the best culinary traditions of California in the heart of Europe.
The spirit of California is also visible in street art, murals, vibrant centres of contemporary art and great numbers of galleries and artists of various disciplines. The result is a mixture of trends, bohemianism, a unique artistic climate.
It was Los Angeles that earned the title of ‘world capital of murals’. The tradition of painting the facades of houses dates back to 1932, when Mexican painter David Siqueiros created the work America Tropical here.
Read also: Top 5 street art murals in Lodz, Poland
Music and celebrities
Los Angeles, a city in California, is considered the creative capital of the world and the centre of the film and entertainment industry. However, the “city of Angels” is not only a home of Hollywood stars. California is a great legend of the rock music scene. It is the birthplace of several famous bands, such as “The Doors”, “The Eagles” or “Guns N’ Roses”. Alternative sounds and restless spirit of rebels have become an important part of the culture of California.
Wild nature of the West Coast features heavenly beaches, mountain ranges and stunning forests, but also endless, desolate deserts with the famous Death Valley. These are stunning and often dangerous places enticing those who love to live in harmony with nature as well as the outsiders who want to escape the rush of big cities.
Hippies, hipsters, community
Loved by hippies in the past, the favorite place of hipsters in the present: In California you can find a cultural mixture of creative and alternative circles as well as the strong need for commonality.
The culture stands for the openness to other people, sharing time, relaxation, eating. It’s the joy of life and social interaction.
The active, healthy and eco-friendly way of life as well as fresh fruit and vegetables are extremely popular on the West Coast. The lifestyle based on smart nutrition is an important part of the local culture. This stems from various motivations which are just as diverse as California itself.
California is a fabulous place where you just want to live and treat everyday life consciously, by celebrating the meal, indulging in a passion, enjoying the surroundings.
And it is really hard not to get carried away on the wave of the Californian freedom and commonality, right?