• Julia Nowinska

5 not-so-serious reasons for California love right now

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

and why it is worth discovering during the pandemic

by Julia Nowinska

1. You can find out about your future whole enjoying cookies

It has been 8 months in the pandemic. 8 very long months. And yes, we all want to know what is ahead of us. Where we will be at next month (purple, red or orange?) and when (if at all) we will be able to go back to normal. With all the questions multiplying, being a Californian or visiting California comes in handy as it is the birthplace of fortune cookies. Yes, it is correct. Not China, nor Japan, but San Francisco is where the fortune cookies were invented. Right in the middle of Chinatown, there is a fortune cookie factory, where you can find out your future while crunching on vanilla, chocolate or green tea-flavored cookies. Check it out at 56 Ross Alley, San Francisco, CA 94108 or read about it here. And don’t forget to mark July 20 in your 2021 calendar – it is an official Fortune Cookie Day in San Francisco!

2. You can camp in late October without freezing

We all wait for rain and we are concerned when thinking about global warming. However, there is a silver lining to it: this year October in Northern California feels like summer (the weather is pretty amazing) and late October camping does not have to be freezing in the sleeping bag or while trying to make tea on a stove outside your tent. Use this weather well. Don’t wait for the showers (they will come one day). Go outdoors and camp as long as possible. We love all the campgrounds across the state. But especially this one, this one and this.

3. You can photograph giant donut and eat a hot dog from a hot dog

Randy’s donuts in Inglewood attracts not only donut lovers but also people who like quirky and weird stuff. Especially architecture. Go check it out, your Instagram feed will thank you. And, by the way, if you like you may also want to check out the iconic hot dog stand Tail o’ the Pup in L.A (which yes, looks like a hotdog)and was reopened in 2018.

4. You can smell an $850 a person dinner

You do not have to be a foodie to know about the French Laundry; a famous Napa restaurant run by Thomas Keller who can boast 3 (namely three!) Michelin stars. They have just opened an option of indoor dining with a $850 menu for one person (plus around a $200 tip!). For those who are unable to afford this (we sense there are a few people like that here, us included) we recommend taking a walk around the lovely restaurant in Yountville, Napa. It is located in a beautiful setting, and if you are lucky you can smell the amazing things happening in the kitchen. Think: caviar, foie gras and wagyu beef. For the taste, you need to use your imagination!

5. You can see the Windows XP wallpaper in real life

Bliss, the name of the photograph that shows up on Windows XP screen was taken in 1996. Microsoft bought the rights to it in 2000 and since then billions of people have seen this photograph on their desktop. It was taken in Los Carneros American Viticultural Area in Sonoma County. And the good news is that it has not been edited. So, if you stand in the right place on 3054 Carneros Highway, you will see the Windows wallpaper in real life. How California-cool is that?

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