California cuisine? What's that? Uh (???) … duh?? Food prepared by California chefs. Wild guess!
Each bullet point below has been explored in much further detail by fellow freelance writer Om Paramapoonya and presented in an article titled:
The facts are fun! Did not the story of how the California-Style Pizza came to be. Know it now! :)
- The term “California cuisine” was first used by food critics and magazine editors.
- California has diverse agriculture and people. Thus, the cuisine reflects the variety of local produce and seafood, and the fusion of ethnic diversities, mainly, Mexicans, Europeans, and Asians/Pacific Islanders.
- Californians have a health-conscious culture and food artisans, farmers' markets and organic farming are highly respected, valued and appreciated.
- Signature dishes served in restaurants typically highlight: artichokes, avocado, dry jack cheese, goat cheese, roasted garlic ("stinking rose"), sourdough bread, sun dried tomatoes, and … whatever produce is in season, at the time.
- California classic dishes – such as Cioppino (a fish stew), Oyster Cocktail, the California roll and California-Style Pizza – each have an interesting history about their origins.
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