Dive into Our California Issue

Chandra Ram

There’s a line people used to say about the difference between California restaurant culture versus the rest of the country: In California, people go out to restaurants, but in New York and Chicago, they go out to eat.

And for a while, it felt true. I mean, how easy is it to joke about starlets picking at salad while simultaneously posing for paparazzi? Sure, there’s an argument for that kind of thinking, but...