As a native Californian, I’ve both welcomed and winced at the world’s varying opinions of the Golden State over the years.Alternately glorified and vilified, mimicked and mocked, California was the magnetic Gold Rush destination of the biggest human migration in history. Its movie industry has entertained and inspired the world over, and people everywhere are captivated by the state’s promised-land image as the place where the sun last sets on the New World. California’s menus, ...

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