I live pretty close to South OC, so why not.
Are there any good Taiwanese xiaochi/小吃 places in Irvine that you'd recommend? I really miss all those Taiwanese treats.
I like my drinks without the boba too. And, without ice. Those also happen to be my parents' preferences. We just want that pure, savory milk tea. The Asian girls at the cash register always look surprised whenever I say, "No boba, no ice please!"
Hit me up if any one of you would like to visit Tijuana or Mexicali. I'll show you the "real" Mexico that most gringo tourists never get to see - hard-working families, residential neighborhoods, live acoustic music, Chinese-owned businesses, university campuses, cultural centers, and other hidden gems.
Since I grew up in Northern California, I can safely say that the Northern and Southern California Asian-American youngster crowds are the same. Technically, "Asian-American" can't be generalized, since Asian Americans are tremendously diverse. But here, the crowd I'm talking about is generally:
- East Asian: Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Vietnamese
- Upper-middle class preppy suburban kids
- Have professional parents who are engineers, businesspeople, real estate agents, and so on
- A significant proportion are fundamentalist Protestant Christians
- Usually do not speak their heritage languages well
There are also Asian-American crowds that are very different, such as the children of Southeast Asian refugees in the Central Valley.
Some quirks that differentiate the northerners and southerners though:
- SoCal'ers use "like" a lot and raise their intonations at the ends of their sentences much more. They say "I'm going to take 5" instead of "I'm going to take the 5" when talking about freeways.
- NorCal'ers use stereotypically "hella" much more.
The difference really isn't quite noticeable, since people move around within California a lot, especially college-age kids.