It’s standard for us to do these comparative TL;DRs whenever we come back from traveling. It seems like we’ve done two of these in a row now: our last one was on China vs Korea, and this week we’re talking about California vs Korea. Woot!

Of course, we’re not talking about all of California in this video. We’re just talking about our experiences and what we’ve noticed. Even our LA friends were surprised when we talked about how friendly everyone is to us! So, I’m sure your experiences won’t line up with ours in many ways, and we’d love to hear where they differ!

There were a few things we didn’t talk about in this video, though, so we’ll mention them here:

LA Traffic

I’ll hear no complaints about it at all, thank you very much! I’ve seen shows in which people complain about the traffic. Anthony Bourdaine complained about it, and had a montage of people complaining about it. You have nothing to complain about! ORRRR…we were just exceptionally lucky. We never hit a single traffic jam. Things moved slower sometimes, but it was overall very smooth everywhere we drove. In Korea, the traffic sucks all day long. We just crawl to the studio going 20-30km an hour most of the time, even at 11PM at night on a Wednesday. It’s always bad here. LA Traffic, not that bad at all!

Pretentious Restaurant Names

Is it just me, or do fancy pants restaurants have single syllable names too often? FEED. LIME. GRUB. FRESH. Pfft. Too hoity toity. All of them with their minimalistic font and take on deconstructed reconstructed food. I want to hear a name like “Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.” HELLS YEAH! That’s what I’ll eat. I won’t trust any restaurant with one syllable for a name, and I saw a few like that in LA.

Creative Food

Now, this might be a bit debatable, and I imagine if you’re a patriotic Korean you might get defensive on this point, but – from our brief experiences – there seems to be a lot more of a creative spirit for cuisine in California than there is in Korea.

We went to so many restaurants that offered so many different new kinds of foods. Different flavour combinations, fusion, techniques. Just…whoa. In Korea, though, we don’t really see that much diversity in cuisine. A sundubu is a sundubu is a sundubu. Where’s a Mexican sundubu? Or an Indian naengmyeon? Most restaurants we walk by in Korea offer “Salad Steak Sandwich Pasta Wine Beer Coffee,” in which they offer everything but do nothing really well.

Don’t get us wrong: we love Korean food. You’ve seen us drool over it in many many videos. But sometimes we crave some diversity, something new, and Korea rarely offers anything new when it comes to food.

Creative Spaces

We were ultra inspired when we went to the Jubilee Project Conference, not so much by the conference itself, which was lovely, but by the freaking place it was being held in. We were in The Great Company. It’s a gigantic and freaking GORGEOUS space where people can be creative. It’s a reconstructed warehouse, and – holy hell – I felt like robbing the place. I don’t mean grabbing stuff from there and running: I wanted to rob the place itself. Like, this is my place now, GTFO.

It’s the studio of our dreams, really. We love the Eatyourkimchi Nasty Studio, don’t get us wrong, but it’s a bit small. It’s big by Korean standards, but compared to the Great Company, it’s puny. It had a giant kitchen, huge living room, presentation spaces, a recording studio, and just loads of room. We want something like that. We’d love to take a warehouse in Korea and build a bigger studio in it, where we can film our cooking segments, where we can have Korean bands that don’t have music videos come in and shoot a live session, where we can have other YouTubers come in and shoot videos if they need a space. The Great Company: having a place like that is our next big dream. I think it’s gonna happen. Our place, we’re discovering, is falling apart. It’s leaking all over (and monsoon season just hit, so we’re gonna be in a lot of trouble) and it’s got some other quirks to it that don’t make it ideal.

Ok, the point here isn’t to talk about our dream space and what we want to do in Korea. What I wanted to say is that we were in a few places in LA that were just gorgeous creative environments, and I don’t see that in Korea too much. The real estate is just too small and the rent is too damn high. Maybe outside of Seoul it’s doable, but in Seoul, in Hongdae especially, it’s not really common, and we were really envious of the creative spaces in LA. Like, really really.

Alright I might have wandered a bit in that last point. Sorry! We just felt really inspired after leaving LA. The food was creative, the spaces were creative, and talking with different YouTubers there made us feel creative, and meeting our app developer made us feel creative, and we just came back to Korea inspired as hell! YAAAGGGHHHH!!!!! TIME TO MAKE MOAR MOVIES!

So…*cough* that’s it for this week’s TL;DR. Let us know what you think. If you’re in Korea or LA, or if you’ve visited either, we’d love to hear your input and see how it aligns with ours :D

We’ve got a special guest appearance for next week’s TL;DR: we shot that one in LA, so make sure you check it out. Click on this pretty button below to make sure you don’t miss out!

  1. Las Vegas… depends on the season. I was there in July and it was still 105F (45.5C) at 9pm. Less humidity = less heat capacity = heats up faster and cools down faster which means the desert can be toasty warm during the day and pretty cold at night, depending on the time of year. :3

  2. So sad I couldn’t go to the LiNK Summit even though I go to Pepperdine.. T__T
    Also, the weather was definitely a bit chillier during June and July, and even more so since Malibu and LA are closer to the ocean than where I live.
    Glad you two enjoyed SoCal! :)

  3. miriamTee

    Hello!! Miriam here, you might remember me from my K-indie video request (Byul.org)!
    While watching the video for this TL;DR and reading the blog post, I couldn’t keep myself from commenting on my lovely home, California. I’ve read through most of the comments, and everyone pretty much nailed it, but I have a few things to add.

    Creative spaces: I really wanted to comment about this! I couldn’t sit still when i was reading this part of your blog post! I think what you guys are doing in Korea is amazing, and to hear that you have bigger dreams for your project is great!
    I am a creative and love to hear about companies and organizations that help designers, artists, creative thinkers, musicians, etc. in any way. It really makes me happy! I wish I was in Korea and could contribute. I would love to see this become a reality!
    All I could think of, as far as a way to help, was to recommend creative spaces in San Francisco for inspiration. Just to name a few, check out The Glint, WorkshopSF, and Makeshift Society.

    One last word:
    Not that I’m bias or anything buuuuut, next time your in CA check out San Francisco. Pack a jacket, bring a scarf, and comfy walking shoes. There is tones to see, eat, and learn (the food!!! Oh the FOOD!). A Great resource for your next visit is the blog,
    The Blod Italic. It’s full of great info, mostly about San Francisco but also includes the Bay Area (Norcal) and some Socal. So much California knowledge!

    VERY last thing…. LIVING ROOM CONCERTS! Yup, you read it correctly! Don’t know if you have heard of this beautiful phenomenon, but it’s a very magical event, and I think it would be a great way to promote K-indie bands. The Bold Italic, I mentioned above, has a great blog post about three organizations that curate these musical-speakeasy events worldwide!!!

    I hope this was helpful and inspiring :)
    Thanks for all the videos and blog posts. You all are rockstars!

  4. Sapphire_Bryony

    The portion size thing is an American thing, I think. I’m nowhere near the west coast (Cleveland gal here!) but the waffle size you mention sounds like a normal waffle to me… :/

    So glad people were nice and friendly! I’ve noticed that I’ve never really run into the
    nasty/snobby city people” trope when visiting NYC/DC/Chicago.

    Also, I evidently need to move to Korea. Small talk is my kryptonite.

  5. Haha I don’t think large portions are a California thing, I think that’s like…an America thing. The portions at that breakfast restaurant sounded the same as restaurants in the midwest where I’m from. Waffles in Korea don’t cut it for me!!! They’re like the size of a cookie!!! I miss big waffles that take up the whole plate ㅠ_ㅠ

  6. mochibunny99

    I’m glad you guise had a great time in Cali! I live in Los Angeles and it’s nice to hear what you think about us. ^.^ You guise made me laugh when you talked about small-talk and how awkward it was. I know how you feel though at least. I’m a pretty shy person and when I go out in public, some random people come up to me and comment about my teal colored hair. I usually just smile and laugh at the person and walk away as soon as I can. Traffic, traffic, traffic. You both are just plain lucky, but that’s cool! Eek! Sorry about those food proportions! I know they are crazy, especially at places like Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles! By the way, when you two went to Roscoe’s, did you go to Randy’s Donuts? A beach with tar? Wow. I’ve actually never heard that. And cold weather? Double wow. Next time the both of you visit
    California (hopefully soon), you should go to Huntington or Seal Beach. No tar in the sand, perfect beach Summer weather, and some semi-stereotypes. I honestly never thought our buildings and food to ever be creative or inspiring, but that’s great you guise did!
    Most people are friendly most are not. It’s like that anywhere you go really or you two just make people nice by just be near them.
    That sounds pretty logical. I wonder what types of things I would compare between Korea and California. HRRRRMMMMM. A wish of mine is to travel to South Korea and Japan. It would be awesome to meet the EYK family! Yup. Proud to be a Nasty!!!! :D

  7. sailorpluto

    Well the portion size is totally a problem all over America!!! I think it is a huge contributing factor in the over weightiness that is exploding in America. My man and I usually try to split food when we go out bc everywhere gives you soooooo much!!! Its crazy! The weather is a lot chillier bc of no humity and its the same for like colorado and Arizona/New Mexico . they have really warm months but most of the year is way cooler than you expect!!! love u guys xoxo

  8. Truth! I live in a semi-arid climate–in regular people speak that means it is desert-y but usually not quite. Dry, little to no humidity, but generally quite nice year-round the closer you are to the coast.

    Never encountered a genuine hand-shaker before! With any big city you see a range of personalities. I can’t recall anybody being incredibly rude (except for the driver who cut me off two days ago).

    LA freeways must be avoided at all costs. LA downtown should be avoided, too. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  9. I love how it was a shock that California is colder than imagined. I live in San Francisco and my mother is a part of a program that hosts international students that want to learn English at a university here. Just about the first thing everyone does when they arrive is complain about the cold then go out to shop for a jacket.

  10. When I’ve gone to California for family vacations, it wasn’t so much L.A., but the San Francisco/Lake Tahoe area. I do remember packing sweatshirts because even in the summer, San Francisco could get a bit chilly. I don’t really remember huge portions of food (although I can imagine) but I do remember being out to dinner with my parents at a restaurant. Whenever the waiter noticed my bread plate was empty, they’d put a new roll on it. After maybe the second time that happened, my dad decided that we had enough bread and we had to turn over/hide our bread plate so they wouldn’t give us another one.

  11. TL;DR request:
    I saw your recent Twitter post ( http://bit.ly/1qTvJCm ) regarding black face on Korean TV. As a person of Korean descent who was born and raised in the States, it makes me incredibly uncomfortable watching shows (Korean or American) that rely on forms of cultural insensitivity for a laugh. I know it’s a touchy subject, and you probably like keeping things on the lighter side, but as foreigners living in Korea, how do you feel seeings things like black face in Korean media, things that would be considered totally not okay in your native countries? And does it seem like any shows or networks are making efforts to stop, especially considering increasing immigrant populations in the country and global broadcast of their shows?

  12. somethingwittyhere

    First, ya’ll are amaze balls and I love your blog! Second, as a person who has lived all over the US ( Atlanta, NYC, Seattle, the Bay Area, etc.,) people are definitely great at small talk/chit-chat on the West Coast. I think it comes from the more laid-back, chill lifestyle. But I’d have to say people in the South are far more friendly in a genuine way. In the South, you can make new friends in 5 seconds flat as long as you have even one ting in common to talk about.

    California by far has the best overall weather though. Korea sounds like Georgia, and that equals heat and humidity. YUCK!

    Keep on being awesome!

  13. You guys are so cute! But why didn’t you two check the weather in California before packing? It may just be the Texan in me talking, but California is pretty chilly to me. Since I have relatives there, I visit a lot and always make sure to bring sweaters and hoodies!

    Also, about the cold beach water, didn’t you know that California shares ocean water with Alaska? At least that’s what my Californian cousin told me.

    I can’t wait for your next videos!

  14. Can you guys do a TL;DR on sasaeng fans plzzzzz…….Oh almost forgot….you soooo nastyyy

  15. Near where I study, there’s a salad bar/restaurant called The Slug and Lettuce, which I don’t think is the most confidence-inspiring name….

  16. Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles DOES have huge portion sizes, but if you go you’re supposed to know that. Portion sizes at most restaurants tend to be more than you can eat/enough that you’ll be REALLY DAMN FULL at the end.
    In terms of being polite – it really depends on where you are. Judging from the map of where you guys were for FroYo and that there’s a Roscoe’s in Pasadena, you were in one of the nicer parts of town that also tends to be primarily caucasian so you do have a lot more of a focus on being polite, and on customer service. If you were to go to more business – oriented, or more Asian areas, such as KTown or the San Gabriel Valley, customer service is definitely not as good as you would get somewhere in Pasadena or Westside. Same honestly applies to small talk.
    For the weather, you guys really arrived at a bad time. The joke is that summer doesn’t REALLY start in California until July, and the summer months are actually July – mid-October. June is honestly more spring-like, with cloudy mornings that clear up in the afternoon and weather that doesn’t really go up past 85, and will typically stay around a 75 high or so. (In other words, nice weather). However, the night temperatures really do drop, and we often have as much as a 30 degree (Fahrenheit) swing in temperature from night to day. It’ll easily be 90+ during the daytime, and it’ll drop very rapidly to 60 or 70 a few hours after sunset, so a lot of us get into the habit of carrying a thin sweater or light jacket around while we wear shorts and t-shirts or tank tops during the day.
    LA Traffic is bad compared to the rest of the West Coast, and probably the rest of the U.S. apart from New York, but compared to any major Asian city, PARTICULARLY Seoul or Beijing, and it’s not contest. Traffic is just so much worse in Asia because the population density is something like a billion times higher, BUT we do get something approaching Gangnam-level traffic on a few freeways during the middle of rush hour, but it’s usually a solid 30-60 kmh on most streets.
    Honestly, a lot of the restaurant names in LA can sound pretentious – but don’t let that deceive you. Yes, the food that they charge costs a bit more than you’d find at say, Roscoe’s or the Kogi Taco Truck, but it’s still damned good. A few prime examples are Pot, which is a Koreatown restaurant run by the same chef who created the Kogi Truck, and Animal, which never has a fixed menu and always has something creative in the mix (Fried Pigs Ears, Cheese Curds and Gravy on Fries). The creativity in LA isn’t just limited to the filming and architecture – it extends to the food culture as well. On the other side of things, we certainly have more than our share of Hole-in-the-wall soul food places, such as “Pollo a la Brasa” and “Borneo Kalimantan Cuisine”, to name a few. A lot of the places in LA really like to create Southern California takes on various cuisines, ranging from Mexican to Italian to Chinese and everything in-between. It’s essentially an LA remix of a classic foreign dish so that it’s more palatable to us SoCal natives and is easier to obtain the ingredients for. Also, if you ever want something creative and you’re back in the LA/Pasadena area, stop by Mix n’ Munch in South Pasadena. In their menu, amongst other eclectic items, is a nutella and strawberry sandwich. Don’t question. Just eat. It works. It is good. You will enjoy.
    In terms of creative spaces – the entire damn Hollywood industry, and many, many independent filmmakers and YouTubers ARE based in California, after all. It’s only proper that we have amazing studios. USC’s School of Cinematic Arts is only a small division of USC (Population/student body representation wise) and still has top-of-the-line studios (4 or 5 of them, actually). Not to mention, there are lots of independent filmmakers from USC, Chapman, UCLA and other local film programs that have low budgets and get very creative with the spaces they use as studios, and as they work their way up the networking ladder that is the film business, they bring that same creativity in designing and choosing studios to work in. This kind of cutting edge mentality also exists in the Westside particularly, which is known for having lots of tech firms that really loves this casual, creative environment to think and work in.

    ANYWAYS, that got REALLY long REALLY fast, but as somebody who knows and loves SoCal, I felt the urge to comment on essentially everything you guys talked about. – Oh, and about the tar? If you guys were near the Brea Tar Pits, that might of been an issue, LA does have a few random tar pits here and there, not sure if there are any by the beach. Otherwise, probably some sort of truck had an accident and just spilled tar, that’s almost never an issue at the beaches here.

  17. I grew up in Oregon (so not too terribly far from California), but I definitely noticed a similar kind of cultural difference when I moved to Norway. It’s not that people there don’t make small talk, but the thing that struck me was the difference in giving complements. Generally speaking, I think people in the US are comfortable giving out compliments to others, even people who are complete strangers. I can’t even count how many times I’ve gotten compliments I’ve gotten in the course of my life in the US from complete strangers on my hair, or some article of clothing, etc. but in Norway, I know exactly how many times I’ve received a compliment from a stranger, or even witnessed a compliment being given to a stranger: 0. And when I’ve given compliments to complete strangers while in Norway, they always look kind of shocked (pleasantly shocked, but shocked nonetheless). I’m not sure if it’s a cultural thing or just the specific people I’ve encountered (any Norwegians want to weigh in?), but it seemed in keeping with Martina’s comment about getting compliments on her hair in CA. And I agree, the Pacific Ocean is SO cold!!

  18. I am glad you liked California guys :) I’ve lived here my entire life (17 years)–I am definitely a California girl! Honestly I was SUPER SURPRISED by your experience. THE TAR? I have never had that happen to me EVER. I have never even hear of ANYONE having that issue but I live in the San Francisco area. Even so, I know LA and Southern California like the back of my hand–weird. But it’s kinda true that LA beaches are a little dirtier (because they are so popular and pollution) than some of the ones up north like Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
    I was also shocked that people were so nice to you guys because I have always thought California was a bit on the rude side (we are not all mean but I wouldn’t say we’re overly friendly to everyone). I am glad you guys ran into some nice people.
    I agree our weather is cool XD—I <3 my state :D!

  19. DesOkun

    Although I currently live in Texas (TX), USA, I was born in California (CA) and lived there until I was 13. Also, I still have family there. We just got back from a week and a half trip to CA by car in fact. We saw family and went to some of the common tourist stops. The heat in Los Angeles (LA) is different from in TX, but is just as annoying. The air conditioning in the places we went seemed to be broken or set way to high in CA. Drivers are pretty crazy in most places, but CA drivers are usually worse than TX drivers unless it is in bad weather when they all are really bad.

    The Pacific Ocean in CA is much, much colder than the Gulf in TX, and the sand is different. In CA, you sink into the sand more. The tar you were having trouble with is from all of the oil rigs off the coast. Also, the roads are made of tar in many cases as well, at least they were when I was young. Northern CA tends to be colder than Southern CA. Nights tend to be cooler because of either the desert or ocean breezes.

  20. Alissou

    I traveled to California in last october and the weather was amazingly nice for that time of the year! Of course we couldn’t swim but it was hot enough to wear dresses :D And the beach were pretty clean I didn’t saw any tar ! I guess you weren’t lucky on that time :/ And about driving I was truly afraid on the highway because most of the time no one was using their turn signal :( But people were really friendly and open! I also have made a lot of small talks with sellers, and passerby ^^ But about the food amount, to me it was normal. Actually Mcdonald’s burgers were smaller than the ones in France ! >xx< Please continue your super videos which have made me discover so many things about Korea :D Et pleins de bisous ^v^

  21. kaynichelle

    Real talk, I think people in America, generally, are polite. Not especially polite or overly polite. Not like Japan. But the issue is, people in Korea are so coarse and a little rude that Simon and Martina have just become accustomed to that. lol! One of the things that shocked me about living here is how friggin’ CUT THROAT everyone is! Like, in the year I have been here, I can count on ONE hand the number of times someone actually said “sorry” or “excuse me” after slamming into me on the sidewalk, stepping on my foot, shoving me aside on the bus/subway, and so on. I went to Japan for a weekend and was in awe when a lady said “sumimasen” just to look at some juice next to me in a convenience store! I literally stood there for 3 mins with stars in my eyes with gratitude. haha!

    Korea is just rough and ya’ll have gotten used to that.

  22. Speaking as a northern German who’s been to America quite a lot I don’t like the small-talk and chit-chat in America. Sometimes I even find the friendliness obviously fake and I honestly feel uncomfortable telling the cashier about my plans for the day. There’s just no reason for it. People at home are not unfriendly or anything, we just like to keep things to a minimum. My mom (from southern Germany) really enjoyed staying in Canada for some time and went to Superstore even more than once a day because she enjoyed people talking to her. I guess it’s just personal preference as to how much small talk you enjoy having ;)

  23. kawaii_candie

    here’s my bit about small talk that i thought you guys might find interesting. in japan, most people don’t do it either, though it doesn’t seem to be as bad as what you’ve described about korea. and especially being a foreigner, people might randomly come up to you and ask you where you’re from. but yeah, nobody would comment about your hair or shorts. HOWEVER, in stores and such, there is zero small talk. in fact, if you go to a store, you’ll hear the staff count your things as they scan them (which is really pointless and annoying) and i was told that this is so that you don’t talk to them as they work!!! i was really surprised when i found out. but yeah, usually no small talk. (unless you are in a clothing store, where the sales girls will flip over backwards to be friendly to you so you buy more stuff) i am always surprised when i go back home to canada and a waitress in the restaurant or cashier in a store will just start randomly chatting to me about my nails or how cute my bag is. i think it’s nice though!!

  24. About the tar on the beach.. that’s not “normal”. Meaning, it’s not a natural occurrence. I grew up on the Gulf Coast (Houston) and frequented the beaches. That tar is what’s left over from past oil spills in the ocean/Gulf that eventually makes it way to shore. I’m sure you’ve seen the news in the past when a spill happens, and efforts are deployed for cleanup, including the cleaning of birds (using original Dawn for soap).

    • Oh.. and about desert living.. so I grew up in Houston (hot/humid most the year). I moved to Albuquerque in 2006, and had to adjust to desert climates–dry/low humidity (normally around 10%-15%, as opposed to Houston which is around 80%-90%). The first thing I noticed is that we don’t need to use coasters in ABQ… if you have a glass of ice water or iced tea sitting on the table, it doesn’t “sweat” (condensate), because the air is do dry here. Also, we rarely sweat–unless you’re doing something really physical. But just walking around, your clothes won’t stick to you. So, yes, during the day, if you’re in the sun, it is intense (you fell HOT), but in the shade, it’s feels 20 degrees cooler, and the nights are cool (highs around mid-90′s, lows in mid 60′s during the summer months).

  25. Lol we Mexicans take soccer very seriously (ever since Mexico was eliminated from the World Cup my mom has banned even mentioning soccer in our house NO ERA PENAL!)so having to soccer fans get in a fight one being a Mexican fan isn’t very surprising.
    As for the beaches, I have never been to Playa Del Rey, but any other beach I have gone to (Venice, Long Beach, Santa Monica, most beaches in the San Diego area) have never had tar on them. Maybe trash and seaweed but never tar, that is actually the first time I heard of it. You also probably picked a cold day to go to the beach because around this time of year it’s good weather to go to the beach for most days. However, California weather is really bipolar. I live in Palm Springs and it’s super hot all day, but if I drive for 2 hours to LA it’s so fresh from the sea breeze. But the heat does not compare to Arizona where I used to live. Word of advice: if you’re gonna go to a city right by the coast it’s gonna be fresh and breezy during the day, but freezing at night.
    People in California are very chatty. You could be buying some groceries and you will end up telling the cashier about your plans in the weekend. People can be nice here but you’ll always encounter a meanie every now and then.
    You guys should visit California again sometime soon!

  26. Lol we Mexicans take soccer very seriously (ever since Mexico was eliminated from the World Cup my mom has banned even mentioning soccer in our house NO ERA PENAL!)so having to soccer fans get in a fight one being a Mexican fan isn’t very surprising.
    As for the beaches, I have never been to Playa Del Rey, but any other beach I have gone to (Venice, Long Beach, Santa Monica, most beaches in the San Diego area) have never had tar on them. Maybe trash and seaweed but never tar, that is actually the first time I heard of it. You also probably picked a cold day to go to the beach because around this time of year it’s good weather to go to the beach for most days. However, California weather is really bipolar. I live in Palm Springs and it’s super hot all day, but if I drive for 2 hours to LA it’s so fresh from the sea breeze. But the heat does not compare to Arizona where I used to live. Word of advice: if you’re gonna go to a city right by the coast it’s gonna be fresh and breezy during the day, but freezing at night.
    People in California are very chatty. You could be buying some groceries and you will end up telling the cashier about your plans in the weekend. People can be nice here but you’ll always encounter an asshole every now and then.
    You guys should visit California again sometime soon!

  27. CupcakeSauce

    Hello there watermelon beans!
    I just created my account and I love you guys. Hey, why don’t you plan a trip to Miami, Florida? Yeah! This is a place with a lot of cultural diversity…and delicious food!
    Anyways, keep posting new things and thanks for being South Korea’s Kimchi Advisors!

  28. So, I have a question for you guys: Were you filming when the fro-yo guy was being super-helpful? Not that I have been in a Cali Fro-yo (I’m a cynical New Yorker; east, east baby!). I have, however worked at a number of eateries during my collage days and I know that my already excellent customer service would definitely have gotten even more fabulous if someone walked in with a camera. “Sorry I have to clean the bar” may translate to “Don’t film this yet!” Also, I think friendliness in America is definitely region-based, like West, vs. Midwest, vs. South, Vs. ‘North’/East, vs. New England. In New York, we like to be left alone and will generally ‘ignore’ people because we like to be left alone ourselves and it can sometimes feel annoying/rude if someone talks to you! Not all the time, but it seems like a big chunk of the time.

    Yah, and as far as portion sizes go, they are big pretty much everywhere in the US! Now you know why we have such an obesity problem . . .

    I also have a Tl;DR question for you related to that: Do Korean restaurants let you take home leftover food? Do they just have more-reasonalbe sized portions that they expect you to finish?

    Also, thanks to you, the majority of Korean words that I know are all food words . . . and I may or may not make Jajangmyeon and dokbokki on a regular basis . . . and I might have learned Hangul . . . and developed a love for Kimchi. So, anyway THANKS GUYSE!

  29. Well you should come to Mediterranean for the best cuisine in the world and for the great hospitality.

  30. I almost forgot you guys are Canadian omg. Chicken and Waffles is literally the most normal thing for me because I live in the South idk. Here in Texas people are polite yet ignorant and if you go in to small talk they’ll normally say at least one offensive thing. It’s hot as hell in the summer (but not like Arizona) and freaking freezing in the winter (compared to the heat in the summer) and our transitioning seasons are almost non-existent. I also never realized our portion sizes (?) Like they’re just normal to me I guess.

  31. UGH small talk! I need to move to Korea, stat! It was hilarious to watch you guy relive your experiences. I used to dye my hair pink or purple or blue, and people would stop me ALL the time to ask about it. I’m not shy or anything, I just usually don’t want to talk to people about nothing. I’ve always been like that, so I’m the odd one out.

    I live in Orange County, so just south of LA- I can get there in an hour or so. I think people in LA and even OC are VERY nice. People in California are much happier overall than people in other parts of the US (that I have lived in or been to). I am originally from Indiana and people are kinda rude and depressed. Californians live in California, what do they have to be mad about (joking!).

    And lastly, portion sizes are like that across the US, guys. It’s part of the reason this country has such a problem with obesity levels. I order half sizes of things whenever I can, and plan to have leftovers!

  32. crazyreader

    Small talk in the Midwest is also very common:]

  33. So sad I missed you guise! Funnily enough, though, the reason I wasn’t in California was because I was visiting Korea, and I definitely noticed a lot of the same differences. For example, small talk: my mom, having lived in California for a while, was trying to have a conversation with the lady making our (donkatsu!!!) kimbap, but the lady would only give one-word answers and just kept asking us to sit down. On the other hand, in California (like you experienced) people will initiate conversations randomly all the time. The “California-is-so-warm-all-the-time” thing is definitely not true. When I arrived home I was blown away by how cold it was–-at least compared to Korea. “Food-creativity” is abundant here. There’s a Indian-Mexican fusion restaurant near where I live. I’ve also seen Korean-Mexican food trucks, among many other combinations. Lastly, yes, portion sizes here are way too freaking big. Wow. Glad you enjoyed your stay in California!

  34. Lots of oil under high pressure off the coast of California. Stuff just leaks out like crazy. Locals keep begging the oil companies to come in and pump the stuff out but the environmentalists block all attempts even though the result would be less oil in the water.

  35. TooKyute

    Whatttt? It’s so hot here in California I feel like! But while it is true that California does have some desert-ish weather, it’s super mild since it’s so close to the ocean and all that water acts like a buffer; it doesn’t get super hot in the day and then super hot at night, nothing like Arizona, Nevada, or Colorado. Las Vegas is way more in-land so the effects of the ocean would be less than L.A. near the coast.

  36. West Coast Best Coast! (Had to say it). I also have to say as someone from West Coast, we tend to be much friendlier than East Coast USA. Small talk… I mean, it’s just friendly. Calling it “small talk” almost has the connotation that it’s shallow/superficial/not genuine… which is not the case. And man, California has NOTHING on Hawaii (where I lived growing up). Hawaii is a much more friendly place. I am always surprised going back to mainland (Oregon and Washington usually) when people DON’T chat with every single person they meet… so if California was a lot for you, I’m now picturing Korea as super cold/un-friendly (I don’t know if that’s fair, but that’s the context I have… where do you make friends if you don’t chat with smiling strangers in a froyo shop?). In Hawaii we kiss to say hello (even the first time you meet), the friend of my friend is my new friend, and we address each other in family terms – even a stranger would be “Aunty” or “Uncle” (growing up I had a hard time keeping track of who was biological family and who was just close friends we’d absorbed into the family functions). If somebody is helping you or waiting with you, such as a gas station attendant, or a fellow customer waiting in a line for example, of course you would ask them how their day is going and chat about sports or what you’ll be cooking this summer at cookouts. Something to keep in mind if you ever come visit Hawaii!

  37. 7inspirits

    Weather in California is really nice. Lived in Cali my whole life and have experienced the nice warm-cool weather of the central coast and the extreme heat the San Fernando Valley can bring. As for beach weather..yes the beach is cold and windy LOL If you want a really nice beach day you would have to go on a day where its 90+ F (On these days you see a lot of shirtless-ness of guys jogging around) As for the tar..I have never experienced that, but then again I dont know if its normal for Playa Del Rey..I’ve never been to that beach (Not much of a beach goer).

    For the customer service, well be glad you had someone that was nice! But, yeah usually people are nice and are willing to help you if you ask for the help :D And yes the portion sizes are big here..I wouldn’t know because I’ve only traveled to Mexico and the portion sizes seem the same LOL But I have heard that in other countries the portion sizes are smaller (Guess us nasties thought you knew already xP)

    What’s surprising is the small talk..I see that as normal, but then again I am Mexican-American and both cultures are quite social. But I see what you mean by it..I have a Korean friend and he isn’t used to the “American ways” and his small talk is improving, before he would isolate himself from everyone. Guess he finally figured out that he cannot get away and hangs around the small talk now. Haha.

    I also think that LA traffic is not bad..but then again I don’t drive much on the freeway because I dont have too. The only bad traffic you can get all really depends on the time and which freeway you’re taking. If you’re from LA you know to stay away from the 5, 405, and 101 freeway during rush hours.

    Looks like you had a lot of fun in LA!! Hopefully next time you’re in LA again, I won’t be busy so I can see you guys!! I didn’t even know there was a meet-up >.<

  38. I’m pretty sure California cold isn’t actually all that cold lol. I live in Seattle, Washington and whenever I meet someone from Cali, they always complain about how cold it is here when it’s not even cold out for me. If you guys ever come to the red states, specifically Washington state or Oregon, be prepared for the weather! My cousin from Cali visited and what’s considered hot here was cold for her.

  39. leahbunnii

    So since Koreans don’t use small talk, how are you supposed to act towards an employee when you are at a restaurant or store? Sorry if this seems like a dumb question but I’m from Upstate New York and all we do is small talk.

  40. I lived basically everywhere in California! From LA to San Diego to San Fran and now I live in a small town ^^ California, from my experience, is the same overall. Nice people and huge amounts of creativity! However the weather is really different from where you live. The beaches are typically colder because of the sea breeze while if you are in the inner parts of CA it is hot as hell! The weather is overall amazing though. The portion sizes are huge! Typically my friends and family has never finished their plate by themselves because the food is meant to be taken home as leftovers. Well for the people around me that is XD but please come back! I would love it if you guys come visit us!

  41. EpicBioHazard

    Yeah… I’m from Florida and the humidity here is DEADLY. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever experienced… ever. I’m not even joking, literally EVERYWHERE else in the world I’ve traveled to, I preferred the weather there. Even people who come from notoriously hot places comment on the humidity here in Florida. Everyone hates it. It’s the most uncomfortable thing to experience. And it’s year round. We don’t have “seasons” here… :C It makes me sad. Cuz back in the 90s (Yeah, long time ago) the weather was plesant. Damn global warming… *grumbles into the distance*

  42. I’m from Northern California, we see Southern California (LA in particular) as the meaner, less naturey side. You guys would love Nor Cal!

  43. Bloodthreadshears

    I live in NY (Long Island born and bred) and summers here can be BRUTAL. The heat and humidity is worse the closer you are to the water. We get the humidity from the ocean and whatever weather fronts come our way. Right now, it’s hurricane season and storm season. We’ll have a couple of days of insane heat and then thunder and lightning storms. I know a couple of people from South America that I worked with would tell me that the heat here is WORSE than what they were used to. Ironic part? I’m doing my winter knitting right now.

    As for the small talk thing, yes, that’s pretty normal. But it depends where it happens (I.e. on the bus is tricky, and I avoid it when I can). People walking their pets or just waiting in line you tend to have some sort of small talk, but not a lot.

    Side note: Martina, what are you knitting right now? I remember you mentioning in a previous video that you knit.This curious knitter would like to know! <3

  44. I definitely understand your complications with small talk. I studied abroad in Europe for a year and people over there are nice, but don’t randomly engage in small talk to strangers all the time like we do in America. I was so shocked when I landed in the Chicago airport and people started randomly talking to me in lines. I was literally dazed and confused by the time I got to my next gate :). Although it was a reverse culture shock, I do think it’s one of my favorite things about home.

  45. Tasha

    Yei!! I was born in California. I’ve never been to LA though. I live in Colombia, and it is a very friendly country. When you talk to a stranger you can get their whole family information, how many kids they have, who just died, etc, with just riding in the bus with them. Crazy. And each time you make eye contact, especially in the country side, you have to say Hello. I would say South America is more friendly if that is what we are talking about. Love you guys, Love your vids. And And hope you guys visit Colombia some time. Lots of Kpop fans here!!! Tons!! PS: This is my first comment!


    I don’t disagree with you guys, California is amazing! Well, I’m not saying that it’s the most amazing place in the whole world, but it’s awesome. I know what’s it like. I live here and Cali is the most diverse place I’ve ever been to. You can walk down a street of San Francisco and find many restaurant that sever many different foods from all around the world, but with their own spin on them. It can get really cold, so next time make sure you guys bring something warm it wear. Especially when you’re going to places that is near a beach. The ocean wind can freeze the poop out of you. And a lot of Californians are really friendly, but it depends on who you meet. And small talk is really common among people here. So if things gets awkward just nod your head at the speaker and change the subject to something that you guys are more comfortable talking about. Come and visit again soon! Orange Nasties Rules!

  47. Corachu

    I think it might just be California, usually the bigger the city the worse the people get. Customer service is aaaaaaaaaaaaawsome in north america though. But if you want to keep your feelings about how cool and nice people are here in america never go to walmart at night time, the people get creepier and if you ask any questions you will get the slow blink.

    • Yep…around 10:00 at night Wal-Mart gets SCARY…there is not and should not be any small talk. But I’m in the Midwest, and small talk is fairly common in general. I think Cali is a more laid-back vibe than most higher population areas…you don’t often get chatted up in most parts of New York City, for example.

  48. franzy1

    Hey guys! Yes, bring at least long sleeve shirts and or jeans to Las Vegas for the night time. I just spent 5 years in the desert (AZ and NM). Before that I lived in S.Korea and now I’m back in S.Korea after my travels through the US desert. I totally get why you guys were cold though. Desert people love their nights because the daytime is unforgivably hot. BUT its a way different kinda of hot than here in S.Korea. Enjoy Vegas but bring some warm gear for the lat nights out oh and sunscreen! LOTS of sunscreen ;)

  49. I live in Florida, and our weather is just as humid and gross as Korea’s.. but small talk is common all over the US. Every summer of my life my family has taken road trips around the country, and in most places people ask where you’re from, about your family, the weather, etc… small talk and friendliness is actually really super common! Even at my university, people on the buses will strike up conversations every once in a while.

  50. LA girl here (:

    First off, Thank You so much for coming! :D I love it when people visit us lol.
    From your video, I’m not sure which beach you guys were at but I have never stepped into tar haha. You poor guys lol. It looked like it got you guys pretty good. Maybe next time try OC beaches or SD beaches (: I <3 them. You guys came at a pretty chilly week. Right now its about 95 degrees F (sorry…I have no idea how to calculate that into C haha). In June we sometimes get whats called June gloom, making it gloomy in the morning and then Sunny in the day. But…now that its July, We bringing the heat! Except for night time..because LA is a desert and it can get pretty chilly at night. Weird.

    So about the small talk…
    I noticed that Non-Asian people do it more often. I live in a highly concentrated Asian city (SGV, woot woot) and when I'm around town, people are just on their phones and do their own thing. But!!! When I go to downtown LA or Orange County and am shopping, I notice Non-Asians initiate conversations. Even when I am at working, we literally say Hi and How is your day to everyone passing by. (or maybe thats just where I work). We at least acknowledge that a person is there.

    Oh oh! I noticed other Nasties were commenting about how other cities in the US and Canada had nice people as well. I felt Portland had pretty nice people (: But when I was in Vancouver I didn't really have people initiating conversations like people in LA do. Idk…maybe its just because we are more laid back? Or, we can just be weirdos haha. (I know what it is….its the weather! When its raining and gloomy all the time, the people are like old, grumpy men)

    Now, for the food portions. Yup…they're pretty huge. I always take leftovers home. Lol. My friends and I usually like to share plates.

    I'm not sure when you guys were on the road, but traffic in LA is usually bad between 6am-9am and 4pm-7pm Mondays-Fridays. Just because everyone is getting off of work and stuff. And when its bad….its bad O_O

    I guess you can say we are just a food loving, beach going, and great weather type of city. But, always pack a small jacket. Haha. Come again! And next time try out these places:

    -Laguna Beach
    -Urth Caffe
    -Handsome Roasters (soon to be Blue Bottle)
    (I think you guys will really like the Arts District in LA. Its pretty awesome and the people there are super nice and cool)


  51. Come to Germany, the world capital of politeness where you get harshly judged if you don’t say “Gesundheit!” to total strangers when they sneeze. Just kidding, but I have to say everyone working here in stores is extremely polite and understanding (probably because I’m from a touristy area with a lot of Japanese and Korean visitors.)
    When I went to Starbucks in Nuremberg last week I was SOOOOO taken aback by the barista being rude to me, I couldn’t even speak or react. Like that guy had no reason to be mad at me, the Starbucks was EMPTY and I just wanted a coffee without cream. I’m still baffled that a coffee wihout cream could enrage somebody that much I just I can’t woah…
    I do notice as well that my dearest fellow Germans generally flip maaaaad shit when they are being treated badly in stores. No shame. So if you ever hear a German actually screaming at somebody, they be not putting up with somebody’s BS.
    The weather you just described sounds AWESOME. Korean weather would be awful for me, I get super duper grumpy with more than 2 days of 25°C in a row… But is Californian weather really dry? That sounds impossible to me, it’s right next to the pacific ocean.

  52. feygarden

    I don’t live in LA, but I do go there frequently. In general the whole courteous thing is common in all of the West. Portion size is really big here, that’s just standard.

    But as for your question about Las Vegas and it’s temperature. For you it would be crazy hot. In the summer the temp can hit 110s during the day easy and “cool” off to the 80′s if your lucky. And since there is no humidity it feels like a blast furnace. In winter it’s more mild, but pack a sweater or hoodie for when the sun goes down. I live nearby in Phoenix, so when I go to Vegas I’m the person walking around with hot coffee in 100+ degree heat. It doesn’t get really bad until past 115 anyways…….

  53. I’m slightly biased against LA having lived in San Diego since I was 8, but it’s funny that you guys mention the friendliness thing. When my friend and her girlfriend moved here from Ohio a few years ago, they were bewildered by how outgoing people were. The VERY FIRST interaction they had in California was while walking together on the beach. A random guy bent down and grabbed something invisible in front of them, then handed them the imaginary item and said: “Excuse me, but I think you dropped your smiles!” He was totally genuine, and they were totally blown away.

    We love you in San Diego! Come see us sometime!

  54. Yeah, the portion size thing is a general American thing. It’s no wonder that we have one of the highest obesity rates in the world.

  55. I’m from the midwest and have visited LA often, many friends there. I’ve only ever met nice people there. Sure, there’s always the random a-hole but what city/country doesn’t have one or two. Generally, I find LA peeps are considerate and more friendly and outgoing than US midwesterners IMO. Portion Size: that’s Amurica for you. Serving platters = dinner plate; soup ladle = teaspoon.

    • And the reason I think LA people are so friendly is because they enjoy the most awesome frickin’ weather 365 days of the year!

      • I remember speaking with one of our Toronto friends after she spent a few months in California, and she was talking about how people’s attitudes there are a lot different than attitudes in Toronto, and she blamed it on the weather. If you’re freezing, then your attitude isn’t going to be that chipper, right? But if it’s mild all year round, then the weather won’t be affecting you negatively, right?

  56. Humidity makes a huge difference. Because it maybe 100 degree but your sweat is actually evaporating, so you actually cool down. My parents live in southern Utah, which is near Las Vegas. I love hiking there during the summer since it isn’t unbearable. But you have to be super conscious to drink lots of water.

    Also being from the East coast I can say California has FREEZING water. It is because the water flows from the North so their ocean water is chilled from Alaska. On the East coast we have warm water from Florida. You are the second blog that I read this week pointing out the tar on the beaches. Gross! I know that the ocean is overall healthier than the East Coast, and on some beaches I noticed some small bugs in the sand in Malibu.

    As for your politeness, I remember reading somewhere, that is something people take note of when moving to the United States. We have very happy people… well sometimes. Moving around the different parts of the world I would have to say ] people are nice in different types of service depending where they are. I find that fast food has the nicest people in small towns. Small businesses tend to have really friendly people. But overall, I think it is because American businesses know that people complain more than praise. So they keep people happy. And yes, small talk is a skill. Some days I hate it, some days I love it.

    And I have to agree with you about creativity in foods from California and Korea. No I haven’t eaten in Korea, but I can tell just from your videos. It seems like Korea is more willing to play with shapes of things (like your Korean penis ice cream) and making foreign things Korean. But I think a lot of the problems is the mentality of cooking and available resources. Sure I can say I want to make Indian Pizza, but I might need access to some Indian Spices or produce. Since there is an Indian population it is easy to find an Indian supermarket.

    And I guess I forget about portion sizes. I rarely eat out. I am lazy and cheap. But I guess you learn to order accordingly. I heard you guys list your ordering logic and I am sitting here thinking “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS!” But portion sizes vary. Honestly. Nicer sit down restaurants tend to have smaller portions, which kind-of makes no sense. Cheap places are cool and represents the larger public, but man those portion sizes really deter me. And I think I eat a lot myself. XD

  57. HSJ25

    My first comment ever! ٩(^ᴗ^)۶ I am glad that you both enjoyed Cali.

    I have lived here for a long time, so it was cool to see your comparison vid. It made me realize things that I never took notice of before. Especially the “small talk” stuff. I have been in the US for so long that I didn’t realize that this was abnormal! lol. I’m introverted, so the small talk thing has always been an issue. I’m glad that this is actually just a USA thing and I’m not a weirdo for feeling slightly uncomfortable by it. haha.

    We might have been at the beach the same week you guys went (but further down near San Diego). We were so excited and ran into the ocean, only to run back out when the water reached our feet. It was ice cold! But we were looking forward to this beach party all year, so we crazily just decided to go in anyways. After a while, you kind of go numb, so then things aren’t as painful. lol.

    The politeness you mentioned is something that surprised me. But then I remember that I often feel the warm fuzzies many times when we eat out. When the waiter is smiling and attentive, that’s a good feeling. But there are also times when I think many people here just have adopted the friendly facade and so it can melt away instantly, especially if you make a request that isn’t common for them. Then the impatience starts to show and the reluctance to really help you with your unique issue/request becomes obvious. So perhaps I could describe the service as friendly, BUT to an extent. Many times people have a VERY thin act of friendliness before their true nature starts to show. Thus it can actually be sort of scary here. lol. I’d rather see a grumpy person upfront because then I KNOW he/she is not gonna be pleasant…instead the “rude” experiences always happen as a surprise…the person was sooo nice AT FIRST…which makes it more upsetting when they flip out on ya. But that is something you see when you live/work here. Otherwise…at surface level, at the tourist level, people are generally friendly. (I would say the same thing for Hawaii too where I also lived at for a long while).

  58. Zenith

    I’ve only been to California a couple of times before, the most recent visit last summer when I went to LA for Anime Expo, haha! The restaurants I went to weren’t that bad when it came to portion sizes, phew! But when I went to Texas to visit my sister, they were enormous. We went to this one place for breakfast, and we ordered some pancakes, and they were so big that I couldn’t even finish one. I think I only made it through about half. Other than that, I don’t think I’ve run into any drastic portion size differences. I’m sure it’s very different in fast food, though.

    I live in Hong Kong, and the humidity here is gross! At school, the glass will be condensed and the floors will be super wet. Even at home, our doors will occasionally “sweat” too. I’m so glad it’s summer vacation, since I get to stay at home all day!

    As for small talk, in Hong Kong, people are really conservative, so we don’t do any of that. That was something I struggled a bit with when in LA, since everyone was so friendly. (That, and I’m just lacking social skills.) It was hard keeping a conversation, although I admit I wasn’t all too eager to keep it going, haha.

  59. Hi there,

    Ghozalie From Morocco, I have been to LA and I really liked it the traffic was very light, a rarely had any probleme with it and poeple drive sooo well there, it was really impressive. as per the portion size i agree it’s bigger(I love big portion ;)) . but it’s always the cas in north america in general. when ever i go there i gain weight, but I think it has more to do with the sodium content in everything. As soon as I come bag to my country without a diet I start going loosing :) so I would worry about the weight gain Simon.
    I love you videos guys. but i wish you had something about K-drama (BIG Fan)
    take care

  60. people from LA are nice but they are NOTHING, ( i mean literally NOTHING!) compared to people from San Francisco or Vancouver, 2 of the friendliest places I’ve ever been to! I live in Vegas now and NO its not hot during the day and cold at night. Its hot as shit all day! But since we live in the desert, its really really hot in the summer and then really really cold in the winter. Buts a very dry heat which i prefer over humidity. I’m really glad you guys enjoyed your time in LA. I love your vids so much!

  61. I’ve lived in LA for 4 years (born in the US Midwest) and I’d say you’re pretty spot on. There are definitely places where people are overly nice in the US, LA is just “normal”. New Yorkers might start a fight with you if you bump into them, so you can see why I prefer the west coast.

    I lived in Hong Kong last summer for an internship and SWEET HOLY GOD the humidity made me want to rip out my eyeballs. I found myself having to go stock up on staples like tank tops and underwear because I’d sweat through them and wear at least 3 different outfits a day because I was so disgusting. It is a little different to live in a place where you’re at the beach tanning all day and have to have a sweatshirt in your car for when it gets dark – California is pretty unique in that way, most of the US has similar day/night temps.

    And portion sizes – oh my. Hong Kong McDonald’s medium cheeseburger meal came with a drink that in the US is actually called “child size” – a medium here is practically a liter, and you get twice as many fries. I lost 10 pounds during my stay in Asia and that was loading up on carbs, meat, desserts and other things that aren’t “good for you.”

    On another note, I’m dying to go to Korea. I think I’ll fit in well since I’m an introvert and hate small talk ;)

  62. Ah I can so relate to your small talk reaction. I’m really not one for small talk and if I do manage to run into one of those kind of people I just nod along and seem like I’m paying attention when really I’m just counting the seconds until that person stops talking. As for portion sizes, I really can’t say much about LA since I’ve never been, but I wouldn’t have thought they’d have that large of portion sizes since media has always led me to believe Cali was the land of diet, exercise and liposuction. Thinking on it though it makes me wonder a bit how California portion sizes might compare to the ones I’m familiar with here in Tennessee.

  63. One thing I noticed when I was in the US was that even though the portions were INSANE. they didn’t blink when you asked them if you could take it home and always had boxes on hand for the food. Also, its so cheap!

    Its getting better in the UK but I still always take tupperware out to dinner with me, people always give me odd looks when I walk out with all the left over food. All I can think of is the money saved on lunch for the rest of the week! I hate to waste food (and always want to get my moneys worth)

    • I am the same way!! I live in the US and it is VERY common to take home food. I hate to leave anything behind :P

      I’ve never had to bring tupperware though, since pretty much everywhere has take-home boxes, except for the all-you-can-eat buffets. Recently though, I did go to a restaurant and I had leftovers, but they didn’t have any small containers so I got my leftover side-dishes in a huge take-out container meant for food for a party (5-10 people worth of food). That was an interesting experience to say the least!

  64. Bethany

    Also I’m starting to realize that apparently frozen yogurt is just an American thing. I always assumed it was a spin off of gelato.

  65. Bethany

    Have you guys ever been to Texas? Cause let me tell you something about those portion sizes. They are much bigger here. We have a fast food place here called Dairy Queen that has hamburgers the size of those waffles you ate. And if you go to College Station (which is the Austin area where UT is located) there are tons of restaurants with challenges like you’d see on Man vs. Food. Also, the weather here, according to my Korean friends, is very similar to Korea. However, we have very high humidity levels in the summer that make it seem much hotter than it is.

    Glad you guys had fun in the States! Hopefully you guys can travel here someday. There are so many nasties at my college and we all watch EYK as a group :)

  66. Hi! California beaches in the bay area are most of the time pretty chilly too and if the sun is out, it is still windy and it only gets hot if you are exercising, hehe. If you guys want not-so-cold ocean water, go to Mexico! I went there to visit family ( a long time ago) and the water there was so warm! I went to Michoacan. I remember being able to just stay in the water without shivering to death. hehe.. anyway, in smaller California cities, the people are still friendly, but they are less talkative ( i think). I don’t do small talk, ever, but as long as you are nice and you smile sincerely, people will think you are friendly. (They will stop talking to you though) yeah….! :D

  67. So about the tar ball thing. It can be natural or it’s from an oil spill. Usually a storm pushes them to shore. It’s not always a bad thing but if it’s from an oil spill then it can be harmful to marine animals.

  68. lady_kire

    I go to the states often, and the large portion size applies to every state I’ve been to. I once went to a restaurant and ordered a bowl of chili. I got an entree size of chili O_O I was full after nearly half of the bowl finished…

    Simon: in response to the comment you read about driving in Hong Kong(as a political science student, a chinese person, and someone who follows HK politics)

    The word mainland is used to differenciate between the SARs, HK and Macau, and China. The reason for this is that because Hong Kong and Macau were under British and Portugeuse rule respectively, they adopted their culture to have these influences. For example, HK uses the British method of driving (ie driving on opposite side of the road)

    We call China the “mainland” because it is under one government. Since HK and Macau have different rights and laws from China because of their time under the British and Portugeuse, they aren’t considered a part of the mainland.

    It’s not really insulting if you say Mainland in reference to China when discussing about the HK or Macau. It’s more insulting when you use the word mainlander to identify people though.

  69. I have to ask i say that you where sitting beside him in a k-con video Chad posted. You seriously need to interview Chad Future. He is becoming the bridge between America and Kpop. I think it would be so neat to have him in Korea on eyk. You have have a w.a.n.k with Chad. But please have him in soon.

  70. It’s really humid on the Gold Coast (Australia) too, hot days hot nights = no escape. We’re in the middle of ‘Winter’ right now, but you probably wouldn’t think so it’s like 24°C! If what you’re looking for is sweaty topless muscle men jogging around you should come to the Gold Coast :P Our beaches are super nice and are also tar free, I didn’t even know tar could exist on beaches D:
    Maybe the reason America’s customer service is so good is because they expect tips? Or maybe they have slave drivers for managers and if they don’t do a good job they’ll get whipped.

    • HokiPoki1213

      Fellow Aussie Gold Coaster REPRESENT! :-D

    • Bethany

      The nice service thing and small talk is just southern hospitality. Tips are only part of waiting jobs in restaurants and even that is changing to the point where most places don’t do that anymore. But yeah if you go up north, you might not find as much small talk and friendly services. Not that it isn’t there, but it’s just not as common.

      • Yeah – I wondered about the tipping thing too. Nice to know that its not always a move for money.

        M&S: tipping drives me crazy when travelling around the world due to the different attitudes. I particularly like Switzerland, Finland and Japan for this reason and wonder how this has hit you on your travels?

  71. Some beaches in California have tar on them. I’m fairly certain that it’s naturally occurring and I’d said I find it in about a quarter of the beaches around here. As far as portion sizes, you are definitely not expected to eat it all. Restaurants expect you to have leftovers (which people rarely end up eating).

  72. PS…to see people in shorts at the beach etc…..that’s San Diego. 72-75 degrees pretty much ALL THE TIME!!✌️

  73. Hey there!!! My daughter and I are big fans….we enjoy all your blogs. But I laugh at your latest blog about coming to Cali. Yes there are some nice people in LA but they are even nicer once you put a camera in their face. Lol!!! Everyone wants to be famous there. And what freeways were you driving on and at what time of night? 2am? Because that’s the only time you have smooth sailing traffic. Traffic is one reason why I left and headed south to San Diego. Now if you want to see amazing beaches you should have come south to San Diego. We would have welcomed you with open arms and we would have treated you with the BEST Mexican food EVER!!!! Without crossing the border!!! So next time look us up!!! I will take you around personally if you would like.

  74. I grew up in Kentucky but now I go to college in Seattle, Washington and I can tell you that the differences you’ll find in the culture is surprising. I’m from Louisville, Kentucky (a city that defies most stereotypes that you’ll hear about KY besides that we love horses and bourbon which is definitely true haha). I never thought Louisville had much “Southern charm” like you’ll get in the deep south which I consider the “real” south. But Louisville is a surprisingly open-minded city that is very relaxed, friendly, and easy-going for the most part.

    After I lived in Seattle for some time I found some things I observed very different than Kentucky. The people did not seem to be very open-minded to new or different things. They also have something they call the “Seattle freeze” which basically means even in bars people won’t really make small talk with you. Coffee shops on the other hand at least the employees are very friendly and will ask you not only about your day (which you’re supposed to quickly answer: “Fine, thanks!” even if you’re not fine) but they’ll ask you what you’re doing that day, what you’re studying in school, etc. But for the most part if you’re a little different it is hard to fit in there. People will stick to what they know, as a new college student I found many people I met stuck to their high school friend groups and every weekend they’d commute back home and stay with their parents. I found this very odd; I thought college was about new people and experiences!

    Portland, Oregon seems to be the more open-minded, friendly cousin of Seattle and I think that Louisville is a lot more like that. It’s fascinating that every place in the United States has such a different culture. You can find vast differences in culture even within one state (Washington and Kentucky for instance). I think everyone should travel to different parts of the country to not only experience something new but break the stereotypes so many people have. Washington isn’t just a rainy place with good coffee (in the summer it barely rains! No really the grass will die and there is more sunshine than you’d ever believe) and there is so much more to Kentucky than horse farms and bourbon.

  75. Ok so living in vegas my whole life i can tell you this

    IT IS LIKE LIVING IN A HELL HOLE! IT IS SO HOT. It does cool down at night but its still freaking hot. Its hard to sleep with covers on.

    please come visit us!

  76. I grew up in central California and now live in the valley. I didn’t really agree with you about the politeness until you gave your examples and it really is true. I guess we just take that as the norm. People are usually friendly and willing to help you out if you need it, but unfortunately I have a feeling that you guys being white tourists also helped a lot too. If you guys have the time you really should definitely try to visit different parts of Cali because it’s not all like LA. I’d say go to San Diego, LA, Central and Northern California, their all pretty different.

  77. Ah small talk… I am so bad at small talk, actually a norwegian stereotype is that we all suck at small talk, and for the majority that’s true. Want to be able to take a taxi/go to the hair dresser without having to talk? It’s possible in Norway. So I can defintively relent at the awkwardness and “why is he talking to me?” bit of having strangers just randomly commenting on stuff.

  78. naivenostalgia

    Portion sizes in most restaurants in the United States in general are INSANE. I live in Connecticut and have traveled to quite a few other states. All of them have comparable crazy portion sizes. I get frustrated when I eat out because it’s just an insane amount of food I could never eat in one sitting. Yeah, you can usually take your leftovers home with you, but there are times when reheating your food would be pretty gross and you wish they had just given you smaller portions to begin with. I always wish restaurants would offer smaller portions. When I was in Seoul, I liked that many dishes were meant for multiple people or portion sizes were more appropriate for single person dishes. They were also a lot more affordable and a better deal in general.

  79. Thu Nguyen

    I live in the OC area; so I’m not repping the entirety of Cali itself. Just a disclaimer before I start LOL

    I have never experienced any tar when I’ve gone to the beach. No matter what area; sucks you guys had to experience that though ! The traffic in my area isn’t too bad, I think most of the stereotype of horrible traffic stems from road rage. Like woah, the road rage here can be crazy sometimes. The cops here are also pretty nice as long as you’re nice to them. I’ve had few encounters with them, but most of the time they’re pretty chill. I also didn’t notice how much small talk we partake in here until you guys pointed it out haha I’ve been to the west coast for extended periods of time and it’s the same deal over there, so it might just be an American thing? Now obviously there are going to be extremely rude people regardless of where you are; for example I have encountered people cat calling me or calling me slut or whore on the streets.
    Like my siblings and I say, you pay for the weather here. Despite having relatively good weather, it fluctuates. One day it can be an upwards of 80 degrees then the next can be only 68. It’s a matter of region or just how pissed off the sun is at you. I’ve been to the West Coast in the summer and holy cow is it humid! Step outside, drenched in sweat after 10 minutes. CA is desert lands so the air is dry. The hoity toity places you guys mentioned are just to catch attention of consumers in my opinion. CA is pretty fast paced in terms of fads and trends, so if you have a name that sticks the better you may do in business. The fusion cuisines are also another gimmick to get people to try the places. We come up with pretty weird things, but most of them are good ! The only places where you might find true authentic cuisines would be going to the ethnic neighborhoods themselves. For example Little Saigon for Vietfood, KTown for Korean food, etc. Even then you’ll find mixed cuisine. CA is just a melting pot of so many different cultures. The portions are no joke though; not saying it applies everywhere. You can get a bang for your buck. Not just in Cali either, it really applies to the US in general.

  80. I don’t know what to say about the tar at the beach. That’s just odd. I’ve lived in L.A. all my life and have been to the beach plenty of times but have never had that experience.

  81. SoCal weather has a mind of its own! I would know since I’ve lived in southern California for all my life. During the summer, June isn’t really hot compared to July and August. As for small talk, we do have a lot of small talk especially if you look different, since people here are sometimes curious. I don’t know what beach you guys went to but I do know that there are tar pits in SoCal (like the La Brea Tar Pits). As for the meal sizes, what do you expect, its ‘MURICA were size matters!(well in food at least). Since you guys were in LA, there are a lot of different fusions of food since Los Angeles is a boiling pot of different cultures and cuisine.

  82. I was in Vegas two weeks ago AND YES, it is very hot during the daytime and then cools off pretty rapidly at night. There was one day it reached about 37C by 4pm and when I was returning home at 2am it was about 19C~! 19C is about normal for me, but I found that I was so adjusted to the hot weather during the day, that 19C seemed ABSOLUTELY FREEZING. There was only one day during my week there that was fairly humid, but it nowhere near compared to when I was in Japan, which I am assuming is similarly as humid as Korea.

  83. btw the thing about micro climates is completely true. It’d be raining really hard with lightning and stuff in one place, but then you’d drive to go somewhere else (like a 10-20 minute drive) and it’d be just sprinkling or completely dry XD It’s pretty cool.

  84. I’m pretty sure the portion size thing isn’t just in California. I live in Florida and have traveled on the east coast many times and portions sizes are generally big compared to other countries from what I have been told by friend’s who are from Europe/Middle East. Though some restaurants are known for having EXTREME portions like Carnegie Deli in New York (which has AMAZING cheesecake, tastes like heaven) where they purposely make them huge and generally people who know about said restaurants will know to split a meal when they go to them. They are fun to go to because you can always spot first timers when the waiter/waitress serves their food!

    • Garru

      I live in Maryland and have been around the east coast as well and I whole-heartedly approve of this message. But it isn’t just the east coast and California. Let’s face it, Americans love food, which is why we are all so overweight, so it’s almost like a competition for restaurants to have the biggest portions and the best food to attract as many costumers as possible. There are places with pizza sized pancakes and places with 72 oz steaks (no joke), and we are just fascinated by that for some reason. I guess for me it’s like watching a horror movie; it provides that same wow factor. Anyway, as a whole the portion sizes are bigger here than in other countries and in some places it’s shockingly larger. And to FindingLaurie, I know you know all of this, but I just thought I would add on to it for anyone who wanted to know (including Simon and Martina) :)

  85. Regev

    Portion size here in the US CAN be crazy, and I think one of the best examples is the burger joint Five Guys — those who have had it know what I’m going to say! When you get an order of fries, the amount you get is ungodly. We were unaware of the portion, and my hubby and I got two orders, and ended up with 7,572 metric asstonnes of fries. You could have filled a kiddie pool with all those fries!

  86. Las Vegas can get quite cold at the night time. Desert weather bounces from extremes during day to night transition. You will want to wear light clothes during the day then warmer clothes during the night. Also almost all the casinos are air conditioned and I feel myself being freakishly cold in them so I look very bundled up and if you are like me you’ll bundle up with a sweater and jeans in the casinos too.

    Las Vegas is also very dirty (in my opinion). The ground is covered in stripper/tease cards, people puke everywhere, etc. They have very beautiful fountain in front of a hotel that is worth watching as well as M&M world/Coca~Cola store and the malls are great. I think you should definitely visit Circus Circus Casino though because it is like going to the old fashioned carnivals with not only slot games but fair/carnival games as well plus a circus with acrobats and more. WARNING: Las Vegas is famous for it’s buffets….You will gain weight! At least the buffets I went to, one of them at Atlantis, was beautiful and had quality food. I also went to a breakfast buffet while there and had delicious food.

    If you have a lot of money to spend and want to go to a five star restaurant then Platinum is the place to go. Best food I have ever had but not for those who don’t want to spend over fifty dollars a plate…extremely pricey where the millionaires and celebs go! I only went because my cousin was a chef there and he got a 75% discount for us family!!!

  87. Las Vegas in the summer is hot – You will want antiperspirant for your nether regions. Its so freaking hot. It was 111 degrees fahrenheit here yesterday. That’s almost 44 Celsius for the metric people. You get sunburned walking to your car after work.

    Hope you come visit us.

  88. dlr360

    I completely agree about the weather. You guys! Will you ever come to the east coast? NYC.

  89. I live in Minnesota currently, which I have dubbed the kingdom of small talk. It is my personal hell. The lack of small talk is one of the top 3 things I miss about living in Korea.

  90. Lovin the Coach Z references!

  91. As a native of Los Angeles (therefore, I’m an expert! – jk), I wanted to answer some of your questions regarding your visit. My own TL;DR, if you will.

    * Tar in the sand? Gross! I’ve never experienced that at the beaches I go to.

    * Traffic is relative. If you’ve never been to Asia, then it is bad. Anytime during rush hour in Los Angeles, especially on the (Interstate) 405 on the West side, is horrid. At times, it can take an hour to go 10 miles (~16km). But I’ve also been to South Korea where, in some areas, traffic laws seem to be more like suggestions. So yes, traffic can be worse in Korea (Seoul, in particular). Also, all the toll booths.

    * Cops can be nice to you when you pose no perceived threat. They wouldn’t be as nice with you filming them if they were in the middle of, say, arresting or putting the beat down on someone. Try that in the middle of a scuffle, and you might get that taser up your butthole. Or a bullet.

    * Same as regular people on the street. If you pose no perceived threat to them, they will be polite to you. Especially those who are waiting for you to give them your money. Also, many of the people in LA are transplants (moved here for obvious reasons), many from outside of California where people might be even more polite. People seem to be more polite in less populated areas of the States. (Sometimes. Also, being white can help.

    * Yes, food here is good. I like Korean food, but growing up in America has given me a more diverse palate. Whenever I’m in South Korea, I’m hard pressed to find good or even decent “ethnic” foods. I went to an Indian place in Busan once, and all the curries were so damn sweet so they could cater to the local Korean tastes. You could say the same for ethnic foods in some parts of America (where there aren’t large immigrant populations), but that’s not really the case in Los Angeles. The existence and acceptance of so many different types of cuisine lends to interesting mash-ups.

    * Also, yes on the huge portions… Unless you go to some hoity toity place, where they serve pretty looking doodles on your plate. But that’s true of the entire country. If you are ever in the South, visit Cracker Barrel. Fried apples FTW!

    * Places like The Great Company are fantastic! Even about 5 or 10 years ago, no one would venture out to those areas of LA. People wouldn’t be caught dead in Downtown (or they might – that’s why they didn’t want to go). People getting those rundown warehouses and fixing them up is awesome. Great show of entrepreneurship! And way to revitalize the area! Time to get real though: it’s also contributing to the gentrification of the surrounding lower income areas. Did you drive through the Echo Park neighborhood during your stay? Echo Park used to be a mostly lower income, Latino area. Now, Echo Park is synonymous with young (mostly white) creative types. Rent has doubled (even tripled, in some cases) in the last 8-10 years. That and the influx of cool, hipster businesses (catering to the new population) have priced out many of the people who lived there originally. Not so cool. No one’s trying to stop people from living their dreams – just be mindful of those around you.

    * Also, weather here this summer has been particularly wonky. But it’s never like the hot, humid summers in Korea. Koreans need to invent air-conditioned suits.

    That’s all, my friends. Glad you had an amazing trip! Good luck on future travels!

  92. Crystal_Crown

    I live in LA… and small talk in my area is almost nonexistent. Well, maybe cuz I live in Monterey Park where its mostly asians… Us asians don’t small talk. Or at least not that I know of. I even get weirded out when strangers say good morning to me as I walk to school. Maybe it’s an Asian thing. Maybe it’s just me. :0 But then again… Pasadena (mostly a Caucasian area) ppl are realllyyyy friendly. Maybe it’s a non-Asian thing. >w< And you were lucky. LA is not usually that cold during the summer. Also we usually tend to get hot during July and August. Our highest degree which was 2 years ago was 113F. But yeah, this year's summer seemed even cooler than our WINTER!!! D: Winter was so hot this year. And yes. Our portion size… this is why america is fat. :( I never been to Korea, so I wouldn't know how big the food there is but I have been to Hong Kong and I am assuming it's around the same. WOW was I shocked about how tiny the plates of food was in Hong Kong. I was like I can eat this in 5 bites. O_O

    • Crystal_Crown

      and uhhh sorry. I never knew mainland china was an insult. O___O i was always thought that it was just a technical term to call “the geopolitical area under the direct jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China” as taught to me by wikipedia… and lots of sites use mainland china to differentiate it b/w Hong Kong in articles.

    • Crystal_Crown

      and yes, our food is really diverse(?)creative. since we have so many people of different races, we tend to have a lot of fusion food.

  93. sherryn1004

    As a person who lives in California, at first I was really surprised when you said that people here were polite and make small talk. But when you started to give examples I noticed that people actually are really nice here and make a lot of small talk. I never really noticed until you pointed it out, I was just so used to it.

    • That’s one of my favorite things about traveling: different areas make you both question and appreciate what you’ve taken for granted. There are so many things about Canada I didn’t think about until living in Korea, and now that we’re in Korea there are tons of things we’re only noticing about it through traveling around.

  94. I live like 2 hours away from Vegas, and during the summer at least, it’s grotesquely hot during the day and warm at night. Of course, I live in a desert so I may have become more accustomed to heat than others.

    However I want to know where you guys were to receive such kindness! I would say Californians are probably more lax but the parts where I’ve been, have not been rude but not polite either…. If that makes any sense.

  95. I live and travel around California. I have many friends from around the world and just like how you describe your experience, it’s very similar to theirs.
    Of course anyone the grew up in California probably would think some people are just horrible human beings, but honestly our mind are so clouded by that one bad experience that we tend to forget that there are A LOT of nice folks in our state. My Korean friend as well as my Japanese friends were so surprise that there was so many people willing to help them out.
    Small talks. It’s our way of filling in the space and making it less awkward. That’s why if you begin a conversation with some Californians, you’ll hear “Uhm,” “Uh,” and “Like” A LOT. they’re our fillers. hahaha
    Traffic in LA, hahaha as long as the car is moving, you are good.
    Weather… the weather in Cali are different in different areas. Any place near the ocean will be around 50-90 degree fahrenheit & it does cool even more during night. Places that aren’t, like the Central Valley many people spoke of, are usually around 80-100+.
    Tar … there’s a lot in socal. if you go the LACAM(art museum), they have a tar pit and a section where scientist are actually looking for fossils.
    Food portion, yes beware. The size for food in certain restaurants can feed a whole family. Now you know why many Americans are obese(not to be mean).

    if you’re going to vegas in da summer … bring what you brought to LA … it’s the desert!!! It stays hot forever!!! Though it does cool down a bit at night, however you’ll still be sweating like a pig.

    tl;dr: Places in Cali are so diverse as the people that lives there. Depending where you go, you will experience different things. So just have fun and enjoy your visit. ^_^

  96. Also guys I think the tar might be just LA pollution because I’m from San Diego and I don’t think we have any of that going on. Or it could just be Red Tide (NOT THE OTHER ONE) which is “caused by a few species of dinoflagellates and the bloom takes on a red or brown color”(wikipedia thank you). IDK what that means but mostly to us it means a bunch of animals die and the water turns nasty nasty brown red and gross for a wee bit.

  97. Hehehe i’m from San Diego in SoCal (southern CA <—duh, just thought i would make sure) (ps i also met you guys at the fan meet :D) and the reason our water is so cold is because our current comes down from Alaska rather than the east coast who get water from the Gulf Stream (that begins in the caribbean). I think you guys are right that the media portrays us weirdly. Our weather isn't warm and sunny all the time but rather we are known for our MEDITERRANEAN (idk why that needs emphasis) climate which basically means that we don't have a huge change in weather throughout our seasons. Actually usually Californians complain that we "don't have enough seasons".
    P.S Las Vegas is balls dripping hot in the day and freezing like you will die if you were stuck outside cold at night.
    P.P.S another thing about the media portrayal, i know you guys probably don't think this anymore but no we don't actually have a bunch of hot girls who run around in bikinis everywhere. Also i feel like TV shows always show us as very snobby and rude people but a majority of the time i really don't think thats the case (we do have douchey drivers sometimes mostly in LA though)
    P.P.P.S. sorry for the long-ass comment

  98. abbygurl08

    California is a big enough state that the weather in North Cali and South Cali are completely different. I’ve been to Redwood and Death Valley and these two places have completely different climates. Also, even though I live in Connecticut which has a very similar climate to South Korea (although slightly hotter and more humid because of ocean currents), I’ve been to a lot of deserts and they can be colder than you’d think. When I went to South Africa I knew we were going during their winter but I still thought it would be hot, because you know, its Africa! Nope. I wore a sweater almost every day.

  99. CrystAlplus VIPAH

    OMG OKAY! SOOO I live in the Northern Virginia area and omg is their small talk EVERYWHERE. I cannot go two feet outside of my house without someone saying “Hello, how are you, how’s your day” the thing is I HATE small talk so much. I have the same mentality as the South Koreans. “Why are you talking to me?” is the question that’s in my head all the time! It’s SO bad here that while I was driving I stopped at a red light. Beside my car pulled up a guy in another and he said hello to me. WE WERE IN OUR CARS AND HE SAID HI TO ME! It was at that moment that I realized how ridiculous we are when it comes to small talk. There’s being nice, then there’s being absolutely pointless… I’m not exaggerating when I say that EVERY day I step outside my house I have to go through the: ‘Hi, hello, how are you? Good. That’s good. Having a good day. Yes.’ conversation. I’ve lived here for all my 20 years of living and I’m still not used to it. It STILL annoys me ’til this day. I mean, if they NEED to say something to me like ask directions, ask a question, etc. then cool, no problem. but if they’re just asking about how my day was? and I don’t even know them, I just think “why do you need to know that??” idk I must be weird?? =\

    • CrystAlplus VIPAH

      Oh yeah and to add. I’ve been lots of places not just Virginia but what puts me off about this strange niceness that we americans have is that 80% of the time it’s fake. They’re good at it. But it’s clearly fake. That’s why I hate when they talk to me. They don’t care, so why bother? It’s a harsh opinion but…mehh…

    • abbygurl08

      I Connecticut small talk is definitely not as common. If you go to more rural towns people are much friendlier and like to strike up conversations with you, but I never talk to anyone in the cities. Urban areas in Connecticut tend to be more dangerous so everyone avoids eye contact and make as little conversation as possible. When my brother took me into New Haven so he could pick up beer he didn’t even want me to get out of the car.

  100. I’m a New Englander, we don’t really do small talk with strangers either – I had the same kind of reaction as you did in California when store clerks started chatting with me.

  101. I’m glad you enjoyed LA so much! It’s always nice hearing people talk about how much they loved your city :D

  102. I was in the states last year, and was worried about having to drive in LA because of having heard the same things about how horrid the traffic was and everything was horrible…. I drove around LA, drove out when we headed out north on the way up to Vancouver, and in at 8am on weekday when we were coming back from Vegas… The traffic was a breeze compared to Melbourne and heaven compared to Sydney… I mean the traffic was easily 10x as bad in Seattle… If it wasn’t for you guys coming while I was in the states I would have gotten to see you guys when you were down under last year… :( Look forward to you guys coming back again soon :D

    As far as the pretentious Restaurant names we have some of that here, but yeah, I noticed a lot of it not only in LA, but Seattle, Vegas and San Fran also had the same thing…. to a much larger extent then elsewhere I have seen, like Vancouver I saw one, I only know of a handful in Melbourne or Sydney or even Adelaide here in AUS, and it was pretty much everywhere you went you found one like that there…

    I was lucky that mostly because of my fairly stereotypical Australian accent that I usually had positive responses and encountered mainly nice people, however I did in LA get told that I should go back to my country and leave ‘merica for the f* ‘mericans and not take their jobs and money, when I said I was only a tourist and was only in the country for two weeks he then had a go at me for saying his country wasn’t good enough for me to want to live there… XD lol, but mostly positive, and the couple bad experiences were more funny then bad…

  103. I have grown up in Michigan my whole life, and I have met a lot of people who come to Michigan or just the Midwest and say that the it is a friendly, mild mannered place. A girl in my class is from New York City, and she said that she had to adjust to the way people interact in Michigan. She would walk down the sidewalk or into the library and people would smile, wave, say “hello”, and opened the door for her. [P.S. I have nothing against New York.]

  104. xx_minhye

    Omg I live in the Bay Area and its almost the same. Getting ice creams here are the worse. You ask for one scoop and they give you like 30000000000000 scoops… ok more like 4. BUT I ORDERED ONE SCOOP And the guy gives like 4 scoops on there. It’s so hard to finish. BUT YES. THE WEATHER. IS. COLD. FOR SUMMER **ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR** I don’t know why. Last year was a bit warmer. but the winter wasn’t all that cold….But yes California is totally misrepresented in the media. It’s impossible for me to go swimming in the California beaches because the water is waayy too cold. But it’s better than hot sweating weather everyday right? ahaha….but i think summer is only getting colder and colder each year here……

  105. oh. and the tar. yep. it’s nasty. u have 2 walk on the beach with ur sandals if u don’t want tar. our beaches are nasty, no matter what anyone says. it’s the truth

  106. I guess people here are nice. o_o I mean I’ve only ever grown up in CA, but never really noticed. or maybe it’s just my luck and I’ve seen my fair share of rude ppl too. lol. YAY! MY STATE REPRESENTZ! xD and yeah small talk, a necessary evil in the U.S. lol. btw it IS cold here…but u know, in June, California has foggy cold weather. it’s hot in july. ^^

  107. It’s official, you are now seeing things through the eyes of Koreans (or maybe Canadians?).

    On Hospitality/Friendliness: The thing is, the people you interacted with are people in the “Customer Service industry.” These folks are born and bred to handle people of all walks of life, of all demeanor and manners, and take it quite well. Otherwise they would never survive in the wilds. I state this difference because regular pedestrians, or folks in any other working industry do not have these necessary traits to deal with other everyday individuals. We all put up this comfort zone due to past experiences, influenced by alarmist media about murderers, rapists, and con artists. For good reason, I suppose, but generally the friendliness comes in friendly environments or in particular cities where your neighbor isn’t part of some named street gang (who, by the way, are still friendly in most cases).
    Starbucks employees, street vendors, gate guards, all generally friendly provided you are nice to them. It’s all quite reactionary in nature!

    On Law Enforcement: Generally speaking, all cops are friendly, down to earth people. The problem is, their job puts them in positions where they are dealing with drunk, crazy, clinically insane, ‘mentally handicapped’, or all of the above individuals. Let’s face it, criminals generally commit criminal acts because they are dicks. Cops are all cool people provided you’re cool. Very down to earth, if maybe a bit closer to serious instead of comical in nature. Most people videotaping police are doing something that annoys them.

    On the Weather: Desert weather can be clearly defined by the nature of the soil itself. The best way to explain this was an experiment I recall from middle school. You have three heatlamps, and under each is a jar full of water, a jar full of wet sand, and a jar full of sand. The dry sand changes temperatures exponentially faster than anything dealing with water due to much more complex laws of thermodynamics (like the thermal coefficient of water versus just about anything else). By this virtue, deserts are extremely hot in the day, and below freezing at night. Obviously this effect is significantly limited in the presence of buildings, concrete, and trees (of which you should have seen plenty of), but it is what defines are essential weather patterns. That, and the Santa Ana winds, which were pretty tame during the time you were here. Las Vegas is pretty similar, if not considerably worse year-round, as it’s straight-up desert with nothing around it.

    Speaking of which, to be fair, the timeframe when you were here it was actually quite nice. Temperatures dropped to around 70F, as it was mid-80′s before that, and currently. And if you were near the beach, you would have felt the heavy breezes blowing in most of the time (during the day anyway) due to the way Los Angeles sits against the hills. See another anomaly of the area is that Los Angeles is surrounded by a lot of mountains and also above sea level. The winds themselves push up against the hills, making nit windy at the beach, but not so much in the inner city, while also keeping aberrant weather (rain) patterns from coming over the top of those mountains. If anything though, you should have come during the winter, only to be really confused and wondering if you were still in the northern hemisphere, because it can still hit over 100F in December here.

    Cold you say!? I am losing faith in you, Dothraki Manwarrior…

    Speaking of Beaches: Where you went, tar is common and always has been. That isn’t the case in most places, just where you went. I’m going to guess somewhere around Seal Beach or Huntington Beach. Lots of offshore oil rigs these days. More and more over the years unfortunately. How to go to the beach properly? Get there at 6am or earlier and the water feels warm! The earlier the better! Probably should have warned you about the beaches…

    On Fashion Sense: Who cares? Wear whatever you want, so long as you are wearing a shirt and shoes! Although really, Los Angeles is no less fashion-forward than New York. At times, there is a considerable divide, but that is mostly because there is more hot weather, so there is less wearing of jackets or any additional outer layers that might constitute fashion. Seriously, didn’t you watch Heirs?

    On Food: All portions are provided to maximize deals and profits. In reality, you’re supposed to buy a la carte and only buy what you can eat. Otherwise you are buying WAY too much food. This is why all fast food can always be dealt with in ‘meals’ (burger, fries, and drink), or broken down into its core components. The resulting dieting is via more active lifestyles, organic foods, and healthy food substitutes.

    Also Pasadena has won the coveted ‘Snobbiest City’ award apparently. Me, I still say it’s La Canada/Flintridge, but it’s difficult to quantify.

    Anyway, as a native Los Angeles resident, I’m glad you guys had a good time and didn’t get shot or robbed. Although something tells me you were in very select locations.

  108. EmPaLaw

    I 100% agree with the whole “everyone is really friendly” phenomenon! Because they totally are! I grew up in Florida and when I when I moved to California, I was so taken aback by how helpful and courteous people were! I even had a pleasant time at the DMV when I had to renew my driver’s license… HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN?

  109. You’re right people here are super nice. The food is amazing…to the point where I gained a good 40 pounds after living there for 4 years (moved from a middle eastern country) :( Thank you CA for making me fat

  110. Saturday Night Wrist

    Since you guys have been to so many amazing cities and countries, I think it’d be interesting to one day see a TL;DR ranking the best/craziest experiences you’ve had thus far in your travels, e.g. best meals, best food cities, best dressed cities, places you’d most want to move to, most bizarre experiences, etc. These comparison vids are always very intriguing so I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

    Speaking of Bourdain, I grew up in the same hometown as him (Leonia, NJ) located in Bergen County, which also happens to be home to a couple of prominent Koreatowns; more Koreans live here per capita than anywhere else in the US. It’d be great to have you guys here and check it out, whether it’s NJ or over in NYC. I’m sure there’d be a ton of happy East Coast Nasties out in full force to greet you. :)

  111. Los Angeles county is definitely as you describe it. I now live in the San Francisco bay area find myself missing the friendliness and better variety of food. Also people come from all over the world to “make it big” in the entertainment industry – so you always have a pretty high density of great talent.

  112. stegomich

    Love both South Korea and Cali. Went to both places, and like both. I absolutely agree about the hospitality and friendliness of Californian, yet it felt a bit overwhelming for a Dutch like me. But I got bad experience in the airport when I arrived in Cali. I experienced kind of racism from the immigration staffs that I’ve never experienced before everywhere. All people with European features just went through “usual” scanner door, while me with my Asian feature and name had to go through body scanner and faced soooo many questions from immigration staff with grumpy face for almost an hour, just because I brought a poster carrying tube for the conference. So I had a bad first impression of California, but out of the airport, everything was awesome.

    • TSA does random checks, so you probably the unlucky one. But don’t worry, my friend had it worst. One of trip from Asia and back to LA, she had to do a whole body check and everything while her sister wait for her on the other side. hahaha

    • abbygurl08

      My family and I travel a lot and I am always the only person in my family picked for the random checks. The funny thing is, I have very typical European features, my name is extremely generic (Abby Smith), and I’m only 16 so I’m not exactly a threat. I don’t know if the TSA agents you met in Cali were actually racist or not, but keep in mind that TSA agents always tend to be grumpy with just about everyone.

  113. I’m glad you guys got into the creative food. When I see authentic food I just think it is unimaginative and conservative. Sure authentic food is better than food that is just watered down to suit local tastes but creative food is where it’s at.

  114. Kimchikristy

    I lived in CA for about 10 years or so (around the state) but I recently moved to Korea! Actually I’m visiting CA right now, when this video came out after living in Korea for about a year ㅋㅋㅋ
    I know about the nasty feet, and the large portions, Roscoes, etc. I came back and was like “OMG this food is so freakin filling~~~” I feel so fat after only a week back ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ (I miss 순두부찌개 so much right now… and using the bus or subway for cheap) But I love how diverse the food culture in CA is, I’m excited to have mexican for breakfast, greek for lunch, and italian for dinner!

    But I agree about the Airport, like seriously! I was all scared of customs and the guy was joking with me and everyone was all nice and I was like…What??? WAY different than the Korean airport coming here, sorry :/
    I think Korea can break your small talk because I’m even more of an awkward penguin now than when I first left because people talk to me and I’m like… Um…hi.
    Also, I noticed that I’m much too quiet for people here in CA now? Because no one can seem to hear my voice and I feel like I’m yelling but they want me to speak up. I think cause I take the bus and subway so much that I’m used to needing to be quiet and I just hush down and when I’m here people are like, “Please speak up miss”. I feel all unsociable and quiet…>.>
    Another thing was that when I first got on the plane and everyone used English with me it took a minute to process what they were saying because I got so used to hearing Korean. It was so weird because I knew that I knew what they said, but I couldn’t think of a response in English because my go-to was Korean.

    But I LOOOOVE the weather here! I missed it so much! It’s so hot and humid in Korea that I feel like death but here it’s reasonably cool for me and I can wear like a light jacket maybe at night, and cool clothes in the day. Most desert places are nice like that because you can just keep the sun off of you with a jacket and you’ll be cool, but in humid places layers are a definite no-no. The thing that sucks is that the ocean is super cold and so is the beach at night in general, but you should still have s’mores and a bonfire and cuddle up at night! Maybe catch the jellyfish lightning blast looking things in the waves, super fun. Sad thing is that a lot of beaches are super dirty and gross, especially in the last couple years, so you have to find a good, not gross one that isn’t filled with cigarette butts and….”banana wrappers”… >.> If you know what I mean… (Traumatic childhood memories) Yay California!

    I hope you had a good trip though!

  115. krittikarc

    To reply to the weather thing- Cali is one of the biggest states in the US, and is also uniquely long as far as states go; as such, the weather is completely different in the south of the state then the north. So LA for example may be really hot, while it is snowing in Northern California.

    • Ah! I remember someone mentioning California having “microclimates” as well, in which you can have very different weather a few blocks away, or something?

      • California is huge (it takes 14 hours to go from top to bottom), so I can’t speak for all areas but microclimates are very common, especially in San Francisco where I am from. You can be in the mission district where it is sun shiny beautiful and warm, drive to marina area where it starts to get chilly, head to richmond district where it is chilly and no sun, and find sun again in the inner sunset and be comfortable cold, then be engulfed in complete fog in the outer sunset area. There is no way to plan for dressing in San Francisco at times, so you just learn to live in layers all the time to adjust appropriately.

        As you both said, California does have desert weather (warm in day and cold at night) but as you saw 0 % humidity. This is why we complain it’s “hot”, because we are accustomed to pleasant warm 75-85 F weather with no humidity, (SoCal, not Norcal we are more ~60 F) so we just suck at handling high temps past 90 F. If you ever head inland, especially central valley, where there is no ocean or other body of water to keep temps moderate, it can get some relative humidity and pretty hot at times…but nothing like the east coast humidity. This is why its so expensive to live along the coastal communities of California…we have some pretty pleasant weather.

  116. So I live in Northern California (north of sacramento-the real north!) and you’ll get mixed opinions of small chat. I find that people aren’t as friendly in California as compared to other states. When visiting Indiana people waved at me as I drove on the freeway. When I asked my friends about this, they stated this was just the norm. Also, our beaches up north do NOT have tar. That I have to say is terrifying. The few times I’ve visited LA were also not my favorite. I’m a bit more laid back and not into the flash and dazzle of LA. People were super pretentious and every one thinks they’re a writer or actor. Over it! But that’s just my experience. I have friends who live in LA and obviously aren’t jerks so I think it’s just luck of the draw on that one. Also, the valley which I live in gets up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. I wish it was cold, or ever rained…

  117. About the portion control in the states though, I mean, I think it varies. If you go to one of those fancy pansy I’m George Clooney status restaurants the portions are abysmally small. If you go to diners or more family owned joints you get more food. I feel like fast food restaurants are skimping on the portions as of late. Too much breading and too little meat, if you know what I mean.

    ~I’m from Florida, by the way.

  118. The tar comes from all the offshore oil rigs

  119. I can’t small talk, or talk, or do social interaction. I’m just a high functioning sociopath, really. I think South Korea would suit me just fine.

  120. Maybe the tar is from an oil rig offshore? We went there 15 years ago and had the same problem on Huntington Beach. Lots of tar balls on the sand.

  121. I’m from the Southern United States (Louisiana), if you thought California was crazy with the small talk, in Louisiana you would have learned our entire life stories while waiting in line at the supermarket. Also, Louisiana is known for having some of the best (and fattiest) foods in the world so you would have gone home 30lbs heavier!

  122. Kelsea_Jangmi

    Hi Simon and Martina, I think that you are spot on with your thoughts and experiences about LA and California in general. Most people are hospitable and treat others with respect. I think food portions are rather big in California (I always ask for a half order because its a normal portion size and most of the time cheaper), but I also think it is a USA problem. I live in California and there are beaches everywhere, I haven’t come across tar on beaches yet so I think it may have been something with LA beaches. LA gets pretty warm, however it does get some chilly breezes because of the ocean, especially at night. My father lives in Nevada ( I spent my high school years in Nevada too), so in terms of Las Vegas it does get really warm during spring and summer (it is a desert). I would advise you to bring some clothes to wear for cooler weather though because Nevada does get really windy (I mean really really windy) so if you aren’t use to the wind it can be cold and really annoying. Lake Tahoe is also a nice place to visit if you are going to Nevada too, but its a more winter vacation destination. There is a lot of winter sport activities. I hope you visit Cali sometime soon… maybe you can film in Disneyland? ^.^

  123. irritablevowel

    I also wanted to say that when it comes to creative spaces, don’t forget where you were. You were in Los Angeles, the capital of the entertainment world. Every year thousands of creative types from all over move to L.A. to pursue their careers. So finding creative people doing creative things is going to be much, much easier there than say…Sacramento.

  124. Of course people are super nice to YOU! Not just in LA but I’m guessing most places.

    If (as I am guessing) you typically act like you do in your videos you are always super polite and respectful and friendly to everyone. Plus you have the vibe/personality of a couple of six week old Labrador puppies. If you give of that kind of positive vibe only the most douchbagery douchebags will generally be rude to you…

  125. I live near Chicago, and small talk is so common here that I’ve been doing it since I COULD talk. After thinking about it, I start small talk a LOT and it’s almost a habit. ALSO, another common thing is smiling politely to strangers. Say that I’m jogging or riding my bike and someone else is doing the same but coming from the opposite direction. I will smile at them and nod, and 9 times out of 10 they’ll smile back too. I think it’s to break the awkwardness honestly. xD

  126. Midori501

    I guess the small talk thing explains why it felt like the people at the Korean consulate were so rude. But even when I said thank you in Korean I was expecting a “neh” at least. They really gave me a bad taste of what Koreans act like. It made me worried. But luckily my university sets us up with a “global buddy” and she seems very friendly and cute~

  127. I just noticed you didnt do a tldr for singapore after your visit there, could you do one for the next tldr? :D

  128. I’ve lived in California all my life, and I have to say:
    1. California is a HUGE place. Your experiences one place definitely won’t match experiences in other parts. It takes me like 2 days to drive through my own state sometimes.
    2. The weather in Cali is definitely not always cold. I actually live in a dry desert down in SoCal. It gets hot during the day and remains hot during the night.
    3. The beaches can be cold, but come on, there are a TON of beaches in Cali. You probably just visited the wrong one.
    4. Food. All Americans eat like that, or at least try to. I tend to bring leftovers home anytime I eat out or I just eat only sides.
    5. Friendliness :D I’ve met plain rude people, but a majority of the time it was when I was in a bad mood myself. I find people from other states tend to be more polite and cheery though. California never had the nicest customer service, but if you’re happy and nice, it rubs off.

  129. Yeah the small talk thing, I have that too whenever I visit my parents in the States, Tennessee to be exact. So lots of small talk there. The first few days I’m like derpity derpy, don’t know what to say. “Yes..the weather is nice…” Small talk isn’t very big where I live in The Netherlands, but I have noticed that farmers and in smaller villages they will. Luckily, it’s been bred into me since a young age, so I can swing back into it pretty quickly. :)

  130. I had a similar experience when I visited New York City last year — you always hear that New Yorkers are rude, but I left completely surprised at how nice and polite everyone was. Maybe I caught them all on a good weekend?

    Portion sizes… yup. I can generally get 2 and often 3 meals out of anything I order at a restaurant.

  131. irritablevowel

    I think you guys lucked out with the froyo guy, but the small talk thing is a very American trait (I always thought Canadian too, but maybe not?) I remember once being in an elevator with someone who wasn’t American (I can’t remember where they were from). Something funny happened and the other passengers and I were laughing and talking about it. Suddenly the non-American said, “Do you all know each other?” We all said no and the non-American started laughing and said, “This is a very American thing.” Having said that, I’m not great at small talk, but my mother is a master of it. She’s that person that starts a conversation with you while waiting in line at the grocery store and has your entire life story before she gets to the register.

  132. OhYeahBae

    I’ve lived in LA for about most of my life. I think that, yeah, I guess we are kind of polite. But people on their jobs? They have to act nice; they’re talking to the customers. To be honest, I think you guys are lucky for not running into grumpy people. Also, I think this kind of sort of carries on to our driving. California has nice drivers, usually, but sometimes the traffic gets out of hand. A few days ago there was an accident, like, AN ACCIDENT–there were flames and everything–and I think people had to wait a “while”. I just really think that you guys came at the right time at the right places. ^^

    About the weather, it’s just… I don’t even know. I’d go to school with a sweater on because it’s freezing but later I’m sweating super hard. At night, in the summer, it would usually be hot. (At least, here in SoCal) Autumn and Winter are usually the only times it’s cold all day. I know the media is misleading, but seriously, when you pack, expect the unexpected. I don’t trust the weather forecast anymore.

    Since I live here, I don’t really notice the portion sizes… ^^; The waffles are usually that big. But I guess this is why America kind of has a lot of obesity? All these big portions make people fat… Anyway, I don’t know about other people but I have a big appetite and can gobble down two servings. Except at the Beach House restaurant at Ventura Beach… Their portions are way too much for me to handle. :P

    And about the “small-talk”… I don’t really experience it that much because I’m not fond of going outside too much. But whenever I go out with my family, my dad tends to make small talk with strangers. It’s common, I guess. I just don’t really experience it.

    I’m glad you enjoyed California! ^^ But I wish you went to K-Town as well. There’s a lot to see there and it’s a huge place, too!

  133. You guys got lucky when in LA. I live in LA all my life, I know how life is here. There is normally so much traffic it’s crazy. I seriously think you guys got super lucky. However, you were unlucky to come to California during a weird time. Right now it’s kind of wacky, especially in LA where the weather is cold then hot and back to cold.
    People here are polite, sometimes. Mostly it depends on the situation and who you are with.
    The beaches are pretty good, but I think you went to the wrong beach. Next time if you can come over to Redondo, Manhattan, or even Hermosa beach because those beaches are clean (well, as clean as can be with seaweed). There’s even an arcade at Redondo Beach. You should check it out next time you come.
    It was great meeting you guys at the Orange Region Fanmeet! Thank you for an awesome day!

  134. emudica

    Props for going to Pasadena, that’s my hometown (and my home froyo)! It’s rather funny that, despite our reputation for being health and diet freaks, we have ridiculous portions. LA’s a strange place sometimes.

  135. If you guys come to Las Vegas, I would be so happy to show you around:) as for your question, let me say this: It feels like you are traveling through Mordor here during the day. I think that the reason that California was cold is based on the fact that it is near the ocean. Here in Vegas, we are surrounded by desert and mountains. We barely have a spring here and, for people visiting in the winter, it feels like spring or fall to them, but for the locals it is cold. Now, all though it may not seem like it, it has snowed in the city, but not enough to build up. If you came here when you went to Cali, the clothes you brought would have served you well. In fact, between now and October, it is most likely going to be sweltering hot, hot, or, on occassions, mild.

    Anyways, I hope this was helpful:) and I hope you can visit one day!!!

    • I almost forgot: at night it can be really nice. In fact, if you ever want to walk the Strip do it at night. Although it gets crowded on the sidewalks, it is definitely worth it. I love walking the Strip at night with my family. No matter how many times I see the lights, I still think that Vegas is beautiful.

  136. You want friendliness? Y’all need to come down to Texas! So much friendliness…and I’d be able to see y’all. No bias ;)

  137. CosmicCat

    Oh glob I won’t do too well with small talk in America then. I’m like the quietest person and whenever someone who I don’t know talks to me, I panic! :O I don’t think we have much small talk in the UK. Well not much that I’ve experienced. If there is small talk between strangers, then it’s usually elderly ladies that will initiate it.

  138. So much I can say, but it would turn into tl;dr. First off, it was lovely to meet you guys briefly at the meetup. (Cancer birthdays!)
    Niceness – I want to attribute it to you guys look like really nice people and a lot of people react to that. Service industry here is very, you are nice, I will be nice. You look mean, I will be cold.
    Portions – I think we invented food babies. My friends and I usually order 2-3 dishes between 3-4 people. And we still leave food left over.
    Traffic – you guys lucked out, but L.A. people like to complain like they are the only ones that have it. I lived in the Bay Area of NorCal or years and I think it is the same as here.
    That’s all I’m going to say. I hope you guys come back to L.A. because I’d love to see more Koreatown/Korea stuff. And YouTuber collabs. I am SO excited to see what you guys did in your short time here.

  139. Awesomesauce

    Oooh! I would totally love for you guys to have a giant studio to work in and invite bands and youtubers and stuff! That would be really cool! I mean if you guys can’t find a warehouse, you can build one!! I don’t know where you’re going to find the space to do it but that would really be awesome! :D

  140. Soarin25

    In America I feel that politeness is more focused acting friendly, and kind. It turns me off when people frown and just hand me a bag with an obvious fake smile. I like it went people seem open and comment off of stuff just because I get the impression that they’re open and warm.
    In Japan people were polite but not always friendly. And as an American I liked the politeness, missed the friendliness.
    I know that being reserved and humble are great traits in most of Asia, but here its just cold and even rude.
    My friends get pissed off that I dent that my art work is good. It’s just annoying, accept the complement and dont brag

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      • Soarin25

        In America I feel that politeness is more focused acting friendly, and kind. It turns me off when people frown and just hand me a bag with an obvious fake smile. I like it went people seem open and comment off of stuff just because I get the impression that they’re open and warm.
        In Japan people were polite but not always friendly. And as an American I liked the politeness, missed the friendliness.
        I know that being reserved and humble are great traits in most of Asia, but here its just cold and even rude.
        My friends get pissed off that I deny that my art work is good. It’s just annoying, accept the complement and dont brag.

        Politeness is a on off button on people. There is no consistency whatsoever. One worker is awesome and helpful the next is rude. It just depends on the person. Not the place, not the time of day, not the job. Just the person…

        Portion sizes huge? In Korea is it consider polite to finish 97% of your food? In Japan I know it can be impolite to not clear your plate. Which I hated! I went to Japan thinking, “small portion sizes.” BUT OH NO, I get my first thing of ramen and the bowl full to the brim and the size of my head. I ate so much. Here I can at least quit whenever I want to and not feel crappy about it.

        Are waffles not that size in Korea? o.O

        We are seriously hitting an artsy stage in America. Hipster styles, photography, artsy movies, writing, warehouse and coffee shop decorated buildings, coffee And tea, anti-fast food, etc. its all on the rise and I love it. Can we keep this fad forever?

        I’m a Culinary student, and as a chef, cooking the same thing over and over again is absolutely boring. So yes, we constantly love to experiment with flavors invent knew foods, because here, cooking is a an art of creativity. I know “ramen is art, sushi is art etc.” but I see it as an art of mastering and of being traditional, not and art of experimenting and playing with.
        Food is fun, you can create masterpieces and eat it too. You can comfort a hungry stomach with something delicious. You can shove a batter into an oven and have a cake!
        It’s edible science.
        In Korea it’s food, to make good tasting food. Maybe play around with some, but just not to the insanity that we love to do here.
        I am a scientist, I experiment and I test, but I only use food.

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  141. As someone who lives in Southern California right in between San Diego and LA and used to live in both I would agree and (respectfully) disagree a little on everything. For the most part people really are polite and nice but i feel like thats everywhere you go in California. You either get really nice people or people who are just having a bad day. The weather however ,I feel, is really nice here but maybe because us Californians are used to it I see people at nine at night still riding with all their windows down because the chilly wether feels perfect! I can’t compare any of this to Korea though since I’ve never been there :( As for the beach, I’ve NEVER encountered a tar beach in my 19 years of living here. I guess it varies because I read some of the other comments and they all seem like different experiences, maybe I’ve gotten good luck like you guys? As for traffic I feel like us Californians think LA traffic is the worst because this is the worst traffic we’ve experienced? Not sure because whenever i go back and visit I never hit any traffic that’s too bad. Im so happy though that you two enjoyed California though! I wish I could have seen you around but oh well! We missed you guys! ^~^

  142. babyspice

    You guys were incredibly lucky because LA traffic is HELL if you drive on the 405 during rush hour or on the weekends. The 5 is moderate usually not bad, but problem spots are usually around the Santa Monica/ UCLA exit and by the airport. Also downtown LA traffic is bad.


    1. I have lived in LA all my life. I have no idea what you are saying that it was cold because where I live (south Gate) it was freakin hot! AC on all the time. It was probably you being closer to the Beach. Yes it does get very very cold near the beach. Ever since I was little there were those enormous amounts of trash on the beach. Yes they do come naturally and that is one of the reasons I haven’t visited the beach in the longest of time a Californian doesn’t go to the beach.

    2. ALSO THE COP POLICY!!!! COPS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE NICE TO YOU~! They are supposed to earn your trust so that you can feel safe and if a crime happens you would report it to that police. So like if you see suspicious activity and you want to tell the police, if the policeman treated you bad you probably most likely just wont report it, but if the policeman were nice to you and you suspect something then you would tell the policeman because you know he won’t be like “OH! whatever! Im on Break not my problem!”

    3. The proportion sizes were HUMONGOUS!!!!! IDK where you went! thats just like OMG~!!! Burger King to me has the biggest proportions and I just cannot finish eating Burger King! Now THAT!!! That is like an order for like 5-7 people!!! :O I don’t know how you guys didn’t think of it…thats why the US is overweight. And the Hispanic restaurants have BIGGER proportions than that sometimes….

    4. People in California are not that friendly. but if you work in a like restaurant you have to be nice so they can come back and give you a nice memory! Policemen need to make you feel safe! That man you met that was doing small talk was probably older then you?? Because young dudes these days don’t talk much (even though they are older than me) I make small talk actually because I am very sensitive to my surroundings and some people are just too shy to talk sometimes so I just break that barrier….although for you who can’t small talk…I just brought it higher! ^~^ Also when people don’t have that UGH IM IN A BAD MOOD thing you just want to talk to them and make them remember how nice people are sometimes. How not all of society is bad!

  144. Wow I didn’t think that small talk here would shock you guys, it’s kind of the norm here. Okay no offense, but now that you guys mentioned it when I go to the K-town with friends or family to the restaurants the Korean waiters and waitress really aren’t that nice and friendly and don’t do small talk at all. They just take your order, bring you your food and leave you alone not really checking up if everything is okay or if you want refills. The friendly ones are the young ones around their 20s, No offense though but I do realize it now more.

  145. People are so interesting. If they’re grumpy it’s either because someone ruined their day somehow, or you are rubbing your grump off on them. In California, especially if you live there, you normally just have a grump air about you, and it will just rub off on people the wrong way. Time is another factor. Has a rush come yet? People are usually tired after a rush of people. You both don’t have a grumpy air about you. You are friendly and that makes people want to be friendly to you.
    I grew up a bit in California before moving up north to Washington. The weather is generally hot, but it does occasionally flop. The water is basically always cold, but on hot days, you usually don’t care. Unlike in Washington, where it’s cold most of the year. But Washington has some beautiful CLEAN beaches! No tar, just sand or beautiful rocks. Ocean Shores and Salt Creek are two of the best places to visit for beach time! (Plus at Salt Creek, you see lots of wild life! So many deer, oysters,clams, starfish, chitons!) I know lots of people say you should visit here or there, but… Washington has Seattle which is a big and popular place. Maybe one day it could be a place to visit? See the Space Needle, tour the Underground, eat delicious food, see their China Town….

  146. Hey guys!! I’m actually from LA- the Calabasas area you were in! I didn’t come to the fan meet up because two weeks ago I came to Korea, I’m in Seoul right now. And WOWSERS there are some things that need discussion.

    Small talk. This is what you called it? I just felt like everyone here is so cold. I wondered why no one talked to each other, no one looked at each other. I’m used to chatting to people, “I like your shirt” “nice weather” and stuff, but now! I mean, I wasn’t expecting too much of it because my Korean is very poor, but I’ve had exactly one coffee shop unnie chat with me, and only because I ordered this special tea and she asked my my ethnicity.

    Item number two (which you also talked about): the weather. Yes, LA gets dry desert weather mostly, which means got days, and cool Mitra. Doldrums, we get June gloom, which is a dense morning fog. August and September get blazing hot, and January and February stay *cold* and some.rain. so I packed a couple of sweaters, long sleeve shirts, ostensibly for nighttime. Haha no. The weather doesn’t change here. It’s always 30°C and cloudy. Occasionally, the clouds will join together for some rain.

    Fashions. I have this really pretty red dress that I bought from XXI and it’s kneelength and high collar, but it has an open back, and that loik is Sooopo popular in LA right now. Here, I got SUCH looks for wearing it. My friend told me it was too sexy. Like, way too sexy. I mean, what? And here, shorts are as short as you please, but the shirts are all soo baggy and long. It’s a style that really doesn’t suit my frame, but the tight shirts that I’m used to wearing are.so rare here. I look more out of place than I already am.

    So, where I grew up, people either spend loads of effort on making their makeup stay, or they don’t use makeup. Maybe it’s the humidity, because women’s makeup here are badly ruined. Maybe it’s the pressure to wear makeup that has all the bad applications? My Korean friend, who never wore makeup in LA, now wears makeup every day. I don’t know…

    One of the things that I like better here: you don’t have to press buttons to cross the street.

    Food portions here are normal sized. Yes, I noticed that too. In LA, I almost always end up splitting a meal.
    However, I hate the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in food. I feel vitamin deprived. Yes, everything comes with kimchi, but most of the korean food I’ve eaten don’t take any opportunities to add fresh vegetables to the mix. I’m growing tired of cabbage. In LA, maybe it’s the health craze, but any most dishes that don’t come with vegetables come with a side salad instead. And the frozen yogurt craze hasn’t caught Seoul yet either, but bingsoo more than makes up for that.

    What is it with Seoul and couples?

    Korean “drugstore” skincare is LOADS BETTER AND CHEAPER than anything I’ve ever seen in the states. OMIGOSH I LOVE IT I’VE PROBABLY BOUGHT WAYY TOO MUCH

    I think it’s the lack of chatter and smiles that it really getting to me though. I constantly feel as if I’ve done something wrong. Everyone looks at you twice, like it’s so odd to see someone who isn’t Korean – BECAUSE IT IS. I don’t know how you guys stay so comfortably. I just feel so out of place.

  147. SebastiantheButler

    The water at the beach’s are generally cold in California.But I’ve never seen tar at the beach. I’ve been to the beaches of Mexico and the water is so nice, there is no annoying seaweed and the water is warm :) About the portions i usually find that diners have the biggest portions they’re huge but you can always take to go ^^ and there is always traffic going to LA.

  148. I live in SF, CA and I go to LA for vacation at times. Sometimes the people down there are rude, sometimes they’re nice. As for your customer service, I think nowadays, everyone is trying to be the nicest, friendliest shop ever; so that customers will keep coming back. And it might be for those yelpers will write good reviews on their CS. As for portion sizes… isn’t it big everywhere in the USA? lol

  149. Well, I grew up in San Diego and lived there for 16 years and its basically a nicer LA (sorry LA :P). LA kinda has the rep of being a lot ruder than San Diego, but in general small talk is just a thing everyone does all the time there. And if you’re looking for people always in beach wear or shorts and tank tops, you’ll want to go to Hawaii where I now live (wait actually I’m in Seoul for the summer but anyways). Southern California gets cold (though we’re all wimps about cold weather) and I used to always have a jacket with me especially if I was going to the beach. Its a lot colder on the coasts. If you go inland its usually a lot warmer. As for the tar, I know its normal to find hardened tar off of Santa Barbara but thats a lot farther north. I’ve never seen tar on the beaches in San Diego… I don’t know about LA, I never went to the beaches there!

    And of course the portion size was massive at a place called Roscoes Chicken and Waffles. Pretty much any comfort food portions there are going to be massive. Its the places with names you said you avoided that will have normal portions and actually usually have really good food with interesting combinations of flavors (they tend to be overpriced half the time though). I hope you tried tons of Mexican food though! The Baja style thats most prevalent there is the best. I miss it so much!! Street tacos just dont exist in Hawaii or Korea :P

  150. DaYoung Yun

    I lived in Southern California for most of my life and traffic in LA can be bad especially around rush hour and big holidays such as July 4rth. But after visiting my relatives in Korea last summer I realized how spoiled I was. Yes, the traffic in LA can be horrible where you’re barely moving at 15mph and can afford to just take the keys out of the ignition but at least majority of the people in LA follow road rules.

    On top of that the way LA is set up and my neighborhood in San Fernando Valley is so beautiful. Not beautiful in the aesthetic sense but beautiful in practicality. The roads were planned perfectly like a grid so if you are new to town it is easy to find things at least to my dad when he first started to live here. In Seoul it was a nightmare. No one would yield. Speeding cars. Motorbikes on sidewalks. My poor grandfather almost got run over by a bus. A Bus! Don’t get me started on the narrow roads in Seoul. (But I understand since there is little land in Seoul to have spacious roads unlike LA)

    But there is one redeeming quality of Seoul and that is public transportation. Sure subways get crowded but at least it is efficient. In LA the buses are horrible and the trains are meh there are things to improve on. It’s sad but the best way to get around in LA is by owning a car. For me as a college student with a lot of loans to pay I don’t have a car so I can barely get around which restricts my social life when I get back to LA. T_T

    At least this is from my experience. I know in NorCal it’s different and in other areas in SoCal it is very different.

  151. Southern California is very relaxed. Yes people tend to be very nice. In fact, customer service is very important and that usually involved small talk. People are bored and they will try to change the monotony of their job with small talk. As for the portion sizes, they are always huge. It is expected that you won’t finish the entire thing and will take a good chunk of it home. Every place is armed with to go boxes. When it comes to traffic, it’s about knowing what to take to avoid the areas that you know will have traffic. Overall, there is really no other place quite like it.

  152. I agree that you can’t see as much creativity in Korean cuisine (in Korea) as in other cultures. But I do have to say that there has been a LOT more diversity in Korea (food-and otherwise) now than when I was a kid- I’ve been to a few modern fusion Korean restaurants in the past few years that had some really lovely and creative menus! The thing is that these restaurants are pricey, seeing that those willing to experiment are usually fancy chefs who have studied abroad. I mean, look at the ‘Western’ food in Korea- it’s been completely Koreanized, which shows that either not enough cooks know what ‘foreign food’ is supposed to taste like, or the they think that Koreans won’t like authentic foreign cuisine because it’s too different- so they see no reason to tamper with Korean food, which is ‘perfectly good the way it is’. This also explains why the closest we’ve come to being ‘creative’ with Korean food (and what we can see in affordable restaurants) is adding ‘pizza cheese’ on top of Kimchi fried rice or replacing burger buns with rice (though I heard Lotteria stopped selling those now?). I would definitely love to see more creative menus in Korea, even though I still have a ton of traditional Korean food that I still haven’t tried! (Also, there is a ton of diversity within Korean cuisine according to the different regions, I’m told. Just like the way there are over 200 different kinds of kimchi!)

    Oooh, and I’d be sooo happy to see you guys find a bigger and nicer studio, but like you said it’ll probably be very hard (not to mention insanely expensive) to find such a space in the midst of Seoul. But your plans for a bigger studio sound so exciting! And I’m sure you’ll be able to find a great place eventually, just like you were able to find the perfect spot for your upcoming café. Fighting!!!

  153. Kayleona

    Vegas: Hotter than crap 24/7 during the summer. We almost always have at least 100 days during the summer months in which it does not get below 100 degrees F. (About 38C) and the last few days nothing’s been below 110F (43C). The “bright” side is that there’s no humidity I guess? But it feels literally as if you are being baked.

    On an unrelated note: OMG I had my friend take a video of you guys for me ^_^ And I was SO SUPER EXCITED. This is Kielley (the one with the rice vials XD) and I was at work when I saw the video, and I was squealing and dancing around. I was so freaking excited. <3

  154. Pet pevy…LA instead of L.A. or La. cause I’m from Louisiana aka LA

  155. I grew up in northern Cali, NORCAL FO LYFE, and I can tell you first hand that northern California is MASSIVELY different than southern. First of all, we don’t really have sand beaches, we have rock/pebble beaches and our ocean water is always cold and I do mean always. We get some of our current from up in Alaska so it’s cold, but as it travels south it meets with other currents and gets warmer. Norcal is also really big into Ag and Animals, a lot of wine actually comes from my home county. Norcal also has mountains, everywhere. Also, I would say there is a lot more small town life, most people drive an hour or so south to get to cities to spend their time and buy bulk groceries. A lot of small towns still follow the “No business shall be open on the ‘Lord’s Day’” thing, the only exception being big box stores like Safeway and the like. The old style business running also leads to some old style thinking, not saying there aren’t a lot of creative people up north, but from what I have seen things are viewed as pretty cut and dry. Being different isn’t looked on as such a good thing, as it is in Socal. So, that’s my piece. I hope I helped! (Ps Chicken N’ Waffles is actually a Southern thing that the west coast is adopting)

  156. Taeils wife

    It’s wonderful that you enjoyed California. I just wanted to point out a few things. In California it really depends on where you are. If you are by the beach or out in L.A. it’s going to be colder than Rancho Cucamonga where I live. Also I think you might have gotten lucky with people being nice to you because most people I have met are very rude. It might be because I am a p.o.c. or ir might be that we have awful people. It also surprised me to hear that you experienced little to no traffic because I seldom get that lucky. As for the portions I can’t disagree in any way shape or form. Still it’s great that you enjoyed our state. p.s. bring pants next time. ♡♥♡

  157. Bah I can feel the fernweh creeping in already…

  158. I was born and raised in Northern California, and have visited LA a few times. Where I live, I’ve actually often found it to be hotter than LA at times; I’m from the Central Valley where Sacramento (California’s capital) is, and on extreme summer days it gets up to 110. Last year we had I think two weeks of 110 Fahrenheit high temperature straight. California has super dry air, so that kind of heat is very dehydrating and sometimes we just don’t go outside. Every time I’ve been to LA, it’s been significantly less hot, but it might just be by comparison or I showed up during cooler temperature days. It was still generally in the 80s-90s, sometimes pushing 100.
    As far as niceness, I don’t know about LA but I don’t think Californians are generally as nice as you might think lol…Again, maybe it is my area but people can be quite rude and nasty (not the EYK kind of nasty, either). People who work in chain establishments like Starbucks or fast food, etc generally are apathetic, friendly only at best, and really unbelievably rude at worst. Just the other day a cashier at a restaurant was taking our order and she became extremely frustrated when my mom asked if we could have another plate to split a dish…Which brings me to the next thing, I TOTALLY AGREE ABOUT THE FOOD PORTIONS! I am Asian and naturally slim, and I can almost never finish a meal when we eat out. People in my area are very, very “soft” as you put it. As far as small talk, I’m a bit of an introvert so I don’t like small talk much anyways, but to be honest strangers don’t chat with each other that much where I live.
    Come back to California some time! Visit the Bay Area in the Northern California area, it’s REALLY COLD if you thought LA was cold (people seem to forget about the rest of California which has a huge ecosystem full of different climates) but it’s got lots to do, San Francisco has tons of food, Santa Cruz has a nice and fun boardwalk along the beach, Monterey has a beautiful aquarium, etc. And I know a few Nasties such as myself who would love to stalk—I mean run into—you guys (kidding!)!

  159. Alex Vaughn

    I find there is a similar “culture shock” for me going out west as I live on the East Coast. In Philadelphia there isn’t much small talk or interaction between strangers. Nobody ever says “Hi”…people on the east coast generally keep to themselves. So when I went out to New Mexico and other places out west I was completely shocked about how friendly everybody was! I mean I felt like I was in Disney or something everybody was so friendly! I was shocked that random people would say hello to me and I probably came off a bit rude as I was thrown off by these interactions. What I didn’t know ahas that Californian beaches had tar! I go to the beach in Jersey and haven’t seen anything like that around here so that was interesting to learn!

  160. Im glad you guys had a great experience in LA. :3 Since you guys were closer to the ocean it is much cooler than like places like Palm Springs and Victorville. Also regarding the police situation, I think it depends what area you are in and if you are person of color or not. :/ I remember I was about to walk the crosswalk in downtown LA, when a police car is blocking the way and the cop decides to scream at me out from his window and threatens me to give me a $250 dollar ticket for jaywalking even though I was on the cross walk. I had to walk back to the sidewalk because I didnt want a ticket. Crazy. Idk I guess as a person of color, we just get discriminated a lot more and perhaps that’s why people say a lot of bad things about police officers in LA because of what they have experienced.

  161. Lsyblurb

    In my experiences, the small talk thing goes for Chinese people too. I live in the GTA where the Chinese population is huge (my high school is a good 80% Chinese students, and 50-60% of them are international students – so basically *super rich* kids who get sent here from China to study and learn English). Let me tell you this, they really suck at small talk, or just socializing in general. They will not even interact with people if they don’t need to for academic purposes, which really quite sucks. Its not even that they’re insecure about the level of proficiency in English (many have been here for 4+ years and can speak wonderful English), they just really like keeping to themselves and will not respond to you even if you approach them in a friendly manner :( I’m so interested in East Asian culture so I’ve tried so many times and have been rejected on many occasions, which makes me quite sad (._. )(There are those that are open to talk, however they’re harder to find)

  162. Hermyoni

    Sounds like you had a great time in California. I’ve only visited California once but my experience was positive as well. Though that traffic, woah, bad. My insides clenched every single time we turned onto a Highway.

  163. Sadly, portion control in America is basically non existent. When I went to Europe, portion sizes were SOO much smaller, even in fast food places such as McDonalds or KFC – our small would be equivalent to their large. As for the politeness, I definitely think its a regional thing. I’m from NJ but live in NYC and recently had to go to LA for an audition. I was shocked that strangers would start a conversation with me, let alone exchange pleasantries – something people don’t usually do here. Oh another thing I didn’t like, the fact that you have to drive to get anywhere. However, I too didn’t encounter the infamous LA traffic. My LA friend said it was because I was traveling during the weekend. Maybe that’s what you guys also experienced.

  164. South California can be a lot different then the Bay Area. All the beaches I’ve been to in, The Bay, don’t have tar. Must of them are really nice. As for the weather, it kind of depends on how close you are to the water. The closer you are, the windier it’ll be. During the summer, it still stays pretty warm. San Francisco is the “coldest” place during the summer, and it’s where tourist usually stay.

  165. BebieKuma

    You guys are pretty dang spot on! I want to point out that you guys were in a much nicer part of LA, though. Calabasas is fancy, a lot of celebrities live there. Pasadena is also a nicer place in LA. If you were in Compton, Crenshaw, Slauson, or cities similar to those, your experience would have been completely different. That aside, traffic in LA can be pretty horrible depending on where you are, LA is HUGE! Also, there are tons of beaches in Cali such as Newport, which don’t leave tar on your feet (I think I’ve only had tar once on my feet and it wasn’t much but it was definitely a nuisance). I’m glad you guys enjoyed California! I love love love my home state.

  166. Ademious

    How cool would it be if you guys became the next big company in S Korea? And it would be even more awesome because I know you would include indie bands, and like you said, be able to host multiple types of Youtubers and the like. That would be amazing. I would move on over there asap to help something like that happen. I kind of hoped there was a Naval base in South Korea so that I could convince my husband to go there next, but unfortunately there is only an Army base, and there are next to no openings for sailors. : / Oh well. I really wanted to be a part of Youtube for good handful of years now, but I’m to much of a pansy to do it alone lol.

  167. Natalie

    I’m from Carlsbad, which is a small beach city a little north of San Diego. We have the whole walking around in bikinis and carrying surfboards around thing going on almost all year if the weather allows for it.

  168. A.J.

    I went to LA for Kcon last year and had no idea where I was going and ended up lost numerous times. I kept having to ask strangers for directions and I was really scared to do so. I was so surprised because you always hear how people from the big city are rude and unhelpful, but everyone was wonderful and really helped me out. Props to the peeps of LA.

  169. Soeheng90

    I would like to note that maybe the friendliness is more apparent in LA California since my sister is in LA and she visited me in Berkeley a few weeks ago and complained that the service was bad and the people are not as polite. I didn’t even notice since I was so used to it.
    As for the traffic in LA I can say that it is only bad during certain times of the day like rush hour which is between 5PM to 7PM. At least from what I hear from my sister.

  170. I attended the Link Summit at Pepperdine! I was the one who gave you guys t-shirts! Anyways I’m from Kansas and the weather is pretty darn hot in the summer. I packed for hot weather which meant shorts, dresses, t-shirts and sandals. I got to Malibu and it was soooo cold in the evening! I regretted not packing a hoodie! I did pack some jeans and sneakers so that helped! Link scheduled the beach time in the evening which wasn’t the best time. The wind was chilly, people were huddled in groups on the beach and the water was super cold! I was determined to enjoy the beach so I still got in and had some fun. I never experienced that tar stuff on the beach, so I had no problems there. It was super cold out of the water and then we went back to the dorms to shower. My new group of friends decided to go find a Korean restaurant. We found a Korean BBQ restaurant open late. So there I was freshly showered, eating Korean BBQ at 1 AM with a bunch of new friends! It was so much fun! I agree that TSA was so much nicer than I thought they were going to be! The portions sizes in the US are huge so that wasn’t surprising to me. I met people from all over at Link so I can’t really say that LA people are nice. I made a new friend from Canada! She was sooo nice! This was my first time in California ever and I loved my trip!

  171. Being from Las Vegas, I cannot say that it gets cold at night. Not at all.
    Currently, it’s 110 in the day and 90+ at night.
    Heck, there’s even a newspaper headline with something along the lines of “At least it’s not 117″ because that’s what the weather was a year ago.
    People will look at you crazy if you wear more than shorts and a t-shirt. (At least from my experience).

  172. Huge portion sizes are a problem across the entire USA. I live in Minnesota and we have a lot of lakes so during the summer you maybe see handful of shirtless guys if it is a really hot day or they’re working out but on the whole you want to keep your shirt on because the mosquitoes are bad.

  173. I never really thought about the food portions…. i lived in norCal but when i visited la people weren’t too rude to me or anything and i didnt go to any restaurants besides in n out or some other fast food since the sales tax makes everything expensive. The traffic when i was in la wasnt too bad either. The beaches, though, are nothing what the movies or tv say its like. Im not exactly sure about the southern beaches but the northern beaches are really cold and windy. I live in oregon now and i would say compared to oregon the people are like 1000x nicer and the food portions are the same. OH and small talk i guess is natural pretty much anywhere in the us. In downtown portland of oregon there will be people sitting on the sidewalks giving compliments to people and wanting to have a conversation.

  174. The tar on the LA beaches is only in LA. There’s a few natural tar pits around that area. As for the portion sizes, I was shocked with Korea’s. There seemed to be so much food and I was always surprised by how well you guys finished it off and in Cali, the portions seemed to actually kind of match it’s like a know thing in Cali that you only order one thing and you’re probably going to have to get a little to go box and if you want variety, you order something and a friend orders something and you split it. Also, about the niceness, all the people you listed were professionals. There’s a job shortage in the US and people are being very clingy to the jobs you can get. If you’re mean to a customer, you’re fired and the next person fills your spot, which might be why everyone is so nice. Also, about the cops, a lot of thing happen with people getting mad at cops and there’s just this stereotype that cops are like the government’s lap dogs and they’re just big jerks so hey probably actually enjoyed having someone nice to talk to instead of going and pulling over that speeding jerk. :)Also, with laws in the US, you are allowed to record almost anything as long as the person’s okay with it. But I bet that if you went elsewhere, you would’ve gotten shanked. LA is not generally a nice place. here are nice areas, but that’s the rich, expensive, hoity-toity place. Anywhere else, people would’ve tried to sell drugs to you or something. And the weather: Cali loses a lot of clouds to the ocean which means that during the day, it’s easy for the sun to get in, so it’s super hot, and during the night, it’s super easy for the stored heat to get out so it’s cold. There’s very little moisture in the air. Think of a place like Korea as a plastic bag with water and grass in it, and the coast as an open bowl. Same concept. And yes, it is the same in Las Vegas except that there it gets hotter. :3

  175. i have lived in Southern California all of my 19 years of life and what you guys have described, I must say they you guys are very lucky, especially with cops. Some cops are pretty friendly, but it depends where your are, like you won’t find the friendly cops in East LA. The small talk is very common, I don’t know why, but it is, I’m like Martina, I don’t know what to say when people just start randomly talking to me, I just freeze. Traffic here in LA isn’t that bad, yes, but there are days when it’s just horrible, so you guys got lucky. The weather in SoCal is so bipolar, the mornings here are so cold, then it gets really HOT, and since you guys were by the beach, yeah, it’s going to be cold. You guys should come back during the summer, the beach is much nicer, but the water will always be cold. Also, which beach did you guys go to, I’ve never heard of tar on the beach, I’m guessing you guys were by La Brea Tar Pits, I don’t know, just a guess.

  176. dinasore

    Getting around LA without encountering traffic is a luck of stroke and good timing. Geographically getting to work should take me 15 min, but traffic quadruples that time.
    LA is really a melting pot of different cultures, so it’s not uncommon to see Mexican/Korean fusion food (Bulgogi Chimichangas will destroy your arteries, but you won’t regret it). There’s Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Thai Town, Little Ethiopia, Chinatown, etc. Probably the best part of LA is the diversity, the only thing is they’re in pockets, so you just gotta find them. The large portion size is probably an Amurica thing. Even as a starving college student, I somehow always have leftovers to take home. You kind of expect it.
    Ultra polite people…depends on where you are! Pasadena is a “nicer” city so their attention to customer service is probably more than you would get at your KTown BBQ joint. We also small talk a lot about the weather too haha in the summer, you’ll need a hoodie for the morning and night, but during the day…it’s like someone set fire to the concrete.
    When I watched the first few episodes of Heirs, I was flabbergasted b/c “this can’t be what they think LA is like?!?!” what with the beach babes, parties, PROXIMITY OF HOLLYWOOD TO HUNTINGTON BEACH LOL LEE MINHO AND PARK SHINHYE…ARE YOU GUYS MARATHON RUNNERS???
    idk, do other Angelenos agree/disagree?

  177. A helpful hint about weather (this is basically for anywhere you go) if it’s humid it raises the lows and lowers the highs (but as you should know humidity makes it feel hotter). If there is no humidity then it will be hotter in the day and have a drastic temp drop at night (of course you have to take in weather patterns and seasons but this rule always applies)

  178. SHINeeUKShawol

    O_O California gets cold……wow i had the same impressions as you guys!! ‘blame the media’ indeed!!
    aaww i don’t think i remember seeing that Munny Martina in the back before!!! how cute!!

    haha as soon as you mentioned Taeyang wearing a shirtless top at the end, i thought of this top….

  179. I’ve never been to California, but I have experienced large food portions. Once I had an order of pancakes that came with only two pancakes, but they were at least 25 cm in diameter. I wasn’t that hungry, that’s why I only ordered two, and I barely made it through half a pancake.

  180. I was in New York last year and holy sh*t were they friendly there. So i only really talked to people that were trying to sale sth or doing their job so i can´t talk about the normal NYC citizen but there were many people standing on the street and trying to get you to visit a certain shop or sth like that. And you don´t want to visit every shop so my father often said “No thank you, not today” and like they could have said everything. I wouldn´t even be surprised if they said “F*ck off” but instead they always said “Have a nice day, sir!”. Like they are not forced to say that but they always did. Nice job!

  181. VoggieVogs

    Aaah, California. One of my favorite places. I live in Vegas, so I can definitely say that we’re different.

    Vegas is hot, hot, HOT right now, and dry :) We’ve had 100+ temps for the past few weeks (That’s upper 30′s, C I think), with it only coming down into the high 80′s at night.

    We love our Cali neighbors though <3 they have the ocean to go with our sand.

  182. qtlollipopper

    As a California resident for all of my life, I’d like to address a few things.

    You guys were pretty lucky with your experiences. Some places have excellent customer service, others treat you like crap. Some people are very nice, others are just plain rude. (I’m looking at you McDonald’s).

    Oh yeah, LA Traffic: From what you guys described, I think you guys were right. LA Traffic isn’t that bad. But still, I wouldn’t want to drive there my whole life. It’s a pretty different experience. It’s also pretty bad and you guys were lucky.

    Yes, we talk a lot. It’s pretty boring in dead silence. I want some conversation to not make me feel alone.

    Southern California Weather is so bipolar. It could be 90°F one day and then 74°F (which is cold to California) the next day with no warning. I don’t understand why people like the sun so much. I prefer the rain. We are also wimps with what is usually seen as cold. But we handle the heat relatively well.

    Then again I live in the valley.

    The coast is cold though.

    • qtlollipopper

      Also, the beaches:

      What beach did you go to? The beaches I’ve been to were perfectly fine. No tar no dirtiness.

      Yeah, I don’t like cold water either.

    • he only reason we don’t deal w/ cold very well is b/c we’re acclimated to not deal with cold. i went to indiana and was stuck there during their big snowstorm and within a week i was walking outside, -12 F 3 ft of snow with no shoes and a tank top. bodies acclimate pretty quickly, usually.

  183. I’m Canadian, living in Long Beach, California for the last 2 years. People are nice? Yes and No. The people were nicer back home in Canada, but I have had many experiences (btw, I’m french / filipino mix) of complimented how amazing my English (WUT) and general mean comments of being an immigrant. And you shoulda checked out a post office – my post office has the workers behind bullet proof glass! They take their mail seriously here. Finally, yeah the weather isn’t too hot here as there is always a breeze. Food is great here, yum, but also cheap for leftovers. I swear healthy foods and vegetables were cheaper in Canada, while the garbage like candy/snacks are significantly cheaper in the US.

    Weirdly, I’ve NEVER been to the beach here (the locals here think I’m nuts) and your video hasn’t encouraged me to do so. Dirty beaches yuck.

    • by many experience, I mean in the US. bleh. My great Canadian English skills are starting to fail here.

    • candy is cheaper b/c it’s cheaper and faster to produce. you could get a ton of stuff out of one crop than you could just selling the crop (not that i’m implying there are vegetables in it) and the tar is natural, like when you walk on dirt.

    • dinasore

      I agree with you about the healthy food! There were studies done on the cost of food and fast food/unhealthy stuff is significantly cheaper than healthy foods. This may have to do with the excessive use of high fructose corn syrup in pretty much everything even some breads. It’s inexpensive but highly addictive (with a lot of lobbying that protects it) so yeah, food for thought.

      • Even finding the healthy options can be tricky. Big chain grocery stores don’t seem to have as many options compared to the grocery stores in Canada. Say, if I wanted stuff like low sodium or vegetarian options the selection will be so bad, much more expensive, out of stock, or near the sell by date. With that said, I have to go shop at more specialty grocery stores and order online.

        Oh and OMG the Canned food isle is HUGE. Like an entire isles of canned vegetables and meat! Stuff in cans I never thought possible. Same sized grocery store in Canada the canned food would be less than half that size.

  184. Roscoes is an incredible place to go. The US in the whole is nortorious for portion sizes.

  185. Mariam

    Friendly people? Nice police officers? What sorcery is this? Heirs was very clear: Americans are always rude and corrupt and given a chance will steal from you, chase you down, and illegally incarcerate you.

    I didn’t realize Korea was so anti-small talk. My mother can and does make friends with people on the bus, in line to get on airplanes, and at the supermarket. I just assumed it was a Mid-Western trait- we’re friendly, but I’ve seen similar openness in the South and Texas.

  186. BiNonaka

    In general, Brazilians are friendly people. However, the city where I was born and raised is the opposite. Asking someone for the time downtown, for instance, they will not talk to you … I do think it is the best way to deal with it, however, I enjoy feeling free and not feeling like I must make small talk. A balance is always good, I believe. Great to have you guys back!!!!

  187. Hey guys! I live in L.A.! Met you at the meetup. :) Yes it is the same way in Las Vegas. Hot in the day but then gets cold at night. Since Los Angeles is basically a desert, people just decided to make it a city many years ago, it has that type of weather. Oh and about the small talk. People ARE friendly in L.A.! But I think you just have to run into the right people. I tend to shy away from small talk sometimes too but that’s because I’m usually on public transportation & you sometimes get those greasy guys trying to hit on you. lol. So I put on my headphones and focus on where I’m going. Other than that, people are nice and small talk is a great way to, for a small moment, find out about someone else & what they’re doing. Especially in a city so diverse like Los Angeles, small talk is interesting. :)

  188. Uhhhh sorry I kinda don’t remember a single thing you said cos I was too busy staring at Martina’s boobs
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    You know how you feel about LA’s traffic complaints? That’s exactly how I feel when you complain about Seoul traffic. In case I haven’t made that obvious by now. Seoul has hardly any motorbikes or scooters or bicycles or jaywalking pedestrians or animals or minibuses or motorbike-taxis or rickshaws; and they have a fantastic subway system which helps cut down traffic. The driving here is fantastic when you consider the population density. Watch the show “Don’t Drive Here” DOOOOO EEEETTTT

    I never thought about small talk culture before. That’s an interesting point. Maybe because I personally try to avoid small talk? I don’t like asking people stuff unless I actually want to know, and actually plan to remember – because I once got scolded for asking someone the same question twice in a row. I obviously wasn’t really listening to her reply the first time.
    I don’t like people making small talk to me either, because the first thing they ask me is usually “Where are you from?” and explaining that is SUCH a pain, and most of the time they don’t care anyway.

    Anyway I like California. My sister was born there. At St. Luke’s Hospital in Pasadena. Pretty area. I also met a lot of people from Cali who went to volunteer in Japan after the tsunami, and they were all super cool and chill people. Yeah!

  189. Emma

    Wow! This is exactly what I’ve been dealing with! haha I just got back to my hometown in Santa Barbara, CA from studying abroad at Yonsei University ^^ Went from hardly speaking a word to strangers in Seoul to having small talk with *everyone* in SoCal~ waitresses, policemen, homeless people, strangers at the gas station..etc. 0_o One thing I’m enjoying though is the feeling that no one is judging or staring at you. You can pretty much do, wear, or say anything you want in CA and people don’t think anything of it! haha. Felt really different from Seoul/Korean culture in general
    In my experience Las Vegas feels really dry and hot during the day, but pretty cold at night because it’s so dry! Thanks again for the video <3

  190. You should go to Texas, portion sizes are ridiculous. :’D

  191. So when you say you got lucky with traffic, you got REALLY lucky. I’ve driven south to north and north to south through LA before and it’s always bumper to bumper traffic. That is RIDICULOUS!

  192. In America our food portions are outrageous! Especially in southern restaurants, you have to be really careful of the amount of food is ordered. Plus side is it’s really easy to find vegetarian/vegan restaurants unlike in Korea which makes dining out a breeze!

  193. Coming from New York, I have visited friends and family in SoCal quite frequently. The desert weather was totally strange to me. During the day it is sunny and lovely. But at night, during the winter my cousins used to turn on the heater! Day = 26 degrees C (80F) to Night = 6ish (45F).

    People are totally nicer there in general. But New Yorkers in-general are known for being quite self-centered.

    Maybe it’s the lovely weather and delicious food everywhere that makes people nicer?

  194. Julie2522

    I live in Pennsylvania in the Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Philadelphia areas are every time we go out, pretty much 9.5 times out of 10 the portions are giant and I never finish them. You literally just have to expect not to finish it, or get one plate and share it with whoever you go out with.

  195. AbsolutelyMee

    I’m from the UK. We cannot deal with overly friendly customer service. How you guys dealt with small talk, we deal with customer service. Here, I expect a passive aggressive response when I go shopping. There’s not even a “Have a good day.” at the end of a transaction, just a “Bye.” So, I if I had experienced what you guys said happened in the froyo place I probably would’ve just spontaneously combusted.

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