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    If you’ve ever eaten at The Pool House , then you already know that our food offerings are in a different stratosphere than most poolside concessions. Our menu is packed with fresh, feel-good fare that will make you feel healthy, satisfied, and help you maintain your sunny demeanor for all day lounging and adventure.

    What is it that makes our menu so great? To truly understand what sets The Pool House’s food offerings apart, it’s important to understand our style of cooking. Often referred to asCalifornia cuisine,” this unique style of cooking is less about specific recipes and more about an ingredient-driven and freshness-obsessed state of mind. Here, we’ll offer a comprehensive explanation of what California cuisine is and what it entails, so that you can understand and savor our cuisine even more!

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    What is California cuisine? First, let’s clear up a common misconception. No, California cuisine isn’t simply a catch-all term to describe all food prepared in the Golden State. California cuisine is a style of cooking which is generally accepted as having developed in California, though these days you’ll see its influence all over the United States and across the world!

    The concept of California cuisine is less about specific recipes and more about a general philosophy and approach to food.

    In essence, California cuisine is characterized by a reverence to fresh, simple preparation, and the use of local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. But there’s more to it than that. California cuisine is also characterized by an element of fusion, employing cooking techniques from other cultures. With California cuisine, it’s not uncommon to see techniques and recipes borrowed European, Asian, and South American cuisines, yet prepared using local ingredients.

    Who invented California cuisine? Most food historians generally accept that the California cuisine style was pioneered by cookbook author Helen Evans Brown, who published Helen Brown’s West Coast Cookbook in the early 1950s. This pivotal book focused on forgoing generic, big-box ingredients and produce in favor of choosing locally sourced, fresh ingredients. The book quickly became a critical darling and was beloved by foodies of note, including James Beard. Looking back, this work is largely seen as the template for today’s California cuisine style.

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    Characteristics of California cuisine. Now that you have a basic idea behind the mentality behind California cuisine, let’s discuss its physical attributes.

    • Fresh, fresh, fresh! Freshness is one of the most important aspects of California cuisine. Chefs cooking in this style know that a just-picked Meyer lemon is going to make for the most delicious tart, or that local, fresh avocado is going to make the most memorable avocado toast. The fresher, the better!
    • Local and sustainable ingredients. Not only do Chefs cooking California cuisine want the freshest ingredients, but they want to know where they came from. There are a few reasons for this. One reason is that the freshness they so crave is easier to come by locally. It’s easier to use microgreens that were picked that day from a local farmer versus trying to import them from states away. Additionally, local products mean there’s less of a carbon footprint. Another is that the Chef can actually know the practices of their vendors. Working closely with local and sustainably minded vendors not only improves the ecosystem but increases a sense of community, as the ingredients come from real people versus faceless corporate entities.
    • California ingredients. This perhaps goes without saying, but California cuisine is reverent to grown-in-California ingredients. If you ask most people what ingredients they think of when they think “California cuisine”, chances are you’ll hear people bring up ingredients grown in California, including a bounty of fresh produce. Because California cuisine evolved in a state so rich in agricultural production, California products have become an inherent part of the cuisine style. Expect lots of avocado, strawberries, artichoke, and other crops native to California.
    • Simple preparation. As previously noted, of the key tenets of California cuisine is that the ingredients are chosen with great care. When you’ve taken the time to carefully source the best and most flavorful ingredients possible, it would be counterintuitive to destroy their natural flavor by overcooking them or drowning them with other flavors. As such, California cuisine focuses on handling the ingredients as little as possible, and instead figuring out simple preparations that will allow their natural flavor to shine. Far from a lazy approach, this can often prove even trickier than traditional kitchen tricks like dousing an ingredient in oil and salt and cheese. However, you’ll end up with a much fresher and vibrant (and healthier) flavor.
    • Inspiration from different cultures. California cuisine borrows from other cultures, with delicious results. It’s not unusual to see culinary techniques borrowed from other cultures to create delicious meals using local ingredients. For example, consider the Crispy Rock Shrimp on the menu at The Pool House. Freshly caught rock shrimp is prepared with Gochujang, and Japanese-style aioli for a delicious, locally made yet globally inspired dish.
    • Beautiful diners. Is it just us, or are the people who enjoy California cuisine just a little better looking than average? An afternoon or evening spent at The Pool House will undoubtedly provide plenty of beautiful people watching!

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    The Pool House: coastal and California-inspired cuisine. At The Pool House, we offer a unique brand of California cuisine that one might dub “California coastal cuisine”. Our menu has a strong seafood emphasis, and we are committed to using the finest quality, freshest seafood possible.

    Like California cuisine, Coastal cuisine is characterized by fresh, bright flavors that allow the simplicity of the ingredients to shine through. Basically, chefs want to maintain and celebrate the superior flavors of the food as much as possible my minimally “processing” them in the kitchen. Combining elements of California and Coastal cuisine on our menu truly sets The Pool House apart!

    Now that you have a better understanding of California cuisine, it’s time to enjoy some! Come visit us at The Pool House and see for yourself the difference that our commitment to freshness, flavor, and culinary creativity makes.

    What’s your favorite element of California cuisine?

    What is a California menu?
    What is a California menu? Every food and beverage item is priced and ordered separately. What is A la carte? Some food items (particularly appetizers and desserts) are priced and ordered separately, while the entree is accompanied by and priced to include other items, such as a salad, starch or vegetable. more
    Is California unlivable?
    The state of California is simply becoming unlivable, and not many people are willing to continue putting up with it. Fortunately, Governor Gavin Newsom finally created a plan to release $2 billion more into homelessness prevention efforts. more
    Why does Northern California get more rain than southern California?
    Northern regions: This region generally has a moderately oceanic climate and typically receives higher annual rainfall amounts than southern portions of the state. Areas further inland have more Continental climates, becoming more arid with hot summers and cold winters. more
    Is Northern California safer than Southern California?
    When it comes to California's safest cities, which region of the Golden State contains the safest cities? Northern California or Southern California? According to a recent survey by Safewise, Southern California takes this accolade. more
    What is a set menu menu?
    A set menu is a menu with a specific set of meals to choose from. The price charged for each meal is the same. There is a single set menu, with four courses for $31. Our set menu is offered alongside the à la carte menu. more
    Is California unaffordable?
    With inflation at a 40-year high, and skyrocketing gas prices and utility costs, California has become unaffordable. We deserve real solutions that will lower costs and allow us to live comfortably in the Golden State. Californians pay the highest gas prices in the nation. more
    Is Northern California cheaper than Southern California?
    Cheapest Places to Live in Northern California. Northern California is considerably cheaper than its southern counterpart, as long as you stay out of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Here is a look at some of the cheapest places to live in Northern California that still offer a high standard of living. more
    DO California medical schools prefer California residents?
    No preference is given to state of residence. However, many applicants come from California. Acceptees from California are more likely to matriculate at UCLA. more
    Is California friendly?
    The Golden state ranked at 40th on the Big Seven Travel list of friendliest states in America. "Californians like to think of themselves as friendly, but our readers disagree. more
    Why California is called California?
    1. California's name is derived from a bestselling novel. The story was so popular that when Spanish explorers under the command of Hernan Cortes landed on what they believed to be an island on the Pacific coast, they named it California after Montalvo's mythical island. more
    Who colonized California?
    Spanish Spanish colonization of "Alta California" began when the Presidio at San Diego, the first permanent European settlement on the Pacific Coast, was established in 1769. more

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