Last Thursday night, the 28th of January, a friend and I headed down to 2nd Street to grab some dinner at one of the restaurants. As someone who has commuted to CSULB for 4 semesters (all semesters except for Spring 2015 when I studied abroad) from San Clemente, CA, the Long Beach area is pretty foreign to me. As a commuter, I would drive to school, go to my classes, perhaps eat a meal during one of my breaks on campus, and then drive back home. This was the extent to my relationship with the Long Beach area. I was raised in Orange County almost all of my life, so I am very used to a uniform style amongst the different conglomerations of restaurants and “downtown” areas throughout “the OC”. Take downtown Laguna Beach for example. Everything there pretty much looks the same. The local, cheaper restaurants have a similar vibe, and the higher-end restaurants have a similar vibe among them as well. But the beachy vibe and never-said-out-loud entitlement that comes from being from Laguna Beach is an underlying theme at all of the spots in the small town of about 25,000 people. 2nd Street’s vibe is way different to what I’m used to. The restaurants are all different and serve as an extension of the diversity that Long Beach quite naturally embraces. There are grungy spots adjacent to white-collar spots. The architecture and flair of each building and business is staunch and has something different to offer. I moved up here to Park Avenue Apartments last night and I look forward to enjoying Long Beach more throughout the semester. By the way, we went to Simmzy’s for dinner. Super dank. A little over-priced, but the vibe was rad and the burgers were good.