To the majority of people who don’t live here or weren’t born here, the Santa Clarita Valley can seem like nothing more than the home of Six Flags Magic Mountain, lots of chain restaurants with sizable parking lots, and rows of tract housing. On the other hand, if you rep the 661, then you probably know…
1. Valencia is Santa Clarita, but Santa Clarita is not necessarily Valencia
Most folks over the hill think Valencia = Santa Clarita. Wrong. The actual city of Santa Clarita includes Newhall (the OG part of town), Valencia, Saugus, and Canyon Country, and each has its own perceptions, demographics, and stereotypes (File under: Saugus = soccer moms). But wait, there’s more. There are also communities that sit outside city limits, including Stevenson Ranch (the Stepford-ish housing tract where Weeds was filmed), Westridge, Castaic, Val Verde, and even far-off Agua Dulce, in the rural middle ground on the way to Palmdale.
2. The best breakfast burritos are from Jimmy Dean’s
A breakfast burrito from Jimmy Dean’s is the kind of thing railway workers ate in the dark of early morning hours before swinging sledgehammers, or something like that. Picture a large tortilla stuffed with hot scrambled eggs, cheese, hash browns, bacon, and chili, with a dash of salsa verde. Every bite explodes with hearty, greasy flavor. Also, you probably won’t eat for the rest of your life/the day (the faint of heart and stomach are advised to order the junior size).