Newport Beach is a seaside city in Orange County, California.
Renting these houses for vacation can be as high as 1,500+ for 3 days.
The median family income and property values consistently place high in national rankings. The Daily Pilot reported in 2010 that more than a quarter of households have an income greater than $200,000, and the median value for homes exceeds $1 million.
Small is beautiful, you hardly notice them though, because they constant work.
They never stop working.
Many do so just to survive…
Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered is a collection of essays by British economist E. F. Schumacher, 1973.
He faults conventional economic thinking for failing to consider the most appropriate scale for an activity, blasts notions that “growth is good”, and that “bigger is better”, and questions the appropriateness of using mass production in developing countries, promoting instead “production by the masses”. Schumacher was one of the first economists to question the appropriateness of using gross national product to measure human well-being, emphasizing that “the aim ought to be to obtain the maximum amount of well being with the minimum amount of consumption”. — Wikipedia
This week, Sally’s Mobile Photo Challenge is our choice. I’m post some of the Asian cuisine I had in South California.
Japanese noodles are very popular in SoCal, especially among the youngsters. This restaurant claims that they make fresh soup and noodles daily. The firm texture of the noodle and thick flavoring soup made a very special cuisine. You expect some 30 minute waiting there.
Besides noodles, we ordered various appetizers and side dishes. Pan-fried dumplings were my favorite. A bowl of the noodles and two pieces of potstickers were more than plenty for me, but my nephew had two bowls of noodles, the rest of the potstickers, and four side dishes.
We also enjoyed Chinese braised beef noodles. The tender meat and luscious, soul-warming sauce reminded me the slow simmered of Boeuf Bourguignon.
The Korea Stone rice was different. Hot rice was topped with various Korean cooking vegetables and some meat, and it served in a very hot stone bowl. You stir the rice and veggies for a minute before you eat. Delicious!
Fry rice topped with pan-fried pork at Di Tai Fung. Fry rice dishes are all the same, until you eat in DTF…
The first time we ran into a Japanese noodle restaurant outside of U.S. was in London in the late 90s. I recall when we got there the restaurant was already packed. I was surprised with the size of the noodle bowl they served and found it was amusing to see how everyone picked up the bowl and drank up the soup like Japanese do. Back then, this was the only noodle place in London, now you can find a couple of dozens through Google search.
Louie Schwartzberg has some amazing videos on Youtube, the Wings of Life, Pollination, Fantastic Fungi, and more. It is hard to imagine how much time and energy it took for Schwartzberg and his team to create such an extraordinary video for us to enjoy. Hope you have 4 minute to watch the moving art in great details.
WPC: Earth: This week, let’s celebrate this planet on which we live!
This is my third post for this week’s earth theme. Thank you so much for your like clicks and comments on the previous posts. 🙂
Here are 20 tips of saving water at home. “With more and more areas struggling with droughts, conserving water is more important than ever. Even if you’re not living in a drought-stricken region, cutting back on water use also means a lower utility bill and helps conserve a precious resource.”
When we travel, we always use “Do not disturb” door tag to minimize the hotel room service for saving water and energy.
Thanks to hubby for carrying kitchen water bucket that I collect from rinsing veggies/fruits, cups… to water our plants. He does it several times a day and has done so for 2 decades.