January 2009


Pho Basil Leaf, the long-awaited Vietnamese restaurant on Main Street, finally opened last night.  Here’s a contributed posting from a friend who enjoyed lunch there today and posted a review at www.Yelp.com.

“This is the brand new Vietnamese restaurant right on Main Street in Seal Beach.  It brings additional cultural flavor (no pun intended) to the neighborhood.  After you’ve enjoyed the Irish pubs, fish and chips, burritos, Italian deli, and steak, Pho (pronounced like “fa” as in “ma loves fa”).

The service was friendly and attentive in a smaller dining area.  There is sufficient room for about 12 tables.  I have been craving pho for some time now and I was not disappointed.  I ordered the beef pho and it was delicious.  

Since it only opened last night, there was a lot of local curiousity about the restaurant.  All of the tables were occupied when we walked in shortly after 12:30pm.  Hopefully this restaurant will be here a long time.

How does it compare to other Pho restaurants?  We used to enjoy An’s in Sunset Beach ( it unfortunately closed in 2008 ) and Basil Leaf is comparable.  We’ve tried several Pho places in the Westminster area and I would say this one was better than what I’ve experienced there.  For me it is difficult to rate a Pho restaurant because noodles are noodles and there’s not a lot of variation.  The beef was of good quality and the broth was tasty so I am giving Basil Leaf  the four stars.”

— contributed

P.S. There were a number of passersby that looked at the menu posted on the store window.  I think people will enjoy this restaurant.

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According to www.dqnews.com, December sales in the Southland were up almost 20% from October and up more than 50% from one year ago.  As you might conclude, the increase was primarily of low cost foreclosure sales. 

In Seal Beach (zip code 90740), the median sales price was $875K, up over 32%.  The average price per square foot was $362.

The adjoining area is Belmont Shore (zip code 90803).  The median sales price $750K, down almost 13%.  The average per square foot was $515.

I have a list of some months in 2008 for comparison purposes.  You can view it on my website at www.pathaleonline.com.

To see a list of available homes in Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Belmont Shore, and the general area be sure to visit my website at www.pathaleonline.com.

A surfer blacked out on Sunday afternoon and went underwater.  A heroic rescue by two fellow surfers saved this man’s life.

This is a dramatic rescue near the river mouth in Seal Beach.  The OC Register has a heartwarming article about the rescue itself and the appreciation expressed by the surfer that was rescued. 

Read the article at http://tinyurl.com/a4qekeIt’s a nice “feel good” story.

On one Saturday each month, volunteers assemble at the 1st Street Beach Parking lot in Seal Beach to clean the beach and ocean of trash.  This activity is normally scheduled from 11am to 2pm. 

Environmentally friendly volunteers are invited to our next monthly clean that takes place this Saturday!  You will be provided with parking passes, garbage bags, protective gloves, drinking water, and hand sanitizers. 

One of our favorite websites, www.yelp.com, will be there this weekend.  Yelp will provide each volunteer their very own sustainable Yelp bag!

The first day of the 2009 Seal Beach surf championships was held today.  There were more than 100 competitors.

The Register has an article on today.  You can read it at http://www.ocregister.com/articles/event-contest-waves-2284408-beach-seal

Mark the date April 4 on your calendar.  Over 4,000 participants are expected for the 2009 5K / 10K run / walk event in Seal Beach.  This event is always a local favorite.

The event’s website is at http://www.sealbeachrun.com.  You can read about last year’s event as well as sign up for the 2009 event.

Stayed tuned.

I read that in the Westways magazine that Huntington Beach (aka Surf City) will be celebrating their centennial in February.  After being named Shell Beach and then Pacific City, they finally incorporated in 1909 as Huntington Beach.

There are a number of festivities scheduled for February as well as for the rest of the year.

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