Cost of Living comparison Between Sacramento,California USA, and Melbourne Victoria AU
Consumer Prices in Melbourne are 51.12% higher than in Sacramento, CA
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Melbourne are 56.42% higher than in Sacramento, CA
Rent Prices in Melbourne are 77.17% higher than in Sacramento, CA
Restaurant Prices in Melbourne are 67.23% higher than in Sacramento, CA
Groceries Prices in Melbourne are 28.48% higher than in Sacramento, CA
Meal at an Inexpensive Restaurant, CA - $9.33 ... Australia - $15.35
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course CA - $35.00 ... Australia $67.01
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar CA -$5.60 ... Australia - $7.67 $
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) CA - $3.38 ... Australia $6.78
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) CA - $1.34 ... Australia $2.88
Water (0.33 liter bottle) CA - $1.20 ... Australia $2.47
Clothing and Shoes
1 Pair of Levis 501 (Or Equivalent) CA - $38.75 ... Australia $90.11
1 Summer Dress / Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) CA - $33.33 ... Australia $84.42
1 Pair of Nike Shoes CA - $69.75 ... Australia $141.84
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes CA- $65.00 ... Australia $172.18
Potatoes (1kg) CA -$1.55 ... Australia $2.47
Lettuce (1 head) CA - $1.95 ... Australia $2.46
So, when I saw Arugula greens in the grocery store for almost 5 bucks a bunch, a light bulb went off in my head.
greens have become so popular nowadays, that many grocery stores and greengrocers now stock cultivated varieties. I think it's probably because it's less labor-intensive than running around and digging up peoples yards. And chances are, if you've ever had an Arugula Salad in some high-priced fancy-schmancy restaurant... you were actually eating dandelions and didn't even know it.
This one is Purslane - or known by some people as "little hogweed" It's tart and lemony, with a slight peppery kick... and the Old Guy loves it fresh, although you can cook 'er up too.
I throughly investigated it before even trying it,( I recommend investigating anything out in the wild - or in your yard... before putting it in your mouth or on your plate) so I had to laugh at this description:
Known formally as portulaca oleracea, and informally as little hogweed, purslane
is a succulent herb that looks, as one Baltimore chef put it, like a miniature
jade plant. A more colorful description can be found in seed catalogs, which
note that in Malawi, the name for the fleshy, round-leafed plant translates to
"the buttocks of the wife of a chief."
Now the Old Guy has trouble remembering the name purslane or even "the buttocks of the wife of a chief", so he simply calls it "Chiefs Arse".