Of Paper Plates, Plastic Utensils and Grand-kids

What multi-millionaire that you know of frequents a small restaurant that serves food on paper plates and with plastic utensils?

While reading a somewhat interesting article called “Mitt Romney takes to life in new California home” I found this intriguing little nugget in the closing paragraphs that speaks volumes:

While the streets of La Jolla are filled with emblems of capitalism, from exotic car dealerships to pricey retailers and high-end restaurants, Romney has decidedly lowbrow tastes.

He said one of his favorite meals is the turkey burger at the Burger Lounge. Another favorite place is the Marketplace Grille, where he orders the chicken bowl — chicken served with tabbouleh, a choice of white or herbed rice, and lavash bread. It is served on paper plates with plastic utensils.

“He comes in with his grandchildren,” said Mehran Izadi, the restaurant’s co-owner. “He’s very down to earth. You don’t expect that from a politician.

No, you don’t expect that of politicians, nor of millionaires. Oh that we could have such frugality in Washington these days. Also, I particularly like the mention of him taking his grand-kids out to eat.

Just recently I posted a video of a long “discussion” with Mitt at Emory University’s business school. There were many interesting topics in the discussion, but one that perhaps stuck out to me the most was the topic at the end about which of Mitt’s accomplishments made him the most proud. His answer was his relationship with his wife and kids. He even counseled the business students that they never let business or career get in the way of what brought true joy – family life. To build on his point he stated that getting up in the morning and doing meaningful work is an important part of a healthy family relationship, but that the work his wife did in the home was much more important to their happiness than what he did. That video can be viewed by clicking here. The segment about family begins at the 40:15 mark.

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AP photo: La Jolla Romney residence

Some time after losing the ’08 GOP nomination Governor Romney sold his homes in Massachusetts and Utah and bought a beachfront property in La Jolla California (near San Diego). Romney has spent a lot of time in La Jolla while writing his new book No Apology. The Romney family stills claims residency in Massachusetts and are said to be purchasing a condo in Belmont that they’ll close on in June.

Spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said the Romneys are buying their own home in Belmont, but a March closing was pushed back to June because of “contractor delays.” That has put forced the Romneys to watch the number of days they spend in California, ensuring they do not raise questions about their primary residency for tax, voting or other legal purposes.

A few months ago I chatted with Josh Romney when his dad spoke at a local event in my home town. I asked Josh how his parents were enjoying La Jolla. He said that they loved it, particularly Ann Romney, but that his dad wanted to make sure they didn’t spend more than six months there during the year or they’d have to pay taxes in California. Who wants to pay taxes in both CA and MA?

Exit trivia: This AP story was written by a particular reporter who had a little dust-up with Romney regarding lobbyists during an interview in a grocery stores. Can anyone name the reporter without googling it? (That doesn’t mean use yahoo or bing.) Anyone have a link to the video?

~Nate Gunderson

Source: AP story “Mitt Romney takes to life in new California home

Just for fun here is the google streetview of the Market Grille in La Jolla.

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12 Responses to Of Paper Plates, Plastic Utensils and Grand-kids

  1. I remember that encounter. I can’t believe that same reporter is still covering him. Not that Romney couldn’t forgive an obnoxious reporter, but that AP would let this guy cover the Romneys after that.

  2. Well he must not be covering Romney very well. The Romney’s bought the CA home about 10 months ago.

    Remember the reporter’s name?

  3. Jayde Wyatt says:

    I’ve heard Mitt say several times in interviews that he and Ann are very much in love. During the presidential campaign, he also said he was happiest when Ann was with him on the campaign trail – a fact his sons also confirmed. His faithful 40 year marriage to Ann, along with the relationship he has with his sons and daughters-in-law, and his 14 grandchildren prove that his family matters most to him. As Mitt said, their happy family life is also due to Ann’s tremendous efforts. I also appreciate the fact that they hold ‘family councils’ where important decisions/matters are discussed. They personify family values.

    The Romneys are refreshing.

    I remember the name of that reporter. Whew! He was sitting on the floor of – as I recall – the Staples? store. I also remember Eric Fehrnstrom speaking to the guy afterwards, along with a lady’s feisty parting comments. Mitt handled that well. I also have a link to the video in my files.

    Anyone else recall the reporters name? I’ll hold off… for awhile. :)

  4. Jayde Wyatt says:

    The Marketplace Grille’s ‘crispy shrimp bowl’ also sounds delish!

  5. Fixed the link for the streetview. Didn’t check to verify that it was working before I posted.

  6. Rebel Ross says:

    I know the name I remember good ole Glen…

  7. @Rebel Ross
    Huh. Seems only team MRC only remembers these things.

  8. Chris says:

    One thing I have always said that the measure of a man is what he values the most. It truly shows that he is the one candidate (imo of course) that puts his family number one on the to do list.

  9. Makeli says:

    There was a contributor on one of the pro Mitt sites that ran into Mitt at a Home Depot near park city shortly after the 08 election. He said he was pleasantly surprised at how he stayed and talked with him and that he was driving an old jeep and that he was at home depot. It’s indicative of his down to earthness hearing things like this.

  10. Jeffrey Booker says:

    Glen Johnson was the AP reporter…

  11. @Jeffrey Booker
    DING-DING-DING-DING! We have a winner.

  12. Jayde says:

    Here’s the “Glenn Johnson” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PJnyfLfnDo