Friday, January 5, 2018

Bareburger - Naturally Delicious!

Food that Makes the World Smile

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

A Surfrider Sponsor Story

From its humble beginnings in Queens, New York, in 2008, Bareburger has grown into an international restaurant sensation known for its awesome hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, and more – made with "organic, all-natural and sustainable ingredients."

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were eager to see for ourselves just how good the food is.

So, when our friend Kathleen Mulcahy suggested meeting for lunch at the Bareburger in Santa Monica, we were all in.

Just a short walk from the beach, Bareburger (2732 Main Street) is a place where locals drop in to grab a bite and meet friends or just to relax. The minute we walked in the door co-owner Chris Crouch came over to give Kathleen a hug and resume a conversation they had been having earlier. 

With the natural wood and exposed brick walls, comfortable seating and artwork all around – much of it featuring bears – it didn't take long to get settled in and start looking at the menu.

As the name implies, there are lots of burgers (all cooked to order) to choose from – the El Matador Burger with guacamole, vegan Prairie Burger, bison Great Plains Burger, On The Lam Burger (made with lamb, of course) – sandwiches and salads like the Kail Caesar made with baby kale. Also, Bare Share sides of rings, fries and tenders for sharing. There are lots of brunch items, as well, with brunch plates, wiches and bowls featuring egg dishes, French toast, avocado toast, and more.

Drinks include an assortment of beer and wine, all-natural sodas, milk shakes, tea and coffee. If you're looking for a jolt to keep you going, try the cold-brewed iced coffee that's "less acidic with more caffeine."    

Mark Turner, the restaurant's other owner, told SurfWriter Girls that Bareburger is about more than food – “It's about being part of the community." Throughout the week there are always things going on to create enriching experiences and let people express themselves and get involved and connected – “open mic and poetry readings, movie nights on the patio, and hosted charitable events."

During the month of January the restaurant is showcasing the non-profit Surfrider Foundation as its featured organization. It's a perfect partnership because Bareburger and Surfrider – which is dedicated to protecting the world's oceans, waves and beaches – are both strong supporters of the environment.

Bareburger is part of Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, which means it practices sustainable food sourcing and handling methods.   

Kathleen, a business consultant and certified coach, says that Bareburger is one of her favorite spots. She calls it "the ultimate definition of 'social,'" bringing everyone together both personally and professionally. 

With Bareburger franchises from Japan to Dubai now, founder Euripides Pelekanos has proven: "fresh, vibrant, clean food served in a fun place can make the world smile."

True to its mission, Bareburger is building communities – one burger at a time.  

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Beach Books Warm Your Winter

A Wave of Good Reads

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

On cold, winter days reading a good book by a warm fire can be a stronger pull than the ocean.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have been doing our research and have just the books for you. From new releases to classic favorites, there's sure to be a surfing or beach-themed book that suits your mood.

Dawn Patrol, by Don Winslow, combines surfing and sleuthing with San Diego private investigator Boone Daniels working against the clock to unravel an insurance scam while still managing to catch some of the biggest waves of the season during a monster swell. 

The Deep, by Peter Benchley, the Jaws author who made everyone afraid to go into the water, is a thriller set in Bermuda. When a young couple on their honeymoon go diving off the nearby reefs, they get more than they bargained for as their quest for sunken treasure puts them in danger. This is a page-turner you won't want to put down. 

Eddie Would Go, by Stuart Coleman, recounts the story of legendary Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau, who saved over 500 lives when he patrolled the shores of Oahu's famed (often treacherous) Waimea Bay. Battling 30-ft waves to make his daring rescues, Aikau never hesitated when someone was in danger. 

Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life and Catching the Perfect Wave, by National Geographic adventure writer Peter Heller, tells about his six-month journey of discovery traveling the Cali coast in a vintage VW van learning to surf and meeting an interesting collection of people along the way. 

My Grandma Surfs Better Than You, by surfing champion Kim Hamrock (AKA Danger Woman), tells how she cracked surfing's all-boys club in the 70s to stake her claim in the lineup and grab waves with the best of them. Sharing Hamrock's tricks of the trade, tips on surf etiquette, and personal stories, the book contains artwork, cartoons and photos. 

Proximity, by famed surf photographer Todd Glaser, puts you in the middle of one epic wave after another, alongside world surfing champions Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Rob Machado, and more as they travel the globe. Filled with photos and commentary from the Proximity film, it captures the surfing action and turns it into art. 

Sun, Sand, Murder, by John Keyse-Walker, will keep you guessing - not just about who the murderer is, but who the victim is When the body of a marine biologist is found on a beach in the British Virgin Islands – a bullet shot through his head – it turns out there is no record that he ever existed. With little to go on, it's up to detective Teddy Creque to track the killer.

Surfing: Mastering Waves from Basic to Intermediate, by Elliott Almond, is perfect for honing your board skills or giving to someone getting started in the sport. Almond, a sports journalist and life-long surfer, worked the sports beat with SurfWriter Girl Sunny on California State U., Fullerton's Daily Titan. Winner of numerous journalism awards, he covers everything from surf basics to performing bottom turns and cutbacks.

So, pick out a book and warm up your winter – no wetsuit needed! 

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