Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fred’s - Mexican Food With a Twist

It’s a Fiesta at Fred’s Mexican Café and Cantina

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You can’t have a bad time at Fred’s Mexican Café and Cantina in Huntington Beach (300 Pacific Coast Highway).

Perched above the corner of Main Street and PCH (upstairs from surf shop Huntington Surf and Sport), it’s a fun, friendly place with colorful décor and a Bohemian vibe. 

Plus a killer view of the HB pier. Fred’s is the perfect place to watch the sunset and enjoy Happy Hour Margaritas. 

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel went to Fred’s on a Taco Tuesday when the tacos are $2. The price was right and we had four kinds to choose from – chicken, fish, calamari and carnitas. Not surprisingly, Fred’s was packed. But, it isn’t just the prices that bring people in.

Eating at Fred’s is a unique experience. Everywhere you look there is something interesting and different to see – cherubs mounted on the orange and turquoise walls and painted ceilings with angels looking down from above…

rich draperies around the windows and doors...

a large, central bar area with pool tables and TV and an outdoor patio with a fire pit.


Fred’s is definitely a restaurant that doesn’t take itself too seriously. A quote painted overhead declares: “If I had my life to live over…I’d live over a bar.” 

In addition to a full assortment of tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and quesadillas, Fred’s has lots of other menu options, including sandwiches on torta rolls with chipotle mayonnaise, carne asada, char-broiled Chicken Monterey, and tortilla soup. 

Sunny and Patti – Happy Hour

Fred’s own Surf City Salad combines mixed greens, tomato, avocado, red onion, roasted corn and mango, topped with tortilla chips, cotija cheese and a choice of grilled chicken breast, shrimp or pescado. And, for when you’re eating light, they even have “bikini size salads.”

Fred’s keeps its fresh baked tortilla chips red hot in its fiery kitchen.

All of the sauces and salsas at Fred’s are made fresh daily and the restaurant prides itself on making traditional Mexican dishes that are lighter and healthier for you…without sacrificing the flavors. 

Don’t worry that they’ve forgotten the desserts, though. The Chocolate Diablo is a devilishly rich, chocolate mousse brownie topped with whipped cream. And they have fresh made Churros to Go toasted in cinnamon and sugar. So, you can walk off the calories! 

Before you leave, be sure to check out the rest rooms. SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti can’t comment on the Men’s Room, but the Ladies’ Room was a lavish sight to see with decorated walls, artwork and funny sayings covering every available space.

There’s no doubt that Fred’s Mexican Café and Cantina really rocks on Tuesdays. And, if you’re a dog lover, then stop by on Mondays. That’s when they hold Doggie Date Night – “a patio party for your pup.”  You can dine on the patio and get a free doggie dinner with the purchase of an entrée.

Make no bones about it, Fred’s is a place you’ll want to visit more than once. And, with locations in SanDiego (Gas Lamp District, Old Town, and Pacific Beach), Laguna Niguel, and Hawaii, you’ll have lots of spots to choose from.

Come to Fred’s – spin the wheel and win a prize!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

World Water Day on Tap

Celebrate World Water Day
22 March 2012

 Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel hold the exclusive rights to the following copyrighted material. For permission to reprint or excerpt it and/or link it to another website, contact them at

Ever since the United Nations designated the first World Water Day in 1993 March 22, 2012, has been set aside to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and the need to sustainably manage the world’s water resources.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel learned that less than 1% of the world’s water is suitable for drinking. Currently more than two billion people do not have access to safe drinking water or sanitation. And by 2025 more than three billion people – close to half the world’s population – could suffer from water shortages. 

This lack of water not only affects the water available for drinking, but limits farmers’ abilities to grow enough food to eat or earn a living. In South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East many countries are already close to their resource limits.

The non-profit Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, supports World Water Day and the adoption of wise-use water management.

“Water is the foundation for all life on the planet,” says Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “Sadly, it only takes a few seconds to pollute water, spoiling it for everyone to use and enjoy.” 

Two corporate partners that have joined forces with the Surfrider Foundation to help promote World Water Day are GoPro, makers of the world’s most versatile camera, and shoe and sandal manufacturer Teva.

To generate water awareness, they created the 3 Second Movie Contest, asking people to submit a 3-second video with a water theme. You can check out the videos and see the winners on YouTube.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti agree that it’s more important than ever to conserve and protect our water supply.

Every single drop of water we use makes a difference

In the United States the average person uses 100-150 gallons of water each day. In Europe it’s 74 gallons; China 23 gallons; Africa 17 gallons.

Asia has 60% of the world’s population, but only 36% of the world's water…a problem that needs to be addressed sooner, rather than later, especially given its growing industrialization and shift from a rural environment to a metropolitan one. 

To safeguard our water supply, we all need to reduce our Water Footprint – the amount of water that we use each day…for drinking, cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene, home and garden, automobile maintenance, and more. 

  • Using a low-flow faucet can save you 3.5 gallons per minute.
  • Using a low-flow toilet can save nearly 5 gallons per flush.
  • Using a low-flow shower head can reduce water usage by about 40%. 

Ten easy things you can do to stop wasting water

1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks – Even a small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day. 

2. Take shorter showers – Each minute you save can equal 10 or more gallons of water.

3. Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth – Turning off the water while you brush helps to save over 150 gallons of water a month.

4. Check your toilets for leaks – You can do this by putting a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If the color starts to appear in the bowl later, you have a leak.

5. Take a look at your water meter to check for water leaks – If it reads differently before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used, there is a leak.

6. Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads. This could save 1000 gallons of water per month.

7. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator, rather than using running water to do it.

8. Use a broom, instead of a hose, to clean your driveway and sidewalk – This saves water and protects the downstream water quality.

9. Water your plants and landscaping in the morning or evening – this reduces water loss from evaporation.

10. Plant a low-water/low polluting “Ocean Friendly Garden” with drought-resistant plants and groundcover.  The Surfrider Foundation Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Chapter can tell you how to do it. ..

Friday, March 2, 2012

SurfWriter Girls St. Patrick’s Day Greetings

Lucky Limericks for You!
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A limerick is a funny, irreverent five-line poem in which the first, second and fifth lines rhyme and the third and fourth lines rhyme. Popularized in the 1800s, it gets its name from the County of Limerick in Ireland. Patrons in pubs often competed to create the best limericks while drinking whiskey and beer.

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel came up with these limericks for you – 

Surfer Dave
There once was a surfer named Dave,
Who went looking for the perfect wave.
But, just when he found a winner,
A whale ate him for dinner.
And Dave’s surfboard was all they could save.

Lotion Commotion
There was a young lady who went to the ocean.
She sat on the sand and put on her sun lotion.
But, her yellow bikini
Was incredibly teeny
And this caused a major commotion.

Surfer Girl
There once was a surfer girl named Jasmine.
Like a magnet, she attracted all the men.
When she went out to compete
In any surfing meets
It’s so crazy how she always would win.

Rude Dude
There once was an arrogant surfer dude,
Who would hog all the waves and act rude.
He’d steal waves away,
Keeping the angry surfers at bay,
Until they realigned his attitude.

Surfing Leprechaun
There once was a cool, surfing leprechaun,
Who amazed everyone with what he’d done.
He’d do toes on the nose,
Hang ten…and there he goes
With his mug of green beer having fun!

Fish Wish
There was this glittering, magical fish,
Who could grant you your own special wish.
When a fisherman found her
He asked the great flounder,
“For a pair of dry boots that don’t squish.”

Beulah’s Hula
There was a shapely lady named Beulah,
Who could really shake up the hula.
The men would all gather
And get into a lather
And Beulah would rake in the moola.

Irish Isles
In the mossy, green isle of Ireland
St. Patrick’s Day is especially grand.
All decked out in hula skirts,
Basking in the sun without shirts…
Oh no, this is the wrong island!

Irish Good Luck Sayings

May good luck be your friend in whatever you do
And may trouble be always a stranger to you.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
the foresight to know where you're going
and the insight to know when you're going too far.

For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. 

Photo by Ric Magdaug

BFFs Sunny and Patti found a four leaf clover and blew on this
dandelion to make good luck wishes for you!