Slapfish Features Eco-Friendly Menu

January 22nd, 2015

Seafood – As Fresh as it Gets!

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A Surfrider Sponsor Story

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

“Sorry, Charlie, only the best will do.”

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Remember that classic line from the Starkist tuna ads? Well the same applies to the fish served at Huntington Beach casual dining restaurant Slapfish (Newland Shopping Center at 19696 Beach Blvd.)

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Specializing in fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, sourced from responsible sustainable suppliers, Slapfish is as concerned about where your fish comes from as how it tastes.

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Owners Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude describe themselves as “pure ocean-aholics,” noting that “We grew up fishing, surfing, and ultimately making our livings with the ocean.”

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Along the way, the pair launched their Slapfish food truck in May 2011…and later the Beach Boulevard restaurant in Huntington Beach.

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When it comes to the fish they serve, their goal is to “take wisely from the ocean without harming the marine eco-system.” This way, rather than being fished to the brink of extinction, fish have an ability to replenish themselves.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel learned that this means you get the freshest, healthiest, best-tasting seafood imaginable.

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Some of the specialties on the Slapfish menu include its trademark fish tacos and more.

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And at a price that won’t bust your budget. Forgoing white table cloths and expensive silverware, Slapfish focuses on providing a “boatload of deliciousness” on your plate.

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This extends to the vegetables it serves, too, which are the freshest available, coming from local providers…

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including the students in Huntington Beach High School’s sustainability class, taught by social studies teacher Greg Goran.

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Goran, the Surfrider Foundation’s Huntington/Seal Beach Ocean Friendly Gardens expert, teaches the class as a way to give his students hands-on knowledge about responsible farming methods…and an opportunity to learn business skills.

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By selling their produce to Slapfish and at local events the students, who are part of the school’s environmental Green Team, get to see how all their hard work, planting, nurturing and harvesting, pays off, while generating revenue for the school – a win-win for everyone.

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Plus it’s exciting for the students to see their vegetables being enjoyed by the diners at Slapfish. “When we come in they’ll be eating the stuff we brought literally within minutes,” Goran stated.

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Jessica Bechtold, Surfrider’s HBSB Ocean Friendly Restaurants chairperson, applauds the work that Slapfish is doing to protect the ocean’s sea life and is actively involved in getting restaurants to join the new OFR program.

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Bechtold explained to SurfWriter Girls that restaurants who sign on will be committed to sustainable food practices. Along with how the food is sourced and handled, this includes using biodegradable food containers, cups and utensils.

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Whether you stop by Slapfish to grab a fish taco or an order of fish and chips to-go or opt for one of the restaurant’s definitely gourmet lobster creations, you can be sure that everything on your plate will be fresh and flavorful.

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And, if something on the menu isn’t available, that’s because it’s either sold out or not in season.

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At Slapfish sometimes even being the best isn’t enough to get on the plate.

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“Sorry, Charlie, only the sustainable will do.”

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Surfrider Celebrates the Season

December 11th, 2014

Surfrider’s Holiday Party – Good Cheer…and Beer!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The mood at Brewbakers craft brewery and restaurant/bakery in Huntington Beach was warm and festive during the annual Surfrider Foundation’s Tri-Chapter Holiday Party Saturday, December 6th.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were excited to see Surfrider members and guests from the Huntington/Seal Beach, Long Beach, and Newport Beach chapters.

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Brewbakers owner and Surfrider member Manuel Florence made sure that everyone tasted the craft beers and sodas that his brewery is known for.

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The Coffman family – Jeff, Sherrie, Charlie and Will – zeroed in on the root beer and cream soda.

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Darryl Ferguson and Halie Schmidt liked the pumpkin beer.

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So did Pam Conti, Mike BalchinSeth Matsonand the rest of the Surfrider crew.

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There were bratwurst sandwiches and pizzas, too…

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freshly made in the kitchen.

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Greg Kishel tried both and declared them a hit.

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Now that the year is almost over everyone was talking about 2015 and the new surfing spots they want to explore and ways to protect the ocean and beach environment we all love.

Tony Soriano and Sona Coffee, the Environmental Programs Manager for Manhattan Beach, said there’s much work still to do.

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With holiday shopping on people’s minds, we all agreed that a Surfrider membership would be just the gift for the people on our lists.

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It’s easy to wrap and is a gift that gives all year. What could be better than that?

In keeping with the holiday spirit shared at Brewbakers, SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti wish you this Irish toast:

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A Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year,

A pocket full of money

And a cellar full of beer!

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SRF Tri-Chapter “Holiday Party” @ Brewbakers

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Paradise Found – Thailand

November 6th, 2014

Sharin’ the Dream

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A Surfrider Member Profile

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Photos by Don MacLean

Don MacLean, the Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter’s former Hold On To Your Butt! Chairperson, is in Thailand now – Livin’ the Dream.

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More than that, Don’s Sharin’ the Dream, helping to keep Thailand the tropical paradise he wants it to be.

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Just as Don made it his goal to get cigarette butts off the beaches and streets in Orange County, he’s committed to getting trash off the beaches in Thailand and to continuing to carry out Surfrider’s mission.

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“This is a huge challenge,” says Don. “The people don’t realize the need to pick up the trash around them and there aren’t any trash cans on the beaches.” He has been working to raise money for trash cans and is busy organizing the locals to participate in beach cleanups at Phuket’s Surin Beach.

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Together, they have removed cigarette butts, assorted trash, plastic bags, Styrofoam, fishing lines and nets from the beach.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are always excited to see the photos Don sends us from Thailand showing the beautiful beaches – and the trash that has been collected.

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Don is also educating people about the need to protect the coastal environment and the things they can do to safeguard it for the next generation.

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“It’s especially important to educate the kids,” Don told SurfWriter Girls.

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Cigarette litter may seem like a minor problem to some, but not to Don. He points out that “cigarettes are the most littered item in the world.” Several trillion butts are tossed worldwide. What’s more, the toxic residue in the cigarettes damages the environment, getting into eco-systems and water supplies…threatening the quality of our water and aquatic life.

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This year Don staged the very first Phuket International Surfing Day celebration and beach cleanup. “The turnout was beyond our expectations,” he said, adding that he recruits everyone he can find, including people he sees on the beach.

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Don has even spoken to the Governor of Phuket, who was eager to learn about the work Don is doing.

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Along with educating kids about the environment, as an added incentive to get them to Respect the Beach, Don gives surfing lessons after the beach cleanups.

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Then, at the end of the day, he goes home to his ocean-view house on the hill, on the edge of the lush, Thai jungle…

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and enjoys the vibrant sunset on the horizon.

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Overcoming language and cultural barriers isn’t easy, but Don MacLean is up to the task. With over 20 years experience conducting environmental compliance audits for the U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard, he is just the one to restore Thailand’s beaches, returning them to their natural beauty…

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So everyone can be Livin’ the Dream.

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