Sunday, October 26, 2014

Beware the Bag Monsters!



On Halloween it’s in the Bag!


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

With the sounds of Halloween here and little ones eager to take their trick-or-treat bags door-to-door, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are thinking how nice it would be to keep those bags out all year. 



Not just for Halloween candy, apples and treats, but for everyday items, dairy and meats.




When you bring your own reusable bag on shopping trips, instead of using plastic bags from the store, you can reduce the amount of plastic pollution in our environment.


Did you know that each reusable bag equals 400 single-use plastic bags?


Or that 600 plastic bags are thrown away every second in California?


Every year 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. Of those, 100 billion bags are used in the United States alone.

That’s a lot of plastic bags…most of which end up littering our streets and polluting our waterways and oceans,


endangering sea life – who get tangled in the bags or ingest them – and ultimately entering the food chain.

That’s even scarier than the ghosts and goblins roaming around on All Hallows Eve.


Fortunately California got an early treat this Halloween – the passage and signing of Senate Bill 270 – authorizing the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores.


The Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter has long supported legislation to ban plastic bags. Its Rise Above Plastics Chairperson Jessica Bechtold explained to SurfWriter Girls that building awareness is the key – informing the public of the environmental problems caused by plastic bags and getting people out of the habit of using them.


The bill phases out plastic bags at grocery stores and supermarkets in the summer of 2015. Convenience stores and pharmacies will follow in 2016.

When the plastic bags disappear, so will Bag Monsters – ghostlike, spooky spirits made from discarded plastic bags.


For now, though, they’re still out there. So, heed this Halloween warning:

Beware the Bag Monsters…and Don’t Litter!  
.      
Stash Your Trash on Halloween

When you’re dancing around the fire
watch out for goblins, ghosts and gyres.


It’s nice to have a yummy treat…
Good and Plenty’s, Reese’s Cups, and candy corn to eat.


But, don’t toss your trash on the beach
when recycling cans are in reach.


Remember that Bag Monsters are always near.
You never know when they’ll appear.


With bulging eyes and shark-like teeth to chew,
If you litter, they’ll get you!

Happy Halloween!!!

 

SurfWriter Girls Patti and Sunny


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Food and Friends Come Together




Avocado Café – Huntington Beach’s Healthy Choice

A Surfrider Foundation Sponsor Story


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Next time you’re standing on the corner of PCH and Main Street, looking for someplace to eat in Huntington Beach, there’s a great restaurant waiting to be discovered just a few blocks away – Avocado Café (438 Main Street).


SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel first heard about Avocado Café when we talked to the owner, Jon Vidales, at a Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter beach cleanup.


Vidales told us, “I wanted to create something different.”  The restaurant, which offers fresh, nutritious meals and an assortment of juices and smoothies, “emphasizes good service, a healthy lifestyle and a sense of community.”
 

Whether you go for breakfast or lunch, the minute you walk in the door you know that you’re welcome…from the bright, inviting atmosphere and the big smiles that greet you.


As SurfWriter Girls studied the menu board Cash, Alexa and Jacque were eager to explain the different items.


Starting with the Signature Sandwiches, everything is made with the highest quality ingredients with a choice of wheat bread, squaw bread or ciabatta. Or you can order your sandwich made as a wrap or a panini.    




SurfWriter Girls couldn’t resist the Kissel’s Club, made with roast beef, turkey, applewood smoked bacon, tomato, white cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, sprouts and cucumber on squaw bread.  


The Chuy is another specialty that was too good to pass up – turkey, applewood smoked bacon, goat cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and honey Dijon mustard served on whole grain bread.


There’s also Gaston’s Cuban, an oven-roasted chicken creation that includes Black Forest ham, avocado (of course!), Swiss cheese, pickles, spicy mustard and wasabi mayo spread…all pressed on ciabatta bread and served hot.


The Tower 9 sandwich is as tall as its name and loaded with homemade chicken salad, avocado, pepper jack cheese, sprouts, cucumber, tomato and spring mix, on squaw bread.


The Signature Salads don’t disappoint, either. Whether it’s Tito’s Avocado Classic or the Green House Salad, everything looks like it came straight from the farm.



Tony G’s Albacore Stuffed Avocado – Albacore tuna, tomato, sprouts, shredded jack cheese and spring mix served in an avocado shell – is artistry on a plate!  


Can’t decide between a sandwich or a salad? Have both! Bud’s Combo includes your choice of a half sandwich, small soup or salad, and chips.


Check out the Signature Breakfasts, too, and jumpstart your day with the HB Breakfast Sandy or George’s Breaky Burrito.  


The smoothies and juices are blended on the spot and made with bananas, apple juice and honey. Some of the drinks to chose from include Pineapple Express, Sunrise Berry, Orange Rush, The Green Room (apple, celery, cucumber, spinach and kale), and Billy’s Avocado (avocado, pineapple, mango, lemon and lime juice, with a touch of vanilla and salt). You can also make any smoothie into an Acai Bowl. 


With all the choices it can be hard to make up your mind, but Phoenix and Cash told SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti they’re glad to help. 


Cash even has his own sandwich on the Grommets (kids) Menu – Cash’s PBBJ, made with peanut butter, bananas and strawberry jam.



While people often debate whether the avocado is a fruit or a vegetable (The Mayo Clinic calls it a fruit), there’s no debating that Avocado Café delivers on its promise of healthy food that’s good to eat.      
 


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Friday, October 10, 2014

RRR Surf Off!! is GRRReat!!



Huntington Beach Surf Off!! Has BIG Turn Out!


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Photos by Tony and Alex Soriano

Experienced surfers and groms alike turned out for the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Surf Off!! in Huntington Beach, October 4th.




And so did the community…



Including HB City Council members Connie Boardman and Joe Shaw


with everyone eager to watch the competitions.

 

There were environmental education activities, too.


"Some of my student ambassadors were there, showing how the different densities of plastic floated in water,” Pegasus School teacher Pam Conti told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel.


Plus there was a beach cleanup hosted by the Surfrider Foundation’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter.
 

“It was a great day with 83 to 91 degree weather, no wind, and glassy competition waves,” said H/SB Chapter Chairperson Tony Soriano, noting, “Our beach cleanup had 472 volunteers, picking up 455 lbs. of trash.”



RRR Surf Off!! organizer Seth Matson, owner of the Orange County Clothing Company (OCCC), was all over the beach, keeping things on track and making sure that everyone was having a good time.


Surfrider members Duke Aipa and Greg Goran made it a family day.  


 


So did lots of others.


Alex and Norma Sellers were there with their friend Gaston Caminata, the CEO of Surfrider Argentina.



Whole Foods supplied the healthy lunches.

 

And the other sponsors all pitched in,
 

Making it a day to remember – not just for the trophies…


but for the stoke shared by all.  


 

 Thanks to Alex and Tony Soriano for the photos



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