This past month my husband and I went down to Malibu in Southern California to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. We visited the same pier and surrounding area where we got engaged thirty years ago. I was extremely surprised and pleased to find a new addition: the Malibu Farm Café at the end of the pier. Thirty years ago, I remember this area being surrounded by fried seafood eateries and carnival-fare type food vendors. Like a fine wine and true love, times have changed and matured for the better.
Malibu Farm Café is situated at the end of a 109-year-old, 780-foot-long Malibu Pier. It has a spectacular view of the ocean as well as the beach and the California coast. The café seats 42 guests indoors and includes a large communal table. It is both rustic and elegant: weather worn wooden tables and benches with blue linen and white china. Clean and simple with a welcoming home-country feeling that matches their dishes and service. There is also seating outdoors for up to 24 guests, where you can soak up the warming sunshine and take in the vibrant and refreshing waves. For those on the run, who can’t stay to enjoy the view, the café offers “curbside” take out as an option.
Helene hadn’t planned on opening a restaurant when she and her husband bought a two-acre property in 2008 on the coast of Malibu to start a family farm. She only opened her restaurant a few years later from the urgings of her family and friends who tasted many of her incredible dishes.
Malibu Farm’s menu and website (www.malibu-farm.com) makes it clear what is served and why I love this place so much. They serve fresh, organic, and local: everything from the menu comes from four local farms including their two acre Malibu Farm where everything is organic and seasonal, and the chickens, pigs, and goats are named, live happily, and are range-free.
Their cuisine is simple “real food,” prepared to bring out unique flavors and complementary blends that tantalize and tickle both the sophisticated and finicky taste buds. Nothing is low fat or non-fat, as “whole” foods is best. No fake food like margarine, veggie butter, nor sugar substitutes. Their mantra: Lots of local, fresh, organic veggies, whole wheat and whole grains, free-range and sustainable dairy, meats, and seafood.
We arrived around 9 AM and although there was a line, the seating was very prompt and stress-free. My husband ordered the multigrain pancakes, bacon bits and maple syrup dish ($12). The pancakes were fluffy, gorgeous, and scrumptious. I had the quinoa oatmeal maple syrup with coconut milk ($8). A lovely blend with a sweet base of coconut milk that was a tasty, healthy, and a delightful way to start my day.
This unexpected dining pleasure reminded me that the sustainable and locavore food movement for the few is no longer. Instead it has become a lifestyle choice that is now out in the open for all to enjoy.
ADDRESS: Malibu Farm 23000 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265
(located at the end of the Malibu Pier)
CONTACT: (310) 456-1112, firstname.lastname@example.org,
HOURS: Wednesday to Sunday, 9am-3pm. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
The following produce can be found at most local farmers markets and grocery stores. Seasonal foods vary depending on your region:
Winter Vegetables: Arugula, beets, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, chards, collard greens, fennel, garlic, kale, kohlrobi, leeks, lettuces, mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, parsnips, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sweet potatoes and turnips.
Winter Fruits: Citrus, apples, kiwifruit, Pears (Asian, Cactus), dates, and red currants.
A Winter Recipe with Seasonal Vegetables
Enjoy this warming recipe made of winter root vegetables. Expand the “home fries” concept by including local seasonal winter root vegetables from your region alongside of, or in place, of potatoes. I have made this recipe several times and it is absolutely delicious. It will warm up your chilling bones during any meal on a cold winter day or evening.
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