September 11, 2008

Sustainable Burgers

Well as some of you know I'm officially INTO my thirties now.
Travis and I celebrated my birthday with a burger. You must know that the only way I'm going to eat a burger is if the cow was raised humanely, free of antibiotics and growth hormones and preferably grass fed.

I've had my eye on Akasha Richmond's restaurant Akasha in Culver City since it's opening this past February. So it was decided, this was the place to celebrate.

Akasha has dotted her i's and crossed all t's when it comes to sustainability. She not only supports local farmers, family owned ranches, "Clean Fish" and bio-dynamic boutique wineries. Her staff is decked out in both recycled and natural fibers and her customers sit cushy on organic leather seats.

The space is similar to a spacious downtown ground-level loft. Located in the historic Hull Building in the heart of downtown Culver City. She restored the building's original wood, steel, concrete and brick arches. Finished off the rest with American Clay, recycled materials, local limestone, reclaimed barn wood finished with beeswax and non-toxic paint.
She embellished it all with organic leather furniture and hemp fabrics.
The bathrooms star beautiful reclaimed wood stalls and are equipped with waterless urinals, biodegradable soap and auto shut off sinks.
Even her writing paper is recycled!

The burger was made from Niman Ranch beef. Just a touch pink, dripping with special sauce, and sandwiched between a brioche bun. Topped with melted white cheddar, red onions and butterleaf. Sweet potato fries sprinkled with ginger sea salt were the perfect accompaniment. The grilled meat, crisp onions and sweetness of the special sauce satiated my craving for beef that day. But it's been a couple of days now and I'm craving it once again. Looks like I'll be on my way for another lunch again soon.

Bonus on take out! If you don't have time for a proper meal in, then don't feel so bad taking out, as Akasha has biodegradable and compostable to-go containers, napkins, cutlery and bags.

Akasha's ginger molasses cookies from the bakery were snappy and gingery. The most scrumptious sweet snack for our movie.

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