From its humble beginnings on Bondi Junction’s Oxford Street, restaurant, and lifestyle brand Bondi Harvest has come a long way. The Eastern Suburbs healthy hotspot has rapidly become a go-to for any health-conscious foodie.
With cookbooks and Youtube channels, it seems nothing can stop co-founders Guy Turland and Mark Alston. Not even the Pacific Ocean. Yes, that’s right, they’ve branched out and opened another foodie mecca in Santa Monica.
Here, Guy chats to Sporteluxe about all things Santa Monica, healthy living, food, and travel.
Thanks, we’re super excited to now be in the US.
We knew we wanted to branch out and have a café in the USA. Having discovered our biggest audience outside of Australia was in California, LA was always on our minds as the first option. LA and Bondi are so similar; with their laid-back beach vibes, healthy lifestyle and approach to food. So, it made complete sense to expand.
Simply put; conscious real food. It’s largely based on sustainability and supporting local farms and businesses. I want to teach people to ask questions and make conscious food choices. It’s seasonal cooking. I really want to inspire people to cook at home and just eat real food.
It’s a lot of hard work mixed with late nights and early morning phone calls. It’s also super important to surround yourself with creative, supportive and capable people that understand your dream.
Best – The freedom to be creative, learn and share my food with so many people.
Worst – Airport and plane food.
My mum was a professional marathon runner so I was lucky enough to grow up in a health conscious family, so it’s almost second nature.
Breakfast – Poached eggs, hummus, avocado, and sourdough or the cafes cauliflower rice bowl with grilled halloumi.
Lunch – Salmon poke and quinoa bowl.
When it comes to the basics quality makes all the differences: sharp knife, solid chopping board, and quality pots and pans.
I foresee the rise of seaweed, real mineral packed sea salt and more fermenting taking over 2016-2017.
I see the brand evolving into more products, cookbooks, and cafes throughout the USA.
The first thing I do in the morning:
Stretch for 5 minutes.
Last thing I do at night:
Put my phone away and read a good book.
The workout I’m currently obsessed with:
Burpee chin-ups are killers.
Most people probably don’t know this about me, but:
I’ve got more cookbooks than time to read them and more on the way ha ha ha.
If I were a fruit or vegetable I’d be:
If sugar were a superfood, my diet would consist of: