So the other day as I was driving home from work and as I am merging onto the freeway I look over and see this..,

7:30a.m. and larger than average woman is full on chowing down a huge burger. Now don’t get me wrong i love a good burger… In moderation! In fact I had one the other day at an amazing local restaurant owned by Rocker Alice Cooper, called Alice Cooperstown, which ill definitely go into detail about on my next post, because a place like deserves its own 5 page review but, can be summed up with one word, you have to follow my blog to see 😉
Anyways back to my thoughts on the ridiculousness of how we eat as Americans.
I would say it kind of begins with advertisement and marketing, and lets be honest, the segment this market is biased to is us men. Especially with food chains like Carl’s Jr. Putting out ads like this one:

Doesn’t that burger look amazing! In fact if i am being honest, there was definitely a time where if i saw this commercial i was ready to run out and get me a super star, or two. So, check out who else is watching this commercial:


And… as enjoyable as our model makes that burger look, can you picture her sitting next to our buddy here while they share in this amazing delight. NO!! Absolutely Not! She probably wouldn’t say two words to him if she saw him sitting there mowing that thing down with his shirt off, like he is here. Which is sad, because he’s probably one of the best dudes she may never meet.

For some of us, the “sex sells” style marketing doesn’t matter, the big seller is price, and convenience. Truth is, it is quicker and cheaper to just hit the drive through or toss in a frozen burrito to go. Ill tell you, egg burritos are my personal favorites!

What i have had to learn though is that easy and cheap, reflects on us… in this case, physically. If we spend a little more on the good natural essentials, and take the time to prepare the hard things all on one day. We not only save money, but we begin to feel lighter and more energized. Then when we do more physical activities we do less where we spend our money and as our bodies get healthier our mind gets sharper, opening us up to growth, socially and spiritually.

There is nothing like a good juicy burger with bacon and cheese, and i’m not saying “don’t eat burgers!” But, on a regular basis maybe substitute the bread with lettuce, if you have a special place, save it for the cheat day. If you make it yourself you can naturalize it and grill it yourself, using only prime cut meat and fresh organic veggies and almond cheese. Adding a good fat like California grown avocados and your splurge, a piece of bacon to any all natural home cooked burger can still be a healthy alternative than those quick chains.

A couple of Food Dude tips: Stay away from breads and the soda to wash down. Stick with water especially before the meal to get that fuller feeling. Also eating after exerting energy, i.e.,, working out is a plus because your body is already burning.

So Next time you are in a rush, and just Dying for that Burger, think about it like this: It’s like you, paying someone to kill you. It just doesn’t make sense…

Till next time…   RockOn-BuonApetite&OneLove    TheFoodDude!


When I was a teenager, all i wanted to do was be in my 20’s, i thought how cool will that be….hmmm.  My dad would tell me to slow down, he’d say, ” work hard now and you can have fun later, ” or “you don’t need to get married until you are in your 30’s.”  I thought he was crazy, but what did I know? I can say that now, ha, all I really knew, was what I knew, whatever that means right? If I could go back, i’d probably smack that kid and say, “listen to them, they know, they’re right, they know!”

I was definitely one of those kids that needed a good butt whooping, and that is exactly what my 20’s were!

I found myself getting by in my 20’s moving toward what i thought was different, but found myself a misguided step child of pop culture. Left in the dark being so ashamed of who i’d become. Good thing that guy Jesus died on that cross so many years ago and never gave up on me, i don’t know where i’d be now without that Love. But, still even after turning my life around, the remainder of my 20’s were spent catching up and trying to financially get out of the shadows set by that past life. Learning how to make better decisions. And relying on others, and most of all Christ- who btw “you can’t even see.” LoL

So, dad was kinda right huh. Now thirty, i am just barely in a career i want to stick with. I have my own place, its small, but its mine. I drive a big truck, that unfortunately i can’t afford. I am still paying for bad decisions though and being thirty sometimes is the hardest part. When i come home sometimes I can’t help but think… “this shouldn’t be a tiny apartment, and my dog, bless his heart, should be a family; a wife and a… little girl who thinks her daddy is superman and…for those of you who like latina’s, a mother-in-law or grandma, lol.

I have a barrel bbq meat smoker in my front yard, i look at every day. I can’t even get myself to light it up, i mean for what? Smoke some meat for bodie? In my front yard?

The hardest part is looking at all of my friends and seeing them married, 4 out of 5 wives are prego. They most all have pretty decent careers, go on family vacations, etc, etc. Here i am, just starting a career, at the bottom working 70 hrs a week at $10/hr. Paying way too much on truck i could live in, and my social life is Facebook and the Hotel i work at.

Please don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely happy with where God has me, and I continue to trust Him and work hard. But what i wonder is why? And…how many other men are dealing with this same thing across the country.  For me a common feeling is, that even if I met someone, what do I have to offer, besides spiritual leadership and Love? And really, in todays society, that’s not enough at all, even for Christian woman. And at my age, lets be honest, most already have kids, which is ok i love kids but, that is one more aspect of the situation to think about being “good enough” for.

Truth is, there are thousands of amazing 30 something year old men, dealing with these same feeling every day. My message to them, or you, if this categorizes you, is that you are not alone. You are loved by a great God, he’s always there. And what gets me through is knowing that if I am worth dying for, i must be worth living with, its just going to take that special someone to realize it.  Which leads into you ladies; No one is perfect, but if you do want perfection, check out the life of Jesus- this dude was flawless, saved lives better than superman- and probably had some killer abs too. A man who is modeling his life after His is going to be the closest thing to great that you can ever get. And he one of those men, who started late and don’t seem to have much now, and he may seem far from perfect. But if he loves unconditionally like the way we are called to, and Loves Jesus. You have to know that this is just a small segment of his life, the hard will pass, and actually you might even be able to be a blessing in that too, great things can happen when we think selflessly.

Till next time…. RockOn-BuonAppetite&OneLove   FoodDude!

So last week the Food Dude was on Vacation. And even though the water was cold, the local restaurants were nice and toasty, stylee west coasty! Arrived to the beach just after dusk, to meet some awesome local friends from M&M Surf School at Seal Beach, they suggested Walt’s Wharf, which can be found right on Main Street in Seal Beach, Ca.

When I go to a new place I look for a few different things, atmosphere, wait time, service. And of course… I want to try what the place is popular for with the locals. And Walt’s is said to be known for their Oak Grilled Artichoke with a Lea and Perrins Aioli, yum. These artichokes were the best I’ve had, so tender. And the aioli was the we even got extra to dip our shrimp in with the main coarse. This was a food dude A- the minus is in the price, it is seafood, however if it’s a little ore affordable we could have definitely stayed and munched longer.

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Another Seal Beach favorite, which I mentioned in my last post is El Burrito Jr. They have everything from nachos, to enchiladas, but- what they’re most famous for is “the surfer special.” I’m pretty sure this was created specifically for my friends down at the surf school, but I’ve never asked. The surfer special includes: 2 bean & cheese burritos their homemade chips and a medium drink, which if all the local gromlets are like me they probably order the orange bang whip. These guys have been doing it right for years, their beans are actually the best refried beans I’ve ever tasted, well besides my Ortega fam beans I ate in the good growing up;)
Speaking of Growing I briefly stopped in and chatted with the folks at kraemers koffee bistro in my hometown of Riverside, what a kozy little spot in the Brockton/magnolia area near central. What draws me to talk about this place is the fact that they are hometown kids, my uncles grew up with owner and it seemed as though they new tons of locals I knew, and let’s be honest there’s nothing like that small kozy coffee shop feeling;)


One of my favorite reasons going home is seeing my dear Grama Elaine, I know I spelled Grandma wrong but since I was a kid… That’s what shes been, Grama.


This trip was the best, my mom and I picked up Grama early in the morning and headed out to beach for breakfast. There is only one spot I wanted to try, and that’s where the surfers go…so we headed to The Sugar Shack on main street Huntington Beach. The owners have kept this place in the family since the 1970’s. When you look in, it looks tiny, but head back they have a huge back patio. In order to get there you had to walk by the wall of Jesus and scripture pictures which if you know me, you know that is a huge + for the food dude report card. When people aren’t aren’t afraid to share faith and still run a successful service industry establishment. As far as the food goes it wa basic, they could definitely step up the portion size. But atmosphere and service definitely makes up. They were on top of everything for my gram in the wheel chair and speedy with a smile. Which puts them at an A rating.
There is so many places that are Amazing along that trip and I can’t wait to go back and hit some more, but for now I’m back in the desert and cooking up some sunshine so till next time…



photo (3)It’s kind of crazy when i think of how waking up at the crack of dawn on my vacation, is rejuvenating to me. But as i stood there in the parking lot looking out at an ice cold cloud covered pacific ocean, i felt like i was home, and there was nothing else in the world but me, God, and those waves.

Now i’m definitely not a real deal surfer, by any means. Maybe an honorary…LoL But i think it was just a love i inherited from early exposier to it in my child hood.

One of my fondest memories was a specific summer when i went out to Seal Beach with some family friends and learned how to surf from our family friends at M&M surf school @ seal beach. I’m so blessed to call these guys family, however it seems like everyone who knows these cats, would tell you the same thing.

I met my buddy Mike out there early monday morning, put on the wet suit and headed out. The water was freezing but somehow, that could not stop me from this, 😉 I paddle out, and hop up on my board, and here it comes, so i start paddling, and as i begin to get myself up i realize, i don’t know where my feet are. It was so cold my feet were numb. After wiping out a few times i hop up on my board. As i’m sitting up gazing the ocean for some breaks, i felt humbled.

I’m floating on a stick, in the middle of this huge unknown powerful body, of water. Out of no where there are these ripples, waves, that come at us, so…We try to hop up on that stick and ride em out. Most of the time we fall, but we always paddle back out and hop up, waiting for the next one. Doesn’t this sound a little like that one thing we live? you know LIFE.

At the end of the day, i literally caught zero waves due to one not feeling my legs and two just not being comfortable. However, i came out of the water as if i had accomplished so much.

What an Amazing Feeling!

If you ever get the chance to head out to Seal Beach, Ca. Look for a big van with a ton of surfboards . Go say hi. My friend Mike has been given the nick name “the saint of Seal Beach.” He and his son Mike Jr. run camps and teaching adults and children this awesome way of life. Sunday mornings you can even catch a surfer church service on the beach. Also after every sess, they will walk you up for the “surfer special” at El Burrito Jr. These Bean & cheese burritos are definitely the best you will ever have, along with an orange bang whip to top it off, makes the perfect vacation.

If you ever get the chance, pic up the book KOOK, what an amazing analogy 😉 to surfing and life.


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For info on M&M surf school in Seal Beach, Ca call 1-714-U-Go-SURF

Once again its that time of year. Where LOVE…is the air. By love i mean, naked babies with arrows and heart shaped chocolates with weirdly flavored neugets.

Its a day where a man can redeem himself, or a housewife has an excuse to slab on the lipstick, slide into that red or black dress and at the end of the night give up the goods, and all on a school night.

Personally if you could manage to take the day off work you could begin with a sunrise surprise that would start with a bowl of pink oatmeal, and some heart shaped strawberry waffles, just to build the excitement. If you don’t live together a coffee and a bagel with strawberry cream cheese might also do the trick. Before you leave the house you are gonna want to blind fold your pretty lady, so i hope she trusts you. Why the blind fold you ask? Just to keep building up her imagination. I personally would pull in front of a denny’s and have her take it off, and say… “surprise.” HaHA. The real surprise will be a grand slam, however not the moons over my hammy type if you know what i mean. Remember the line in Its a Wonderful life?

“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.”

Well, maybe not the moon, but…a better view of Gods amazing creation floating high above the earth in a hot air balloon.

The really cool thing is, that most of these rides come complimentary with a bottle of bubbly.

Truth is however, most of us can’t take the entire day off, nor can that amazing someone. So here it is, your date…with the food dude!

Valentines Day morning you wake up, get ready and head out for work. As you get out to your car, there is hot cup of Starbucks coffee, and under a card sitting on the hood in front of your drivers side, (so ya can’t miss it). The card has a picture of a couple on some bikes 😉 notate this for later 😉

The card would only read something like, “Happy Valentines- comfy clothes, pick you up @ 6pm Have a Wonderful Day!”

What this is setting her up for, is what she can expect for the night, while kind of still keeping it a surprise.

Now hands down, the most romantic meal is always going to be a large Italian Dish. So ill probably get off work tad early to prepare our Valentines Day dinner.

yum!!!! Spaghetti & heart shaped meatballs

use only real pomodoro tomatos, fresh garlic, oregano, stevia, garlic salt, and ground red pepper for spice. Meatballs: i like to use ground turkey, bread crumbs, onion powder, season salt,oregano, 2 eggs.

So Dinner is ready and packed into a basket along with some wine and bread and a blanket in my truck.

Now its 6pm and i’m arriving to the house, and what do you see when step out of the front door?

The beach cruiser you have been dying for! Now its off to the lake for ride to our spot, where we will enjoy the amazing dinner by the lake and count the stars.

Now that’s what you can expect from the FoodDude. However you can tweak it to fit your special someone’s personality a little better.

Also some great ideas for your buck in the phoenix area: PF Changs always has an amazing VDay Special, dinner for 2 with an appetizer and desert for under $25.00 which is a price you just can’t beat. They also have dinner and a movie in Scottsdale, which i’v never been too but would definitely love to try one day.

So what is the FoodDude doing for Valentines day- well, if i had someone- they would know they were special every day of the year. But i don’t and this year ill be spending it at church- with some friends and some local youth.

Have a Happy Valentines Day- RockOn-BuonApetite&OneLove


Even though I’m a firm believer in the fact that in a relationship, everyday should be we should be reminding our special someone how amazing they are to us. I still enjoy valentines day. Why? I guess I’m just a hopeless romantic who loves food. Soooo…stay tuned because tonight I’m going to be taking you on a vday date, along with some other great priced ideas for amazing night with your amazing counterpart!

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What if there were a dictionary that had all of us in it, with a definition to follow. What would yours read? I think that’s a better way to ask that question, rather than, “what would your epitaph read?” So what would it read in that big book? I’ve always thought mine would say something like: “Chad Burchfield(adj) Isn’t the best at anything, but gives his best at everything.” I’m not sure why I’d be an adjective, lol But I guess I’ve always found that I find my self worth in the work I put into things and Into people. So why has it taken me till 30 to want to put all I got into creating a plan? You’re probably wondering why at 30 one doesn’t have a plan. Truth is I tend to find the things I know I just work my but off at, and then be done before it fails. Failure is my plan crusher. So what’s changed? Well though it’s barely starting to surface now, I think that everything that’s been put in my path since giving my life to Christ has been preparing me. It’s being a follower of Jesus thats going to allow me to push through fear of failure, even using talents I’ve always had and things I’ve learned before Christ In my life as well, to be the leader I’m meant to be. And If I fail, well I really don’t fail, I persevere through tribulation because my NEW identity isn’t in mY work. It’s in Christ Jesus.
“For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” (1 Peter 2:6 ESV)’
So what does this have to do with food you ask? I we will all just have to wait and see😁😉
But think about this, there is only ONE Chief Cornerstone! What defines you?

New Review coming soon!