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Pono Burger

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Pono Burger has been on my radar since it opened last year; I was invited for a hosted lunch, to see what Chef Makani Gerardi (of Hawaii’s Ultimate Burger) did with the Santa Monica Space…


…housed in a Quanset Hut from World War II.



They’ve got a Wood-Fire Grill…


…where all their burgers are cooked.


The Paniolo – English Smoked Cheddar, Niman Ranch Bacon, Coffee/Bourbon/BBQ Sauce, topped with Buttermilk Beer-Battered Onion Rings…


…The Piku “Fig” Burger – Fermier Brie, Niman Ranch Bacon, Crushed Hazelnuts, Arugula, Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Drunken Caramelized Fig Jam…



…and The Kuawa Crunch – Hook’s 1 Year Cheddar, Housemade Potato Chips, Lettuce, Coleslaw, and Guava Rum Sauce.


My favorite was the fig, though each one was quite juicy, flavorful, and unique.  All of the above were made with Organic Beef; they also have a free-range, antibiotic-free Turkey Patty and a Portobello Mushroom Option.


Another vegetarian item – a Seasonal Salad with a Beet’s “Nest,” Chèvre, and pistachios, tossed in Balsamic Vinaigrette…


…and of course, the fries.

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Last, but not least – dessert – there are several milkshakes on the menu, made from Straus Family Organic Ice Cream.  We sipped on the Seasonal Special – a Pumpkin S’more, complete with hot fudge, whipped cream, crushed Graham Crackers, and Toasted Marshmallows.



Great food, great ethics, great space – kid friendly (with sliders on the menu) and if you want to bring your pooch, they’ve got a patio too!


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Thanksgiving Ice Cream

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If you follow me on social media, you already know where I went 2 weeks ago.

Into the kitchen (and freezer) of one of my favorites – Salt and Straw Ice Cream


…for a sneak peek behind their newest Thanksgiving flavors


…in my latest BuzzFeed collaboration with Abe!

P.S. My new nephew was born this past weekend – Tiger Chen!  My brother Morgan’s 5th.

P.P.S. – Last day to enter the LA Weekly Sips and Sweets Giveaway.

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Giveaway: LA Weekly Sips and Sweets

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I feel very connected to the Los Angeles Dessert World – below are some of my favorite places – and just a handful of what you’ll experience at LA Weekly’s Holiday Event – Sips and Sweets – on Sunday, December 7th from 2-5pm at The Majestic Downtown + The Reserve.

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(clockwise from top right: Rockenwagner, Republique, McConnell’s Ice Cream, Flores and the Ladies Gunboat Society, Nickel Diner, Proof Bakery, Clementine, Huckleberry)


Along with the gobs and gobs of sugar, you’ll be able to sample cocktails from the city’s best mixologists, plus knock some shopping off your list at their artisanal vendor village.

I’ve got a giveaway for my Angeleno Sugar Plums so you can attend for free.  All you have to do is enter below.  See you there!

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