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The Chinese Breakfast Club

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After the BuzzFeed Sandwiches Around the World Video

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…where I sampled some Shao Bing Yo Tiao at Huge Tree Pastry

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(sans proper hot soy milk for dipping)

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…I had a major craving for more Chinese Breakfast.  Gathered a group of 9 friends for dim sum at Sea Harbour.

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I’ve blogged about the experience here before and didn’t bother taking too many pictures…

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…though this deserves special mention – Steamed Buns with Preserved Salted Egg.  Savory and Sweet HEAVEN.

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If you’re confused about the difference between Chinese breakfasts (like me) there’s a great article in LAist by Kristie Hang.

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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…

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…housed in a Quanset Hut from World War II.

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They’ve got a Wood-Fire Grill…

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…where all their burgers are cooked.

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

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

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

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

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…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.

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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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Langer’s Deli

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Langer’s!  What took me so long?

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We finally made it to the iconic deli for a Sunday brunch – our group of 8 waited patiently on line outside, then got cozy in 2 booths.
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(I even resurrected my bathroom door blog for the occasion!)

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Always listen to your servers at Langer’s.  They know what’s up.  Evelyn tried to tell me the Matzo Ball Soup was small, but I didn’t listen…

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…so I had a few bites of their famous Pastrami…

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…and a bunch of fries too.

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My cousin Franny contemplated ordering more potato pancakes, they were so good.

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Despite parking problems and a lack of free pickles, we were still quite satisfied with our inaugural experience.

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