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Blaze Pizza

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During the Holiday madness that is The Grove/Farmer’s Market, I’ve found a good place to grab dinner to go, and eat in my jammies at home.

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Blaze Pizza is similar to 800 Degrees – or, so I’ve heard, since I haven’t been there.  So I’ll say it’s reminiscent of Chipotle, or ShopHouse.  But for pizza – where you choose your crust…

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…toppings…

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…and wait for it to be fired up…

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…and taken home.

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A surprisingly good concept by the Wetzels Pretzels founders – I hear my friend Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son has something to do with it, too.

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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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