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LA Weekly’s Sips and Sweets

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Well, that was fast – I feel like it was just yesterday that I posted the giveaway for LA Weekly’s Sips and Sweets, and it WAS just yesterday that I went!  Actually ate leftover Lemonade for breakfast, because I had to work first and didn’t want to dive head-first into a sugar coma…

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…especially since I had a tummy ache!  Fortunately, Nastassia was my plus one, and she taste-tested everything bite-worthy for me first…

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…between photos, of course!

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I had a few bites here and there…

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…but wound up taking a lot back home – thanks Proof Bakery and Field Trip for making things so portable!

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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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The Springs

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Can’t remember the last time I’ve been this excited to blog about a new discovery.  That’s probably because there’s never been a place like The Springs before.

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Housed in a former paper factory in downtown LA, the space is wide open and swimming in natural light.

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When you first walk in, you’ll immediately notice their (all organic) juice/coffee/wine bar…

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…which also spills into a pop-up shop.  Currently, the goods are from Atomic Garden in Oakland.

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Hang out during the day, enjoy live music at night (the owners – partners in business/life – both come from a Broadway background)…

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…followed by a visit to the Wellness Center for a massage, acupuncture, Reiki, or Infrared Sauna.

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Of course, I was particularly interested in the food part.  The entire menu is raw and vegan!

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Joy and I sipped on the “Bug Bite” – strawberry, apple, orange, and lemon juice…

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…and noshed on chips and guacamole.

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(These take 3 Days to make.)

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We were both pretty blown away – the culinary team did a tremendous job.  Sometimes raw food leaves me a little bit weirded out, intimidated (and still hungry) but these options were impressive and definitely filling.

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Nacho and Tea Leaf Salads – hearty bowls packed with flavor.

DSCN7261Last but not least – dessert…
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…Black Sesame, Wasabi Pea, Beer, and Smoked Avocado Cilantro Ice Cream – kinda mind-blowing.  I’m currently writing an ice cream article for an outside publication and did not expect me to be wowed the way I was.

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In fact, I had rather high expectations coming in visit The Springs, and they were exceeded.  Expect to see me back often – for my monthly massage, a yoga class, and to try this dinner menu!

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