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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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La China Poblana

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If you’ve watched the BuzzFeed Sandwiches Around the World video, you know who had my favorite…

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La China Poblana specializes in Cemitas – a Mexican sandwich from Puebla…

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Here’s the unedited clip of my initial reaction – as you can see, I couldn’t shut up.

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Giveaway: Put a Raw Egg on It

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When I visited Italy – long before T.A.D. – I discovered the secret to a really great pasta sauce: raw egg.

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Davidson’s Safest Choice sent some coupons to try a dozen.  I found them at the local grocery store.

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Since they’re pasteurized, I threw one in at the end of cooking a quick dinner…

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…Collard Greens, TJ’s Bruschetta Sauce, and Parmesan Cheese.

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Silky, creamy magic.

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If you’d like to try some for yourself, let me know what you’re excited to put a raw egg in.  Just leave a comment below (US only).