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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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Vampire Weekend

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It was a fun weekend.  But an intense, tiring, sleep-depriving, body-wrenching weekend.  SDAFF is always one of my favorite events (201020112012) – I did a quick one-day trip to San Diego for the Gala…

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Michelle Hebert’s stunning dress was, as usual, the main subject on the red carpet (<—click for more pictures).  I ate a fancy dinner, presented an award to the amazing Anna Akana

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…woke up early the next morning, scarfed down a Yogurt Parfait/Pumpkin Muffin from The Patio on Goldfinch

IMG_1178 …got home, forced myself to nap, scarfed down breakfast/dinner, then woke up at midnight to film our next BuzzFeed video.
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These experiences have been wonderful, but unfortunately, not easy on my body.  I threw my back out again!  As you may remember, I’ve had problems before so I’m hoping I’ll make it to Wednesday Night’s Saving Face Screening.

I think I need to cancel some stuff from the agenda and take it easy.  I’m like an episode of Too Many Cooks!  Which, by the way, is a perfect thing to watch if you’re not moving like me.

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A Huckleberry Thanksgiving

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Since Abe and I will be volunteering most of Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to explore take-away options for a mellow little picnic.  Huckleberry seemed like a good place to start.
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Along with a full Thanksgiving dinner menu which includes traditional favorites like Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, and Stuffing, they have their famous baked goods – available in store now if you want to sample them before the 27th.

DSCN6933Pumpkin Teacake (above) and Gluten-Free Macaroons…
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…I didn’t have either, but I did sample these, with the help of Anna.

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Coffee Cake…

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…and Mini Cupcakes in Valrhona Chocolate + Pumpkin Cream Cheese.

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…their pie is grown up and spicy…
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…but I’d say if you only order one dessert – it’d have to be the Take-and-Bake Caramel Apple Cranberry Pie.

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For $60, this will serve 10 people…

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…plus you get to keep the Pyrex Baking Dish!

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Place your order before 5pm on November 22nd.

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