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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…


…housed in a Quanset Hut from World War II.



They’ve got a Wood-Fire Grill…


…where all their burgers are cooked.


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


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



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


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.


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


…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.



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…


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


…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.

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.

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…

…I didn’t have either, but I did sample these, with the help of Anna.


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.


For $60, this will serve 10 people…

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…plus you get to keep the Pyrex Baking Dish!


Place your order before 5pm on November 22nd.

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