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Cooking Panda Teams Up With Pono Burger For A Super Yummy Pop-Up!


By Cooking Panda

Cooking Panda is “popping up” at Pono Kitchen & Bar in West Hollywood, California!

When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 6 PM to 10 PM
Where: Pono Burger Kitchen + Bar, 8830 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Ever wanted to try a Cooking Panda recipe but didn’t have time to make it yourself? Then friends, this is the event for you!

Pono owner and Head Chef, Makani Carzino, will be putting her own unique Hawaiian-style spin on some of Cooking Panda’s most popular recipes for a one-of-a-kind Cooking Panda x Pono special menu. Come try a Kimchi Burger with Sunny Side Up Egg inspired by Cooking Panda’s Sunshine on a Plate, Sous Vide Kaluah Pig inspired by Cooking Panda’s Slow Cooker Pork Roast, an Oatmeal Stout Bacon Milkshake (because Cooking Panda loves bacon), and more at this super unique event.

Pono means “to do things the right way” in Hawaiian. For Chef Makani, who is a native Hawaiian, that means fresh, never frozen organic beef from pasture raised, grass-fed cows; organic ingredients from local farmer’s markets; and fresh cut organic French fries that are not only good for you, but are good for the planet. “I wouldn’t feed our guests anything I wouldn’t feed my family. So eat better, feel better and live better, because at Pono, we do it the right way!” Chef Makani will be infusing this philosophy into the Cooking Panda recipes she recreates for this event…so you don’t want to miss it!

Feed your curiosity, and feed yourself the “Pono” way! See you on July 12th!

Tags: burger, Cooking Panda, Pono Burger
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Five Guys Is Officially America’s Favorite Burger Chain


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Americans have spoken on one of the most important items in our national cuisine, the hamburger. According to a poll released May 16, Five Guys is now America’s favorite burger chain.

Five Guys snagged the No. 1 spot from In-N-Out, which has been ranked No. 1 in The Harris Poll’s annual EquiTrend category for burger chains for the past two years. 

This latest poll was conducted from December 2016 to February 2017. It involved over 100,000 respondents who ranked burger chains based on their familiarity, quality, and consideration, according to the Huffington Post.

This marks the first time that Five Guys has taken the top spot in the study. Shake Shack came in third place, followed by Wendy’s, Culver’s, and Whataburger. I’ve never heard of those last two, but I’m somewhat (pleasantly?) surprised that McDonald’s came in only seventh.

Five Guys was started in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia, by Janie and Jerry Murrell and their four sons, according to the Five Guys website. So really, it should be called Five Guys and One Gal, but that’s not quite as catchy.  

Five Guys is liked for its no-fuss vibe, its open grill set up, and its simple, delicious and relatively affordable burgers. The burgers are big, toppings are free, and the fries are thick and plentiful. My favorite are the spicy Cajun Style fries.

“It’s a simple burger that’s filling and delicious in a guilty sort of way. Five Guys is comfortable with that approach — and it’s working,” Hollis Johnson wrote in his Business Insider review of the burger chain.

Joan Sinopoli, the vice president of brand solutions at The Harris Poll,  said Five Guys has “shed its ‘small regional player’ designation as it expands its footprint and marketing budget along with its fandom, which is a tremendous contributor to brand equity,” according to Huffington Post.  

As a proud Californian, I’m pretty sad to see my precious In-N-Out bumped to the No. 2 spot. Although In-N-Out is still No. 1 in my heart, writing this article has me dreaming of Five Guys.

Who do you think makes America’s best burger? 

Source: The Huffingon Post, Business Insider, Five Guys / Photo credit: Jerry Huddleston/Flickr

Tags: best burger, burger, Burgers and Fries, favorite burger, five guys
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Hak’s Epic Burger


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Pick up your bottle of Hak’s Sauces today! So good! 



  • 1 cup reserved bacon fat for frying
  • 3 large onions, sliced into rings
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup beer (ale)

  • Hak’s Chipotle Bourbon BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 pound ground short rib and chuck blend
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese
  • 1 brioche bun
  • 1 egg
  • Bacon, cooked
  • Arugula
  • Directions

    1) Make your onion rings. In a shallow bowl combine flour, egg, parsley, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Gradually add beer, stirring until a thick batter forms. Add more or less beer depending on the desired consistency of the batter.

    2) In a heavy frying pan, heat bacon fat over medium-high heat. (Adjust amount, depending on the size of your pan, so that you have a couple of inches of oil). When bacon fat is melted and hot, dip onions into flour, then into batter and fry, turning once to brown evenly on both sides. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. While onions rings are still hot, sprinkles with salt and pepper.

    3) To make your burger, heat a cast iron skillet to high. Form burger into patty and season with salt and pepper. Sear on both sides. About 1 minute each for medium rare. Top with blue cheese last 30 seconds and cover skillet to melt.

    4) Remove from skillet and place on brioche bun. While you build your burger, fry the egg in the same skillet.

    5) Top burger with onion rings, bacon, Hak’s Chipotle Bourbon BBQ Sauce, a handful of arugula and fried egg. Enjoy!

    Tags: bacon, burger, dinner, Everyday Elevated, Hak's Sauces, Onion Rings, recipes, Sharone Hakman
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