At Pulino's, the Walnut and Fig Bar is accompanied by a Mixed Berry Smoothie—$8 for the set, making for a well-balanced breakfast or afternoon snack. The smoothie unites a refreshing, if ordinary blend of berries with bananas and yogurt, a perfectly smooth and creamy concoction served with the kind of large straw most often seen with boba drinks. But the highlight here is the dense, nutty snack bar—somewhere in texture between an energy bar and a granola bar. It offers the best of both worlds, wholesome with meaty walnut chunks, and bound by oats and plenty of dates to keep moist. The bar is unusually satisfying, not cloying or overly sweet. Alternate with sips of the smoothie and you may feel positively energized.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.