The Burger Lounge Brings the Beef with Gourmet Burger Dining

New Restaurants in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills Serve Burgers for All Tastes

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The Smokey Wild Boar Burger at The Burger Lounge

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The casual contemporary decor is perfect for date night or family night

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The Burger Lounge in West Hollywood is one of the chain’s most recently added locations

burger lounge Game for burgers?  The you will be wild for The Burger Lounge, recently opened in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, serving up exotic varieties such as grass-fed wild game burgers featuring Elk, Texas Wild Boar and BBQ Venison in an upscale fast-casual atmosphere.

Along with the wild game series of burgers, available seasonably with a new burger offering every two months, The Lounge offers standards like The Lounge Burger and the smaller-portioned Baby Lounge Burger.

If your tastes run more traditional, no worries.  The Big-Mac-inspired “The Classic” does a gourmet turn on a nostalgic favorite, with a juicy five-ounce beef patty topped with organic American cheese, diced raw onion, pickles, organic ketchup and mustard.

At The Burger Lounge, you can have it your way, anyway, with a smorgasbord of toppings including organic white, smoked cheddar and American cheese; Blue Cheese; house-made 1000 Island and BBQ sauce; and fresh or grilled onion, pickled red onion and lettuce and tomato.

If you crave healthy, guilt-free beef eatin’, you’ve come to the right place.  Besides a menu with several gluten-free options, all the beef on the menu comes from the Rain Crow Ranch, a family owned farm in the southern Ozarks dedicated to humane treatment of their free-range grass-fed cows that are never given hormones, antibiotics, grain, or corn.  The product is a delicious and healthier beef.  As for the generously sized Lounge Bun, you will notice a hint of sweetness, thanks to a touch of molasses added to its blend of organic whole wheat and organic white flours.  To boot, it is also Kosher and dairy-free.

If beef is not your thing, you can opt for the Free Range Turkey Burger, Quinoa Veggie Burger, the Wild Salmon Burger or Crispy Chicken Tenders.  Salad options include a Fresh Vegetable Salad with a green leaf mix along with tomato, corn, cucumber, red onion, jicama, ricotta; and an Organic Quinoa Salad, with dark leafy greens along with roasted baby squash, corn, tomato, red onion, toasted almonds, and feta – both available as half salads for smaller appetites.

Of course you can’t forget the sides.  With the half-and-half platters of hand-cut onion rings and French fries, you don’t have to play favorites.  The combo is particularly tasty accompanied by

housemade BBQ sauce and buttermilk ranch dressing.

For sweet tastes, the menu features floats, shakes and sundaes and a changing menu of a special housemade dessert.

While the service is snappy, the atmosphere is laid back.  The inviting outdoor patio surrounded by a lighted frosted glass railing, and the stylish contemporary interior décor of shiny orange tile walls accented by bare and painted brick walls, chrome bar stools and polished white table tops, along with the dimmed lighting and soft pop music, make for the perfect setting for a casual date night or a night out with the family.

The Burger Lounge’s “guest first” philosophy and their offerings of premium quality ingredients and product, as well as their  environmentally responsible approach to sourcing their food from a sustainable far, has caught on across San Diego and Los Angeles where the restaurant has opened several new locations over the past couple of years.  Already garnering the accolade of “Best New Restaurant” by LA Weekly in 1012, the Burger Lounge is sure to beef up its offering and awards wall in 2013.

The Beverly Hills Burger Lounge is located at 281 S. Beverly Drive at Gregory Way.  The West Hollywood restaurant is located on the Strip at 8539 West Sunset Blvd.

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Valentine’s Lobster Dinner for Two, No Reservations Needed

A Home-Baked Dinner for Two for Valentine’s Day from Harry & David

Delivered to Your Door, Heated in Your Oven, to Warm Her Heart

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You totally forgot to make a reservation at your Sweetheart’s fave restaurant for Valentine’s Day, and they booked up two weeks ago, and you don’t cook.  You could spend the night in the doghouse, or you could prepare an intimate meal at home that will sweep her off her feet, with Harry & David’s Lobster Dinner for Two.

This exquisite dinner includes two gourmet Maine lobster pies, filled with generous chunks of lobster meat in a rich sherry cream sauce. The top of each pie is adorned with a pastry heart cutout that pops up when cooked.  To complement the entrée is Crab Quatrro Formaggio, served in two real scallop half shells, loaded with Maine crabmeat, cheese sauce made from Mascarpone, Swiss and two kinds of cheddar cheese and topped with lemon herb bread crumbs.

The finale to this decadent meal is Chocolate Sin cake, a flourless cake made of dense layers of chocolate and decorated with three white chocolate hearts swirled on top.

These delicious dishes and dessert arrive at your doorstep in a cooler of dry ice, ready to be transformed into an elegant dinner for you and your Valentine.  The lobster pie and cake are ready to bake and eat after a few hours of thawing, and the shells can bake directly from the freezer.

As the aroma of fresh baking fills your kitchen, your Sweetheart’s anticipation and appreciation will grow.  Set a red-heart-themed table a la Martha Stewart, toss a fresh salad and pair with a bottle of wine, and you have just created a sumptuous romantic dinner that will have your Honey swooning.  After dinner, the cleanup will take just minutes, leaving lots of time for quality time together.

The Lobster Dinner for Two is available for $99.95 at http://www.HarryandDavid.com.  Standard five-day shipping is $14.95.  Priority, overnight and other express shipping options are also available to get your order to you in time for your special dinner night.

Family Equality Council Honors NBC Network, Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe and Project 10 Founder Virginia Uribe for Support of Equality for All Families

Glee Actress Jane Lynch to Auction Disneyland Trip with Her Family at Live Auction

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The Family Equality Council will hold its 9th annual Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 9, at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood to honor NBC Network, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, and Project 10 founder Virginia Uribe for their support and efforts to advance equality for all families.  Attendees at the event as well as online bidders will have a chance to win a trip for six to Disneyland with Glee actress Jane Lynch and her family at a live auction to be held at the event.

Presenters for the evening include Sean Hayes, star of NBC’s long-running hit Will & Grace; Andrew Rannells of NBC’s new hit show The New Normal; Darren Criss, star of Fox’s Glee; and comedian and actress Molly Shannon.

NBC Chairman Bob Greenblat will accept the award for NBC Network, which is being honored for their consistent and positive representation of parents who are LGBT in primetime television.  From Friends and Will & Grace to The New Normal and Go On, for two decades NBC has been responsible for groundbreaking portrayals of LGBT parents and in doing so has helped to shape a new paradigm for the American family.

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is being honored for his role as a vocal advocate against the law that would have banned same-sex marriage in Minnesota.  Kluwe is well known for a colorful letter he wrote to Maryland Delegate, Emmet C. Burns on the issue of marriage equality and for his work with Minnesotans United for All Families.

Virginia Uribe, the founder of Project 10, and Friends of Project 10 is being honored for her work creating an environment for students who are LGBT that is supportive, loving, and nurturing.  Uribe helped to create such programs as the annual LGBTQ Youth Prom, which create a safe space where children and teens can feel free to express themselves and feel the support of their community. She has helped show students who are LGBT the world of acceptance so that they may  grow into strong, self-assured adults and parents.

The premier West Coast event includes a cocktail reception and dinner preceding the awards presentation.  The Family Equality Council awards were created to honor stars in the worlds of arts, entertainment, politics, and LGBT activism who advance equality for LGBT-headed families and all families.  Ticket information is available at http://www.familyequality.org/get_involved/events/annual_events/los_angeles_awards_dinner/