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Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, September 18. 2014, with Ten Cheeseburgers Worth Traveling For


The Woodlands, Texas (PRWEB) September 16, 2014

September 18, 2014 is National Cheeseburger Day and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® and Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® are serving up ten burgers worth traveling for. Whether they are preferred, as Jimmy Buffet says, with Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes or with a sophisticated bacon jam or port poached figs, these burgers are sure to inspire a country-wide road trip.

From Seattle to San Antonio, Texas, the ten cheeseburgers worth traveling for are:

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1. Seattle — The Hunt Club restaurant at the iconic Sorrento Hotel in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood offers its Hunt’s Burger as a high-end build-your-own burger option. The basic Hunt’s Burger starts with an 8 oz. Wagyu blend patty (50% wagyu/50% leaner chuck) on an Essential Bakery Organic Brioche Bun with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickle, and Dijonaise. Guests may add two different types of local cheese by Beecher’s Cheese (their No Woman or Cheddar cheese), thick-cut bacon, a fried egg and caramelized onion.

2. Seattle — Barking Frog at Willows Lodge in Woodinville Wine Country just East of Seattle offers its Ninety Farms Beef Burger with caramelized onions, bacon, pepper jack, lettuce, mama lil’s aïoli, guacamole, all on a potato roll for $ 16. Ninety Farms is a 50-acre family owned and run farm nestled in along the banks of the Stillaguamish River in Arlington, about an hour north of Seattle. The farm raises and supplies Barking Frog with 100% grass-fed beef.

3. Napa Valley, California — Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono in the foodie haven of Yountville in California’s Napa Valley offers its Masami Ranch Burger, using a house-made bun with freshly ground, 100% Kobe beef and a choice of blue, cheddar or gruyere cheese. This burger also features pickled vegetables from the hotel’s garden and twice cooked fries (blanched and then fried).

4. Rancho Santa Fe, California –Enjoy an All-American burger at Morada, the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe’s signature restaurant. Topped on a freshly baked brioche bun with a garlic aioli spread this classic burger is handcrafted with ground chuck and American waygu beef. Dressed with savory accoutrements, juice port-poached figs, Port Reyes bleu cheese and baby wild arugula, this delectable burger is sure to satisfy.

5. Vero Beach, Florida — Chef Antonio Estremera burgers at The Wave Kitchen & Bar in Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach, feature a handcrafted blend of short rib and brisket of American black angus beef. While the menu features seven burgers to choose from, yes seven, no resort owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan would be complete without the signature hamburguesa: The Cuban. This spicy sweet sensation includes sliced chorizo, guava barbecue sauce and queso blanco. Dale!

6. Orlando, Florida – After a full day at the theme parks or on the 45-holes of Jack Nicklaus’ Signature golf, there’s nothing better than a burger. The Clubhouse at Villas of Grand Cypress offers the Kobe Burger on their newly debuted menu. Made with fire-grilled American Kobe beef, choice of caramelized onions, baby bella mushrooms or Applewood smoked bacon, the Kobe Burger offers a choice of provolone, cheddar, American, crumbled blue or pepper jack cheeses. Can you stop at just one?

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7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Hayden’s Post at the Snow King Hotel offers a bison burger that’s sure to please. When in Wyoming… The Post Burger features either Bison or grass fed organic beef, smoked cheddar cheese on a brioche bun. Bacon is available to dress this delicious selection, naturally.

8. Chicagoland, IL — The Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Chicagoland has a curiously delicious creation that is worth the drive. Chef John Billings’ Hunting Camp Game Cheddar Burger with chipotle, tequila, beer maple aioli is a knockout. The burger reaches outstanding foodie heights with locally-tapped Danielson’s Sugarbush, house-cured Wild Boar Rashers (bacon) on a Cheddar Jalapeno Roll. If you have room left over, and that’s a big IF, enjoy the bacon seared sweet potato cottage fries. We challenge you!

9. New Brunswick, New Jersey In 2011, New Jersey Monthly was on a mission to find the best burger in New Jersey, hosting the Great Burger Showdown. The Heldrich was awarded the coveted #2 Burger in the state of New Jersey. New executive chef, CJ Chambers has kept the tradition alive with a twist. The Christopher’s Burger, a Waygu Beef burger with caramelized onions, bacon jam and brie cheese. The burger is featured in Christopher’s Restaurant and Christopher’s Bar.

10. San Antonio, Texas –Executive Chef Jordan Mackey of Hotel Contessa’s signature Spanish restaurant, Las Ramblas, is big into tapas, but with football season around the corner has created an over the top burger with a Spanish twist that could be a game day contender. Mackey’s signature Las Ramblas Burger is a blend of short rib and sirloin, seasoned with a combination of pimenton, cumin, fried fresh herbs, garlic, salt, sugar and Aleppo chili. It’s then layered on a semolina bun with crispy manchego cheese and a special sauce of harissa Moroccan chili paste, mayonnaise, minced picked vegetables, cilantro, peppadew peppers and lemon. Mackey tops the burger with a fried egg, bibb lettuce and heirloom tomato. The ultimate VIP topper includes a colorful combination of piquillo peppers, Spanish olives and a spicy fried, head-on shrimp, all skewered into the burger. Delicioso!

-Bon Appetit-

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Celebrate the Culinary Delights of Door County, WI This Fall


Door County, WI (PRWEB) September 09, 2014

As summer turns to fall, Wisconsin’s bucolic Door County peninsula prepares for a celebration of culinary proportions complete with fresh local produce, bustling farm markets, foodie tours and harvest festivals set amidst a backdrop of beautiful fall colors.

A seven-week celebration, called So Delicious So Door County, explores all that is delicious on this 70-mile long sliver of land that juts into Lake Michigan. Visitor opportunities include traveling the Door County Wine Trail to sample selections from eight local wineries; sampling “Made in Door County” products such as locally caught and smoked fish; tasting products made of locally grown cherries and apples at over 30 local markets and specialty food stores; attending a cooking class; or picking your own pail of crunchy apples at a local orchard. View even more opportunities in a special menu available online from the Door County Visitor Bureau.

Part of the 2014 celebration includes the inaugural Door County Restaurant Week, which will take place September 13-20, and offer visitors a special opportunity to sample some of the county’s best restaurants with specially designed breakfasts, two-course lunches and three-course dinners.

Door County Restaurant Week is an eight-day event in which more than 20 participating restaurants will be offering prix fixe breakfast, lunch and/or dinner menus allowing diners to discover new restaurants or enjoy special menus at their favorite spots. Participating restaurants and their menus can be found on a special Door County Restaurant Week web site, http://www.doorcounty.com/dcrw.

One not-to-miss culinary tradition on this peninsula is the Door County Fish Boil. Served by a number of restaurants, this popular meal features locally caught Lake Michigan whitefish, potatoes and onions cooked outdoors in a large kettle of salted water over a roaring wood fire. At just the right moment in the cooking process, kerosene is tossed into the fire beneath the pot, exciting the flames into a picturesque dance called the boil over. Dinner is ready! A slice of cherry pie, made with locally grown tart cherries, tops off this delectable meal.

The deliciousness of Door County isn’t just limited to taste: the other four senses can also get in on the fun. Award winning professional theater, over 100 studios and art galleries and live music opportunities provide both visual and auditory refreshment. The pleasant aromas of freshly baked goodies wafting from area bakeries or the memorable fragrance of fall treats served up at community harvest festivals keep the sense of smell smiling. While the feel of a cool fall breeze off the lake or the crunch of leaves under foot on an afternoon hike ensures inclusion for the sense of touch, too.

Seasonally themed lodging packages are available to help make planning a visit to this popular Midwest vacation destination easy. Inns, B&B’s, hotels and resorts offer culinary themed packages that include lodging, dining, special extras and a $ 25 Door County gift certificate. View available packages and travel information at DoorCounty.com or call 1-800-527-3529 for personal travel planning assistance.

Door County is a bucolic peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan in the northeast corner of Wisconsin. One of the top leisure travel destinations in America, Door County features 300 miles of shoreline, 34 named islands, 11 lighthouses and 5 state parks. It is known for its natural beauty, artistic offerings, outdoor recreation and local cuisine and offers scenic seaside experiences in the heart of the Midwest.







Special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Celebrate Historic Balboa Village Sign Renovation


Newport Beach, California (PRWEB) September 05, 2014

To commemorate the refurbishment of the Balboa Village Historic “U-Drive” Welcome Sign, located on Balboa Peninsula at the Balboa Ferry entrance, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held there on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 3:30pm.

The City of Newport Beach has been planning a revitalization of Balboa Village – Home of the Fun Zone, to increase the economic vitality of the area, improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood, and create a stronger identity and connectivity in the community.

The Balboa Village sign is the first visual visitors have come to recognize welcoming them to this Newport Beach neighborhood when they arrive on the ferry. Originally built in 1933 by Roland Vallely, the sign has remained a historic fixture in Balboa Village – Home of the Fun Zone, and was only updated once before in 1969. 45 years later the sign has had been restored to its original condition. When Vallely originally opened his business, Vallely Boat Rental, next to the ferry and built the sign, it served as his business’ main advertisement. All these years later the sign remains a notable part of the area highlighting the unique ferry experience to and from Balboa Island. Current city councilman Mike Henn, Balboa Boat Rentals, Balboa Village Merchants amongst other community members made contributions totaling $ 5,000 to restore the sign today.

Balboa Village – Home of the Fun Zone encompasses quaint boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and specialty shops that have been drawing visitors and locals to the area for generations. Stroll along the Bayfront Boardwalk and see the yachts of Newport Harbor, meander a couple of blocks towards the ocean to take a walk on the Balboa Pier, or wander on the Ocean Boardwalk adjacent to miles of white sand beaches. Go on an adventure with the many rental outfits available including duffy boat rentals, Sea Doos, standup paddleboards, narrated harbor tours, sport fishing, whale watching, parasailing, Segway tours, Catalina trips, kayaks and bicycles.

To attend the ribbon cutting ceremony, please congregate at the sign’s location at the Balboa Ferry entrance in Balboa Village, which is located at the corner of Palm Street and the Bayfront boardwalk.

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Inmate Dads Celebrate Summer At A Barbeque With Their Children


Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) July 20, 2012

On Saturday 30 fathers and 88 children spent the afternoon eating hamburgers, hot dogs and watermelon, playing games and just hanging out together at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Ten volunteers and ten staff members helped put the event on for the families.

The barbeque, which started in 2008, is funded by the Family First club at the prison. Family First is a group of dads who have completed the Parenting Inside Out program offered at the prison, and who are committed to maintaining relationships with their children during their incarceration. Family First holds fund raisers within the prison to pay for special events for dads and kids throughout the year. Family First offers families six special events a year, but the barbeque is by far everyones favorite activity, giving families an opportunity to spend an extended period of time together in a picnic setting.

The father-child events first began as an extension of the Parenting Inside Out (PIO) fathers support group in the prison. PIO is an evidence based parenting skills program developed in Oregon. It was created for incarcerated parents through a six-year collaboration of the Oregon Department of Corrections, scientists from the Oregon Social Learning Center, policy makers, practitioners and instructional designers. It is based on Parenting Management Training, a program with more than forty years of research proving its effectiveness with high risk families. In a five year randomized controlled study, PIO demonstrated a positive impact on reducing rearrest rates, criminal behavior and substance use and on improving family visitation, parent-child relationships, parent-caregiver relationships and parenting skills.

The Oregon Department of Corrections has long been a leader in recognizing the importance of children and families in helping inmates successfully transition back to the community. The Oregon Accountability Model, which guides reentry planning from the first day of an inmates incarceration, includes Children and Families as one of the core elements. It is a key part of a successful strategy; Oregon has the lowest recidivism rate of the states studied by the Pew Center on the States. In its report, State of Recidivism: the Revolving Door of Americas Prisons, published in 2011, the Center reported that Oregons recidivism rate at 22.8% is almost half the national average of 43.3%. One of the reasons the Center cited for Oregons success is its use of evidence based programs.

Some of the dads are incarcerated for a relatively short time and will return home, while others will do all their parenting from prison. The Family First group is led by inmate dad Ron Glick, who has been parenting from prison for more than eight years. He maintains weekly phone contact with both his children and family members bring them for frequent visits. Parenting Inside Out gave him the tools to communicate with his children through letters, phone calls and visits. The bond incarcerated parents develop with their children is key to helping their children overcome the loneliness of separation.

If Saturdays event was any indication, building and maintaining family relationships is good for both inmates and their children. Spirits were high as families engaged in sack races, badminton and football tossing. There were pi

PCUs Hugo Office to Celebrate 5th Anniversary

Woodbury, Minnesota (PRWEB) July 13, 2012

Postal Credit Union (PCU) in Minnesota will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of its Hugo office at 14750 Victor Hugo Boulevard North with three days of activities, beginning Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, July 21. Events include a windshield chip repair clinic from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on July 19, courtesy of Only One Auto Glass and Liberty Mutual Insurance; a Member Appreciation lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on July 20; and birthday party for kids club mascot Bucky Bear from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on July 21, featuring Buckys feathered friends from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. All events are free and open to the community.

PCU was the first and remains the only credit union in Hugo. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, earnings are returned to members in the form of better rates and services. PCU offers a full range of financial products, including free checking, online banking and free bill pay, mortgage and title services, investments, business services and more. PCU is a great alternative to a bank, said Hugo Branch Manager Cynthia Stewart. We offer personalized service and truly care about the financial well-being of our members. Thats the credit union difference.

PCU takes an active role in the community, participating in such events as Kidz N Biz, Warm Hearts for Charity and Hugo Good Neighbor Days. PCU also makes frequent donations to the Hugo Good Neighbor Food Shelf, and sponsors local Movie Nights and other family-focused community activities.

For more information on the Hugo 5th Anniversary celebration and directions to the PCU Hugo office, visit http://www.postalcu.org.

Founded in 1926, PCU is a member owned financial institution that specializes in providing excellent member service, great rates and convenience. PCU offers a complete range of services, including 24/7 loan approval, mortgages, online banking, online deposits, checking, business services, investment services and more. PCU is proud to serve Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties, with office locations in Eagan, Hugo, North St. Paul, West St. Paul and Woodbury. For more information, contact PCU at 651-770-7000, 800-247-0857 or visit http://www.postalcu.org.







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