Attractive Burgers and Fries: Burger Parlor Review by Jesse Bluma



Attractive Burgers and Fries:  Burger Parlor Review





Friends and I are always on the look for good food from family-owned and independent restaurants.  I had the opportunity to dine at Burger Parlor during a recent exclusive media event.  The restaurant is located near the historic Orange Circle, steps away from shopping, churches, an antique mall and more.  A gem of a spot for lunch and dinner.  The restaurant features many local beers, an outdoor patio, and an attentive staff.  A fun new spot to dine with friends or family.

Chef Joseph Mahon —  The menu if burger focused, featuring such toppings as crushed avocado on the Kali burger, jalapeƱos on the Frito Burger, and blue cheese on the Danish burger.  Many sharable items on the menu.  Sharing a few different burgers or the vegetarian burger with friends is ideal here.  The exclusive media event at Burger Parlor was in honor of the new Tostada Burger.  A collaboration between Chef Mahon and Dexter Holland, singer for The Offspring and owner of Gringo Bandito.



Dexter Holland (left).  Chef Joseph Mahon (right).
Credit:  Bob Bradely PR


“The first pop-up concept to go brick and mortar, Burger Parlor was inspired by chef and owner Joseph Mahon’s burger-focused events at Michelin star restaurant Bastide.  Burger Parlor’s pop up was greeted with rave reviews and lines stretching out the door.  Gringo Bandito was by Dexter Holland, singer for the multi-platinum punk rock band The Offspring, more as a hobby than a business.  After several years and over a million bottles later, Gringo Bandito hot sauce has garnered a worldwide audience and a loyal following.”







Photos by Scott Kendall


My Recommendations

1.  The restaurant is located at 149 North Glassell Street, Orange, California 92866.  The location is walking distance from local stores, businesses, bars, and historic sites.  Street parking is available in front and on the backside of the restaurant.  The back parking lot fills up fast.  The other Burger Parlor is located at 204 North Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton, California 92832.

2.  The cozy patio area is a favorite spot by many to dine.  The outdoor dining space with painted brick wall and twinkling lights is a sociable area.  

3.  Burger Parlor offers burgers, shakes, malts, sides, and salads.  The following were my favorites. 

Tostada Burger – Crisp tostada chip, fried egg, Gringo Bandito crema, crushed avocado, roasted Anaheim chile, hormone free Nebraskan beef patty, and Gringo Bandito Aioli.

Kevin Bacon and Pastrami Fries —Traditional Fries, Aged Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, Cheese Sauce, Bacon, House-made Hot Sauce, and Pastrami.  A pine-like a aroma with notes of citrus and Amarillo — a dry hops.  

Space Dust India Pale Ale — A light beer that is excellent to drink with American classics, such as burgers and fries.  





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Drinks with Style and Character at Hudson Common



Drinks with Style and Character at Hudson Common





By virtue of its garden center, suites with views, and modern-day bar, Hudson is a social destination.  Hudson Common is an oversized locale within the Hudson, offering a garden escape from the bustling city.  Specialty cocktails, burgers, and local brews are served in this indoor patio setting.  

The Hudson’s historic roots trace back to Anne Tracy Morgan (July 25, 1873 – January 29, 1952), daughter of banker John Pierpont "J. P." Morgan.  Anne originally opened the building as the American Women's Association clubhouse and home.  Over time the clubhouse was converted to a hotel with expansive social areas, a glass floor, a club, and restaurants.
  
There are numerous dining options in New York City, such as the Hudson Common.  Each of the boroughs, from Manhattan to Brooklyn, Queens to The Bronx, and Staten Island has a multitude of restaurants for good eats. Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Book at suite at the Hudson and/or enjoy dinner and drinks at Hudson Common.




“Hudson Common is modern-day beer hall and burger joint featuring a wide selection of local craft beers, inventive preparations of classic American fare, and soda shop-inspired specialty cocktails.  The menu focuses on classic ‘Common’ and unconventional ‘Uncommon’ interpretations of burgers, sandwiches and fries, prepared with market fresh ingredients.  Guests can enjoy a American breakfast buffet offered daily in Hudson Common.”






My Recommendations

1.  Hudson Common at the Hudson is located at 358 West 58th Street, New York, New York 10019.   The hotel and bar is located in midtown, close to Central Park, Columbus Circle, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and theaters.  This boutique hotel and bar is easily accessible by taxi, car service, and the subway.  

2.  Peak times occur on weekends and during special events at the hotel.  Arrive early to secure a large table near one of the fireplaces.  Or reserve a table.

3.  Eats and drinks are available at the Hudson Common and Private Park.  Sky Terrace, Library Bar, and Hudson Bar are the spots for drinks, lounging, and mingling.  At Hudson Common order a refreshing vodka (Ketel One) soda with a lime wedge, a Manhattan (whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters with Luxardo Maraschino Cherries), or test out one of the tasty local beers on tap from Brooklyn, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Southampton, and Pennsylvania.  





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Exotic and Au Courant Dining at Spice


Exotic and Au Courant Dining at Spice





If you hit the streets of Manhattan near the corner of 236 8th avenue and 22nd street, you can pick up on exotic aromas.  The delicious scent and au courant scene comprised of Asian style, antiques, and marble makes the restaurant reminiscent of a sexy movie sequence.  Beautiful people and sociable city folk nudge their way into the bar area, small, and larger tables.  

On the menu…crispy green spring rolls with carrot, basil, cabbage, vermicelli, and lime-mustard seed sauce.  Papaya salad with string beans, peanuts, cherry tomatoes, chili-lime dressing, Romaine lettuce, and miso dressing.  Red curry with bamboo shoots, basil, and bell peppers, as well as many more tasty sounding items.  

There are numerous dining options in New York City.  Each of the boroughs, from Manhattan to Brooklyn, Queens to The Bronx, and Staten Island has a multitude of restaurants for good eats.   Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Dine at Spice to have an excellent taste of Thai cuisine.  

“Known for top quality affordable dining, fast service and cool design spice is the Thai choice for dinners all over the island with several locations spread out in Manhattan and now Park Slope.  The Chelsea location features a full bar with exotic cocktails to perfectly match our renowned spiced dishes such as our Papaya Salad or Crispy Boneless Duck.  The spacious dining room is perfectly lit with antique chairs, large Thailand’s architecture pictures and Carrara marble table tops.  If you haven’t been to spice be careful, you may get addicted!”






My Recommendations

1.  The restaurant is located at 236 8th Avenue New York, New York.  There are other locations throughout the city as well.  Spice is a walkable distance from The High Line, Penn Station, parks, stores, and more.  The restaurant is also accessible by taxi, car service, and subway.

2.  Peak times occur on weekends and special events.  Make reservations to ensure a table.  Expect a wait on during peak times.  

3.  Consider the following menu items.

Lemongrass Tom Yum:  Spicy and sour soup with mushroom and onion. (Spicy).

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Breast with steamed broccoli and mushrooms.  Served with brown rice.





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Fashion Portfolio: How to Achieve California Style by Jesse Bluma


Fashion Portfolio:  How to Achieve California Style





In life we may not become famous, infamous, or blockbusters.  We do; however, have the power to become something more than those labels.  It is our savvy and confidence that allows us to rise above and experience living life with good taste.  Our travels, life experiences, and dreams are snapshots on the runway of our lives.  There is no better place than the now to make the best strides down that runway.   This is your epic, your life, so choose the label you wear wisely.

Knowing what to wear and how to wear it is a powerful skill.  Some readers are at an advanced level and have a personal style.  Some will go on to experiment with clothes, trends, and brands.  While others may be too intrepid to wear anything besides t-shirts and shorts.  Once you conquer the clothing world and develop a lifelong interest in dressing right, you will feel more inspired to shop and enjoy your home, social, and business life.

Not sure?  No need to be scared of labels, black-ties, white-ties, button-downs, or bespoke clothing.  Here is where expert knowledge and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as their go-to source.  Let an enjoyable experience with these fashion recipes be your start.  If you are more advanced and comfortable with fashion items, share your ideas, purchases, and suggestions.

What we wear is powerful and attitude matters.  Remind yourself again:  You deserve to live well and be well.  Creating a closet of items right for you, along with excellent fitness, health, and life habits, is all an expression of how you respect yourself.  Knowing what to wear and executing fashion looks can be a challenge.  The guidelines, inspirations, and ideas in this article will spark your interest and get you wearing more than the same three items over-and-over.  As the notable custom tailor Alan Flusser observed, “A necktie’s motif, or pattern, expresses the poetry, the sense of whimsy, the psychology of the individual wearer.” 
   
Models.  The images we see in ads, movies, and media can influence our goals and perceptions.  Keep in mind the people in those professions spend a lot of time and have a lot of time to look their best.  Or computer graphics best.  Rather than focusing on images in media, focus on what is the right fit, look, and use of clothes for you.  As I learned from fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, fashion is about what is trending in stores and style is more about your own personality.  Take a moment to reflect upon good fashion sense, your life, needs, and goals.  That will be the center of what gets you fashion fit.  Structure your closet and drawers with options for your various activities, career, the climate you live in, and seasons. 

The Wardrobe Essentials.  It is key to make clothing selections with a long-term frame of mind.  Quality construction and timeless pieces are sharp and financially smart choices.  Know your measurements and proportions.  Take a look in the mirror to see what cuts, colors, shapes, and lengths are best for you.  There is a learning curve for going from being dressed by mom to dressing yourself, for your current physique, current life, and adventures.  Calvin Klein, business mogul and designer, once explained to me at a fashion show that what people wear should be modern, clean, and make them look their best.  Personal responsibility is at the heart of dressing well.  Study magazines, people in the streets, in school, models, and actors in your age range.  Also, seek out knowledgeable salespeople in stores and vintage shops.




Fashion Portfolio:  How to Achieve California Style




California is strongly influenced by Spanish culture, modernism, and beach life.  Casual reigns in the state from the beach to the desert to the mountains and the valleys.  Pull away the layers of California dreaming to see more than casual living.  Lightweight hiking boots by day give way to celebrity-laden and corporate dinners at night.  

The state of sunshine, snow, vineyards, and political messes is mythologized in music, movies, media, travel sites, and by those seeking to escape their own troubled homelands.  The New West is a land of contradictions and that is embodied in California apparel.  The vast territory and diverse biomes within the 31st state of the union necessitates an overall lightweight wardrobe.  Yet, individualized for home, work, and play life.  Along the coast in Southern California there is rare opportunity to wear heavy winter outerwear.  San Diego temperatures range from 53-66° Fahrenheit in March and 67-77° Fahrenheit in August.  While in the capital, Sacramento, temperature averages range from 44-64° Fahrenheit in March and 58-91° Fahrenheit in August.  In California, climate is king of the closet.  


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