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89th And Broke

I'm a young professional living in Astoria (formerly of Williamsburg, the UES and Murray Hill - I move a lot!). I'm always looking for something fun to do or the best place to grab a drink and dinner at an affordable price around the city. Have a suggestion? Email me at Laura AT 89thandbroke DOT com.

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Try This Trick: Where To Watch

This long weekend means lots of movie watching. If you want to dive into some holiday classics but not sure where to find Elf orwheretowatch Love Actually, check out WheretoWatch.com. Search for a title and this new website will generate a list of platforms that offer viewing, purchase, rental or subscription access, along with a trailer and information about the movie. For example, I searched Love Actually, and was able to find which services have this film – since I have Netflix, I’d be able to click through and start watching.

What to Add to Your Holiday List: Cooking Gear

At this point during the year, my mom always asks me what I want for Christmas. If your parents ask you the same thing, I thought I’d give a few suggestions of some cooking products I couldn’t live without this year.

You’ve probably noticed, but there have been less and less restaurant reviews as we begin to eat more and more at home in an effort to save money. Three of my favorite products in our kitchen that I highly recommend include:

  • Hampton Duraceramica Ceramic Knives: I’ve had knives from Ikea, I’ve had a fancy knife block set from my parents.This colorful knife set however is my go-to in the kitchen, whether it’s cutting up chicken or piercing a sweet potato before it goes in the oven. I’ve had these knives for three years or so, and I’m always amazed at how easy it is to cut ANYTHING with them and how smooth the cut is. You know when you cut a stick of pepperoni and it leaves a rugged edge? This is perfectly smooth.
  • Crock-Pot with Timer:  I have several fans who have purchased a slow cooker but didn’t get them with the timer. The timer is crucial! If you have the Crock-Pot with the timer, you can set it before you go to work, cook something on low, and once it finishes in 8 hours, it will stop cooking and switch over to the warm setting. It’s a life saver, and it’s awesome to come home to a delicious meal. We’ve made everything from pulled pork (just dump barbecue sauce over pork, and leave your house and you’ll come home to a yummy meal), to chicken chili  to adobo pulled pork.  Again, I cannot stress enough how important it is to get the timer as you don’t have to worry about your meals being overcooked.

  • Paderno Tri-Blade Spiralizer: My friend Yael got this spiralizer last year and I was intrigued. I wasn’t a huge fan of spaghetti squash, but wanted to give zucchini noodles, or zoodles, a try after reading this article. It was simple to use – just pick up a few zucchinis, and spiralize them to create noodles. Once I had the noodles, I would sauteed the zucchini, and throw a little tomato squash and chicken sausage to create an easy but healthy lunch. If you are considering eating healthier in the New Year but don’t want to give up your beloved pasta, I’d recommend adding this to your list! Plus, there’s a whole blog dedicated to spiralized recipes!

Be sure to check out one of my favorite blogs, SkinnyTaste, for some cooking inspiration!

Free Pizza in Park Slope Tonight

Thanks to The Skint for this tip! Enjoy the new Park Slope Two Boots location on 1st Street and 5th Ave with free pizza and free wine and beer, plus live music tonight from 6-8pm. New location is on 5th Ave and 1st Street.

Starting Your Holiday Shopping? Use Ebates!

Yesterday, I saw an ad for Gap’s Black Friday sale (yup, it runs all week!) and immediately decided to get my fiance some new pants for work. If you use Black Friday to stock up on staples in addition to getting gifts for others, making sure you are using Ebates. With Ebates, you earn a percentage of what you spend online back as a check or via paypal.  So for example, when you want to make a purchase at say a store like Gap, you log on to Ebates first, and then select your store  so in this case, you’d click on Gap. Stores vary in how much of a percentage you get back but this time when I shopped at Gap, I got 7% cash back.

When we shopped today at the Gap, after I used all my coupons, my bill came to $39.92. With 7% back, I ended up getting $2.79 back. I know it doesn’t seem huge, but every bit helps. When I buy anything for work too, I make sure I log on through Ebates first – I recently spent nearly a grand at Apple.com, and with 1% cash back, that’s $10 in my pocket. Not bad!

In addition to getting cash back, Ebates also has a list of promotions and coupon codes on their Web site so you can easily find additional ways to save money. If you’re online shopping, Ebates is always my first-stop shop and since joining in 2010, I’ve gotten $589+ cash back.

What are your online shopping tricks? Share them with us and make sure to check out Ebates!

Free Nutella Treats at Moda Espresso Bar

Head to Moda Espresso Bar on 27th between 7th and 8th for free Nutella treats, in honor of Nutella’s 50th birthday.  At this two-day event, you’ll enjoy a variety of FREE Nutella-infused desserts including waffles, croissants, and even espresso.

Swing by today from 5pm – 8pm or tomorrow, Saturday, from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

Half-Priced Quesadillas and Tacquitos on Sunday at Yuca Bar

Clearly from the title of this post, I’m already thinking about the weekend. Years ago, we wrote about Yuca Bar’s Tuesday night deal - half priced tapas until 8pm. Yuca Bar, located on Ave A between 7th and 8th has another weekly special you may want to take note of – half-priced quesadillas and tacquitos every Sunday night. Special lasts all night long – yum!

$2 Slider Wednesday at Thunder Jackson’s

Full disclosure – I haven’t eaten at Thunder Jackson’s, but if I did find myself in the West Village on a Wednesday night, I’d give this place a try. According to their website, Wednesday is Slider Wednesday and you can enjoy sliders like meatball parm, Philly cheesesteak, cheeseburger and more for $2 each. Just a few of those can easily make dinner!

A list of weekly specials can be found here. Thunder Jackson’s is located on Bleecker between Thompson and Sullivan.

In Love with Love Letters

I am not a play person by any means and I’m the first to admit that if offered a musical or a play, I’ll take the musical every single time. LL_S145_600x257And then I got invited to Love Letters with my fiance.

The premise was simple – Carol Burnett on stage next to Brian Dennehy (yes, the dad from Tommy Boy – how cultured am I that that’s where I recognized him from). Sitting at a table reading letters that they wrote each other starting at age 7 throughout their life.  While the early letters were simple (e.g. do you like me?) over time they got more and more intricate. I left the 90 minute show, thinking it was fantastic, and it was certainly a conversation piece – I spent the next hour discussing my thoughts on it with my fiance.

What’s interesting about the show is that the cast changes every few weeks, and according to the director, every time you see it, it’s like seeing it with fresh eyes – even when Brian Dennehy was in it a few weeks prior with Mia Farrow, their portrayal of the characters were so different.

If you want to see the show, you can get discount codes here – tickets start at $59. The cast over the next few months features:

  • Candice Bergen /Alan Alda – November 9 – December 18
  • Diana Rigg / Stacy Keach – December 19January 9
  • Anjelica Huston / Martin Sheen – January 10 – February 15

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to Love Letters.


Food Deals All Week at Gotham West Market

Reader Ludmila shared this story with us from AM NY – this week, Gotham West Market on 11th between 44th and 45th is celebrating its anniversary and as a result will have some cheap eats.

Here’s the days I think you should keep an eye out for, but the whole listing can be found here.

  • Monday: $1 hot dogs at Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop
  • Wednesday: The first 50 customers at Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop will receive a free bowl of ramen or large donburi rice bowl – customers afterwards will get a free topping
  • Saturday: Guests can enjoy complimentary French fries and Lagunitas-sponsored beer pong games all day at Genuine Roadside.
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