Pretty good deal going on at Amazon right now if you’ve never bought a gift card before and are an Amazon Prime Member. Purchase $45 or more on gift cards by November 15 and use the code HOLIDAYGCS at checkout. You’ll get $10 back within two days of placing your order. Only catch? You must use the $10 by January 1.
You can scoop up this deal if you are doing the free trial of Amazon Prime.
I’ve stopped subscribing to Groupon, LivingSocial – mostly because I found myself buying deals, and having heart palpitations that I needed to redeem the deal before the expiration date. It’d often be the week before and I’d find myself trying to dine an hour out of my way to use the deal – and there’d be 80 other people doing the same thing. Or my girlfriends and I would all agree to go in on a deal and none of us would then have schedules that would align, and then we’d spend time trying to find another person to take that share.
But enter Savored. Now Savored is a Groupon company, but what I like is that you can last minute make a reservation through the site and get a percentage off your bill. I tried it last week – a group of us wanted to go get Italian near Hell’s Kitchen and wanted to save some money. Rather than search different menus to find who might have an early bird dinner, I headed straight to Savored. I searched for the neighborhood and the type of cuisine and found Cara Mia. I could see diners comments and that it was rated highly, so I booked a reservation through Savored. Before we ordered, I mentioned to my waiter we booked on Savored, and 20% was deducted from my bill. No need to show my phone or print a coupon – just simply tell the waiter.
I tried Savored again with friends later that week, and it worked seamlessly. If you are looking to make a dinner reservation and don’t have a particular spot in mind, check out Savored. The savings might help!
Maybe you haven’t noticed, but in the past few months, I’ve seen signs for Beanitos everywhere – from bus stops to phone booths – so I was so excited to get the chance to try them.
Beanitos are chips made from beans (black beans, pinto beans or white beans depending on the flavor), free of preservatives, and made with only natural non-GMO ingredients. They are filled with fiber and protein, and make you feel a little less guilty for snacking on chips. Now I love anything with beans – give me a side of black beans, refried beans, any day of the week. My fiance, not so much. Any time I show him a recipe with beans in it, he wrinkles his nose and tells him that’s not for him. Luckily, I was able to sample the restaurant style, original black bean and the white cheddar. And for someone who doesn’t like beans, Chris ate the whole bag – with my help of course. The chips were delicious, a perfect vehicle for salsa or guac, but the white cheddar I could eat on my own as a replacement for Doritos.
But Beanitos didn’t stop at chips. They also make puffs, which I got to sample at an event a few weeks ago. I love a good cheese puff, and appreciate that these were healthier and didn’t leave my hands covered in orange residue. The hot chili lime was my favorite flavor, as it had a great kick to it.
But I guess I’m not the only one who thinks these are healthier – Beanitos commissioned Harris Poll to discover insights into Americans snacking behavior. Just like I thought, everyone is recognizing the nutritional benefits of beans compared to other main snack ingredients, with 77% of adults agreeing that beans are healthier than potatoes. Americans are more likely to view beans as among the healthiest main snack ingredients (49%) when compared with soy (37%), rice (35%), corn (25%) and potatoes (15%).
Between Friendsgiving, holiday entertaining or just needing something to munch on when you are binging Netflix, I’m sure you are going to need a bag of chips – so why not give you 6 bags of Beanitos? One lucky reader will win a case! To be entered to win, fill out the form below.
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Disclosure: I received three bags of Beanitos and work for an agency that reps Beanitos – but my opinions are my own. Don’t believe me? Ask my fiance where that bag of Beanitos chips went.
Two of my friends are gluten-free, and when we go out to dinner, I always worry that they have enough to choose on a menu to eat and aren’t stuck with salad.
If you have any gluten-free friends, I suggest you share this new site with them or use it as a resource when making dinner plans with those that are GF. NoBreadNYC.com features 250 restaurants all over the city on the site. Users can sort by the name of the restaurant, neighborhood or type of cuisine. Upon clicking on a restaurant name, you can see a short profile on the restaurant including “NOBREAD Facts” such as if that restaurant has cross contamination, gluten free pasta and gluten free bread. Scroll down a little further and the full menu is featured, with the option to see a customized gluten free menu at the click of a button. Additionally, each restaurant has a mini-review in from the founder, Nicole Cogan, where she gives her recommendations of which “NOBREAD” items to order.
If you are GF, you may also want to check out Nicole’s Instagram handle where she also documents a lot of these dishes. While I’m not GF, I think this is a great resource if you know someone with this dietary restriction – so check it out!
Some of the chains are offering Halloween deals today! If you live outside the city, check out this full roundup here. If you live within the boroughs, take note of these offers:
- Chipotle: Wearing your costume? Get a burrito for $3 from 5pm – closing.
- Krispy Kreme: Wear a costume, get a free doughnut.
- Starbucks: Get a $3 Franken Frappuccino after 2pm – it’s a chocolate mint flavor.
NOTE: Three readers have emailed us and said that this is not happening once you get into the restaurant, despite us receiving a pitch from their PR team. At this time, I would advise calling ahead to see what offers you can get before going into the restaurant.
Brother Jimmy’s is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Beginning November 1, they are kicking off 25 days of 1989 prices. These deals will be good at a all five Manhattan locations. It will feature original favorites, including: Pulled Pork Sandwiches, $7.25 ($12 in 2014); Pulled Pork Dinners, $11.95 (currently $17.50), a dozen Buffalo Wings, $5.95 ($11.50) and Hush Puppies, $3.95 ($7.75). Brother Jimmy’s will also bring back 1989 recipes with the Northern Style Ribs, $14.95 ($23.75), smoked over hickory wood for 8-10 hours. And the Heritage Menu will reintroduce the popular Flaming Pig Pick – for only $12.95 diners will savor a collection of rib tips, wings, pulled pork, hush puppies and frickles. To wash down their choices, Heritage Menu indulgers will be able to take advantage of $1 Budweiser cans and $3 shots of Jack Daniels.
But that’s not all. The two uptown Manhattan locations – West Side (80th and Amsterdam) and 2nd Avenue and 77th – will offer a $25 credit on your first delivery during the 25th Anniversary campaign, essentially guaranteeing their first delivered meal is free!
But wait…there’s more. Did you meet your husband or wife (or baby mama/daddy) at Brother Jimmy’s? Past and present customers and employees are encouraged to send their Brother Jimmy’s love stories to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org (yes, that’s the owner’s email, he wants to hear your stories) for their chance to win one of 25 prizes, including those all-expense paid vacations to San Juan, Miami and St. Maarten. Other prizes range from dinner for 25 guests and open bar for 25, to a Brother Jimmy’s catered experience for 25 people.
Now through Monday, November 3, enjoy $2 oatmeal at Jamba Juice until 2pm daily with this coupon. Plus you’ll enjoy two delicious toppings on your steelcut oatmeal! Print the coupon here.
I jumped on the fitness tracker bandwagon this year – I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, so I didn’t want to invest in one. Luckily a friend had a few extras, so I strapped on a Jawbone Up 24 and have been using it for the past 2 months. I like seeing on the app how much I walk each day around the city and sometimes I’ll just walk a little extra instead of taking the subway, just to get in a few extra steps. Plus, it records your sleep – it’s interesting to me to see when I was in a deep sleep vs. light sleep, and really shines a light on how much sleep I get per night.
Now again, I didn’t invest in this because I didn’t know if I’d wear it forever, or if I’d be sick of it in a month. When I went to a fitness event a few weeks ago, I met several fitness trackers. Nothing really excited me until I met the folks at Pivotal Living. It started out with the same speech about how this tracker and its corresponding app can track:
- Calories Burned
- Total Steps
- Daily Active Time
- Percentage Met of Daily Goals
- Sleep Length
- Sleep Quality
But then we got to the price point. Unlike Jawbone or Fitbit, this app is a membership service where you pay $12 a year. But what do you get for the $12? The free tracker. So yes, for $12 you get a free Life Tracker 1 Band. The Life Tracker 1 is one of the few bands on the market with an OLED screen, which clearly displays calories burned, steps, distance, percentage of step goal, time of day, and activity or sleep mode – all with a touch of a button – you don’t have to log on to the app to get your progress.
Apps are available on iOS and Android, and the company is taking pre-orders now. The Pivotal Living app and wristband are available for purchase online at www.PivotalLiving.com and if purchased before Dec. 10, Pivotal Living guarantees shipping prior to the holidays.
If you’ve been on the fence about getting a tracker – you want one but didn’t want to spend the money – sign up now to get one for $12. I mean come on – that’s the price of two beers!
Editor’s note: this summer, my friend Raquel got a puppy, Hudson – and I declared it my goddog. Ideally this post was supposed to go up before the dog parade, but I was out of town last week – if you are still looking for a costume for Halloween for your puppy – or just want to stare at cute dogs, I still wanted to share with you.
Guest Post by Raquel Clubwala, Canine Correspondent
Ever since we got our puppy, Hudson back in August, people have been asking what he was going to be for Halloween. I was never a huge fan of Halloween, but there’s just something about a cute, furry friend dressed up in costume that made me look forward to picking out a costume for my new fur baby. With the Tompkins Square Park Halloween parade this past weekend, I knew we had to make some costume decisions pronto.
Thanks to the folks at PetSmart, I was able to see of all the amazing Halloween costumes and festive accessories available to pets this holiday. From ‘riders’ and harnesses to glow collars/leashes and scary bowls, everyone can find something fun for their pet. And let me tell you, the costumes this year do not disappoint… Check out a few of my favorites, below (shoutout to @birdiethefrenchie for being my primary model):
(L) @chloetheminifrenchie as a caterpillar and @birdiethefrenchie as Superwoman (L)
@birdiethefrenchie as a burger
@hudsonthegoldendoodle as a jockey
@birdiethefrenchie as a sundae
@hudsonthegoldendoodle as Tigger
@birdiethefrenchie as Superwoman
@birdiethefrenchie as Winnie the Pooh
This little nugget as a caterpillar
@birdiethefrenchie as Miss Piggy
@birdiethefrenchie as Wonder Woman
@hudsonthegoldendoodle rocking a Martha Stewart froggie harness
For more photos of Hudson enjoying PetSmart Halloween gear, and to see what he decided to be for Halloween, follow him on Instagram: @hudsonthegoldendoodle. There’s still time to get festive, so visit a PetSmart near you or order from www.petsmart.com.
Disclosure: Costumes were provided by PetSmart.
Stop by Whole Foods this morning until 11am to get a free 16 oz juice at the upstairs juice bar at the 57th location between 2nd and 3rd. Thanks for the tip, Ludmila!