Wanted to share a post from our friends at NYC Daily Deals. Like Xi’an Famous Foods on Facebook and then swing by the grand opening of their new Upper West Side location on Saturday, December 7, from 11AM-9PM for a free burger or noodle dish. The restaurant is on 102nd and Broadway.
I will admit I have not tried this yet, you cut sharing in case some of you with Citi Cards want to give this a try. Apparently, with a Citi card you can get complimentary access to a variety of events – up for grabs are comp tickets to the Wired Store’s music events.
Note there were a few other free events too but those have been redeemed (like tickets to Vampire Weekend). Might be good to bookmark this link and keep checking!
Thanks to Ludmila for the tip.
Remember last week when I told you guys about the The Village Voice Holiday Spirits Tasting Event? Tickets are now marked down to $25 – originally priced at $50! To get these discounted tickets, purchase them here and use the promo code THANKS.
As a refresher, The Village Voice Holiday Spirits Tasting Event HELD TONIGHT commemorates the 80th anniversary of the day that ended the Prohibition Era- and as a result, you’ll be tasting lots of drink samples! The event will run from 7:30-10:30 pm.
The event will feature an array of 25 distilleries, wineries & more from New York City and beyond at Studio Square in Astoria – my ‘hood – plus hors d’oeuvres, live jazz music from The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, a set from DJ Tim Martell and more.
Participants Include: Atsby Vermouth, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, Black Dirt Distilling, Breuckelen Distilling, Brooklyn Gin, Brooklyn Winery, Brotherhood (America’s Oldest Winery), Catskill Distilling Company, Cooperstown Distillery, Death’s Door Spirits, Dutch’s Spirits, El Buho Mezcal, Finger Lakes Distiling, Greenhook Ginsmiths, Jack from Brooklyn, Long Island Spirits, Nahmias et Fils Distillery, Owney’s Rum, Scorpion Mezcal, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Tirado Distillery, Tuthilltown Spirits, Van Brunt Stillhouse, White Pike Whiskey, Widow Jane and more!
Follow SweeteryNYC on Twitter today – they teamed up with Food Network Mag to give out free gingerbread snowflake cookies today.
Just Salad, the eco-friendly chain of salad bars is hosting an event at their Upper East Side location (1471 Third Ave. at 83rd). Tonight from 4pm-7pm Just Salad is teaming up with local businesses to promote a sense of health and community before the holiday. Enjoy samples of their delicious smoothies, 50% off smoothies and froyo’s with salad/wrap purchase and deals from local businesses. The evening will include family fun activities (perfect if you have kids) like Face Art by Melissa, basic stroller cleaning, coloring contest for kids and much more.
I have to share a dirty secret with you – while I’ve still dined out in the past year, I’ve been making a HUGE effort to cook more. I find cooking to be fun and depending on the recipe, I can save more staying in and cooking than going straight to Seamless. I will admit, at first it felt like I was spending a ton since I needed to stock up on spices and staples like flour, sugar and more, but overtime, it has become affordable.
There’s one part of it though I still hate – deciding what to make. Every day when my boyfriend gets out of work, I get the phone call asking what we
Chopping up green beans
should make for dinner. I’ll quickly skim Pinterest, but then I have to sit and think of what ingredients we have at home before writing my list, and then half the time, whatever ingredients we bought only get half used (I can’t count how many halves of onions I’ve thrown out) because I don’t end up planning my meals out accordingly. Worse is when I only want two servings of something that I found a recipe for that makes 6 servings, and have to try doing the math in my head – it gets a little tricky with those tablespoons!
Enter eMeals. eMeals is a meal planning service starting at $5 a month for a year subscription, but in true 89th and fashion, if you use the code Cyber35 you’ll save 35%. eMeals is the market leader in online meal planning solutions for consumers – meaning, you sign up for eMeals, and you select the size of your household (options are 2 people – perfect for you and a roomie or you and leftovers, or you can choose 3-6 people). From there, you can select your type of diet plan - classic, simple gourmet, low fat, low carb, paleo, portion control, organic, vegetarian, gluten-free, or the plan I’m currently on – clean eating. You are not married to this plan and can change as often as you like.
Steak is on the stove
Every Wednesday, you’ll get 7 recipes sent to you, including your shopping list for everything you’d need to make those 7 recipes. I use the iPhone app, and I can quickly choose which of the 7 meals I want to make best on my schedule for this week – if I click skip meal, the ingredients are removed from the list. With the app, I can then check off what I already have at home so the items I need at the grocery store are at the top of the list. There’s also the website version too. Certain grocery stores also sync with eMeals as well so you can see what on your shopping list is on sale (and your plan incorporates these sales).
I am home two nights this week, so Chris (the bf) and I picked two meals we’d like to make for dinner of the 7 we were sent (we are very busy this holiday season!). We picked Swedish meatball Stroganoff and egg noodles and steamed broccoli, and a citrus flank steak with roasted garlic green beans. I ended up comparing our shopping list with what we had at home, and we needed about 13 ingredients.
We made the citrus flank steak tonight as part of the clean eating plan with the garlic green beans. The recipe was easy – we don’t make steak too often, so
Our flank steak!
it was a nice treat after a ton of poultry from the weekend. The food was enough for the two of us without a ton of leftovers (minus a few green beans!) and we thought our dinner was delicious. Chris said it was a keeper and we definitely should make it again. The green beans were so easy that I could make them again without even consulting a recipe! It may sound dumb, but while it was simply cooking in the oven with olive oil and garlic, I never had thought to do that before – I usually just steam and throw a slab of butter on.
If you keep saying that you are going to cook more to save money but have no idea where to start with recipes or don’t want to be bothered with coming up with meal ideas every night, I’d consider trying eMeals. While you are paying money up front for the service, eMeals has different plan options – 1 year, 6 months and 3 months, so it is worth trying out to see if you like it and if it helps you get cooking! Don’t wait and make this a New Year’s resolution – try it now with the code Cyber35 so you can start saving money by making dinner at home.
Disclosure: I received a year’s subscription to eMeals through our blog partnership with Markerly.com. Opinions are my own.
My boyfriend and I have been to about 8 weddings this year, and we have so many fantastic photos from them on Instagram. But….when I went to print the photos at CVS, due to the square size, the photos looked terrible.
Let’s be honest – I wasn’t going to frame the photos, but stick them on our fridge using magnets. And that’s when I discovered, Stickygram.
Stickygram lets you print your Instagram photos and delivers them to you as magnets – so for me, this was killing two birds with one stone. Normally it costs $14.99 to get 9 magnets, but today they are offering 25% off – no code required – so you can get them for $11.24. Note that if you used my referral link, you’ll get $4 off your magnets – so you’ll save an additional 25 cents and get them for $10.99 instead. The $4 off ends 12/6.
You can also purchase iPhone cases (discounted at $26.24) and iPad covers (discounted at $33.74). Note the 25% off ends today, but through the 6th, this link will get you $5 off – perfect if you missed this post!
A couple weeks back, I was invited to try Tulsi, an Indian restaurant right by Grand Central. When I saw that the restaurant’s executive chef is a Michelin star chef, I had to give it a try.
My boyfriend and I checked it out, and while I’m not one to notice the decor, I have to admit this place was beautiful. Lots of white linens were used around the restaurant, including white curtains that created a private dining type experience in certain parts of the restaurant. It was honestly the most upscale Indian restaurant I’ve ever been to (and yes, they even brought out an amuse bouche). Still, the prices weren’t off the charts – which makes me think this is a great place to “treat yo-self” or when your folks are in town, and about to head back to GCT.
I don’t know how to navigate an Indian menu at all without going to chicken tikka masala, but the staff at Tulsi was fantastic about walking me through it and seeing what I might like to try. We kicked off the meal with the Parmesan and onion stuffed bread ($9) - it wasn’t overly cheesy and filling like a quesadilla, but it was the perfect amount of flavor. We also tried the crispy rock shrimp ($12, which was my boyfriend’s favorite – he said he could eat the whole plate for dinner and be happy) and the haryali chicken tikka ($12, good, just not my fave). My favorite – and unfortunately, I do not have the name of it – was this cauliflower dish, where the cauliflower tasted like they were almost fried and in a red sauce. It was fantastic and I could not get enough of it.
For dinner, we tried the Mangolorean chicken curry ($22) and the Goan Seafood Curry, which had shrimp, scallops & fish of the day, coconut rice ($24). Both had a ton of flavor – the chicken dish was the sweeter of the two, with a bit of a sweet aftertaste cutting through the spice, while the curry had a real kick to it. WARNING: If you do not like spice, order the seafood curry mild. My mouth was a tad on fire, but it was so good, I just kept eating it.
While we thought we did not have enough room for dessert, we tried Indian mango ice cream. It was very refreshing and the perfect way to end the evening.
Overall, I really enjoyed Tulsi and if looking for an upscale Indian dinner (perfect for when family is in town!), I recommend giving it a try. Also, if you live in the area and want to order online, they are currently offering 10% off.
Location: 211 E 46th St between 2nd and 3rd
Who to Bring: Parents, Date
Price: $$$ Entrees between $20-$25
Overall: Upscale Indian and I enjoyed it a lot. 5 stars.
Disclosure: I received my meal in exchange for a review. Opinions are entirely my own.
Are you planning to do some holiday shopping this week or on Cyber Monday? If so, make sure to sign up first for 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 Loft, you log on to Ebates first, and then select your store so in this case, you’d click on Loft. Stores vary in how much of a percentage you get back.
Recently, I purchased $161.85 worth of stuff at the Loft – it was a HUGE sale! But before I made my purchase, I logged on to Ebates. Loft at the time was offering 3% cashback (cashback rates fluctuate). So I earned $4.85 back on my purchase. Not really big, but every little bit helps. Even some travel sites are associated with Ebates – when my boyfriend and I booked a vacation on Orbitz, we ended up getting $20 back!
In addition to getting cash back, Ebates also has a list of promotions and coupon codes on their Web site, and when you sign up, you get a free $10 gift card to select retailers. If you’re online shopping, Ebates is always my first-stop shop and since joining in 2010, I’ve gotten $441+ cash back.
What are your online shopping tricks? Share them with us and make sure to check out Ebates!
Reader Katy shared this cool deal with us. The Brindle Room (277 E. 10th St btwn 1st and A) hosts a weekly Vinyl Night every Monday. If you bring a record to play, they buy your first beer.