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Mark Your Calendars – Brother Jimmy’s Rolls Back Prices November 1 -25

Brother Jimmy’s is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Beginning November 1, they are kicking off 25 days of 1989 prices. BJ's Heritage Menu 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 brojsbbq@berkcommunications.com and jimmyg@brotherjimmys.com (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.  


$2 Oatmeal Available at Jamba Juice Through Monday

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.

You Can Get a Fitness Tracker for Just $12

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
  • Distance
  • Daily Active Time
  • Percentage Met of Daily Goals
  • Sleep Length
  • Sleep Quality
  • Hydration
  • Weight

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!

Cute Dogs in Halloween Costumes? Yes Please

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. 

Free Juice at Whole Foods in Midtown

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!

Free Fitness Class This Weekend with Throwback Fitness

In one of my many reviews about Classpass, I told you guys how much I love Throwback Fitness. Need a refresher? Throwback is bootcamp with games. The guys who run it, Brian and Ryan, are awesome – lots of 80s music and they even wear retro gym outfits. Usually in the beginning you start on the rower, alternating between rowing and squats, situps, or pushups, but then we go into the games. Games include capture the flag, where in order to try to capture the flag, you have do a series of workouts first before you can attempt to play. Note I have nicknamed this class Throwup Fitness. I haven’t puked yet, but on the first night I went, a guy in the hallway had mentioned to me that he threw up. Every time I walk in now, I’m petrified that will happen to me.

Why am I telling you again about this? Well this weekend they are offering a complimentary workout class with GQ and Lacoste from 1-2 Sunday on W 13th between 9th and Washington. I’m including the flier below but also note that on Instagram, the guys mentioned you can email ryan@throwbackfit.com to RSVP.



Prices Roll Back to 1989 at Sac’s

One of my favorite pizzerias/Italian restaurants in Astoria, Sac’s, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with 1989 prices. This is valid for the 21st and 28th of this month. Note you must dine-in only and reservations are strongly recommended. Sac’s is located on Broadway between 29th and Crescent.



Win Two Tickets to See The Bullpen

When I got an email asking if I wanted to give two tickets away to a lucky reader to see The Bullpen, my immediate thought was YES.375x375

Why? The description of the show starts off with: Like Orange is the New Black? You’ll love this.

Writer/Performer Joe Assadourian was released from prison in October 2013, serving 12 years for attempted murder. Now on parole, he steps back in The Bullpen for a wild ride, swiftly playing 18 characters in this high-energy, hysterical one man show.

In The Bullpen, Joe undergoes two systems of trial and arraignment – the first by a jury of his peers, and the second by the hilarious citizens of The Bullpen. Not sure if this show is for you? The New York Times calls it “wildly funny” and some of the reader comments state that the show is hysterical.

Want to give a try? Enter for tickets below – and if you don’t win, we’ll still give you a deal on the tickets. You can snag them for $20 here or call 212-352-3101 and use the code ONEMANSHOW.

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Free Coffee at Cafe Bustelo

Swing by the pop up coffee shop, Cafe Bustelo, now through the 26th of October. You’ll be able to snag free coffee, wi-fi, giveaways, while enjoying acoustic music. The cafe is open 8am – 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 8am – 5pm, Sunday – Thursday and is located on Bowery and Kenmare. Thanks to reader Stephanie for sharing!

Italian Wafer Cookie Company Hands Out Free Treats

Now through Saturday, stop by the Loacker USA treat truck for free treats and gear. You can find the truck at these locations from 12-6pm:

  • Today, Herald Square
  • Friday, 41st between Lex and 3rd
  • Saturday, West 4th between 6th Ave and University Pl

Thanks to The Skint for the tip.

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