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Free Doughnuts Today

Reader Stephanie just shared with us that the new Manhattan outpost of Dough at 14 West 19th Street between 5th and 6th is giving away free doughnuts all day to celebrate its grand opening. According to AMNY, doughnuts are free until 6pm tonight. 

Free Southern Food from Chef Carla Hall

Today between 3-5pmChef Carla Hall (Top Chef, The Chew) will be taking over a food truck in New York City’s Flatiron District cooking up samples of her Southern favorites from her forthcoming new restaurant, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen. Carla will serve samples of her Nashville-inspired favorites: mac n cheese, collard greens, hot chicken tenders, and fresh lemonade. Stop by Broadway between 21st and 22nd Streets on Wednesday between 3-5pm and look for the Bian Dang food truck.


Free Chocolate Tasting in Grand Central

If you find yourself in Grand Central from 9am – 12pm today, swing by Jacques Torres for a free chocolate tasting and a chance to meet Jacques himself. Thanks for the tip, Ludmila!

Free Crumbs Cupcakes Today

If you were sad Crumbs Cupcakes closed this summer, don’t be. One of the stores is re-opening today! While the store opens at 7:30 am today on Broadway between 37th and 38th, at 12:45 pm patrons will be able to sample cupcake flavors like Red Velvet, Carrot Cake and Cookies & Cream. At 12:45, you’ll also be able to see Marcus Lemonis, from CNBC’s Reality Show the Profit. Lemonis will now be running Crumbs. 

Queens Restaurant Week is Here

It’s Queens Restaurant Week! Now through Halloween, enjoy a three-course meal for $28 during dinner or $14 for lunch. More than 100 restaurants are participating in 30 neighborhoods. Check out the list here.

Victoria’s Secret Makes Sports Clothing?

Note: When I first wrote this post, I had no idea that Victoria’s Secret made athletic wear. I have shopped there for years, but never noticed it in stores or online. Anyways, know it might not be new to all of you, but was definitely new to me!

In an effort to not look like a stuffed sausage in my wedding dress, I’ve been making a much better effort at working out – I’ve told you guys about how many classes I’ve gone to thanks to my beloved Classpass. So when Influenster told me I was getting free workout clothes, I was VERY excited.

Time out – don’t know what Influenster is? Influenster is an online community where you can take quizzes and polls about your life – as well as review products. You can connect your social accounts and every now and then, the most socially connected members can get free full-size products sent to them, based on their interests. I’ve gotten some pretty cool stuff before, so definitely worth checking out. And I can also invite folks too so if you want an invite, just comment below and I’ll send you an invite.

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Anywhoo, I was very excited to receive the VSX Sports Bra – the Incredible to be exact . Not sure if this is TMI, but some of my sports bras have been around for decades. Yes, I say decades since I’ve had them since my freshman year of college. While this sports bra from Victoria’s Secret was a little harder to get on – think over your head and latch in the back – it kept me plenty secure and I didn’t feel like I was bouncing out of it – which was perfect because I decided to debut this new sports bra when I ran my first 5K (more about the 5K at another time). Note ladies, there is underwire in this bra but I did not feel it at all whatsoever. Best of all you can buy this sports bra to your size vs. just getting a small, medium or large. Prices start at $49.50. I honestly didn’t realize how much I liked this sports bra until I thought my laundry lady lost it – yes you can wash and dry this bra unlike other VS products. But luckily it was just misplaced in my hamper and I am so glad to have it back!

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I also received the knockout tights from VSX Sport. These are available for $64.50 and I wish I could say that I enjoyed them, but I had received a regular inseam and my legs are frankly too short for them and require me to roll them up. Luckily if you order online, you can choose which inseam is best for you – short, regular or long – perfect for us petite ladies. Since I didn’t get to truly try these, the reviews say it all – folks are loving them. 

I know I don’t do too many product reviews on the blog, so thanks for reading! If you’d like to see more of these reviews, drop me a line.

*This is a sponsored post powered by Influenster. I was sent these products for review purposes. However, the thoughts and opinions in this post are my own. 


Tweet for Treats in Columbus Circle Today

People Magazine has a promotion going on in Columbus Circle today. You can snag free Fruitwater, and this morning, free 20141008_07571220141008_07571220141008_075712cupcakes were reportedly being handed out.  Best of all, you can tweet at their vending machines,  you pick one item and get a free moisturizer too, according to reader Ludmila. The vending machine also has Smashbox cosmetics. If you are walking by, check it out – the promotion lasts until 4:30.20141008_075712

$1 Pizza Slices at Tomorrow’s Slice Out Hunger

Tomorrow (Wednesday) night, head to St. Anthony’s Church on Sullivan and Houston for the annual Slice Out Hunger event.
Starting at 6pm, you can get $1 slices from pizza places like Difara, Forcella, Two Boots, with every dollar you spend being matched by sponsors and going directly to the Food Bank for New York City. You can also buy raffle tickets for $1, snacks and drinks.

Get there at 6pm or as close to it as possible because the event only lasts until the pizza runs out. You can see which pizza places are participating here.

Win Two Tickets to See Girl Talk, Moby and More at Escape Music Festival

The Escape Music Festival, a two day indie rock and electronic music event, will be held at Governor’s Island Beach Club next weekend, October 11 and 12 and we want to send one lucky reader and a friend to the festival.

The full lineup includes Girl Talk, Moby (DJ Set), Placebo, Yeasayer, Mayer Hawthorne, The Joy Formidable, The Crystal Method, Ra Ra Riot, STRFKR (DJ Set), Moon Boots, Bakermat, Neon Indian, Plastic Plates & Sam Sparro (DJ Set), Wolf & Lamb, ASTR, Tesla Boy, Anoraak, Basecamp, JDH and Dave P, Follow Me, The Most Definitely.

Tickets start at $65 for single day tickets or $109 for the full weekend. To keep up with breaking news about the concert, you can do so on Facebook.

Want to win two tickets to the festival for Saturday and Sunday? Enter the form below. If you are an email subscriber, visit 89thandbroke.com and fill out the form. Good luck!
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Hill and Bay Celebrates Anniversary with Specials

Hill and Bay at the corner of 32nd and 2nd is celebrating its first anniversary with specials  all week long. Enjoy two happy hours from 4-7pm and 10pm -til close. Thanks to our former co-blogger Caryn for sharing this tip!

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