Start the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Par-tay early at its Pre-Party Event: It’s Free.
A friend recently drove through a Starbucks Drive-Thru and when she got to the window to pay, the employee told her that her Coffee had been paid for by the anonymous person in front of her. She only remembers it was a lady. The gesture made my friend’s day, an otherwise bad one in other ways. It came at the right time and she’s still talking about it. Now I’m going to do it! And it doesn’t need to happen at a Starbucks – Any drive-thru will do, like El Pollo Loco, unless there are too many people in the car behind you, ha. You decide.
In celebration of the Whole Foods Market soon to open in Newport Beach on September 19th, 2012, they want YOU to show them a photo that captures what you love most about Newport Beach, and they’re giving away prizes. I’ll be writing more about all, as I’m poised to shop there for a big dinner I’ve got planned. Come back to see how it goes down. It’ll be good.
Dress like a cow and get FREE Chicken – Bailee of Kids in the Kitchen recently stayed up until 3:00 a.m. with a friend laughingly making cow costumes for Chick-Fil-A‘s 8th Annual Cow Appreciation Day. I’ve loved Chick-Fil-A for years (especially their Original Sandwich with extra Pickles, Coleslaw and/or Nuggets with Chick-Fil-A Sauce), but I think the girl’s experience was worth more than the free Chicken. Check out The Best Cow Costume Contest here.
Much work went into the preparation of this list — The Birthday (Food) Freebies List. It’s a notable compilation, though we have not verified all. Do you know the restaurants? We’re familiar with most of them. How many stops can you schedule on your birthday? It might be fun to make an entire day of it. We’ll surely document it when it happens. I know a few birthdays coming up. Anyone game? More birthday freebies are listed here, here and here.
|Restaurant:||Birthday Gift Freebie:|
|Amato’s Sandwich Shop||Free large Amato’s original 9″ cheese pizza or a cheese pazzo bread.|
|Applebee’s||Signup form claims a free dessert.|
|Arby’s||Free 12oz. milkshake with any purchase.|
|Atlanta Bread Company||Free cookie.|
|Au Bon Pain||Free sandwich or salad.|
|Auntie Anne’s Pretzels||Free BOGO coupon for any pretzel item.|
|Bakers Square||Free slice of pie with any adult entree purchase.|
|Baskin Robbins||Free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream or a swirl of soft serve.|
|Beef ‘O’ Brady’s||Free dessert with the purchase of any entree.|
|Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream||You become a Chunk Spelunker and get a free scoop of ice cream plus $3 off an ice cream cake!|
|Benihana’s Japanese Restaurant||$30 gift certificate.|
|bd’s Mongolian Grill||Free stir-fry meal.|
|Biggby Coffee||A snail mailed coupon for a free grande beverage.|
|BJ’s Restaurants||Free Pizookie dessert (otherwise known as a delicious dessert).|
|Black Angus Steakhouse||Free BOGO steak dinner, up to $19.99.|
|Black Dear Diner||Free dessert with any food purchase.|
|Boston Market||Free individual dessert with purchase of any create your plate meal.|
|Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza||Free flatbread.|
|Bonanza Steakhouse||BOGO coupon for one free steak or buffet.|
|Brio Tuscan Grille||Free filet and crab shrimp cake.|
|Bruegger’s||Free cookie and an e-mail with a goofy looking mascot.|
|Bruster’s||Free BOGO coupon for a waffle cone.|
|Buca di Beppo||Free small appetizer for groups up to 5. Free large appetizer for groups of 6 or more.|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Free dessert.|
|Captain D’s||Your choice of a 2 piece fish dinner, fish & shrimp dinner, or season tilapia dinner.|
|Caribou Coffee||Free medium drink.|
|Carrabba’s Italian Grill||Free dessert with purchase of an entree.|
|Chili’s||Free brownie sundae.|
|Country Buffet||$3 off a regular adult dinner.|
|Country Kitchen||Free dinner entree up to $8 in value with valid ID.|
|Culver’s||Free one-scoop sundae.|
|Dairy Queen||One BOGO coupon for a free mini, small or medium blizzard.|
|Daphne’s Greek Cafe||Free entree. They also promise the meal will be delicious.|
|Del Taco||Free premium milkshake.|
|Dickey’s Barbecue Pit||BOGO coupon for one free BBQ sandwich.|
|Dippin’ Dots||Free small cup of Dippin’ Dots.|
|Don Pablos||$10 gift certificate.|
|Einstein Bros Bagels||Free breakfast sandwich when you buy any drink.|
|El Chicos||Free fried ice cream.|
|El Torito||Free entree.|
|Famous Dave’s Barbeque||Free dessert with the purchase of an entree.|
|Firehouse Subs||Free medium celebratory sub with valid ID.|
|Flat Top Grill||Free stir fry, however they’re planning on changing this to a $5 off coupon.|
|Fox and Hound||Free BOGO coupon for any entree.|
|Friendly’s||Free single cone with any Friendly’s purchase.|
|Fuddruckers||Free 1/3 lb. burger with the purchase of another Fudd’s entree.|
|Genghis Grill||Free birthday bowl.|
|Glory Days Grill||Free Oreo sliders.|
|Gold Star Chili||Free meal.|
|Gordon Biersch||Free BOGO coupon for an entree.|
|Great American Cookies||Free cookie cake slice with the purchase of a regular soda. Because nothing goes with a cookie like sugar water.|
|Hometown Buffet||Free BOGO adult dinner buffet.|
|Hooters||10 free wings.|
|Houlihan’s||Free menu item up to $15.|
|HuHot Mongolian Grill||Free grill meal.|
|IHOP||Free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity breakfast. In English, that means two eggs, 2 bacon strips, 2 sausage links, and two pancakes.|
|Jack in the Box||Free dessert with a valid ID and the printable coupon.|
|Jason’s Deli||$5 off any item.|
|Jersey Mike’s||Free regular sub and 22 oz. fountain drink.|
|Joe’s Crab Shack||Free appetizer.|
|Johnny Rockets||Free hamburger with the purchase of any entree and drink. So basically a BOGO.|
|Juice It Up||Free BOGO 24 oz. smoothie.|
|Keg Steakhouse and Bar||Free 10 oz. Prime Rib classic dinner and caesar salad for US visitors only and you must sign up a month in advance.|
|Keva Juice||Free 24 oz. regular blend smoothie.|
|Krispy Kreme||Good question.|
|la Madeleine||Free pastry.|
|Logan’s Roadhouse||Free Nutter Butter Fudgeslide with any entree purchase.|
|LongHorn Steakhouse||A delicious free dessert.|
|Maggianos||Coupon for $10 off any check of $30 or more.|
|Maggie Moo’s||Free ice cream cone.|
|Marble Slab Creamery||Free ice cream cone.|
|Marie Callenders||$5 coupon and a free slice of pie.|
|McAlister’s Deli||$5 coupon. I’m starting to see a pattern here.|
|Memphis BBQ||Free entree up to $20.|
|Mimis Cafe||Free entree up to $10 value with any $20 check.|
|Moe’s Southwest Grill||One free entree (excluding fajitas) as well as free chips and salsa.|
|Ninety Nine||Free dessert|
|Noodles & Company||Free bowl of soup.|
|Not Your Average Joe’s||Free entree and dessert.|
|O’Charley’s||$5 coupon with any $20 food purchase.|
|Old Country Buffet||Free BOGO adult dinner buffet.|
|On The Border||Free dip trio or brownie sundae.|
|Orange Julius||Free BOGO 20 oz. Julius or premium fruit smoothie.|
|Papa Murphy’s||Free cookie dough with the purchase of any pizza.|
|Planet Smoothie||Free small smoothie.|
|Ponderosa||Free steak dinner|
|Qdoba Mexican Grill||BOGO free entree coupon.|
|Red Lobster||$5 off two adult entrees.|
|Red Robin||Free Gourmet Burger if you pick up a Red Royalty Card at your local restaurant and then register it online.|
|Rita’s Italian Ice||Free regular Italian Ice.|
|Romanos Macaroni Grill||Free slice of chocolate cake.|
|Ruby Tuesday||Free handcrafted burger of your choice.|
|Ryan’s||Free BOGO adult dinner buffet.|
|Schlotzsky’s||Free small sandwich.|
|Sharis Restaurant||Free slice of pie.|
|Smokey Bones||Free slice of cake.|
|Smoothie King||BOGO coupon for a free 20 oz. smoothie.|
|Sonic||Free regular cream slush, medium tator tots, or medium drink.|
|Souper Salad||Free lunch or dinner buffet.|
|Spaghetti Warehouse||Free spaghetti entree and spumoni sundae.|
|Spicy Pickle||Free entree.|
|Steak ‘n Shake||Free Double Steakburger with Cheese ‘n Fries.|
|Sticky Fingers||This might be my favorite offer yet. You get a free half-slab of ribs or any other menu item priced up to $13.99.|
|Taco Bueno||Free cheesecake chimichangas with the purchase of any entree.|
|Taco Cabana||Free flauta plate, which includes 3 chicken flautas with rice, beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and 2 fresh flour tortillas.|
|Taco Del Mar||TBD|
|Taco John’s||Free cini-sopapilla bites. I’ve never had these before, but if they’re as delicious as they are hard to spell, I’m excited.|
|TCBY||Free small cup of frozen yogurt and $3 off a cake or pie.|
|Ted’s Montana Grill||Free cookie and ice cream dessert.|
|Texas De Brazil||Free BOGO coupon for a dinner.|
|Texas Roadhouse||Free appetizer or sidekick of ribs.|
|T.G.I. Friday’s||Free dessert with the purchase of an entree.|
|Tony Roma’s||Free entree up to $15.99.|
|Tropical Smoothie Cafe||Free smoothie.|
|Waffle House||Free waffle.|
|Wendy’s||$1 off any premium combo.|
|Which Wich||Free regular Wich (AKA sandwich).|
|Wienerschnitzel||One free corndog.|
|Wingstop||Free large fresh cut seasoned fries.|
|Zaxby’s||Free nibbler and free meal deal.|
|Zoes Kitchen||Free BOGO coupon for an entree.|
|Z’ Tejas||$10 coupon.|
Happy Birthday to you, whenever it may be…
You can volunteer there too — Mary’s has been feeding Orange County’s homeless since 1984.
The kids really like going and it gives them much appreciation for what they have.
Most often seen in trendy Hotels, I recall — And that still seems to be the “case” with respect to the soda cans above. This time they’re at the W in Hollywood at the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Red Carpet Event. More about the elusive cans and event are here. Moving on.
The purpose of this post is to announce the winner of the ICBINB! Giveaway. We appreciate all entries. And the WINNER is… Ms. A. Thompson from Signal Hill, California – We’ll soon be in touch regarding your stylish prize. Speaking of style, our Guest Blogger and Interior Designer, Bonnie writes about her point of view on the event. Her report follows.
The Fabulous Features of the “Fantastic” Suite — They claim there are only two “Fantastic” suites at the W Hotel in Hollywood, which is appropriately situated at the iconic intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Streets. This is where we spent the latter part of our Oscar Sunday afternoon. “Our” stunning suite had killer angles, floor to ceiling views and not one, but two glamorous rooftop decks to check out the Hollywood vibe going on below us.
The Suite – and indeed, the entire hotel lobby – offers contemporary design along with a bold color scheme to create the ultimate Hollywood experience. Every detail was impeccable, from the flowers to the design of the food servers themselves. In my interior designers mind, the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! food was impeccably served and we all had fun along with fabulous service. Here’s a BIG Shout Out to all the women involved in setting us up in the stunning Fantastic Suite at the W Hotel. They rocked it!
Behind the scenes with Food Bloggers on Oscar day at Siren Studios in Hollywood – Cool stuff. I had the pleasure of meeting the talented and nice people behind Food Flirt, The Duo Dishes, In Erika’s Kitchen, Run Eat Repeat, Rockin’ Mama, Romy Raves and ICBINB!
A Toast to the Red Carpet by ICBINB! with Molly Sims, Carson Kressley and Brooke Burke.
Siren Studios wait area or S for Shelly — Hhhmmmm.
Leaving studio on the way to the W, just a couple blocks away.
A Champagne toast in the mirror and the option of Toast with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!
More information about the dishes and RECIPES are HERE.
My favorite was the Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes pictured above.
Added to all from the W were Kobe Beef Sliders (above).
Off the Fantastic Suite was an outdoor lounge set with Beer, Wine, Champagne and Sodas.
And beyond the outdoor lounge was another patio across the street from the Pantages.
If you got through all that and still want to be entered into a DRAWING to WIN a classy Ralph Lauren Serving Tray, (4) Champagne Glasses, Wine Charms and decorative Butter Knife, do (1) of these things before March 8th ends PST.
We’ll draw (1) name from all entries and notify him/her/you on March 9th with a CONGRATULATIONS! You may enter once a day via any means noted above. If you already Like Nibbles of Tidbits on Facebook (and probably don’t, hahaha), a subsequent comment there or here will count as an entry. Good luck and thanks ICBINB! Peeps.
A Bedazzled I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! is the real star here — It wore more than Toast.
What are you wearing I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!? These Fashion Experts want to know.
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! is going places, and Nibbles of Tidbits will soon offer a GIVEAWAY and report about the happenings this Oscar day in Hollywood at Siren Studios.
Who, what, where and when showing soon — And related blog report(s) to be linked.
Spread your mind after Toast.
Experimenting with Picnik Premium Photo Editing, available to all for FREE until April, when Picnik packs up for Google town — They’ll no longer be growing grass and cueing bird songs. We’ll miss Picnik in the Spring, and hereby toast to them with a plan for a real picnic. Cheers!
IHOP’s Seventh Annual National Pancake Day will be happening on Tuesday, February 28th. All day long, IHOP restaurants will be serving each guest a FREE Short Stack of Buttermilk Pancakes hoping they’ll donate what they would have paid, or more, to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. This year, the restaurant chain aims to raise $2.7 million, their most ambitious goal to date. Mark your calendar to consume and contribute.
Note: In my own International Apartment of Pancakes, a Dutch Baby (pictured) was created.
Do you “want to be part of the NYE Midnight Drop” they asked me? Two seats on the pictured Super Shot are up for grabs, if I want them. Part of me thinks it would be a fun way to start the new year, and the other part thinks, no thanks! I appreciate the offer, but already up in the air in circumstance — That aside, 22/1 are the current odds of winning (2) Tickets to the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party. Enter here now. Winner to be drawn Christmas Day.
The odds are good for the locals — I know most readers aren’t in the neighborhood, but if you are, the chance of winning (2) Tickets to the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party is 17/1. To be entered to win them, leave a comment here and/or see our previous report for more ways to enter. You may enter once a day until Christmas. Odds subject to change.
You could be toasting with a Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog at midnight – Good luck!
We Wake And Bake Every Morning — Hhhmmmm, sounds a bit suspicious. Pushing the envelope again I see, wink wink. It’s sex, drugs and rock and roll in advertising. How about some rock and roll, without a cow? Okay, for now a FREE Biscuit will do. Thanks Carl’s.
Line up Wednesday morning, November 16th for a FREE Hardee’s Made From Scratch Sausage Biscuit at Carl’s Jr. During breakfast hours, walk into a Carl’s Jr. and ask for YOUR Biscuit. No purchase necessary — Eat in or walk out, it’s all yours. So, how many Carl’s can you hit in the morning? Puddy says just ask the 8-Ball.
Thanks go to LUCCA Cafe for recognizing our valuable Veterans this Veteran’s Day.
On November 11th at LUCCA Cafe in Irvine, active duty military personnel and Veterans may enjoy a FREE LUNCH. It’s being offered in honor of Chef Cathy Pavlov’s father, late Corporal Robert L. Shellrecht, pictured above. We would like to thank him and ALL those who came before and after for their service to our great country — No one is more deserving.
If you’re one of those special people, mark your calendar and claim your justified meal.
Note: Photos courtesy of LUCCA Cafe, Mediterranean dining (and more) in Orange County.
Do you know where to find 100 Gourmet Food Trucks, an Angels Baseball Skill Camp, a Budweiser Beer Garden, a SOCO Certified Farmer’s Market, Free Snack Giveaways, Live Entertainment, Cooking and Eating Competitions, an Import Car Show, Shopping and a Skyy Vodka VIP Lounge??? All can be found in one place this Saturday, August 27th at the 2011 OC Foodie Fest taking place at Angel Stadium from Noon – 6PM. Hope to see you there.
Cost Plus World Market is a terrific place to find unique food items. We’ve previously reported about a few of them. What would you buy with a $2,000 Gift Card? YOU could win it and a trip to the Greek Theatre to see the Go-Go’s with (10) of your best friends. Please choose ME or YOU. I’d pick up several bottles of Champagne at Cost Plus and we’d be Beauty and the Beat on the way to the Greek. Enter before July 23, 2011. Good luck!
Have you tried Houston’s BBQ Pork Ribs aka Knife & Fork Ribs? They’re some of the best I’ve had and a model for how I want my Baby Back Ribs to be. And I’m content knowing I’ve previously accomplished it, BUT sometimes there’s not the time, nor grill, then what?
The above Baby Back Ribs were baked in the oven at 400° for 1 hour wrapped in foil (fat/meat side down), then unwrapped, turned over and lathered with BBQ Sauce and cooked 20 – 30 minutes longer unwrapped. Below is how they looked, prior to turning to sauce.
And separately below we experimented with a Dry Rub on a different slab of Baby Back Ribs.
Last year at the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival in San Francisco, I was given a Brown Sugar Pork Rub developed by Tyler Florence. I finally tried it on this second slab of Ribs. And to compound the test, we cooked them as described above, but at 225° for 3 hours.
The consensus, the slower cooked Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs fell apart while cutting, not attractive for serving, and unnecessary since the top Ribs cooked in half the time and were perfectly tender. That recipe is from Delicious House. It’s a keeper happily collected, posted and linked here for future use.
And I’m sorry to report that I wasn’t excited by Tyler’s Brown Sugar Pork Rub, and it sounded so good too, but Salt and Pepper worked better on the first slab of Baby Backs, a winner.
Cheez-It wants YOU to choose the next Cheez-It flavor. They recently introduced Baby Swiss and are now looking to add another flavor – Asiago, Colby or Romano. Which sounds best to you? We’re still unsure. Six of us tried ‘em all, but couldn’t agree. Our votes were split between all three. That’s not very helpful to Kelloggs, but we enjoyed eating them all.
I like that Pinkberry is always coming up with something new — Right now they’re making hearts swirl by introducing the Pinkberry Swirly Gram. It’s a unique Valentine’s Day Treat that’s delivered. You can send one now through Valentine’s Day. Learn how to here.
Pre-Valentine’s Day I happily received a Cupid’s Swirl with a Swirly Spree, respectively translated, a Chocolate Frozen Yogurt with Brownie Bites, Raspberries and Shaved Milk Chocolate, and a gift-wrapped Pinkberry Gift Card – All was hand delivered to my office with balloons and a smile.
Didn’t get a photo of Cupid’s Swirl before melting, but you can tell it’s good. Senders choose from 3 flavors – Chocolate as described, or Blood Orange Yogurt with Blood Orange Pieces and Waffle Cookies, or PB’s Original Yogurt with Toasted Almonds, Strawberries and Dark Chocolate Crisps. All combinations sound perfect to me. I have to try the Blood Orange.
Thank you Pinkberry — I only inhaled the helium from one balloon.
Three who shared in the delivery experience and consumption agreed the Yogurt and toppings were excellent and it was a fun distraction at the office. Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday.
The day looked brighter as I went back to my office.
I sent the Swirly Spree to a nostalgic friend who reported to like Pinkberry this very day. Good timing for him – It went to a good home. Enjoy! We sure did. See earlier reports here.