Okay, I’ve since abandoned my pear and my stomach feels kinda queasy, but you can’t blame me for clicking on a headline like “The Best Placenta Recipes on the Internet!”
Because I bet you will, too.
You suck, Cheap Bastard.
P.S. Placenta ice cream should be the new breast milk ice cream.2 Comments »
Not all of us are rich like these guys. Some of us gotta make a living to eat, and some of us gotta eat to make a living. I think I fall somewhere in between both categories. If you’re like me and you like to stand in line for free gift cards and whatnot, you’ll probably appreciate these three events happening tomorrow:
Uno. At the grand opening of Salata in Uptown tomorrow, the salad bar chain is giving away Salata gift cards ranging from $5 to $50 to the first fifty customers who walks through that door. You can also get $5 salads and wraps with free soup all day. The fun starts tomorrow at 11 a.m. 3000 Blackburn St., 214-599-8507.
Dos. As part of the Irving Eco-Film Fest this year, i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar will be showing two films about the green movement. Free admission with complimentary appetizers. The full menu is also available.
Jump for the love of free food. Continue reading "Free Food Alert! 3 Ways to Save Money on Thursday, April 18"
Both Norma locations are giving away free sandwiches in honor of National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on Thursday, April 12, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. to dine-in customers only. While supplies last.
During the month of April, the Dallas Public Library, D Magazine, and D Academy have partnered up for something called The Big Read, a month-long program to get the entire city of Dallas to read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 together. This morning, a bunch of volunteers handed out free special edition copies of Fahrenheit 451 at DART stations to kick off the initiative. There are only 25,000 copies of this edition, which includes a D logo and a note to readers on the first page. 21,000 copies have already gone out to DISD students, and the remaining books are going to the people of Dallas.
This is where you, dear SideDishers, come in.
We’re giving away 24 copies of Fahrenheit 451 on SideDish. All you have to do is tell us what Fahrenheit 451 means to you in the comments below. Each winner will receive two copies of the book: one for you, and one for a person you run into during the day (not a relative or co-worker). It’s kind of like a pay-it-forward thing. We ask that you post a photo of you and your new friend (with the books) on Facebook or Instagram afterwards. I’ll choose 12 winners at 12 p.m. on Wednesday. You’ll have to come to D Magazine’s office to pick up your prize.9 Comments »
Ham I Am is drawing a lucky winner today for one glorious free ham. All you gotta do is “like” its Facebook page, and they’ll select a ham fan for a very special Easter present.
They’d also like you to know that tomorrow is the LAST DAY to order by delivery. Check out this handy dandy ham ordering guide if you don’t know what you want. Call Sharon or her daughter Meghan at 800-742-6426 for a hammy good time on Easter.
From Cafe Brazil’s Facebook page:
Cafe Brazil’s Annual “Crepe Fest” is here!
FREE CREPES Tuesday, March 19th
*All Crepes…All locations…All Day
*from 6 am( or open) until 9 pm
*While supplies last
*Valid for dine-in ONLY
*One per customer
MUST purchase a drink
MUST show proof of fan status on any mobile device
Alright, folks. Savor Dallas is happening this weekend (Thursday through Sunday) and the lineup/schedule/whatever you call it looks ahhhmazing. This year, they’ve added a few new events: Savor Trinity Groves, Wine Stroll at the Perot, and Savor the Arboretum. This is, of course, in addition to the usual Wine Panel Tasting Seminar, Global Wine and Cheese Celebration, Reserve Tasting (sold out), and International Grand Tasting (always fun).
If you haven’t bought tickets yet, I’d do so, like, NOW. Tickets are running out every second. Somewhere, someone else is pressing the “Buy Tickets” button and creating a slimmer chance for you to have the best. weekend. of. your. life.
The Dallas Arboretum is being extremely generous by giving away a pair of tickets to its Savor the Arboretum event on Sunday, March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. They’re calling it an “upscale St. Patrick’s Day celebration.” I guess it is, since everything there is sorta green.
Delight in the breathtaking beauty of spring as you stroll through the garden sampling premium wines, beers and spirits. You will also enjoy delectable food samplings from some of Dallas’s finest kitchens. You will receive your own crystal tasting glass as a memento of this wonderful evening in the garden. Proceeds from this evening will go to support the Education Department at the Dallas Arboretum.
Each ticket to Savor the Arboretum is actually worth $65, so a pair is valued at $130. Wowza. The Arboretum is saving you quite a sum of money. You interested? Tell us your favorite wine memory of all time in the comments below. (Credit goes to Liz for coming up with this prompt.) I’ll choose a winner on Thursday, March 14 at 5 p.m.
A nice, generous person sent me an email this morning, offering to give away a pair of tickets valued at $200. If you wish to attend the YW’s Sip ‘N Savor event on Thursday, February 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with busybee chef Sharon Hage and wine-a**-kicker Barbara Werley, you should tell me why you deserve these tickets down in the comments below. These tickets are for a good cause (benefitting low-income women), the food and wine is bound to be mind-blowing, and there’s no way I’m giving this pair to just anybody. Sell me your story. I’ll email the winner of the best comment below tomorrow (Feb 27) at 4:00 p.m.
P.S. The nice person adds: “There will be a wine pull with some of Werley’s selection, and an auction item, too, for a private tour and tasting at Colgin Cellars “IX Estate” Winery, which is a private, state-of-the-art facility set on a mountaintop overlooking Lake Hennessey.”
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One thing I love about MOOYAH people: They’re always giving away free stuff. And I think they know how much I like free stuff, so they’re always telling me about it. True, I’m a sucker. Since today is the only day you can get a free turkey burger with any drink purchase at MOOYAH, guess what I’ll be doing tonight?
Buying a drink at MOOYAH and celebrating with my free turkey burger.
Also, MOOYAH is starting to carry jalapeño ketchup. In case you were wondering.
It’s cold outside, and nobody wants to go out. Let’s play a game, shall we? The person who correctly guesses where this pasta dish comes from will win a
surprise prize, picked by yours truly. (Update: The restaurant has offered to give away a gift certificate.)
At the end of the week (Friday at noon), I’ll announce the origins of this photo and the winner will receive an email. Sound good? Good. Let the games begin.
Update on 1/18/13: This baked chicken Parmesan pasta comes from….[drum roll, please]… CiCi’s Pizza. Desiree shot this prototype/test idea that was made in a CiCi’s outside of Dallas. Tricky, I know. CiCi’s is currently developing three other pastas – carbonara, Italian meatball, and roasted garlic veggie – that they might launch. Some of you guys (like the Olive Garden guesser) came pretty close. I’m impressed. We’ll do this again, but not with a prototype. I promise not to be as mean next time.51 Comments »
Okay, friends. Two important things:
1. Alan C. Lowe, director of the new George W. Bush Presidential Library, is presenting his mission and plans for the biblioteca at Highland Park Cafeteria. He’ll have tips on how the public can get involved and give a preview of the opening events for the library. This, libraryophiles, should be reason enough to attend this free event on Sunday, January 13, at 5 p.m.
2. But, wait! All attendees of this event will also receive a free chicken pot pie (one of W’s favorite food), and a limited number of Bush Library memorabilia will be given away to attendees. This is one heckuva free dinner and show.
Happy Back-To-Work Day for all of you! To alleviate your sadness, we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the 29th annual Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival on November 30, which takes place inside the Irving Convention Center at 7 p.m. It’s a festival celebrating French and American vintages with cancans, caricatures, French music, and mimes. Eat (small bites from places like Boulevardier and Cadot, just to name a few). Drink (wines from Bourdeaux and Rhone Valley). And make merry on a Friday night, like all you vinos know how to do.
To enter this giveaway, tell us your favorite French wine in the comments below. We’ll pick a winner on Wednesday at noon, and that lucky person’s name will be placed at will call.
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My eyes almost can’t believe this email that the Idle Rich Pub sent me. Read on, soldier, and see for yourself.
Our friend and neighbor in Uptown, Brett Landes of the Landes Group wants us to help him give away approximately two hundred tickets to the Mavericks’ home game Monday, November 19th against the Golden State Warriors. These are good lower bowl seats (all seats in one or two hundred sections) and are free. No catch! We will be giving out tickets at the Idle Rich Pub tonight starting at 5pm on a first come basis. Limit two tickets per person.
Happy Thanksgiving and thanks Brett!
Every year, the Dallas Travel & Adventure Show blows by at the Dallas Convention Center, bringing you a taste of foreign and exotic places to visit. It’s probably one of the most torturous expos for people with very few vacation days left in 2012, but fun for those who have time to spare. Last year, I watched a Fiery Foods Challenge and the winner of a cooking competition earn two tickets for a Yucatan vacation. Dang. Friends, this could be your chance to get away. I bet you’re already eyeing that two-night stay at Pearl South Padre Resort, which the Travel & Adventure Show is giving away as a door prize this year. The whole shebang runs from November 10-11 at the Dallas Convention Center.
To win a free pair of tickets, just follow the simple instructions down below. I’ll pick a random winner on Wednesday, 11/7, at noon.
Jump to view the schedule for chefs who’ll be there this weekend.
Somehow the suits up at Taco Bueno headquarters got wind of the fact that Anthony Bourdain has never eaten Taco Bueno before, which he admitted in an interview with us last week. The Bueno guys are being very generous today. I have in my possession 12 cards worth $10 each that you can use on November 5 and 6. Taco Bueno is doing this thing called “Guac the Vote” all day on November 6. Anyone who goes in and says they’ve voted gets free guac and chips. This means if you go to Taco Bueno on November 6 and show them one of these little cards, you can get free lunch and guac and chips. What a deal. Nay, what a steal!
Okay, here’s how to play the game and win one of these 12 cards: Create a TV show starring Anthony Bourdain. In 150 words or less, tell us what you’d have him do. Eat Taco Bueno? Brave the weather in the Arctic? It’s up to you. We’ll pick twelve winners by tomorrow (Tuesday) at the end of the day (5:00 p.m.). Winners can either pick up the gift cards up from our office or have them mailed directly.9 Comments »
Highland Park resident Robin Bagwell decided to celebrate her 50th birthday in the most magnanimous way she knew how: She rented out a food truck to feed an entire community.
Ruthie’s Rolling Café parked in front of the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at the Juanita J. Craft Center this morning and treated those in the area to free bacon and sausage breakfast sandwiches. Bagwell rented out the food truck, owned by one of her friends, and rang in her milestone birthday in an unusual manner.
“My friends don’t want to go eat another birthday meal so I figured I would do something different,” Bagwell said.
Community members, DHWI patients and staff, and a handful of Bagwell’s friends turned up to the event to celebrate the birthday and score free breakfast. Continue reading "A Highland Park Resident Rents Out Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe"7 Comments »
Thanks to all of you who participated in the two SideDish discussions (Bloggers v Journalists and Restaurants Beware of Food Writers who Expect Freebies). I thought the two posts brought up some great points and readers conducted an intelligent discussion. Apparently the restaurant industry and PR agencies took note. And I think we’re about to see some upgrades on how business is conducted.
Last night, someone forwarded me an email blast sent out by Nicki Patel at Strauss Marketing . She addresses “the people we normally deal with.”
Hope your week is off to a great start! In light of recent events and blogs, notably on D Side Dish at the end of last week, we are taking a step back and looking at how PR professionals and bloggers can better work together taking into account FTC guidelines. Several of our clients read the blog and comments, and have asked us to find a way to better evaluate their business decisions on offering complimentary products/dinners/experiences.
As a service to them we are asking that you please submit your most recent numbers on readership so that we may keep that on file. You are welcome to send over Google analytics, subscription numbers on feed burner (or other reliable sources), or any other tool you may use to track your readership, etc. Also, we know that some of you write not only for your blog, but occasionally for other publications as well. Please include that information so we are able to effectively pitch you on items that are appropriate and refrain from flooding your inboxes.
We know that is not a hard and fast number to base decisions on, but it is a start for us to be able to explain to our clients why offering up products/dinners/experiences is a smart idea. Thank you for your help on this and we hope to continue working with you in the future!
Kudos to Strauss Marketing for opening the door. “We felt your blog post addressed a situation that we deal with on an on going basis,”Patel said. “We saw this as an opportunity for us to address it as well.” Patel told me this morning she has already received “stats and information” from some on the list.
Hopefully the market will correct itself and restaurateurs won’t have to fear negative reviews from unaccredited bloggers and PR professionals won’t have to accommodate every person with a blog. There is a happy medium, or shall I say media, out there waiting to give you your money’s worth.15 Comments »
This post is brought to you by SideDish, where we care about your dental hygiene. – Liz Johnstone
Sometimes Jason, the Web Editor, gets weird packages. One time he received this horrible Monarch butterfly book that I’m sure he’s never read. Yesterday, in the mail, Jason received two tubes of (what he likes to call) “toothpaste from the Gods.” The brand is Theodent. If you study Theodent’s website carefully, you’ll notice that the black box of toothpaste is priced at $10, which is not-too-outrageously priced. But the white box of toothpaste, called Theodent 300, is worth $99.99. We all know that those nines are mere trickery. This toothpaste costs a one hundred dollars. In total, both tubes are worth $110.
Jason’s a Crest kind-of-guy, so he doesn’t really need toothpastes made from diamonds and topped with real gold caps. That is why we are giving these toothpastes away! The box claims that Theodent toothpastes use a “non-toxic revolutionary new additive to toothpaste” that’s found in a “compound that occurs naturally in chocolate.” Whatever this compound is, I hope it tastes like chocolate made by an emperor’s baby soft hands.
So here’s the fun part: To enter the giveaway, tell us the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever spent $100 on. I will pick one random winner from the comments below and send that winner an email. The contest officially closes on Wednesday, September 25, at 4 p.m.
Jump and read Krista Nightengale’s review of the toothpaste.35 Comments »
I just got off the phone with Corey Pond, one of the organizers behind this whole Untapped Festival shebang that’s happening on Saturday, September 8 from 1 to 11 p.m. Not only is there going to be an incredible lineup of Indie rock bands (The Burning Hotels, David Dondero, The Eastern Sea, etc.) at Trinity Groves, but there’s also going to be 50 different breweries with well over 100 beers at this thing. Holy cow. And 20-30 beers are rare and limited editions. Some of them have been brewed especially for this event, like Deep Ellum Brewing Co.’s green tea and sriracha ace (of the hop variety), Peticolas’ vanilla bean velvet hammer, and Rahr’s barrel-aged chile beer.
If you’d like two free tickets to the Untapped Festival, tell us what your favorite local beer is down below in the comments. The ticket winner gets two concert + beer tickets (each valued at $30), which includes a 2 oz. glass so you can sample 12 different kinds of beer. I’ll pick the random winner at 5:30 p.m. today, and that person (with a legit email address) will find out how to claim his or her tickets.
Last week I gave away four $50 gift cards to Central Market. Those lucky folks will be getting their prizes in the mail by the end of this week. If you missed out on the fun, here’s your chance to redeem your good fortune.
Today I’m giving away a $50 gift card to eatZi’s.
If you enjoy lingering inside eatZi’s, sampling its bread and cheese as much as I do, you should enter our drawing right here. EatZi’s actually won our Readers’ Pick for Best Gourmet Shop and Best Bakery for Bread in our Best of Big D issue this year. Pretty baller, eh?
I’ll pick one winner by 5 p.m. at the end of today, so hurry up and enter your name for free grocery money!