Winner of Noodles & Company Gift Pack!

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Dec 122011

Thanks for all the entries on the Noodles & Company Gift Pack Giveaway, it was fun to see which Mac & Cheese you’d like to try.  I plan to try all of them sometime soon but I am most interested in the Truffle Mac, as it seems were the majority of those who responded:

There were 26 entries, I used a Random Number Generator to pick a number

Comment #9 and the Winner is first time commenter ………

Congrats, Gina! Please contact me with your address so I can get you your package of goodies!

Dec 102011

Please forgive my absence of late, but I hope to  redeem myself by offering a Gift Pack Giveaway sponsored by Noodles & Company….

Mac & Cheese; it sounds great on a cold winter day, doesn’t it?  Noodles & Company has always offered Wisconsin Mac & Cheese but for a limited time they are also offering Grown-Up Mac & Cheese varieties including Bacon Mac & Cheeseburger, Chili Mac and Truffle Mac with Baby Portabellas otherwise known as “Fancy Pants.

This weekend I am going to give one lucky reader the opportunity to try one of these Grown Up Mac & Cheese varieties as well as a few other goodies.

The Gift Pack includes:

  • two Free Bowls at Noodles & Company
  • one Mac Mommy T-Shirt
  • one Mac Kiddo T-Shirt
  • one Noodles & Company apron
  • one Lip Balm

I will select a winner Monday evening, December 12th, 2011 at 9pm. To enter:

1. Leave a comment and tell me which of these Grown -Up Mac dishes you would like to try (1 entry)

2. Share this Giveaway on Facebook (1 entry if you leave a separate comment telling me you did this)

3. Share this Giveaway on Twitter (1 entry if you leave a separate comment telling me you did this)

Oct 142011

Today my friends at Eversave are offering a Save on Pizza & Drinks at Station 280, conveniently located between the University of Minnesota Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.  2554 Como Ave Saint Paul, MN  55108 (651) 233-2165

Details of the Save:

  • $12 for $25 worth of food and drink at Station 280
  • Dine in or take out great pizzas like the BBQ chicken, taco, and margarita

Doesn’t pizza sound good?
If you think so, make sure you scoop up this Save today and make sure to enter this latest Giveaway….
Another Giveaway? Yep!
This Sunday evening  I am going to Giveaway one of these certificates to two lucky readers, each worth $25.
Entering is easy.  Simply leave a comment on this post by 6pm CDT Sunday 10/16/11 and tell me your favorite pizza toppings.  The two winners will be announced shortly thereafter.
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Oct 122011

Do you like to go out to eat?

Do you like to save money?

Who doesn’t, right?  I’ve made it no secret here on the Twin Cities Restaurant Blog that I love a good deal.  Simply check out all the links in the left sidebar under Coupons & Other Deals.

I’ve got a new one to tell you about today…..

iDine is a free rewards program where you can earn up to 15% back by dining at any of our 10,000 restaurants and bars nationwide. Enroll with your credit/debit card and then all you have to do is eat, earn and enjoy! Every time you visit a participating location, pay for your meal with the debit or credit card you registered with, complete a quick survey about your experience (emailed to you after your visit) and your savings are tracked and released to you as an American Express Reward Card.

The percentage you can earn is based on your level of activity in the program over the course of the year (by anniversary date):

Level One: Earn 5% back when your annual dining amount at participating locations is under $250

Level Two: Bump up to 10% back when your annual dining amount at participating locations is between $250 to $749

Level Three: You’re a professional diner and therefore earn 15% back when your annual dining amount at participating locations is $750 or more

iDine branded American Express Reward Cards are mailed out each time you’ve earned at least $20 or more and can be used anywhere American Express is accepted.

There are many restaurants in the Twin Cities that work with iDine so that you can get money back when you eat out.  Some of my favorites include:

I could seriously go on and on, there are so many local restaurants!! Sounds cool, right?

This weekend I am going to Give Away a $20 American Express Gift Card.  You can spend it anywhere that AmEx is accepted.  Entering is easy;  each option below gets you one entry so you can enter up to three times. Comments will be closed at 12pm CDT on Saturday, October 15th.

1.  Check out all the local restaurants on and leave a separate comment on this post telling me which one is your favorite.

2. Check out and register for future savings on local restaurants. Leave a separate comment here and tell me you registered

3.  Follow iDine Minneapolis on Twitter.  Leave a separate comment here and tell me you are now following

Additionally, for a chance to win a $500 Am Ex gift card, “Like” the iDine/Miami page on Facebook where details of the contest can be found.  No need to live in Miami!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by who provided me with the American Express Gift Cards.  All opinions are my own.

Oct 022011

Thank you to everyone who entered my Giveaway of Cook Like a Rock Star by Anne Burrell. It was fun to read about both your favorite recipes and those that were a complete disaster!

I used a random number generator to select the winners of this contest.

The numbers 9,19 and 11 were selected

Our Winners all coincidentally had horror stories to tell in the kitchen.  Hopefully they can each put their copy of Cook Like a Rock Star to good use!

Congrats Beth, John, and Ang.  Please e-mail me with your addresses and I will get this book sent out to each of you right away.

Sep 292011

If you ever watch Food Network, you are probably familiar with Anne Burrell, star of the hit show, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (in its seventh season) and as co-host of the prime-time hit Worst Cooks in America (in its second season).

Next week on October 4th, Anne Burrell (with Suzanne Lenzer) is coming out with her very first cookbook, COOK LIKE A ROCK STAR: 125 Recipes, Lessons, and Culinary Secret.  This is no ordinary cookbook…. Anne walks you through each of her restaurant-quality recipes, sharing her tips and photos of the preparation process.

Some of the awesome recipes you will find in Cook Like a Rock Star include:

  • Sausage & Panchetta Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Corn, Bacon & Chili Crostini
  • Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms
  • Pumpkin Soup with Fried Leeks
  • Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi
  • Braised Short Ribs with Horseradish
  • Swiss Chard with Panchetta and Baby Turnips

Sounds great, huh?  There are many more recipes where those came from!

In honor of the release of Cook Like a Rock Star, I am giving away a copy to three lucky winners!

Each person can have four chances to win a copy of this great cookbook by doing any (and all!) of the following by 7pm CDT Sunday, October 2nd:

  • Leave a separate comment here on this post and tell me one of your favorite recipes to make.
  • Leave a separate comment on this post telling me the worst recipe you have made
  • Tweet about this Giveaway, linking back to this post (leave a separate comment here with tweet url)
  • Like this post on Facebook (leave a separate comment here and let me know)

Winners will be announced on the evening of October 2nd and will receive their copy of Cook Like a Rock Star as soon as I receive addresses.

Good luck!

Winners of Noodles & Company Giveaway

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Jun 052011

It was fun to read all the responses I got on the Noodles & Company Giveaway when I asked readers to tell me their favorite vegetable and how they like it prepared.  Thanks to all of you who entered!

I used a random number generator to select the winners.  There were 37 responses, here are the results:

Congrats to the winners, who will each get Two Free Bowls to Noodles & Company.

Katie and Anna, I will need your addresses so I can send you your prizes!