OK, quiz time! What the hell is Cinco de Mayo. Yes, it means “Fifth of May”. But what does it stand for? Give up? You don’t know why you’re about to swim in pitchers of frozen margaritas and flauta and chimichanga platters tomorrow? Wear a stupid sombrero and attend some loud fiesta? Read the rest of this entry »
Ice Cream! Ice cream! Come and get it because not only is it the best premium ice cream around, but it’s absolutely free! Today Haagen Dazs celebrates its 50th birthday by giving out free scoops of its classic and iconic flavors, vanilla, chocolate and coffee, between 4 and 8 pm at all of its locations. Don’t miss out on this opportunity because you never see this stuff being given out like this.
Simply point yourself to a location here and find your closest shop. (Think fancy pants shopping mall or main drag in a university town, like Palo Alto). Then walk in, point to your gaping mouth and say “I’ll have a scoop of the coffee ice cream, please”. Other flavors, such as caramel cone or rum raisin, or even my all-time favorite that they don’t make anymore, Peanut Butter Vanilla, are not free during this celebration, so you’ll have to keep it simple. Enjoy!
We know today is Tax Day and I know a lot of procrastinators out there are waiting til the very last minute to file their returns. Still need to staple all those receipts together and crunch some numbers? Still don’t know how to make sense of your Turbo Tax? Or maybe you’re like us and got this all done a while ago. Don’t fret. Cause SmashGods has your deals for you to make you forget this yearly burden. We have found the following free deals specially for you today –the hard-working American, the one who deserves a break every day, but having this today just makes it all a little sweeter. Get these specials now before they’re all gone: Read the rest of this entry »
I was trying to figure out why this family of four had brought in some throws and pillows to my local AMC movie theatre yesterday. The kids were in tow, too, and they seemed just as eager as their parents to go see…..”Cop Out”? “Tooth Fairy”? It couldn’t be. When I looked closer at the displays, it turns out they (and quite a few others) were queueing up for AMC Theatre’s annual tribute to this year’s Academy Award Best Picture nominees. Read the rest of this entry »
I have pancakes on my mind. Been craving them for a while now. In fact, I am about to meet a friend at Suppenkuche in San Francisco for brunch, since I just can’t resist both their German-style apple-plum baked pancake and their crisp, tender potato pancakes (served with apple sauce). Hold on –let me just savor this moment in anticipation.
Well, wouldn’t you know it – this coming Tuesday is National Pancake Day, so maybe all these pancake thoughts aren’t just a coincidence. There may be even a Hallmark card section for them. But no matter –they’re a quintessential American morning staple. Soft and fluffy, stacked with little pats of butter, all they need is a generous serving of warm maple syrup. And how do you cut your pieces? One at a time? Or do you take your knife and fork and cut it all up before you dig in? Read the rest of this entry »
There it was —at just over 2 hours into the Super Bowl, just after the Saints scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter, we got the news via one of the many commercials. This Tuesday, we can go into any Denny’s from 6 am to 2 pm and order a Grand Slam meal, which is really breakfast, absolutely free.
The so-so commercial warned chickens to get “out of town” before Tuesday because it’s “gonna be a tough week for egg layers”, asking them to take some vacation time off, etc., because there would be a whole lot of eggs cracking to make those Denny’s breakfasts. Read the rest of this entry »
Before I get started, let me preface this by saying that I’m a big fan of the bay area favorite: Mary’s Pizza Shack. The “Shack” serves a variety of homemade Italian food including pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups, salads, breadsticks, appetizers and desserts at moderate prices. Now the part about “moderate prices” shouldn’t be ignored, as Mary’s does indeed offer great food at equally great prices.
But what also shouldn’t be overlooked is the fact that Mary’s breadsticks are indeed on offer — but despite the advertised “complimentary” (FREE) teaser, they come at a price. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanksgiving Day is coming up. You probably just took out the frozen bird and are already thawing the damn thing. Or you’re making plans to fly or drive to Grandma’s or maybe you decided to splurge for a meal at a restaurant. Whatever the plans, one thing’s for sure: you are going to stuff your face on that one day a year when you just don’t care about that pile of turkey and trimmings on your plate.
Last April, KFC announced an “UNfry Day” to launch its new grilled chicken. All KFCs all over the country were giving out free pieces of chicken. We featured it back then, and even went through a fearless taste-test (reminder: it’s just OK). That promotion wasn’t such a success, even if Oprah herself got into the act, announcing on her show that people could go in to their local KFCs and demand the free food. The pandemonium soon followed. The long lines at my local KFC told the story: a lot of KFCs simply ran out of chicken. All this excitement for a perfunctory chicken thigh. Read the rest of this entry »
We like this one a lot. Starbucks has just unveiled a new and ambitious –and possibly risky—business strategy with the launch of its new “Via” instant coffee line. That’s right. Instant coffee. As in the Sanka or Nescafe type. The kind of coffee that usually belongs in a college dorm room and which, well, doesn’t usually live up to the normal, brewed cup. Starbucks’ new Via instant coffee, which was test launched earlier this year in Seattle, Chicago, London and a few other US cities, comes in small packets. You simply dissolve them in some hot water and, presto, you have a pretty decent cup of coffee. How do I know this? Because I actually grabbed some packets this past spring and tried them. Read the rest of this entry »
First it was the chicken wars –KFC launching its new grilled chicken and Oprah announcing it on her show, causing nationwide lines and ruckus, and El Pollo Loco throwing down the gauntlet by charging that the Colonel’s chicken is actually not all that healthy, and that it is cooked in beef fat. We’ll let these two companies slug it out and pass out the freebies to us. Read the rest of this entry »
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The National Park Service has announced that starting this weekend, over 100 national parks around the country that normally charge admission will be absolutely free. This is an amazing opportunity to be able to visit such jewels as Yosemite National Park (normal fee $20) and many others, and really be proud of what this nation has to offer in its scenic natural beauty. Read the rest of this entry »
We love our root beer. We like it ice cold, maybe a little foamy, but there is this unmistakable taste that makes it a uniquely American soft drink. Something downright wholesome; it may even make you think of when you were growing up. Read the rest of this entry »
Oh snap! First it’s KFC and now it’s El Pollo Loco! Not content with their own free giveaway of their new grilled chicken, the Mexican-American chain is not taking this lying down. In fact, they have been doing grilled chicken for decades now, well before KFC decided to get with the times. And it’s very good (trust us on this). Read the rest of this entry »
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. What “new grilled chicken”? You haven’t heard? You haven’t seen the ads on TV? Bowing to pressure from the food police, if that’s your cynical view, or simply finding a way to catch up with the 21st century, Colonel Sanders has decided that grilled is the big thing these days. And isn’t it? I mean, this whole country seems to get fat just by thinking about food and stuffing itself with reruns of Paula Deen and “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, starring that spiky haired lardbutt, Guy Fieri, on the Food Network all day long. Something’s gotta give. Simple as that. Read the rest of this entry »