Dining Out

We all have great coupon intentions. We comb through the Sunday supplement and rifle through the  coupon bundles before they hit the recycling bin.  I always find at least a few that could be useful. I set those aside, expectantly, but never have them with me when the opportunity arises to use them.  But now, “…there’s an app for that”, or how about 10.


Cellfire Mobile Coupons

Cellfire brings you coupons from many different favorite brands. You can access deals across multiple grocers and brands. They currently support over 4000 grocery locations and are adding more every month.



Coupon Sherpa

New coupons are added daily to Coupon Sherpa, some of them exclusive. The app will allow you to email coupons to friends, build lists of your favorite stores, find the closest location and more.



Coupon Cabin

The app features online coupon codes, printable coupons for in-store purchases, and local coupons from grocery stores and businesses. teh app is based on CouponCabin.com which offers coupons for 1,600 online stores with more than 9,000 coupons in 20 product categories and has exclusive coupons for several brands including Reebok, Godiva and Puma.




DealSpot allows you to vote on the best deals so that everyone can see what the hot special of the week is. If you don’t agree with it you can vote it down, add deals you find to the system, follow your favorite deal spotters, earn badges and more.


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Free Shipping Coupons

Shipping costs can be one of the biggest pains of shopping online, but with the Free Shipping Coupons app you can find free shipping coupons from approximately 1500 different online retailers.




MobiQpons shows you coupons for stores located near you, but you also have the choice of checking other locations if you are driving to different areas. The app will also keep track of how much the app has saved you, lets you bookmark favorite stores and more.




Shooger offers 80,000 mobile coupons and deals from over 25,000 merchants nationwide. It has numerous features like click to call, mapping to the nearest location, saving your favorite deals and a whole lot more.


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Shopping Coupons

Shopping Coupons is a resource for coupons for online shopping that is edited by actual humans to bring you the latest deals from around the Web. Browsing is made easy by its numerous categories, see full descriptions of the terms of the offer and more.



Valpak Local Coupons

Valpak attempts to bring you the best in coupons for the businesses you use on a daily basis in your town. This app offers exclusive coupons, sort coupons by distance, favorite the businesses you visit the most and more.




With Yowza you can see all of the savings at retailers near you, and you can also expand the radius of miles that it will search for savings. You can keep track of how much you’ve saved, bookmark stores & coupons and even send out messages on Twitter after you’ve saved money using the app.


Some folks my age dread their next birthday, but I get excited because I know I’ll be eating free food… and free food always tastes better!


Sign up for the Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club, and get a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.

Krispy Kreme
Become a Friends of Krispy Kreme member, and get free doughnuts on your birthday.

Noodles & Company
You sign up for their Noodlegram and receive a free meal for signing up as well as on your bithday.

Ruby Tuesday
Get on the So Connected e-mail list, and get a coupon for a free burger on your birthday.

Red Robin
Become a Red Robin eClub member and get a free burger on your birthday.

Red Lobster
Join the Fresh Catch Club, and receive a surprise gift (free appetizer coupon) on your birthday.

The Melting Pot (my personal favorite)
Become a Club Fondue member, and receive a printable coupon for a free fondue for two on your birthay.

Sign up for Sonic Cruisers fan club, and you’ll receive a coupon on your birthday for your choice of a regular order of tots, a medium fountain drink or a regular cream slush.

Enjoy your birthday and eat up! If you know of other birthday freebies, share them in the comments.

Keeping up with food and beverage trends is vital for restauranteurs. That’s why so many turn to the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot in 2010 Chef Survey.

The Association polled over 1,800 chefs nationwide to create their list, among them are important but also predictable trends (locally grown produce and meats, sustainability, farm-branded ingredients, etc). But, there are also a few quiet, slow growing trends like healthful and better-quality children’s menus, mini-desserts, and more options for people with food allergies or gluten intolerance.

Read The Association’s full survey results at (PDF): http://tiny.cc/Chef_Survey

Fry-free chicken from the Colonel?

That’s right, Kentucky Fried Chicken, the world’s largest chicken restaurant chain, has announced a second secret recipe has been added to its menu – Kentucky Grilled Chicken (KGC).

Kentucky Grilled Chicken

Kentucky Grilled Chicken

Made with its own secret recipe — a blend of six herbs and spices of course, the grilled chicken is cooked in specially designed and patented ovens.

The “KGC” is a healthier alternative to the “original recipe” that will continue to be on the menu. KFC says each piece of its grilled chicken has 70 to 180 calories and four to nine grams of fat. By contrast, the Original Recipe (fried) items have between 110 and 370 calories and 7 to 21 grams of fat, depending on the piece. The grilled chicken contains from 160 to 440 milligrams of sodium per piece, as opposed to 290 to 1,050 milligrams of sodium per piece of Original Recipe chicken.

“The introduction of Kentucky Grilled Chicken is a defining moment in our brand’s storied history,” KFC President Roger Eaton proclaimed. “KGC is the latest menu innovation that showcases our commitment to meeting our customers’ ever-changing needs… This product will transform the industry.”

You can sample the new recipe for free on Monday, April 27th which has been delcared “UNFry” Day by KFC. Everyone that stops by a KFC restaurant that day will receive one FREE piece of Kentucky Grilled Chicken.

tax-dayI hope that the IRS does not break your piggy bank. But if you are looking to pinch a penny or two, some food-friendly folks are offering savory freebies and discounts to help you get through tax day, April 15th, with a smile on your face and sustenance in your belly.

Cinnabon is hosting a Tax Day Bites! promotion, wherein every mall-based Cinnabon will give away free Classic Bites on the 15th from 5pm to 8pm. Locate your nearest Cinnabon.

maggiemoosMaggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery is also ponying up the sweet stuff, offering one free single-scoop cone to every customer in all their stores, nationwide.


Baltimore area McDonalds will be giving away small hot McCafés or medium iced McCafé Coffee throughout the day on April 15th. The free coffee will be at outlets in Baltimore and the surrounding counties of Howard, Baltimore, Cecil, Carroll, Harford and Anne Arundel. Stores that don’t offer McCafes yet will offer other types of coffee for free.


PF Chang’s China Bistro is offering 15% off your food and drink purchase on tax day. Find location and make your reservation.

papajohnslogoPapa John’s is once again providing last-minute filers, or “pro-crust-inators,” a “1040” online deal. Through midnight on April 15, consumers can cash in on this tax break by entering “1040” as a promotional code at www.papajohns.com for a large, original crust pizza with up to three toppings for just $10.40.

====> Check out the list of Birthday Freebies.


Let’s celebrate with the throwing of water and great food.

For the second year in a row, the Office of Commercial Affairs of the Royal Thai Embassy has organized Thai Restaurant Week to celebrate Songkran, or Thai New Year, April 13-19. DC and Boston area Thai restaurants will celebrate Songkran, each in their own unique way, offering special menus, discounts, or traditional Thai New Year’s performances.

My favorite Thai restaurant (I ate there last night) Pana Thai, (7224 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD 301-990-8501) is participating!

More information and a full list of participating restaurants is available on the Royal Thai Embassy website or in the Washington Post article Spring Brings Thai Specialties.

Suk-san Wan Songkran