Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's All Greek To Me

Manhattanites are notorious for never leaving the island.  Well this weekend, me and two girlfriends broke the mold and headed to Astoria for a late lunch.  What do you eat when you go to Astoria?  Greek food, duh.  Not knowing where to start I consulted a co-worker who lives out there where to go.  From her list of amazing options we picked the restaurant with the most stars on Yelp.  So off to Taverna Kyclades we went.  At 2:30 on a Sunday afternoon we arrived and put our name on the list.  It was an hour wait which I assumed was not actually horrible for a place with over 350 reviews online.  How could we deny this Greek pleasure.  To kill time we got $6 manicures before our feast.  As we were drying the hostess called us to let us know the table was ready instead of giving it to the next eager diners.  Starving we popped in to our table that was waiting for us.  To start the meal off all Greek we ordered $2 Greek Beers.  Not knowing what to order we got everything from the menu.  Between the three of us, we ordered calamari, various dips, a Greek salad, and kebabs.  Served family style we passed the plates around tasting everything.  Of course there were plenty of leftovers (aka the best lunch ever).   While we digested for a good amount of time we got our check.  Someone must have dropped their jaw because it was $48 for all that food we just got.  Not only was our feast beyond inexpensive no one rushed us out.  It was the perfect Sunday afternoon meal.  Additionally Monday through Saturday  Taverna Kyclades offers a lunch menu where nothing is over $10.  I can imagine that the portions are just as plentiful.  If you can't get to the Mykonos this summer, just take the N train to the end of the line. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Giveaway: $20 worth of Food from All Menus

Come home from a long day at work, then hit the gym, but then you get home and its already time for bed.  There is hardly any time for dinner, let alone cook it.  This is where you hit up the website All Menus.  With over with over 255,000 menus across the country available to search online there are plenty of options to figure out exactly what to eat.  Just like online shopping, diners see what restaurants will deliver in their neighbor hood, read reviews and submit the order.  Then the restaurant starts prepping your meal.  Gone are the days of calling up the Chinese restaurant ordering lo mien and getting fried rice instead.  There is no miscommunication because the restaurants get a notification that you are hungry and need your food STAT. 
Guess what, I have a gift for you, well my friends at Signpost do.  They have been nice enough to sponsor a giveaway from  Here is your chance to try out All Menus by wining a $20 credit to the site.  Signpost is currently offering a great deal for All Menus, where for $10 you can buy $20 worth of food.  In addition, there are other deals for purchase from Signpost, like a Hair Glossing Treatment  worth $50 for only $25 or even $65 for $275 worth of dental checkup.  Also search the site for all sorts of deals that you do not have to shell anything out for.  Remember, I told y'all about the splendor of Signpost?  If not, click for a refresher

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This $20 coupon code must be used in full and can be applied towards any purchase on in NYC and its five boroughs. To redeem, place an order on and when you select payment method during checkout, you’ll want to apply this code in the box where it asks for a gift card or key code. 
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Laura Geller's Not So Secret Sale

In the world of beauty it is rare for there to be a sale on favorite products. When there is do not hesitate to stock up. Run and load up on the best brands out there. Starting March 5th at her Upper East Side Location and online, Laura Geller is holding a not so secret sale. This is a one day sale, so block out time this weekend to be free. All products are 30% off; everything including signature items such as Baked Cosmetics, Spackle, Real Deal and Whipped Collections. Even spring product is included. Laura Geller is known for innovative products and wearable colors. Her make up is for real women operating in the real world. If one thing is on the list, make sure it is Laura Geller’s amazing Spackle Under Make-up Primer. It is the perfect base for applying make up. It smoothes skin, refines pores, and holds foundation long into the day.  This product, hands down will change your life.  In addition, to Laura’s own line enjoy 15% off her personal favorite items from fragrant Votivo candles and accessories from Lulu Guinness and Stephanie Johnson. If New York City is way too far away, the sale will also be held online.
Laura Geller
1044 Lexington Ave (betw 74th and 75th Street)
New York, NY 10021

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Going Bonanza

It's almost that time. Spring cleaning is just around the corner. Go through your closets, drawers, corners, and storage to purge everything you will never use or wear again. There are a plethora of options where to get rid of everything. There is good will, a clothing swap, or Bonanza. Haven't heard of this site before I see. Well similar to ebay and etsy, Bonanza is a market place to sell all your fashions that you no longer will be rocking. Snap a pic of your cardi, write a small description, and list the item. You set the price, so there is no bidding. I first heard of this mecca from the lovely Rosa behind Love at First Shop and new instantly the lovelies who LTLOAB need to know about this site.  This is a place where you can find that dress you were coveting, or those pumps from two seasons back.  Sellers list their items at what they deem a fair price and hope that someone agrees.  But if this is not the case buyers and sellers can negotiate and come to a happy medium.  The seller can determine if they want to enable the best offer option.  Posting an item is free, but when it sells Bonanza will take a very small amount.  There is no expiration dates, except for rush sales, but no need to be at the computer at the most random time to make sure that you are the highest bidder.  Spend time browsing to see what you really want.  Now that you know the beauty of this site and that one man's trash is another's treasure spend the weekend cleaning out that closet.  

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