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Monday, November 26, 2012

Unsponsored Advert - Ebates

There are things that rock: music, food, art, new socks, etc. And then there are things that make you go hmmmm.... In this case, it's a client of mine: Ebates.com. (I work in advertising) I thought it was hogwash when I first heard about it, then I talked to some coworkers and it's legit. So here's how it works: Ebates is essentially a referrel site meaning they get paid by the commerce site for traffic that goes through them. In turn, you sign up, find a website, buy stuff and you get a percentage of your spend back. Example: sign up for Ebates.com > go to Toysrus.com through the Ebates.com site > a ticket is opened and logged on your account > make a purchase > depending on what the cash back offer is that day, you get a percentage of your spend back from Ebates.com in the form of a check or Paypal payment. I've got coworkers who've gotten checks ranging from $40-$600. I myself just made a purchase from Toys R Us for $19.99 and I've got $1.60 coming back to me. Imagine if I spent all the money that I ended up spending on Black Friday! Trust me, I'm kicking myself. But the good news for me is that I'm not nearly done with Christmas shopping and I have no urge to brave the mall again, so from the safety of my couch I can make the rest of my purchases.

Give it a whirl, leave a comment with your feedback. I'd love to hear how it worked for you!

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Simmzy's - Manhattan Beach



LA is just chock full of good burgers and everyone has their favorites. Personally, up until last week I was a 25 Degrees girl. I still rank them pretty high, but a new favorite has just been added: Simmzy's. Simmzy's was started when the owners of Tin Roof Bistro were waiting around for TRB to be built. (The brothers Chris and Mike also are invested in MP Post and Lazy Dog Cafe) Out of boredom and beer Simmzy's was born, and thank Thor it was! It's nestled in along Manhattan Beach Boulevard a stone's throw from the pier, and by nestled I mean it isn't very big. The wait is constant but in my opinion it's worth it. If you get lucky you should definitely sidle up to the bar rather than wait for a table. This gives you a chance to try your luck with the many craft beers available on tap or bottled. I met Mike a few years back at Tin Roof Bistro and he was pretty apt at picking his wines, so while I didn't have a glass this round, in favor of a Czech lager, I'm pretty confident his wine list is more than decent.

The menu at the MB location isn't big, in fact the menu in the LBC is a bit larger, but that should deter anyone from going in and ordering what's there. In my case, it went a little as follows:

Bacon Blue Deluxe $11.50

woodfire-grilled sterling natural beef, topped with blue cheese and candied bacon, served with lettuce, tomato, garlic aoli and frizzled shallots

Blue Cheese Haystack $6.00

shoestring fries tossed with blue cheese, garlic & spicy sauce

Ahi Tartar w/ Spicy Soy $14.50

sushi grade ahi, finely diced with avocado, togarashi, scallions, spicy soy dressing & fried wontons for scooping

Apple Filled Donut $7.50

diced apples, salted caramel, donut glaze, pistachios
The Ahi was ridiculous. No seriously...so good! And words cannot describe the awesome that was the apple filled donut. Imagine if you will; pretzel dough rolled out thin, stuffed with baked apples and then rolled up and laid in a donut shape before being cooked and then covered with a donut glaze and topped off with vanilla bean ice cream. Then it's laid in a bed of pistacios and salted caramel. Heaven I tell you, I am a believer!!

Long and short: go to Simmzy's. Hell, call me and I'll meet you there!

229 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: (310) 546-1201‎

5271 East 2nd Street
Long Beach, California 90803
Phone: (562) 439-5590

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fuku



The other night the man and I were up in Ktown wanting a burger. Sadly, Kalbi Burger seems to have given up the fight and was closed for good. Damn it! I want my kimchi burger and I want it now! So we headed over to Fuku Burger to check it out. All in all, not bad. We had the tamago burger, the clam burger special (for Monday night football since NE was playing) and the Jazz Fries. I liked the overall flavors of everything, though the burger patty itself was a bit dry and bland. Maybe a little overcooked, but then again, I'm the girl who likes her red meat still mooing.

Jazz Fries: $4 Garlic Fries topped off with Brown Gravy and Crack Sauce.

Tamago "Egg" Burger: $9 Fuku-Patty topped with Fried Egg, Furikake, Crispy Onions, Teriyaki Sauce and Wasabi Mayo.
Clam Burger: $9 Fried clam, crack sauce, lettuce and cheese