Posts Tagged ‘free’

Free Vacations

August 9, 2010

I love free stuff.  

Those spinach & artichoke dip on crostini samples at Costco, the homemade lobster ravioli samples by the checkout line at Agata & Valentina, the bread samples sitting in silver bowls while waiting to order at Cosi

But most of all I love (the chance to win) a FREE VACATION!  I have never won an online contest but I have a feeling my luck is about to change. 

Here are a few upcoming sweepstakes and contests.  Try your luck at them and if you win, I only ask that you share your winnings with me.

Hawaiian Vacation for Two 

Enter for a chance to win a 4-night trip for two on Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air to Hawaii, and $500 spending money.  End Date: August 22, 2010

Entry Form


Four Seasons Resort–Jackson Hole Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win a 5-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole for a family of four in a Resort Residence including two bedrooms, full kitchen and living room, four-hour Wildlife Safari tour with a Resort Ecologist, breakfast and dinner at Westbank Grill and Grand Teton National Park passes.  End Date: August 24, 2010

Entry Form


SELF Magazine–Eat, Pray, Love Italy Experience Sweepstakes
Enter for a chance to win a 6-night trip for two to Rome, Italy.  End Date: August 23, 2010

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Win a Trip for 2 to Italy

George Clooney heads to Italy in “The American,” the sexy new suspense thriller in theatres September 1. Now you can experience “la vita Italiana” with the Travel Channel Sweepstakes. Enter for your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime Italian adventure. See the sights in Rome, Venice, Tuscany and Florence.  End Date: August 31, 2010

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AAA – Win a Trip for 4 to Walt Disney World

5 day and 4 night  AAA Vacations package to either the Walt Disney World Resort or the Disneyland Resort including: accommodations for a party of four at a Disney Resort Hotel, four 5-day Disney Theme Park tickets, $1000 gift card from AAA and roundtrip airfare for four.           End Date: August 31, 2010

Entry Form



O Magazine – O Fabulous Fiji Sweepstakes 

Enter O Magazine’s O Fabulous Fiji Sweepstakes for your chance to win a week-long trip to Fiji for two, plus a $500 Chico’s shopping spree, a prize worth $11,000.  (Thank you, Oprah!)

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Additional O Magazine sweepstakes



Food & Wine Magazine Barbados Taste of Paradise Sweepstakes

“Taste Paradise” and experience the beauty of Barbados, as well as the inaugural Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, November 19-22, 2010. Enter for a chance to win a trip for 2 to the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum FestivalEnd Date: August 30, 2010

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Sirius Satellite Radio–Lincoln Center Autumn in New York Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win a 3-night trip for two to New York City on Saturday, October 30, concert at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Lincoln Center Fall Gala.  End Date: August 23, 2010

Entry Form



Shopbop New York Fashion Week Sweepstakes

Enter Shopbop’s NYFW Sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip for two to New York Fashion Week in New York City, a prize worth about $4,900.  End Date: August 18, 2010

Entry Form


Good Luck!


Top 5 Sites for Top Cities

July 15, 2010

With all of the social media sites, friends’ blogs and daily emails directing you to the latest and greatest items and ideas, we are on information overload. It seems everyone is a self-professed foodie, fashionista, techie, or (fill in the blank) guru and want to share their expertise with you.  So how do you decide which sites are the best resources? 

Each of us have a few “go to” sites that help us filter through the options and provide us with some quick ideas. When I am planning an event, it is important for me to learn about the city and culture where the event will take place. I look for information on the local venues, vendors and of course… food.  I particularly enjoy websites and emails that are city specific so I can pick up some helpful tips and discounts when visiting the area.  

Here are my Top 5 Sites for Top Cities:

 1)    Tasting Table – This site covers New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C.  Since TT also has a national edition, they often cover other cities as well.

Tasting Table is a free daily email that delivers the best of food and drink culture to adventurous eaters everywhere. Each weekday, we send our subscribers one delicious idea about dining, wine, cocktails, cooking or restaurant personalities. We feed you only first-hand recommendations that we have tested thoroughly ourselves—one bite at a time.

In our local editions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C., we’ll alert you to a must-try dish at a forgotten restaurant, a hot new bar that deserves its buzz, under-appreciated cook shops and neighborhood food purveyors who may otherwise go unnoticed.


2)    Blackboard Eats – Currently, this site offers restaurant discounts for New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  I have a feeling this will expand to more cities because the discounts offered are great and easy to use.  When there is a discount available, you receive an email with the details. If you are interested in the deal, simply click on the email that day and receive the code. Bring the code to the restaurant and enjoy the deal!

BlackboardEats is a free e-mail and website delivering exclusive deals on restaurants handpicked by seasoned food editors. We also highlight the best food-related specials LA, NY and SF have to offer, including prix fixe discounts, tasting events, weekly dinner bargains and more.

Unlike other sites that focus on the newest openings, BlackboardEats features both hot spots and hidden gems—some of which are new, some of which have been around for years. And we cover everything from the fancy to the no-frills…just as long as the place rocks.



3)    The Daily Sip – This website is focuses on the wine industry… and what’s an event without wine?!  The emails are quick reads and I like that they feature different wine regions.

Think “Daily Candy” meets “US Weekly” of the wine industry. Start your day with insider tips on truly delicious wines, behind-the-scenes stories from winemakers, Celebrity Sips, insider special offers, and much more. Each short email features a winemaker, region, wine, chef or celebrity, or gadget. No one stops after just one sip.



4)    Great Places – Check out this website and blog for some venue ideas and trends. While venues open and close often this is a good starting place to look through venue ideas in different cities, including New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago and more.


5)   Groupon While I have never actually purchased a coupon through the site, I think it has some great offers in most major cities. Just make sure to read the fine print. For example, if you buy a coupon for a hair salon and you are already a customer there, they may not let you use the deal.  (Also, check out Lifebooker for NYC beauty deals!) 

Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in a variety of cities across the U.S., Canada, Europe and soon beyond.



 Happy Exploring!