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10 May

I love being able to feature giveaways for my readers, but I love it even more when it’s for a product that I already use and love. emailed me to ask if I would feature a giveaway for their gift certificates.

If you don’t know, you are missing out on fantastic deals.  They sell gift certificates to specific restaurants that enable you to get deals like $25 worth of food for $10 or $100 value for $40!  (They also run sales regularly where you can get it for a lot less…  They just Tweeted an 80% savings for using the code word “MOM” this weekend!).  I think it’s a great way to be able to try out a restaurant you might not have ordinarily stumbled upon.  (The gift certificates also make excellent gifts to any friends you have that love food.  One of my all-time favorite gifts, personally!).

They have over 15,000 restaurants listed in the following cities:

  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland
  • Riverside – San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Tampa
  • Washington DC
They also have guides for each of their cities (you can see the NYC guide here).
As for the giveaway, has kindly offered a $25 gift certificate to for FOUR lucky winners!
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post about the best restaurant dining experience you have ever had.  Did you have an amazing birthday dinner at one of the finest restaurants in NYC?  Did you find a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that served great food for next to nothing?  Is the diner on the corner your favorite place to eat?  Tell me all about it!
You can also get additional entries for each time you tweet, Facebook, link to this post, or tell a friend to stop by and check out  Please be sure to let me know you did so in a comment, or you can email it to me at
I will be accepting entries until 5pm EST, Monday, May 16th.
Good luck and Happy Nomming!

Svelte Giveaway: WINNERS!

3 May

Thank you to everyone who posted and linked for the Svelte Product Giveaway.

Thanks to the wonderful powers of, we have three lucky winners, each of whom will receive a flavor sampler pack:

Winner 1: Michelle Treasure “3 pm is the worst time of the day for me, right when my energy starts to fade. Unfortunately, it is also right in the middle of important work meetings. These shakes would be perfect!”

Winner 2: Amy Rouse who Tweeted about the sweeps and commented: “need my energy boost at 5 p.m. to gear me up for my weight training workout!!!!”

Winner 3: Amanda T. who shared the sweeps on Facebook and Twitter and commented: “I definitely need an energy boost every morning I wake up.”

Winners, please email me your name and address so Svelte can send the products to you:

Happy (healthy) Nomming!

Svelte Product Review and GIVEAWAY!

24 Apr

Every once in a while, I am delighted when I am contacted by brands who ask me to try their products.  I am in no way indebted to them to write a positive review (or any review for that matter) but it’s fun to try products that I ordinarily would never come across.

When I was contacted by CalNaturale about their product, Svelte , I was excited to try it.

They tout it as a gluten-free, vegan, all-natural protein shakes that give you energy.  While I am not gluten-free nor vegan, an all-natural protein shake that gives you energy sounded like a good idea.  Though I’ve had my share of protein shakes in the past, and frankly, most of them taste pretty chalky and chemically.  I thought it would be an interesting test to see if these guys had a protein shake that I’d actually drink.

I was also amused by the tag line they included in the email:

When the product arrived, I was further entertained by the messaging on the packages:

A product that is good for me AND compliments me?  Sold!

I looked over the assortment of 4 flavors and decided to crack open the spiced chai first.  I was skeptical… but I was immediately enamoured.  It tasted creamy and delicious, almost like dessert.  How could this be good for you?

So I started reading the website… “16g of organic protein from fresh organic soymilk, along with organic complex carbohydrates for sustained energy. Svelte is tested to be low-glycemic and has only 9 grams of sugar per full bottle. It’s also a good source of fiber and is dairy-free and gluten-free. Here’s to you.”

Awesome. But hold the phone… this has soymilk? I HATE soymilk!  What gives?

I cracked open the other 3 flavors and enjoyed them all just as much.  It reminded me a bit of Slim Fast, you know, if Slim Fast actually tasted GOOD.   Soymilk or no soymilk, I liked these things.

I’m not entirely positive if they would be filling enough as a meal replacement, but I drank half of one for breakfast and it held me until lunch.  I actually just ordered a case so I can test it for lunches.

My favorite flavor was definitely the chai, but I’m a chai girl, so I like it spicy.  My second favorite was probably cappuccino, but they’re all good.

(I also found out that they make organic wines! They sent me a white and a red to try and while I liked them, I’m not as excited to purchase these on my own as I am the drinks)

What’s even better is that CalNaturale has given me the opportunity to share these cool products with you!  THREE lucky winners will be able to receive gift packs, each including one of each flavor of Svelte. 

How do you enter?  Simple!  Comment on this post below and answer the question “When do you need an energy boost most?”  Is it when you wake up in the morning? The 2pm slump?  The 4pm “I need to finish my day” rut?

You can also gain one additional entry for every place you post about this giveaway.  (Please link me to your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, etc. so your entry can be counted. You can always email me at

You have until 10pm EST on Monday, May 2nd to enter.

Good luck Nommers!


UPDATE: Svelte just informed me that they are also doing a fun promotion called #MeatlessMonday on their Facebook Page where fans can win a tote bag filled with awesome CalNaturale goodies, along with a $50 gift card to Whole Foods!  You can get all the details here.