Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I was looking at some Living Social deals there other day (yes, I do that religiously every morning! :P) and saw a deal for Argyle Restaurant. Only $15 for $30 worth of food. I had some left over Living Social credit, so we ended up paying only $5 for $30 worth of food. A very good deal indeed! After reading some reviews on Argyle Restaurant, I found out that it was featured in the NJ Monthly magazine not too long ago and many claim that they serve the best and highest quality Scottish fish and chips in the whole of NJ! Wow, so yeah, we were really excited to check it out.
We decided to go for an early dinner and the the dining room was practically empty. Just us and two other tables. I guess it's a lunch and late dinner place, who knows. The decor of the place was nothing to shout about, just basic furniture and they had Scottish themed photos lining the walls. However, there was a certain charm to the place. Since it was a Scottish place, Kevin thought that he would try the Shepard's Pie ($14.95). Kevin is a huge fan Shepard's Pie, so he was quite eager to try it. I didn't get a chance taste the Shepard's Pie but Kevin said that he totally loved it! He said that it was really flavorful and yummy. From his almost licked clean plate at the end of the meal, I am guessing it must be really good!
Now, the piece de resistance, my Scottish Surf and Turf ($16.95)! A large portion of Fish and Chips, Coleslaw and a Meat Pie. Firstly, let me start with what I didn't like. The coleslaw wasn't really my favorite, it had a weird taste to it. I let Kevin try a little and he agrees with me. There is just something not right about it. Now that the coleslaw is out of the way, I must say that the rest of the meal rocked my socks off! The fish and chips was really one of the best fish and chips I have ever tasted. The batter was light and really good. Add in a little vinegar, and you will be in fish and chips heaven! For an additional $1, you could get curry on your chips. Trust me, that would be a dollar well spent. The mild curry goes so well with the freshly made chips, mmm mmmmmmmm goood! The meat pie was really yummy too. It's crust was flaky and the meat filling was really delicious. I ate that with some HP sauce and boy oh boy, it was good!!
Overall, we had an awesome meal. I have never been to Scotland before (so that I could compare) but I think we had some really authentic Scottish food that day. It doesn't really matter even if it wasn't authentic, because it was really yummy! The fish and chips was seriously one of the best fish and chips I have ever tried. No wonder so many people swears that Argyle serves the best fish and chips in the whole of New Jersey. I wouldn't go that far (since I haven't tasted all the fish and chips in NJ), but I can say that yes, the fish and chips there is mighty awesome!
212 Kearny Avenue,
Kearny, NJ 07032
Friday, October 19, 2012
SIMPLE APPLE TURNOVERS
- 1 store bought puff pastry
- ½ peeled, cored and cubed apple
- 1 single serve packet of NECTRESSE Sweetener
- 1 tsp flour
- Some cinnamon
- A pat of butter
- Store bought Icing (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375. Mix the apple with NECTRESSE Sweetener, flour and some cinnamon.
- Place puff pastry dough on a baking sheet.
- Put the apple mixture on one side of the puff pastry. Top it with a pat of butter.
- Fold dough in half and crimp the edges with a fork.
- Put it in the oven for about 40 mins or until the crust in nicely brown.
- Once it has sufficiently cooled down, you can drizzle some icing over it and serve. The icing is entirely optional.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kmart. All opinions are 100% mine.
Summer is almost over and the kids are all back in school. You must be thinking, finally, I have some time to relax and enjoy some ‘me time’. Sure, you most definitely deserve it but don’t forget, it’s also time to start prepping for the holiday season. It might seem a long ways off but really, it’s not. Only 15 weeks left before the holidays! With so many things to do and so many gifts to buy, you would want to get a head start in the prepping. If you are anything like me, I’m sure you would agree with me that you wouldn’t want to be one those last minute shoppers. If you wait til the last minute, there wouldn’t be anything good left, well, maybe except those really expensive stuff that is out of your budget or out of season stuff that nobody wants anymore. After all, the early bird gets the worm, right?
I don’t know about you but I have already been eyeing some holiday gifts that I will be placing them on Kmart’s free layaway this year. Those golf clubs and necklace would make excellent gifts for my family, don’t you think? Check out the big screen tv. Doesn’t it look awesome? Boy, I can imagine my husband’s face when he sees that under the tree come Christmas morning. Talking about TVs, I remember this one time when we saw a really nice TV for sale but we couldn’t get it because that store didn’t have layaway and we didn’t have enough extra money at that time to get it. An opportunity to grab a good deal was lost, just because that store doesn’t have layaway. From then on, I always made it a point to shop at Kmart. Why? Well, they have the best layaway program, hands down.
Why do I say that Kmart is the best? Well, let’s take a look at the chart above. I’m going to show you a comparison of Kmart’s layaway program vs other retailers like Walmart, Best Buy and Toys R Us. Right off the bat, you can see that none of them comes even close to Kmart. Kmart is the only retailer who offers layaway for their full range of merchandise. Not only that, there are no minimum item or transaction amount. Kmart always strives to put the customer first. That is they offer services that makes the customers life easier. For example, there is a online layaway option that allows you do your shopping from the comforts of your home. You can also pay online and pick up at the store or if you are shopping for a loved one in another state, you can shop at a Kmart nearest to you and they can pick it up from another state. How cool is that? I do not see Walmart, Best Buy or Toys R Us doing all that!
If that is not good enough of a reason to play an item or more in Kmart’s layaway, here is one reason why you most definitely should. Just like us, Kmart is also prepping for the season of giving and to coincide with this time they are launching “Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway”. What that? Well, how that works is that there will be is one layaway giveaway at each store, once a week. This will go on every week, from 9/9/12 through 11/17/12. All you need to do is put your purchases on layaway and every week, you will stand a chance to win your remaining balance paid off! I don’t know about you but I am surely really excited about this giveaway and hope that I will be one of those weekly winners! So, what are you waiting for? Now's the time to place those gifts you've been eying on layaway and also get the chance to win some great prizes at Kmart! Remember, it ends on 11/17/12.
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Imagine this. You wake up, hop out of bed, get ready for work and before you know it, you are running down the stairs, jumping into your car and driving to work. For many of us, it’s an everyday routine. It takes about 25 minutes or so to do all that. We do not even think about it. However, for a certain group of people, it’s not all that easy. Yes, I am talking about people with disabilities and their caregivers. Living with disabilities is hard. It takes a lot of time and effort to move about, just to get ready for the day. Don’t even get me started about getting ready to head out to places. Even though I am not disabled, I get it. I understand. Guess what? I am not the only one who does. There is a whole group of people that are dedicated to making life for people with disabilities a whole lot easier.
What am I talking about? What group of people? Well, I am talking about NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealer Association)! NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers, driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment. Originally started as an association of mobility equipment dealers in the state of Florida, membership opened in 1989 on a national level and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association was formed. The organization promotes and supports individual members engaged in the modification of quality transportation for people with disabilities. Currently with 600+ members nationwide, all of the members are required to adhere to the safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and to follow the guidelines set by NMEDA. The guidelines, which are actually a living document providing detailed recommended practices on equipment installation and modifications, are updated yearly.
Now that you know all about NMEDA, let me tell you about the Quality Assurance Program (QAP). The QAP is a recognized accreditation program for the mobility equipment industry. It was developed to promote quality, safety, and reliability and is the only program of this in this industry. In short, a QAP designation enhances vehicle modification and mobility equipment installation in a manner consistent with the highest guidelines available.
You might be thinking, whoa, hang on. Is it really that important for those with disabilities to have a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle? If so, what is the correct one for me? Well, of course it’s important. Just like how a soccer player needs his soccer boots or how a football player needs his helmet, a person with disabilities needs a vehicle that allows him to be as mobile as can. There are many transportation solutions out there, from minivans, trucks, wheelchair and scooter carriers, lifts, ramps, hand controls to transfer seats, to the person must find one that best fits him. All NMEDA QAP dealers offer in person individual evaluations. This way, with their years of experience and personal touch, they would be able to recommend the best possible solution for you. Not only that, they also offer 24 hour local emergency assistance, on-site sales and support. If you buy a vehicle online on through a non NMEDA dealer, you probably will not receive the same service.
So, what are you waiting for? Head out to NMEDA’s website to learn more and visit a NMEDA QAP (Quality Assurance Program) Dealer for mobility solutions Program) dealer today! Remember, transportation is the key to freedom and NMEDA is the key to quality transportation.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.
Can you believe it, we are almost half way through August. Soon, the kids will be back to school and this only means one thing, it’s back to school shopping time! I know many parents and guardians who do not look forward to this at all. Not only do you have to put up with crowds at the mall but you always end up spending way more than expected. Trust me; back to school shopping doesn’t come cheap! In today’s economy, every little bit of savings helps.
For those of you who are in the midst of getting ready for some back to school shopping, I’ve got some awesome news to share with you. Did you know that you can save big with Back to School Saving from Dollar General? That’s right, I’m talking about big time discounts. For those of you who don’t know, Dollar General Corporation is the nation's largest small-box discount retailer. They make shopping for everyday needs simpler and hassle-free by offering a carefully edited assortment of the most popular brands at low everyday prices in small, convenient locations. Therefore, Dollar General is an excellent option to save big on both back to school and back to campus shopping. There is a variety of items at everyday low prices to help cross off items from the Back to School Lists!
This year, both Kevin and I are very much involved in getting my little sister Ashley ready for college. We have been going around shopping for the best deals, to get her ready for college. After comparing prices, we came to the conclusion that Dollar General really gives you that bang for your buck! We could get all kinds of school supplies as well as stuff for her dorm room there. It’s basically a one stop shop! We managed to pick up almost everything on her list, from stationary to towels, hangers, food containers to even her alarm clock and cordless phone!
The savings from Dollar General is really good to begin with but I’ll let you in on how you can save even more. How? Well, you can save even more with the changing Back to School mobile coupon available for mobile phones by scanning the embedded QR code below this post. If you phone doesn’t allow you to scan, you can also get extra savings by texting "bts" to 34898 from your mobile phone. It’s that awesome? So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start saving big today!
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Using the same pan, add in some green peppers and onions. You could also add in some yellow and red peppers too if you like.
After sauteing for a bit, season with some basil, oregano, black pepper and garlic powder. Then, add in a can of diced tomatoes. I used diced tomatoes that has been seasoned with Italian herbs but you can pretty much use just any regular diced tomatoes.
Mix the tomatoes with the rest of the ingredients then add in about half a cup of red wine. If you like, you could also use Marsala wine. Remember to try and get as much of the burnt bits off the bottom of the pan. You'll be surprised how much flavor that adds to the dish.
Give everything a good mix and return the sausages into the pan. Allow it to simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, until all the sauce is reduced and it's good to go! How easy was that? I served that up with some penne pasta but you can pretty much serve it with anything. Pasta, rice, potatoes, Italian bread....anything that you like! Try it and let me know how it turns out! :D
Saturday, July 7, 2012
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage. All opinions are 100% mine.
It’s July and summer is in full swing! How are you enjoying the summer so far? When you think of summer, you think of vacations! Do you have any trips planned? We have gone for a few getaways and have another planned for next month. No matter where you go, be it the beach, theme parks or even a trip to the city, there is one thing everyone needs to bring along. Luggage! How can you go on vacation without bringing any luggage? If you are anything like me (I am pretty sure that most of you are), you would want to bring along good reliable luggage when you go on your long awaited vacation. Who wants something that would break or fall apart mid vacation? For me and my family, we always trust luggage made by Atlantic Luggage. Not only is affordable, it is also durable and lightweight. Yeah, just perfect for families on the go! Picky about the style and size of your luggage? Worry not! The Atlantic Luggage Collection includes a variety of styles and sizes, with something for everyone.
Since we are talking about Atlantic Luggage, I got something else to tell you. Have you heard of the Atlantic Luggage and Legoland Sweepstakes? Nope? Well, you are missing out! Here’s the scoop. Did you know that as of May 2012, Legoland Florida has a brand new waterpark? That’s right, a full waterpark with a wave pool, tube slides and body slides! Not only that, families can also imagine, design, and build a unique LEGO vessel and set it afloat on the 1,000ft lazy river. Sounds really fun! I would love to take my family there one day! Would you like to visit Legoland for free? Well, you could. The awesome people at Atlantic Luggage is running a sweepstakes that will give you a chance to win a vacation for two adults and two children to Legoland in Florida! The grand prize includes 2-Day admissions to LEGOLAND Florida, hotel for 3 days 2 nights (one 4 occupancy room) and a car rental voucher for three days. Also, the prize includes a Meet and Greet with a LEGOLAND Master Model Builder and a free set of Atlantic luggage! Remember, the sweepstakes runs from now til 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. on August 1, 2012. Do not waste any more time. Sign up today and who knows, you and your family might be on your way to an awesome vacation in Legoland soon!