Monday, November 21, 2011

Good morning!  I hope y’all had a great weekend.  I feel like my weekend was filled with food, fun, productivity and shopping.  Friday night we had dinner at Zapatista, a Mexican restaurant in Lincoln Park.  As I mentioned Friday, I had a Travelzoo voucher we put to use.  The amount of items we got with the $39 voucher was ridiculous – guacamole, salad (although Ben opted not to have one; surprise, surprise), fajitas and enchiladas, bananas foster and two margaritas! 


Carne Asada Fajitas:
Note: these aren't my pics; found them on Google, but this is exactly what mine looked like)

Served with:



The guacamole was made fresh, although it wasn’t tableside.  I’m not sure if it’s because Ben ordered it mild or what, but we both agreed that there was too much lime.  My salad was delicious; mixed greens (dark and luscious purples and greens), with a chili-basalamic vinaigrette dressing.  Light and just ever so spicy.  My fajitas came out in a sizzle “lava” bowl.  They were delicious, but I was so full from chips, guac and salad that I didn’t eat much of them (hence, my lunch today being leftover fajitas).  The margaritas were good.  We both opted for them on the rocks and they were tasty; unfortunately for $8 a pop they were rather small. 

However, I think Ben and I will both agree that the most entertaining portion of our meal was the dessert.  The waitress recommended the bananas foster so we went for it.  A server comes out with a metal bowl and says “watch out”. Next thing you know he is pouring liquids (alcohol?) over the bananas and we have a three foot flame in front of us.  Unfortunately we weren’t quick enough to get out our camera and take a picture. It tasted just as good as it looked.  Without the voucher, we would have paid $66 for everything, which still isn’t too bad considering what we got.  The atmosphere was kind of dark and romantic.  We called ahead at 6:30 to see if we needed reservations and were told to come in at 7:30.  The restaurant is fairly big (although awkwardly shaped like an “L”, but when we came in there were just a few handfuls of tables.  By the time we left, the place was packed!  We both agreed that for the total package; price, food and ambiance, it’s going on our list of dining options for the future.

I’ll continue with the rest of our weekend in another post because I want to share the sales; plus I have a a ton to talk about and to share everything in one post would get rather lengthy.

·         AT Loft: Up to 60% off sweater dresses (in store only); take extra 50% off all sale items (in store and online); online today only take 40% off entire purchase with code TAKE40
·         Banana Republic/Gap/Old Navy: 35% off, today and online only with code MERRY. Plus get back 10% on your BR purchase when you shop via ebates.com
·         Macys: Today: extra 15% off regular and sale prices with code GOBBLE
·         Pottery Barn: 20% off holiday outdoor d├ęcor: trim, lanterns, doormats and more through 11/22
·         Restaurant.com: Through 11/23, get $25 gift certificates for $2 with code SHOP (plus get back 10% on your purchase via ebates.com)
·         Shutterfly: Last day for 40% off photobooks with code BOOK40 (plus get back 10% when you purchase via ebates.com)
·         Snapfish Buy one photo book, get two free with code NOVBOOKS through 11/26.  Books can be different (not all three copies of one book). Buy one calendar get two of the same style free with code 3CALENDARS through 11/22. Plus get back 20% of purchase when you shop via ebates.com
·         World Market: 50% off turkey prep items through 11/23; 25% off furniture coupon expires 11/24
·         Zazzle: 25% off skateboards, canvas, posters, sweatshirts/long-sleeve shirts, and steins/travel mugs with code STOCKINGBUST through 11/27 (plus get back 10% of purchase price when you shop via ebates.com)

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