In honor of Veteran's Day, which is tomorrow, Wednesday November 11th, many restaurants are having specials, where veteran's or current military and sometimes their families will be honored with free food. Here is a list of the ones I've currently come across. Most are only available on Veteran's Day, require proof of military service or military id, are for dine in only, and only at participating restaurants. If you know of more gratitude meals for veterans, please add them in the comments.
NOTE: There are lots of lists of places that have Veterans Day specials out on the net...if I went to a restraunts website and found no mention of these deals, I didn't list them. You might check a specific stores Facebook page as they post deals there. I also only listed those specials local to the San Francisco Bay Area. There are a ton of places back east that also have specials.
APPLEBEES - Free meal from selected menu for all veterans and active military (burger, pasta, chicken, shrimp sirloin meals).
BJ'S RESTAURANT AND BREWHOUSE - Free entree under $12.95 for veterans and active military.
BLACK ANGUS - Free Steakhouse Bacon Cheeseburger and Fries for all veterans and active duty military personnel.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS - Small order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries for veterans and active duty military from 4-7pm.
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN - Free entree for all veterans and active military - Pizza, pasta, salads
CATTLEMANS - Small Sirloin Steak Dinner for all active, inactive and retired military.
CHILI'S - Any lunch combo or choice of dinner meal from select menu for all veterans and active military.
COCO'S - Free slice of pie for all veterans and active duty military (no purchase necessary).
DENNY'S - Build your own Grand Slam (from 5am to noon) for active, non-active or retired personnel.
HOOTERS - Military eat free - all veterans and active military can choose from one of the free items being given out (wings, burger, salad, sandwich). Drink purchase required.
IHOP - Free short stack of Red, White and Blue Pancakes - all veterans and active duty military. From 7am to 7pm.
KRISPY KREME - Free doughnut and small coffee - all veterans and active duty military.
LITTLE CEASARS - Free $5 Hot and Ready lunch combo from 11am to 2pm. (NOTE: Limited to the 1st 30 veterans or active military)
MOD PIZZA - Free MOD size pizza or salad for veterans and active duty military.
OLIVE GARDEN - Free entree from list for veterans and active duty military (unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks and choice of pastas, chicken).
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE - Free Bloomin Onion and beverage with military id (as a note, until December 31st, they are giving 15% off to military personnel plus their families. If you are currently deployed, they will send you a raincheck voucher for the free Bloomin Onion for when you come home).
RED LOBSTER - Free appetizer or dessert - for veterans...deal good from 11/09 to 11/12 (no mention of requiring purchase).
RED ROBIN - Free Red's Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries for all veterans and active duty service members.
STARBUCKS - Free tall brewed coffee for veterans, active duty service members and spouses.
WIENERSCHNITZEL - Free Chili Dog and small Pepsi for all veterans and active duty military.
Check locally as many local chains or Mom and Pop restaurants or food places are having military specials. Many other restaurants are donating money to the military or veterans for meals or items purchased on Veterans Day (like Cinnabon donating $1 for every CinnaPack purchased). Do check your local businesses for any donations they may be making on your purchases.
I've never had a problem with clowns. Oh there was the occasional creep out (Stephen Kings "IT" comes to mind), but I've never been one to freak out when I see a clown. Not when I was a kid, not when I was an adult. Bozo. Krusty. Red Skelton. All lovable. And Killer Klowns From Outer Space? One of the best Halloween movies ever. So no, I'm not one of those that gets scared by clowns.
Well, until now. For some reason Halloween of 2015 seems to be rampant with scary clowns. From masks to pathway markers, clowns seem to be the it (no pun intended) Halloween scare. And for some reason, I'm totally creeped out by all the creepy clowns. I don't like them, I don't like them at all. Somewhere along the way, my clown tolerance decide to hide, and the Killer Clowns decided to come out to play. I think I may have to stay inside this year and not venture out. Cuz the clowns are going to come out to play. I repeat, the clowns are going to come out to play. Run. Hide. Do not except those tied into animals balloons. It's a trick. And if you happen to be one of those (until now likable) folks that have clown paintings all over your house? Um, it was nice knowing you. Make the clowns go away.
Every month I receive a box of sample sizes of artisan food products from Hatchery. I love the fact that they include recipes online that use the amount of the sample items provided. Makes it easy to figure out what to make with these small sizes of product.
For June, one of the products featured was Cucumber Balsamic Vinegar from Olivelle. The recipe Hatchery provided was for these Watermelon Caprese Skewers. Both Mr. L and I admit, we were a bit leery about cheese and watermelon, but these turned out to be quite tasty. I will definitely make these again.
WATERMELON CAPRESE SKEWERS WITH CUCUMBER WHITE BALSAMIC
1 small watermelon, cut into cubes 1 16 ounce log of mozzarella, thinly sliced 1 bunch basil, leaves removed from stem Olivelle Cucumber White Balsamic Vinegar Toothpicks/skewers
Assemble the skewers: add watermelon cube, basil leaf, and mozzarella slice. Repeat with the rest of the components.
Serve on a platter and dress with Olivelle Cucumber White Balsamic. Serves 10-15.
NOTE: Since it was just Mr. L and I, I didn't make a full batch. I just cut up some of the ingredients and made about 7 of the skewers.
NOTE: I'm sure you can make this with any balsamic vinegar but the Cucumber White Balsamic does give it a nice flavor and keeps it clean looking (where a dark balsamic doesn't). I added the vinegar to the watermelon since it sucked up the liquid better and then swashed a bit over the whole skewer.
NOTE: The mozzarella log is round. To make these look good, I had to chop the sides off the cheese to make them square. I did that for the photos. After I just cut the rounds in half. Not the best presentation but still tasted the same.
Over the years myself, my husband, my mom, and many of my friends have belonged to one wine club or another. It's always fun to try new wines and find new favorites, not to mention having the wine delivered directly to your door. At some point Mr. L and I looked around and realized we actually had too much wine (I know, that seems like such an impossible possibility) so we decided to join a champagne club and have champagne delivered directly to our door instead.
Believe it or not, every once in a while, after we open a bottle of champagne, there is actually some left. Again, such an impossible possibility, but it does happen. So I usually go looking for some dish I can use the leftover champagne in. This time I found a recipe on Pinterest that used the champagne and included ingredients I had on hand.
This dish was good enough that I'd actually open a bottle of champagne to make it again. And again. And again. One of the reasons I chose this recipe as opposed to others was that there is no cream, which I think makes this a lighter (and therefore healthier, and therefore I feel no guilt in eating this) dish.
chicken breasts or thighs (skin on, bone in) shallots brut Champagne mushrooms fresh tarragon
NOTE: I used chicken thighs.
NOTE: You'll need a cup of champagne so when you open the bottle in the morning for those mimosas, you might want to set aside the champagne for dinner before you begin. Otherwise you might drink more than you think and not have enough...then you'd have to open another bottle of champagne. And then if you forget again, you'll just keep opening bottles...and then you won't be awake to be able to cook the dish for dinner. Trust me. I have personal knowledge.
Sometimes it's the simple things that make me smile when it comes to Halloween props. This "Meat Hook Chain Garland" is so simple (and inexpensive coming it at only $13.59), but hang several of these around the house, in your dungeon, on the garage door or even out the back of the car window, and you could probably scare a few people. Or many.
These are made out of plastic, are 12.0 " H x 12.0 " W with a 3.0" depth. They were originally found at Target here (though they are currently sold out). (skull and death figurine not included).