I don’t always take pictures of my food, but when I do, I post them on Facebook

Don’t you just hate those people who take pictures of their food?  It’s so unnecessary, right?  I mean the food is there for you to eat, not to look at.  I used to judge those people.  And lo and behold, I became one of them.  I don’t always take pictures of my food.  But when I do, I post them on Facebook.  I’m not one of those people who has to instagram every single thing she eats.  I don’t even have instagram actually.  Which is probably for the best.

If I’m eating something bland or unexciting, then I see no reason to have to share it with the world.  But when it’s some sort of unique concoction that I know people would either be jealous of or judge me for eating, then I feel it’s somehow justified.  So I just wanted to share with you the fact that I had a pizza burger the other night.  I love when you can get two things in one like that.  The pizza burger is the newest addition to the Boston Pizza menu.  I opted for the pepperoni and bacon one.  Because why wouldn’t you want the extra meat?

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Pepperoni & bacon pizza burger at Boston Pizza

I used to be one of those people who always felt compelled to finish everything off their plate.  But on occasion I now find myself bringing home leftovers.  In this case, it’s understandable, because the pizza burger was pretty much like eating a pizza and a burger.  So really it was two meals in one.  Literally, because I ate the rest of it for lunch the following day.

Did you know that Boston Pizza actually puts instructions on their take home boxes as to what to do with your leftover food?  They tell you how long you have before you have to refrigerate it, how to store it, how to reheat it, and how many days you have left before you have to eat it.  And so I put it in the fridge when I got home, as it says to do so within two hours.  When I entered the kitchen, my dad looked at me, saw that I was wearing my boots and my jacket, and said, “Where are you going??” because it was late.  I then informed him that I’d just gotten home.  Apparently he didn’t realize I wasn’t in the house up until that moment.

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Thanks for telling me what to do with my leftover food. I wouldn’t have known otherwise.

I also abided by the instruction of eating the food within one to two days.  Obviously.  Why would I leave it for three days?  I don’t have that kind of willpower.  I didn’t bother to divide my food.  It wasn’t a large amount.  And I completely ignored the reheating instructions.  I ate that pizza burger cold.  Because I’m a rebel like that.

Free birthday pasta at Boston Pizza

Two days after my birthday, I decided to use my Boston Pizza birthday deal.  If you sign up for the Boston Pizza email club, you get a coupon for either a free pasta or a free dessert.  Since the pastas cost more than the desserts, it seemed only logical to redeem the coupon for a free pasta.

I met my friends at the Boston Pizza on Broadway after work.  Unlike the Red Robin on Broadway, the Boston Pizza does still exist.  I’m glad I avoided having two fails in a row.  That would have been embarrassing.

I chose spaghetti and meatballs for my dinner.  Simple, yet delicious.  And it came with garlic bread.  The portions are huge, so I still had some leftover as well.  And it’s very rare for me to have any leftovers.

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Spaghetti and meatballs

Stella Artois happened to be on special that day.  When I went to Red Robin, I didn’t get asked for my ID.  I was surprised, since I get ID’d everywhere.  I thought maybe now that I was 24, that was it.  But I was mistaken.  I got ID’d at Boston Pizza.  I’m pretty sure my waiter was younger than me too.  Oh well.  He brought me my beer and that’s all that matters.

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Stella Artois

When you sign up for the Boston Pizza newsletter, not only do they send you a coupon on your birthday, you also get a coupon for a free starter, just for signing up.  I didn’t want to use two coupons in one day.  I’m not sure if you’re allowed.  So the following week, I went to the Boston Pizza on No. 3 Road in Richmond and got my free Boston Pizza bread with bolognese dip.

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Boston Pizza bread

There was no Stella on special that day, so I opted for a cocktail.  I don’t remember what it was exactly.  It was sweet.  And I loved how it came with a gummy worm.  That’s true class and maturity right there.

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Cocktail with a gummy worm

The Boston Pizza deal is pretty awesome, since you get an entire pasta and they give you over a week to redeem it.  And the starter is a nice bonus.  The only way it could be better is if they offered free birthday drinks as well.  But that’s probably asking for too much.  I’m more than happy with free pasta and bread.  I love my carbs.

Free birthday stuff

My birthday was over a month ago.  July 31st.  The same birthday as Harry Potter.  In case you might want to know that.  Anyway, this year, I decided to cash in on as many free birthday deals as I could find.  And I think I did pretty well with it.  But I’m hoping to do even better with it next year.  Because I can.  So why not?  Everyone loves free stuff.  And so I thought I would try and share the information with everyone so that you too can cash in on these great deals when your birthday comes around.

I posted on Facebook and Twitter about all the free birthday deals I got as I was getting them.  And people have been asking how I managed to get all those deals.  I’m pretty on top of stuff like that.  Some people ridicule me for it and think I’m just really cheap, while others are actually envious and want to follow suit.  This post is for those in the latter group.  But it could also be for those in the former as well.  Blogging about my free birthday deals is taking things a step even further, and if you enjoy ridiculing me, this will give you yet another reason to do so.  You’re welcome.

I remember when I told my aunt about the free birthday meals I got, she said “I could have just bought you a meal for your birthday.”  But that’s not the same thing.  I wanted it to be free not in the sense that I didn’t have to pay for it, but in the sense that no one had to pay for it.  That way you don’t feel like you owe anyone.  It’s just better that way.

I’m going to apologize now because I’ve been rambling on and still haven’t given you any of the information you need as to how to get free birthday stuff.  I’ve actually decided I’m going to break all the deals up into separate blog posts.  My original intent was to put them all in one, but that would take far too long for me to write and for you to read.  And no one wants that.  Halfway through you’d be like “Screw it, I’m just gonna go out and buy my own Red Robin burger.”  Plus this way, you’ll get to find out about a new deal everyday.  Or every other day.  Or however often I decide to post one, depending on how caught up I am with my blogging.

But for now, I’ll leave you with a list of places that offer free birthday deals that I was able to obtain this year.  The information as to how to get these deals will soon follow in the not too distant future.

Boulevard Casino

Sephora

Blenz

Pajo’s Fish and Chips

7-Eleven

Red Robin

Boston Pizza

Marble Slab

IHOP

For some reason I thought the list was longer.  But I think that’s it.  There are many more deals than the ones listed above, but those are the ones that I was able to use this year.  Here is a list of a few other places that offer free birthday deals but that I didn’t get the chance to use this year.

Starbucks

Denny’s

Milestones

Vera’s Burger Shack

Dairy Queen

Orange Julius

Booster Juice

Baskin Robbins

The Boathouse

The Keg

And this list goes on and on.  Also note, the deals I’ve mentioned are all for Vancouver, BC.  If you live elsewhere, you’ll have to do your own research.  Or if you’re too lazy, tell me where you live and I’ll research it for you.  Because everyone deserves free stuff on their birthday.