NYC Restaurant Week Is Back with $5 Amex Offer

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It’s back! NYC Restaurant for summer 2015 will be running from July 20 to August 14. As seen in the past few times, Amex is offering $5 credit back for every $25 charged at any of the participating restaurants (up to 4 times).  It seems the prices go up every time so this would be a little bit of help. Check here for a list of participating restaurants. And don’t forget to reserve with OpenTable just to get some extra credits.

Let us know if you’ve checked out any good restaurants. I seem to go to the same ones all the time. My favorite restaurants are always Hatsuhana and Cherry!

American Kennel Club’s Meet the Breeds of 2015

This year’s American Kennel Club Meet the Breeds event was held on Valentine’s Day on Feb 14, 2015 in the middle of another snowstorm at Pier 92 of New York City. Tickets were available for sale online at $20 for the Meet the Breeds event and if you’re interested in watching the Westminister Masters Agility Championship, you can add another $15 for a total of $35 for both events.

This year, the Agility Championship and Meet the Breeds were in separate buildings. And despite the snowy weather, there were many people (with many bringing their families) lining up for the event.

Line for Meet the Breeds in the snow

Line for Meet the Breeds in the snow

 

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Westminister Kennel Club Agility Championship

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Deal Alert: American Express $5 for NYC Restaurant Week 2014

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There’s still one more week of NYC Restaurant Week left and wanted to remind those who have AmEx credit cards to not forget to use this offer. Get $5 off every $25 purchase at any participating restaurant from now till Aug 15, 2014. And NO, you do NOT need to order only from the restaurant week menu, as long as you have $25 to charge on your credit card, it would qualify.

Make sure to register your AmEx card here. And you can take advantage of this offer as many times as you want. It’s not just a one time deal.

Here is a list of participating restaurants. Happy Summer Eating!

Booking Tips for Cheap Flights

Summer’s already in full swing, how many of you have summer travel plans already? I’ve been asked for help with tips to book cheap flights before (and this includes Tracy, our dear co-author here on FatPiggy). So I figured I’ll consolidate some of the tips here so that it’ll be easy to look up next time.

Tip #1 – Book Early

I know that sounds silly but it’s true and it’s also a double edge sword. If your travel dates are not flexible (especially during the holidays, it’s best to book early – as early as 6 months ahead). The problem with booking too early is that many airlines might not have flights planned out that far ahead yet and that means new flight plans, more seats and possibly cheaper airfare.

Tip #2 – The Seat Next to You Could be DOUBLE What You Pay 

If you ever try to ask how much the guy sitting next to you in Economy class paid for his seat, you could be in for a big surprise because it’s very likely that the price difference could be up to $500 (if not more!). Flight prices aren’t just divided into Coach vs Economy, there are multiple price categories and in each category, the airline is willing to offer X number of tickets at a certain price point. This is why when you’re searching on Expedia or Orbitz and you’ll see headlines like “4 tickets left at this price point!” because there really are only 4 more tickets left in the price category. And based on how well the flight sells and other stats, the airline can revisit the cheaper price categories just to fill up the flight.

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Nom Nom Paleo Book Signing in NYC

2014-05-20 19.28.16 Last month, Michelle Tam from Nom Nom Paleo came to NYC for a book signing. The event was held at Hu Kitchen, which is apparently THE paleo restaurant of NYC. The event was from 7pm – 9pm and there were raffles being held periodically. The prizes were the Nom Nom Paleo doll, knee high socks, and a slow cooker. I didn’t win anything but still enjoyed the event. I got to take a picture with Michelle and tried out some gluten free, dairy free lasagna.

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Two Days in NYC – Day 2

From my previous post, I spoke about my relatives 2 day visit back in July. I planned a long tiring day that did not go according to plan. So as expected, the same happened for day 2 as well.

My original plan:

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Lunch at XO Kitchen
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Walk to Soho through Little Italy
3:00pm – 3:30pm
Taim – 45 Spring St, New York 10012
3:30pm – 5:30pm
The High Line
5:30pm – 7:00pm
City Hall
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Dinner – Fried Chicken in Koreatown?
9:00pm – 10:00pm
The Spot – Dessert

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Two Days in NYC – Day 1

Back in July, some relatives of mine came to NYC with the plan of spending only 2 days here. Being the excited host and planner that I am, I planned out the 2 days in great detail. I really wanted my cousin to be able to see the best of NYC had to offer and wanted to squeeze in the restaurants/eateries she sent me (apparently she loves yelp). What made it easier was that she wanted to visit MoMa and the High Line which made my job easier for planning. She is a huge kpop fan so I definately wanted to take her to Koreatown.

This is what my plan looked like:

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Lunch – Korea town
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Walk around 34th Street
2:30pm – 3:00pm
Travel to MoMa
3:00pm – 5:00pm
MoMa – 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY ‎
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Central Park walk to Columbus Square
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Dinner at St Marks – St Marks
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Walk around 42nd St

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Michael Pollan’s “Cooked” book talk and signing

Michael Pollan came to NYC in April to promote his new book “Cooked” at the Barnes & Nobles at Union Square. For those that don’t know who he is, he is an American author of many food related books such as In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and  has been involved with many food documentaries such as King Corn [2007] and Food, Inc [2008]. He’s an advocator of eating real food (unrefined and non-processed) and is against factory farming of animals.

This was my first book talk and signing event ever and I did not know what to expect. I was surprised how many people showed up for the event. I had to stand in the standing section since the seating section was already filled up.

Barnes & Nobles book event area

Barnes & Nobles book event area

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Game of Thrones: The Exhibition – Should you go?

Entrance to The Game of Thrones: The Exhibition in NYC

Entrance to The Game of Thrones: The Exhibition in NYC

While this post is about the Game of Thrones: The Exhibition event in New York City that took place from March 28 to April 3, 2013, the general event will most likely be the same across all locations. Fans in the Belfast area will get to a chance to view many of the props and costumes of the popular HBO show and most importantly, take a picture on the Iron Throne! The event is from June 8 – June 17, 2013.

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We’re Going to Italy!

(Transferred from TripsWithUs, our travel blog.)

We’re off to another trip again! This time we’re avoiding the Asian continent and heading to Europe instead. And no more rush rush, gotta see everything! We plan to take it easy and stay in one country (at least this way we don’t have to worry about switching languages and time zones in a 2 week time frame).

With our Italian cultural knowledge limited to high school Roman mythology and Italian language classes, we chose to visit the better known Italian cities: Venice, Florence, and Rome.

Most European cities are packed during the summer time with tourists. So we decided to go in late October when the weather is cooler and there’s a little less tourists around major sites.

From JFK off to FCO

From JFK off to FCO

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