Happy Earth Day! Love, Starbucks
April 22, 2011 8:12

The white paper cup with a green logo has become representative of the coffee shop experience. For today, however, that will change. Bring your reusable mug or tumbler to Starbucks today and receive a free brewed, hot, or iced coffee or tea in celebration of Earth Day.

If you don’t own a reusable mug, Starbucks encourages you to buy one today by offering 20% on theirs. (Remember, even on Un-Earth Days, anytime you bring a reusable cup, Starbucks will take a dime off your drink.) Another option: ask for your coffee or tea in a ceramic “for-here” cup and Starbucks will pick up the tab...read more

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day
April 11, 2011 16:33

Swing by the nearest Ben & Jerry’s for a scoop on the house this Tuesday in celebration of the 33rd annual Free Cone Day. From noon to 8 p.m. scoop shops worldwide will be serving up complimentary cones. Unfortunately for those of us stranded in Salt City, the closet scoop shop is a far-flung 95 miles up route 90 in Pittsford, NY. 

If you’re willing to make the trek, you can taste any of their new flavors, including: 
Late Night Snack: Inspired by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – Fair Trade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with a Salty Caramel Swirl & Fudge Covered Potato Chip Clusters (the fudge uses Fair Trade cocoa, too!)
Bonnaroo Buzz: Inspired by the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – Light Coffee & Malt ice creams with Whiskey Caramel swirls & English Toffee pieces
Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream: Vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces & a caramel swirl
Clusterfluff: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Caramel Cluster Pieces, Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Swirls

Happy 40th Anniversary to Starbucks!
March 9, 2011 11:41

In addition to rolling out a new logo, the coffee company is celebrating its birthday with a limited edition spicy and full-bodied Tribute blend with berry and dark cherry notes. Stop in to order a drink between 2 and 5 p.m. this Thursday through Saturday and enjoy a complimentary Petite, Starbucks’ new less than 200 calorie treat. The dainty dessert comes in eight varieties, including whoopee pies, peanut butter mini cupcakes, and rocky road cake pops. 

Free FryDay Friday at Chick-fil-A
March 4, 2011 9:12

Today Chick-fil-A hands out free waffle fries to customers from 2 to 4 p.m. in celebration of Heinz's release of  "Dip & Squeeze" ketchupWe're always stoked about free food, but equally as exciting is this revolutionary ketchup innovation. No longer will hungry fry fiends have to smear messy ketchup all over a napkin. Instead, they can tear the top of the package to squeeze out ketchup, or peel back the film to dip fries in the convenient container. TGIFryDay!

Flippin' for Free Flapjacks: Celebrating National Pancake Day at the local IHOP with dozens of my closest strangers
March 3, 2011 16:39

Soccer-mom Subarus and second-hand Corollas fight for spots in the jam-packed parking lot of the IHOP on West Genesse. For a Tuesday night, the place is swamped, but on National Pancake Day and people will do anything for a free short stack of pancakes.

Hungry customers linger in the narrow hallway by the entrance; a tired mother with three kids hanging off her arms, a group of high stoners in tie-dye shirts, a grandfather with his princess granddaughter perched on his knee, and a gawky teen fresh from the barber shop with a Justin Beiber haircut...read more