Category: FOOD SPECIALS (12)

Free Peppercorn Shrimp at Panda Express on Wednesday


Get a free order of Peppercorn Shrimp at Panda Express on Wednesday with a coupon.

The new Thai-inspired dish is wok-tossed with marinated shrimp, asparagus, onions and red bell peppers in a spicy, bold peppercorn sauce.

Panda Express restaurants are located throughout Central and South Florida.

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Wednesday.

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Buy fresh, organic produce at Marando Farms Farmers Market in Fort Lauderdale

marandofarms.JPG I recently discovered one of the best-kept secrets in Fort Lauderdale: Marando Farms Farmers Market. This fantastic find offers fresh, organic produce and baked goods on Saturdays and Sundays right in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Owned and operated by Chelsea and Fred Marando, the market and nursery sells fresh-from-the-farm fruit and veggies, fresh eggs, potted herbs, wonderful fresh hummus, pies, breads, pizzas and frozen soups. Or grab a bag of freshly-popped heirloom popcorn (from 270-year-old seeds!) or fresh roasted peanuts. New Jersey Beefsteak Tomatoes are expected to arrive in a week or so.

The Marandos, whose mission is to produce and enhance the sustainability of farming, get the produce from organic, conventional, and transitional farms located in Florida. During Florida’s Marandobread.jpg growing season in fall and winter, the couple travel up to 800 miles around the state in their truck and bring the fresh food to back to the market.

Upping the cool factor is the U-pick, hydroponic garden where you can harvest lettuce, eggplants, tomatoes, peppers and green beans. Can’t get it fresher than that!

Further adding to the charm of the place is the chickens, rabbits and resident pigs, Templeton and Rumplestiltskin, who just welcomed two piglets into the Marando menagerie on Monday.

On Sunday nights, the Marandos donate leftover produce and goods to the grandparents raising grandchildren program at The Pantry of Broward.

“Our mission is simple: Think globally. Eat locally,” Chelsea Marando said.

The market is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays Marando%20pigs.jpgand Sundays. It is located at 1401 S.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-713-6441;

Don't forget your reusable grocery bags! After you visit the market, be sure to stop in across the street at the Eastside Antique Market & Architectural Depot at 99 SW 14th Street; 954-523-3202.

-- Doreen Christensen

Courtesy photos, Marando Farms, Cal Deal

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Get farm-fresh fruit and veggies at South Florida green markets


Visit a local farmer's market this weekend, May 22-23. To find green markets, visit

Fort Lauderdale:

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 1401 SW First Ave. 954-713-6441
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays on Riverwalk at Esplanade Park, along New River; 954-468-1541;
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, 1201 E. Las Olas Blvd.; 954-426-8436

8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd. 954-797-2293.

West Palm Beach:
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday along Second Street and Narcissus Avenue; 561-822-1515 or visit

P.S. Publix has sweet Florida corn on sale this week, 8 ears for $2. It was so good I had to go back midweek and buy more for my kids. It was fantastic!

Do you know of a great spot selling farm-fresh goods? Tell us where in the comments!

-- Doreen Christensen

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Foursquare Day: Check-in for savings

If it’s April 16, or rather 4/16 - It’s FourSquare Day, or rather 4sqday.

Bring your phone to this gig. Actually, it’s essential you bring it – it’s your invitation to participate in Foursquare Day, the next big social media party.

Local businesses, mostly eateries and bars, will cash in on the next personal global positioning trend , 4sqday, or Four Square Day.

initiated by a cell phone application of the same name, it allows people to communicate through texts mapping, on where to meet or dine –at a store, a mall, restaurant or a bar – with an event tie-in or just to hang with friends. And like a moving target – the group can move en-mass or simply co-mingle and move about to other venues. People who visit venues repeatedly and more than others in t heir group get designated as “mayors”

However you write it, it spells a trend in face-to-face gatherings. Last year’s Foursquare drew fewer than a million participants. But with people using Twitter and Facebook to detail their every move and activity, 4sqday is expected to grow in venue and consumer participation.

It’s kind of like good-old-fashioned bar-hopping. Except now, the businesses aren’t just passively standing by. They can actively promote their products and services though the same application consumers are using to gather. They can broadcast their 2-4-1 drink deals, freebies or discounts.

Read this article about how Nathan Bonilla-Warford, a Tampa optometrist who is geeky over numbers, came up with the idea of designating 4/16 as 4sqday.

Check out real-time activity and local participating businesses by searching @4sqday #4sqday #4sqdaymiami or #4sqdaysfl on

-- Follow Cindy Kent on @mindingyourbiz

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Ruby Tuesday to give away mini burgers on New Year's Day and throughout 2010

Here's a great freebie for 2010: On New Year's Day, Ruby Tuesday will give bar patrons a free Ruby Mini and fries with their first $3 drink.The restaurant will continue the free Mini offer throughout 2010 for bar patrons ordering their first $3 drink after 9 p.m.

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$1 Boston Market chicken meal!


We know you can't shop on an empty stomach, so here's a great meal deal.

Boston Market is offering a $1 chicken meal, either a quarter white or three-piece dark chicken meal served with mashed potatoes and cornbread.

Just a buck. Don't pass it up. Deal's good through Sunday, Nov. 1st. Click here to get your dollar chicken!

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$10 off Holiday Ham


Stumped over what to make for upcoming holiday dinners? It's early, but here's a thought: HoneyBaked ham.

The company has a $10 off an 8-lb. or larger HoneyBaked ham through Dec. 31. There's a flurry of holidays between now and then. Claim your coupon here.

For those who are craving the sweet ham earlier, here are offers for $7 off any size Bone-In Half Ham and an $11.99 dinner for two, including 1-lb. of ham or turkey slices, plus a side choice. These offers expire Oct. 31.

Let the festivities begin!

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Take a pledge, get eggs, give an egg

Here's a way to get a dozen eggs free with your next supermarket puchase and help a good cause:

Join America’s egg farmers in a commitment to living more healthfully and giving back to the community. For every pledge made, we will donate one egg to Feeding America – up to one million eggs! That’s in addition to the 12 million eggs donated annually. Pledging is easy. Simply provide your name, email and zip code, and “sign” the pledge by checking the box. That’s it!

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Reese's Loves You Back cash prizes

Reese's is giving away $2.5 million in instant cash prizes for a deal that will satisfy your sweet tooth and your pocketbook.

Now through Dec. 31, check specially marked Reese's chocolates wrappers for cash prizes worth $100, $25 or $10.

The company is dishing out 7,500 $100 prizes; 40,000 $25 prizes and 75,000 $10 prizes.

If you want to spare yourself the calories, you may request a free "game piece" by sending Reese's a first class-stamped envelope. Here's the link.

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Know Publix BOGO offers before you drive to the store


Who doesn't love BOGO deals? Buy one, get one free at Publix offers abound. But do you really need a BOGO offer on pickles this week?

Or maybe you do. Whatever the case, you can check on Publix's website before heading out to the store.

It makes grocery shopping just that much more... fun. Well, saving money is.

Every week, the company puts out new weekly BOGO offers that are good from Thursday through Wednesday and available at your local store.

You can search stores near you by plugging in your zip code and choosing the Wednesday through Thursday promotion. Check it out here.

--Erika "Frugal Fashionista" Pesantes.

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Borders Rewards Perks worth exploring


I recently got an invitation to join Borders Rewards Perks, open to any one who is a member of Borders. No membership fee for either club.

I found discounts on South Florida restaurants through, 15 percent off Bluefly apparel, discount movie tickets, and 25 percent off patio furniture at Home Depot. Some good deals; some not so much. Forty percent off of Nordstrom's, for example, is still often $100-plus pricetag.

But worth checking out. Sign up at any local Borders store. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Food deals: Save money at the supermarket


We told you about this site a few months agao, but it's worth another mention.

If you want to save at the supermarket, try

Expect one of those annyoying registration questionaires, but it's worth the hassle. Enter your zip code and your fave stores. The site will give you the specials.

I entered my home zip code of Delray Beach and found these specials at Publix: Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake Mix 2/$2.63, bonless rib eye, $7.99/pound and roast pork loin roast $1.99/pound.

Spend a little time at the computer and save a lot of time and money!

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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