Friday, March 26, 2010

FREE Bella Napoli restaurant coupon giveaway. It could be yours!

Posted by Lyndi

You saw the word “free,” “restaurant,” “coupon giveaway,” Bella Napoli,” and “it could be yours!” Right?


It’s true! Thanks to Dave from, he has provided a free $15 penguin bill coupon ready to pass-along to one of you!

If you haven’t checked out his site yet or follow him on twitter, you are missing out on adventure of scoring really amazing restaurant discount coupon. Some of these deals go super-duper fast so you have to pay attention! Plus, the restaurants that participate provide these great deals in order to support their favorite charities, non-profits, and schools in Northwest Arkansas. See? Everyone wins!

So, ever been to Bella Napoli in Bentonville?

I hadn’t… so last week I went and checked it out over lunch. Located on Hwy 62/102 and J street (across the street from Walmart PMDC), Bella Napoli is tucked inside a strip mall and can be easily missed. Once I walked inside, I was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was intimate, the staff attentive, and just the right decibels of soft Italian music playing in the background. I ordered the chicken marsala with grilled zucchini and squash. Another pleasant surprise: It was quite good and an overall excellent foodie lunch experience!

Now it’s your turn. Ready to try out Bella Napoli restaurant?

How about trying it out with your very own free $15 penguin bill coupon?

What do you have to do?

Here are ways you can enter:

1. Subscribe to my RSS Feed

2. Subscribe to my email subscription

3. Follow Me on Twitter & Tweet about this giveaway

4. Write a blog post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to me – including a link to nwafoodie, too

5. Follow NWArestaurant on Twitter

6. Follow NWArestaurant on Facebook

7. Tell your favorite Northwest Arkansas restaurant that you want to see menus or specials on NWArestaurant’s site. Leave feedback on NWArestaurant and let them know who you told!

There you go. 7 entries you can have!!

Leave ONE comment for each entry. If your comment doesn't go through the first time, try it again, it's touchy!

Include the links to your posts/twitters

Winner will be chosen via randomizer on April 4th so enter now! Good luck!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

It’s about thyme!

Posted by Lyndi
Unless you have an indoor herb garden that flourishes in the winter or you have an outdoor herb garden in the summer, chances are you have to buy your fresh herbs from the grocery store.
Yes, there are several choices for us here in Northwest Arkansas where we can buy fresh herbs by the pound. Namely, Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville, The Pinnacle Station Market in Rogers, and the many wonderful Farmer’s Markets that grace our towns during summertime. Ahhh, I can’t wait.
Our remaining choice? The oh-so-wonderful illustrious plastic clamshell packaged herbs for $2.97 merchandised within the refrigerated produce section at every Walmart, Price Cutter, or Harps stores throughout our region.
Not that there is anything innately wrong with these. But let’s be honest. Almost every thyme package I purchase has at least 1/3rd of the contents already past it’s prime and I rarely get through the package before I have to throw it away. I know, I know, mostly my fault because I should incorporate fresh herbs whenever I can before they get past their prime.
Imagine my surprise and delight last evening when I discovered that Allen’s Food Market in Bella Vista has a new line of fresh herbs in an economical, smaller package for .99c! That’s right! .99c! Let’s say you want to roast a chicken with fresh thyme, rosemary, and sage… the herbs will cost you just $3.00… instead of almost $9.00!
So, if you’re in the Northwest Arkansas area, I encourage you to take the short drive North to Allen’s Food Market in Bella Vista.
It’s about thyme!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

What are leavening agents?

Posted by Lyndi

There are a lot of folks right now who are getting ready to observe the Days of Unleavened Bread. This is an annual religious observance in the spring when leavening products (symbolic of sin) are removed from the home and observers refrain from eating for one week.
So exactly what are leavening agents?

· Ammonium Bicarbonate
· Baking Powder
· Saleratus (Baking Soda)
· Baking Soda
· Hartshorn
· Carbonate of Ammonia
· Powdered Baking Ammonia
· Yeast
· Single-acting Tartrate (European)
· Phosphate Baking Powders (European)
· Bakers Yeast
· Active Dry Yeast
· Compressed Fresh Yeast
· Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate
· Dimagnesium Phosphate
· Monocalcium Phosphate Monohydrate
· Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate
· Potassium Bicarbonate
· Tartaric Acid
· Calcium Carbonate
· Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate

What are NOT leavening agents?
· Brewer’s Yeast (also called Nutritional Yeast, a complete food leftover from the process of creating alcohol)
· Autolyzed Yeast Extracts
· Yeast Extracts
· Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
· Yellow Salt Prussiate Soda
· Alum
· Egg Whites
· Cream of Tartar
· Steam or Air

Interested in learning more about the Days of Unleavened Bread? Here is a site that explains more:

How would you like fresh organic fruits and vegetables delivered to your door?

Posted by Lyndi

Did you know there is a delivery service in Fayetteville that makes weekly deliveries of organic fruits, vegetables, poultry and meats? I didn’t know this either, until recently.

Special thanks to Kristin S. for sharing this service with me… so I can share it with you!

Old Soul Organics is co-owned by brothers who used to work at Ozark Natural Foods until they started this 4 or 5 years ago. They work with many local, organic farmers to supply food that can be grown in our immediate area. The remainder of their organic produce is “selected from our large network of sustainable, organic west coast farms.”

Old Soul Organics makes weekly delivers throughout Northwest Arkansas to your home (or office) on either Thursday or Friday for a nominal delivery fee. This can be a lifesaver for those with limited time to shop, have health challenges, or just like the foodie adventure of getting a treasure chest of in-season fruits and vegetables!

Last week I made my first online order. My choice? The $29.95 “small box” of organic fruits and vegetables.

What arrived in my box?
· Organic dole bananas (3)
· Romaine lettuce (1 large)
· Kale (1 bunch)
· Green leaf lettuce (1)
· Shiitake mushrooms (11)
· Green onions (6)
· Carrots (2)
· Avocado (1)
· Cucumber (1)
· Lemon (1)
· Red Onions (2)
· Grapefruit (2)
· Mango (1)
· Valencia Orange (4 small)
· Pink Ladies Apple (4 small)
· Kiwi (2)

Whether or not you think something like this would fit your lifestyle, I personally think it is worth it to try at least just once just for the foodie experience!

So what do you think? Would you like fresh organic fruits and vegetables or naturally-raised meats and poultry delivered weekly to your door?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Did you know there are 5 new gluten-free options at PF Chang’s?

Posted by Lyndi

Hello fellow gluten-free foodies! We all know that PF Chang’s offers a gluten free menu (thank you), but did you know that last week they introduced five new gluten-free options?

1. Gluten-free Mongolian Beef (had this Friday night as take-out. Tastes just like the regular menu option!)
2. Gluten-free Hong Kong Beef with Snow Peas
3. Gluten-free Beef a la Sichuan
4. Gluten-free Pepper Steak
5. Gluten-free Beef with Broccoli

Thanks to @allaboutclean for the passing this along!

What is your favorite gluten-free menu item at PF Chang’s and why?

Might I propose a toast? Or perhaps a sip?

Posted by Lyndi

Several years ago Samantha Brown, of Travel Channel fame, was in France. She was sharing her experience of what I can only describe as a wine-crawl. One of the wine bars she entered had the cutest wine glasses that were more like miniature pint glasses. Think of an espresso cup in wine glass form. No stem. Those glasses made the wine seem so enticing and added a fun flair to the atmosphere. Forget the countryside of France, I wanted to be there at that wine bar!

I have been searching for years to find a little glass wine tumbler that resembles what I saw on the show. Now, I have found it!

Williams-Sonoma has brought back their classic Picardie glassware (they introduced it more than 40 years ago). These tumblers are made in France of heavyweight tempered glass and suitable for serving a variety of hot or cold beverages, from coffee and café au lait to breakfast juices and iced drinks. And yes, wine and spirits! They are microwavable and dishwasher safe.

I purchased the 3.2oz (2 ½” high) glasses which come in a six-pack for $13.50 + tax. This is the price I paid for them last week at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. If you do not have a Williams-Sonoma in your neck of the woods, you can always purchase them online for $15.00 + shipping.

Since purchasing these cute little glasses last week, Dennis and I have already brainstormed the many uses that we think will enhance our and our guest’s foodie experience. Like when the weather warms, we see putting these on a tray with a cheese and crackers (of course a gluten-free and dairy-free option for moi) and a decanter of wine. We imagine sitting on the back deck at evening with a flickering light, enjoying the company of loved ones.

What do you think? Isn’t $2.25 a glass worth it to enhance you and your guest’s foodie experience?
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