Sponsored Giveaway: Four One Year-Long L.A. Blackboard Eats Subscriptions

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Hallelujah!! Packers won Super Bowl XLV!!

In celebration and in collaboration with Blackboard Eats, I’m happy to be giving out four one year-long Los Angeles area Blackboard Eats subscriptions (valued at $20 each) to four lucky winners. The winners will be chosen at random from a pool of commenters who correctly answer this question:

What kind of car do I drive?

Whether you know me or not, the correct answer to this question is very easily found somewhere on this blog.

If you’re not familiar with Blackboard Eats, it’s only one of my favorite websites for discounts at restaurants around Los Angeles. Unlike pay-ahead services where the failure to show up is built into the business model, Blackboard Eats will give its subscribers a straight 30% off for using their code – just be sure to tell your server before you close out (and tip based on the pre-discount amount of the check). 

Recently, they started charging $1 per code (or $20 for unlimited codes for a full year, which is what you can win here) to recoop their administrative costs and to encourage those who rush to get the limited-in-supply codes to actually use them. Be sure to check out the upcoming specials on their website.

So, back to my giveaway. In order to be entered to win, put your answer to the above question in comments, while making sure to correctly fill in your email in the comment form (or sign-in via Twitter/Facebook accordingly and check those accounts on Friday) so I can notify you in the case you’ve won! The contest will close on Friday afternoon (February 11, 2011) at 4 PM, when I’ll pick the four winners at random. You must respond to me within the 36 hours thereafter or I will have to pick a runner-up.

Good luck!!

Weekend Brunch Now at Dominick’s

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Dominick’s, the neighborhood hangout on Beverly (no, not Jerry’s Famous Deli), is one of those places you can rely on for great, Italian food in a great atmosphere. Fortunately, they’ve recently also implemented a weekend brunch with some tasty options on the menu – complete with some cocktails, of course.

Now, you can enjoy brunch on their covered, pleasant patio or inside their 50’s-ish tiled, dark wooded restaurant from 9 AM – 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Try their airy blueberry ricotta pancakes and pair it with a mimosa ($12 per bottle of Prosecco!). Or, take a look at a sampling of their brunch menu below for your other options:

Polenta Waffles with Strawberries, Whipped Mascarpone & Warm Honey – $9
Biscuit & Mushroom Fontina Gravy – $8
Soft White Corn Polenta & Two Fried Eggs with Parmesan Cheese – $9
Smoked Salmon, Herb Waffles & Poached Eggs with Dill Hollandaise – $15
Wood Grilled Oysters with Oregano, Crushed Red Pepper, Garlic, Lemon & Butter – $15
Zucchini Pancakes with Cucumber Mint Yogurt – $9
Prosciutto & Warm Ricotta with Arugula on a toasted Baguette – $11
Wood Grilled Hamburger with Burrata, Roasted Tomato Mostarda & Speck – $12

Cocktails include:

Dom’s Bloody Mary – $9
Strawberry Bellini – $11
Arnold Palmer – $9
Cardamom Crisp – $12

I’d say brunch in a former Frank Sinatra Rat Pack hangout is not a bad way to start off a weekend morning. And if you were smart and got the Blackboard Eats discount recently for 30% off, I’d say your next trip to Dominick’s is a win-win.

Brunch served: Saturdays and Sundays

9 AM – 3 PM

Dominick’s
8715 Beverly Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
310.652.2335

Mo-Chica: A Peruvian Oasis in South L.A.

Ceviche (Market Fish, Seaweed, Peruvian Corn, Leche de Tigre) $5

About a little more than three weeks ago, you may have gotten the Blackboard Eats code for 30% off Mo-Chica. You may have gotten it because you’ve heard about Chef Ricardo Zarate. You may have gotten it because you were curious about Peruvian food. Well if there were a legit Blackboard Eats post that I ever wrote with urgency, let it be this one because your Mo-Chica code is about to expire this weekend.

Causa (Peruvian Potato Salad) $4

To start off, there are few things that will draw me into Trojan Land. No, I don’t harbor Trojan bittnerness as a Westwood-bred Bruin; it’s just like anything else. It better be for something specific. Like soul food. Or Chanos. Or the start of The Great Walk of LA. A Revlon Run-Walk or Nike event. Or yes, now: Mo-Chica. Ask Caroline – she was a little skeeved, though neither of us were familiar with the Mercado Paloma marketplace, a food court of sorts. Nancy, who wrote the Mo-Chica post on Caroline’s blog, was a pro, though, as a Trojan.

Each entree averages around $10 – which, considering the food, is quite a bargain for how much flavor Mo-Chica packs in each dish. I was especially impressed with the range of dishes with not even a consequence of nutrition value guilt. No dish was particularly heavy, and the thought that I was missing out never occurred to me. I was full, all right, while wanting to chase more tastebud titillations if only I had the capacity to digest them, too. The dishes, which centered around seafood, were perfectly executed in flavor and even portion…you wanted just another bite but knew that the next dish lay just around the corner. That’s how good Mo-Chica is. After all, it’s probably no accident that it’s a repeat mention for @thejgold, who also named it as the Best Peruvian Ceviche he’s had outside of Peru. First things first, I need to visit Peru.

Arroz Con Marisco (Peruvian Paella With Mixed Seafood) $13

I’ll take Mo-Chica – the contemporary equivalent – in the meantime.

Because I had read about the Ceviche and the Causa – both of which were indeed mind-blowing. But nothing was to prepare me for the Arroz Con Marisco, which was so packed with seafood in every bite (tiny clams especially), I couldn’t believe how deliciously hearty this rice dish was for the flavor and value. I might have to order this dish every time I return, just so I’m sure not to miss any seafood goodness (I am always a seafood pasta kind of girl when in Italy, too).

Special: Monk Fish and Fava Beans $13

The special that we ordered this night went beyond our expectations – and I never remember ever having liked Fava Beans as much as I did at Mo-Chica. The fish was perfectly cooked and tender and the sauce had a ton of flavor which bordered on a kind of curry. The texture of the dish had a nice gumminess thanks to the beans, and it became clear that this was a main dish, an entree.

Passion Fruit Creme Brulee

For dessert: Get the passion fruit creme brulee. The top layer was thankfully perfectly torched in our rendition, and the consistency of the custard was super creamy, dense and packed a whole lot of passion fruit flavor. Divine.

So don’t let this Blackboard Eats code go to waste. The entrees average about $10 with the appetizers starting at half that; apply the 30% off and you are in contemporary Peruvian heaven at a bargain.

Mo-Chica
3655 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA‎ 90007
213.747.2141‎

@mo_chica

Strike the Deal, Close the Deal: Blackboard Eats Makes LA Noms Affordable

Roasted Crab at Shiro

Ever been to Susan Feniger’s Street? What about Shiro in South Pasadena? Are you jonesin’ for Mozza2Go? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try Grace without breaking the bank. Or perhaps you’ve been looking for an opportunity to try City Sip or The Foundry on Melrose.

Grilled Sonoma Lamb at Grace (Prix fixe menu)

Well now Blackboard Eats gives you good reason to try different eateries all around the city once per week, thanks to their decently-sized discounts and special offers. Angelenos and New Yorkers can sign up for the newsletter online while expecting to get notified of the latest deal – but don’t sit on it because you have 24 hours to get your own personal code (click “Get this special”) and 30 days to take advantage of the discount or special offer at the featured restaurant. Yes – those 30 days are pertinent. I have lamented with fellow deal-seekers about letting a few codes expire.

Since September, Blackboard Eats’ specials have always been solid. I don’t remember an offered discount amounting to less than 30% off – so customers don’t have to be wary of bait and switch tactics so often paired with introductory deals. Just remember to have your code – which you can have sent to your phone straight from the website – and to alert your server that you are there for Blackboard Eats. Forget your code? Log in to the website on your smartphone and they list all the codes for you in one place. Codes are usually good for dine-in only and for a maximum party of 6 – so you can rest assured your friends will also score when they’re out on the town with you. Win-win.

I’ve used several codes already – including at the aforementioned restaurants and have always come out pleased with the check, much less the food! So I can tell that the scouts over at Blackboard are doing great investigative work with the hip and happenin’ establishments in Los Angeles right now. Case in point – today’s offer is a $20 prix fixe dinner at Mercantile (only open since November) – and my second trip to the wine bar was just a couple days ago, when I found out they offer wifi. You still have a few hours to score the Mercantile deal!

A friendly reminder: Please remember to tip your servers on the basis of the full value of the check!! We want to continue giving our restaurants incentive to offer us great discounts; pay it forward.

Further reading:

Blackboard Eats gives foodies discounts at high-end restaurants – LA Times

Blackboard Eats Newsletter
Various restaurants and locations

@blackboardeats