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Birthday Goodies and Freebies

Is your birthday coming up? Do you want some good deals or freebies? Then check out the list below for some really good offers. I’ve ★ for ones that doesn’t require to ‘sign up’ to anything. Let me know if any of the offers are incorrect, have stopped offering, or any new ones you know about!


Where: The Body Shop
What: Discount of up to $10 toward your next purchase
When: Your birthday month
How: Sign up for The Body Shop’s Love Your Body™ card

Where: RW & Co.
What: 25% discount
When: Your birthday week
How: Become a member of “My RW & Connection”

Where: Sephora
What: Surprise ‘what’s new’ gift (that’s how they promote their new products)
When: Your birthday month
How: Sign up for a Beauty Insider card

Where: Old Navy Canada
What: Surprise gift
How: Subscribe to Old Navy’s e-mail list

Where: American Eagle Outfitters
What: 15% discount
When: Your birthday month
How: Join AEREWARDS, the American Eagle Rewards Program


Where: Red Robin
What: Free gourmet burger and fries
When: Your birthday week
How: Join the online eClub and receive an e-mail voucher once a year

Where: Vera’s Burger Shack
What: $10 voucher
When: Your birthday day
How: Join the Vera’s Club online

Where: Pajo’s
What: Free small fish and chips and drink or burger, fries and drink
When: Your birthday day
How: Register using the Free Birthday Meal Online form

Where: The Boathouse Restaurant
What: $25 gift card
How: Join the Westcoast Club, receive the gift card and make a reservation for two or more

Where: Boston Pizza
What: Free appetizer
When: Your birthday week
How: Sign up for the birthday club online

★ Where: Mosaic Grille at Hyatt Regency Vancouver
What: An enormous chocolate cake!
How: Tell them it’s your birthday at the start of your meal

Where: Coldstone Creamery
What: Buy 1, Get 1 Free Creation coupon
How: Sign up for the mail list online

Where: Baskin Robbins
What: Free 2.5 oz. scoop of ice cream
When: Your birthday day
How: Sign up for the birthday club

Where: Starbucks
What: Free drink
When: Your birthday day
How: Register your Starbucks card, add your birth date, and receive a birthday postcard and/or email

Where: Marble Slab
What: Free ice cream
When: Your birthday week
How: Join the mailing list

Where: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
What: Surprise birthday gift
When: Your birthday day
How: Sign up for a Rocky Card (can also be artistically personalized)

Where: Blenz
What: Free drink
When: Your birthday day
How: Sign up with the Friends of Blenz Club

Where: JOEY Restaurant’s
What:The percent equivalent of your age off the entire table’s bill up to a max of $25 (if you are turning 25, 25% off, to a total max of $25 off)
How: You must show them your ID and you must join their E-Club

★ Where: Swiss Chalet
What: Free dessert
When: Your birthday day
How:You must show them your ID

★ Where: Steamrollers (some locations – ie. Robson + Bute)
What: Free burrito
When: Your birthday day
How: You must show them your ID

Where: Tarts Bakery at Broadway & Granville
What: Free tartlet
When: Your birthday day
How: Sign up for their email newsletter

Where: Booster Juice
What: Free drink
When: Your birthday day
How: Need to sign up for Booster Nation at least 24 hours prior to your birthday

Where: Dairy Queen
What: A free ice cream treat
How:  You must join the Blizzard Fan Club

Where: The Keg Steakhouse and Bar
What:  A free slice of Billy Miner Pie
How:  You must have purchased food and you must show them your ID

Where: IHOP Restaurant
What: Free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Meal
When: Right away (just for signing up), every year on your anniversary of joining and every year on your birthday
How: Need to sign up

Where: David’s Tea
What: Free tea
When: Your birthday day
How: Join David’s Tea Frequent Steeper Club

Where: participating Denny’s
What: Free Grand Slam Breakfast
When: Your birthday day
How: You must provide a valid ID

Lin Chinese Cuisine

Click to add a blog post for Lin Chinese Cuisine on ZomatoFor lunch, I was craving some Chinese, so I remembered walking by a sandwich board (yes! they work!) whenever I pass by that area. So I thought to give the place a try.
I ordered the Beef & Broccoli under the Lunch Special menu. All sets are $7.99 and comes with rice and your choice of soup; either Hot & Sour or Chicken Corn. I looooooooove hot and sour, but my stomach can’t handle spicy stuff the past few years, so I opted for Chicken Corn.

idearabbit-lins1I went in, and the place was really busy. There were 4 servers running around taking orders and maneuvering the dishes to the tables. The lady took my order, and my total  came to $9.40. I thought there was some mistake, but the gentleman after me also ordered something off the Lunch Special menu and the staff also told him $9.40. GST as far as I know is only 5% – that’s 40 cents. So I wonder if their pricing has gone up to $8.99 instead and their menu hasn’t been updated for some reason. Otherwise, the only explanation I could come up with is that there is a 13% tip or service charge added. If anyone know why, please let me know. I will like to inquire about it next time. I know it’s not a huge difference, but still.

idearabbit-lins2 idearabbit-lins3Either way, it was a good price. The sauce for the beef and broccoli was very tasty and really went well with the white rice. The beef was soft and tender. I really don’t like fatty meat, and I was worried there might be with a cheap dish, but the beef was quite good. With the high cost of meat (especially beef) these days, I was happy with the price, portion and quality. The soup was really good, and I really liked the smoothness of the egg.
I was really stuffed at the end, and quite satisfied. I would definitely go back again for lunch. So close to my office. I would however, next time call ahead so I don’t have to wait there long…it’s busy, so give it at least 15 minutes. The lady kept shouting Chinese to me, actually, the first time, I didn’t even know she was talking to me cuz I thought she was talking to the other staff. They’re multitasking, so I had no idea. Every time she did, I looked at her with a blank expression, finally, she remembered that I don’t understand Chinese.
The sandwich board is pretty worn out, and it’s a bit of a hole in the wall, but the interior isn’t too bad. They have about 3 steps at the entrance, so it’s not wheelchair accessible unless you have someone able to help you – though it is tight, space wise too.

Second Time

idearabbit_lin4This time, I ordered the Shanghai Style Chow Mein $10.99. Again it was a pretty good portion and tasty.

*Note: Actual prices are higher than indicated on Zomato or their take out menu.

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