Breakfast Pizza for Food N Flix

Do you sometimes re-watch a movie you just adored in your teen years to see if you still feel the same way? I do occasionally. Sometimes they are still good, sometimes not. There is one movie however that never fails to live up to my original satisfaction and it just so happens that this particular film is this month’s Food ‘n Flix choice. OK enough suspense, the movie is The Breakfast Club.

Now there are not many food references in the movie besides the title and the scene of the lunch break but inspiration came easy. What do teenagers like to eat? Junk food, especially pizza. What is the most important meal of the day? Breakfast of course. So I think this Breakfast Pizza would be a hit with all pre and post pubescents.



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Tabouleh Salad

There is nothing like buying a little bit of fresh herbs to give humph and a clean flavor to a dish. Sometimes all you need is a couple of tablespoons. And then you are left with a bunch of herbs without planned use. In comes the bunch of parsley I purchased for the Tyrolean Knodel I made again last week. I only needed a little and I had so much left.

I often freeze my fresh herbs but they tend to be left forgotten. Parsley is not a herb I use a lot so I wanted to make something different while still fresh. There is only one recipe that I know of that requires parsley in large quantity, the Tabouleh Salad.

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I would have to say Tabouleh is probably one of the first Middle Eastern foods I have ever eaten, it acompanied a Lebanese fast food dish. Tabouleh claims its origins in Syria and Lebanon but it became quickly popular all over the Middle East, each country putting a twist on it.

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I have consumed countless Tabouleh versions since my first one.  Some were an eye opener and many were a huge disappointment. I believe this recipe below is the best Tabouleh I have ever tasted. I really like the texture of the Israeli couscous in here, a nice variation but a similar size on the traditional bulgur. The seasoning is so simple but full of taste. The parsley is not overbearing in this recipe either. I highly recommend you give this one a try.

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I have you seen these nifty herb scissors? I got them for Christmas after I exclaimed jealousy to my mom who had gotten a pair as a hostess gift a couple of year’s back. Five blades easily chop up fresh herbs without bruising the leaves too much. A little plastic comb gets the herbs in the blades out. It’s my new favorite gadget.


Tabouleh Salad

Recipe Type: Salads & Soups
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley stems removed, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry Israeli cousous, cooked
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.
Feel free to substitute the Israeli couscous with a regular couscous or the traditional bulgur.


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Cornmeal Waffles and Waffle Brownies

What makes a morning breakfast better then waffles? Not much. But I was not making them quite regularly. My waffle weapon was a waffle maker I bought in a church sale for 5$ maybe 20 years ago. It was not non stick and it was a pain to wash. Needles to say in between uses it accumulated a healthy film of dust.

So when the opportunity came up for me to review a brand new and modern waffle maker, I just could not refuse. The wonderful people at Chef`s Choice sent me the Classic WafflePro model 852 to try out. I was more then happy to test this waffle maker as I have a great knife sharpener I received some years back that I just adore. It is a company that I truly believe offers great products (not paid to say that).

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The Classic WafflePro model 852 makes 2 thin waffles in 2-3 minutes and once done can you make the next batch right away. The waffle iron is made with a floating hinge to ensure even thickness when baking. The look is very sleek, light and it seems very well made. I really enjoy the safety feature on the opening tab: you have to hold to click it for the iron to open.

The non-stick is fabulous. I never had a single waffle sitck at all. Never ever put oil on a non stick appliance as the build up over time can ruin it. And you just do not need it. I read somewhere if your waffles are sticking it is because there is not enough fat in the waffle batter.

Just remember to let it cool before touching after you have plugged in the waffle maker. It gets very hot everywhere. You won’t be able to move it with your hands once it has heated up. To clean just wipe well with a paper towel once the iron has cooled. See it like a seasoned pan. No need to clean with soap and water. And a great feature for someone with a small kitchen like me, you can store it standing up.

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This waffle maker has a tendency to make crisp waffles so I have been sticking to setting 3. I have not experiemented higher or lower yet (1 to 6). I also find a third cup is not enough to make a full filled waffle so I will set it for 30 seconds and then I go back and spoon in the empty spaces. I have had this issue with every waffle maker I have ever used so I think it is a general thing.

Here are 2 of the many delicious recipes that were included in the booklet. Of course I did not leave the recipes untouched. In the cormeal one I added sour cherries and I turned the normal waffle bronies into coconut enhanced ones.

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Cornmeal Waffles and Sour Cherries

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cups milk
1/2 sour cherries

Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Make a well in the center. Add oil and eggs, then slowly poor in milk. Stir in sour cherries gently until smooth.

Pour 1/3 cup batter onto hot waffle iron and bake for 3 minutes in batches. Set aside and keep warm. Makes 6 to 8 waffles.

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Coconut Waffle Brownies

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/2 cup coconut oil*
3 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup desiccated coconut*
3/4 cups milk

Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Melt on low heat in a small pan the chocolate and oil. Set aside to cool.

In a bowl, beat the eggs until light in color. Add the sugar and vanilla. Fold in chocolate mixture. Stir in flour and coconut. Add and mix in enough milk to make a spoonable thick batter.

Pour 1/3 cup batter onto hot waffle iron and bake for 3 minutes in batches. Set aside and keep warm. Makes 8 waffles.

* original recipe calls for 1/2 butter, 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts instead of coconut oil and desiccated coconut.

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A Recipe for Good Vision

Permit me to go a little of topic today, but I do have something wonderful to share with you all. Interested in free eye glasses? Read on.

I was recently contacted by to try a free pair of glasses of my choice. Not really food related but who can resist free glasses. I am one of those lucky ones who does not wear prescription eye wear, at least not yet but the big 4-0 is coming soon enough and apparently eyesight goes down hill from there. I have to admit the fine print of some cookbooks is getting a tiny bit tougher to read lately.

But I am always in the market for great sunglasses. I just recently had to say bye-bye to a fabulous pair I bough 13 years ago at a whopping 165$. I loved them, I morn them, I still had a lot of compliments on them. But I had to move on and find something new. My current sunglasses are from the drug store. They are nice, OK made, plastic…nothing special.

On this site you can shop glasses by shape, size, material and frame. Once you choose a pair the site leads you through a series of questions in case your eyeglasses have a prescription or if you want to add custom features. I found the sunglasses section to be a bit limited to my taste for the shape of my face. I wanted to make sure I would be happy with my selection. Thankfully each description offers several pictures from various angles so you have a good idea of what the glasses really look like. Firmoo even goes a step further to ensure you will be happy with your glasses by offering a virtual try-on system. Just upload a picture of yourself and you can ‘try-on’ any glasses on the site so you will know what they will look like on you. Still, I was anxious to get them and see if they would suit me. I spent quite some time checking out the glasses and I finally chose this pair. Here is my customized order:

Women’s full frame wrap-around plastic sunglasses – OTO2545

  • Frame Color : Purple(C3)
  • Spring Hinge : No
  • Glasses is for : Fashion (without prescription, with zero power lens)
  • lens : Wrap-around lenses
  • Add-on : UV Coating (+ $10.00)
  • Tint : Grey 60%

I got my glasses within 2 weeks which is fast considering they were shipped from overseas. I was impressed and very happy with my glasses and everything that came with it. The construction was really top notch. The glasses seem to be made of great quality materials, well-made and seem very solid. They suit me well enough I think. I hesitate now as to which pair I will leave with in the morning. My one complaint is that the purple frame is darker in real than in the pictures online. On the site they look pale violet and the actual glasses are more of a smoky purple.

The glasses were safely tucked into a very sturdy case. Inside the glasses were wrapped in a lens cleaning cloth and bubble wrap. Also included were a soft drawstring pouch and a small tool kit with a tiny screw driver and extra screws. is the world’s most popular online eyeglasses store. They pride themselves in selling only quality products at the most affordable prices. Whether you are looking to make a fashion statement, protect your eyes with sunglasses or goggles, or need to fill out a prescription… your perfect pair of glasses will be amongst their large selection at a great price.

And you can get a pair of glasses for free when you are a new customer. All you have to do is choose a pair with the following link in the description: “New customer? Get your first pair free now”. Once you share their site on a social media successfully, you’ll get a voucher code of an equal value. All you have to pay is the shipping! Now how amazing is that?

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Velata Chocolate Fondue and electrical Warmers

OK how many of you like chocolate? How about chocolate fondue with nice ripe fruits? This is such a simple and wonderful alternative after a meal instead of a heavy dessert.

It can be a pain though to go hunting for those tea light candles, set up the fondue kit, melt your chocolate without burning it, pouring it into the fondue dish, etc. That is when I change my mind because suddenly it feels like too much trouble. Well someone came up with a really neat idea and I was asked to review this great new chocolate fondue product: the Velata fondue warmer.

What makes this fondue warmer different? It is electric! Yep, you plug it into the wall outlet and turn on with the dimmer switch a 25 watt light bulb. The heat generated by the light bulb is ideal to keep your chocolate melted and the heat put out is consistent so you can’t overheat and cook the chocolate. When you are done turn off the light bulb and unplug.

I also received with the warmer two Belgium chocolate pouches. These are designed to go in the microwave and then be poured out by the spout into the silicone. Just put the cap back on for any unused portion. The chocolates come in 4 different flavors: milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate and caramel milk chocolate.

This is a totally innovative idea, but actually my favorite part is the silicone dish. Silicone is a great material that gently diffuses heat evenly. Silicone goes in the microwave and the dishwasher for easy preparation and clean-up. Although sturdy, the dish is flexible too. After enjoying our fondue I simply placed the dish in the fridge and let the chocolate harden. Then I bent the dish a bit and I could pop out the chocolate in a solid block to store for reuse (or just eat it like a chocolate bar).


We went with a more eclectic choice of fruits and goodies to dip: with cactus pears, peaches, bananas and marshmallows. I so would do the cactus pears again! And what do you think of the cute mousse(!?!?) my friend Raquel made with the marshmallow lol? I like the concept of the pouches, but honestly I was not a fan of the chocolate. They were overly sweet and did not taste like fine chocolate. I did not use the whole pouch so the next day I cut up the pouch to take a look: the chocolate was unusually brittle.


When using the chocolate pouches alone in the dish you will find the consistency quite thick. If you want to thin it out add a bit of milk or cream like you would with a homemade chocolate fondue recipe. I could pass on the chocolate pouches but do love the fondue warmer a lot and am so happy to add it to my kitchen appliance arsenal.

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Firnee: Afghan Cardamom Pudding and a Sofa Makeover

Have you ever ordered a pudding for dessert in a Persian, Middle Eastern or Indian restaurant? I bet if you have you were quite surprised the first time. It is nothing like the thick, very sweet, creamy pudding we are familiar with. It is much lighter in the creamy department, usually a lot less sweet, it may have a stiffer consistency and flavors can include rose water (Gulabjal ), pistachio or saffron. To the North American palette it is usually a big hit or a big miss. These puddings take on a perfumed quality. Personally I love it and it has way less calories the instant pudding.

I came across this Cardamom flavored pudding on a site that associated it with Indian cuisine. Actually this particular recipe is referred to as an Afghan recipe, called Firnee, but you will find very similar versions in the Indian cuisine (called Phirni or Kheer, made with added rice), Pakistani, Persian or the various Arab cuisines.

Traditionally Firnee is topped wit pistachios but let’s throw caution to the wind and top it with fruit, in this case strawberries.

Ξ Firnee – Cardamom Pudding Ξ
adapted from Sunset


5 cardamom pods
4 1/4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
10 strawberries
lemon juice and a bit of sugar


Crack cardamom pods gently with a rolling pin. Combine with 4 cups milk in a pan; stir occasionally over medium-high heat until milk is boiling, 9 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix sugar, the cornstarch, and the ground cardamom. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup milk. When the milk in pan is boiling, remove from heat and gradually whisk in cornstarch mixture. Return to medium-low heat and stir just until mixture comes to a boil, 3 to 7 minutes.

Pour through a fine strainer set over a bowl; discard residue. Ladle pudding into 6 small bowls or ramekins. Let cool about 10 minutes, then cover and chill until cold and set, at least 1 1/2 hours.

Chop strawberries into small pieces. Place strawberries in a bowl and add a bit of lemon and sugar to them. Mix, cover and chill. Drain the strawberries  if there is liquid. Just before serving, spoon strawberries evenly over puddings.


And see how the strawberries match my new couch slipcover? I know very weird segway! But I was asked by the fabulous people at Wayfair to pick an item for review. And they sell everything…and I mean EVERYTHING, yes they even sell kitchen sinks.

So usually I would pick something kitchen related like a small appliance or something but I opted for a sofa slipcover because my 14 year old couch is in a pathetic state. Well the cushions are as I would need to replace the seating foam and have them upholstered in a different material since the current material is ripped.

Partial view of my couch with a young Sati - pic is 3-4 years old

A new couch is not in the financial cards right now and this couch has a lot of significance for me: it is the first big piece of furniture I ever bought as I was planing to move out of my parent’s house. This couch represents my independence. Yeah yeah I am being to sentimental. Anyways I decided to get the  Sure Fit Stretch Sullivan Sofa Slipcover T-Cushion to give my sofa a revamped look for the next little bit it still has to live out.

The product advert pic but same shape as my couch

Now I knew this was going to be a bit of a challenge because I have what is called a T-cushion couch and the back support is pillows which I move all the time. I thought this model would mold well enough to my couch and I could stuff away the extra back material easy enough. It was a bit of a puzzle to put on but eventually I got it. I really like the claret color and the pattern, a real instant decor makeover for the living room. It’s like a stretch velour.

Now that I have been using the slip cover for a while I have mixed feeling about it. This is really not a big deal but every so often you do have to readjust the seems and bit. Overall I am really happy with the functionality. My big problem – and this is not the product’s fault – is that the cover is a cat hair magnet and the hairs gets really tangled up in the weave of the cover making hard to keep fur free. So if you have been on the fence about getting a sofa slipcover I say go for it with the Sure Fit collection…unless you have a furry pet that goes on your furniture.

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Spruce and Ginger Beer from Scratch to Toast a HUGE Giveaway from Mortimer Snodgrass

Yes…Mortimer Snodgrass! I can’t help but giggle every time I read the name. I also cannot help snicker at every other item I pick up in this unique gift store in beautiful Old Montreal; their inventory is so cool, funky, unusual and yet practical. Mortimer Snodgrass, the store, is 10 years old this year and the owners decided to celebrate with a BIG BANG on Cheap Ethnic Eatz. You do not want to miss out on this giveaway, it is so awesome!

I’ll tell you more about this store, the contest and where the name came from in a bit at the bottom of this post. But first I want to share my latest cooky kitchen experiments: Homemade Spruce and Jamaican Ginger Beers. These 2 unique beverages are perfect for toasting a quirky store’s 10th birthday.

Don’t let the word beer throw you off, these are non-alcoholic but fizzy soft drinks. The idea for the Spruce beer was a light bulb moment after my Mastic Ice Cream post when I compared Mastic’s flavor to Spruce Beer…which apparently not a lot of people were familiar with. Yep I found an online recipe on the Daring Kitchens forum by Audax Artifex.

And yes I made my own extract. I went to my park and identified a Spruce. See I took a pic from my balcony to show you the conifer in question! How do you know you have a Spruce conifer? If the twig carries its needles singly and the actual needle has four sides and, thus, rolls easily between your fingers, it’s a Spruce. Pine needles cluster and Firs have 2 sided flat needles. This beer is not as overpowering as the fake flavored one you by in stores.

Ξ Spruce Beer Ξ


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of baker’s yeast, in powder form
  • 40 grams of outer twigs of spruce fir
  • 1 tablespoon of hops
  • a 2-litre soda bottle with a screw cap, thoroughly cleaned and completely dry inside


  1. Using a funnel, pour the sugar into the bottle and then pour in the yeast. The yeast must be ground for best result, I whizzed mine in a coffee grinder. If you skip this step your soft drink will be less bubbly. Shake bottle well to mix.
  2. Make you extract by bringing to a boil your spruce fir twigs and hops in 500ml of water and simmer to reduce until you have 1 tablespoon of extract remaining, if it is very sticky even better.
  3. Again with funnel, pour in beer extract and then fill bottle half full with water from tap.
  4. Remove funnel and swirl contents in bottle until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Fill bottle with water until there is approximately a one inch gap at the top and screw cover on tightly.
  6. Let bottle sit at room temperature for 12 to 48 hours or until the bottle feels hard. The gas has expanded.
  7. Store in refrigerator and chill thoroughly. Loosen cap VERY VERY SLOWLY allow gas to escape and avoid liquid fizzing over.


Normal Ginger Ale makes me nauseous. I hate the stuff. Not sure if it is the taste or an associated memory of my mom giving me flat ginger ale when I was in bed for a week with a major flu. But one day I bought a can of Jamaican Ginger Beer, there was a rooster on the can. The very spicy and intense ginger taste totally caught me off guard, I was hooked. I found this recipe on The personal blog of Giles Paterson. It is fabulous, strain the ginger out if you like before serving but I like having a little bit in there to chew.

Ξ Jamaican Ginger Beer Ξ


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of baker’s yeast, in powder form
  • 1½ to 2 tablespoons of grated ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • a 2-litre soda bottle with a screw cap, thoroughly cleaned and completely dry inside


  1. Using a funnel, pour the sugar into the bottle and then pour in the yeast. The yeast must be ground for best result, I whizzed mine in a coffee grinder. If you skip this step your soft drink will be less bubbly. Shake bottle well to mix.
  2. Extract the juice from one lemon. Mix the grated ginger and lemon juice together in a cup.
  3. Again with funnel, pour in ginger/lemon mixture and then fill bottle half full with water from tap.
  4. Remove funnel and swirl contents in bottle until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Fill bottle with water until there is approximately a one inch gap at the top and screw cover on tightly.
  6. Let bottle sit at room temperature for 12 to 48 hours or until the bottle feels hard. The gas has expanded.
  7. Store in refrigerator and chill thoroughly. Loosen cap VERY VERY SLOWLY allow gas to escape and avoid liquid fizzing over.

A few important notes for both recipes: a) if the pressure builds too much your bottle could explode. Place the bottle in the fridge overnight as this halts the yeast and stops the bottle exploding; b) you will notice that the basic procedures for making the sodas are identical so go ahead and experiment with flavors; c) no the ginger beer is neither radioactive nor does it glow in the dark as the pictures lead to believe; d) yes is will be carbonated almost like a soft drink…the natural way; e) until you really get the hang of opening it without making a huge mess….open your bottles outside. Trust me on this one !!!!!

Welcome to Mortimer Snodgrass! Located at 56 Notre-Dame W you will find a gem of a store when you need to buy a gift for a friend or a party….and you will leave getting a couple of extra items for yourself. They have a bit of everything: accessories, pets , balloons, spa beauty products, kids, decor, toys, office and an impressive kitchen area. The outside is adorable with Old Montreal charm, the entrance great you with a larger then life mosaic store logo..I believe made out of Jelly Beans. And the name, where did they come up with Mortimer Snodgrass?

Mortimer is the owner’s 11 year old rescued mutt. There is yellow lab in there and the rest is for anyone to guess! He is the store mascot and when he was younger he came to work every day greeting customers. Explaining Snodgrass is a whole other ball game, literally. One of the owners is a huge baseball fan and he knew of a little known baseball player named Chappy Snodgrass who played for Baltimore Orioles in 1901. Mortimer Snodgrass, it works!

Can you guess what purpose in the  kitchen my whale has? No hints we’ll see in a bit. The inside has a loft industrial feel a bit, but not in a modern exaggerated way. It’s really the shell of the store. The store’s colors are a nice pale blue with a calm orange. This is the store where you will find that unusual item you cannot find anywhere else: the ice mold to make those ice vodka shot glasses, a guitar shape silicone spatula, a blood red bath gel in a drip bag like you would see in the hospital, a cool pet treat for your pouch, fun and educational toys for kids no one else will have, neoprene designer lunch bags. And on and on and on!

I got to take a few items home to to play, oops cook, with. The first is the whale can opener. Yep the irony of opening a can of tuna with a whale that will be served to my cats…too funny. Amazing can opener by the way, made by Kuhm Rikon from Switzerland. I also got a very fashionable extra-long protective oven mitt made by Built, you know the kind that won’t still burn you threw like a cheap mitt. And finally the coolest dish brush dude ever. Dirty dishes watch out cause I will rock on while scrubbing you. Fun, quirky and all practical!I bet you would love to get you hands on some of these cool things.

Well you can! Because I am hosting with Mortimer Snodgrass the coolest giveaway ever. OK maybe not ever but close. We will be giving away not 1 but 2 gift baskets full of fun kitchen items. I was actually asked to come into the store and pick the prize packages myself for you guys. That was so fun! Each package has a retail value of $50 and there is more: each package comes with a $25 gift certificate which can be used online if you are not in Montreal. Each prize is worth $75 and the contest is open to EVERYONE worldwide! Let me show you what I picked:

Gift basket #1 includes a home sprouting kit made up of an Ancient Eastern Blend with fenugreek, lentils, kamut and adzuki beans sprouts. Next is a yellow lady citrus reamer. Lastly a set of chili shaped plastic ice cube – just pop them from the freezer to your glass, wash after and freeze again. Don’t forget the $25 gift certificate also included!

Gift basket #2 includes a grown your own edible flowers kit (marigolds) . Next is Sud Green the coolest dish brush dude around, just like the one I got too . Also we have a nifty “pull tab lid” that will keep your warm drinks warm and you cool one refreshing. Lastly this prize includes a ‘saw’ perfect for cutting up limes and lemons to add to your drink or food, and the handle also doubles as a bottle opener. Don’t forget the $25 gift certificate also included!

So do you want to win one of these baskets? Are they not awesome? Here is what you have to do to enter the contest:

– Leave a comment about my ‘ramblings’ in the post, just to make sure you read it and  did not just look at the pictures!

Many ways to get extra entries…

– Tweet Two 75$ Gift BasketsGiveaway with @mortsnodgrass & @cethniceatz
– Follow Mortimer Snodgrass on Facebook, come back and tell me you did
– Follow Cheap Ethnic Eatz on Facebook, come back and tell me you did
– Follow Mortimer Snodgrass on Twitter, come back and tell me you did
– Follow Cheap Ethnic Eatz on Twitter, come back and tell me you did
– Download the Cheap Ethnic Eatz Mobile App, come back and tell me you did

You have till October 15th 2011, 23h59 EST to enter.

And of course the 2 winners will be picked randomly. What I will do is I’ll give the owners the total number of entries and ask them to give me 2 random numbers. Let’s get everyone involved. GOOD LUCK!

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