Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Ting Tings Concert Pictures @ The Commodore Ballroom

I went to see The Ting Tings last week with a few friends. They were performing at The Commodore Ballroom on Granville. Their songs are great for partying to!

Opening act - MNDR

The Ting Tings finally came on stage at 9:30.

Katie threw this drum on the ground at one point.

Here's a video of The Ting Tings performing That's Not My Name. For more videos from the concert, check out my Youtube Channel (subscribe too, as I always upload concert videos!).

Scion iQ Launch Party

OpenRoad Scion had a launch party for their newest Scion car - the iQ. The Roaming Dragon was there to provide food and there was a DJ there to provide some beats.

The iQ - it's a little compact car with 4 seats.

Fried rice balls.

Pork belly sliders. They are between steamed buns.

Burrito Bites with Malaysian peanut and tofu.

Lychee and basil lemonade.

A Sunny Day at Deer Lake

With the dreary, rainy weather this weekend, I thought I'd post some photos from last week when it was beautiful out! I went for a walk along Deer Lake after my brunch at Hart House.

What type of birds are these?

Canadian Geese

We pretended to scatter food on the ground to get the geese to come closer - heehee!

Hart House

I went for Brunch last week at The Hart House Restaurant. It's situated in a quaint little area in Burnaby, where the Burnaby Village Museum is also located so it's almost like an old heritage centre. Several families actually lived in the Hart House (the last family being the Harts) before the city bought it. It's also facing Deer Lake, so the view is beautiful on a sunny day.

A little work needs to be done on the sign!

I was seated in the Sunroom, so the sunlight streaming into the room was very welcome after weeks of rain! The food was good - lots of basic brunch fare. I ordered the Steak 'N Eggs while my sister ordered the Tempura Lobster Salad and a side of Parmesan Truffle Fries.

We started off with a delicious warm bread basket - baguettes and mini croissants.

Steak, eggs and fries! That's a lot of meat - share this dish with someone!

A small tempera lobster salad with avocado.

Parmesan truffle fries. They weren't potato-y fries like I like, but a little drier.

Just looking at the pictures again makes my mouth water! For more information on The Hart House Restaurant and to take a look at the menu, check out their website.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Free Ralph Lauren Fragrance Sample @ Shoppers Drug Mart

Shoppers Drugs Mart is offering a free sample of Ralph Lauren fragrance for women. Just print out this coupon here and take it to the beauty counter. One coupon per customer. This offer expires March 31.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Free 8gb iPod when you trade in 5 games @ Futureshop (Mar 23-25)

For three days only, Futureshop is offering a Trade-and-Save offer for a 8gb iPod Touch. Just trade in 5 eligible games from any console. For more details and a list of qualifying games, check out the Futureshop website.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Free Lindt Chocolate Bunny (Mar 24-25)

In celebration of Lindt's 60th birthday, the first 500 customers who visit the Lindt Outlet Boutiqe on March 24 and 25th will receive a free 100g Lindt chocolate gold bunny 100g! There will be a limit of one per person. For details and locations, check out their Facebook page here.

The Hunger Games - Movie Review

The highly anticipated book-to-film adaptation, The Hunger Games, has finally been released yesterday. The movie, based on Suzanne Collin's bestselling young adult novel, stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson living in a dystopian future where young teens are forced to fight to the death on an annual live television show called The Hunger Games. The world of Panem is ruled by the Capitol and is split into 12 districts and each district must offer up a boy and girl to participate. Katniss Everdeen (Lawerence) and Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) represent District 12. They must use what skills they have to survive and be crowned the winner of the 74th annual Hunger Games.

Without giving too much away for those who haven't read the books, the film is quite faithful to the novel, with only a few edits to keep the movie flowing. The movie was quite well done and was definitely a lot better than the book. Everyone was well cast and the actors did an amazing job. Jennifer Lawrence was great at playing a strong and caring character. The costumes of the people living in the Capitol were very well done, showing off their wacky sense of fashion. It was exactly how I imagined it! Because there were a lot of hand-held camera shots, the majority of the film was pretty jerky, so a word of advice is to sit in the back of the theatre if you are prone to getting motion sick! It was a good camera style to show off the grittiness of what was happening though.

The Hunger Games is out in theatres now - go see it!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Muppets Blu-Ray Combo Pack - DVD Review

The Muppets are back on the big screen after 12 years and now the movie is out on DVD and Blu-ray today!
Here’s the synopsis:
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze Muppet Studios and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the studio, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have allgone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.
I watched this in theatres when it came out in November and again this week and as a fan of The Muppets (I have all 3 seasons of The Muppet Show on DVD), I could not have asked for a better Muppet movie! There were tons of cheesy but funny jokes, great cameos by many celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Selena Gomez and more. Jason Segel and Amy Adams were perfect for their roles alongside The Muppets. The songs were great too, including the Oscar winning song, Man or Muppet. One of my favorite songs from the movie was Chris Cooper’s rap when his character, Tex Richman, was telling Kermit and the gang no. The Muppets is an all-around fun movie to watch with your friends or with your family!
The DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack, as well as The Wocka Wocka Value Pack which includes a download of the soundtrack, are out in stores today, March 20th. The special features on the Blu-ray include:
- A hilarious blooper reel
- Deleted scenes
- A history of The Muppets
- Audio Commentary with Jason Segel, James Bobin and Nicholas Stroller
- Unreleased Theatrical spoof trailers
- And more!
I think it’s definitely worth it to get the Blu-ray combo pack because the special features are hilarious! Disney is offering a coupon for $5 off the Wocka Wocka Value Pack which you can print off . Also don’t forget I have a contest for The Muppets Blu-ray combo pack running until the end of the week so go enter that for your chance to win your very own copy!

Disclaimer: The product mentioned above has been provided free of charge from the company or PR firm for review. The opinions expressed in this post are those of Seapotato and have not been influenced in any other way.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Free Small Premium Juice @ McDonald's

McDonald's latest set of coupons includes one for a free small premium juice. They have 2 new flavors - mango pineapple and mixed berry, in addition to orange and apple. Because McDonald's now offer coupons you can print right off their website, that means you can print this one off too, right over here. This coupon is valid until April 1.

Free Crabtree & Evelyn Body Lotion or Shower Gel

If you "liked" Crabtree & Evelyn on Facebook before they hit 7,500 fans, you should have received your coupon for a free 50ml Avocado with Olive and Basil body lotion or shower gel in your inbox last week. Just a reminder to use it as the offer will expire in a few weeks. I picked up the shower gel today and it sure smells good!

Kinder Canada Twitter Launch

Kinder has launched their Twitter page today and to celebrate, they are giving out 1000 Kinder Surprise eggs! I love Kinder Surprise - it's always fun to find out what is inside your egg and even more fun to put the toy together. You will need a Twitter account to participate in this giveaway. There will be 100 eggs given away from March 19 to 30. Go to the Kinder Canada Facebook Page for more information.

Contest Chest $500 Giveaway (WW)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Check Out My Samsung Galaxy Note Video!

Hey everyone, I just made a quick video about the Samsung Galaxy Note. Check it out, give it a thumbs up and leave a nice comment on the video! I'm in a competition to go to the London Olympics!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Muppets Blu-Ray Combo Pack Giveaway (Canada)

As a big fan of The Muppets (especially Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy!), I was ecstatic when the new movie came out. I went to watch The Muppets in theatres earlier this year and it definitely did not disappoint. The Muppets movie is now coming out on DVD and Blu-ray and I cannot be more excited!

Giveaway: The Muppets will hit stores March 20, 2012, but one lucky reader from Canada (excluding Quebec) will win a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack of The Muppets (2-discs). Just enter in the Rafflecopter form below!

You must complete the mandatory entries in order for your extra entries to count!

Look for a review of The Muppets movie and all the special features of the blu-ray combo pack next week!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

BBB Centennial Celebration & Exhibition (Mar 17)

The Better Business Bureau is celebrating their 100th year by hosting a consumer home show on March 17th. Admission is free and there will be many local BBB accredited businesses who will have displays there. There will also be prizes and giveaways, cake, as well as entertainment for the family, including a magic show presented by Abracadabra Show Productions. As a bonus, if you register on Facebook, you will be entered into a draw to win an iPad! This event is happening from 11am to 3pm at the Heritage Hall at 3102 Main St.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Burt's Bees Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin - Product Review

I'm the worst when it comes to moisturizing because sometimes my skin flares up and I can never seem to find the right product (in the right price range!). So when Burt's Bee's line of sensitive skin care products came out, I was excited to be given the opportunity by BzzAgent to try it out!

I received my Bzzkit from BzzAgent a few days ago and just had the chance to test out the products. The Bzzkit included a full size Facial Cleanser and Daily Moisturizer, as well as some samples of the daily moisturizer for me to share.

I knew that Burt's Bees products uses natural ingredients but I didn't realize that the Burt's Bee's Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin line contains 99% natural ingredients! They are fragrance free and hypo-allergenic. Many of the products in the line are made with cotton extract, aloe and rice extract.

The Sensitive Facial Cleanser was very smooth and soft, almost like a cream when I squeezed it out. There was no fragrance, and my skin felt very clean after I used it. I really liked it and I think it would be great for anyone with sensitive skin.

One of the things I really liked about the Sensitive Daily Moisturizer was that it is non-comedogenic, meaning that it won't clog pores. The moisturizer went on smoothly and did not leave my face feeling greasy. That's one of the biggest selling points for me because I really can't stand a lotion that makes my skin greasy. It is also fragrance-free. One negative thing is that because it uses all natural ingredients, there is no SPF. As this is a daytime lotion, it doesn't really protect you from the sun, so you would have to use additional SPF protection.

Overall, I thought the two products I tried out were great! I would definitely continue using them. If you'd like a sample of the Daily Moisturizer, let me know! The Sensitive Skin line also includes Eye Cream and Night Cream. For more details about the products, check out the Burt's Bees website.

Disclaimer: The product mentioned above has been given free of charge from BzzAgent for review. The opinions expressed in this post are those of Seapotato and have not been influenced in any other way.

Simply Thai

I went to Simply Thai in Yaletown a few weeks ago and thought I would share some pictures. While I'm not the hugest fan of Thai food (I can't take spicy foods!), I thought the dishes were still tasty even when I ordered them mild. Of course, the best part was dessert! The dishes were a bit pricey, but I guess that's what happens when you dine out in Yaletown!

There was some cool decor in the restaurant.

Pad Thai - it was really good! A little too much sauce for my taste, but delicious nonetheless!

Kao Pad with shrimp, onions, green beans, tomatoes and eggs. A little spicy because there was a lot of pepper added in.

Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse. It was good but I don't think many people order this dessert, as it did not seem very fresh, and was a bit frozen in the middle!

Hazelnut ice cream shaped like a pear and dipped in chocolate.

A scoop of coconut ice cream! Yummy!

To check out Simply Thai's menu, check out their website.

Free Sony WiFi Reader with Sony Mastercard

Here's a hot deal from Sony! If you sign up for a new SonyCard Mastercard, you will receive a free Sony Wifi Reader, valued at $150! You must sign up before March 15th, and will have to make 5 qualifying purchases before May 31, but there is no minimum amount you have a to spend. Another great thing about this credit card is that there is no annual fee. You earn points towards merchandise at the Sony store. For more information, go here.

FREE Amazon Gift Cards - Swagbucks & Irazoo! It Works!

Swagbucks is an awesome search and win site where you can earn rewards FAST. It's easy to do and you get 30 swagbucks right away if you use the link below. So far I have cashed out for $350 gift cards. There are tons of prizes to choose from, like other gift cards, cards, comics, Wii and PS3 consoles, Nintendo DS, you name it! So many prizes to choose from!

All you have to do is search and you might be rewarded with points. The fastest way to earn is through swagcodes, that are released several times a day. You can find it through their blog, searchbar, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Also there are points for daily polls, checking out the survey link and the daily special offers link! Now they have also added SwagTV, where you watch videos and earn 3 swagbucks for every 10 videos you watch. As well, they have partnered up with all of those Groupon type deals, and if you buy a coupon, you are rewarded with Swagbucks!

Search & Win

Irazoo is another great search and win site that I've been using for even longer than Swagbucks. They recently changed it so that it's just like Swagbucks - you win points for searching, and there are also treasure codes. When you do a search, you can comment and rate a site for 10 points. There is a limit of 150 points a day.

Canadians are only allowed to redeem for gift cards, but if you live in the states, you have access to the other prizes as well, like gaming consoles, cameras, computers and other gift cards. I have already cashed out for $165 gift cards!

10,000 HBC Rewards Points

Receive 10,000 HBC reward points when you fill out this survey! You have until March 31, 2012 to complete it and the reward points will be deposited into your account. Fill out the survey here.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Bonus Redemption @ Shoppers Drug Mart (Mar 10-11)

It's Bonus Redemption time again this weekend at Shoppers Drug Mart, so all you Optimum Points collectors, dust off your cards and head to your nearest SDM bright and early! Redeem 50,000 and get an extra $15 off for a total of $100 off your purchase. Redeem 95,000 points and get an extra $30 off, for a total of $200!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Trews Concert Pictures @ The Vogue

Thanks to The Trews for the tickets to their concert on Friday. The Trews are a rock band from Nova Scotia so it's always a pleasure to support Canadian artists! They performed at The Vogue Theatre downtown and everyone was up in their seats, singing along and dancing around. There was great energy! Here's some pictures:

Poor Young Things opened up for The Trews

Sean. He's hawt.

Here's a video of The Trews singing Highway of Heros. Check out my Youtube channel for more videos from the concert!