National Coffee Day (read: Free Coffee!)

“I don’t like getting free coffee,” said no coffee lover ever!

Alright all my coffee aficionados, or freebie dweebies (I say that with nothing but love), here is your list! If I missed any, let me know. Otherwise, ‘feine it up with the bean!

A-Plus at Sunoco*: free coffee with the coupon good through tomorrow.

A-Plus Free Coffee

Caribou Coffee: print out this flyer or show it on your mobile device for a free small coffee in honor of their friend Amy. Buy an Amy tumbler for free re-fills all throughout October.

Caribou Free Coffee

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: this one is where all the hype is! Trade in your old coffee maker for one of their Americano machines. Only in Anaheim folks. Deets here.


Dunkin’ Donuts: download their mobile app and show it to the cashier for a free small coffee. You can even get their packaged coffee at a discount. For the artsy, their teaming up with Threadless for a National Coffee Day design contest. Good luck!

Dunkin' Free Coffee

Einstein Bros Bagels/Noah’s Bagels: BOGO cups of coffee all weekend!

Einstein Free Coffee

Krispy Kreme: a 12 oz. cup of coffee. Give ’em a dollar for an upgrade to one of their specialty drinks. Click here for participating locations.

Krispy Free Coffee

McDonalds: free Premium Roast coffee.McDonald's Free CoffeePeet’s Coffee & Tea: free small maple latte with a purchase of a baked good.

Peet's Free Coffee

Starbucks: walk in for a free cup of their new Ethiopian brew.

Starbucks Free Coffee

Tim Hortons*: spew, “Happy National Coffee Day!” for a BOGO brew. Apparently there are some neat in-store promotional surprises if you follow their social media.

Tim Free Coffee

Wawa*: register online for a coupon for a free 16 oz. cup of their original brew. Must be printed and presented at time of redemption.

*No known San Diego locations


Free Yogurt TODAY!

No, I don’t mean liberate the yogurt. I mean in honor of National Frozen Yogurt Day (officially February 6 each year), a Yogurtland near you is giving away free froyo AND toppings between 4-7 p.m.

Free Yogurtland Froyo

All San Diego locations are supposed to be participating, but YMMV so I’d call beforehand to be sure. So far, I’ve confirmed the following locations:

* El Cajon, India Street, Hazard Center, Mira Mesa

If you know of other participating locations, post them here! Also, I’ll be posting again tomorrow. *gasp*

I know! The frequency of my posts will shoot through the roof. =) Anyway, tomorrow is National Pancake Day, so keep an eye out, and a hungry tummy, for that freebie info. =)

PS. Thanks to Sara, a.k.a. Thing 1, for the tip. Sincerely, Thing 2 ❤

50 Cent Lattes a la Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Yes, it’s been QUITE some time since I’ve posted something, but today, I bring you discounted goods and celebration!

Happy 50th Anniversary to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. What’s better than giving a gift to someone on their anniversary? Them giving you a gift for their own anniversary! Yes, you read correctly: 50 cent lattes from 2-6 p.m. (sorry for the late notice). Appropriately, it’s yo’ birfday, we gon’ party like it’s yo’ birfday.


Lines may be long, but ditch that green logo for a day and give CB&TL a try. Enjoy!

Not So Brittle Candies

Brittle candies are made by combining water, sugar, spices and the star ingredient, or what I call texture, of your choice. The mixture is heated up, then thinly spread on a flat surface to cool, and once hardened becomes brittle to the touch. *light bulb*

Around the holidays, some folks like to get fancy with candy canes and peppermints, but the staple is peanut. Now, when I think of peanut brittle, I picture this:

Well, when Toni, a reader of my San Diego Public Market post, left a comment about Bacon… say no more! Before you could say Bacon Peanut Brittles, I put in my order to New York City’s “The Redhead“–she really did have me at bacon.

I waited on my doorstep through wind, snow, sleet and rain (yes, it’s San Diego, but just go with it). Finally… my brittle pretties arrived! The packaging was a nice and simple brown resealable paper bag bearing the well-known mantra, “Because everything tastes better with bacon.”


Expecting breakable pieces of brittle, I came upon these:

Needless to say, I was surprised and slightly disappointed–no sweet glue connecting the peanuts, no sugary shards to suck on and let melt on my tongue. They aren’t brittles… they’re nuts. My vision was shattered, but let’s just call it a new twist on an old thing. Definitions aside, the taste buds will prevail!

Not exactly. Each small handful was hit or miss–deliciously perfect at times, but mostly either not salty enough, not bacon-y enough, too salty, or dare I say… too bacon-y. *pause for gasps of horror*

I know… I KNOW! I couldn’t believe I thought such a thought, so I conducted a non-scientific survey among fellow bacon lovers and got a very mixed bag of nuts, with reviews ranging from “disgusting” to “love it.” In summation: to each their own?

I’m a believer in second chances (and by default a believer in trying everything at least once), but at $31.99 a pop, it’ll be an expensive do-over. Great idea folks, but the execution fell a brittle short for me this time.