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Luau!

by on Thursday, August 18th, 2011

It’s time to light up the pig roast, wear a few leis and crank some Hawaiian music for a hula.  August 21st marks the 45th anniversary of the introduction of the Hawaiian Islands to the United States.  Naturally, this calls for a celebration, and what better way to celebrate the end of summer than with an exciting luau?

Hawaiian food may seem like an exotic feat difficult to whip up in your personal kitchen, however, this is not always the case. I recently attended a birthday party, which featured a pig roast, right in their backyard. I asked how they managed to accomplish this and my friend told me it was rather simple; he even went to a local pig farm to pick out the perfect birthday meal. Check out Eat Wild: http://www.eatwild.com/products/florida.html to find farms close to you that can offer the perfect pig, and usually an abundance of helpful tips.

Poke is a classic Hawaiian appetizer that will complement the savory pig roast. This is a dish that uses raw fish along with fresh spices and herbs. Combine that with a homemade Mai Tai and your taste buds will be doing their own hula.

One last key component to a backyard Luau: games. Grab some grass skirts from the party store so everyone can join in a hula, or find a long rod for the limbo. Kids and adults will love both activities, making your celebration a hit.

I’m the first to admit, I’ll find any reason to throw a party, but this one is sure to be a ton of fun. Make it a habit and before you know it, all your friends will be marking their calendars for this annual celebration.

 

End of Summer Concerts

by on Monday, August 8th, 2011

Although we don’t want to hear or say it, summer is coming to an end. However, just because it is almost over doesn’t mean you can’t have some last minute fun. There are tons of rockin’ artists on their summer tours with stops in South Florida throughout the month of August.

Those of you who enjoy ska, alternative rock, or punk music, get those calendars out and pencil in the arrival of the band Reel Big Fish. This group is coming to the Revolution Live venue in Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday, August 6 and will begin playing at 7:30 pm. You can purchase your tickets from Coast to Coast Tickets and they range from $42 to $73 based upon where you choose to sit or stand. They also have premiere floor seating which are about $262. If you have yet to hear this talented group, tune in to some of their biggest hits like “Sell Out” and “Take on Me.”

Attention all dance-popping fanatics, put together your craziest outfit for the Kesha (Ke$ha) concert on Sunday, August 7! The concert will take place at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami at 7:30 pm. If you haven’t had the chance to treat yourself to a Sunday fun day yet this summer, this concert is the perfect opportunity to do so. Ticket prices range between $56 for the lawn seating and $387 for the front sections. Some of her most popular tracks include “Tik Tok” and “Your Love is My Drug”.

Don’t think we forgot about all you cowgirls and cowboys out there! Alison Krauss and Union Station are coming to the Broward Center Au-Rene Theater in Ft. Lauderdale. Make sure your cowboy hats and boots are ready for this Bluegrass band on August 20th at 8 pm. Tickets are available from Coast to Coast Tickets and are selling between $74 and $174 depending on the seat you choose to watch the concert. If you aren’t familiar with the melodic sounds of Alison Krauss and Union Station, a few their famous tracks include “You Say It Best When You Say Nothing at All, “Steel Rails”, and “I’ve Got That Old Feeling”.

Concerts and tailgating can be tons of fun, but make sure that you stay safe by hiring a limousine service so that you won’t have to worry about driving there and back. Zavee members, you can receive cash back from A1A Airport and Limousine Service or from Prestige Limousines.

 

 

Back To School Savings

by on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The summer months are coming to an end, and we’re all starting to think about getting the kids back to school. With that comes a long checklist of school supplies, uniforms, or dress code appropriate clothes. Between backpacks, lunch boxes, crayons, rulers, multicolor folders, new shoes, and clothes that will hopefully tie them over until October, crunching the numbers can become overwhelming.

Saving is Easy

Thankfully, between Zavee cash back rewards and Facebook, saving money and finding discounts can be a feat easily undertaken. Follow the Facebook pages of businesses that you and your family frequent. It is common that discounts and promotions will be posted right on their Facebook pages. The week before heading out to conquer that long shopping list, make sure you keep an eye out for helpful discounts.

The Gap typically runs promotions every other week and this also includes Gap Kids. Target is also a great place to find affordable clothes and school supplies, but try to get there early so your son or daughter can pick out their favorite lunch box or binder.

Staples has always been a welcoming and affordable shopping experience for our family. Discounts are constantly updated and posted on their Facebook page, so make sure to check online before heading to the store, you might be able to avoid a pricey trip.

 

Don’t Be a Grump… It’s National Ice Cream Month!

by on Monday, July 25th, 2011

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Just wanted to wish everyone out there a happy National Ice Cream Month! In today’s fast-paced world, we easily get caught up in all the madness and forget to just relax and treat ourselves. Well, what’s a better excuse for a reward besides celebrating National Ice Cream Month…oh, that’s right getting cash back for celebrating!

The variety of flavors is never ending in the land of ice cream and having to choose which flavor, along with which delicious toppings to enjoy, is a critical (but fun!) decision. Do you get the Snickelicious (candy bar flavored ice cream with Snickers pieces and thick caramel weave) at Eric’s Ice Cream Dreams or do you take the healthy route at EcoYogurt and dive into Wild Strawberry Lemonade frozen yogurt? Whichever indulgence you choose to pursue, you will surely be doing your taste buds and your wallet a big favor! Some other incredible ice cream, gelato, and frozen yogurt shops are Carvel, Brendy’s, Cream, and Gelato Station.

Not in the mood to fight the crowds for your favorite flavor? Make it yourself! There are so many different ways to make your own homemade ice cream. One money-saving tip: you don’t need one of those huge machines that aren’t as reliable as their price tags would suggest. Most of us have all the supplies we need in our own homes. One friend-impressing tip: as long as you’re making your own ice cream this July, make your own flavor, too. And it doesn’t have to be super-sweet. Make some ice cream flavored with crab, or even lobster. Then you get to say, “What, you’ve never had that before? Yeesh!” And why stop there when there are unlimited, interesting flavors to treat each taste bud this month.

Make your 2011 National Ice Cream Month memorable with an original flavored, frozen delight!

 

Happy Birthday to July!

by on Friday, July 15th, 2011

Whether it’s your birthday, a friend’s, or a close relative’s, someone you know is bound to have a birthday in July. Summer is great time to throw a special celebration and even find the perfect gift. Make this birthday special, unique, and memorable for years to come.

We see birthstones everywhere, but why? One reasoning behind it is, “the idea of each person always wearing a gemstone corresponding to the month of his or her birth is a distinctly modern idea that scholars trace to 18th century Poland, with the arrival of Jewish gem traders in the region.” At the end of the day, they make a gift unique to that person’s birth month. Children also love having their birthstone proudly displayed in their new necklace or bracelet. Gold Standard Jewelers is a great place for custom jewelry and Zavee savings.

July also has a flower designated to the month.  Flowers as a gift are always thoughtful, but now it is easy to decide which ones to choose. Both the Water Lily and the Larkspur represent July, and should be beautifully displayed. The Blossom Shoppe is local florist shop that will be able to create the perfect flower arrangement for that birthday boy or girl. It is easier than you think to add that special touch, many gifts tend to lack.

Celebrating a July birthday can be a creative endeavor and a special occasion. All it takes is a little brainstorming and help from local shops to create that perfect birthday present.

The Dog Days Are Far From Over

by on Monday, July 4th, 2011

We have all used the term “dog days” to refer to the heat of summer, but do you know the origins of this common phrase? It actually has its roots in Greek and Roman culture and strong ties to a famous star constellation. Being that we are located in the northern hemisphere, these dog days fall between the months of July and early September.

Ancient Romans attributed these hot days to Sirius, the “Dog Star”. This is the not just the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major and it’s located close (in the astronomical sense) to the Sun. When the star rose around the same time as the Sun, Romans would sacrifice a dog in the hopes of warding off these unbearably hot days.

Fortunately, even dogs in Florida are safe these days (but they do need plenty of water). Sirius no longer rises with the Sun in the summer. But that doesn’t keep  the Sun’s heat from toasting every surface. The Dog Days have arrived and while no one who lives here can ward off these sweltering months, a day at the spa, a cool tasty treat, or some indoor exercise (with the A/C going, of course) are some welcomed ways to beat the heat.

Spa Treatments

Take the time this summer to enjoy the company of your girlfriends, daughter, or mom and head to the spa to be pampered. The girls will love taking a trip to Tipsy in Boca Raton where their nails will be pampered while they sip on a martini. Indulge at the spa and you’ll all soon forget the thermometer is reaching the mid-90s  outside. If drinking while pampering isn’t for you, you can find a variety of more traditional spas in your area listed on Zavee.com.

Frozen Treats

The heat can spark a serious craving for ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, or anything that will cool you down. Cream offers a delicious assortment of Italian ice cream and frozen yogurt with plenty of tasty toppings to choose from. Indulgent or healthy, either way you’ll be cooling down and ready to tackle the South Florida heat.

Cool Exercise

Going for a run around the neighborhood in this heat can be torture, but that’s no reason to turn your back on exercise. Make sure you stay in shape during these hot months at one of the gyms, studios, and alternative exercise practices that you can find on Zavee. Cutting Edge Fitness offers Pilates, yoga, dance studios, along with nutritionists on staff.

It can be simple to beat these Dog Days – and you don’t even have to kill your dog. All it takes are some refreshments, air conditioning, and of course some Zavee savings.

Free Time Fun

by on Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Now that summer is finally approaching, we all have so much free time right? Okay, I get it, free time is an oxymoron for most people…however, I am going to pretend that I actually have a minute of this and give you some suggestions for things I could only dream of fitting into my schedule. In all honesty, here are some fabulous activities to kick-off a stress free summer and maybe even continue after the season is over!

Learn how to play an instrument:

Want to be able to relieve stress, have fun and become smarter all at the same time? The perfect way to do so is learning how to play a musical instrument. At the Arc Music of Boca you can take advantage of one-on-one lessons for guitar, bass guitar and the drums.  They also provide you with repair services, before, after or even during your in-house lesson!

Try a new cuisine:

Make this summer full of new experiences…instead of your usual restaurant choice; try a new cuisine like Mediterranean at ZaZa’s Greek Food in Boynton Beach. Along with being yummy, ZaZa’s food choices are also all natural, with no preservatives or additives, no trans fats and no MSG. Delicious and healthy, what more could you ask for when deciding where to eat?

Bring your physical, mental, and spiritual in harmony and balance:

Treat yourself to a yoga session this summer at the Yoga Center of Coral Springs. They have a variety of classes that are compatible with every experience and temperature level…you can even bring the kids along and have them engage in a kid’s yoga class…after all what’s better than a little R&R without the kids screaming in your ears?

I Made It Myself:

Love when your kids bring home those crafty pieces from school? Now you can have the same opportunity when you visit Art by the Sea in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea where you can take art classes. You can partake in these classes with a group, or even just by yourself. Allow Art by the Sea to put more beauty into your life and soul today!

Summer Lovin’ Having a Blast…

by on Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Whether you are in love with summer, someone special, or are looking to give back to the planet for always loving us… it’s time to share the love. Get those high school butterflies back, liven up your dating life, enjoy the finer things in life, and try something different that you’re sure to fall in love with over the next couple of months.

Plan a Steamy Date Night

It’s hard to make time for romance in nonstop schedules at any point in life, whether you’re 21 or 51. Maintaining that initial spark, and making your love last through the months, years, even weeks can be something watch fall to the wayside. It’s time to pick up the phone, make a date, and then some reservations. Gol! The Taste of Brazil has a lively and entertaining atmosphere, and when matched with the authentic menu, it is sure to make for a successful date night. You’ll leave feeling the heat from their captivating Brazilian history, and begin to understand why Brazilians have such a steamy reputation.

However, before heading off to dinner, be sure to pick up flowers for your lovely date. Try with all your might to remember her favorite flower and call the Blossom Shoppe where they will help to create the perfect bouquet or arrangement. Still stuck? Remember you can’t go wrong with roses, but it’s always nice to push for that personal touch.

Dig, Grow, Learn

No romantic plans in your forecast this summer? Fall back in love with our giving Earth. There are plenty of ways that you can start giving back and appreciating the natural environment surrounding us everyday. Head to a local nursery and pick up some new plants and flowers for the yard. Maybe even join a community garden where you can grow your very own produce and herbs. Buy a copy of The Giving Tree to read to your children before bed, or start riding your bike to a local farmers market. There are so many great ways to educate your children, give back to the Earth, and fall back in love with nature; all it takes is a little initiative and the formation of new routines.

Family Friendly Dining

by on Friday, June 10th, 2011

You are hungry the kids are antsy and on the verge of tears. The napkins are stiff and all the waiters are staring at you like a family of uncivilized baboons. Simply put, dining out with the whole family can be a stressful experience. When the kids are young with discerning tastes in chicken fingers and pizza it can prove difficult to break away from the usual. Lucky for us, there are plenty of options in South Florida to explore with the whole family. If a budget is a main concern, don’t fret because these are all Zavee.

Laid Back and Delicious in Delray

Take a trip to Paris when you walk into Crepes By the Sea. Peruse the tasty menu and watch their talented staff make crepes right in front of you. Their counter service layout makes it easy to order, find a seat, and enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner with the kids. Let’s face it; it’s hard to go wrong with Nutella. Searching for a healthy meal or scrumptious fruity shake? Head down the street to Nature’s Way Café. The kids will love their House Shake and you’ll feel guilt free when you dive into a salad, smoothie or wrap.

A Classy Classic

Tucci’s may be a pizza restaurant, but this isn’t the typical greasy and dingy pizza joint that may come to mind. Their pizza is Coal Fired and baked to perfection. The kids will love their food, and you will love the atmosphere. Located right next to Mizner Parkin Boca Raton, it’s easy to look forward to an after dinner stroll, maybe even some ice cream.  Definitely all the ingredients needed for a fun night out on the town with the kids.

Is your mouth watering yet? Make a plan for dinner tonight that breaks out of your normal routine and spend some much-needed time with the family.

The Hot Pepper Holiday

by on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Holy Habanero! It’s almost Cinco de Mayo—time to dust off your sombrero and start planning the party. Cinco de Mayo means “5th of May” in Spanish, and commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Here in the U.S., it has become a national celebration of Mexican heritage and culture.

Let’s Get This Fiesta Started

For your convenience, Zavee has rounded up some great online sources for party supplies and recipes. Start by checking out the Good Housekeeping website for tips on buying or making inexpensive Mexican decorations.

Now for the food. Hombres and senoritas alike will enjoy your homemade Mexican Pot Roast Tacos with salsa and guacamole. For the vegetarians on your guest list, whip up Cheese and Mushroom Quesadillas.  Or get adventurous and make Chocolate Chili Con Carne,  a dish that would make the Aztecs smile. For dessert: flan anyone? Try cooking up Emeril Lagasse’s version, flavored with orange and lime.

Uno Mas, Por Favor

Celebratory drinks are a must on Cinco de Mayo—and you can please every palate with an assortment of Mexican cerveza (beer), homemade sangria (fruit-infused wine), and the liquor that made Mexico famous: tequila. For purists, it’s always good to have a bottle of añejo (aged) tequila on hand. But you don’t need the top-shelf stuff for making margaritas, especially when you use pomegranate juice and fresh-squeezed lime juice.

Of course, you can always skip the party prep and treat yourself to a Mexican meal out on the town this Cinco de Mayo. Zavee recommends Margaritas Mexican Kitchen and Cantina in Boynton Beach’s Renaissance Commons. You’ll find innovative dishes like Crab Cake Taquitos and Coconut and Yucca Crusted Shrimp—and if you’re a Zavee shopper, you’ll get cash back on your purchase!