Katherine is a lover of delicious food, good wine and discovering new gems in her local community. In addition to writing for Palm Beach on the Cheap, she is also the editor of Dine Magazine (dinemag.net) and blogs about her travel experiences at The South Florida Traveler (thesouthfloridatraveler.com)

Dec 192014


With all of the bustle going on right now, it’s time for you to relax and enjoy a little holiday entertainment. Take a look at some of our favorite free and cheap things to do this weekend.


Free Bubbly Tasting at VinOutlet
Learn to Cook with Mushrooms at Whole Foods Market (Boca)
Enjoy a $10 free gift card at Bonefish
Live Music at Jazziz (Boca) — Franklin Rich (4-7 pm); Dee Dee Wilde (7-10 pm); Libido (10 pm – 1 am)
Holiday Music Series at CityPlace
Free Concert Series at Boca Center (Eagles Tribute Band)


Enjoy a $10 free gift card at Bonefish
Live Music at Jazziz (Boca) — Tony Nicolosi (7-10 pm); The Clique (10 pm – 1 am)
Screen on the Green – Enjoy a double feature in Old School Square of How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), followed by The Grinch (2000) on a 4-story screen.
Holiday Music Series at CityPlace
Free Magic Show at Boca Center
30th Anniversary Paddle Board Party at E.R. Bradley’s with activities for the whole family (WPB)


Sunday on the Waterfront Free Concert – Aloha Islanders Tropical Holiday Special
Enjoy a $10 free gift card at Bonefish
Holiday Music Series at CityPlace
Nutcracker by Wellington Ballet Theatre

Dec 112014


When the holiday season rolls around, restaurants and retail locations jump onto the gift card bandwagon. So if you’re shopping for gifts — or just want to save money throughout the year, take a look at these fabulous deals for the 2014 holiday season.

The rules on the gift cards vary by restaurant, so check directly with the individual restaurants. You usually have to purchase the cards by Dec. 24, 2014 (though some will let you purchase until the 31st) and they’re usually valid for use in January/February.

Here’s our list for you, and if we’ve missed some of your favorites, please add them in our comments section.


BRIO Tuscan Grille , multiple locations
For every $100 in gift cards purchased by 12/31/14, enjoy a $20 bonus gift to be used in the new year.

Buccan & Imoto, Palm Beach
Cards are interchangeable between the restaurants.
Spend $100 or more on gift cards and enjoy a 10% discount

Cafe Chardonnay, Palm Beach Gardens
For every $100 in gift cards purchased, enjoy a $10 gift card for yourself to enjoy.

The Capital Grille, multiple locations
Spend $500+ in gift cards and enjoy a set of Capital Grille’s steak knives, a 10% bonus card and free shipping

Cheesecake Factory, multiple locations
For every $25 in gift cards bought, you will receive a free slice of cheesecake

City Cellar, West Palm Beach
For every $50 you spend on holiday gift cards, enjoy a free $10 bonus gift card.

City Oyster, Delray Beach
For every $50 you spend on holiday gift cards, enjoy a free $10 bonus gift card.

Grease Burger Bar, West Palm Beach
For every $50 you spend on holiday gift cards, enjoy a free $10 bonus gift card.

Longhorn Steakhouse, multiple locations
Buy a $25 gift card for a friend, and receive a $5 bonus gift card for you. Valid with the purchase of 2 adult entrees and is valid between 1/1/15 – 2/9/15.

Miller’s Ale House, multiple locations
For every $25 in gift cards purchased by 12/31/14, enjoy a $5 bonus card. Valid only when purchased at the restaurant.

Nick’s Pizzeria Bar, Boca Raton & Coral Springs
Get a $20 gift card for yourself for every $100 you spend on holiday gift cards.

Pei Wei, multiple locations
Enjoy a $10 bonus card with every $50 in gift cards purchased. (now through 12/24)

Rocco’s Tacos, multiple locations
For every $50 you spend on holiday gift cards, enjoy a free $10 bonus gift card.

Ruth’s Chris
Get 10% back in bonus cards for gift card purchases of $250 or more.*  Buy now.

Seasons 52
Spend $200 on gift cards, get their signature holiday gift set (2 rocks glasses, jigger, hardcover cocktail recipe book. Spend $500 or more and enjoy a 10% bonus card.

Shula’s, all locations
For every $150 in Shula’s gift cards that you purchase, you will receive a $25 e-gift card for yourself.

Yard House
For every $50 you give in gift cards, you will receive a $10 bonus gift card (through 12/31)

*These offers are valid as of December 2014.

For a list of even more deals on gift cards (mostly at the chains), visit Living on the Cheap.

Have you heard of any gift card promotions? Please leave details in the comment section.

Dec 082014


For anyone who’s shopped for department store make-up, certainly knows that it rarely goes on sale. When it does, you know that you should jump on that deal. Today, Clinique.com started a promotion through Gilt City, where you can get $30 off a $80 purchase at clinique.com.

Whether you’re looking to buy a gift or spoil yourself silly, this coupon will help to refresh you make-up collection. From a variety of skin care products to Clinique’s new Cleansing Brush to finding a new scent or adding fresh, new colors to your look — Clinique has something for everyone. If you act quickly, you can take advantage of their free gift with a $35 purchase offer, giving you a full-size lash power feathering mascara, chubby stick for lips, mini scrub cream, eye cream, moisture surge and a floral cosmetics bar. ‘Tis the season.

In order to get the coupon for $30 off, you’ll have to visit and signup for GiltCity.com and click on the Clinique offer. Claim the offer and an email will be sent to you. This offer is valid, as of December 8, 2014 and the offer must be redeemed by December 28, 2014. Quantities are limited, so sign up today.

Dec 082014

 BonefishWho wants some free food?! Well, today we have a great freebie for you (actually you can get it from now until December 30, 2014). Bonefish Grill - with locations nationwide – is offering $10 gift cards for you to spend. What a great way to say Happy Holidays! Enjoy one of your favorite Bonefish entrées or something off the Colossal Winter Menu like the Lobster Stuffed Shrimp, King Crab Legs or Whole Grilled Mediterranean Branzino stuffed with citrus and served with a Mediterranean sofrito and arugula almond grains salad. All of which pair nicely with a glass of wine or one of their winter cocktails like the Cold Snap Blackberry Frost served in a glass made entirely out of ice, mixed with freshly muddled blackberries, blood orange liqueur, vodka and fresh lemon juice.

1) Visit  http://bit.ly/12hXY3i where your $10 gift will be waiting for you. 

2) Print it out and visit your nearest Bonefish Grill

3) Present the coupon to your server

4) Please note that this coupon can be used for dine-in only and can only be used for food purchases (it can’t be used towards the purchase of drinks). Limit 1 coupon per table and it cannot be combined with any other offers.


Dec 052014


If you’re looking for live music, just head to the mall, as quite a few of them have free concerts on the weekends. Here is Boca Center’ s fall line-up:

  • Friday, 10/3  from 7-9 pm –  Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways, a Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band
  • Saturday, 10/11 from 7-9 pm – Motown Magic
  • Saturday, 11/1 from 6-8 pm – Krush Hunger Concert
  • Friday, 11/14 from 7:30-9 pm – Simply Tina, a Tina Turner Tribute Band
  • Saturday, 11/15 from 6-8 pm – Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Concert Event
  • Friday, 11/21 from 7-9 pm – Wonderama Band
  • Friday, 12/5 from 7-9 pm – Turnstiles, a Billy Joel Tribute Band
  • Tuesday, 12/23 from 5:30-7:30 pm – Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Musical Hanukkah Lighting Event

For a list of all of Boca Center’s events and directions, visit Boca Center online.



Dec 032014


Whether you are a regular thrift shop explorer or are looking for something to do on a dreary day, there’s something about thrift shops that have us coming back for more. It’s a hunt for that needle in a haystack, our search for our hidden find, and the gem that is waiting to be found. So if you’re on the hunt for something special or just want to browse around, here’s our list of the five best thrift shops in Palm Beach County.

Habitat for Humanity Restore
6831 North Military Trl, West Palm Beach ; (561) 253-2290
1635 N Old Dixie Hwy, Jupiter; (561) 743-3660

Encore Plus
Luxury clothing, bags, shoes, jewelry & accessories
281 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton; (561) 391-3812

The Church Mouse
Open October thru June
374 S County Rd., Palm Beach; (561) 659-2154

Palm Beach Vintage 
Vintage | Couture | Designer
3621 S dixie hwy. West Palm Beach; (561) 838-4442

True Treasures
Fine Consignments
1201 US Highway 1, North Palm Beach; (561) 625-9569

Dec 012014

sundays-waterfrontOn the third Sunday of each month, the Meyer Amphitheater is home to Sunday on the Waterfront free concert series. The event is 3 to 6 p.m. at the Palm Stage. Bring your chairs and blankets.

Here’s the upcoming schedule:

  • Dec. 21: Aloha Islanders Tropical Holiday Special
  • Jan. 18: Kris  Allen
  • Feb. 15: Spam Allstars
  • April 19: Kiki Sanchez Jazz Ensemble with special guest Tito Puente Jr.

Meyer Amphitheater is located at 105 Evernia St in West Palm Beach.

Nov 142014

santaWhile this one might now save you money, it will save you time — and that’s just as valuable.

This year, if you plan on taking the kids to see Santa, you’ll want to check out The Gardens Mall’s latest promo and it’s all about planning in advance. Between November 14th and December 23rd, Santa’s FastPass will be available online. This allows you to purchase your Santa photo package online — and skip the lines.

When you purchase your FastPass online (available between now and December 23rd), you will need to select a day that you will be visiting, select your desired photo package.

On your selected date, go to Santa’s Enchanted Garden Photo Set and bring your printed FastPass to one of Santa’s helpers and you’ll be directed to the FastPass line. A printout is required — digital confirmations will not be accepted, nor are there places to print out your pass.

Santa’s FastPass line will close 30 minutes prior to break and 1 hour prior to set closing.

Purchase your FastPass Here

A list of FastPass hours is available here.


Nov 102014

CityPlace celebrates the beginning of the holiday season with their annual tree lighting and first snowfall of the season on Saturday, November 15th. Taking place on the CityPlace plaza, the tree lighting comes with a day of holiday activities — perfect for the entire family. Here’s the schedule of activities:

3:00 p.m.

  • Magicians, jugglers, living statues
  • Live DJ
  • Performance by the Miami Dolphins and Fins Force cheerleading teams
  • Visit with Santa at Macy’s from 3-9 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

  • Cirque du CiyPlace
    • Opening act by Akademia Dance
    • Cirque-inspired performance by South Florida Dance Company
  • Tree lighting
  • CityPlace’s first “snowfall” of the season

7:00 p.m.

Live holiday entertainment

In addition to the day’s festivities, visitors will enjoy a Holiday Music Series every Sunday, and a train ride will run from 3 to 9 p.m. Wed-Thurs; 3 to 10 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Nightly snowfalls will also occur throughout the holidays at 6 + 7 p.m. Mon-Wed; and at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Thurs-Sun until Dec. 31st.

Other festivities throughout the CityPlace season include a Holiday Music Series every Sunday, and a train ride that will run 3 to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Thursday; 3 to 10 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Nightly snowfalls will occur throughout the holidays at 6 and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; and at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 31.

Nov 012014
Photo Credit: Michael Pisarri

Photo Credit: Michael Pisarri

If you’re looking to check out the new hotness in Palm Beach, you’ll be happy to hear that Meat Market Palm Beach just launched a new happy hour — and it’s available 7 days a week. Stop by between 4 pm and 6pm, and enjoy discounted drink and food specials in the bar and lounge area. 

These specials include:

  • $10 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut, Yellow Label
  • $8 Classic Belvedere Martinis
  • $7 Signature Cocktails ie. Lychee Martinis, Pimm’s Cup, MM Mojito + Highland Sandia
  • $7 Select Wines
  • $3.50 – $4.00 Specialty Beers
  • $4 ea. Chilled Shrimp with 10 thousand island dressing
  • $2 ea. Oysters on the Half Shell
  • $14 MM Slider Duo, 2 Kobe Beef Sliders with bacon + gouda
  • $14 Tuna Tartare with avocado smash and mango mole
  • MP Florida Stone Carb Clawa
  • $9 MM Ceviche, a rotating chef creation featuring the freshest seafood available

Meat Market is located at 191 Bradley Place in Palm Beach; (561) 354-9800.

Oct 222014

Melting Pot

The Melting Pot fondue restaurant has teamed up with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their latest promotion — Donate + Dine. Through this promotion, guests will receive a Donate + Dine Card when they donate $10 to St. Jude while dining at the restaurant now through Dec. 14, 2014. This card will give customers $20 off a future visit of $50 or more. Better yet, 100% of the donations go directly to St. Jude to fund lifesaving research and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

For more information on the promotion, please visit http://www.meltingpot.com/donateanddine.

To find the location nearest you, visit The Melting Pot online.

Oct 202014

dining-outAre you looking to try out the Paleo diet — or have you recently started it and are looking for some new meal ideas? Whole Foods Market in Boca wants to help you out. Therefore, they’ll be hosting a Paleo dinner on Fri., Oct. 24th from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Lifestyle Center. For those unfamiliar to what it means to be Paleo, it’s a modern diet based on the diet of our ancestors from the Paleolithic era. Therefore, you only eat what your ancestors had access to many years ago. This means you avoid foods like dairy products, grains, legumes, processed oils and refined sugar.

For this dinner, Chef Jimmy will be whipping up some fantastic Paleo recipes and will share his knowledge about the diet. Cost is $10 per person and will take place in the Lifestyle Center. Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance through EventBrite.

Whole Foods Market is located at 1400 Glades Road in Boca Raton. For more information visit Whole Foods Market online or call 561.447.0000.