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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Buy 1 Get 1 Free offers at Burger King, through Amazon Local

* ALIVE AGAIN, Monday October 22!*
 looks like folks are getting a 2nd chance at it... but a limit of 1 certificate for each this time around

Today only Amazon Local is offering buy 1 get 1 free offers for Whopper, Original Chicken Sandwich and smoothies at Burger King.  Although the deal is only good for today, there are two things to keep in mind:

1) you can "buy" (for zero money) as many of these as you want
2) You can start redeeming the certificates tomorrow (October 19) through November 4

Here's the link:

  I called a couple of Burger King restaurants in the Dayton area, and the folks who answered the phone at both restaurants said they definitely would accept these certificates.

  Although this is the first time I've ever heard of Amazon Local, evidently it has been active for months.  It is pretty much like Groupon and Living Social.  Usually you buy very discounted offers, and have a limited time to use the certificates.  If you already have an Amazon account, it is very simple to log in, "buy" your certificates for free, and then view and print the certificates within a few minutes.

  In this particular case, you can get a dozen if you want, then print them out and use them later.  Don't try to rush right out and use them today, though, because they are not valid until the day after you purchase them.

  If you like Burger King's Whoppers, Original Chicken Sandwiches, or smoothies, this might be a great deal for you, especially if you have a big appetite, or often have a second person to feed.  You'll have 17 days to buy 1 and get 1 free.  Limit is 1 coupon per visit.  This might also be good for an outing for a small group or club.

Copyright 2012 Dayton Dining

Monday, October 1, 2012

China Hut, Trotwood

  We stopped by China Cottage in Trotwood recently.  I had no idea what I was in the mood for, exactly, but I do tend to like Chinese food.  One of the first things you'll notice when you go inside is the large saltwater aquarium that dominates the center of the restaurant.  There is a large fish that reminds me of a huge variation of an angelfish that swims around in there.  It is probably a foot tall and a foot long, and fun to watch while waiting for the food.

  Of course, the finest ceramic ware historically came from China, which is why you may have heard of it referred to as "fine china".  This restaurant has a nice ornamental display.

  After looking over the menu for about 8 minutes, I decided to try something I don't believe I've ever had before, the moo shu beef.  The description said something about plum sauce.  I know from a trip to Chicago's Chinatown that I love plum sauce, though when I tried it from another source at a later date, I was less impressed, so it must depend on the recipe.  Of course I also love beef, so I thought it might work to mix them together, along with cabbage and other vegetables, in a sort of crepe.

  Our food arrived after about a 15 minute wait.  Mine involved some preparation, so I took a couple of pictures.  Our waiter, Wen L, did a fantastic job of presenting the food.  He made little circles of the plum sauce, added some of the beef and vegetable filling, and then folded the crepes.

Eventually, after a bit of folding that reminded me of origami, we ended up with something that I guess is essentially a Chinese version of a burrito, but with one end open.  The food was excellent, as was the service.  My Moo Shu Beef had a taste that was not overly sweet, and not dominated either by the beef or the vegetables.  The meal was very filling, so we had leftovers.  Instead of just handing us a doggie bag to fill ourselves, Wen took our leftovers and boxed them up himself.  I was not expecting this level of service for a meal under $10, and heartily recommend trying one of their 4 Dayton area locations.

My apologies for the menus - they essentially show the prices and item names, but not the descriptions.  While the menu says copyright 2003, the prices are current.  Also, these prices are the same for eating in.  If you need greater detail, you can visit the restaurant's website at
China Cottage
location: 1983 Shiloh Spring Road, Trotwood
telephone: (937) 854-8033
hours: Sun-Thur 11A-10P,   Fri & Sat 11A-11P
locations in Kettering, Centerville, Trotwood and Springboro

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