The Top Seven Free Birthday Indulgences in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles lifestyle can get pretty pricey, so when given the opportunity, it’s nice to get something for free. There are 7 popular destinations that will reward you for getting another year older! It’s almost worth getting older.

One of the more popular spots for sweets is the coveted Susie Cakes, a bakery offering from-scratch desserts, including cookies, pies & custom layer cakes. Come in on your birthday and enjoy a free cupcake. In addition to seasonal favorites, cupcakes include Vanilla with Pastel Vanilla Frosting, Fluffy Coconut, Luscious Lemon, Strawberry, Mocha, Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, & Chocolate Mint. Sign up for their mailing list and get a free birthday cupcake every year

Then there are restaurants that will give you a free meal, not just the dessert. If you like bar food, Hennessey’s Tavern, in the South Bay, is the place to go for a free dinner entrée. Irish Nachos, Prime Rib Sliders and Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings are just a few of the selections.

You can enjoy slightly different food at Truxton’s American Bistro located in Santa Monica and Westchester. Truxton’s offers a selection including burgers, pastas and burritos; their sandwiches are superb. On your birthday, enjoy a free entre valued up to $20, plus a free dessert of your choosing when you sign up for their online mailing list. They have 4 stars on Yelp with hundreds of reviews.

Feeling more like having pizza? Not to worry. Big Mama’s and Pap’s Pizzeria is just the right place. They have over 15 locations, and the pizza is awesome. Just sign up on their website, and they’ll send you a code. Order your pizza online, and it’s pickup only… and worth it.

Got beer? You’ll have a great time at the Wirtshaus German Restaurant on No. La Brea Avenue in the Miracle Mile. Bring a group of 10 or more during your birthday month, (ID required) then you will receive a free 2 liter Birthday Boot filled with your favorite draft beer.

Feel like enjoying fresh veggies? Go to the Veggie Grill. It has several locations throughout Los Angeles, and here, the vegetables are the rock stars. Their dishes are fresh, gluten-free and seasonal; dishes may include Veggie Burgers, Hashed Yams or Golden Beet Salad. To redeem your gift, just fill out a comment card to join their mailing list and they’ll send you a coupon for a free birthday meal. Given the quality and specialty nature of the food, this is one of the best deals in the city.

How about enjoying a sail on your birthday? Check out Catalina Express and get your free round trip sail to Catalina Island, which could be worth $75. Catalina Express is the year-round boat services to Catalina Island, with up to 30 round trip daily departures, and the trip is about an hour. Departures are from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point to the ports of Avalon and Two Harbors. To ride for free, on your birthday, you must register online at the Catalina Express website.

· You will immediately receive an email confirmation with your free Birthday Pass.

· Before traveling, make your boat reservations online or call (800) 995-4386. Your birthday promotion code, found on the Birthday Pass, must be entered for online reservations or mentioned at time of booking by phone.

· Print and bring your Birthday Pass and valid photo I.D. to the Catalina Express ticket window on your birthday and hop aboard the Catalina Express to Catalina Island!

Top Online Travel Companies (OTAs) In India – Know Them Better Before You Use Their Services

There are over 30 online travel companies in India excluding Airlines and other Hotels sites. Few of them specialize in a particular field. For the benefit of all visitors to India coming from around the world, the top ten sites, where you can book your India trip are as under –

Makemytrip.com – MakeMyTrip, India’s No 1 travel website, founded and promoted by Mr Deep Kalra, is the top website in the country for any travel related products and services. They offer airline tickets, hotels bookings, car rentals, holiday destinations, and even train bookings now on their website. Makemytrip caters to the US / Canada markets, Indian market and recently they have started makemytrip UAE as well. Makemytrip is now coming up with their firs IPO in USA and raising around $100 million. They got oversubscribed and raised around $800 million. Their office is based out of Gurgaon in India and they have over 700 employees. Their code specialisation is into holiday planning and booking, including inbound travellers. They are believed to be selling over 8000 tickets per day.

Yatra – Yatra is known to be the second best OTA travel website in the country. It has been promoted by Dhruv Shringi along with a couple of more guys, who served with eBookers before this venture. Yatra has been funded by some leading Indian Reliance group, TV 18 Group and NVP and recently got funding from Intel as well. They specialise in domestic flights. They are also based out of Gurgaon in India and have over 600 employees. They also book Car Rentals, Hotels, Holidays and Train bookings. Currently, it is expected that they are selling over 5000 tickets per day.

Cleartrip – Cleartrip was a new entrant in the Indian market around 3 years ago and they are known for their technology. As the name says, their technology is very clear and on their home page as well, you do not see any banners and pop ups. They were the first OTA to integrate with India’s Railway Reservation system called IRCTC. They are based out of Mumbai and have a smaller team as compared to Makemytrip or Yatra.

Expedia India – Expedia very recently entered Indian travel space and they are currently focusing on their hotels business. They are yet to integrate LCCs (Low Cost Carrers) such as GoAir, GoIndigo, JetLite, Kingfisher Red etc into their portfolio. But it is sure that in a year’s time, they will be leading the Indian market.

Travelocity India – Travelocity is yet again a new entrant in the Indian market and they are progressing fast. They bought another hotel OTA called Travelguru recently. They are being controlled from Singapore.

Top 10 Leisure Travel Gadgets of the Year 2011

Headed to an escape this summer? Whether you’re making your way by plane, train, automobile, or even your own two feet, no trip is complete today without digital accessories.Traveling for business, pleasure or both, travel accessories aim to make travel less tiring and more enjoyable. Travelers likely think they already have the best travel accessories and gadgets to make their trips easier and bide their time until they get to their destinations, but stylish and useful travel accessories are coming out all the time. From electronic gadgets to compact luggage, the right travel accessories can make a travel, a flight and the time spent in airports much more bearable. Get around in style and with ease, here is some sidekick to help make the journey memorable.

Best Travel Gadgets of the Year 2011

Motorola Xoom – With Google’s next generation of Android, Motorola’s knack for great hardware, and Verizon’s promise of 4G network compatibility, the Xoom tablet technically offers a more powerful, more capable substitute to Apple’s iPad. Sporting a 10.1-inch screen, front and rear cameras, HDMI output, a dual-core processor, Google’s Honeycomb Platform, and 1080p HD Video Content Support, the Xoom tablet wars with guns blazing. Motorola XOOM redefines the tablet device category by providing more ways to have fun, hook up with friends and stay productive on the go. It allows the clients to experience HD content right on the device, supports 1080p HD video and HDMI output to display content on larger HD screens, and plays video and other rich web content seamlessly with Adobe® Flash® Player. Motorola XOOM features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G LTE, in addition to a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD.

BlackBerry PlayBook – It is a tablet device that supports web browsing Flash Player 10.1 and HTML5 for browse graphics and animation. The Blackberry PlayBook is equipped with a 7-inch multitouch screen, a 1GHz dual-core CPU -as the fastest tablet ever, 1GB of RAM: and 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage, 3 mega pixel camera on the front as well as there being a 5 mega pixel camera on the back, which will enable video – conferencing. The Blackberry PlayBook is equipped with a 7-inch multitouch screen; a 1GHz dual-core CPU; 1GB of RAM; and 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage. This device has two HD cameras along with high-quality speakers and a mini-HDMI port. Blackberry Playbook also allows multi-tasking.

Panasonic S10 – In the world of computing, only the Panasonic S-series provide you an all-day, on-the-go, AC adapter-free, desktop power, solution in ruggedized chassis–all from 2.49 lbs. Panasonic S10 is the advanced Camcorder for a terrific photography experience. Camcorders are too big to compete with pocket cameras, and cameras too small to hold the storage requirements of video. The Panasonic SDR S10 is ultimate for shooting portrait, sports, surf & snow, color night view, low light and spot light. The user friendly options put in to the appeal of the Panasonic SDR S10.

Chevrolet Volt – Chevrolet Volt is the 2011 ‘World Green Car’. It is a plug-in four-door hybrid hatchback that seats four passengers. It is been voted as the most fuel-efficient car. Volt is more responsive and substantial than any other hybrids. Good braking and brake pedal run smoothly as a conventional set and regenerative braking. Volt also has a tremendous get-up-and-go for hybrids, mainly when fully charged. The interior of the Volt likely will be ranked very high. Interior features comprise dual-zone climate control, backup camera, USB port, OnStar, Bluetooth, cruise control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and stereo CD. A hard-drive navigation system is also available as an option. Standard equipment safety car the Chevrolet, include stability control, front airbags, side airbags full-length curtains, OnStar telecommunications service, and anti-lock brakes.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27K, HP Pavilion dm1z,Flip MinoHD, V-Moda Vibrato, Able Planet Clear Harmony NC1100b,GPS: Magellan eXplorist 710, E-Reader: Amazon Kindle, Samsung 9 Series, MacBook Air 11-Inch, External Battery: Mophie Juice Pack Air, Bluetooth Headset: Jawbone Era, Motorola Atrix 4G, Apple iPhone 4, BlackBerry Bold, Canon Powershot D10, Casio EX-H20G,Nikon D3100, Olympus Pen E-PL2,Tablet: Apple iPad 2 are the other trendy leisure gadgets for gizmo freaks.

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