Sandy may have hit but we will stand #JerseyStrong

Last night, I’ll admit I watched Restore the Shore on MTV. No, I’m not a fan of the show Jersey Shore but I love where I grew up and it was the only way I could see some of the damage. I held back tears, the beaches may be gone but my memories will always have a special place in my heart. But it’s not just the beaches that have been hit, up where I live in Bergen County, Moonachie & Little Ferry have been flooded. Traffic and what used to be normal commutes have not been the same.

First, I want to start with good news! I hosted a Sandy Fundraiser mentioned in this post with fellow Bergen County blogger Boozy Burbs. Thanks to all the local vendors who graciously donated to our raffle and brought food to the event. You can see the full list & event details, here. View pictures taken by Bergen.com, here.

I’m proud to announce we raised a total of $4,216 that will go to the Moonachie Relief.  Thanks to all who attended & donated to help with such a great cause! It was great to be part of such a great, successful event in the county I reside in!

But places still need help, so here is my handy guide of ways to help those affected by Sandy:

DINE LOCAL

I can’t stress it enough! Many businesses lost power which means they lost a ton of money, especially those in areas hit the hardest. Go to local restaurants & dine, don’t forget to tip well too!

DINNERS, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS

“Sing for Hoboken” tomorrow night at Las Olas Sushi in Hoboken starting at 7PM. There is no cover but all proceeds that night will go to the Red Cross to help those affected by Sandy.

Interested in attending Brother Jimmy’s Hurricane Relief Party?
YOU MUST RSVP to vip@brotherjimmys.com 

The Manzo brothers will be guest bartending at Village Pourhouse Hoboken this Tuesday and donating their tips to relief efforts! See more information in the flyer above!

On Thanksgiving Eve, Biggies Clambar will be donating a $1 from every purchase of any signature item to the Moonachie Fire Department.

The School of Rock Montclair will perform music from the classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Unitarian Church of Montclair (67 Church Street) on Friday, November 30, 2012 from 7 pm to 9 pm. Sponsored by Fairway Market, the live concert, originally planned for Halloween but postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, will benefit Toni’s Kitchen, a food ministry that serves low-income residents in the area. Each ticket buyer at the show will receive a goodie bag that’s filled with promotional items and special offers from such local sponsors as Proponent Federal Credit Union, Best Friend Photography, and Ah Pizz.  There will also be prizes for the best “Rocky Horror” costume provided by The Bellevue Theater and a free raffle for a $50 Ah Pizz dining card. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door on the night of the show.  For more info, contact School of Rock Montclair at 973-337-5296 or visit Montclair.SchoolofRock.com.

In addition, Fairway Market will hold a shopping night on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in its Woodland Park store (1510 Rt. 46W) from 4 pm to 10 pm, with 25 percent of proceeds from registered shoppers also going to Toni’s Kitchen.

Session Bistro in Maywood, will be holding a Sandy charity dinner on Wednesday, November 28. It’s $30 a person, 3 courses beginning at 6:30pm. $5 of each meal will go to those affected by Sandy, there will also be a donation box at the restaurant that night.

RESTORE THE SHORE IN STYLE

The Jersey Strong design (above) represents how New Jersey is in our hearts and gives a little shout out to our beloved beach towns. We need to stick together and do whatever we can to help those in need! 100% of the profit will be donated to restoring and reviving our communities.

DONATE…

Those are just some of the many ways you can help those affected by Sandy in my home, the Garden State. Stay posted by following me @smchickbigdeals  and stay updated & become a fan on Facebook!

Happy Donating 🙂

Sara Monica, Founder

At the young age of 23, Sara is the founder and head editor of Smallchickbigdeals.com aka #SCBD. Sara is a Jersey Girl raised by the shore, currently residing in Northern New Jersey. When she is not working, she is finding something new to post and share with her readers whether it be a new food product, recipe, restaurant review or another interview. Read her full bio, here. Read the full story behind #SCBD, here.  When she is not writing for #SCBD she also contributes to Jersey Bites,Carter Int’l Concierge, & New Fork City. Follow her @SmChickBigDeals!

#SCBD Places to Celebrate Halloween in NJ & NYC!

Halloween is quickly approaching and there are tons of parties throughout New York & New Jersey starting this weekend. If I were you I’d grab your costume & an appetite for night of fun.

Here are some the hottest parties in Jersey:

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe (Englewood & Wyckoff locations) will be holding an Adult Halloween Costume Party on this Friday 10/26! It will be a night filled with live Bands, a costume contest and a Patron XO Dark Promo Party with fun giveaways.   First place winner of the costume contest will win a $200 BMMC gift card and $100 BMMC gift card for runner up.

Also, On Halloween, they have their annual family contest – all children who dine at the Blue Moon in costume are entered to win one of 3 prizes $100 to Toy Store, $50 to Toy Store or Dinner for 4 to BMMC.

Village Pourhouse in Hoboken will be holding a carnival on Halloween night. Drink specials include $4 Sailor Jerry Redrums, Sailor Jerry RIP Rum Punch, Devil’s Cut shots & cocktails,  and Vision Vodka Blood Bath Cocktails. $3 Coor Light drafts, & $6 pumpkin pie cocktails & pumpkin bombs! Cheers!

If you plan on celebrating in the city, here are some places to go:

Maxwell’s Bar in Tribeca is hosting their Halloween Party this Saturday, October 27th starting at 9PM. Cover is $10 at the door but proceeds go directly to the LGS foundation. They will have a Dj and drink specials throughout the evening– costumes are a must! Insiders note– they will also be serving a special Halloween menu on Halloween including a Blood Orange Margarita, The Spooky Spicy Bloody Mary, or The Killer Transfusion for $10.

Maxwell’s Halloween decor!

Love bakeries as much as I do? Then you are in for a treat Halloween night at Ivy Bakery in SoHo! Make sure you attend the Halloween “Truck or Treat” EventCelebrate some of Divine’s darkest flavors at the “Truck or Treat” Food Pop Up Event during New York City’s Halloween Parade on October 31st. Presented by Ivy Bakery and Farm2Me, in conjunction with NYC Food Truck Association and Cheap Eats, the fun kicks-off at Ivy Bakery138 West Houston St (between MacDougal and Sullivan) at 5pm.

From 5-8 pm, Divine Chocolate’s Trick or Treat station at Ivy Bakery will feature wicked samples of our 70% Dark, 70% Dark with Raspberries and our Limited Edition bars, including Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle and Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Cranberries. They have samples for Milk Chocolate lovers, too!

Now the question is where to celebrate– in Jersey or the city?

Decisions, decisions– maybe I’ll see you at one of the parties mentioned above!

Cheers! 😀

#SCBD loves this #Deal: Restaurant.com

If you love to go out as much as I do then Restaurant.com will become your new best friend. If you’ve seen previous posts you also know I love their Twitter contests! Regardless, it’s an awesome website that I support a ton, here’s the deal: buy gift cards ranging from ($10-100) for no less than $10-20. But that’s not all, they also have awesome discounts weekly and monthly and you can even get gift cards for $2-3 with a special promo code! Before I graduated I went on a Restaurant.com shopping spree and bought tons of gift certificates to use at home and at school (at the time). Now I need buy some for restaurants around my new place, NYC, and Hoboken.

Here’s an example of how good it is:

Say I want to go to the Woodstone Pizza Bar & Grill in Rochelle Park. Well, they are on Restaurant.com and I can currently get a $25 gift certificate for $10. I add the promo code PICK (see below) and then I get it for $5!

Here are the usual details with most $25 gift certificates (details vary by restaurant/gift certificate): Minimum purchase of $35. Valid Sun-Thur. 18% Gratuity added prior to discount. Valid for Dine In ONLY. Excludes: Holidays/Special Events, Other Offers/Promotions. Present prior to ordering.

Check out the banners below for their latest promotion and of course a link to the homepage, you surely won’t regret it:

Restaurant.com 191x60 blue banner


From 10/9-10/11, $3 for $15 Restaurant Gift Certificates with code PICK.

On that note, enjoy this deal while it lasts and make sure you register for Restaurant.com! I’m sure you’ll go out for more meals with all your deals! I know I’m getting some more soon. You can’t beat $3 for a gift certificate with more value!

Happy Eating & dealing 😀

#SCBD Deal: Village Pourhouse Oktoberfest Beer Dinner

This just in– The Village Pourhouse in Hoboken is holding their 2nd Annual Beer Dinner this Wednesday starting at 7 PM.  Not only will I be in attendance but all of my readers, followers, and fans get a 50% discount!

If you plan on attending here’s how to get this deal before it’s gone. It’s pretty easy just go to this link: http://hobokenph.laughstub.com/show.cfm?id=191030 then enter coupon code SCBD50. Then you are good to go & will get your ticket for $25 instead of $50 with my exclusive discount.

Now here are the details about this Oktoberfest dinner:

2nd Annual Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Village Pourhouse Hoboken
Wednesday, October 3rd at 7 PM

Enjoy a pre fixe three course meal of German delicacies with beer pairing while learning about German beers from a brewery representative!

Receive an official Oktoberfest mug at the dinner!

Village Pourhouse Hoboken
205 First Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

As always, happy eating!!! Hope to see some of you at the beer dinner!

Comment or tweet me if you plan on attending! 😀