Monday, April 26, 2010

Went to Noboru in Montgomeryville and I was literally giddy...

I have been interested in trying out Noboru -- a new Japanese sushi buffet in Montgomeryville -- for a few weeks now. So when a group of friends and I decided to try it out for lunch one day with our little kids, I was definitely excited to try it out.

Well, let me just tell you now... we all LOVED this place! It was so great for both us and the kids! Here is why:

- most importantly, the sushi was abundant and delicious! Very fresh and great!

- the amount of variation of food at the buffet was AMAZING. All of us were like kids in a candy store looking around at the wide variety of foods to try. Besides the awesome sushi and rolls, there was a huge section of hot Chinese, Japanese, and Korean food. There were tons of salads (seaweed, etc), an udon station and other soups, more typical foods like chicken, seafood, and pasta dishes, and some great dessert stations, like an ice cream/tart yogurt sundae station, cakes and cookies (all mini-sized!), and a crepe station! For dinner, they have a Hibachi station, too!

- How great is this... kids 3 and under EAT FREE!!!  (and if your kids are older, prices are very reasonable and reduced -- see below for pricing) There is plenty of kid food for those kids (or adults!) that don't eat your more traditional Japanese food.

- The decor inside is nice, clean, and open. The restaurant is very large and easy to have a quick, but nice, lunch or dinner.

- Service was great! Our waiter was attentive, detailed, and very good with the 5 three-year olds that were with us.

Let's just say that I think this group of moms and kids will be making it our weekly tradition to go to Noburu since we loved it so much! You need to try it too!

Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner:
Lunch is 11:30am-3pm
Dinner is 5pm-10pm

Lunch Mon-Fri $14.95, Sat-Sun $16.95
8-11 years: $7.95
4-7 years: $5.95
3 and under: free
Seniors (65+): 10% off

Dinner Mon-Fri $25.95, Sat-Sun $27.95

8-11 years: $13.95
4-7 years: $8.95
3 and under: free
Seniors (65+): 10% off
117 Garden Golf Blvd
North Wales, PA 19454

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I just made $100 cash at the Closet Exchange!

Did you know that the Closet Exchange in Abington (around the corner from the Willow Grove Mall) buys and sells lightly used, brand name clothing and accessories for teens and adults?

I brought in a bunch of stuff that doesn't fit me any more (lots of brand name jeans, shirts, etc) and walked out with $100 cash on the spot. Now that I know what they sell and carry in the store, I plan to come back with more shirts, pants, skirts, bags, and more.

Most of the items there were geared to a younger audience, and brand names were not just high end, but also your more mainstream brand names like Old Navy, J. Crew, Gap, H&M, and more.

Learn more about what they take and don't by visiting their website. You don't need an appointment to bring in clothing, you just need to go at least one hour before close. And of course you can go anytime to shop!  Check it out!

1901 Old York Road, Abington
Sun 12pm-5pm
Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
Sat 10am-7pm

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Great event this Sunday at Thunderbird Lanes to help special needs children!

Annual Bowling Benefit at Thunderbird Lanes, Willow Grove, PA

Sunday, April 18th, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bowling, Food, Games, Face Painting and Children’s Entertainment, DJ, Chinese Auction, Silent Auction, Door Prizes, Raffle with Grand Prize Trip To Jamaica. Fun For The Whole Family!

All proceeds benefit the Gia Nicole Angel Foundation to help special needs children. 

To pre-register for this event, or to buy raffle tickets ($5) for great prizes, please email Amy. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Healthy Kids Day this Sat at the Ambler Y

Ambler YMCA is having a free community event this Saturday 4/17 10am-2pm, Healthy Kids Day. It’s open to all ages. We will have moon bounces, face painting, carnival games, healthy snacks, fitness demonstrations, health info, giveaways and Q102 will be doing a remote from our parking lot. 

400 N. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler PA 19002

Monday, April 12, 2010

Know a special mom who could use some pampering? PURE Spa contest!

Everyone has a special woman in their life…

So to celebrate Mother’s Day, PURE Spa and Chamaeleon Accessories (both located in Ambler PA) are inviting you to enter our Mother’s Day contest, for a chance to nominate an influential woman in your life, and give them the opportunity to be eligible to win a Mother’s Day package compliments of PURE Spa and Chamaeleon Accessories.

Winning package, worth over $300 includes:
* PURE facial and Swedish massage with Reiki
* PURE Manicure and Pedicure
* $50 Gift Certificate to Chamaeleon Accessories Boutique

To enter:
Complete this form below by entering your name, email, phone number, name of influential woman and a short story as to why this woman is deserving of a day of relaxation and rejuvenation from PURE Spa and $50 to spend at Chamaeleon Accessories. All entries welcome, but please only one nomination per person. One winner will be awarded the prize package and the person who nominated the winner will be notified via phone call and email on May 4, 2010.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Now Open: Seasons 52

Last night, I was really excited to check out Seasons 52 which just opened last week in King of Prussia. Seasons 52 is a fresh grill that has a seasonally inspired menu and award winning international wine bar. They prepare their meals using rustic cooking techniques such as grilling or roasting over open fires to enhance the flavor of each dish. Every week of the year, as different foods reach their seasonal peak of taste, Seasons 52 seeks out the best, market-fresh products such as vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes in summer, crisp apples in autumn, hearty root vegetables in winter and tender asparagus in spring. Each meal is nutritionally balanced to include the highest quality lean meats and seafood, good carbs and beneficial oils such as extra virgin olive oil.

Overall, I was very impressed with our dining experience. When we first arrived, we were greeted by complimentary valet parking which was a nice touch. The ambiance was beautiful, warm and inviting and the place was packed! We waited in the bar area for a short time before we were seated. Inside the bar area there was a live piano player that plays nightly. Once seated, we were taken back (in a good way) to see that the menu stated that ALL menu items were 475 calories or less! That was very extraordinary! Equally impressive was their tremendous international selection of 100 wines, including 60 offered by the glass!

Our waiter Tom was amazing! He knew everything we had asked him about the menu and when I asked him which Riesling wine was the sweetest, he pointed one out to me, but asked if I would prefer a Moscato (which is even sweeter). I happen to prefer Moscato over Riesling, but hadn't even noticed it on the wine list, and I was so impressed that he had suggested it instead. The Moscato was sweet and delicious.

My husband and I were with friends and we started with some Flatbreads that were out of this world! I could have just ate those all night! They have several different kinds to choose from. The menu had a little bit of everything, chicken, steak, pasta, fish and salads. We each ordered our own entree and thought the food was very good! I had a Char Crust Filet Mignon, which I really enjoyed.

Their desserts, called Mini Indulgences, were served in shot-size glasses making them the perfectly proportioned size! We had the Key Lime Pie and the Rocky Road which were so scrumptious!

Beyond the food itself, we were all taken back by the focus on customer service throughout the meal. The restaurant's General Manager, made his rounds to all of the tables in the restaurant, looking to ensure that everything about our meal was to our liking. Additionally, another manager in the restaurant also checked on us during our meal. At the end of our stay our waiter handed us his business card and said that anytime we come back to just ask for his section and there will be a table waiting for us. Now that is awesome customer service!! We will definitely be back again!

They do have a second floor for private events and there is a smaller room available on the first floor as well. Great to keep in mind when planning your next party!

Seasons 52
at King of Prussia Mall (near Crate & Barrel)
160 N. Gulph Rd
Suite 101
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Lunch: 11:30AM – 4:00PM
Dinner: 4:00PM – 10:00PM
(11:00PM on Friday)

11:30AM – 11:00PM

11:30AM – 10:00PM

Click here to make a reservation
or call (610) 992-1152

Friday, April 9, 2010

Another sushi review at the new Vic in Springhouse

Today I got to try another new sushi restaurant, Vic Sushi Bar, that recently opened up (about 3 weeks ago) on Bethlehem Pike in Springhouse. Apparently Vic was originally located in Center City, and was known to be a great spot for sushi downtown.

This very small (I'm talking teeny) place in a small strip mall seemed to have a steady stream of take-out customers coming in and out. A group of friends, our kids, and I were the only ones sitting (and they didn't have much more room other than the sushi bar and a few other tables).

We tried the three-roll special, which was $10.95 for your choice of three basic rolls. I had yellowtail and scallion, spicy tuna, and sweet potato tempura. I have to say, all three of my rolls were delicious, and my friends agreed that their rolls were fresh and tasty.

The menu gets much more extensive with a number of specialty rolls, and it also includes a large sampling of Thai food as well.

I definitely forsee doing take-out from Vic Sushi Bar in the near future, and I recommend that you try it too!

832 N. Bethlehem Pike
Spring House, PA 19477

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Awesome shopping girls night out: drinks, apps, and fun on April 22nd

Join us for an upscale evening of FRIENDS and FUN!

Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres & desserts, fabulous shopping, coupons for great savings, door prizes, music, and more! All proceeds will be donated to the Ann Newman Preschool at Temple Sinai.

Thursday, April 22nd, 7-9:30pm
Temple Sinai, Dresher

Enjoy shopping at the following vendors:
  • Beadazzle Jewelry
  • Beauti Control (Spa)
  • Belladorn (unique jewelry)
  • B’s Purses
  • Cathy Gaber Glass (belts and buckles)
  • Clays for Strays
  • Darrah Ashley Designs (custom art)
  • Designs by Karen (handbags, etc)
  • Discovery Toys
  • Ei of the Needle (Memory Quilts)
  • Entertaining at Home
  • From Junk 2 Funk
  • House of Gabrielle (scarves, sweats, etc)
  • Ina GaberGreenspan (handbags, accessories)
  • JadaRenee Boutique (clothing and more)
  • Jill Ladov (hair bows)
  • Just for You (funky clothing)
  • Keller Williams Real Estate
  • M. Blake Mosaics
  • Made Ya Smile (eclectic gift shop)
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics and Skin Care
  • Matilda Jane Clothing
  • Paper Moon Gifts (jewelry, belts, tie dye)
  • Premier Designs (jewelry)
  • Real and True (sweaters)
  • Reuma Baron (jewelry)
  • Shop 2 Dye 4 (children’s clothing and more)
  • Simply Sweet (tote and beach bags)
  • Stella and Dot (vintage jewelry)
  • Tastefully Simple (gourmet foods)
  • The Models Bag (handbags and scarves)
  • The Paper Trail (invitations & stationery)
  • Truly Whimsical (kids and womens clothing)
  • Tupperware
  • Visual Effects (jewelry)
  • Wireworx (metal and serve ware)
  • Zachary’s Smile (vintage jewelry)

Admission is $18 in advance, $24 at the door. SAVE $5 IF YOU SIGN UP BY APRIL 13TH! To purchase your ticket, drop off or mail your check (payable to “Temple Sinai Preschool PTO”) to Temple Sinai Preschool, c/o Amy Kelman at 1401 N. Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025. All proceeds will be donated to the Preschool. Additional drink and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Email for more information

Beth Or having a spa day on 5/2

Pamper yourself at Beth Or's Spa Day, Sunday, May 2nd
1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$30 Sisterhood members, $40 non-members

• Group exercise classes – Zumba, Pilates and Yoga/Meditation – taught by professional instructors, and included in the cost of the program.

• Certified masseuses and aestheticians will provide luxurious individual, private spa services, such as Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, mini-facials, skin care!

• Relaxing 1-hour group spa sessions for heavenly neck, hand, foot, and lip treatments, relaxation techniques and product samplings, and more!

• Private treatments will be available by advance appointment only, at an additional cost.

• Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Please register by April 10th. To register or for more information:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Restaurant Review: Kumo in North Wales

Last week I had the opportunity to try the new Japanese/sushi restaurant, Kumo, in the English Village Shopping Center in North Wales. I am a big sushi eater and was skeptical of a new place, but I heard lots of positive reviews and wanted to try it out for myself.

The sushi was AWESOME. My three friends and I gobbled up every single bite with nothing to spare. We started off with edamame (perfectly cooked and salted) and then had both house and seaweed salads. Both were delicious. Next we tried a variety of your standard cooked and raw rolls, as well as a few rolls from their rather extensive (two-page) special roll list. All of the rolls were amazing and we couldn't stop raving. Our favorites were the Spicy Girl Roll and the Tropical Roll (with banana... I know, sounds weird, but it was great!) Check out the extensive menu.

The inside of the restaurant is very upscale and makes you feel like you are eating in Center City, not North Wales. And though the restaurant is a BYO, we were treated to a glass of complimentary wine each upon our arrival. Very nice!

Finally, I love that you can take advantage of their very reasonable lunch special. For $10, you get soup, salad, and two rolls of your choice. This is a great deal! (And keep a look out for your Clipper Magazine, where you can find $5 off, $10 off and 15% off coupons, as well as on the back of the Kumo to-go menu) Oh, and you can order online! How fab!

I will definitely be back to Kumo very soon. 

1460 Bethlehem Pike
North Wales, PA 19454

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

One of my favorite stores, Therapy, is having some great sales!

One of my favorite stores for awesome clothes and accessories, Therapy (in Blue Bell), is celebrating their 2nd anniversary. Come see what's new and exciting and get a chance to save 10, 15 or 20% off your purchase!

All customers will receive a special gift just for stopping in (while supplies last).

3 special days to celebrate:

Friday April 9th 10 am-5:30 pm
Saturday April 10th 10 am-5 pm
Sunday April 11th 11 am-3 pm

Check out this recent article on my favorite store. Enjoy shopping!

1201 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
(610) 277-3526

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Swoozie's closing

I am sad to report that Swoozies in Warrington, Ardmore, and Paoil (as well as all Swoozies stores) will be closing. Swoozies was one of my favorite places to get fun (and inexpensive) gifts. Right now, everything is 30% off and will continue to come down in price and they get closer to closing (date unannounced right now)

Swoozie's at Valley Square
1520 Main St
Warrington, Pennsylvania 18976
P: 215.343.4303 l F: 215.343.4795
Mon-Sat 10-9; Sun 11-5

Swoozie's at Suburban Square
5 St. James Place
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003
P: 610.642.6120 l F: 610.649.1983
Mon-Thurs 10-9; Fri-Sat 10-7; Sun 12-5