Monday, September 26, 2011

Summer Bucket List Item No. 2: Whatta Deal

Okay, so I actually had to split this into two separate activities (one with one friend and then one with three others), but you'll remember this as the Groupon/Living Social item on my summer bucket list.

First up, $20 worth of burgers at French Meadow. Yes, I love French Meadow. It's one of those perfect places both at night and during the day.

I went with the free range turkey burger as my burger selection: hormone free ground turkey with Eichten's local Gouda and caramelized onions, as well as lettuce, tomato, pickle and chive aioli, served on an organic sprouted bun. The burger is served with organic tortilla chips and homemade salsa. Of course it was delicious :)

There was a handy half-off any bakery item or dessert FourSquare check-in special that I just couldn't refuse, so I also ended up with the triple chocolate mousse cake. Oh, so good. But, oh, so rich. I didn't eat all of it. A. because it was huge. B. because it was just too much sugar for me.

As for the next activity, $32 worth of lake-time fun via Wheel Fun Rentals.

Now, there are many Wheel Fun options - canoes and kayaks, bikes and surreys. With so many decisions, you'd think it would be a difficult choice. But, we went straight for the good, old-fashioned, four-person paddle boat.

An hour-and-a-half chock full of teamwork, bickering, exercising, relaxing, seaweed flinging and water splashing. Ah, bliss. Here are a few of the photos from our journey, mostly taken on Lake of the Isles.


  1. not only looks good, it sounds good and healthy! I need to understand FourSquare. I get Groupon notices, but of course they aren't for anywhere near me. I set mine up for Orlando, just in case we happen to hit a good one when we are in Florida visiting my daughter. The FourSquare confused me a bit. I don't really want to be chatting with other people at the mall etc. I do want to be able to get discounts at the stores etc. No one I know uses

  2. Hey Sue! It was really good :)

    Re: FourSquare, it's a location-based social networking platform, so it essentially allows you to 'check in' wherever you are via your mobile phone. The idea is that your friends can see where you are/what you're doing. If you're familiar with Facebook check-ins, it's essentially the same thing. But, FourSquare is a little more fun in that it awards points based on your check-ins, you can earn badges AND some social savvy businesses capitalize on offering FourSquare customers special deals for checking in at their establishment. So it's mostly fun, part competition and sometimes rewarding :)