Free Cone Day – Ben and Jerry’s Chatswood

That one day of the year the the world goes nuts at Ben and Jerry’s ice cream stores. Tuesday April8, 2014 marked the official day of lining up for as many scoops as we all could- how many did you have?

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“What is Free Cone Day? Well it’s our way to celebrate and say thanks for another year of support, and we’ve kept it up every year since, spreading the peace, love & ice cream around the globe!”

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1978 – With a $5 correspondence course in ice cream-making from Penn State and  a $12,000 investment ($4,000 of it borrowed), Ben and Jerry open their first  ice cream scoop shop in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont.

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  1979 – Ben and Jerry celebrate the shop’s one-year anniversary – and the customers who made it possible – by holding the first-ever Free Cone Day: free scoops for all, all day long. The annual ice cream give-away continues today in scoop shops around the world.
This really shows how marketing can make a massive different to a successful product/service.
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The free cones started at 12 noon and ends at 9pm. Luckily for me, I just got to Chatswood at around 8:45 and walked along the music-pumpin store.
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There was a massive line with people from all ages- but mostly school kids. Don’t you guys have homework to do?? I guess its better going outside than staying at home on the computers #genZlyf
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The line twirled up towards the Concourse but it wasn’t as long as the maze at Broadway last year. I remember it was going out into the car park area outside!! #dedication oh, and we waited probably 30-40 minutes? This time round I only wanted for just over 15 minutes.
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It was nice getting handed over the flavours but there were too many to choose from. I must admit, when the Chatswood Ben and Jerry’s store opened and they were offering free ice cream (again), I went and tried 5 flavours. My favourites include Cherry Garcia and Strawberry Cheesecake.
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Even the truck made a handy appearance.
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It’s for the free scoop tour to raise awareness to save the Great Barrier Reef #scooptour
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This time I had the boysenberry one and that didn’t disappoint! less calories than the nutty chocolatey ones but also quite a refreshing taste. I wished they had whole berries in it too.
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Sad that I missed out on getting another one by 2 minutes but we got some vouchers to entice us to come again- why not!
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Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =)

Value: =D

Would I go to Free Cone Day next year? Heck yes! It’s the one day of the year everyone knows about! It’s all over social media and you get a delicious scoop of ice cream. Is it worth the wait? haha yes! Normally a scoop would be $5? I don’t remember but I normally wouldn’t buy it because its so expensive. Even if you go Connoisseur its $7 for a 1L at the supermarkets I think.

Would I donate the money I saved to the organisers for another event? This is a tricky question and I would have to say no. I think $2 investment in next year and get 2 scoops when I queue up would be an incentive.

Highlight: Just eating ice cream. Their ice cream is packed full of chocolate, nuts, caramel, phish, and other goodie treats. Cherish the precious moments, taste buds.

Suggestion of Improvement: I really want the American flavours to hit the stores in Sydney! Half baked, or S’mores, or Chocolate Nougat Crunch.. I remember we got very similar flavours to when the store first opened. People love trying new things and Messina does a brilliant job of bringing out new flavours every week.

Ends: April 8, 2014 BUT there is a free cone truck happening #fightforthereef #scooptour

Link: http://www.benjerry.com

Angela Bee

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$8 breakfast groupon deal – Alice’s Tea Cafe

Get lost down the tunnels of a Wonderful, be greeted by a giant teddy bear and grab a (very) small Mad Hatters $8 breakfast from Groupon at Alice’s Tea Cafe Chatswood to use until September 3, 2014.

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Alice’s Tea Cafe is known for its Alice in Wonderland themed High Tea parties, particularly its recent $29 for two high teas that are always popping up on offer on OurDeal.

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Take the escalators down from the main food court and make your way towards Oxford where the little cafe sits.

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It looks quite really cute and I’m loving the display of menus, cakes and coffee!

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There isn’t table service so we ordered our $13.50 worth of breakfast at the counter. This included options of ham, tomato and cheese croissant, bacon and egg roll, eggs Benedict with ham or avocado, poached eggs, scrambled eggs.

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We took a delightful cupcake with a table number and seated ourselves next to the giant teddy bear.

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Looking around, they had some books, magazines and toys for the kids. There’s also free wifi if you ask for their password.

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Soon our breakfasts came. My friend got the eggs benedict. Unfortunately it was as small as it looks. It wasn’t even on sourdough but toast? Sadly bread wasn’t toasted either. $25 on a Kmart toaster would not be a bad investment…  The plate lacked any salt and pepper. It wasn’t worth the original $13.50. I could’ve made this myself easily.

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I got the scrambled eggs with tomato, mushrooms, bacon and ‘sourdough’. I don’t know where to start. Again, it was quite small. The eggs needed some salt and I wished it was more runny like Michel’s Patisserie Eastwood. The bacon wasn’t too bad but noting special. The mushroom was minuscule and cut into tiny pieces. Didn’t taste like mushroom anymore. The tomatoes weren’t ripe either. Quite disappointing and glad I got the groupon otherwise I would’ve not been happy.

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On the upside, our coffees arrived with some nice love hearts and flowers on top. Below is a mocha and cappuccino. The coffee was actually really nice and wasn’t burnt. I would come back just for a coffee if I wanted, and it was the large one, too!I’m quite happy with my large cappuccino. That got me through the quick meal.

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Compare the above to what was picture on the deal online. This might teach you to not judge a book by its cover..

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The decorations and ambience really made up for the food, but even the high tea didn’t look too wholesome. I must admit, I have been warned before about this place being ‘not so great’. I tried. This was the result.
Remember: not all groupon pictures display what is the reality.

Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product ($8 All Day Breakfast at Alice’s Tea Cafe): =(

Ambience: =D

Service: =|

Value: =(

Would I buy another groupon voucher at Alice’s Cafe? Nope. Lesson learnt. I guess I could’ve made this for a friend of mine at my house for the same price, if not cheaper. We also had to wait until 10:30 for someone to arrive to cook the breakfasts. They say they are going to change the menu next week. I hope it’s better.

Would I donate the amount I saved ($13.50 – breakfast + $3.50 – voucher minus $8 – voucher), $11, to a charity organisation? Probably not. I don’t even think I got what I paid for. It was a bit disappointing for such a cute place. There are so many other cafés and restaurants in Chatswood. Money could’ve been spent elsewhere.

Highlight: the big teddy bear! Who wouldn’t? I’m not obsessed with soft toys but just having one for an hour or two makes it more fun. It was huge and cuddly!

Suggestion of improvement: everything excluding the decoration and coffee. More flavours, bigger portions, just better food in general.

Ends: September 3, 2014
Link: http://www.westfield.com.au/chatswood/stores/au-alices-tea-cafe/51733#!

Deal: http://www.groupon.com.au/deals/sydney/alice-s-tea-cafe-1/718067263

Angela Bee