Friday, February 18, 2011

Groupon Certificate and Anima Italian Bistro Review

Okay, so during Christmas, I did a Christmas feature and giveaway on Groupon and I was also sent some Groupon credit to spend and I seriously had a tough time choosing what I wanted to use it on. In the end, I ended up going for a $30 gift certificate to Anima Italian Bistro and a $20 gift certificate to Barnes and Nobles! Food and books, it can't get much better than this!

So about the purchases on the site, I found that when I really wanted something, the site was always backlogged, I really couldn't ever sign in onto my account and I was deathly afraid that by the time I could sign in, that all the deals I wanted to buy were going to be gone! Luckily for me, I ended up being able to sign in 5-6 hours later and there was still certificates available. 

I do give kudos, however, for the deals offered. I was looking for somewhere nice for dinner for our anniversary and Anima, the Italian bistro, was the place we chose. We had never tried it before and Groupon was just a reason to try out a new place. We really made no mistake here! My SO and I are always fond of quaint, little places that have their own little atmosphere and Anima just radiated with an unique ambience that made you feel very comfortable and warm. We both loved the decor and oh my gosh, the food was absolutely delicious. We did not order any pizza, although the open brick oven made me really wish we had! We started out with appetizers and drinks before moving onto our main courses of lamb and a seafood pasta. Of course, there were more elegant names that just rolled off your tongue but to be honest, I can't remember the exact name. We finished off with desert, tiramisu and a strawberry creme which were both beautifully served in glasses. I would love to include the pictures I took but it was kind of a dim, romantic setting, lit mostly by candle light so my pictures have unfortunately turned out somewhat dark. I have to admit, the meal was not cheap, even with the help of the Groupon. Although, I loved the experience fully and it made for a wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary, I have to say, the Groupon really did help out and made for a wonderful night out and a new discovery!

In short:
Anima Italian Bistro -Slightly on the expensive side, but definitely worth it! They even had a 2 for 1 deal but only on the bar side and that was incredibly packed! 
Groupon -Sweet way to make things cheaper! What can I say?! Sometimes, it may take a lot of patience to get those groupons, but in the end, it is worth the wait.

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