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CineBistro: An Upscale Entertainment Experience



Disclaimer: I was given a free gourmet lunch and a few goodies during my behind-the-scenes tour, but all thoughts and opinions about how amazing CineBistro is, are truly my own. 

Question of the day: What do you get when you mix a world class cuisine with a state-of-the-art movie theater?

Answer: CineBistro

A few days ago, I was invited out to preview Cary’s latest entertainment destination--CineBistro. I admit, at first I was a bit skeptical. After all, toss a rock in the Triangle and you’re likely to hit a movie theater. However, the moment I walked into in, I knew this wasn’t your average movie theater.

CineBistro is part of the Cobb Theater chain. This full-service lounge, bar and theater offers guests an intimate and upscale movie going experience. CineBistro takes the “dinner and a show” experience to another level. Guests can choose from an array of chef-prepared cuisine such as: Ahi "Dynamite" Poppers, Pan-Seared Salmon, Blue Crab Cakes, Roasted Beet Salad, Caramelized Banana Cheesecake and Butterscotch Bourbon Creme Brulee, all prepared from scratch and in house. Patrons can pair their delicious eats with an assortment of fine wines, draft beers and signature cocktails. It’s important to note that if you wish to receive in-theater dining services, you must arrive at least 30 minutes before your movie begins.



Unlike typical movie theaters, CineBistro is all about pampering. The location in Cary offers 6 state-of-the-art theaters, complete with plush leather reclining chairs and adjustable headrests. During the tour, we were invited to relax and enjoy trailers of upcoming films on their incredible screens. While we fully submerged ourselves in the CineBistro experience, the general and sales and events managers discussed some of the various ways in which CineBistro differentiates itself from its competitors.

> After 6 PM, absolutely no one under the age of 21 is allowed in the theater. This gives adults an intimate atmosphere to relax and enjoy their “adult” time. 

> CineBistro offers gourmet food at a reasonable price. The incredible menu changes on a weekly basis, and is prepared by a world-class chef. 

> Patrons can order fine wines and signature cocktails from the fully-stocked bar.  

> There are 6 top-of-the-line screening rooms which all use silver screen technology. 

> The lounge and screening rooms can be reserved for corporate events, or private functions.

After the tour, we had the opportunity to relax in the incredibly comfortable leather seats and stuff our faces with some of their most popular menu items. While we ate, the chef touched on some of the highlights on their menu, including their latest addition--Kimchi Fried Rice. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I'm no stranger to food, but this was some of the most heavenly food I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

CineBistro opens its doors THIS Friday. They are located in the Waverly Place Shopping Center. Reservations must be made in advance and you can expect that they will sell out this week, so book early! After opening week, guests can reserve their seats for new releases every Tuesday after 4 PM.

Here’s a sneak peek at the movies that will be shown during opening weekend:

The Transporter Refueled: 4:00 PM | 8:00 PM | 11:00 PM 
A Walk in the Woods: 3:30 PM | 7:00 PM | 10:00 PM 
No Escape: 4:30 PM | 7:30 PM | 10:30 PM
 Mistress America: 3:00 PM | 6:30 PM | 9:00 PM
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation: 2:00 PM | 5:00 PM | 8:30 PM
Trainwreck: 2:30 PM | 6:00 PM | 9:30 PM

Be sure to follow CineBistro via Facebook and Twitter for movie listing, updates contests and more! Want to know more about CineBistro? Be sure to stop by and meet the two other fabulous bloggers that went behind the scenes at CineBistro, Leslie of SobeSavvy and Jen from Jael Custom Designs!

Looking forward to seeing you there on opening day!




Frontier Airlines Offering $1 Flights (TODAY ONLY)


Have a case of Wanderlust, but hate spending the big bucks on last minute flights? Here's your chance to save major dollars, and take in a few sites around this gorgeous country! For today only, Frontier Airlines is running a massive special. They are offering $1 flights leaving Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Trenton. If you live in or nearby one of these cities, now is the prime time to book a flight!

However, as with most things that sound a bit too good to be true, you've got to be a bit savvy to outwit all those pesky fees. All flights must be booked by tonight and you only have a two week window to travel (Sept 2nd.-Sept. 16th). 

Then there's baggage. Hidden baggage fees can actually cost more than the flight itself. Take my advice and pack light. Even a carry-on can cost up to $30 both ways. If you're only going for an over-nighter, ditch the suitcase and carry a small backpack instead. Frontier Flights allows you to carry one small bag on the plane free of charge.

Here's what there website says about baggage fees:

FREE PERSONAL ITEM 


"We know how important your headphones, laptops, and crossword puzzles are for your in-flight experience. All passengers are allowed one free personal item that will fit under the seat in front of you. It can be no larger than 14” tall, 8” wide, and 18” long (including handles, wheels, and straps). Think backpacks, purses, briefcases and computer bags."

(Check out their baggage page for more information on what qualifies as a carry on).

Finally, beware of the extra options. For instance, personally picking your seat, instead of having one automatically assigned to you will run you an additional $15 both ways. Travel insurance can tack on another $20.

Basically, the name of this game is keep it simple. Frontier is offering a pretty sweet deal, as long as your willing to travel bare-bones at the last minute. Sure the accommodations might not be what your accustomed to, but can you really turn down a $1 flight to a city you've always wanted to visit?

Remember, this deal ends TONIGHT at midnight! Grab your tickets before they're gone!

Good luck and Bon Voyage!


Lemon and Basil Pork Chops

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The National Pork Board and the #GrillPork campaign, however, all thoughts, opinions and tantalizingly tasty recipes are mine alone. Enjoy!

I'm back with my final pork recipe of the summer! Today's recipe--Lemon and Basil Pork chops. These succulent and tangy chops are a favorite around our table. They're simple to prepare, but they pack a powerful punch, and like most summer favorites, they taste best when prepared on the grill.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this month I've partnered up with The National Pork Board and we're showcasing healthy ways to grill your pork this summer. Be sure to stop by their site for TONS of delicious pork recipes this BBQ season!

Ingredients

4 Thick Cut Bone-in Pork Chops
1/4 cup of minced garlic
2 Tbsp Fresh Basil (plus additional for garnishing)
2 Lemons
1 Tsp Sea Salt
1 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Instructions

Combine fresh basil, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix well.  Evenly rub mixture on both sides on the pork chops and place in refrigerator to marinate for an hour.


Once the pork chops are fully saturated in the marinade, toss them onto the grill. Allows them to cook for about 10-12 minutes, turning them once halfway through.

Grill chops over direct heat for about 5-6 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees.

Serve with a smile!



Now that I've got your taste buds standing at attention, let's talk about what The National Pork Board is offering two of my lovely readers. Interested in winning free groceries for an ENTIRE YEAR? Visit GrillPork.org to enter. Simply take a photo of a meal being prepared by you on a grill, share it on your personal Instagram page, and tag your photo with @PorkBeInspired and #GrillPorkSweeps.

About The National Pork Board 

The National Pork Board was established in 1985 and is responsible for overseeing consumer information, performing industry-related research and promotion of healthy pork related recipes and ideas. Visit The National Pork Board for recipes, cooking instructions and safe pork handling procedures

Good luck and bon appetit!




Grilled Teriyaki and Sesame Pork Kabobs


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The National Pork Board and the #GrillPork campaign, however, all thoughts, opinions and tantalizingly tasty recipes are mine alone. Enjoy!

It's day two of Porkapalooza, and today I'm sharing another one of my favorite pork recipes-- Grilled Teriyaki & Sesame Pork Kabobs.

Cooking for a multi-cultural family can be a bit of a challenge, but these Grilled Teriyaki Kabobs manage to make us all happy and keep our bellies full. They're simple, delicious,  full of flavor and did I mention simple? These kabobs are perfect for summer cookouts and gatherings.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this month I've partnered up with The National Pork Board and we're showcasing healthy ways to grill your pork this summer. Be sure to stop by their site for TONS of delicious pork recipes this BBQ season!

Ready to get cooking? Let's get started!


Ingredients 

1 lb of pork tenderloin or filet, cubed
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 cup of pineapples, cut into cubes
1 purple onion, cut into wedges
5 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. rosemary
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. sesame seeds
8  bamboo skewers

Instructions

Add pork, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame seeds into a large disposable bowl. Shake bowl with contents inside. Place pork in refrigerator to marinate.

While the pork is marinating, soak the skewers in water. After about an hour, remove the pork from the refrigerator and skewer pork, onions, pineapples and tomatoes.  Grill for 10-15 minutes turning kabobs regularly.



Serve with any of your favorite BBQ sides--beans, cole slaw, salad, ect.

Now that I've got your taste buds standing at attention, let's talk about what The National Pork Board is offering two of my lovely readers. Interested in winning free groceries for an ENTIRE YEAR? Visit GrillPork.org to enter. Simply take a photo of a meal being prepared by you on a grill, share it on your personal Instagram page, and tag your photo with @PorkBeInspired and #GrillPorkSweeps.

If an entire year's worth of free groceries just isn't your thing, The National Pork Board is also offering up $100 Wal-Mart gift card and Be Inspired Grilling Kit. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win! This giveaway is only open to US residents ages 18 or older.




About The National Pork Board

The National Pork Board was established in 1985 and is responsible for overseeing consumer information, performing industry-related research and promotion of healthy pork related recipes and ideas. Visit The National Pork Board for recipes, cooking instructions and safe pork handling procedures

Good luck and bon appetit!

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