Monday, December 13, 2010

Watercooler Moments!

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So you’ve been living under a rock for the weekend, and now you’re out of the loop on all the gossip this morning?

Well our new weekly segment will soon put that right. As you know, we like to keep our finger on the pulse of the world of lunch, but also on the pulse of the world in general.

So if you get stuck for conversation while making tea this morning, or if you need something to talk about over lunch, here’s some carefully chosen conversation points from the weekend, all wrapped up in one post!

Matt wins X Factor

The 27 year old former painter and decorator was flagged as a possible winner from the start, and, much to the dismay of millions of 13 year old girls (One Direction), and presumably thousands of people with bad Liverpudlian accents (Rebecca) he was crowned winner of X Factor last night. Cardle sang "Many of Horror" by Scottish band Biffy Clyro last night, which is to be released next week, and is sure to be heading for a Christmas #1.

To be discussed with: Any female in the office, and any male whom you suspect to be a closet X Factor fan (of which there are many!)

Paul O Connell sees red on his return to action

Channeling some of that “manic aggression” that he is so famous for right onto the cheek of Ospreys player Jonathan Thomas proved to be a futile exercise for “Paulie” yesterday, as he got himself sent off. Following a tug back from the Ospreys player, O Connell proceeded to throw his right arm back and connected with the player. He was carded to much hostility from the Thomond crowd, and is set to miss next weekend’s return game, and all the festive action too.

To be discussed with: Any red blooded male in the office, and anyone who likes a good scrap!

Christmas is coming!

With only one shopping weekend left until Christmas, people all over the country are panicking over which tea towel to get Granny, and which tie to get Dad.

You are sure to be asked 400 times within the next 12 days “Have you all your presents bought?”, so be sure to get in first with that little chestnut today!

Try out a nifty little Irish site called out if you’re still at a loss over what to get that special someone in your life.

To be discussed with: Anyone who has that look of Xmas panic on their face today!

Oh and if you really get stuck for small talk today, just ask someone if they reckon your likelier to be a hit with the opposite sex if you use a horse for transport rather than a car. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then search Youtube for Rubberbandits' viral video phenomenon!

And the winners are...

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And so the time has come!

We’ve had begging, cajoling and even threatening. There’s been tears, drama, sob stories and tugging at heart strings, and we’ve been overloaded with emails asking for information.

But enough about the mylunch Xmas party, we've also had hundreds of entries in a bid to win a bundle of four tickets to 7UP Christmas on Ice this week!

There’s been Blades of Glory jokes, bad puns, descriptions of special ice skating moves and no shortage of memories of childhood skates, and Dad trying to fit into that spandex suit one last time (these ones have been passed on the our resident psychologist!)

For the past 2-3 weeks, you’ve been practising and practising, skating around on the natural ice, and now that the thaw has hit us, all of that practice is about to come to fruition on artificial ice!

The winners of bundles of four tickets for 7UP Christmas on Ice are...

RDS : Hilary Weldon, Karen Hill, Laura Elliot, Ciaran O Farrell, Sheenagh Rogers

Arnotts: Aaron Chalke, Andrew Comerford, Claire Young, Denise Moakler, Belinda Meaghan

The tickets can be used any time from now unitl 9th of January, and the winners will be contacted by email early on Monday.

Congrats to all who were lucky enough to come out of the hat!

For those who were unlucky enough not to be picked by the resident office database monkey, don’t worry, we’ve a brand new competition every week, and some of our lunch deals feel like you’ve won the lotto anyway, so console yourself with those!

Oh and if you had you’re heart set on doing an old 180 twist on the ice, well you can still book on the 7UP site, for both the RDS and Arnotts (and it is a magical experience!)

Happy weekend and check back on Monday for even more lunch deals!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mylunch Newsletter 8th December news 8/12/10
Welcome to the world of tomorrow... The new and vastly improved is now live, so do come take a look at our new baby!

We've made a huge overhaul, making our site much easier for you to navigate, and very simple to find lunch value!
We've added features like a vastly improved search area (including keyword box), specific categories for you to find exactly what you want, info for vegetarians, coeliacs etc.  and a new news area, called "The Lunchbox", as well as adding more and more Special Lunch Offers!

Of course we'd love to hear what what you think
good or bad! The best feedback will win a free lunch on us!

To help launch and wet the head of the new site, 7UP have kindly given us 40 (YES 40!) tickets to 7UP on Ice to give away this week. (20 for RDS and 20 for Arnotts). So if you fancy getting your skates on, and practicing your new found ice balancing skills, simply mail with your preferred venue and name, or see here for all the details!
What's the news on site this week?
Cafe en Seine on Dawson St has a 2 for 1 mylunch offer on their new lunch menu! This must end on December 15th, so get printing now. The new menu sounds delicious, and what better way to beat the budget eh?? Oh and see below for our Cafe en Seine competition this week...
Beshoffs on O Connell Street also have a new 2 for 1 on, we're racking them up! You can get two for one on all main dishes on Mon-Wed. A vinegar soaked fish and chips sounds quite good!
The ever cheery Hugo at Cafe Azteca has given us another special voucher. His hugely popular cookery classes are tremendous fun, and teach you to cook the Mexican way. So, to cheer us all up, when you buy any burrito, and present our voucher, you can avail of these classes for free, starting in January. All the details can be found on The Lunchbox here.
Finally, brand new on site, The Grafton Lounge have a new offer: Buy any main course from their delicious lunch menu, and get a second for half price! Tasty!

Brand New Competition!
Cafe en SeineFor the first comp on our new site, Cafe en Seine is celebrating their brand new lunch menu.

With a new 2 for 1 on site, we'd love for you to drop down to Dawson Street, and take the menu for a trial run. With a European flavour, and dishes ranging from Antipasti to their patented steak sandwich, you'd be mad not to!

The prize this week is a meal for two and bottle of house wine for Cafe en Seine,
so go to our new comp page now to enter, and watch out for those database monkeys!

The Lunchbox Latest
As you'll see on the new site, we've added a new blog area called "The Lunchbox" where we shall be posting all our news on deals, offers, comps and anything else which tickles our fancy, including small furry animals. Here's the latest posts this week:

Learn how to lunch Mexican style
In which we curse the budget, link to a Spice Girls song, give you free cooking lessons, and explain how Munchies Drumcondra workers love bodily contact.

Our Beautiful New Baby
In which we give away our favourite Simpsons character, reveal which of our team is the worst speller, and tell you how you can win free lunch by simply telling us where you like to eat!

Dancing on Ice, a topical subject!
In which we talk about your Dad in spandex, ice skating on a roof, and South Dublin Winter Olympic Champion mating rituals.

So, does any of this interest you? Well then, dive into the Lunchbox!

2-For-1 Lunch Quick Links
Check out the great 2-For-1 lunch offers available now in the following venues:

Cafe en Seine (Dawson Street)

Sweeneys (Dame Street)
West Coast Coffee (Various)
Beshoff (O Connell Street)
Two for One logoGourmet Burger Kitchen (Various)
Millers Restaurant (Baggot St Upper)
The Beacon (Sandyford)

Pacino's (Suffolk St)
Oil Can Harrys (Lr Mount St)
The Ocean Bar (Grand Canal Quay)

The Iveagh Restaurant at The Camden Court Hotel
Dandelion (St. Stephens Green)
Gourmet Burger Co. (Ranelagh)

Sign Up To Our Newsletter
If one of your friends was thoughtful enough to send you on this newsletter, then why not sign up yourself and stay up to date on all the latest offers and info from

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Feck off Budget!!

Though we’re solely apolitical here in the mylunch office (yeah right!), on days like today, we like to crusade for the plight of the common lunch eater.

So to tell Cowen and Lenihan where to go, and beat the “Budget Blues” today, the ever cheery Hugo at Cafe Azteca has given us the offer of “Buy any burrito, and you can sign up for our cookery classes FOR FREE!"
The classes run weekly, and will start again in January, so why not make it your New Years resolution to learn to cook the Mexican way, and spice up your life. (I dare you to click that link!)

You can check out the happy faces from previous cookery classes on the Azteca Facebook, and take it from me, Hugo will have you cooking with a smile!

Ingredients (which Hugo purchases for you) are generally around €15, depending on what is being cooked, and you will be left with a fantastic dish, which you can be very proud of.
See the Azteca page for the voucher, and check their menus out too!

On a more immediate Budget bashing note, Munchies Baggot St. and Munchies Drumcondra are both offering 2 for 1 on all coffees, all day today (Tuesday).

The Drumcondra branch has also promised free hugs to all who avail of the offer, in a bid to cheer us up, so be sure to ask for yours!

Oh and of course, we have a great 2 for 1 on West Coast Coffee on site too.

Now put that in your Current Account Deficit and smoke it Fianna Fail!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Our Beautiful New Baby!!

As you will have probably noticed by now (cos you’re here!), our shiny new site is now live. So, like proud mothers, we thought we might as well show off our new baby!

There’s a whole host of new features on the new improved mylunch, and throughout this week and next, we’ll be talking you through some of them.

The main feature we’ve improved with our re-incarnation, and the first thing you will see when you hit our homepage, is our search function. You can now find what you’re looking for really easily, by searching for keyword (eg Burger for Gourmet Burger Kitchen), by County (Louth, Cork, Dublin 1 etc.), by Area (South King Street, Dublin 16 etc.) or by category. Choose as many, or as little of these options as you want, to quickly and easily find the perfect lunch, or choose your area, and then hit Random to leave your fate up to our simian controlled database!

Recommend a Retailer
Apart from the inexplicable inability of one of our team to spell recommend (*cough* Shane *cough*), the new recommend a retailer process was a no brainer for us! We strive to bring you the best lunch deals and lunch specials we can, and users telling us what they want on site makes our job a whole lot easier! But the big clincher is; if you recommend us somewhere you love to lunch, and they come on site as a result of that, we’ll give you free lunch in this premises! Tis win, win, so get recommending, because we’ve enrolled Shane in a spelling class, and might as well get our money’s worth!

Finally for this post, is our new slider. A magic flash box full of wonderful offers, comps and other juicy stuff, this can be changed with the arrows on either side, and is clickable, so if you see something you fancy, give it a click!
(OK so the slider process didn’t take much explaining, but just thought we’d mention it!)

So you’re homework for our next lesson is to revise these new features, and familiarise yourself with them. Watch out, there may be a pop quiz!
If you’ve any queries or suggestions about anything on the new site please use the magic of electronic mail or talk to us on Facebook and Twitter.

Oh, and you can also share this post on your chosen social medium using the thingys in the top right corner! Gwan, let your friends know how bad a speller our Shane is!