Top 5 Weirdest Beer Flavours

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Are you tired of drinking the same old beers every time you go out? Or perhaps you are looking for something a bit different? If so now is the time to get out there and start exploring! We have put together our top 5 bizarre yet tasty beer flavours that you must give a whirl!

1. Pizza Beer

Brewed by Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer, this is in fact the ‘World’s First Culinary Beer’ brewed from garlic, tomatoes, basil and oregano to give it that pizza flavour. Pizza Beer was created in an attempt to develop the right type of beer that could be paired with several variety of foods. Available at several stores, you can also buy it online.

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2. Bacon Maple Ale

Brewed by Rogue Ales, the Bacon Maple Ale has a rich amber colour to it, with the aroma of maple and spicy bacon luring you to it. A doughnut inspired beer, this Bacon Maple Ale was brewed to be paired with desserts, doughnuts and pork. Although it is no longer brewed it is still possible to get your hands on if you look in the right places!

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3. Coconut Curry Beer

Flavoured with coconut, cayenne, cinnamon, coriander, ginger and lime leaf, this beer is brewed by New Belgium Brewing. You can pair this beer with Indian food and other hot curries for a perfect dinner, a great alternative i Cobra!

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4. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Don’t be misled by the name ‘oyster stout’ as this beer is brewed from roasted bull testicles. Brewed by Wynkoop Brewing Company, this beer has a rich brown colour to it along with flavours of chocolate, espresso and nuts. Meant for a limited release, this flavour of beer was so popular that they kept brewing it past the limited release dates and it is still available today.

5. Avocado Ale

Brewed by Angel City Brewery, this beer contains avocado, garlic, red pepper, lime juice and cilantro. Probably the most popular drink at the Avocado Festival in LA, the Avocado Ale goes best with tacos and takes very limited preparation time. A guacamole inspired beer, you will have to go to the festival to try this one out.

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If this has inspired you to try something new then why not host your own beer tasting evening? Alternatively if you don’t feel like hosting there is sure to be a beer tasting inspired festival or group experience near you. If you live in the UK, Virgin offer a wide range of beer tasting experiences across that country that are worth checking out. Be it hosting a dinner party or finding some new exciting experiences, use Shareagift to collect money online from friends and plan the perfect event or group gift an amazing experience for someones leaving do, birthday, stag or hen.

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Top 5 Cities For Street Food

Top 5 Cities For Great Street Food

Life without good food has no spice to it. Experiment with these top 5 cities that are well-known for their street food and you will realise that good food is the best company you can have!

5. Germany

Head over to the Christmas Markets in Germany and you will know why Germans are so proud of their cuisine. Currywurst, crisp potatoes, hand twisted German pretzels and kebabs, are sure to turn you into a loyal patriot of Germany’s cuisine. You’ll also realise that Germany has more to its food than just sausages!

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4. Vietnam

If you have underestimated Vietnamese cuisine, their grilled pork chops, savoury soups and crab stir-fry are sure to prove you wrong. Vietnamese street food offers a package of flavours, difficult to describe. With very less use of spices, Vietnam uses simple ingredients like Tamarind water and broth to elevate the flavour of food it serves.

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3. Mexico City

Mexico’s street food is growing popular amongst other cuisines as well. The hot burritos, nachos, sugary churros and street corn will make you feel at home. What makes Mexican street food draw huge crowds is its level of simplicity. A favourite among vegetarians as well, Mexican street food is a sure winner!

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2. Thailand

The streets of Thailand breathe life to the food that is served with the aromatic mix of garlic, basil and spices welcoming you to the street food markets. Mango rice, papaya salad and roasted duck garnished with chillies will satisfy the foodie in you. Offering a complete meal, you can also head over for some desserts to cool down that heat!

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1. Singapore

Who knew that one of the world’s cleanest and most cosmopolitan cities offered the best street food in the world? The food markets in Singapore not only provide local Singaporean food but also food from India, Malaysia and Indonesia. Keeping up to top-class health standards, the ‘curried fish heads’ and ‘meat bone tea’ can’t be compared to anything else.

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Testing the cuisines that different cities offer, also provide great travel opportunities. Why not turn your ideal vacation into one that involves great street food in one of the 5 cities? Start a page on Shareagift today and collect money online to kick start that dream vacation!

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Top 5 Cheap Veg-e Eats in London

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Being a vegetarian can often be tough, especially when it comes to finding a reasonable, half decent, meat free meal in the capital. With people across the world celebrating world vegetarian day today, we set about finding our top five cheap vegetarian eats, all of which are sure to turn meat lovers into veg heads!

Ethos

This restaurant, located just by Oxford Circus, specialises in different vegetarian dishes from around the world. Ethos offers a self-serve buffet with dishes from places including Japan, Italy, Korea and Mexico. If you are looking to expand your knowledge on vegetarian meals then this is the place to come. Price wise Ethos is very reasonable and you pay for your food by weight.

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Rasa

This restaurant in Stoke Newington offers a wide range of vegetarian dishes from India. Inspired by home cooking, all their chefs are trained in the Indian state of Kerala to ensure an authentic cooking experience. The menu holds a number of well-known and unusual dishes and with many of the meals being priced under £10 it’s very reasonable.

Punjab

Punjab is another Indian restaurant, which is located near Covent Garden. They offer a great selection of Punjabi vegetarian dishes including a renown mixed vegetable curry and the Delhi delicacy, Paneer Makhani which is cottage cheese cooked in rich gravy with tomatoes, butter and cream. Boasting to be the UK’s oldest North Indian restaurant and serving many dishes for under £10 it’s no wonder that it is often found packed during dinner hours. Be sure to make a reservation if you are planning on heading there.

Maoz

Maoz are a global vegetarian fast food chain and have a small restaurant by Leicester Square. They are renowned for their falafel pittas, which you can buy on their own or as part of a meal deal with Belgium fries and a drink. Once you have your pitta you can head on over to their salad bar and fill it with whatever takes your fancy from pickles to shredded red cabbage or a combination of their huge selection of sauces. With main courses costing between 5 and 9 pounds it’s a great place to grab a cheap bite when you’re on the move.

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La Gelatiera

This gelato and coffee house is located in Covent Garden and serves a wide and unusual selection of gelato flavours which change on a daily basis. Some of their most popular flavours include Basil and chilli, Honey, rosemary and orange zests and Cornish blue and walnuts! Having won a number of food awards for their original taste and flavours this is a great place to head if you are looking for a sweet treat, and with prices ranging from 1 to 5 pounds depending on size it’s also very reasonable.

So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in LondonShareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together which makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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Top 5 Weirdest Restaurants Around The World

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Restaurants are popular around the world, not only for the food they serve, but also for the weird themes and ambience that diners experience. Check out these top 5 restaurants that are popular for how weird they are!

1. Cabbages and Condoms, Thailand

A restaurant that has attracted international attention, this condom-themed restaurant runs by the tagline – ‘Food guaranteed not to induce pregnancy.’ You can expect the staff to wear inflated condoms on their heads, and everyone is invited to take condoms while the after-dinner mints are served. It is definitely worth it to plan a visit to this restaurant.

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2. Modern Toilet, Taiwan

Started by an ex-banker, this restaurant now has several branches across Asia. A bathroom-themed restaurant, food is served in toilet-shaped bowls. While dining, customers sit on acrylic toilets adorned with renaissance paintings. Taiwan does host other unusually themed restaurants, but Modern Toilet has been the most talked about restaurant.

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3. Fortezza Medicea, Italy

Meals are served in one of Italy’s oldest prisons, where the inmates serve meals. With guards surveying the crowd, the old rule ‘Customer is King’ isn’t applicable here as Italy’s dangerous criminals are the staff who serve tables. Guests are seated on plain benches in this 500-year old prison.

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4. Christon Café, Japan

This church-themed restaurant has menus shaped like coffins with a giant crucifix and stained glass windows to give it that Biblical vibe. The café serves Italian and French cuisine fused with Asian dishes. One of it’s most popular dishes includes the ‘humberger’, served exclusively for sinners.

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5. Dinner in the Sky, Various locations

If you are wondering about what a bunch of people are doing on the crane, you now know the answer. Hosting a maximum of 22 people, extravagant meals right from sushi to steak dinner are served high up in the sky. Meals are served while the crane is suspended high up in the sky and diners are strapped into a seat.

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Have any of these restaurants caught your attention because of their weirdness? Plan an exciting evening with friends and family or even take your date to these restaurants for an exciting dinner. Don’t worry about a budget, with Shareagift to help you collect money online. Start a page on Shareagift today and plan something exciting!

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Top 5 Weird Food Festivals

Food does have its share of spontaneity and adventure to it. Pay a visit to these weird food festivals and taste the popular local delights. You never know what you might end up tasting!

1. RoadKill Cook-off, West Virginia

Squirrel gravy biscuits, tacos filled with armadillo and various other specialties have made the roadkill cook-off popular. Dishes are prepared with animals that often meet their end in traffic accidents. Similar versions of this food festival have been started in several countries. The winner of the cook-off is awarded the Roadkill title.

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2. BugFest, North Carolina

Last year’s theme was stinkbugs and the festival hosted more than 35,000 visitors. Insect delicacies like Quivering Wax Worm Quiche sell out quickly. Insect dishes prepared by local chefs, competitions like Roach Races and other insect displays are some of the attractions at the festival.

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3. Testicle festival, Montana

An adult-only feast, special delicacies include the Rocky Mountain Oysters, which are deep fried bull testicles. The testicle festival also involves oil wrestling and wet t-shirt competitions. The testicle festival is growing popular and has been started in several other countries for the lasting taste that the bull testicles have.

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4. L’Aplec del Caragol, Spain

12,000 snail club members and 25,000 visitors eat 12 tonnes of snail at this annual snail festival. Along with the fireworks and music playing around the clock, new snail dishes are on the menu every year. A tourist attraction as well, the snails do offer incredible variety to your palate.

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5. Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, Florida

Fellsmere calls itself as the Frog Leg Capital of the World and holds the Guinness World Record for the most number of frog legs served in one day. Around 7,000 pounds of frog legs are served to over 80,000 visitors. The festival began as a fundraiser but it has gained so much popularity that even Barack Obama attended it!

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A trip to these weird food festivals will surely make for a great dinner with friends and family. Have some better ideas for hosting a dinner party? Use Shareagift to collect money online from friends and satisfy the foodie in you by experimenting with new food. Start a page on Shareagift today and never forget to explore.

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Top 5 Most Expensive Desserts From Around The World

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Over the past few years you may have noticed a surge in the number of dessert parlours that have been popping up across towns and cities in the UK. From ice cream sundaes to doughnuts and waffles people are going mad for sweet treats! Many of the desserts that are now available come to the same price as a meal if not more, and with this in mind we set out to try and discover some of the most expensive desserts from across the globe.

5 – The £650 Golden Phoenix Cupcake

In 2012 Bloomsbury’s cupcake store in Dubai unveiled the world’s most expensive cupcake priced at around £650. It is made from the finest chocolate and wrapped in 23 carats of edible gold sheets. The ingredients were sourced from around the world with the flour coming from Dover in the UK, the cocoa from Italy and the vanilla beans from Uganda.

4 – Krispy Kreme’s £1,000 Luxe Doughnut

The department store Selfridges in London partnered up with the American doughnut chain Krisy Kreme to produce the world’s most expensive doughnut. The Luxe Doughnut has a 24 carat gold leaf, gold dusted white chocolate flowers, edible diamonds and Dom Perignon champaign jelly. To put into context just how much this doughnut costs, for the same price you could purchase 2000 glazed doughnuts!

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3 – The £9,415 Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence

Created in 2007 at The Fortress, a luxury hotel in Shri Lanka, this desert is a golden leaf Italian cassata with Irish cream and infused with tender fruit. The dessert’s base is formed of mango and pomegranate compote and Dom Perignon champagne. In the centre of the desert sits an aquamarine stone, known as the stone of courage it is thought to bring good luck, happiness and have a positive effect on relationships.

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2 – The £22,000 Chocolate Pudding

This is no ordinary chocolate pudding, shaped like a Faberge egg and filled with gold, champaign, caviar and a two carat diamond this is one of the world’s most expensive deserts. The chocolate used to make this desert is a mixture of four types of Belgian chocolate flavoured with a combination of peach, orange and whiskey.

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1 – Strawberries Arnaud for £2.5 million!

The world’s most expensive dessert lives in the town of New Orleans in the USA. The desert consists of strawberries, port, red wine, spices, citrus and vanilla ice cream with a 7.09 carat pink diamond engagement ring, which accompanies the dish and is soaked in £1600 worth of wine. Unsurprisingly it is the least popular dessert on the restaurants menu!

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If these desserts have you licking your lips then why not organise a night out to a dessert parlour or host a dinner party and cook up your own special pudding. Shareagift can help you raise cash towards hosting the perfect party or an amazing night out! We provide the easiest way to collect money online for anything and everything from group gifts to fundraising events or evenings with friends.

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TOP 5 UNIQUE WEDDING FOOD IDEAS!

The wedding menu is the most overlooked aspect, and could lower the overall score and appeal if you don’t have a few impressive wedding menu ideas up your sleeve. Check out these awesome, yet unconventional wedding food ideas and bring on that ‘wow’ factor to your wedding!

1. Cookies & Milk

Cookies served with a shot of milk may just spell simplicity, but it reminds everyone of a childhood favourite. Surprise your wedding guests with the unexpected and it’s a guarantee that you will find them asking for more. If you are looking for more ideas on the varieties of cookies that can be served, check this out.

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2. Strawberry shortcake in a jar

If you are planning a wedding in spring or summer, this strawberry shortcake will make up for a refreshing dessert, that your wedding guests will be tempted to eat. You also do get additional points for serving it in a jar, as it scores high on presentation and prevents any spills. This is a classic dessert presented in an unconventional way!

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3. Taco Bar

A taco bar at your wedding is bound to be a big hit even if it doesn’t align with the theme of your wedding. You can also have a DIY taco bar but a simple taco bar served with some sea bass, hot chillies or crispy bacon is most likely to be the best dish on your wedding menu. You can also spice it up with some interesting dips!

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4. Fish & Chips with a shot of Beer

Fish and Chips is a popular comfort food and you can’t find anyone saying ‘no’ to this. If someone gets teary eyed at the wedding, it will be a good idea to serve them this. Present the fish and chips in some monogrammed paper and serve it with some beer in a shot glass. Get ready to surprise and shock everyone!

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5. Donut Bar

If you don’t plan on any other desserts apart from your wedding cake, the donut bar will take care of it all for you. Donuts with sprinkles, some mango donuts, or retro classics with cream and jelly will make sure that there is something for everyone. You can also opt in for mini-donuts, which is sure to give you plenty of ideas for presentation.

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Don’t restrict that foodie in you to just family dinners and work lunches! Let that passion shine through your wedding as well. Plan for that dream wedding by starting a wedding fund on Shareagift today. Collect money online from friends and make your dream wedding come true!

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Top 5 Cheap Eats In London

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It is not often easy to find somewhere cheap to grab a bite to eat in the capital that isn’t a McDonalds or a Wetherspoons. We have chosen our top 5 cheap eats across London for when you are low on cash and want to grab something cheap to eat or for if you are planning on going out for a birthday or office lunch and want to head somewhere everyone can afford.

Yalla Yalla

Area: Soho, Winsley Street, Greenwich

This Lebanese hub serves a wide range of top quality Lebanese dishes, which are very reasonable. The café serves as a popular lunch spot for local workers offering sit in and takeaway foods including falafels, grilled skewers and all day meze. The café is also open in the evenings and is a great place to meet and eat if you don’t want to spend loads on eating out.

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Silk Road

Area: Camberwell

This family run Chinese restaurant serves a number of cheap dishes including noodles, stuffed dumplings and stews. It has built up quite the reputation for being a hotspot for Chinese foodies who want to grab a cheap and quick bite. Bear in mind that the food is from the muslim region of Xingjiang, in the west of China and so many of the dishes are very spicy!

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Herman Ze German

Area: Charing Cross, Soho, Fitzrovia

This small chain serves a number of German themed dishes and is renowned for their hotdogs. Their sausages are imported from the Schwarzwald and are high quality pork! Their top sellers include the minced beef and veal sausage, the smoked pork sausage and the chilli beef sausage. This is definitely one to check out if you are a hot dog lover and the best part is that the majority of their meals are under a tenner!

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Pizza Union

Area: Kings Cross, Spitalfields

This Pizza bar offers great pizzas at amazing prices and is a great place to stop and grab a bite if you are in a rush as the service is second to none. Pizzas are often cooked and out within ten minutes and the majority of their pizzas are under £6! If your looking for a cheap fast food pizza joint this is a must if you are in the area!

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Bonnington Café

Area: Vauxhall

This Café in the heart of Vauxhall offers cheap vegetarian meals cooked by a collection of member cooks. Chefs take it in turns to run the kitchen and the menu changes on a daily basis depending on which chef is in. If you are looking to try out a few different vegetarian options then this place is worth checking out and even coming back to as the food served can be anything from Japanese, Medieval, Italian or French.

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So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in London. Shareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together so it makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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Top 5 Weird Food Combinations That Work!

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Steer away from those classic recipes and test that foodie in you by indulging in these weird food combinations! Get creative with food and treat your taste buds to these odd ingredients that come together to create something fantastic.

1. Beetroot & Chocolate

If you are a fan of the chocolate and chilli combination, then the beetroot and chocolate combo will prove to be an interesting twist to your palate. A new favourite amongst chefs around the world, the sharp taste of the beetroot beautifully complements the sweetness of the chocolate. Still don’t trust us? Try this beetroot and chocolate cake recipe.

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2. Strawberries & Balsamic Vinegar

Strawberries coated in balsamic vinegar is one of those easy-to-make desserts suitable for any occasion, and is sure to win everyone’s heart. The balsamic vinegar brings a subtle sweetness to the tangy strawberry, which creates a winning combination of odd ingredients. The balsamic vinegar can be paired with passion fruit, rhubarb, kiwi and other fruits as well.

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3. Pickles & Peanut Butter

The peanut butter and pickle sandwich has made headlines in The New York Times as well. The vinegary taste of the pickles combined with the rich and salty taste of the peanut butter is indeed a marriage in heaven. You can also get rid of the sandwich and just enjoy the pickle and peanut butter combination on its own. Either way, you are bound to like it!

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4. Bacon & Maple Syrup

Crispy bacon bathed in sweet maple syrup could be the perfect topping for pancakes and waffles. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, those delicious strips of bacon will not let you down. Maple-roasted bacon can also be added to French toast, hot dogs and cupcakes. Start making your favourite desserts, bacon-friendly!

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5. M&M’s & Pizza

There’s even a Facebook page devoted to this winning combination, with several restaurants going a step further to add M&M’s to kebabs. The M&M’s can either be the perfect topping for a dessert-pizza, or it could be the ideal combination with sausages and hot peppers. Whatever it may be, don’t forget to add the M&M’s!

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These weird combinations are sure to satisfy the foodie in you! Never worry about hosting an awesome dinner party again, by putting together these weird ingredients. With Shareagift, collecting money from friends could have never been any easier! If you have a talent in combining odd ingredients, organise your very own food festival and use Shareagift to fundraise it!

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How To Eat Well On A Budget

If you’re trying to squeeze the dollar out of a cent and enjoy good food, we’ve got just the thing for you!

Budget eating doesn’t have to mean just bread and water. Many blogs out there post recipes and tips for eating on a budget. Here are our favorite three:

BrokeAss Gourmet

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Paleo Cauliflower Rice

This is an original blog from Gabi Moskowitz who is also working on ‘Young and Hungry’ (ABC Family) – a quirky sitcom loosely based on her life as a young food blogger in the city (definitely one to binge-watch). Gabi brings life and personality to BrokeAss with personal stories and anecdotes, as well as themed dishes such as this Rainbow Themed Salad celebrating Equal Marriage.

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Green Chile Beef Burgers

One of our favorites has to be the Green Chile Beef Burgers, which only comes to $2 per serving! BrokeAss Gourmet also caters for vegans, vegetarians and paleo dietary requirements with delicious recipes such as Buffalo Tofu Bites and Cauliflower Rice.

Poor Girl Eats Well

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Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites

How to eat ridiculously well on a miniscule budget’ describes exactly what PGEW (Poor Girl Eats Well) does. One of our favorite things about this blog is that each recipe posting is marked with an exact ‘per serving’ cost, so that you can find exactly what you need. Just look at these amazing Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites  at only $0.65 per serving!

To further help you squeeze the most of your cents: PGEW often posts about money saving tips and week shopping suggestions for extra help with your food budget.

BudgetBytes

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Thin Crust Pizza

Last but not least, BudgetBytes provide an amazing variety of fresh Italian-esque recipes. But what really made the blog stand out is their incredible Thin Crust Pizza at just $0.30 per pizza! Yes, that’s right, under a 50 cent for a pizza! The recipes are extraordinarily easy to follow – with step by step photos and in depth instructions for all you beginner cooks out there.

Share A Meal

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Budget Dinner Party With Friends

Aside from cheap recipes and ingredients, there are also many other ways to eat well on a budget just by being clever with your money. Gathering a group of friends and sharing out the cost of your meal means you can have fun eating (and drinking) with your friends AND be able to afford that one ingredient that seems too frivolous to buy on your own.

Group funds are easy to organize with ShareAGift! ShareAGift is an online money collection website that allows for you to collect money from friends. It is fun and easy to use and really helps when you’re trying to split that awkward shopping bill between you and your buddies. So make a ShareAGift page, gather your closest pals and start feeding in any savings for a nice dinner party treat or just Friday night dinner to save that uncomfortable conversation about splitting the bill.

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