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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Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs You Must Try This Summer In Paris!

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Last week we took you on a wild tour of some of London’s most random pubs, this week we are crossing the channel to bring you some of the strangest and most amazing pubs that Paris has to offer. If you are planning a trip to Paris this summer, or are looking for a reason to visit the French capital then look no further. We have chosen our top 5 most random pubs across Paris that are well worth a visit.

1 – Lucha Libre – The French Wrestling Pub

This backstreet bar in Paris may not look much from the outside but it not only serves some of the best mojitos in the French capital, it has a real wrestling ring in the basement. The pub has a Mexican theme and they serve a selection of tapas and cocktails including 10 different mojitos.

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2 – Zero De Conduite – Childhood Memories

This bar in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighbourhood serves cocktails out of baby bottles which are named after children’s characters including Peter Pan and Snoopy. If you are looking for somewhere to kick back, suck on a bottle and watch some great cartoons then this is the place for you!

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3 – La Fee Verte – Absinthe Galore!

The Green Fairy is an old-fashioned café and absinthe bar in central Paris. This bar comes alive in the evening with a selection of different types of Absinthe served in the traditional manner. It can be drunk straight from the glass, with a spoon and sugar cubes or from the absinthe fountain on the bar.

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4 – Batofar – Paris’s Floating Bar

Batofar is a large docked boat and inside you will find one of Paris’s most intriguing bar and nightclubs. The venue is known for bringing in some of the most internationally renowned bands and DJ’s, and it is rare for there to be a night without music trailing off into the early hours.

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5 – Le Trucmush – Beer And A Bath

This quirky and weirdly decorated pub is a favourite amongst Parisian students. Many of the tables are made from strange household items including baths and sinks and the ceiling sports a retro disco ball with flashing neon lights. Happy hour lasts from 6 to 9 in the evenings and is usually accompanied with a themed night including karaoke and Mario Kart competitions.

Don’t forget you can use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks, a weekend getaway or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect summer day out today!

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Top 5 Weirdest Jobs From Around The World!

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This weekend has been dubbed the Great Summer Getaway with more than two million British holidaymakers heading overseas. If you’re longing to take someone away on holiday this year but are struggling to get the cash together, perhaps an evening or weekend job would be the answer to get some extra cash together. We have come up with some alternative jobs that you may want to try.

Professional Snuggler

Professional snugglers are paid to snuggle and sleep next to strangers. Snuggle cafes, currently very popular in Japan, are places where you can go for a quick cuddle and a kip on your lunch break. Although you have to sleep next to strangers getting paid to snooze is very appealing!

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Dice Inspector

Dice inspectors work in a number of different companies, the most common being casinos and dice manufacturers. The job (if you hadn’t guessed already) is to ensure that the dice are correctly numbered, weighted and shaped to avoid any cheating.

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Professional Mourner

According to The New York Times this job dates back as early as 1877 and for some is a highly desired career. Professional mourners get paid to weep and cry in public in order to create a mournful atmosphere. They are often hired to make up the numbers at funerals. If you are interested in hiring one or think you would have a shot at a job rentamourner.co.uk operate out of Essex and cover the majority of the UK.

Pet Food Taster

Yes that’s right! Pet food isn’t allowed to arrive on shelves unless it meets a food technologist’s taste. The job involves not only smelling and tasting pet food but also chewing it to ensure that it is of the right consistency. Pet owners want to ensure that they are feeding their animals quality food and so it must be tested. Pet food companies are often on the look out for food testers so if you think this could be the career move for you it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a job.

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Professional Ear Cleaner

Professional ear cleaning, which is considered an art in India involves working the street and cleaning people’s ears of any foreign body, wax, and dust with a cotton-covered needle and a pair of pincers. Check out the video for a more detailed look at what the job involves.

If none of these take your fancy then why not set up a Shareagift page and collect money online to fund a holiday and take someone away somewhere truly amazing. Shareagift is one of the easiest ways to collect money online and fund a gift, project, event or cause.

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Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs You Must Try This Summer In London!

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As we coast through the summer the pubs get busier and busier with everyone looking for a spot in the sun to enjoy a nice cold beverage. We have put together a list of bars across London that you have to visit with friends this summer. From the top of the Gherkin to an old railway arch in Hackney, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

1 – Moroccan Sky Riad – A Moroccan Skyline Getaway

This bar, which is situated in the top of the Gherkin building, overlooks the London skyline. Although this is a member’s only bar for most of the year, from the last week in July it will be available to the public for 7 weeks. The bar will offer traditional Marrakesh décor and an authentic Moroccan cuisine.

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2 – Midnight Apothecary – Marshmallows, Campfires And Cocktails

Every Saturday throughout the summer a secret rooftop garden opens up above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe. They offer a mixture of cocktails and with a campfire in the centre where you can toast marshmallows and watch the sun set over the river Thames, it’s the perfect end to any summer’s day in London.

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3 – The Toy Shop – Lego Ice Cubes And Revolving BBQ’s

This bright and playfully decorated cocktail bar in Putney offers a wide range of cocktails and food made to be shared with others. The menu has a number of toy and fun themed meals including their signature dish ‘The Toy Shop BBQ’ which is served on a revolving mini BBQ. The cocktails are even stranger with ice cube shaped lego pieces and the house cocktail served in a miniature house with smoking chimney and flashing lights!

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4 – Draughts – For Board Game Enthusiasts

This café/pub is located in Hackney and set in an old railway arch. They have a collection of over 500 playable board games to choose from and offer a range of organic and locally sourced meals and an assortment of drinks from fresh coffee to craft beers.

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5 – The Little Yellow Door – The Ultimate Living Room Experience

This is a lounge bar located in Notting Hill, styled around a living room. Events are held across the weekend with a Friday night ticketed dinner party and a Saturday night house party. They offer a wide range of cocktails including specials served in teacups, milk bottles and a wide range of other living room accessories. Perfect for groups looking for a more cosy and personalised night out.

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Don’t forget you can use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect summer day out today!

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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.

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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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Wimbledon’s Mad Merchandise!

Wimbledon fever has been sweeping Britain and beyond this week with Nadal now out of the competition and Great Britain having two men through to the last 32, the competition looks set to be as exciting as ever! Wimbledon may bring some of the year’s best-played tennis but it also brings with it copious amounts of strawberries, Pimms and every piece of merchandise you could think of! Take a look at our pick of this year’s Wimbledon themed gifts fit for any fan of the ultimate grand slam tournament.

Wimbledon Tennis Cushion

Sit back, relax and enjoy the game with this year’s official Wimbledon cushion.

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Tennis Tea Cosy

While you’re sitting back and relaxing, enjoy a good old fashioned pot of tea, and what better to keep it warm than the tennis tea cosy.

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Murray Quotes Mug

Now you have a hot pot of tea ready you can enjoy drinking it in the Andy Murray mug full of quotes that you can shout at the TV to keep him motivated!

Official Wimbledon Towel

Now all that shouting and drinking tea got you hot and flustered you can use the official Wimbledon towel to mop your brow and keep you cool.

Wimbledon Apron

The pot is empty and your stomach is growling, time to throw on the Wimbledon apron and prepare some snacks!

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Wimbledon CD Wallet

The last ball is served and it’s all over, that was some stressful stuff! Time to get some music on to calm you down and there’s no better place to keep your CD’s organised than in the Wimbledon CD wallet!

Wimbledon Grass Scented Candle

The music is on and your starting to relax, the final thing to do is light up your Wimbledon grass scented candle and wind down after a very long day!

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With Shareagift you can save money with friends online and buy gifts together. Our service allows you to set up a campaign and collect money online avoiding the hassle of not knowing who has paid what, and not being able to buy the gift in time. You can also fundraise for causes that are close to your heart or even fund an event. The possibilities are endless, so what are you waiting for? Start a campaign today!

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Top 5 Apps To Help You Spend Less

It was announced this week that Uber, the money saving taxi service app that is being used in many major cities across the world has forbidden drivers and passengers to carry guns whilst using their service. ‘Feel free to hail that Uber vehicle for a quick ride across town, but please leave your guns at home’. This was the latest message in the startup’s fight against trying to reduce gun crime.

Uber is used across major cities in 57 countries across the world and is providing people with a quick, easy and competitive price for a cab ride. Below is a list of our top 5 apps that will also make your life easier and save you heaps of cash!

1 – SnipSnap

How many times have you been to the shops only to find then when it comes to paying you have left that much needed coupon at home or thrown it away with your old receipts. Well now you no longer need to worry! SnipSnap allows you to take photos of coupons and turns them into digital, mobile – ready ones! You never have to worry about losing them again!

2 – Offpeak

This is a restaurant booking app and allows users to get reservations during less busy times resulting in discounted table bookings. It finds recommendations based on where you are and allows you to find somewhere good and reasonable to eat in minutes. This app is one to watch as it was announced this week that $800,000 was invested into the company and they will be expanding into Asian cities starting with Bangkok!

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3 – Onavo Extend

Fed up with having to pay extra for going over on your phone tariff? This useful app can actually compress your data and extend your plan! As well as keeping you on top of all your data charges for the month. The app claims to be able to save you up to 80% on your data usage!

3 – BestParking

This app will help you find the most affordable car parks in the area. By listing the closest and cheapest parking options based on your location this app is the perfect companion to any day out to an unfamiliar city. Although currently only available in North America, we love the idea behind this app as we hate having to fork out loads of money for parking!

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5 – Mint

Finally, Mint is one of our favourite apps to use to keep on top of your finances. With so many features including the ability to check your savings and retirement funds, automatically record and categorise every transaction, create budgets and put it all into an easily readable graph, this app an essential for those looking to stretch your money that little bit further.

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Another great way to make your money go further is to group save with others. Whether you want to get your friend that extra special birthday gift or help someone towards saving for their dream holiday, with the help of Shareagift you can make that dream a reality!

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Our Top 10 Incredibly Useful Websites!

It emerged this week that a website for refugees which was set up by a couple in Berlin is growing in popularity. The site matches people who have a spare room in cities across Germany with refugees who are searching for accommodation. The couple came up with the idea when they decided they wanted to use their own spare room to home a refugee. They managed to raise six months rent by requesting help from friends and family.

We love the idea behind this useful website and this just goes to show how we are constantly finding new ideas and different ways to use the Internet. With this in mind we set about looking for some of the most exciting and useful websites that the web has to offer and have listed our top 10.

1 – Camelcamelcamel

This handy website lets you track the prices of any Amazon product so that you can be sure you’re getting the best deal. You will be able to see when the cheapest time is to buy your product and can even set reminders on items and the website will send you an email when they fall below a certain price.

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2 – Down For Everyone or Just Me?

Pretty self explanatory, this website allows you to type in a URL and will then tell you whether the rest of the world is having problems accessing the site or whether it’s just you.

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3 – A Good Movie To Watch

This will save you all those hours of endlessly scrolling through Netflix trying to find something good to watch. You can chose what sort of film the site picks for you based on genre, mood or by using a random search. The site also focuses on more indie and less well known films, which usually means that you haven’t seen them.

http://agoodmovietowatch.com

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4 – Boxoh

As long as you have a tracking number this site lets you find out where in the world your package is, how far it has come, and its estimated arrival time. Very useful, especially when you are unsure which day it will arrive.

http://www.boxoh.com

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5 – Bidvoy

Ever thought about selling something on Ebay but haven’t been sure whether it’s worth it or how much you will get for it? This website browses thousands of Ebay auctions and estimates the value of your product.

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6 – Drinkify

This site combines two of our favourite things, alcohol and music! By entering which artist you are listening to this website will tell you the perfect drink that goes along with it.

http://drinkify.org

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7 – Old Version

Fed up with that new update? This website allows you to download past versions of many of you favourite programs from Google Chrome to MSN messenger. ‘Because newer is not always better!’

http://www.oldversion.com/

8 – Instructables

With the help of this website you can make thousands of different items including meals, tools, clothing and gadgets, we even found a guide on how to make your own wood fired pizza oven!

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9 – Supercook

Not sure what to cook for dinner and can’t be bothered to venture out to the shops, fear not! Supercook lets you enter the ingredients you have at home and produces a recipe based on them.

http://www.supercook.com/

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10 – Shareagift

Of course we had to include Shareagift in this list, with our help you can raise cash for anything and everything. Many of our pages are used to raise money for causes, events or simply to buy a great gift with friends. No matter what, you can create a Shareagift page for any occasion and use it to fundraise and interact with others by posting comments photos and stories.

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