Archive for December, 2010

Pasta Art

Learn how Cyn Gagen, a lifelong artist and crafter who is also featured on “Cool2Craft,” Lynda, a graphic designer in the paper crafting industry, and Eileen Hull, a free lance designer, author and licensed artist with Sizzix, make these sweet pasta angels, rice noodle wreath and pasta-decorated holiday card. You can also enter to win one of our Anything Cards. Click here to learn how to make the angels, here for the rice noodle wreath and here for the pasta-decorated holiday card.

Cyn Gagen's pasta angels


Lynda's rice noodle wreath


Eileen Hull’s holiday card decorated with pasta

Send us a link to images of your noodle art by 1/15/11 and we’ll reward you with an Free Bowl Card!


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Scratch That

Thanks to all of you, we realized the one of our ‘Anything Is Better Than This’ Flickr photo contest winners was not real. It was fake. 😦 So, we have decided to reward the third $50 Anything Card to Buckaroo2008 who submitted this beautiful homemade mechanical bank. Check out the caption, it’s hilarious.

From Buckaroo2008 on Flickr: For Christmas one year, my dear old dad decided to make me a homemade mechanical bank from a pattern he found. He cut the wood and painted it himself. To operate it, you put a coin on the tongue that's sticking out, then pull the lever on the side. The tongue moves back as it swallows the money, then the eyes bug out -- pretty much the same reaction as people looking at it.

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ANYTHING would be better than THESE gifts

Our new Anything Cards are perfect for anyone and any occasion. You get a free Sandwich Card when you buy an Anything Card in one of our restaurants or online now through Dec. 31, 2010!

Our ‘Anything Is Better Than This’ Flickr contest ended last Friday. We asked you to upload pictures of the most awful, weird, quirky and funny holiday gifts you’ve received. And oh boy, were they ever. We’re giving our top three winners each a $50 Anything Card! And they are…

Bacon Mug

This poor guy got fruit doilies

Wood statue

 Get a good laugh and view all the entries by viewing the group on Flickr.

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Here’s where you find out if you have a little less shopping to do

Our new Anything Cards are perfect for anyone and any occasion. When you buy a $25 Anything Card in one of our restaurants or online now through Dec. 31, we’ll give you a free Sandwich Card.

Noodles & Company's Anything Card

In effort to spread a little holiday cheer, we told our Facebook ‘Likers’ (a.k.a. Facebook ‘Fans’) to tell us who they still need to buy a gift for this holiday season. We chose the best submissions and are sending their friends and family an Anything Card. The winners are:


My husband is an instructor on the Submarine Naval Base and doesn’t get to take long lunch breaks as he is sooooo busy!! Luckily, Noodles is just a few miles up the road from the base and he sure deserves to have a delicious take out lunch …instead of skipping it and coming home starved because he was too busy working to have the opportunity to sit down at a restaurant and wait to be served his meal. I could even pick up lunch for him and take it to him at work! He would love a surprise like that!! And, I’m sure that he absolutely deserves it as he was just named Sailor of the Quarter for all the time and hard work he puts in!!


My daughter!!! Noodles is one of the only places she can eat at because all of her food allergies (dairy, egg, and peanut)and you are awesome about catering to her needs! Thanks and keep up the good work! 🙂


My daughter, that bright bulb frosh, trunching through the waist high snow drifts in St.Paul on the University of Minnesota campus – Sure I’ll get her that Dylan book and maybe a CD — but the best answer to the Daily Dorm Cuisine is a real delicious Noodles food survival card…and she needs that even more than a hat and mittens!


I have a young friend named Mindy who went into kidney failure shortly after her 18th birthday. She has been doing dialysis for the past 4 years and has suffered many complications that required her to leave college and move back home. Last… week she received a kidney transplant and is now well on her way to returning to a normal life and diet which can now include her beloved Mac n cheese from Noodles. She would enjoy an Anything Card.

However, perhaps even more deserving of a gift card is her boyfriend Dave. Although he wasn’t a match for her he donated a kidney as her part of a 5 way swap where each recipient had a donor who matched one of the other recipients.


I would give one to our nanny who takes such wonderful care of our twin girls (who will be two on Christmas day!). Due to her religion she does not celebrate, but I would still like to give her a little something. I would have the girls color (sribble) a picture and turn it into a card for her, with the gift card!

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Betcha you wished you lived in Sterling or Lanham today

We’re opening in Sterling, VA and Lanham, MD today!

Visit our website for contact information, directions, to view the menu and to see more photos of the new restaurants. Check out our Facebook Page to see how you can win a free $10 Anything Card by visiting either location today. 

Noodles & Company in Sterling, VA opened Thursday, Dec. 9

The Noodles & Company in Sterling, VA which opened on Thursday, Dec. 9

Noodles & Company in Lanham, MD which opened on Thursday, Dec. 9

Noodles & Company in Lanham, MD which opened on Thursday, Dec. 9

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Nothing says ‘I had no idea what to get you this year’ like the Anything Card.

Noodles & Company's Anything Gift Card

 Can’t decide on what to get your loved ones for the holidays this year? Or how about you don’t want to spend a fortune on presents? Our new Anything Card is simple and perfect for all the above. And when you buy a $25 Anything Card in one of our restaurants or online you get a FREE Sandwich Card!

The “Anything is Better Than THIS!” Photo Contest

We’re also lending a sympathetic ear to those who have received terrible gifts in the past.  Between December 3 – 17, we are hosting the “Anything is Better Than THIS!” contest on Flickr here. Enter a pic of the lamest, tackiest or funniest gift you have ever received, along with a caption describing the gift and why it was so lame.  The five worst gifts will be chosen and those fans will receive a $50 Anything Card.  Start pulling out those Christmas sweaters and Snugggies! 

Some photos we’ve already received…

A weird bird mug.

Underwear from your mom. (Eek.)

Got something worse? Enter it in the contest here.

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