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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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Family Fun Nights in Raleigh and Charlotte

We all know that a happy kid makes a happy mom. So, we are introducing family fun summer nights to our Raleigh and Charlotte restaurants! Every Tuesday night in August, kids 12 and under get to eat free from 5-9. We will also be having giveaways, and a family fun environment! Participating restaurants include Cary and Cameron Village. Charlotte restaurants include The Arboretum and South End, and will go until Sept. 14. (Visit noodles.com for location details.)

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Don’t hate us because we’re beautiful

Are you looking for a hot pair of shoes to show off this summer? Of course you are. You’re probably looking for something flattering and slenderizing, right? You’re probably dying for that pair that could make any American’s Next Model judge go weak in the knees.

How about a pair of fabulous, non-slip, shoes for a night on the town? No need to break the piggy bank, because these shoes are a steal for less.

We happen to be super lucky because we get to wear these gorgeous shoes in our restaurants. Non-slip, protective, and not to mention black rubber oval-toed- who wouldn’t want to wear them?

The best part about these shoes is that, according to Noodles team member Mike, “They are synthetic and last three months before they start to smell.”

Are you dying to own a pair of these? We know you are, so don’t miss your chance to win a pair! Tell us why you need these gorgeous clogs by Shoes for Crews and the best comment by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2010 win a pair of these fab shoes.

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Win Noodles for Pops

The food we serve in our restaurants is inspired by flavors from all around the world: from Japanese Pan Noodles, to Penne Rosa, to Thai Curry Soup. Tell us about how your dad has inspired you by commenting below. Those with the best stories will win a free Noodles & Company gift basket for them and their dad, filled with T-shirts, Free Bowl Cards, and other fun swag.

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Asparagus- going once? going twice?

Have you tried asparagus in our restaurants yet? We hope so because asparagus will be departing from our menu in just a few weeks. (It’s so hard to say goodbye to my homie.) In honor of asparagus departing, we have created a game which gives you a chance to win free noodles for a year. Check out http://noodles.com/plantastalk/.

There are so many different ways to cook asparagus: sauté, steam, bake, and grill. Visit www.noodles.com/asparagus to learn more about asparagus and for tips on how to cook it at home.

Tell us about your favorite way to make Asparagus by commenting below. We’ll mail some Free Bowl cards to those who share their best kept secrets!

Noodles & Company's Asparagus & Lemon Linguine

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The Importance of School Gardens

It’s no secret that childhood obesity has increased dramatically over the past few years. Public figures like First Lady, Michelle Obama are supporting school and home gardens all over the Nation.  Obama recently took her “Lets move” campaign against childhood obesity to San Diego. Read the article about Obama’s visit in San Diego where she toured the New Roots Community Farm here.

Similar to how Obama is changing the way America eats, we are taking steps to educate and introduce fresh produce into the minds and bodies of young Americans. We serve 14 fresh veggies in our restaurants, and encourage our customers to add veggies to their meals to eat well-balanced, as we believe in educating our youth about vegetables and the proper ways to grow vegetables. We believe this influence can help solve America’s obesity epidemic and poor eating habits.

Earlier this month, our restaurants partnered with Slow Food Denver, Boulder, and Salt Lake City chapters, and raised more than $12,000 to help support the organization and development of school gardens.  One of Slow Food’s goals is to teach students about growing fresh fruits and vegetables so they gain an understanding of the agricultural cycle from seed-to-table and an appreciation of the taste and quality of food that is raised responsibly and with care. For more information on school gardens, and our Slow Food partnership, please visit http://www.slowfooddenver.org/what/what-seedtable.html

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The easiest health tip you’ll ever get

Researchers have proven that people who smile bigger, live longer. Check out the story here.

Wayne State University studied baseball players’ smiles and found that those with the biggest smiles lived to be about six years older than those with smaller smiles. Next time you feel a frown coming on, squeeze a smile, and remember those six extra years!

What makes you smile?

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