Birthdays are a wonderful time in the year, but if often puts a lot of pressure on you. For those of you who are my followers on twitter, you will already know what I am about to ask (because I tweeted about it on Friday). Tomorrow is my birthday and I am looking to capitalize on it. Unlike other years, I have just elected to go to my favorite restaurant in town. This year, I want it to be different. I want to incorporate my new obsession with personal finances by finding the best free birthday item. In March, my wife and I went to a Thai restaurant in town to get a flaming scoop of fried ice cream (literally flaming; the flame was probably 6-8 inches high and was quite impressive). What I want to know is other restaurants that will provide me with the best birthday item. Please share your thoughts in the comments section (it will most likely have to be a chain restaurant of some sort since 99% of you don’t live in the same town as me).
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