It’s Outback’s Bloomin’ Birthday (and a contest)

Yes, things have been positively contest-riffic ’round here, lately, but can I help it if people insist on giving me stuff to give away to my pretty readers? No, I cannot.

So, guess what today is! Go on, guess! That’s right—today is the 20th birthday of the Outback Steakhouse bloomin’ onion, their signature dish. To celebrate, Outback is offering special dishes, a whole bunch of trivia about those bloomin’ onions (each one weighs a pound! 37 spices in the dipping sauce!), and oh yeah, a $25 Outback Steakhouse gift card to one lucky Want Not reader.

All you have to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment on this post before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 16th, 2008. I know a lot of folks read from work, so those of you dedicated enough to read on the weekends may be rewarded for coming ’round, see? Winner to be determined by random drawing and whoever makes the most convincing offer to buy me a margarita with the gift card. (Just kidding about the margarita. Mostly.)

Go!

336 Responses to “It’s Outback’s Bloomin’ Birthday (and a contest)”

  1. 1
    Monique March 15, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    Here’s hoping it’s me!!

  2. 2
    Jamie March 15, 2008 at 12:42 pm #

    Those blooming onions are about a million calories, but they sure taste good!!

  3. 3
    Denise March 15, 2008 at 12:48 pm #

    Mmmm! I’m hungry already. I would buy you a margarita! LOL

  4. 4
    kris March 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    Bloomin’ onion and margaritas. Mmmmmmmm…

  5. 5
    Bobbie March 15, 2008 at 12:50 pm #

    Outback – yummy! I feel like a winner already!

  6. 6
    JenLo March 15, 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    I need one of those bloomin’ onions for my free diet day!

  7. 7
    Jean March 15, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    Margaritas with Mir? I’m in. I’ll even pay.

    “Margaritas with Mir” — that sounds like the title to a good biography or the name of an interesting cooking show. Something I would definitely read or watch!!

    Pick me! Pick me!

  8. 8
    Grace March 15, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    I keep missing the deadlines for all your other contests…hope me not procrastinating pays off!!

  9. 9
    Bev March 15, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    Sounds great! Count me in pretty one. Do they have margaritas to go???!!!

  10. 10
    Beth March 15, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    Oh! I LOVE Outback….hope it’s my lucky day!

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    Melea March 15, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    Oh yummy! Oh yummy! This is very exciting!

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    Pieces March 15, 2008 at 12:56 pm #

    I like the idea of being rewarded for being a weekend reader.

  13. 13
    Selena March 15, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    A night out for free, just the thought is so exciting! Thank you!

  14. 14
    Amanda March 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    Outback is my favorite chain restaurant – they make their strawberry lemonade from scratch, it’s amazing!

  15. 15
    Wendy March 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    An Australian Margarita? Hmmmm….well, if you really, really want one…

  16. 16
    Carolyn March 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    Outback’s our favorite. Hope this is the contest I get lucky on!

  17. 17
    Morgan March 15, 2008 at 1:01 pm #

    I love Outback! Thanks Mir!

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    Denise March 15, 2008 at 1:03 pm #

    oooh I’m in!! Hey if they want to give us stuff who are we to argue?

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    Jane March 15, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    I want one now I don’t care how fattening it is.

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    Mia March 15, 2008 at 1:06 pm #

    Yum! Those onions are the BEST!

  21. 21
    stephanie March 15, 2008 at 1:06 pm #

    pick me!!

  22. 22
    Rebecca March 15, 2008 at 1:11 pm #

    Hey, cool!

  23. 23
    Angela March 15, 2008 at 1:13 pm #

    Yippee! Here’s hoping being a weekend Wantnot junkie will get us some bloomin’ onion.

  24. 24
    Blair March 15, 2008 at 1:14 pm #

    Bloomin Onions are very tasty (even if huge & calorie-filled ;)). Count me in!

  25. 25
    Tuesday March 15, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    Those onions are my favorite! Worth the calories.

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    gretchen March 15, 2008 at 1:16 pm #

    c’mon random number generator doohickey . . .

    I am out of town for spring break S-F, so if for some lucky reason i won I won’t answer til saturday fyi

  27. 27
    Jaime March 15, 2008 at 1:16 pm #

    i LOVE Outback!! One of my favorite places! πŸ™‚

  28. 28
    Jen March 15, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    I love bloomin’ onions!!

  29. 29
    Melisa March 15, 2008 at 1:25 pm #

    Mmmm…bloomin’ onions.

  30. 30
    sarah March 15, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    Pick me! pick me!

  31. 31
    RIgirl March 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    Bloomin’ Onions are fantastic! Add a Margarita and I am all set!

  32. 32
    Maura March 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    waiting for me is a bloomin’ onion….

  33. 33
    Bah March 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    I have 37 spices too!

  34. 34
    kelly jeanie March 15, 2008 at 1:30 pm #

    Yum! That sounds awesome, thanks Mir!!

  35. 35
    Michelle March 15, 2008 at 1:33 pm #

    love me some outback!

  36. 36
    ~ T ~ March 15, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    ooh – bloomin’ onion, haven’t had one of those in forever…

  37. 37
    Heather March 15, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    I could totally use this — I could take the Hubby AND NO KIDS!!

  38. 38
    Jules March 15, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    You know I would totally buy you a margarita (or 3) out of my very own pocket.. BUT if there were a gift card..that would be extra bonus margaritas.. all for you of course.. I’m generous like that..

    ..so pick me! πŸ™‚

  39. 39
    klo March 15, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    I’m hanker’n a steak!

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    Burgh Baby's Mom March 15, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    I’m so in. Thanks!

  41. 41
    Prisca March 15, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    I’d be more than happy to buy you a margarita, oh, beautiful, Mir! Thanks for offering such fun giveaways. πŸ™‚

  42. 42
    Tracy March 15, 2008 at 1:38 pm #

    Would love to go to Outback! My three little boys can stay with Grandma. Might let my husband come.

  43. 43
    stew March 15, 2008 at 1:38 pm #

    So…I’d definitely buy you a margarita. Dude, I’d do more that that if you asked! I live for helping out [quasi] strangers! (I’m the gal emailed you a bit ago who lives in Durham, if you hadn’t made that connection).

    Instead of the buying of the margarita, though, let me offer to make you a homemade caipirinha!

    Mmmm. Simple syrup, half a lime, ice, and cachaça. I might have to go buy a lime now!

    Yum.

  44. 44
    Debra March 15, 2008 at 1:39 pm #

    Ooh, bloomin’ onion, pick me, pick me….:-)

  45. 45
    Dee March 15, 2008 at 1:42 pm #

    Love the Bloomin’ Onion…and the margaritas of course!

  46. 46
    Lee March 15, 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    Hey,I’m having a girl’s night out there Thursday . . . could you come to Kentucky and deliver the gift card personally? I’d buy you a drink!!

  47. 47
    Jennifer P March 15, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    I love Outback!! Please pick me!! My pregnancy cravings require it!

  48. 48
    desi March 15, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    ohhhhhh, I neeed a date night!

  49. 49
    april March 15, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    Those things are so so so bad for you, but so so so good.

  50. 50
    Debbie Evans March 15, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    Deep fried veggies–taste AND nutrition!

  51. 51
    Caro March 15, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    Yum!

  52. 52
    Allison March 15, 2008 at 1:52 pm #

    Oh, wow! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  53. 53
    Allison March 15, 2008 at 1:56 pm #

    Somehow, everything tastes better when deep fried.

  54. 54
    christine March 15, 2008 at 1:56 pm #

    How do I need a date without my kids and with my husband? Let me count the ways! Thank-you!

  55. 55
    Diane March 15, 2008 at 1:57 pm #

    Outback Steakhouse! Yum! Pick me!

  56. 56
    Lori March 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    Happy Birthday to the Bloomin’ Onion!

  57. 57
    Grete March 15, 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    G’day! I hope I win!

  58. 58
    Lindsey March 15, 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    Me Me I need a MEgarita!!! LOL!

  59. 59
    Suzanne March 15, 2008 at 2:03 pm #

    Sounds great!

  60. 60
    Lisa March 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm #

    Sounds delicious to me!

  61. 61
    mike March 15, 2008 at 2:07 pm #

    by crikey, love outback

  62. 62
    kajover March 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

  63. 63
    Lauren March 15, 2008 at 2:11 pm #

    20 years? Seriously?

  64. 64
    JULIE WALDRON March 15, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    haven’t been to an outback since 1492!
    PICK ME! PLEASE!

  65. 65
    julie@thedailycastle March 15, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    Yum! Pick me!

  66. 66
    Crissy March 15, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    Oooh pick me, pick me!
    Outback is DH’s favorite restaurant.

  67. 67
    carla March 15, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    mmmmm… Fried!

  68. 68
    Jennifer March 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm #

    I almost cried when I saw how many Weight Watchers points are in a bloomin’ onion!

  69. 69
    Robin March 15, 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    I so love a good steak. Thanks!

  70. 70
    Joanne March 15, 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    Thanks for all of your steals, deals, and advice! You are part of my daily routine!

  71. 71
    jami March 15, 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    Yummy! Pick me-we need a night out!

  72. 72
    Mayhem March 15, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    We need a date, and fried onion sounds kind of romantic, doesn’t it?

  73. 73
    Sharon March 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm #

    Yummy!! Keeping my fingers crossed…

  74. 74
    Sherri March 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm #

    hey mate! pick me! and thanks for the offer….. you’re very good to us faithful readers….

  75. 75
    Jaime March 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    I’ve never had one, cause I’m so cheap so this would work out well!

  76. 76
    Kris March 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    I would buy you a margarita AND a bloomin’ onion! Well… if you liked bloomin’ onions that is. I don’t know if you are an onion person? Are you an onion person, readers (or maybe just me) want to know?

  77. 77
    Erin March 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    OOOH! Please sign me up! I would LOVE to win this. Outback is yummy, but EXPENSIVE! πŸ™‚

  78. 78
    erin March 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    Love the outback!

  79. 79
    Lou March 15, 2008 at 2:37 pm #

    Wow! The Outback sounds great! Happy Birthday Outback!

  80. 80
    Courtney March 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm #

    Please pick me, Mate!

  81. 81
    Carla March 15, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    I love that bloomin onion. This reminds me I haven’t been to Outback recently.

  82. 82
    Ann G March 15, 2008 at 2:43 pm #

    That’s bloomin’ GREAT!

  83. 83
    carmen March 15, 2008 at 2:44 pm #

    Hey, we need a night out!

  84. 84
    lifeasamama March 15, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    mmmm….. that onion really is so good.

  85. 85
    Cristin March 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    Yummy! would love it

  86. 86
    ann March 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    me me!!please!!

  87. 87
    Lisa March 15, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    pick me!!

  88. 88
    Melinda March 15, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    Oh pretty Mir. I could really go for some Outback.
    Thanks!

  89. 89
    Pam March 15, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

    Thanks for the opportunity to go to Outback! πŸ™‚

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    Jessi March 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm #

    I’d buy you a margarita. BUT since I had to quit drinking, you’d have to promise to breath on me after you drink it. (Ew…I know) But I REALLY miss my margaritas. πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer March 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm #

    Me!

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    Heather March 15, 2008 at 3:07 pm #

    Me!

  93. 93
    Daisy March 15, 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    Yum. Yumyumyumyumyum!!! Of course I’ll share a margarita with you!

  94. 94
    JenniferB March 15, 2008 at 3:09 pm #

    I prefer the cheese fries to the onion…but that onion is still yummy!

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    Shannon March 15, 2008 at 3:13 pm #

    Count me in!

  96. 96
    Lisa March 15, 2008 at 3:15 pm #

    Perfect way to blow my diet.

  97. 97
    Amy March 15, 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    Yummy! I was thinking the same about my diet… Ahhh it’s worth it!!

  98. 98
    Jen March 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm #

    Oh, I LOVE Outback! Pick me, pick me!!

  99. 99
    Tami March 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm #

    My favorite restaurant. And we need a night away from the kids (4, total) bad. Pick me! Please! Please! Please! Don’t like to beg but…

  100. 100
    Julia March 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm #

    Just needed to post so i have a chance… sure would LOVE to take my DH on a date!

  101. 101
    Jan March 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    Mmmmmm, Outback Steakhouse … /Homer Simpson voice

  102. 102
    Linda March 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    OMG – I just *love* Outback! When we moved cross country last year DH and I ate twice at Outbacks in different cities during the multi-day drive from MD to NV.

  103. 103
    Gillian Claus March 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm #

    The kids’ activity book is worth the trip.

  104. 104
    Julie March 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm #

    Thanks!

  105. 105
    jesusita March 15, 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    We have a local Outback that we’ve never gone to, and my husband tells me that he’s never been to one. Sounds like a date night at the GR household!

  106. 106
    jenni March 15, 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    hmm…steak…

  107. 107
    Jen March 15, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    Yum Yum!! Date night would be great!

  108. 108
    Lacey March 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm #

    Sounds good, I think I am hungry now!

  109. 109
    Phyllis@Aimless Conversation March 15, 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    I LOVE those blooming onions…and after a week of kids w/ the flu, hubby and I seriously need a night out. Pick me, pick me!!!

    You are looking very PRETTY this weekend….=)

  110. 110
    Alicia March 15, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    I love Outback!!!!!

  111. 111
    Andrea March 15, 2008 at 3:59 pm #

    We never go to Outback, but we love it!

  112. 112
    Tracey March 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm #

    My hubby would be sooo happy to get some steak from Outback!

  113. 113
    Jamie March 15, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    Yum, we love steak! πŸ™‚

  114. 114
    heidi March 15, 2008 at 4:08 pm #

    Ooooo, glad I’m a weekend (and weekday) reader.

  115. 115
    Amy Wisniewski March 15, 2008 at 4:10 pm #

    I love Outback and so do my kids and husband. We would be so happy to win this one!!!

  116. 116
    Christina March 15, 2008 at 4:10 pm #

    We would love this!

  117. 117
    Laura March 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    My appetite for Outback is always in bloom! Count me in!

  118. 118
    Cathy March 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm #

    Ooohhhh! We love Outback!! I hope I win!

  119. 119
    Mrs. Pear March 15, 2008 at 4:20 pm #

    How fun! This would be such a wonderful treat!

  120. 120
    Andrea March 15, 2008 at 4:20 pm #

    Awesome and tasty. Hope I win this time! πŸ™‚

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    Tiff in OKC March 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm #

    Oooh – I haven’t been to Outback in so long…we might be able to get a babysitter if we didn’t have to pay for dinner!

    Keep up the good work, Mir!

  122. 122
    shawn March 15, 2008 at 4:32 pm #

    Oh, I am so craving a steak right now … would love to win this since eating out is so not in our budget. Thanks!

  123. 123
    Corrie March 15, 2008 at 4:33 pm #

    I thinks it’s time to head back there for an onion and some steak!

  124. 124
    susan sc March 15, 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    please, please, pick me..I’m feeling a little left out here!

  125. 125
    Mary March 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm #

    Oh pretty Mir…of course I will buy you a margarita at Outback. I will buy you two, because that would mean that you are here…where you belong! I’m still a little miffed that when you moved South, you chose a different state, but winning this would totally make up for it. Well almost. πŸ˜‰

  126. 126
    Sonya March 15, 2008 at 4:43 pm #

    YUM!
    so so delicious!
    ~Sonya

  127. 127
    Bonnie March 15, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    Outback= YUM.

  128. 128
    Kim March 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm #

    So yummy – and I haven’t been to Outback in years.

  129. 129
    Aimee March 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm #

    blooming onions aremy fav!!

  130. 130
    jean March 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm #

    The Bloomin Onion is good but their bread is even better. It is so soft and delicious. Maybe I’ll go there for dinner tomorrow? Ummm, don’t mind the drool.

  131. 131
    divrchk March 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm #

    I’ve been thinking about Outback recently. There’s one right near me and we never go for some reason. I’ve been craving it so I’d love to win this gift certificate!

  132. 132
    Brandi March 15, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    ooh mee!

  133. 133
    BB March 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

    Mmmm. Meat. Sounds good once Pascha gets here.

  134. 134
    Cindy March 15, 2008 at 5:07 pm #

    I looooove Outback!

  135. 135
    Not the Mama March 15, 2008 at 5:07 pm #

    Mmm yum. I could go for Outback — especially if I had a $25 gift certificate!

  136. 136
    Hadley March 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    Yummy, yummy for my mummy.

  137. 137
    Sabrina Denesha March 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    mmmmm free food mmmm

  138. 138
    Courtney March 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    pick me

  139. 139
    Alison March 15, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    I’m betting there will be a lot of comments on this one! Count me in, please!

  140. 140
    Kyallee March 15, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    Holy 140 posts! Wow, you’re popular, especially when dangling steak in front of the masses! πŸ˜‰ Oh, and pick me! Pick me!

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    dcfullest March 15, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    I love me some bloomin onion.

  142. 142
    Ginafish March 15, 2008 at 5:30 pm #

    Bloomin’ onions are pretty, but not as pretty as you. And you are spicier than 25 spices too. Oh La La! πŸ˜€

  143. 143
    carrie March 15, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    You rock!

  144. 144
    Mary March 15, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    Me, me, me! I looooooove steak with no carnivorous guilt at all! And the last time I went there they gave me a free glass of wine, so I’m dying to go back…

  145. 145
    Dorothy March 15, 2008 at 5:37 pm #

    Never been to Outbacks and never ate a bloomin’ onion?

  146. 146
    rain March 15, 2008 at 5:41 pm #

    OOOOH, Outback…..yum!

  147. 147
    Laura L March 15, 2008 at 5:42 pm #

    mmmmmm…. one pound onion

  148. 148
    nnlady March 15, 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    Hi,

    I hope I win this contest.

  149. 149
    girlymama March 15, 2008 at 5:46 pm #

    Fun!! Sign me up!

  150. 150
    Carrie March 15, 2008 at 5:51 pm #

    Mmmmm Yummy!!!!!!

  151. 151
    Kayla March 15, 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    Oh, I hope it’s me! Yum!

  152. 152
    Anna March 15, 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    Yum! Booze and fried food…my favorites! πŸ˜‰

  153. 153
    Michelle in Colorado Springs March 15, 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    comment

  154. 154
    Swistle March 15, 2008 at 6:06 pm #

    Yay, I read on weekends!

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    MMM March 15, 2008 at 6:08 pm #

    meeeeeeee!

  156. 156
    Carolyn March 15, 2008 at 6:10 pm #

    The bread!!! the Coconut Schrimp!!!! and the ultimate….. the Chocolate Thunder from Down Under!!!!

  157. 157
    Sarah March 15, 2008 at 6:11 pm #

    I’m a librarian, of course I read on weekends.

  158. 158
    Rachel March 15, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    I LOVE red meat! πŸ™‚

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    Chesney March 15, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    pick me please

  160. 160
    Kristen March 15, 2008 at 6:19 pm #

    I’d love me some Outback Bloomin’ onion!!!

  161. 161
    jenni March 15, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    YUMMY!

  162. 162
    Andrea T. March 15, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    My Husband and I love Outback…count me in!

  163. 163
    Jennielynn March 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm #

    I’m stinkin’ dedicated. Bring on the onions!

    Get it? Stinkin’? Onions? HAHAHAHAHAHA

    Yes, I AM aware I am a tremendous dork. My teenager tells me every single day.

  164. 164
    Jennifer March 15, 2008 at 6:38 pm #

    I certainly wouldn’t turn down a meal at Outback. I would even buy you a margarita or a Wallaby Darned if you wish.

  165. 165
    Kristen March 15, 2008 at 6:42 pm #

    Yummy giveaway!!!

  166. 166
    Tanya March 15, 2008 at 6:50 pm #

    Please put my name in….maybe hubby and I can get a night out???

  167. 167
    Ellen March 15, 2008 at 6:51 pm #

    I love a bloomin onion. I would love to share a pitcher of margaritas with you!!!

  168. 168
    Sharlene March 15, 2008 at 6:53 pm #

    Pick me, Pick me!!! Please????

  169. 169
    E March 15, 2008 at 6:58 pm #

    *crossing my fingers*

  170. 170
    Em March 15, 2008 at 6:59 pm #

    I want to go outback tonight. I can’t buy you a margarita unless you come back to New England (oh! come back to New England! Joshilyn Jackson is here this week! I can buy you both an outback margarita! Also – no tornados! Have I conviced you?). I guess I could have a margarita myself and describe it to you. Not the same though, is it?

  171. 171
    Nikki March 15, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    Please pick me!!

  172. 172
    Irene March 15, 2008 at 7:04 pm #

    Feliz Cumpleanos Bloomin’ Onion!!!

  173. 173
    Jane March 15, 2008 at 7:04 pm #

    Love me some Outback! Please pick me!

  174. 174
    MamaChristy March 15, 2008 at 7:04 pm #

    Ummmm… Fried onion. What a way to taunt a pregnant woman.

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    Denise March 15, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    Pick Me Pick Me…..Please!

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    Tiffany March 15, 2008 at 7:12 pm #

    Lucky number #175. Come on!

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    Marillyn March 15, 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    ummmmm…..bloomin’ onion. Thanks Mir.

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    ~moe~ March 15, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    Awesome! I haven’t been to Outback in forever. Thanks, Pretty Mir!

  179. 179
    Kiki Bacaro March 15, 2008 at 7:26 pm #

    Bloomin’ Onion, did you say Bloomin’ Onion???? My favorite!

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    rachel March 15, 2008 at 7:38 pm #

    we can’t eat the bloomin onion (sob!), but we LOVE the ribs… and the margaritas, too.

    hope you’re ok and very pretty despite the state of emergency!

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    regan March 15, 2008 at 7:41 pm #

    mmmm, deep fried onion goodness.

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    patricia March 15, 2008 at 7:45 pm #

    I don’t think I could get the bloomin’ onion, but they sure have other good treats.

  183. 183
    alaine March 15, 2008 at 7:50 pm #

    outback. . .YUM!!!!

  184. 184
    Susan March 15, 2008 at 7:52 pm #

    It would cause a lot of hearburn but it sure would be worth it!! ;o)

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    Sara March 15, 2008 at 7:53 pm #

    Definitely add me in!

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    Lenetta March 15, 2008 at 7:56 pm #

    I heart free food!

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    Rachel R March 15, 2008 at 8:00 pm #

    Woot! Girls night out anyone??

  188. 188
    lisa March 15, 2008 at 8:03 pm #

    Sure I’ll compete against the 186+ other people!

  189. 189
    Andrea March 15, 2008 at 8:14 pm #

    yum, yum…..thanks!

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    Heidi March 15, 2008 at 8:16 pm #

    It would be so amazing to be able to go out with dh alone. πŸ™‚

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    Jess March 15, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    Mmmmmmmmm….Outback…fried food…mmmmmm..

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    RubiaLala March 15, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    This is the man’s favorite restaurant, I’d love to surprise him with this!

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    elizabeth March 15, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    BIG NUMBA BIG NUMBA!!!

    Never eaten at OUTBACK, but then I haven’t been out to eat in ages – period.

    Thanks!

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    Candy March 15, 2008 at 8:28 pm #

    MMMMMMM Onion

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    Marilyn G March 15, 2008 at 8:33 pm #

    I haven’t been to the Outback Steakhouse yet! this sure would be the way to go tho.

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    Julie Newcomb March 15, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    YUM YUMYUM, love me some Bloomin’ Onion!!!

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    Barb March 15, 2008 at 8:36 pm #

    Oh Pretty One, if you wish to make the trip to Osage Beach, Missouri (on the lovely Lake of the Ozarks and home of the nearest Outback) I would be thrilled to buy you a margarita with the gift card! My birthday IS coming up in a few weeks and I do love me some Cheesecake Olivia, you can help us celebrate in style!

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    Tessa March 15, 2008 at 8:37 pm #

    yum!!!! pick me, pretty mir!!!

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    Kerri March 15, 2008 at 8:38 pm #

    does it come with a babysitter too? Kidding, but I would LOVE it! Thx

  200. 200
    carrie March 15, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    Pick me! Pick me!!!!

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    Abbie March 15, 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    200 has to be lucky….right?!

  202. 202
    Alice March 15, 2008 at 9:05 pm #

    Another great contest – Enter me, please.

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    Taryn March 15, 2008 at 9:09 pm #

    Yummy! Pick me!!! πŸ™‚

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    Kathryn March 15, 2008 at 9:10 pm #

    mmm… outback. I hope it’s me.

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    Jennifer Morgan March 15, 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    We love Outback! And we love Bloomin’ Onions. Hope my number comes up.

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    Krista March 15, 2008 at 9:18 pm #

    We love Bloomin’ Onions from Outback, but due to our frugality, we rarely get to indulge! Outback is one of our favorite, if not very favorite, restaurants.

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    Evie March 15, 2008 at 9:24 pm #

    Pick me! Pick me!

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    Deputy's Wife March 15, 2008 at 9:26 pm #

    I’m in!

  209. 209
    steph March 15, 2008 at 9:47 pm #

    Love outback! Would love a gift card!

  210. 210
    Jen March 15, 2008 at 9:48 pm #

    37 Spices? Really? Well no wonder I can never duplicate it at home!
    Hopefully #208 is my lucky number! πŸ™‚

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    Nalani Pavlina March 15, 2008 at 9:50 pm #

    Ohh! Boy! I love Outback!

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    Charlise March 15, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    Mmmmmmmmmm, steak.

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    Groovecatmom March 15, 2008 at 9:58 pm #

    Pick me and I promise to forget that Today show segment I saw on how many calories a bloomin’ onion has. πŸ™‚

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    Nicole March 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm #

    I haven’t bloomed in years!

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    Bonnie March 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm #

    It’s a vegetable, right?

  216. 216
    Nicole H. March 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    Thanks!

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    crista March 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm #

    mmmm…I loves me some Outback!!

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    Becky March 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    Outback!! our favorite….my kids love it!

  219. 219
    Susan March 15, 2008 at 10:11 pm #

    Mmmmm…. bloomin’ onions. Have you tried their chopped bleu cheese salad? Also quite delicious.

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    Erin March 15, 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    How many weight watchers points is in one of those?!?!

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    Damsel March 15, 2008 at 10:19 pm #

    Woo-hoo! Pick me! I love their coconut shrimp. Mmmm… yum.

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    Katie March 15, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    Might just be time to try this place out… that onion thing sounds pretty tasty!

  223. 223
    Lynette March 15, 2008 at 10:22 pm #

    Love Outback!

  224. 224
    Dee March 15, 2008 at 10:24 pm #

    Yum!

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    Grace March 15, 2008 at 10:34 pm #

    Oh sooo good!

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    Rebecca March 15, 2008 at 10:40 pm #

    Mmmmmm…onion breath.

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    Barbara March 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm #

    Ohboyohboyohboy…I hope I win!!

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    Mary March 15, 2008 at 10:50 pm #

    I am soo ready for a girls’ night out!
    I will even take a girls’ afternoon out. I have a girl cousin who could use this with me.
    And to soak up some Outback hospitality with that zillion calorie, awesome tasting onion and some tasty boozy drinks?
    I would do just about anything!

  229. 229
    Leslieann March 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm #

    That’s where my husband and I had our first date. i so need a gift card to rekindle some love.

  230. 230
    nani March 15, 2008 at 10:54 pm #

    Love that Outback! They have a great gluten -free menu!

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    Lauren March 15, 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    I would TOTALLY by ya a rita Mir!

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    gretchen March 15, 2008 at 11:46 pm #

    Well, i would certainly toast a margarita (perhaps 3) in your honor!

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    Holly March 15, 2008 at 11:49 pm #

    I’ll take it. And if you’ll come visit me in MN (it[‘s getting warmer here…), I’ll happily take you with on my trip to Outback, so you can have the drink of your choice!

    Holly

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    TiffanyC March 15, 2008 at 11:51 pm #

    Me! Me!

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    Jamie AZ March 15, 2008 at 11:54 pm #

    Woo hoo! Thanks Outback and Mir!

  236. 236
    Brandi March 16, 2008 at 12:06 am #

    I’ve been craving Outback, and I’m pregnant!

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    Chakolate March 16, 2008 at 12:08 am #

    It weighs a *pound*???? That’s some onion, innit? πŸ˜‰

    And who wouldn’t buy a margarita for the prettiest shopper ever?

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    FENICLE March 16, 2008 at 12:25 am #

    Steak for free!! YUM!!!!!

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    Jamie March 16, 2008 at 12:27 am #

    Pick me, my pret!

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    Alicia March 16, 2008 at 12:46 am #

    I LOVE outbacks, especially their bloomin’ onions……..but, I ESPECIALLY love margaritas!

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    alyssa March 16, 2008 at 1:05 am #

    thanks for the chance! making me hungry!
    -alyssa

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    Wendy March 16, 2008 at 1:16 am #

    I am sending thoughts of margaritas to the Random Number Generator because we all know THAT’S the thing that we need to sway in our favor.

    Dear Random Number Generator,
    I love you from the deepest most bottomest of my poor tiny bitter bloomin’ onion lovin’ heart. Most Sincerely, Your Biggest Fan and President of the RNG fan club, Wendy

    Do you think it’ll work?

  243. 243
    Alicia March 16, 2008 at 2:25 am #

    The contests are FUN! Thanks for sharing and all the great tips!

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    Brigitte March 16, 2008 at 7:13 am #

    Hey, if you haul your butt all the way up here for a mere margarita, I’d sure buy you one! Hmmm, I THINK there’s an Outback about 35 minutes from here . .

  245. 245
    MomCat March 16, 2008 at 7:41 am #

    Hey, a girl’s gotta have a vice. (or two)

  246. 246
    Sara March 16, 2008 at 8:23 am #

    If the random number generator picks me, I’ll buy you a margarita as big as your head.

  247. 247
    Shari March 16, 2008 at 8:40 am #

    Great! Let’s go outback tonight. Yummy!

  248. 248
    Tina March 16, 2008 at 8:59 am #

    I am hungry.

  249. 249
    Kate March 16, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    great contest, thanks we love outback

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    Melissa March 16, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    Yum!

  251. 251
    Amy March 16, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    count me in. Hey, CR even says the blooming onion has less fat and calories than a nice steak there…

  252. 252
    Nita March 16, 2008 at 9:57 am #

    mmmmm. Steak and fried onion. What could be better?

  253. 253
    Another GA Mom March 16, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    Please throw my name in! I’ve been craving Outback anyways, so perfect timing! Thanks!

  254. 254
    Momsy March 16, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    What a fun contest!

  255. 255
    Lindsay March 16, 2008 at 10:21 am #

    My boyfriend loves this place and I would love to treat him to a nice dinner!

  256. 256
    Melanie Marie March 16, 2008 at 10:21 am #

    see? you thought we stayed away on the weekends!

  257. 257
    Teresa March 16, 2008 at 10:27 am #

    My favoite place to eat in the world!! Thanks

  258. 258
    Mallory March 16, 2008 at 10:34 am #

    I would like to say G’day to that gift card! Woot!

  259. 259
    Someone Being Me March 16, 2008 at 10:48 am #

    YUM! I love Outback especially the blooming onion.

  260. 260
    V March 16, 2008 at 10:50 am #

    I’m in, 3 birthdays in 2 weeks, I could use some help with a birthday dinner

  261. 261
    courtney March 16, 2008 at 11:00 am #

    Pick me ^_^
    My birthday is coming up and this would be fun!
    thank you

  262. 262
    april March 16, 2008 at 11:06 am #

    Count me in, please.

  263. 263
    Steff March 16, 2008 at 11:14 am #

    Yum.

  264. 264
    Beth S March 16, 2008 at 11:18 am #

    yum, bloomin onions are sooo yummy.

  265. 265
    jenny March 16, 2008 at 11:35 am #

    pick me randomizer! pick me!

  266. 266
    bogartg March 16, 2008 at 11:37 am #

    I’m feeling random!

  267. 267
    Jennifer March 16, 2008 at 11:48 am #

    You can’t have a margarita alone, so I’ll have one with ya!

  268. 268
    Julie March 16, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    mmmmmmm….steak….

    I actually haven’t been to Outback since the time my husband and I went, and he didn’t like the way they cooked his steak. I was all, dude, send it back. And he said no, I won’t, I just won’t ever come here again. My food, however, was fantastic…so I think I need this gift card so I can take a friend out to lunch. πŸ˜‰

  269. 269
    Anna March 16, 2008 at 11:58 am #

    I’ve never tried one of these. I hope it’s about time!

  270. 270
    Crystal March 16, 2008 at 12:02 pm #

    I love Outback’s blooming onions! Pick me! Pick me! πŸ™‚

  271. 271
    Dana March 16, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    Sounds good!

  272. 272
    Barbara March 16, 2008 at 12:26 pm #

    I’ll get you your margarita just as long as I can have all six coconut shrimp. πŸ˜‰

  273. 273
    tennesseegal March 16, 2008 at 12:27 pm #

    ohhhhh yum!

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    Jessica March 16, 2008 at 12:45 pm #

    Let’s go out for a couple of pitchers of margaritas, gorgeous Mir!

  275. 275
    Gwen March 16, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    Count me in!

  276. 276
    SheilaInVa March 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    Pick me!! Yum………..=)

  277. 277
    jessica March 16, 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    I love those Bloomin’ Onions!

  278. 278
    Alan March 16, 2008 at 1:23 pm #

    Mir, I read you every day. Thanks for making me enjoy life a little more than I otherwise would.

  279. 279
    Heidi March 16, 2008 at 1:38 pm #

    Did someone say coconut shrimp?

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    krista March 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    I love the bloomin onion. Pick me!

  281. 281
    Lexi March 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    My hubby is an Aussie! This would bring a touch of Australian into our lives. G’Day!

  282. 282
    virginia March 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm #

    margarita me πŸ™‚

  283. 283
    Brenda March 16, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    Love me some bloomin onion!

  284. 284
    Pati :) March 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm #

    Yummy…

  285. 285
    Tracey March 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm #

    Just clipped a coupon for them. But a gift certificate would be even better!

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    julie March 16, 2008 at 2:30 pm #

    I love outback, fingers crossed!

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    Laura Healy March 16, 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    Outback is one of the few places my 7 year old will go to eat without complaining. I’m crossing my fingers…

  288. 288
    Tina March 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    Wow, you have a lot of weekend readers! Love a chance to be in the drawing!

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    jackie March 16, 2008 at 2:44 pm #

    Oh! Oh! Pick Me! Pick Me!

  290. 290
    Aubrey March 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    These are my husband’s favorite thing ever! Please choose me!

  291. 291
    Stephanie March 16, 2008 at 2:53 pm #

    I’d love to be entered! My mom loves Outback, so this would be a great surprise gift for her!

  292. 292
    Holly March 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    Mmmm I love food! Even better than that is free food!

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    Aisha March 16, 2008 at 3:17 pm #

    I swear, my dad’s ears just pricked up as I read that.

    As much as a humans ears can prick up, anyway. Apparently my dad has bendy super dog ears. (that would actually explain a lot…)

  294. 294
    Darcie in GA March 16, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    We love Outback! And I am not that far away from you in Atlanta, so I could totally buy you that Margarita.

  295. 295
    Elizabeth March 16, 2008 at 4:09 pm #

    Mmm… Outback…

  296. 296
    Renee Makiewicz March 16, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    I love Outback – it makes a great girl’s night out!

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    Tracey March 16, 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    I want this soooooooo badly! I love their blueberry martinis, fried mushrooms, mashed potatoes, steak…well you get the point!

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    Barb Szyszkiewicz, sfo March 16, 2008 at 4:51 pm #

    Yum, the bloomin’ onions are the best!

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    Gennie March 16, 2008 at 4:56 pm #

    I’m 37 weeks pregnant… I sure could eat a whole bloomin’ onion myself right now!

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    Jess March 16, 2008 at 5:31 pm #

    OOOH. Now I want an onion! πŸ™‚
    Pick me!

  301. 301
    Sara March 16, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    I love onions in bloom!

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    Karen March 16, 2008 at 6:15 pm #

    Gotta love Outback! especially the coconut shrimp.

  303. 303
    Kelly March 16, 2008 at 6:17 pm #

    Bloomin’ Margaritas! Whoo Hooo!

  304. 304
    Jodi March 16, 2008 at 6:54 pm #

    Um, okay, I would lovelovelove to win this!

  305. 305
    Liz E March 16, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    my mom loves Outback – we’ve never tried it so pick us!!

    p.s we love you

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    Amanda March 16, 2008 at 7:31 pm #

    I’m not a bloomin’ onion kind of girl, but those special fries with bacon, cheese and ranch dressing might actually be worth the artery clogging they’re going to give me.

    Happy to be comment #306!

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    Nic March 16, 2008 at 7:56 pm #

    Yay for contests! I

  308. 308
    Susan March 16, 2008 at 8:06 pm #

    Love the Outback! They always try to hand my steak to my hubby, and he’s the fish and chicken guy…

  309. 309
    Kristine March 16, 2008 at 8:22 pm #

    Sweet! I’ll buy you a margarita, sweet pretty Mir! I’m sure there’s an Outback near you and we’re traveling all over GA for bike races in the next months…

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    Wendy March 16, 2008 at 8:30 pm #

    I won’t mention how many calories and fat grams a bloomin onion has, as not to spoil others’ fun, but a pitcher of margs for you and a HUGE Fosters for me would tide me over any day. Cheers!!
    Hooray #310!!!

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    A.. March 16, 2008 at 8:41 pm #

    Please Pick me!

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    Jill March 16, 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    Oh my goodness. We totally almost went there tonight because I was craving a bloomin onion. Had I known about the anniversary of it, I may have gone. But when evaluating the cost of us eating at Outback verses the cost of us eating at a local Mexican joint, the Mexican won out. Next time that won’t be the case if we win the gift card! πŸ™‚

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    Maryanne Fischler March 16, 2008 at 8:55 pm #

    I love to eat at Outback on special occasions. Like Tuesdays.

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    Kari March 16, 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    Love the bloomin’ onion!! And the outback chopped salad! Hope I have the lucky # this time.

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    Paige March 16, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    Oh, I’d love some steak from the Barbie!

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    Suzanne March 16, 2008 at 9:24 pm #

    Yummy! Happy Birthday Bloomin’ Onions!

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    Jenny March 16, 2008 at 9:42 pm #

    Hey there Mir!! I would love an Outback gift card. It is one of my husbands favorite restaurants and he deserves a night out!! And hey, so do I!!!

  318. 318
    Tiffany March 16, 2008 at 9:46 pm #

    me, me, me! Nothin like a night out for Broke College students! ESPECIALLY to Outback…& for a birthday to boot!

  319. 319
    Staci March 16, 2008 at 9:46 pm #

    Yay, Outback!

  320. 320
    Sue March 16, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    Onions, onions, onions – who can resist a bloomin’ onion – Yum!

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    Jess March 16, 2008 at 9:53 pm #

    Woo hoo for gift cards!

  322. 322
    Cindy March 16, 2008 at 9:58 pm #

    Hey, lots of people read on weekends! Blooming onions rock. And I’ll make you a pitcher of margaritas if you are ever in Southwest VA, even if I don’t win!

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    Amanda Outlaw March 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm #

    yum yum!

  324. 324
    Melissa March 16, 2008 at 10:28 pm #

    Did I make the deadline? It’s only 8:28 p.m. here- we love Blooming onions!

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    Jill March 16, 2008 at 10:41 pm #

    oh yummy!! Count me in.

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    Gretchen aka mamagigi March 16, 2008 at 10:53 pm #

    Mmmmmmmm. Please count me in. Ha! Number 326!

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    AMY March 16, 2008 at 11:00 pm #

    Lovely Mir, I read you every day! My husband is allergic to gluten and there is a gluten free menu at Outback! Pick me pick me!

  328. 328
    Sandy March 16, 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    ooooh… in under the wire! Love Outback!

  329. 329
    judy March 16, 2008 at 11:12 pm #

    oooh Outback!

  330. 330
    Allison March 16, 2008 at 11:14 pm #

    Would love a free dinner out…

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    A Different Laura March 16, 2008 at 11:22 pm #

    LAST? but not least…

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    ashley & family March 16, 2008 at 11:26 pm #

    me me me!

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    Jessica March 17, 2008 at 12:25 am #

    Oh pretty Mir, I can MAKE you an excellent margarita from scratch… no mix here!

    I will share my yummy gooey apple stuff with you though.

  334. 334
    Jessica March 17, 2008 at 12:26 am #

    GAH… I’m on the west coast… its only 9:26 here πŸ™

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    Tree March 17, 2008 at 12:49 am #

    Vegetarian here, signing up anyway. 11:59 in what time zone though :S

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