You got SERVEd.

by Holly on December 22, 2011

in eating out,Foodbuzz,friends,giveaway,reviews

It’s no secret that I LOVE to go out to eat.

I get giddy over trying new restaurants…new foods…marveling at culinary combinations I never would have thought up…sipping wine…feeling fancy…sipping beer…feeling blue collar…spending time with family…spending time with friends…and most of all, shoving my face with good food.

I would venture to say my penchant for eating out is a large part of why I have gained seven pounds and often find myself in dire financial straits.

But I love it.

Soooo…when Serve from American Express offered me a chance to try their service by demanding – yes, demanding! – I bring my friends out for a meal, how could I refuse? Before indulging myself and friends with a free meal, I had to figure out exactly how Serve worked.

Serve is a next-generation digital payments platform that helps you organize your money, send and receive funds, and manage payment requests — all from a single, unified online account. Serve makes paying and being paid simple.

Best of all, we’re provided by American Express. That means Serve uses American Express security, technology, and data protection, giving you confidence whether you’re shopping online or sending money to a friend.

Essentially, here is the gist: after a relaxing meal, you don’t want to waste time figuring out who owes what. You know how it normally goes, one person pays on their credit card and the others break large bills to get exact change or promise to pay up later. With Serve, you can settle up quickly by instantly sending and receiving money on your mobile device (iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone) so you can get back to your dessert and your conversation.

Or just think of it in three easy steps….

And I did just that.

(1) I invited my gal pals – Darcey, Rassa and Stephanie – out for a meal at Tempest Oyster Bar.

(2) Then, I ordered food. A lobster crab bisque to start followed by a whole fish. A very scary-looking whole fish rubbed with sage, which was dry and quite flavorless.

I should back it up. First we ordered wine…lots of wine.

Then we ate bread and butter.

I had the waitress de-head my fish (<- I was NOT doing that myself).

Then I ate half my fish and all my veggies.

We ordered more wine.

And to finish, we split an Apple Ginger Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream. It was warm, crumbly and delicious. We devoured it in a very un-ladylike way.

(3) When it was finally time to pay the bill, I paid the bill with my credit card. Right at the table, I had my lady friends pay their share by having them transfer the $10 each of them got free for signing up for Serve to my account. That was added to my free $10 and the $150 Serve gave me to try out the service. With $200 in my account, I was then able to reimburse myself for the bill.

Does that make sense?

I hope so…because I think these online digital payment programs are probably the future.

Maybe in order to fully understand how it works, you should get $100 in free money to try out the service for yourself? How does that sound? Only don’t order a whole fish…it’s scary.

To win $100 in free money from Serve from American Express, here is what you need to do:

(1) Go to Serve and sign-up for a free account – $10 will automatically be put in your account.

(2) Leave me a comment below letting me know you signed up AND what restaurant you will eat at if you win the $100 in free money.

A winner will be picked next Thursday, December 29th.

Happy SERVEing!

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As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a $250 stipend to try Serve from American Express. Official sweepstakes rules and regulations may be found here.


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm

When I saw the FoodBuzz email come out about this and I was asked, I was sooo bummed when I had to turn down all that cashola to dine out with b/c I am traveling and couldn’t post in time.

But glad YOU got Served…and it looks like a fabulous event and get together with the girls. FUN!!!

If I won…I’d eat at any place in San Diego that would take me :)

jc December 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm

i signed up :) i’d love to eat at the millenium :)

Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest December 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I signed up and I’d love to eat at Bacchus in Milwaukee because I have always wanted to go there.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Just signed up. I’d eat at a local restaurant called Cafe Rel! So so good!

kathleen December 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

I would eat at naiya sushi. Seriously pig out on Alaskan king crab rolls.

Alex @ IEatAsphalt December 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

Signed up and would use this to go back to Philly to eat at Amada.

Kara December 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

I signed up and I would use it to eat at a new restaurant in town, The Silver Spoon!

Kelly December 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

I signed up!

I would LOVE to go Girl and the Goat in Chicago.

Sarah (I Dream of Beets) December 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

I love everything about your blog. I’m 27. I’m from Milwaukee, though I live in CO. I just started a blog. I love Alterra. I sometimes gain 7 pounds from eating too much cake. I’m going back to school too. Let’s be friends!

P.S. Yes, this comment is creepy.
P.P.S. I figured if I acknowledged that, it would be okay.

Allison R. December 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

Sweet! I’d eat at Graze!

Gee December 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I’ve signed up and I think I would eat at The Top, in Gainesville, FL.

anna pry December 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm

i have an account, i’d go to smokey bones

sarah @ sarah learns December 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm

where to choose where to choose?! there are still so many restaurants on my list to try in madison! perhaps ino vino? or brasserie v? or graze? yep, i’d pick one of those!

and i signed up for a serve account.

Tasha @ Dine n' Dash December 24, 2011 at 8:26 am

I signed up for Serve

Tasha @ Dine n' Dash December 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

I would go to: 118 degrees Raw Food Cuisine in orange county.

Christy December 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I signed up for Serve — can’t wait to try it out. I would take my girlfriends out to Level, a small plates place, in Annapolis MD.

sofia December 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

signed up and ready to eat here:

spanish tapas, yes please.

Julie Moe December 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I’ve signed up – I’d go to Andiamo Trattoria

Rondah December 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I signed up under rjs682 at yahoo dot com. i would use it at Red Lobster.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Traci December 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Signed up w/ serve and loving it. What a great service! I’m craving Market Street Grill or some sushi so that’s where I would head to!

ryan December 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I’m not sure but I’d probably go to Olive Garden
ryanac32 at yahoo dot com

JaTara December 30, 2011 at 3:33 am

I’m looking forward to using my Serve account. Hope I win!

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