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Frugal Freddy Pattaya Dining Club Sets New Attendance Records

Hawaii Bob 08.02.2011 23:44

About Us: The Frugal Freddy dining group is a Special Interest Group within the Pattaya City Expat Club (PCEC). Hawaii Bob says “As an expat living here in Pattaya for 6 years I’ve seen inflation and dollar value erode my income by almost 50%. I and others like me have to stretch their money to limits that require innovative thinking to keep up our lifestyle. Even cutting out or down on the alcohol, avoiding go-go bars and the temptations that go with it requires additional creative endeavors to live within my current budget, thus Frugal Freddy was born.”

We have over 250 members on our e-mail database, we send out notices on Friday and Sunday where we are meeting this week Recently 40 of us showed up on Monday and had the staff really hopping. The restaurant was ecstatic as they did more business on a usual slow Monday night than they had done the whole weekend before.  As inducement they give us a 20% discount on food and drink. If you are finding your budget stretched or you want to meet a group of friendly expats once a week or when you are in town, or a restaurant owner wanting to get 100 new customers a year send Hawaii Bob a e-mail: Participating restaurants are marked on a Google Map called Frugal Freddy Pattaya with a brief description. Card carrying members of PCEC are offered the 20% discount any time they visit these restaurants. Membership cards are available at the weekly PCEC meeting on Sunday Morning 9:30 at the Amari Hotel “Tavern by the Sea” restaurant on beach road.

Comments and testimonials from some of our members: “If you like to eat. If you like to save money. If you like to meet other people who share your experience in coming to Thailand from another culture, if you like to find a new place each week to do these thing. And, most importantly, if you want someone else to do all of the work of finding the restaurants, getting the discounts, getting the schedule out and greeting you at the door as a newcomer, then join Hawaii Bob in his Frugal Freddy Monday Night Dinners.” Doug C

About Frugal Freddy: Not only were the prices very low, but we get more bang for the buck(baht) than at other restaurants I have eaten at. Sometimes the price and the ambiance have so exceeded my expectations, I could hardly believe it. And it's a great way to get to know people I would not otherwise have connected with.  I have discovered new Thai and other ethnic restaurants that I may not have visited. That's because Bob has sampled their food before adding restaurants to the list, so it's almost like the food is "pre-tasted". In short, the risk is minimal, the food often interesting and different and the price is almost always well within my budget. Two thumbs up!  Len L.

Mamma Mia: Best  lasagna in Pattaya.  Steve A.

Canterbury Tales Restaurant and used book store:  the food simple & good!  The books tend to over-whelm me & I have to force myself to stop at 6!! Leonard & Pattra.

Street Life deli/restaurant/art gallery: a welcome addition to culinary choice in Thailand, authentic cuisine, and the prices are right. Art G.

Jolly Friar: very good food and service we will return for sure.  ten out of ten.

Jolly Friar: We always enjoy going the Jolly Friar. The food is very very good and the waitresses very friendly. So two thumbs u from us.

Bob’s BBQ & Mexican Grill: I had a great Mexican meal and two San Mig Light beers for a total of only 233 baht. It was all good, and great value. Despite all the pressure the waitresses kept their good humor.

Bob’s BBQ & Mexican Grill: The ribs were outstanding, delicious and filling.

Currently the participating restaurants are: Shish Indian Restaurant   $$  Subway (beach road only)  $$ Canterbury Tales restaurant and used Books store $$  Little Italy Restaurant $$$$  Mulligan’s Irish bar & Restaurant $$$$  El Paso Steak House $$$  Aloha Restaurant $$$$  Tequila Reef Cantina $$$  Pig and Whistle English Restaurant $$$  Bowling Green Restaurant $$  Jolly Friar Restaurant $$  Mamma Mia $$$  Bob’s BBQ & Mexican Grill $$$  Street Life Deli and Restaurant $$$. $$ = B100 – B150  $$$ = B 150 – B250  $$$$ = B250+     (Prices for a complete meal including beverage after discounts).

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