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May 2010


Well, I suppose it’s still a diner – but it’s missing something. And where would your regular customers sit? Everyone knows regulars sit at the bar.

You don’t want to leave your regulars out in the cold, do you? I didn’t think so! So you’d better set up your bar counter with some stools, or they’ll find another establishment in which to eat. And that’s no good! Then who will you feed?

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
Cash Register Appliances
Antique Phone Appliances
Gas Pump Outdoor
Burger and Fries Food

This sale ends Friday. So get your sales items today!

Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Diner Sign Wall Objects
Hanging Bottlecap Wall Objects
Diner Bar Counter Other Furniture
Diner Napkin Holder Decor
Red Bar Stool Chairs
Red Bar Stool – Back Chairs
Blue Bar Stool Chairs
Blue Bar Stool – Back Chairs

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Get your FREE July calendar! Have you been waiting for it? I have been! I need to remember not only the great holidays that the month of July has to offer but also I need to know the awesome games that will be coming out this month. To get it, go to the link below and then print it. Start collecting them all!    Enjoy!


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LuLuDid you all know that we have an award-winning game development studio at iWin?  We do! So while half of us are working at giving you guys the best gaming experience, with the best games of the industry, the other half of us are actually creating those games.  Exciting right? Well, it is exciting.  And it is fun.  But it is also a lot of work and takes just the right combination of experience and joie de vivre.  All in all, it is a process that one really can’t imagine until going through it.
This all being said, we bring you our latest creation: Rachel’s Retreat, a chill-alxing time management game.  It will be launching next week, but if you want to see it a day early, sign up for our newsletter.

About Rachel’s Retreat

Rachel has had one failed spa experience after another…so when she spots the opportunity to start a dream retreat of her own, nothing can stop her! Help Rachel’s Retreat to flourish and grow by attending to your clients’ every need. With an unimaginable array of beauty, energy and relaxation stations, it’s up to you to creatively accommodate clients, and perhaps even change their minds. A host of employees and a mysterious guru named Sven Gali will be at your side to help, but will you know who to trust?
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Music does more than aurally stimulate us at the time we listen to it, sounds become a triggering points of memory in the same way that certain smells may take you back vividly to place long past. When I listen to The Rolling Stones or The Who, I think of long drives in my father’s pickup truck and the open road in front of us. Perhaps no band lends itself to this associative process more than the Beatles.

One recent evening, I was flipping through the many Beatles tracks on my iPod while traipsing the floors of Hotel iWin and thought to myself: If my room were a Beatles song, what would it be?

For this contest, we want your room submissions to center around your favorite Beatles song, creating the environment of your memory related with the song. A brief anecdotal sketch (200 words should suffice) explaining why your room captures the essence of your selection will be necessary. Don’t hide your love away, enter to win!

To be a contender you must:

Submit your room between the posting of the contest announcement on 05/26/2010 and 06/01/2010 at 11:59 p.m. PST. User submissions outside of this time frame will not be eligible.

Please limit your submissions to one room per user. Multiple entries will result in disqualification. Consider your submission carefully before submission, as each contestant gets one entry (no revisions allowed after initial posting). Use of copyrighted material in your room will disqualify you and earn you a visit from Mean Mr. Mustard.

To enter, simply go to The Contest Forum and Post Reply

Winners will be announced within 48 hours of the end of the contest. Our triumvirate of judges: Eleanor Rigby, Sexy Sadie, and Lovely Rita will review and rank the best submitted for how your original text complements your Beatles song – not Opals spent in its implementation.

We may never give you our money, but the winners will receive:

1st Prize: 3,000 Opals

2nd Prize: 1,500 Opals

3rd Prize: 750 Opals

Please click HERE for all rules and restrictions.

Games are hard to keep track of. There are so many great games out there, but with a new one launching every day, sometimes it is difficult to play all of the ones you want to play. So we decided to make things easier on you guys, our loyal players… instead of just keeping a top 10 list, we decided to go one step further and make a top 100 list. This way, you guys can see not only the latest hottest games, but also see some older games and track their movement. Like I said in my earlier post, we are really trying to give you guys all the tools that you need in order to make some informed decisions about the games that you play. We hope that you find this tool helpful!
Check out the new Top 100 list below:

To visit the Top 100 page, go here: http://www.iwin.com/top/games/new

The American ’50s diner, a classic. Poodle skirts, cat-eye glasses, checkered floors – the works. Nothing beats a good old fashioned hamburger and soda for less than a buck.

Well, those times may be gone – but not forgotten. Time to start your own diners!

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
Classic Motorcycle Hobby
Jukebox Appliances
Checkered Marble Floor Floors
Antique Radio Appliances

This sale ends Friday. So get your sales items today!

Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Red Diner Chair Chairs
Red Diner Chair – Back Chairs
Blue Diner Chair Chairs
Blue Diner Chair – Back Chairs
Red Diner Booth Sofas
Red Diner Booth – Back Sofas
Blue Diner Booth Sofas
Blue Diner Booth – Back Sofas
Round Diner Table Tables
Booth Diner Table Tables

Pans were rattled, whisks were stirred, and many a “mon dieu” was heard on the set of “The Kitchen of Oafs” as pretentious Chef Feckless McGriddle fumbled his way through the series of truly outstanding entries received during our “Hotel Kitchen” contest. While his attempts to recreate many of the recipes submitted ended with the use of fire extinguishers and quick phone calls to Domino’s Pizza, he did provide us (in his typically snooty fashion) with the winners. Our congratulations (and Opals) go out to:

1st Place — mac1936 (third floor)

FISH FRY…FRESH CAUGHT, FRESH FRIED.

2 qts. veg oil

8 fillets

1 cup flour

2T garlic powder

2T paprika

2T salt

1 egg beaten

1 can bottled beer

Heat oil in iron skillet rinse fish ..towel dry and add dry seasoning w/ salt and pepper.Combine flour garlic powder paprika 2 t salt, 2 t pepper stir .  Stir egg in dry ingredients, Gradually mix in beer until thin batter is formed. Dip fish fillets into batter then drop one at a time into hot oil…fry fish turning once until both sides are golden brown, drain on paper towels..serve warm.

2nd Place — TITIVI (seventh floor)

Cooking Lesson: Ham Fried Rice (see above).

3rd Place — cpricrn (twelfth floor)

BLUE RIBBON APPLE PIE

Crisp pastry filled with a juicy apple filling is an American favorite.

Crust Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/3 cup cold Butter, cut into chunks

1/3 cup shortening

4 to 5 tablespoons cold water

Filling Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

6 medium (6 cups) tart cooking apples, peeled, sliced 1/4-inch

1 tablespoon Butter

1 teaspoon sugar

Heat oven to 400°F. Combine 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon sugar, salt, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg in large bowl; cut in 1/3 cup butter and shortening with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in enough water just until flour is moistened. Divide dough in half; shape each half into ball. Flatten slightly. Wrap 1 ball of dough in plastic food wrap; refrigerate. Roll out remaining ball of dough on lightly floured surface into 12-inch circle. Fold into quarters. Place dough into 9-inch pie pan; unfold dough, pressing firmly against bottom and sides. Trim crust to 1/2 inch from edge of pan; set aside.

Combine all filling ingredients except apples, 1 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon sugar in large bowl. Add apples; toss lightly to coat.

Spoon apple mixture into prepared crust. Roll remaining ball of dough into 12-inch circle. Fold into quarters. Place dough over filling; unfold. Trim, seal and crimp or flute edge. Cut 5 or 6 large slits in crust. Brush with melted 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Cover edge of crust with 2-inch strip aluminum foil.

Bake for 35 minutes; remove aluminum foil. Continue baking for 10 to 20 minutes or until crust is lightly browned and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust. Cool pie 30 minutes; serve warm. Store refrigerated.

Recipe Tip

If desired, remove pie from oven when lightly browned and bubbly. Run knife through slits in crust. Pour 1/2 cup whipping cream evenly through all slits. Return to oven for 5 minutes to warm whipping cream.

LuLu 
Who loves Farm Frenzy as much as I do? Who can’t get enough of it? Yup- I can’t either! So I am happy to announce that the nexxt installment is coming soon! 

Introducing Farm Frenzy 3: Russian Roulette

Farm Frenzy 3: Russian Roulette

When Scarlett learns astronauts are starving because their corrupt boss made a crooked deal with a no-good contractor, she vows to prove herself worthy of taking over the account and feeding the hard-working space walkers three squares a day.  To succeed, she’ll need to use new buildings, products and the help of her friends as she grows crops, feeds animals, collects produce and manufactures goods.  Don’t miss this exciting new chapter in the award-winning Farm Frenzy series!

Notify Me when Farm Frenzy 3: Russian Roulette launches!

Announcement of Winners:

First Place:  Scotkitty (3rd Floor):  “I Love Lucy”
Second Place:  Sophidia (16th Floor):  “Wondering Willem”
Third Place:  bharris147 (17th Floor):  “Dad’s T-Shirt”

Below is a contest recap:

On a recent early morning, the phone rang. While I’m always glad to hear my mother’s voice, I’m considerably less so at 7:00 a.m. on a Sunday. As she lives across the country, timezones are artificial constructs to her and seemed astonished that I was still in bed. She chirped about family news, current events, and speculated about how the television series “Lost” might end. She then threw me a curveball. She began speaking about the health problems of a friend of hers named Priscilla. I couldn’t remember her ever mentioning this friend before and struggled for placement. Besides the arthritis that was setting in for poor Priscilla, she had other problems. Her longterm boyfriend was spending an awful lot of time with a neighbor, a certain temptress named Cleo. I felt sympathetic, but the depth of familiarity was confounding as I’d never heard of either of them.

“Priscilla? Cleo? Who’s this boyfriend?” I croaked.

“Felix, you’ve met him,” she replied with a quiver of impatience.

It dawned on me – quite literally at that moment- who she was talking about. Felix is one of her cats and had I been more alert, I could have guessed that the recounted intrigues were animal related. My mother tends to tell stories about her pets as if they were human, with relationship story arcs, heroes and villians, and parables contained that might make one a better person if the right lessons learned. Think “Little House on the Prairie” with fur and whiskers and you pretty much have it. She has always expressed contempt for afternoon soaps, which makes sense. The stories she tells in earnest are far more plot laden than anything you’re likely to follow on “Days of Our Lives.” She is unique, of course, but not in this sense. We all anthropomorphize our pets, so let’s have a contest:

For this round, we want your room submissions to involve a pet story of your own with a brief original text (no word limit but at least 200) about your pet(s). Like any good tale, an illustration helps the reader to imagine and follow the story. We encourage you to post a photo of your protagonist within the room you submit.

To be a contender you must:

Submit your room between the posting of the contest announcement on 05/19/2010 and 05/25/2010 at 11:59 p.m. PST. User submissions outside of this time frame will not be eligible.

Please limit your submissions to one room per user. Multiple entries will result in disqualification. Consider your submission carefully before submission, as each contestant gets one entry (no revisions allowed after initial posting).

To enter, simply go to The Contest Forum and Post Reply

Winners will be announced within 48 hours of the end of the contest. Our guest judges Butterscotch, Socks and Duchess will review and rank the best submitted for how your original text complements your pet tail, er tale – not Opals spent in its implementation.

The winners will receive the Opals from Cleo’s collar:

1st Prize: 3,000 Opals

2nd Prize: 1,500 Opals

3rd Prize: 750 Opals

Please click HERE for all rules and restrictions.

Hello iWin players! We have been writing this blog now for well over 2 years but up until now, we never really were able to showcase it in a way that made it easy to get to from the homepage. But as you can see, we are making some improvements to our site and homepage. Now, we have the iWin Buzz (yay!) that we will be using to not only let you know of some really exciting promotions and upcoming events, but it will also be an easy way for everyone to navigate to our blog, to our Facebook page, to Twitter and all of the other social elements that make life so interesting these days!

iWin Buzz

So let me walk you through all of the different elements of my beloved Buzz.

Upper text links:We will be using these links to tell you guys about anything exciting we think you should know about… upcoming games, sales, news and events.
Facebook: We are on Facebook… and growing quick! Become a fan and get a daily update in your feed about the game of the day.
Twitter: Do you tweet? We do! Follow us on Twitter for game updates, Hotel iWin updates, promotions, events etc.
Blog: Ah the blog. We want this to be an interactive place for players and iWin employees to come together. Come, read, participate. We want to know what you want and (try to) give it to you as soon as possible!
Newsletter: Want to hear about the coolest games that come out on iWin on a weekly basis? Well, our newsletter is your best bet. And just for signing up, we will also send you a free game!
Forums: The forums are the best place to learn about games as they come out, chat with your fellow players, talk directly with iWin employees and basically just revel in the growing iWin community.
Toolbar: The toolbar is my baby- it just sits at the top of your desktop and allows you to see what the game of the day is, the games that are on sale, and run searches. It is the best toolbar ever! Download it today!

I hope that you enjoy this new buzz area. I would love to know what you think of it and what you would like to see it used for. Talk to me!

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