Free Friday: Toy Store Day and Telly’s Tavern Greek Food Dishes

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Each week we tell viewers what they can get for free. This week’s free list: 1) Toy Store Day  2) Telly’s Tavern Greek Food Dishes

Tomorrow, November 9th is the fourth annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day.  The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association started this “day of play” to introduce families to the great benefits of shopping at your local toy store.  Participating stores will host in-store events tomorrow including face painting, arts & crafts and live performances, so it’s a perfect time to start shopping for the holidays.  A full list of participating stores can be found at .   To kick-off the occasion, The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is giving away toy packages to our viewers.  Just email TODAY at 12-Noon for a chance to win. At 12-Noon TODAY, the first 11 to email with their name, phone number, and address will be chosen to win randomly selected items from ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids list 2013:

RingStix Lite by RingStix-System Enterprises LLC
This game is a simple and innovative variation of everyone’s favorite outdoor past time: the game of catch! Each game contains four stix, each different colors. Play with multiple players or even solo. 6+ years, $14.99.

Skwish Classic by Manhattan Toy
This classic, innovative wooden rattle provides hours of infant entertainment by introducing the concept of cause and effect while encouraging grasping and reaching skills. Features a water-based, non-toxic paint finish. 6 months-1 year, $15.99.

Squigz by Fat Brain Toy Co.
This imaginative construction set uses “suction construction” and a little creativity for hours of building fun. Play pieces stick to virtually any flat surface and leave behind no residue. Made from high-grade silicone, features eight intriguing shapes! 3+ years, $24.99.

X-treme Sticker Maker Set by Faber-Castell USA Inc.
A favorite among crafters, this high quality sticker maker set is versatile and super easy to use. It includes 40 feet of sticker tape, more than 80 sticker designs with features such as velvet and glitter, and a sticker book and markers. 6+ years, $24.99.

Green Toys Seaplane by Green Toys Inc.
This buoyant yellow and green floatplane, made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs, features a spinning propeller and chunky, oversized pontoons perfect for coasting into any port. Specially designed to float when taken into the bathtub or pool. No BPA, phthalates, PVC or external coatings. Packaged with recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks. 1+ years, $19.99.

Bunny Peek A Boo by Smart Toys and Games, Inc.
The sturdy wooden blocks and fun rabbit characters allow children to develop spatial perception skills and “pull a rabbit out of the box” with this 3D puzzle. The four large bunny blocks can be combined in many different ways for endless hours of play. Sixty challenges prepare children for more difficult single player logic games. 2-5 years, $24.99.

Laser Maze by ThinkFun, Inc.
Lights and mirrors may make it feel like magic, but it’s really science and a good dose of brain power that direct the laser beam through this series of mind challenging mazes. Get ready for a satisfying mental workout as you flex your strategic thinking muscles and ignite the light both on the grid and in your mind. 8+ years, $29.99.

Curiosity Kits® Pulsar Powerballs by The Orb Factory
Create five Pulsar Powerballs™ that bounce and soar to amazing heights. Includes one large and one small mold, two Pulsar Powerballs™ lights, eight bags of colorful crystals and illustrated instructions. 6+ years, $14.99.

Super Magnetic Tidal Wave Thinking Putty by Crazy Aaron’s Puttyworld
When Super Magnetic Thinking Putty is stretched, molded, or shaped, the putty has no magnetic charge and behaves like any other putty. However, in the presence of a magnet, the putty’s magnetic forces kick in! Each metal tin is hand packed with putty and a new large ceramic magnet for endless hours of Thinking Putty fun and creativity! 8+ years, $14.99.

Calico Critters Supermarket by International Playthings
Connect to real life experiences and take your Calico Critters to the grocery store with this new play set. With more than 100 pieces including fruits, vegetables, bread, fish, canned food, drinks, cookies, ice cream, shopping cart, check-out counter with cash register, display stands, and much more! 3+ years, $69.99.

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In the heart of Astoria, Queens, Telly’s Taverna is known for their authentic Greek cuisine and having the freshest fish in the city.

Owner Dianna Loiselle, who’s inspiration comes from her mother and grandmother from Athens, Greece, took over the restaurant about a year ago after working there for 20 years.  To become the best Greek restaurant in Queens, Dianna knew that Telly’s had to sell the best fish in NY.  Today, people from all over come to Telly’s for their well-known authentic grilled fish dishes and succulent lamb chops.

Their authentic Greek cuisine is prepared using recipes right from the family cookbooks. Everything is made to order using the freshest produce, fish, and meats available. In fact, you can even see how fresh the seafood is as they have it on display.

Along with their amazing and authentic cuisine, Telly’s Taverna offers a beautiful atmosphere.  Inside, you’ll find brick walls and a modern European ambiance.  During the summer, guests can eat outside in one of the best neighborhoods in Queens. Telly’s is also famous for their themed Greek Nights, providing guests with live music, Greek singers, and fantastic food. Famous guests such as former mayor Ed Koch regularly frequented Telly’s for their amazing food!

The following dishes will be offered to our PIX viewers:

Tzatziki —–  yogurt, garlic and cucumber dip.  That goes well with any meat, fried or grilled vegetables or just plain pita bread.
Nana’s Green Salad—– Finely chopped romain lettuce, scallions dill feta cheese tossed with extra virgin olive oil and a dash of red wine vinegar .
Beeftekia—-  Lean ground beef onions ,garlic, parsley,  extra virgin olive oil and a touch of cumin grilled.
Spinache pie—- A combination of spinach,dill ,eggs, scallions and feta cheese sautéed and then baked in puffed pastry.
Loucoumades.  —– fried dough with honey and cinnamon.

The free tastings will be on Tuesday, November 12 , 2013 from 3-6pm.

Telly’s Taverna
28-13 23rd Ave  Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 728-9056

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