goodwill & some general housekeeping

Here at Mei Shung, we’d like to wish you, during the interim, happy holidays!

All the critters of the Hsieh household (incidentally, all mine -- this is what I'm doing when I'm not at the restaurant)

All the critters of the Hsieh household (incidentally, all mine — this is what I’m doing when I’m not at the restaurant)

If you follow us on Facebook (and you should!), you will have seen that, due to popular demand, we were open for a half-day on Christmas Eve last week — never been done before on a Monday (notoriously the only day my folks have the day off)!

Clearly, I’ve taken too many days off of blogging for you guys, and I’m working on a more regular schedule for you from now on, so . . .

I actually have NO idea what this is about, but I felt it strangely appropriate somehow. From http://bit.ly/VNczbX.

I actually have NO idea what this is about, but I felt it strangely appropriate somehow. From http://bit.ly/VNczbX.

We’re staying open for you again this New Year’s Eve, so if you’d like to join us for some good eats prior to getting your 2013 celebrations on, give us a call and make a reservation!

On another note, I’m sure all of you know that we got new gift certificates printed not too long before Christmas, since many of you snagged ’em for some lucky foodies out there. 🙂

We still have to do our drawing for our 100th Facebook “like” — and to make up for the delay, the prize for this drawing will be a $30 gift certificate instead of the usual $15. Remember, per our ongoing Facebook Likes Us contest, for every 50 “likes” we get, we do a random drawing. The 100th will be drawn by New Year’s Day. By now we’re well on our way to 150, so thanks again to you all, and keep spreading the word! The more fans we have, the more drawings we’ll do!

A big thank you to everyone who attended our Secret’s Out launch party! We are collaborating with the Taiwanese-American Professionals (TAP-Chicago) group to set up another (even more hardcore!) one, and we’ll extend the Hello New Dish contest for the Hello Kitty tumbler till February.

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friendly competition

I’ve recently decided that a way to amp up the fun factor is not only through me telling stories about my wacky family — but also to get you involved, too.

So we’re introducing new Mei Shung contests. I have to admit, I did get the idea from my other boss, who runs tons of random contests on a very regular basis, and it does keep things really fresh and interesting, not to mention entertaining.

So, here’s our first and most permanent contest — the Facebook Likes Mei Shung Contest. This will go on indefinitely, as it’s part of my job here to get our web presence far more established.

For every 50 “likes” we get for the Facebook page, we will do a random drawing for a lucky “liker” to win a free $15 gift certificate to our restaurant. I monitor the page very regularly, so the more you share, the more quickly you will get the chance to win!

(On that note, we’re also introducing social media coupons to thank you for sharing the love on FB and Foursquare, by checking in, so make sure you do that when you come by!)

Fine print for all contests: Family and employees/affiliates of Mei Shung are not eligible, nor are previous winners of the same contest. Please also read following contest rules.

We’ve already had our first drawing just yesterday. I think it might be kind of cool to create a page for our hall of winners . . . what do you think? I just created a contests page (look up!).

A second contest, inspired by my best friend who had a particularly amusing fortune from a cookie, is the Funniest Fortunes Contest. Next time you open up a fortune cookie and you find something entertaining, upload it to our Facebook page! Winners will be determined by fan votes . . . I’ll upload them to the contest page on this blog too where you can also vote.

IMPORTANT! Contest rules (don’t say I didn’t warn ya): Obviously, to vote on the FB page, you have to “like” us. To vote on the blog, you must follow the blog, like us on FB, and/or follow us on Twitter (@MeiShung). Just to make it more interesting, the more of those things you do, the more weight your vote carries — for instance, if “Joe” likes us on Facebook, follows us on Twitter, and officially follows the blog (scroll to the bottom of the page to do so), his one vote counts for three. But if “Sam” votes and only follows us on Twitter, that vote only counts as one. Got it?! Also, in order to check that you’ve done all that, I need your name attached to your comment(s), so anonymous votes are automatically disqualified.

The Funniest Fortunes Contest will run for six months, with a winner announced per month. Which means you are eligible to win between April 2012 and October 2012. We’ll announce the winner on the last day of each month, and the winner will get a free dine-in lunch special of their choosing on a weekday.

Good luck! Any questions? Leave a comment below, or ask me on Facebook.