Olive Garden’s Pasta Pass Is Back—and This Year There’s a Lifetime Option

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Mike Mozart, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

The menu at Olive Garden isn't limited to constructs like serving sizes. The soups, salads, breadsticks, and pasta bowls there flow freely, and once a year, the Italian-inspired restaurant chain takes this generosity one step further. As MarketWatch reports, the Never Ending Pasta Pass from Olive Garden is back, and this year, select customers will have the opportunity to upgrade to a lifetime option.

Olive Garden introduced its Never Ending Pasta Pass in 2014, and shortly after the special offer became available, buyers crashed the website. The passes have promptly sold out every year since, and it's not unusual to see them reselling on eBay for multiple times the original price.

The Never Ending Pasta Pass costs $100, and it's good for unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks and unlimited pastas and sauces from Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Bowl menu from September 23 to November 24. This year, Olive Garden fans looking for a pasta pass that's truly never-ending can extend the offer for a few hundred dollars extra. For $500, patrons can purchase a lifetime pass that grants them all the unlimited items mentioned above with no expiration date. Both passes can only be used by the person whose name appears on the card.

On Thursday, August 15 at 2 p.m. ET, 24,000 of the nine-week pasta passes will go on sale at Olive Garden's website. The pass has sold out in seconds in past years, so the company recommends getting to a computer at least five minutes before sale time to increase your chances of snagging one. The lifetime pass is even more exclusive: The $400 upgrade will only be offered to the first 50 people who buy the $100 pass. After they receive the email letting them know they're eligible, they will have just 48 hours to respond. If any of the first 50 people decline, Olive Garden will extend the offer to the next early buyer in line.

Olive Garden's unlimited options may be the chain's M.O., but they can be a headache for employees. The servers providing all those refills and second servings are often making a only single dish's worth of cash—so if you're lucky enough to secure a Never Ending Pasta Pass, remember to tip well.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Make a Holiday Feast Fit for the Crawleys With the New Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

Dine as lavishly as the Earl of Grantham this holiday season with the Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook.
Dine as lavishly as the Earl of Grantham this holiday season with the Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook.
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For Downton Abbey fans, the holidays probably haven't felt quite the same ever since the show's final Christmas episode—and series finale—aired back in 2015. But if you miss the drama, the opulence, and the familiarity of your favorite upper-crust period drama, you can try your best to recreate it with The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook, which is available for pre-order on Amazon for $31.

The publisher, Weldon Owens, has already released similar books to bring viewers closer to the Crawley clan, such as The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook ($23), The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook ($16), and The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book ($17). And this new Christmas edition preps you for an upscale holiday dinner, complete with recipes taken from actual vintage cookbooks. You can start your feast with a bowl of pheasant soup before digging into Yorkshire Christmas pie and finishing it all off with the traditional figgy pudding.

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Along with the directions, you'll get bits of history about each dish and how it relates to the world of Downton Abbey. You’ll learn more about the different holiday traditions and get to relive memorable moments from the series along with quotes from the characters.

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The new Christmas cookbook is now available for pre-order on Amazon and will arrive on October 27.

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