4% Off Your Next Meal (Sort Of)

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A note from Greg the Frequent MilerIn November 2017, Barclaycard offered to send me on an all-expense-paid first class trip to California to learn about the new Uber credit card. Their goal was clearly to butter me up to write good things about the card. Conflict of interest? Absolutely. Was I interested anyway? You bet — it sounded awesome.  Plus, there were no explicit strings attached.  In other words, there was no requirement for us to write about the card or the trip, or anything else for that matter. Since we had already written good things about the Uber card, I figured that the conflict of interest issues were actually pretty small. But neither I nor Nick could go since it overlapped with FTU Chicago. So, instead, I forwarded the invite to author and photographer J.M. Hoffman. To-date, for Frequent Miler, Joel has published several destination guides under the heading “You’ve gotta see this”: Australian Wildlife, Melbourne and Sydney, and the Florida Everglades. Now, Joel adds a few lighthearted stories about his all-expense-paid Uber-adventure…

If you haven’t dined at Nobu Malibu, make a note now: You should. And while it’s on the pricey side, I have a 4%-off coupon for you — sort of.

I mention Nobu because they have an item whose name I forget that surprised me more than I would have thought possible: A cucumber that was scrumptiously delicious. Not just good or merely great. A delicacy. The kind of thing that’s worth flying across the country for. And I don’t even like cucumbers. If they can do that with a bland and unassuming gourd, just imagine what they can do with other ingredients. (I don’t have to imagine. I was there.)

Outdoor Dining at Nobu Malibu
Outdoor Dining at Nobu Malibu

And then there’s the ambiance. Whether you sit on the outside deck or at one of the inside tables, you’re just feet from the idyllic Malibu shore. And the restaurant’s location means you’re positioned for any number of other adventures in the area.

So put Nobu Malibu on your bucket list.

And plan for 4% off.

The 4%-off actually works almost anywhere you dine, because it comes in the form of the new Uber Visa card from Barclays, which has no annual fee yet gives you 4% cash back at almost any restaurant.

Now, Uber and Barclays are the ones who flew me to California and then brought me to Nobu Malibu (thank you, by the way), so I’m biased. And I know that using one credit card to get rewards always means not using another, just as merely getting one card may mean not being able to get another, but still: The card has no annual fee and it gives you a 4% rebate on meals, which is why back in October the Frequent Miler wrote that the “new Uber Visa looks great for a no-fee card.” It seems like an appealing option for many people, even without the other card benefits (see their website) and the sign-up bonus (again, on their website).

I’ll have more to say about my adventures soon. For now, since I didn’t think to photograph the cucumber before I ate it, here’s a picture of another yummy Nobu Malibu dish whose name I forget:

Nobu Malibu Dish Whose Name I Don't Remember
Nobu Malibu Dish Whose Name I Don’t Remember
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