Archive for June, 2010

$6 for $12 Worth of Bistro Fare at Lakeside Café

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
$6 for $12 Worth of Bistro Fare at Lakeside Café

Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with gingerbread-biscotti parking meters. For $6, today's Groupon to Lakeside Café strews the streets with $12 worth of savory bistro fare. The café is located on the banks of Shoreline Lake in Mountain View.

Firmly anchored by the tranquil waters of Shoreline Lake, Lakeside Café offers refreshing café fare to refuel fatigued beachgoers after a rousing sail or lake-monster search. Breakfast offerings such as three-egg omelettes (starting at $7.75) and eggs benedict ($8.50) are served with roasted new potatoes and toast, while pancakes ($7.75) and bagels ($2.25) keep things classic and classy. For lunch, ravenous aquanauts can fork into crisp bistro salads or hot and cold sandwiches, which are served with potato salad or fries. Leafy plates such as the Mediterranean spinach salad with feta, kalamata olives, red onions, cucumbers, and mint vinaigrette ($7.95) comfortably coexist alsongside sandwiches, like the fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil on herb focaccia ($7.95), and classic fish and chips ($8.95).

For diners who can't wait the half hour between lunch and swimming or the half hour between swimming and wrestling dolphins, an array of light sides, snacks, and sips are also available. Enforce a delicious buddy system with a vegan cookie ($2.50) and single mocha ($3.25), or pair a fresh pastry with a selection from the winsome wine list. Enjoy a pitcher of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($13.50) while whispering sweet nothings to the charming Gill-Man you met on the shore. With its breezy patio seating and serene view of Shoreline Lake's placid waves, Lakeside Café makes for a peaceful respite from the daily grind of oversized clock gears that roam the neighborhood.

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$10 for 30-Day Membership to World Gym ($40 Value)

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
$10 for 30-Day Membership to World Gym ($40 Value)

In today's workplace, sleeveless, bicep-broadcasting business suits are a common sight, and deal-closing golf games are eschewed in favor of sweat-slicked cage matches. Get in shape to vault over the corporate ladder with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a 30-day membership at World Gym (a $40 value) in Potrero Hill.

This no-nonsense workoutorium boasts 40,000 square feet of recently updated fitness terrain through which to pave an unchartered path to total-body fitness. As of this month, the gym has been in the same spot for 21 years, just like your boxed VHS set of Growing Pains. Over the many moons, it has drafted an army of more than 80 top-of-the-line cardio machines to ensure ease of fat-blasting for the exerciser on the go. World Gym also offers a variety of fun and uplifting group exercise classes throughout the week, for those who prefer a more synchronized sweat session. Spark a new chess rivalry with a co-rider in cycling class, or expand a rug-cutting repertoire during Zumba. The gym also features a juice bar, towel service, and late hours on weekdays.

If you look forward to going to the gym instead of dreading it, you'll be more apt to stay on track with your fitness routine. That's why the friendly staff at World Gym designed its hall of fitness to make you feel welcome and comfortable. When you hand them a sopping, stinky towel, they'll say "Thanks" and nail it up on their trophy wall, and when you emerge from the locker room, you'll be swarmed by a hired staff of children screaming for autographs.

Valid for new members only.

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$49 Ticket to French Kiss, ArtPoint’s Bastille Day Celebration at the de Young Museum

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
$49 Ticket to French Kiss, ArtPoint's Bastille Day Celebration at the de Young Museum

Have fun storming the art world with today's side deal: for $49, you get one ticket to French Kiss, a Bastille Day celebration (an $85 value) hosted by ArtPoint at the de Young Museum. This event takes place on Wednesday, July 14, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

ArtPoint's celebration of the storming of the Bastille doffs a collective hat to the dawn of the French Revolution, and subsequently, the modern era itself. This museum-based soiree is a chance to dress festively in your choice of modern duds, Toulouse-Lautrec pants, or bloodstained Marie Antoinette gown, and enjoy light, French-inspired fare while sipping specialty cocktails (including some variations made with the notoriously poetic absinthe) from an open bar. Lose your cultural cool and dance like it's 1789, then break for intellectual and visual stimulation with an after-hours viewing of Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d' Orsay. This exhibition presents nearly 100 works of mid- to late-19th-century painters, many of them French, including Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Sisley.

Must be at least 21 and present a valid ID.

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$60 for an On-Site Photo Session Plus $20 Print Credit and 25% Off Additional Prints from Kelley Griffin Photography ($220 Value)

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
$60 for an On-Site Photo Session Plus $20 Print Credit and 25% Off Additional Prints from Kelley Griffin Photography ($220 Value)

Though using quantum-leaping lasers to divide segments of the space-time continuum would theoretically capture a slice of life, its repercussions could implode the universe. Safely and professionally preserve moments and memories with today's deal: for $60, you get a two-hour on-site photo session plus a $20 print credit and 25% off any additional prints from Kelley Griffin Photography, serving clients in a 30-mile radius of Walnut Creek.

Up to five people can be simultaneously captured during the session, so invite your distant cousins or all your clones for a momentous family shoot. About two weeks after the snapping comes to a close, the images will be ready for an online proofing, in which each photo is given a full psychological exam to make sure that it meets Kelley's rigorous standards. Kelley will then print whichever shots you desire in a variety of sizes with your $20 credit, as well as upload your photos to Facebook if you so choose. A 4�x6� print is $4, an 8�x10� is $12–$16, and the giant-sized 16�x20� print is $88–$96. After the $20 credit is exhausted, you will receive 25% off any additional prints. The gallery will remain online for a month, giving ample time to procure extra prints once the initial supply has been autographed and given to adoring fans.

Until a viable shrink ray is invented to trap in-laws in tiny terrariums, photography will remain the most socially acceptable method of memory preservation. Grab today's Groupon and pose your postured face facing Kelley's camera, ensuring inviolable immortality for your family and whatever they happen to be wearing at the time.

Sessions subject to availability, please call ahead for an appointment.

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$25 for a Try Scuba Diving Lesson at Bamboo Reef

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
$25 for a Try Scuba Diving Lesson at Bamboo Reef

Similar to tickling a bear without losing an arm, the art of breathing underwater requires years of practice and dedication. Introduce your lungs to aqueous awareness with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a Try Scuba Diving lesson (a $50 value) from Bamboo Reef at its downtown 4th Street location only. This Groupon includes all rental equipment.

Bamboo Reef has been providing scuba lessons and certification since it emerged from a scallop shell in 1961, conducting its three-hour Try Scuba Diving lesson from within the safe confines of a heated, 82-degree indoor pool (with a few great white sharks added for realism). Unlike staring down the vast expanse of the ocean for the first time, climbing into a swimming pool does not play an aria of fear on the minor-key strings of the heart. Bamboo Reef's certified, experienced instructor will help you relax and acquiesce to the rules of underwater etiquette. He or she will also impart the basics of using scuba equipment properly to neophytes under the misimpression that pressure gauges attach to octopus tentacles. Consult Bamboo Reef's flexible schedule to find a lesson time that works for you.

Though you won't be certified to dive just from one class, you will be certified to sit in puddles while wearing scuba gear, and you will feel confident enough in your ability to pursue further study. Your lesson can be applied toward obtaining dive certification or tucked away in a drawer next to your single-marble marble collection and honorary doctorate from Bob Jones University. Learn to scuba dive gracefully through the water so that you can fully enjoy upcoming vacations to coral reefs, fish schools, and the lost underwater city of Atlanta.

Must be more than 12 years old. If less than 18 years old, you must have a parent or guardian present. All participants may need to sign a medical release form.

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$39 for a 50-Minute Facial of Your Choice at Capricious Skin Care (Up to $110 Value)

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
$39 for a 50-Minute Facial of Your Choice at Capricious Skin Care (Up to $110 Value)

When your stomach is unhappy, you get a stomachache, but when your face is unhappy, it drags you around by your tongue and makes your mouth hold a pen to write yourself an angry letter. Keep your face happy with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a 60-minute facial of your choice at Capricious Skin Care in Los Gatos, up to a $110 value.

Capricious Skin Care provides visitors with quality face-smoothing services using top-notch skincare products. Customers can choose from six facials that efficiently add lustrous sheen to faces while removing dead skin and sticky parking tickets. Opt for a glycolic pumpkin peel ($110), which morphs dull complexions into youthful skin with antioxidants and enzymes, or a powerful acne-clearing facial ($90), which treats and prevents pimply breakouts. A classic spa facial applies a professional double cleanse, exfoliation, aromatic massage, mask, toner, and skin protection to the body part on which the nose is likely to be located ($90), and mouthed and mouth-less customers alike can enjoy an anti-aging facial ($90), skin-brightening treatment ($100), or sensitive-skin treatment ($90).

Spasters can wind down and rest easy in the clean and crisp salon knowing they are in the capable hands of an experienced face-bettering staff. Taking care of your face is important at any age. When gobs of pie filling splatter your grill or an outer-space skydive forms a sheet of ice over your cheeks, it’s nice to know that underneath it all, your face is still primed for a high-school reunion.

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Super-Fun Skin-Cell Facts

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$25 for a Full-Body Airbrush Tanning at Mist ($55 Value)

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
$25 for a Full-Body Airbrush Tanning at Mist ($55 Value)

Erase tan lines, even out your skin tone, and kiss your ghostly pallor goodbye with today's golden deal: for $25, you get a full-body airbrush tan at Mist in Montclair (a $55 value).

Mist offers customized, handheld mists to under-sunned patrons in a comfortable, discreet environment. When you arrive at Mist, a friendly and experienced staffer will combine alcohol-free and organic colors to form a custom concoction that will blend with your current coat like a tiger in a pile of basketballs. You'll then relax (in your skivvies, an old bathing suit, or complimentary disposable bikini) as the tanning technician uses the handheld hue-changer to darken your dermis with the optionally scented (such as green apple, vanilla, and peach, $5 extra) spray. The quick-drying treatment yields a hue that is more seamless than a unitard and lasts five to seven days, just like a unitard.

Spray bronzers give you a lustrous, fresh-off-the-beach glow without exposing your skin to beach bullies or the powerful rays of our binary suns. Be sure to shower and shave before arriving to receive your artificial sun-kissed glow, and wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid damaging your developing tan. Call ahead to make an appointment.

New clients only.

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$49 for Six Three-Serving, Easy-to-Assemble, At-Home Meals from Dream Dinners (Up to $120 Value)

Monday, June 28th, 2010
$49 for Six Three-Serving, Easy-to-Assemble, At-Home Meals from Dream Dinners (Up to $120 Value)

Evening work commutes are often consumed with anxiety over what dinner can be prepared from dry lentils, a block of cream cheese, and a sack of sprouting potatoes left over from a wild spring-break trip. Eliminate mealtime worries from the list of post-work to-do's with today's Groupon: for $49, you get up to $120 worth of easy-to-assemble, healthy meals from Dream Dinners. Your Groupon is good for six three-serving meals.

With easy-to-follow instructions and pre-cut ingredients, preparation is a breeze, and a dearth of complementary ingredients will never stymie your dinner again. The Dream Dinners experience is like a cross between a barn raising and a bar crawl, minus the alcohol and hard labor. After choosing from a rotating menu of up to 14 dishes per month, schedule a spot at one of Dream Dinners' fun and easy preparation sessions (call at least a week in advance of your session). Items from the July menu include Kentucky glazed pork chops ($11.96), Greek island shrimp with pasta ($18.26), and firecracker beef sliders ($18.89). Dazzle your dining-room table with fancy restaurant fare, or serve up casual and comfort foods full of flavor, such as the parmesan pesto salmon ($16.37) and grilled picnic chicken marinated in Asian BBQ sauce ($12.59).

During the sessions, many have been known to dance between food stations, following easy instructions as they bag, season, and all but cook their families' meals for the month. After your session, take the uncooked meals home to your freezer and prepare them nightly for no-thought-required, delicious meals that'll keep you healthy, full, and free to think about times tables and monkey rentals on your daily commute. The succulent menu items will fool even the most fastidious foodies into thinking you slaved over the stove to prepare such deliciously complex dishes. Check out Dream Dinners' website to view the current menus and sessions available at each location.

This deal does not cover items in the Fast Lane and Made for You menu. Menu pricing varies by location based on market price.

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$15 for $30 Worth of Asian Fusion at Morph

Monday, June 28th, 2010
$15 for $30 Worth of Asian Fusion at Morph

While the Great Wall of China may win the accolades of history, the Great Backscratcher of Thailand built to reach any itchy corner across the vast, narrow expanse of the nation, saved more lives than can be counted on a single hand. Feast upon equally ingenious creations with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of innovative Asian fare at Morph, in Outer Richmond.

Morph's menu is small, but it packs a wallopingly big punch of Japan-meets-Thailand flavors that change with the seasons. Recent first-course offerings included crispy fried-potato strings, coiled into a nest around a stuffing of chicken, potatoes, and veggies sautéed in yellow-curry powder ($8), and fresh oysters served with lemon, fried onion, and cilantro sauce ($9). Entrees at the eatery range from light sea fare (such as a miso-marinated cod served with fresh summer veggies and alfalfa sprouts, $12) to innovative takes on traditional Asian flavors (Morph's chicken is enhanced by yellow curry and broccoli swaddled in a snuggly pancake, $11).

Dining at Morph is like buying a ticket on the maiden voyage of a spaceship bound for an Aerosmith concert. The owner, who hails from Thailand, hired an Asian architect to create an atmosphere as intricately sensuous as the food. Slide into a sleekly molded white chair and open your eyeballs to receive the blue light of the neon tubes embedded in the walls. Floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the space are portholes to Geary Street, and interlocking slats of wood on the walls provide astronauts with woodchips to carve into dominoes on lonely voyages.

Valid for dine-in only.

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$15 for a Wine Tasting for Four People at Honig Vineyard & Winery ($40 Value)

Monday, June 28th, 2010
$15 for a Wine Tasting for Four People at Honig Vineyard & Winery ($40 Value)

To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $15, you and three friends get a wine tasting (a $40 value) at Honig Vineyard & Winery in Rutherford.

Located in Napa Valley, Honig Vineyard & Winery produces flavorsome sauvignon blancs and cabernet sauvignons that can be found on restaurant wine lists across the country. Visitors to the winery’s fancy tasting room have the chance to sample five of Honig’s delicious wines. Sommeliers and thirsty Langoliers can sniff, taste, and carefully dissect the potable properties of the Rutherford sauvignon blanc, a 2008 vintage that starts fruity and ends with a crisp, minerally finish, as well as the 2006 Honig cabernet sauvignon, which features blackberry, cherry, and plum flavors developed over 18 months in an American oak barrel, just like old-timey cowboy hobos. The remaining three samples include the 2008 Honig Late Harvest sauvignon blanc—a refreshing dessert wine aged in new French oak barrels with lemony and grapefruity hints—Honig’s single vineyard cab, and a library selection.

In 1981, the Honig family produced their first batch of sauvignon blanc in honor of paterfamilias Louis Honig, who began planting grapes in 1964. The wine won a Gold Medal at the Orange County Fair, and the rest, as they say, is history and hangovers. In an effort to ease environmental stresses, Honig uses sustainable practices to run its vineyard and solar-powered winery, thanks to the efforts of Honig president Michael Honig, who helped develop the Code of Sustainable Winemaking Practices for the Wine Institute. Call ahead to make a reservation.

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