Archive for October, 2010

$35 for a Wine Tasting and Food Pairing for Two at Etude Wines in Napa ($70 Value)

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
$35 for a Wine Tasting and Food Pairing for Two at Etude Wines in Napa ($70 Value)

Like scarecrows that vaguely resemble romantically uninvolved cast members of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, wine tastings let us test potential partners before making a commitment. Banish culinary cold feet and make a palatable wine and cuisine match with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a group wine tasting and food pairing for two at Etude Wines in the Carneros region of Napa (a $70 value). Tastings are available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Helmed by founder Tony Soter and current vintaging viceroy Jon Priest, Etude practices sustainable growing, yielding carefully crafted wines from a grape harvest that includes 10 rare heirloom varieties. During the tasting, you'll get to sample three different courses of two wines each, and each drink duo is paired with a succulent small plate hand-selected by Chef Rodger Babel. Get to know a local grilled eggplant and his lemon cured goat cheese and Marcona almond friends before devouring them with a Carneros chardonnay and rose pinot noir. Feast fiendishly on the adoring eyes of your tasting partner as you feed each other from plates of smoked Sonoma rabbit and braised short rib terrine, while sipping Deer Camp pinot noir and a Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon from each other’s hats.

As the day ferments, Etude will finish off the tasting with complementary Rasa El Hanout chocolate truffles. Tastings last 75–90 minutes depending on the size of the group and the position of the sun, and they can accommodate up to eight guests at a time.

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$35 for a "Big Wall Graphic" Panoramic Wall Mural from LTL Prints ($84 Value)

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
$35 for a "Big Wall Graphic" Panoramic Wall Mural from LTL Prints ($84 Value)

Walls have long served a utilitarian purpose and several utilitarian porpoises, who used them to build underwater machine-gun factories. Give your walls a much-needed blast with today's deal: for $35, you get a 4-foot-wide, 1-foot-tall panoramic wall mural shipped to anywhere in the continental U.S. (an $84 value) from Larger Than Life Prints, a Philadelphia-based wall-graphics wonderland. If your walls are screaming for a larger mural, you can upgrade (starting at 60"x15") and simply pay the difference ($18-$36) at checkout.

Larger Than Life specializes in wall art that combines modern materials with state-of-the-art digital-production technologies. With today's Groupon, you'll receive one of its panoramic wall murals, 48 inches by 12 inches in size. Browse the selection of city- and landscapes and order online. Keep it American with skylines of Boston, Chicago, and New York, or roam far away with a sweeping low-angle shot of the Eiffel Tower against a golden sky. Tropical and mountain scenes are also available, along with a lone sunflower amidst lavender plants and a diner on Route 66. Think not on frames or complicated mounting procedures; all murals are printed on fabric paper using eco-solvent digital inks, and are designed to adhere to any kind of wall material without leaving residue or damaging the underlying surface. If you need to leave town because a band of renegade apiarists is dangerously close to discovering the galvanized-steel hive stocked with superbees in your neighbor's backyard, simply peel the mural and go—it's safe to remove and reapply up to 100 times.

LTL wall murals make great gifts for back-to-school decorating, birthdays, Burton Gilliam Day, or most any day. They're also good for college-bound students headed for empty-walled dorms, as well as for spicing up sawdust-flavored office walls. All LTL wall graphics are made in the United States, printed on demand, and shipped within 48 hours. With today's deal, shipping (normally $4) is absolutely free; if you need the shipping expedited, just choose to pay extra during checkout.

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$99 for a Vegan Starter Kit or Fast Track Health Bundle Delivered by Gobble Green (Up to $225 Value). Choose from Two Options.

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
$99 for a Vegan Starter Kit or Fast Track Health Bundle Delivered by Gobble Green (Up to $225 Value). Choose from Two Options.

For $99, today's side deal gets you a choice of gourmet vegan options from Gobble Green, an online vegan meal-delivery service. Choose from the following two options:

  • The vegan starter kit (a $217.95 value, includes shipping).
  • The fast track health bundle, plus a bonus one-month subscription to a private, personalized fitness portal designed by celebrity trainer Melissa Brey (a $225 value, includes shipping).

Gobble Green provides California consumers with a convenient way to maintain a vegan diet. Nutritionally delicious meals within the vegan starter kit include options such as banana pancakes for breakfast, a chickpea salad for lunch, sesame tofu and vegetables with brown rice for dinner, and chocolate cake for dessert. The gluten-free vegan starter kit consists of a slew of satisfying servings such as apple-spice oatmeal, vegetable stir-fry quinoa, and a black-bean casserole. The fast track health bundle consists of seven portioned, low-calorie vegan breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (21 meals total). In addition to making a commitment to animal rights and the environment, a well-planned vegan lifestyle has been shown to reduce obesity, kidney disease, and other debilitating illnesses. Gobble Green understands that for many, consistently upholding veganism is a challenging task, and that is why it has created a hassle-free way to live the lifestyle and eat healthily, all while supporting the ethical treatment of animals. This offer is ideal for both the seasoned vegan and the curious carnivore looking to try something new.

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$150 for Three Laser Hair-Removal Treatments at Aura Skin Spa (Up to $600 Value)

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
$150 for Three Laser Hair-Removal Treatments at Aura Skin Spa (Up to $600 Value)

Though its primary purpose remains disrupting college lectures and movie screenings, laser light has also proven useful in the precise removal of human hair. Today's smooth-making Groupon lets you reap the benefits of America's favorite repurposed supervillain weapon: for $150, you get three laser hair-removal treatments (up to a $600 value) at Aura Skin Spa on Columbus Avenue.

Aura Skin Spa's skilled skin professionals specialize in addressing the hair that sweeps across dermal plains with advanced laser hair-removal treatments. Today's deal gets you a trio of depilatory services that can permanently harvest hair spores from chins ($150 per treatment), ears ($125 per treatment), underarms ($150 per treatment), and happy trails ($125 per treatment). Other areas available with this Groupon include bikini line, center brow, feet and toes, hands, upper lip, neck (front or back), and sideburns. Click here to see a full pricing list. Although the procedure won't work for blond, red, gray, or white hair, skin shade is not an issue, as the center stocks two different high-tech lasers specifically designed for fair or dark dermises.

Normally, a customer can expect to undergo six sessions before the laser's spell fully takes effect; patients are welcome to purchase two Groupons as a means to this end. Customers may also upgrade to Brazilian bikini, male bikini or shoulder treatments for $300, or to extended bikini for $250. The private treatments are relatively painless, and they include safety glasses and cooling procedures to keep the skin from overheating.

Must not go tanning, use tanning lotions, or tan in sun for four weeks prior to treatment.

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$20 for $40 Worth of Creative Vietnamese Cuisine and Drinks at Vo’s Restaurant

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
$20 for $40 Worth of Creative Vietnamese Cuisine and Drinks at Vo's Restaurant

Though soy sauce is commonly believed to be of Asian origin, several linguists have unearthed its true Iberian beginnings by decoding the hidden Spanish translation. Celebrate the intriguing international condiment with the help of today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Vietnamese cuisine and drinks at Vo's Restaurant. This Groupon can be used for dinner while dining at Vo's Uptown Oakland location.

Vo's traditional tastes of Vietnamese cuisine and culture treat adventurously appetited patrons to an epicurean escape without the need to tunnel through the middle of the earth. The dynamic dinner menu features fresh ingredients and seasonal dishes, gently infused with French and Chinese flavors. Start with a palate-pleasing plate of vegetable tempura with a ginger dipping sauce ($6) or a shredded green papaya salad tossed with carrots, cucumbers, and basil, and topped with poached shrimp ($9). For the main mouth event, enjoy a delicious dish of lemongrass prawns (with peanuts, spices, and chicken or beef, $13) or crispy spicy beef (flambéed and served on a bed of watercress, $14). Pair the feast with a wine or beer to create a culinary partnership unseen since the combination of ants and logs.

Vo's Restaurant's chic confines are illuminated by the elegant flirtation of flooding natural light and hanging paper-lantern radiance. Enjoy a romantic date snuggled side by side at the extended sleek bar, or keep your enemies even closer by holding their hands atop the white-table-clothed tables before sneak-attacking a taste of their chili calamari crunch ($7).

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How to Eat Vietnamese Food

Do you have to be in Vietnam to eat Vietnamese food?

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$125 for a "Day of Beauty" at Blush a Day Spa in Sonoma (Up to $275 Value)

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
$125 for a "Day of Beauty" at Blush a Day Spa in Sonoma (Up to $275 Value)

Eighty percent of America's cucumber crops go toward making pickles; the other 50 percent is distributed among spas for edible eye coverings. Harvest your senses with today's deal: for $125, you get a "day of beauty" (up to a $275 value) at blush a day spa in Sonoma.

Nestled amongst the grapey-purple fields of wine country, blush's intimate spa environment breaks up a Girls' Day Out of eating and imbibing with a healthy dose of TLC. The pampering program begins with your choice of a complexion perfection or purifying plus facial ($105). The 75-minute complexion perfection strengthens and de-ages the skin of your skeleton's Halloween mask with a concentrated blast of vitamins, antioxidants, plant extracts, and hydrators—leaving it silky smooth and glowing like radioactive honey. The 90-minute purifying plus is better suited to oily, problem, or melting skin, healing it with a combination of antibacterial and enzymatic ingredients. Next, you'll retire to the massage room for your choice of a 90-minute relaxation massage ($120) or copacabana body treatment ($150). The massage's gentle, soothing fusion of Swedish and Shiatsu techniques melts away tension and will make you feel like your soul is giggling. The copacabana, meanwhile, scrubs you down with pineapple and papaya, then massages you with warm coconut milk and kukui nut oil—transforming your body into the beachside tropical drink you fantasize about every time a coworker asks you to sign their rash. A final brow shaping ($20) will refine your eye-arches, allowing your face-emoticon to express emotions more nuanced than "angry Muppet."

All services are performed under the guidance of co-owner Dolores De Alba, an internationally trained aesthetician who has studied in Florence, Italy, and has worked with celebrities such as Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, and Alicia Silverstone. Her eclectic infusion of European-based beauty techniques and Eastern philosophy refresh the spirit as much as its vessel. Gather a group of favorite female friends or open-minded stevedores and relish a day of pampering with today's Groupon to blush a day spa.

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Days of Future Spa'd

This is not the future my mother warned me about.

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$20 for a Supporters Section Ticket to a San Jose Earthquakes Playoff Game, and Official Tottenham Partnership T-Shirt ($40 Value).

Saturday, October 30th, 2010
$20 for a Supporters Section Ticket to a San Jose Earthquakes Playoff Game, and Official Tottenham Partnership T-Shirt ($40 Value).

For $20, you get one supporters section ticket ($20) to the San Jose Earthquakes' playoff game against the New York Red Bulls and a Tottenham partnership T-shirt ($20)—a combined $40 value.

  • Game begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, at Santa Clara University's Buck Shaw Stadium
  • Watch the Earthquakes enter the playoffs for the first time since their return to San Jose, taking on on Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez, Juan Pablo Angel, and the rest of the Red Bulls
  • Sit in the Supporters Section directly behind the goal with other enthusiastic fans
  • Affiliated with the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, an English Premier League team

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$50 for a 30-Day Membership to The Big C Athletic Club in Concord ($100 Value)

Friday, October 29th, 2010
$50 for a 30-Day Membership to The Big C Athletic Club in Concord ($100 Value)

Although body-exchange programs mean no one ever has to stay in one meat suit for long, returning yours in bad condition means you forfeit your deposit. Keep your constitution in returnable condition with today's Groupon, which gets you a 30-day membership to The Big C Athletic Club in Concord. Boasting more than 75,000 square feet of well-maintained real estate, The Big C Athletic Club allows active folks to stay fit solo, with group classes, or on one of the facility's many sporting courts. Amenities such as the steam rooms, sauna, and towel services keep guests cozy between reps, and an impressive lineup of group classes—ranging in formats from Pilates to water fitness—keeps brows moist, hearts healthy, and fitness goals shaking in their figurative boots. To take a virtual tour of The Big C Athletic Club, click here; to view full membership details, click here.

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The Groupon Guide to: Medical Breakthroughs

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$20 for $40 Worth of Clothing and More from Ed Hardy Kids

Friday, October 29th, 2010
$20 for $40 Worth of Clothing and More from Ed Hardy Kids

For $20, today’s side deal gets you $40 worth of clothing and more from Ed Hardy Kids.

Powered by the fashion ingenuity of designer and entrepreneur Christian Audigier and the electric imagery of artist Don Ed Hardy, Ed Hardy Kids gives youngsters access to a chic style full of bright colors and dramatic illustration. A multitude of eclectic boys' T-shirts ($30 and up) bridges the gap between pants and face with a menagerie of tigers, bulldogs, eagles, and other striking designs, and an assortment of dresses ($60–$70) keeps girls covered with ornate floral patterns populated by peacocks, butterflies, and other flightless birds. Backpacks ($42–$77) give kids a stylish way to tote homework and chocolate-pudding sculptures, caps ($40) keep heads fastened securely to necks, and designer onesies ($25–$45) turn babies' first steps into catwalk-style struts.

A reprieve from dangerously mundane children's fashion, which has been shown to lower grades and incite tantrums, Ed Hardy Kids covers all the sartorial bases, from swimwear to hoodies. Today's deal is valid on both regular-price and sale merchandise, giving it the one-two discount punch of a going-out-of-business yard sale.

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$20 for $40 Worth of Merchandise from Coco-luxe Confections’ Holiday Pop-Up Shop in Palo Alto

Friday, October 29th, 2010
$20 for $40 Worth of Merchandise from Coco-luxe Confections' Holiday Pop-Up Shop in Palo Alto

Chocolate is frequently kept hidden away within a foil wrapper or inside a lollipop, awaiting the moment when it can flaunt its flavor on esophageal runways leading to after-hours dance parties in the stomach. Let chocolate get where it wants with today's Groupon. For $20 get $40 worth of merchandise from Coco-luxe Confections holiday shop in Palo Alto's Town and Country Village shopping center. Coco-luxe's holiday chocolate boutique features luxurious handmade treats created from premium ingredients, but it is only around until December 31, 2010, when it vanishes into chocolate powder at the stroke of midnight. Shoppers can select from seasonal offerings such as peppermint and gingerbread truffles, containing rich chocolate ganache flavored with holiday spices. Taste the sophisticated side of sweets with Coco-luxe's signature caramel collection, an upscale take on classic candy flavors—an assortment of nine pieces is available for $18.95. Artisan truffles (nine-piece assortments available for $18.95) display outer shells whimsically stamped with designs such as fruits or teapots, giving eyes something to feast on as your taste buds anxiously await their just deserts with just desserts.

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