Archive for September, 2011

$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Fare at Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria in Lafayette

Friday, September 30th, 2011
$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Fare at Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria in Lafayette

Pizza is ubiquitous in American culture, thanks solely to its ability to double as a fraction calculator. Indulge in a numerator with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare at Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria in Layfatette.

Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria welcomes diners to grab an intimate seat by the dining room window or perch below red murals to peruse a menu of pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. On the Il Giardino pizza ($22.45/medium), brash slices of zucchini flirt with artichoke hearts until the smoky voice of mushrooms lures the legumes away. Tables can split a chicken gourmet pizza ($23/medium), admiring the rich flavor of Italian garlic-herb sauce tempered with mushrooms and chicken. The meat tortellini ($9.75+) infuses pillowing circular pasta with well-seasoned beef and veal plus two of the chef's top-secret ingredients—love and marinara sauce. For a luncheon or light supper, the kitchen also outputs sandwiches such as the breaded veal cutlet ($7.95) and the open-face sausage-and-pepper New Yorker ($7.85).

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$10 for Two Tickets to "Warrior" (Up to $29 Value)

Friday, September 30th, 2011
$10 for Two Tickets to "Warrior" (Up to $29 Value)

Watching a drama unfold on the big screen makes it even easier for viewers to relate to the characters, especially during climactic popcorn-eating scenes. Indulge in a cinematic experience with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets to see Warrior, currently playing in movie theaters nationwide. This Groupon is valid for any two tickets booked through fandango.com, including the service charge.

Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Miracle), Warrior chronicles the gripping tale of ex-Marine Tommy Conlon, played by Tom Hardy (Inception), who returns to civilian life to contend for an international fighting championship. The percussive blows of realistic fight scenes soundtrack the film, and they are punctuated by breathless silences in moments of sheer drama, such as when Tommy encounters his estranged brother, played by Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), a former fighter whose financial troubles have led him reluctantly back to the ring.

Cinephiles gnash their teeth as the two celluloid heroes toil toward their chance at glory, riches, and untold ice packs in the chain-link hexagon, all the while unearthing past conflicts between the two and their alcoholic-turned-Christian father, played by Nick Nolte (Tropic Thunder). Watch the trailer for a brief look into the film’s taut storyline, kinetic training montages, and goose-bump-inducing score, which was created by playing the music from Chariots of Fire backward.

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Cajun Entrees for Two or Po Boys for Four at The Louisiana Territory

Friday, September 30th, 2011
Cajun Entrees for Two or Po Boys for Four at The Louisiana Territory

The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Enjoy the magic of Bourbon Street with today’s Groupon to The Louisiana Territory. Choose between the following options:

  • For $15, you get a Cajun meal for two (up to a $30 total value) that includes:

    • Two entrees (up to a $14 value)
    • Two bread puddings (a $10 value)
    • Two specialty drinks (a $6 value)

  • For $27, you get a po boy meal for four (up to a $60 total value) that includes:

    • Four po boys (a $28 value)
    • Four bread puddings (a $20 value)
    • Four specialty drinks (a $12 value)

The Louisiana Territory food truck delivers piquant Cajun cuisine to discerning palates at locales across the San Jose area. Sidle up to the four-wheeled eatery and peruse a stationary menu of Cajun entrees such as the shrimp-and-sausage creole serving up seasoned bits of shrimp and andouille sausage in spicy sauce and rice. New Orleans–style jambalaya tops a platter of rice in ham, andouille sausage, and tasso; the bayou burrito wraps up the mix with blackened chicken. Chefs stuff 6-inch po boys with a choice of blackened chicken, popcorn shrimp, fried catfish, or a sausage-and-bell-pepper mix before slathering sandwiches in a special honey aioli. Bread pudding accompanies entrees and po boys like a faithful, gooey watchdog, and house-made specialty drinks such as berry lemonade, tropical punch, and custom-crafted ginger ale wash down meals on a sweet note.

Diners can grab their eats to go or savor them at standing tables while music thumps from the mobile restaurant. In addition to bayou-born comestibles, Groupon customers also receive a boomerang valid for $3 off any purchase over $6 at Louisiana Territory’s Latin-cuisine sister truck No Way Jose.

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$9 for $20 Worth of Fair-Trade Coffee, Breakfast Fare, and Filipino Fare at The Coffee Adventure Company in Milpitas

Friday, September 30th, 2011
$9 for $20 Worth of Fair-Trade Coffee, Breakfast Fare, and Filipino Fare at The Coffee Adventure Company in Milpitas

Much like a massage from a cat, coffee helps people to wake up, enlivens morning routines, and can be painful against bare skin. Keep a lid on your morning with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $20 worth of coffee, breakfast fare, and Filipino fare at The Coffee Adventure Company in Milpitas.

The baristas of The Coffee Adventure Company top cups off with three types of java bought directly from producers and whet appetites with a menu of breakfast classics, grilled paninis, pastries, and Filipino dishes. Patrons can kick-start brains with fresh Filipino coffee, warming their hands on an 8-ounce ($1.65), 12-ounce ($1.85), or 16-ounce cup ($1.95) of imported joe before diving into the breakfast menu, dished out until 11 a.m. Savory classics such as an egg-cradling breakfast muffin can arrive bare or shrouded in a blanket of bacon or ham ($2.19–$2.95), and traditional silog plates bundle zesty meats such as adobo chicken or tocino pork with zucchini, eggs, rice, and a complimentary cup of coffee or tea ($6.99). Lunch-inclined diners chomp on paninis such as the tuna artichoke with provolone cheese, made powerful by a surfeit of sacrificial artichoke hearts ($5.95), or the grilled Adobo Salvador pan de sal, whose seasoned chicken rides a vessel of spanish round bread to bear its grizzled wisdom on taste buds that ignore history's lessons ($5.95 for two pieces).

Patrons lounge in plush seating surrounded by dark maroon walls and mosaic tiled mirrors, and the chairs slather on sunscreen to bathe in the sunlight passing through the shop's plate-glass windows. Outdoor seating affords diners a chance to enjoy pleasant days while noshing on flavorful Filipino grub, and on the weekends, occasional live music entertains ears while aromatic java entertains taste buds.

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$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Fare at Spalti Ristorante in Palo Alto

Friday, September 30th, 2011
$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Fare at Spalti Ristorante in Palo Alto

Italians refer to the night as bella notte, a loving expression of the evening and bedtime stories sung by car alarms. Celebrate nocturnal serenity over wine and pasta with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare at Spalti Ristorante in Palo Alto.

Spalti Ristorante’s surplus of sumptuous feasts stars authentic Northern Italian cuisine in a Tuscan-themed setting of understated elegance. The homemade vegetarian triangoli, teeming with ricotta cheese and spinach, backstrokes in a cream of tomato-and-sage sauce ($10.95 at lunch; $12.95 at dinner), and the mezzaluna's carnivore cornucopias, stuffed with chicken, veal, and fennel ($11.95 at lunch; $13.95 at dinner), fend off the growls of ravenous stomachs. Hearty servings of secondi piatti, such as pollo spedini—skewers of grilled chicken, bell peppers, and onions ($10.95 at lunch; $14.95 at dinner)—poke pleasure centers with flavorful resistance. Red, white, and sparkling wines are available to wash down nibbles of nourishment. A spacious dining area, wooden chairs, and colorful artwork create an elegantly comfortable atmosphere, and the candlelit outdoor patio serves as a romantic backdrop for business lunches.

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Murder-Mystery Show for an Adult or Child or Private Murder-Mystery Show from Marin Murder Mysteries in San Rafael

Friday, September 30th, 2011
Murder-Mystery Show for an Adult or Child or Private Murder-Mystery Show from Marin Murder Mysteries in San Rafael

On television, criminal investigators are slick and relentless, which explains why most kids want to grow up to be cops, actors, or a pair of sunglasses. Shine like a snooper star with today’s Groupon to Marin Murder Mysteries in San Rafael. Choose from the following options:

  • For $15, you get an adult ticket to a show-only murder mystery performance, which includes a buffet of appetizers (a $30 value).
  • For $22, you get a child’s ticket to murder mystery dinner show with a five-course dinner (a $44 value).
  • For $599, you get a private murder mystery performance for up to 50 people at the location of your choice within a 30-mile radius of San Rafael (a $2,000 value).

Customers who purchase the child's ticket option may purchase up to two adult tickets at a 20 percent discount through the box office.

Set against exposed brick walls, Marin Murder Mysteries’s interactive, whodunit-style dinner performances challenge guests’ sleuthing skills, as they cunningly unravel clues and gasp in horror at shocking plot twists. Youngsters age 12 and under indulge in an extravagant five-course meal complete with kid-size portions of appetizers, choice of salad, penne pasta, choice of entree, and a dessert. Adult guests mingle while munching on hors d’oeuvres and enjoying a cash bar during the initial interrogation period, in which fellow audience members become suspects and soup tureens become possible murder weapons.

To entertain friends and family outside the theater, patrons can bring the murder mystery evening to the locale of their choice for up to 50 guests. Hosts can invite friends to celebrate a birthday party, anniversary, or retirement, sorting out alibis in their living room, or gather enemies in an eerily realistic abandoned mansion to make amends while accusing one another of murder.

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$30 for Two Tickets to the Stanford Cardinal Football Game at Stanford Stadium on October 8 at 4:30 p.m. ($60 Value)

Friday, September 30th, 2011
$30 for Two Tickets to the Stanford Cardinal Football Game at Stanford Stadium on October 8 at 4:30 p.m. ($60 Value)

Football, or "pigskin," originally a pork byproduct, has become America's most popular pork-related pastime after recently topping baseball—a byproduct of sausage races. Commemorate sport’s other meat with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $30, you get two tickets to the Stanford football game versus University of Colorado at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, October 8, at 4:30 p.m. (a $60 value). Groupons should be exchanged for tickets at the ticket office at gate 2 on game day. Seats are located in the East/Sunny Goal section of the stadium.

The Stanford Cardinal make the gridiron sizzle with red-hot rushing attacks and a torrid touchdown passes, earning an Orange Bowl crown in 2010 and a top 10 ranking in AP's 2011 preseason poll. Instead of watching the game from an ominous raincloud, soak up the action from sun-dappled seats in sections 129-130, 136-137, 229-230, and 236-237. Twelve veteran starters return to the Cardinal this season, including Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck, a junior quarterback poised to shatter several of the team's passing records in 2011. Rookie linebacker James Vaughters plans to bolster the Cardinal's conference-leading sacking record, and junior running back Stepfan Taylor hopes to build a rustic cabin in the end zone after logging the second-highest rushing total in school history.

Stanford Stadium embraces visitors with a ring of 50,000 seats swathed in cheering fans. Two high-resolution video boards broadcast highlights in crystal-clear detail, and a natural-grass field also broadcasts the hearty roughage of clashing metal helmets in nature's unbelievably real 3-D.

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$12 for a Five-Punch Card for Treats at Loard’s Ice Cream in Brentwood ($25 Value)

Friday, September 30th, 2011
$12 for a Five-Punch Card for Treats at Loard’s Ice Cream in Brentwood ($25 Value)

Before ice cream, cones were only filled with cheerleading chants and an overwhelming responsibility to organize traffic. Enjoy the fruits of conical evolution with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a five-punch card for treats at Loard’s Ice Cream in Brentwood (a $25 value). Each punch is valid for $5 worth of treats and one punch may be redeemed per visit.

Loard’s Ice Cream beguiles ice cream connoisseurs with more than 40 flavors of cold culinary comfort. Experience the tastes of fall without sautéing leaf piles by slurping up regular-sized scoops of pumpkin or maple-walnut ice cream crafted with cream from local suppliers ($2.50 each). Popular concoctions such as cookie-dough, bubble-gum, and ube-taro-root ice cream color tongues’ opinions on nothing-but-dessert diets, swaying them to beg for milkshakes for breakfast ($3.85), double scoops for lunch ($3.85), and kids’-sized scoops for post-cardio workouts ($1.90). The punch cards unlock further treasures of Loard’s loaded menu, including ice-cream-free italian sodas, shaved ices, and freshly made cookies.

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$15 for $30 Worth of Indoor Plants at The Garden House in San Mateo

Friday, September 30th, 2011
$15 for $30 Worth of Indoor Plants at The Garden House in San Mateo

Without plants, there would be no oxygen and nothing to prevent bunnies from discovering that humans taste delicious. Distract floppy-eared predators with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of indoor plants at The Garden House in San Mateo.

A team of green-thumbed gurus assists customers in navigating The Garden House's labyrinth of potted plants to find new stemmed friends. Clients can clothe naked corners of the room with ferns (4” pot, $5.99–$6.99) and hide unfinished murals of a neighbor’s face behind tubs of orchid varieties, such as phalaenopsis, oncidiums, ondontoglossum, and miltonias (3" pot, $18; 4” pot, $28–$32). Violets add a shock of color to drab dinner-table centerpieces; dracaenas and ficuses add interest to bare rooms; and a heartfelt gift of incandescent white peace lilies can put an end to drawn-out pillow fights.

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Four-Hour Introduction to Glass Blowing 1, 2, or 3 Class at Revere Glass School in Berkeley

Friday, September 30th, 2011
Four-Hour Introduction to Glass Blowing 1, 2, or 3 Class at Revere Glass School in Berkeley

Unlike the ability to blow bubbles, infants aren't born with the ability to blow glass and therefore must spend their babyhood exhaling awkward artwork that just shatters midair. Acquire the ability to blow beautiful glass with today's Groupon to Revere Glass School in Berkeley. Choose from the following options:

  • For $99, you get one four-hour Introduction to Glass Blowing 1 class (a $220 value).
  • For $99, you get one four-hour Introduction to Glass Blowing 2 class (a $220 value).
  • For $99, you get one four-hour Introduction to Glass Blowing 3 class (a $220 value).

Revere Glass School is run by a team of glass-crafting masters who provide expert advice for amateur and accomplished artisans alike. During a four-hour Introduction to Glass Blowing 1 class, beginners get to create their own jewelry or sculpture in a supportive small-group setting that nurtures students learning to manipulate molten glass for the first time. Burgeoning glass blowers who have completed the introductory class or have comparable experience can opt for the Introduction to Glass Blowing 2 class, during which they'll undergo hands-on sculpting sessions to create an implosion marble, a jar, a shot glass, or a perfume bottle.

In Introduction to Glass Blowing 3 classes for even more seasoned glassicists, students concoct an eye-catching goblet, ideal for sipping fermented juices or serving Yoo-hoo to Queen Elizabeth. All necessary oxygen, propane, materials, and encouraging back slaps are included. The glass gurus at Revere have assembled a collection of high-quality equipment and non-intimidating heat sources to ease novices into a precise, demanding art in which careless mistakes can spawn sentient mirrors. View the schedule here.

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