Archive for November, 2013

Roll up your sleeves to prep an innovative meal before uncorking some bottles from a local winemaker.

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Roll up your sleeves to prep an innovative meal before uncorking some bottles from a local winemaker.

What You'll Do

Most cooks know how to make at least a few vegetarian dishes, but the always-changing lineup of seasonal produce can make building a year-long repertoire difficult. With Cordon-Bleu-trained chef Kyra Bramble, you'll learn how to take advantage of whatever produce is seasonal and fresh, mixing and matching from a variety of culinary traditions to create varied and delicious veggie dishes any time of the year. During lessons, you will learn to create such delicious dishes as savory cheesecakes, arugula-and-goat-cheese spring rolls, and sweet fruit tarts. Once everything's ready, you'll enjoy the fresh dishes while sipping on wine from a local winemaker.

  • Gain the Skills to Create Unique Vegetarian Dishes
    Chef Kyra Bramble shows you how to use a variety of cooking styles to transform fresh, seasonal vegetables into delicious, inventive dishes

  • Explore Local Wine
    While you dig into the fruits of your cooking lesson, sip on a tasting spread from a local winemaker

Each event is capped at eight participants; each event requires a minimum of four participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Kyra Bramble
Vegetarian Cooking Guru

Kyra Bramble was only three when she ran across a giant zucchini in the garden. Impressed by the existence of a vegetable as large as she was, she developed a life-long fascination with produce. Since then, she has earned a degree from Le Cordon Bleu at the California Culinary Institute and travelled the world, augmenting her veggie-cooking prowess in such milieux as Central America, Southeast Asia, and Europe.


Where You'll Meet

Lessons will be held at the KMS School.


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Taste a Flight of International Artisanal Teas with a Tea Master

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Taste a Flight of International Artisanal Teas with a Tea Master

What You’ll Do

Head to Teance, recognized as one of the world’s best teashops, to taste a flight of artisanal, rare, and high-quality teas from around the world. As you sample white, green, oolong, red, and black varieties, learn about the history of teas, production methods, and the importance of original source, high-elevation grown leaves. Each aromatic cup will take you to a unique global region as you indulge your senses and boost your tea insight.

  • Meet a Tea Guru
    Join Winnie Yu, a tea master with more than two decades of experience and founder of the acclaimed Teance tea bar

  • Sample an Array of Seasonal Teas
    From rare pu-erhs to competition-winning oolongs, you’ll indulge in several variations of high quality teas

  • Tea Education
    Learn about production methods and how different cultivation practices impact the overall flavor

Each event is capped at 18 participants; each event requires a minimum of 6 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

[Winnie Yu Winnie Yu
Founder, Teance

For the last two decades, Winnie Yu has been traveling around China, Taiwan, and Japan to visit some of the world’s premiere tea-growing regions while learning from the local artisans, producers, and tea masters. Winnie considers tea to be much more than just a gustatory pleasure—she views it as a lifestyle and spiritual practice. Infused with insider’s knowledge, Winnie founded Teance, a one-of-a-kind tea business that’s been recognized as one of the top 10 teashops in the world by National Geographic for the last 12 years.


Where You’ll Meet

The event will be held at Teance tea bar in Berkeley. Directions will be shared after purchase.


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Stay at Heritage House Resort in Mendocino, CA

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Stay at Heritage House Resort in Mendocino, CA

Hotel At a Glance: Heritage House Resort

Heritage House Resort is a gem of a property set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean along the Mendocino coast. The upscale resort offers 37 private acres of craggy bluffs, eucalyptus and cypress trees, and unparalleled views. Inside, you'll find light-filled rooms, minimalist stone and wood decor, and an onsite restaurant.

  • Walking trails crisscross the resort's 37 secluded acres.
  • Beach access to the sand beneath the property
  • Ocean views from private balconies in the spacious and elegant guest rooms, which also have refrigerators, microwaves, and fireplaces
  • Luxurious amenities: rainfall showers, Frette linens, and L’Occitane bath products
  • Farm-to-table fare: The onsite 5200 Bistro and Lounge serves local California cuisine that looks as good as it tastes.

Mendocino Coast, California: Small Towns Along Scenic Oceanfront and Redwood Forests

Located about three hours north of San Francisco, Northern California’s Mendocino Coast is a region filled with tiny towns, art colonies, and varied terrain. Within a few minutes of one another are sunlit valleys, fertile vineyards, rocky headlands blanketed by fog, and serene forests of old-growth redwoods. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens showcase the area’s geographical diversity via native rhododendrons, prickly succulents, and colorful blooms stretching to the ocean.

Partially because of its scenic land- and seascapes, the coast is popular with painters, who gather in artists' collectives such as the Mendocino Art Center. To see the scenery hat inspires local artwork, head to Russian Gulch, Mendocino Headlands, or any of the region’s coastal state parks. At Mendocino Headlands State Park, waves have carved arches, grottos, and stony bluffs, while MacKerricher State Park north of Fort Bragg contains dramatic sand dunes.

Although normally quiet, the region comes alive during a series of whale festivals every March and April, when California gray whales pass by the coast as they migrate from Mexico to Alaska. You'll find one of the best vantage points for whale watching at Point Cabrillo Light Station, a lonely lighthouse first lit in 1909.

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes from East Bay Fitness (Up to 91% Off)

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
One or Three Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes from East Bay Fitness (Up to 91% Off)

Exercise classes provide a supportive environment for sticking to a fitness routine, as fellow students regularly offer words of encouragement and a shoulder to cry on when your couch writes to say it misses you. Stay strong with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $39 for one month of unlimited outdoor boot-camp classes ($215 value)
  • $59 for three months of unlimited outdoor boot-camp classes ($645 value)

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$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Indian Cuisine at Curry4u.com ($30 Total Value)

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Indian Cuisine at Curry4u.com ($30 Total Value)

Spicy food activates pain centers in the tongue, which is why when people lick their paper cuts, they often comment, "Tastes like curry chicken." Hurt so good with this Groupon.

The Deal

  • $15 for two Groupons, each good for $15 worth of Indian cuisine (a $30 total value)
  • See the menu.

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60- or 90-Minute Deep-Tissue Massage at Bella Donna Day Spa (Up to 46% Off)

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
60- or 90-Minute Deep-Tissue Massage at Bella Donna Day Spa (Up to 46% Off)

Spending a day at the spa can make you feel like royalty, much like cleaning out your earwax with a tiny silver spoon. Rule with a soft, well-moisturized fist with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $45 for a 60-minute deep-tissue massage (a $70 value)
  • $59 for a 90-minute deep-tissue massage (a $110value)

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$129 for an Opalescence Boost Teeth-Whitening Treatment at Sunnyvale Dental Aesthetics ($600 Value)

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
$129 for an Opalescence Boost Teeth-Whitening Treatment at Sunnyvale Dental Aesthetics ($600 Value)

A big smile can show friends you're happy to see them and enemies the number of tooth marks they could potentially have on their arms. Make friends in a flash with this Groupon.

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$37 for a Holiday Lights Tour from San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures ($75 Value)

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
$37 for a Holiday Lights Tour from San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures ($75 Value)

City tours celebrate what gives a neighborhood its character, from its cultural heritage to its traffic signs designed by local children. Get some local flavor with this Groupon.

The Deal

Guests board a 1955 Mack fire engine at Fisherman's Wharf on December 6–23 and embark on a 90-minute open-air ride through downtown, Market Street, the Embarcadero, Little Italy and the outskirts of Chinatown. As lights twinkle on all sides, they listen to Christmas carols and enjoy candy canes. Tours depart at 5 p.m., 7 p.m, and 9 p.m. In case of rain, Fire Engine does not operate. Reschedules or refunds will be made; guests should arrive 20 minutes early, warmly dressed.

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One, Three, or Five Brazilian Waxes, or One 60-Minute Facial at Urban Wax (Up to 64% Off)

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
One, Three, or Five Brazilian Waxes, or One 60-Minute Facial at Urban Wax (Up to 64% Off)

Body hair is almost always a nuisance, especially when you just want to relax in a nice warm tub of honey. Free yourself from fur with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

  • $22 for one Brazilian wax ($55 value)
  • $66 for three Brazilian waxes ($165 value)
  • $99 for five Brazilian waxes ($275 value)
  • $40 for a 60-minute facial ($85 value)

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San Francisco City Tour for 6, 8, or 10 People from Spaghetti Tours (Up to 45% Off)

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
San Francisco City Tour for 6, 8, or 10 People from Spaghetti Tours (Up to 45% Off)

Tour guides can point out famous landmarks, tell you about historic events, and point out which rearing horsemen are actually bronze statues. Learn from the pros with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $159 for a San Francisco City Tour for 6 people ($260 value)
  • $189 for a San Francisco City Tour for 8 people ($320 value)
  • $209 for a San Francisco City Tour for 10 people ($380 value)

On each 3.5-hour tour, passengers will glimpse more than 20 city sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight/Ashbury, and Telegraph Hill. Tours are available at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, and can depart from a location of your choice within most of the San Francisco downtown/Fisherman's Wharf area. Click here for more information about the tour.

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