Shawn Shay grew up on the East Coast, feasting upon that region’s sandwiches, which rely heavily on meatballs, steak, and other meats. His future wife, Wendy, was enjoying California-style sandwiches, sprinkled with emerald fistfuls of veggies. In Shay’s Café, the two now combine their culinary passions beneath the eatery’s blue and gold walls, which glow in the natural light from floor-to-ceiling front windows. The light pierces the steam that rises from soups wrought from adventurous ingredients such as kaffir lime leaves, leeks, and fresh asparagus. The menu divides signature sandwiches by coast, with Eastern favorites including philly cheese and Western options laden with pesto, brie, and grilled salmon. Glasses of beer and wine form toasts, plinking occasionally like a xylophone player with only one mallet.
Fruits & Chocolate dips Mother Nature’s sweets—such as fresh and organic strawberries, bananas, apples, and pears—in tastefully arranged layers of gourmet chocolate and nuts. Other bite-size confections include dried mango slices, pineapple rings, pretzel sticks, and gummy bears, which can be drizzled with white chocolate and milk chocolate. Sweet teeth can order snacks in one-dozen or half-dozen packs that will be packaged inside signature lime-green boxes tied with purple ribbon to protect sweets from jealous produce they may encounter on the way home.
Grab an organically pre-packed Numi teabag such as the antioxidant-infused chocolate Puerh black tea blend accented with orange peel, nutmeg, and cinnamon ($9.99 for box of 16 bags), or load your own loose-leaf tea to finely tune the proportional potency of each cup of mint Puerh organic green tea ($13 for a 4 oz. bag). Upgrade from practical yet tasteless Chia Pets with the decorative and flavorful properties of flowering tea that blooms when steeped (from $7.99 for a 27-gram box). Or simplify your drink with an essential teapot such as the classic sage ceramic pot with bamboo handle ($26.99). You can browse the online catalog for a taste of what Numi carries, but your Groupon can only be used in-store.
Although TMix’s bubble teas and smoothies have different consistencies—the former creamy; the latter a bit more icy—, both beverages are anchored by chewy spheres of tapioca. Schools of the darkened pearls swim at the bottom of each drink, playing sharks and minnows as they peek through a variety of hues. The flavor rainbow ranges from the sunny yellow of pineapple to the muted beige of almond.