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The chefs at R2 Restaurant cook up a menu of East-meets-West fusion fare paired with hot and cold specialty drinks. Dining duos can assuage hunger pangs or attempt to teach other the true meaning of Christmas by sharing starters such as the paper-wrapped chicken or fried tofu. West-leaning appetites are sated with entrees including a seafood alfredo pasta or hot panini, while Eastbound palates can opt for pork fried rice or a curry rice dish. The customizable meals let diners express themselves via choices of rice or pasta, buttered corn or mixed vegetables, a trio of three savory meats, and drizzlings of black pepper, mushroom, or garlic sauce. A generous 24-ounce glass of 1 of 14 different types of iced tea pairs the intricately spiced entrees with exotic flavors such as lychee and plum, and the green boba milk tea lets diners take swift midmeal sips of dairy-infused liquid without toting along their own zip-locked bags of nacho cheese.

10404 Valley Blvd
El Monte,
CA
US

When three eggs get mixed up with ham, jack cheese, scallions, tomato, and green pepper, they drop out of school and get in trouble with the law, unless you incarcerate them behind your tooth bars. With today's Groupon, get $20 worth of classic American breakfast and lunch for $10 at The Peach Café in Monrovia. The Peach Café's all-day breakfast menu is stuffed with pancakes, bacon, and crispy hash browns, and the all-day lunch menu has fresh and healthy wraps, panini sandwiches, soups, and salads.

141 E Colorado Blvd
Monrovia,
CA
US

Dragica Grabovac’s love of cooking started at home, first as a child when she would bake dozens upon dozens of holiday cookies, then as an adult when she and her late husband, Bosko, would entertain guests visiting from across Europe and the United States. So it’s no surprise, then, that when she finally followed the suggestion from countless friends and family to open her own restaurant, she was inspired by her background.

At Cafe LuMar (a combination of her children’s names, Lucia and Mario) Dragica’s menu reflects her love of European home-style cooking: sweet and savory crepes, paninis, and dinner entrees such as goulash and lamb shank. Her long love of baking is also on display with her classic homemade cookies.

136 East Colorado Boulevard
Monrovia,
CA
US

The leaf-savvy baristas at Tenju Tea House craft a variety of tea and tea-fusion beverages steeped to order with loose tea leaves hailing from around the world. Black, green, herbal, and other specialty blends release their aromatic flavors beneath steaming pours of water, infusing libations such as milk teas, iced teas, and traditional hot concoctions with natural ingredients that bolster health like a romantic jacuzzi session with a beloved multivitamin. Toasty bagel sandwiches, hot dogs, and savory Japanese snacks fill out the café's menu, each made to order for noshing on the go or while surfing the free WiFi from an array of Asian-inspired seating.

5817 Rosemead Blvd
Temple City,
CA
US

Bathed in sunlight pouring in from floor-to-ceiling windows, Boba Link Tea House's colorful interior is home to a menu of blended bubble tea smoothies, flavored ice milk, and tea-house style dim sum snacks. Sip on lychee green tea while testing chopstick dexterity on bowls of the Shanghai onion noodles, taking advantage of Boba Link's free WiFi to research the businesses' relation to the Boba Fett family tree.

9566 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City,
CA
US

Inside The James Robert Salon, stylist Tangie Probert chats with clients to determine their hair needs and wants. Armed with this information, the seven-year styling veteran is able to snip strands, add highlights or color, and arrange hair into flattering styles.

9653 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City,
CA
US