Coffee & Treats in California

Sip Espresso and Bond with Adoptable Cats at The Cat Cafe

Private Event at The Cat Cafe

Marina

Play with adoptable cats and sip espresso in a private event at The Cat Cafe, which is popular with humans and felines alike

$20

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$10 for Two Dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts at Krispy Kreme ($19.98 Value)

Krispy Kreme

Multiple Locations

Hot and fresh Original Glazed doughnuts from iconic doughnut shop

$19.98 $10

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Coffee, Breakfast, and Cafe Food at Caffe Roma (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Caffe Roma

North Beach

Brothers and sisters continue a family tradition at coffeehouses that serve premium roasted coffees and tasty breakfast and cafe cuisine

$20 $12

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$18 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Cupcakes, Ice Cream, and Treats ($30 Value)

Sugar Shack

Woodward Park

Cupcakes in flavors such as red velvet, oreo birthday cake, and Reese’s; other treats include ice cream cookie sandwiches and cake pops

$10 $6

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$11 for $20 Worth of Treats at Cookie Connection and Cookie Company

Cookie Connection and Cookie Company

Multiple Locations

Original recipes and preservative-free ingredients form 16 daily cookie varieties, plus rotating flavors such as molasses and lemon drop

$20 $11

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Three-, Five-, or Seven-Day Stage Two Juice Cleanse from Revive Juice Bar (Up to 64% Off)

Revive Juice Bar

Revive Juice

Meant for people who have cleansed before, this cleanse offers daily cold-pressed juices that feature a larger percentage of greens

$210 $80

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Up to 25% Off Coffee & Tea — Grand Lake Coffee House; Valid Every Day 2 PM - 5 PM

Grand Lake Coffee House

Oakland

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$8 $6

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Pastries or a Five-Drink Punchcard at Tastries Bakery and Boutique (Up to 53% Off)

Tastries Bakery and Boutique

Bakersfield

Bakers whip up decadent desserts such as gourmet snickerdoodle cookies, s’more cupcakes, and gluten-free deserts

$20 $13

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Five or Seven Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Juices and Smoothies at Juice It Up! (Up to 40% Off)

Juice It Up!

Riverside

Raw juices made with fruits and vegetables, and smoothies blended with ingredients such as nonfat yogurt, pineapples, and bananas

$5 $3

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$10 Worth of Cafe Sandwiches from The Depot Fremont

The Depot Fremont

Fremont

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 $6

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$12 for $24 Worth of Gourmet Cookies and Treats at Cookie Connection

Cookie Connection

Irvine

Original recipes and preservative-free ingredients form 16 daily cookie varieties, plus rotating flavors such as molasses and lemon drop

$24 $12

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One Dozen Cupcakes or $10 Worth of Cupcakes, Food, and Drink at Missy's Cupcake Creations (Up to 43% Off)

Missy's Cupcake Creations

Oxnard

Cupcakes made fresh daily on-site come in flavors such as fudge-filled black forest or cinnamon-and-sugar cupcake with apple pie filling

$10 $5.99

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Comfort Food at Chef's Country Cafe ($20 Total Value)

Chef's Country Cafe

Fontana

Four-egg omelets, charbroiled steaks, and famous fruit and cream pies

$10 $5.50

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One Box of Candies at Chocolato (39% Off)

Chocolato

Grandview

From the merchant: 48-piece box of milk or dark chocolates that are handmade and foiled in our store.

$28 $17

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Two Dozen Mini Cupcakes or One Dozen Regular or Filled Cupcakes at Sweet Traders (Up to 47% Off)

Sweet Traders

Huntington Beach

Cupcakes with real butter frosting in flavors like red velvet, lemon with raspberry buttercream, or coconut with pineapple cream filling

$27.60 $16

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$4 for $6 Worth of Cafe Food and Drinks at Golden Papaya

Golden Papaya

Garden Grove

Smoothies, slushes, or boba tea accompany popcorn chicken and crispy chicken dumplings

$6 $4

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Chocolate-Covered Sweets from Chokolatta (45% Off)

Chokolatta

North Hollywood

Chocolate-covered strawberries in your choice of toppings, custom cake pops, caramel-covered apples, or other treats

$20 $11

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One Custom Cake or $10 for $20 Worth of Baked Goods at San Luis Rey Bakery

San Luis Rey Bakery

San Luis Rey

Family-run bakery whips up Mexican pastries, sweet empanadas, and elaborately decorated custom cakes for any occasion

$20 $10

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Five or Seven Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Juices and Smoothies at Juice It Up! (Up to 40% value)

Juice It Up!

Rancho Cucamonga

Raw juices made with fruits and vegetables, and smoothies blended with ingredients such as nonfat yogurt, pineapples, and bananas

$5 $3

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One Dozen Cake Pops or Cupcakes, or Baked Goods at Ontario Bakery (60% Value)

Ontario Bakery

Ontario

Owners Chris and Kathy Fabos make cake pops in multiple flavors from scratch and frost chocolate or white cupcakes with buttercream frosting

$24 $10

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$2 for $4 Worth of Coffee — Cafe Del Sol

Cafe Del Sol

Lancaster

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$4 $2

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Tea-Time Sampler with Sandwiches and Scones for Two or Four at Dori's Tea Cottage (Up to 45% Off)

Dori's Tea Cottage

Groveland

Hearty sampler platters provide plenty of snacks to share while enjoying a pot of tea, such as cucumber sandwiches, scones, and cookies

$32.95 $18

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Raw Juices and Smoothies at Juice It Up! (40% Off). Three Options Available.

Juice It Up

Corona

Raw juices and smoothies made entirely from fresh-squeezed fruits, as well as bowls with granola, fruit, and honey

$5 $3

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$6 for $10 Worth of Hot Beverages — Restful Steep

Restful Steep

Torrance

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 $6

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One or Two Dozen Mini Cupcakes or Mini Cheesecake Bites at Mika's Cupcakes (Up to 48% Off)

Mika's Cupcakes

Tennyson - Alquire

Patial proceeds from mini cupcake and cheesecake orders benefit homeless families and go toward future youth transitional center

$24 $15

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Chocolate and Tea Tasting for Two or Four at Chado Tea Room (Up to 45% Off)

Chado Tea Room

Multiple Locations

Select pairings such as lapsang souchong with bourbon whiskey chocolate or white champagne raspberry tea with liquid caramel white chocolate

$30 $17

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Hand-Popped Kettle Corn from AmeriKettle (50% Off). Two Options Available.

AmeriKettle

Multiple Locations

Kettle corn in classic and inventive flavors such as jalapeno cheddar and smoked barbecue

$20 $10

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$10 for $20 Toward Hand-Decorated Bundt Cakes at Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Thousand Oaks

Bakery specializing in bundt cakes creates four different sizes with 40 hand-decorated designs and 10 flavors

$20 $10

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Asian Snacks and Drinks at Tapioca Express ($20 Value)

Tapioca Express

Roseville

Boba tea and coffee drinks match with crispy chicken, tempura, and Osaka curry-chicken steak

$5 $3

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Wedding Cakes from Sweetart Creative Baking (55% Off). Three Options Available.

Sweetart Creative Baking

Multiple Locations

Artistic bakers build custom wedding cakes in unique flavors and can decorate them with everything from sculpted fondant to silk butterflies

$100 $45

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for a Free Pound of Coffee with a Purchase of Five or More Pounds of Coffee at Moschetti

Moschetti

Vallejo

For $5, receive a coupon for a free pound of coffee with the purchase of five or more pounds of coffee.

$5

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$14 for Punchcard for 10 Regular Drinks at Lollicup ($32.50 Value)

Lollicup

El Monte

Taiwanese black teas are spruced up with creamer, boba and chewy jellies

$32.50 $14

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$20 for a 45-Minute Chocolate-Tasting Tour for Two at Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo ($40 Value)

Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo

Multiple Locations

Guides tell visitors the story of Alegio’s history and African cacao plantation while sharing 12 samples of all-natural chocolate

$40 $20

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Fresh Juice at Mantra Yoga and Juice ($24 Value)

Mantra Yoga and Juice

Carlsbad

Fresh-squeezed juice satisfies customers after yoga workouts with energizing flavors such as Carlsbad Carrot and Surf Side Beet

$6 $3

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Cupcakes at Famous Creations (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Famous Creations

Fairfield

This bakeshop whips up cupcakes in more than 50 flavors, including red velvet, maple bacon, chunky monkey, and chicken and waffle

$20 $12

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One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Breakfast and Lunch Cuisine at Cafe Valentino

Cafe Valentino

Burbank

Café creates breakfast and lunch food such as ham and cheese croissants, french toast, cobb salads, white pizzas, and chicken avocado wraps

$20 $11

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Asian-Fusion Deli Food and Drinks at Reza Cafe (Up to 57% Off)

Reza Cafe

Temecula

Selection of artisan sandwiches, such as Vietnamese banh mi, are crafted with organic ingredients and served with boba tea and coffee

$17.50 $8

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One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Juice and Food at Tropifruit 100% Natural Juice Bar (38% Off)

Tropifruit 100% Natural Juice Bar

El Cajon

Fresh fruit smoothies and juices served alongside healthy lunch and breakfast sandwiches

$16 $10

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$9 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $18 Toward Coffee and Pastries at Smackers

Smackers

San Mateo

Coffee paired with pastries to dine in or carry out

$6 $3

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Homestyle Comfort Food at Bonnie Lu's Country Café (Up to 57% Off). Two Options Available.

Bonnie Lu's Country Cafe

Ojai

Traditional comfort food including farm-fresh omelets, homemade soups, and hearty sandwiches made with ingredients from local distributors

$15 $6.50

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$11 for 4 Groupons, Each Good for a $5 Credit at Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge (Up to $20 Total Value)

Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge

Multiple Locations

With deep care for each ingredient in their food and the way each coffee bean was grown, this cafe aims for quality above all else

$5 $2.75

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$12 for $20 Toward Bubble Tea at King Boba

King Boba

Downtown Santa Monica

Bubble-tea smoothies blend combinations such as cookies and fruit; hot lattes and iced coffees sate caffeine cravings

$5 $3

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Four $5 Groupons for Non-Blended Drinks, Valid Weekends or Weekdays at Teacup Tea House (40% Value)

Teacup Tea House

Westminster

Specialty Jasmine green tea and coffee, milk slush, Boba tea, smoothies, and hot chocolate

$5 $3

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One Half-Sheet Birthday Cake or Twenty Plain Cupcakes at East 14th Bakery (Up to 43% Off)

East 14th Bakery

Assumption Parish

Bakers whip up cupcakes, half-sheet birthday cakes, and other baked goods like mexican rolls with barbecue pork

$47 $27

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Punch Card for 5 or 10 Freshly Made Juices or Smoothies at CoreBar (Up to 48% Off)

CoreBar

El Segundo / Hawthorne

Fresh, local, and organic fruits and veggies hand-crafted into concoctions such as the Pineapple Express juice and Green Power smoothie

$67.50 $35

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One Half-Dozen or One Dozen Push Pops at CB’s Cupcakes (Up to 38% Off)

CB's Cupcakes

San Marcos

Enjoy bite-sized versions of cake, speared inside a plastic container to make perfect party arrangements or mess-free snacks

$15 $9.50

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$19 for a 16" Custom Cookie Cake at Mrs. Fields (Up to $29.99 Value)

Mrs. Fields

Multiple Locations

Bakers customize peanut butter, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate-chip cookie cakes with your special message

$29.99 $19

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Baked Goods at Jantz Cafe & Bakery (Up to 45% Off)

Jantz Cafe & Bakery

Merced

Fresh bread, homemade pies, and other treats made with a family’s multigenerational recipes

$6 $3.33

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$9 for $16 Worth of Pastries, Café Food, and Drinks at Sweetie Pies

Sweetie Pies

Central Napa

The bakery café serves paninis, wraps, savory tarts, and individual-size pies and dessert bars

$16 $9

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$6 for $10 Worth of Cakes, Dessert, Pastries, and Bread at Kelley's Bakery

Kelley's Bakery

Multiple Locations

Enjoy a range of desserts, from fruit tarts to croissants, alongside savory options such as chicken pot pies and breads

$10 $6

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Five Cups of Sugar-Free Frozen Yogurt, or $12 for $21 Worth of Sugar-Free Bakery Items at The Thinnery

The Thinnery

The Thinnery

Sugar-free and Weight Watchers–friendly desserts include frozen yogurt, pastries, cake, pie, and cookies

$19 $11

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$16 for $30 Worth of Desserts at Cupcake Craving

Cupcake Craving

Multiple Locations

Handcrafted cupcake flavors baked daily include champagne, red velvet, mint-chocolate & sugar-free varieties; cookies & ice cream available

$30 $16

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12 or 24 Gourmet Cupcakes at The Cake Shop (50% Off)

The Cake Shop

Apple Valley

Customers choose from 20 flavors of gourmet cupcakes such as chocolate coconut, pumpkin spice, lemon drop, and red velvet

$36 $18

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$13 for $20 Worth of Pastries at Beard Papa’s in Milpitas

Beard Papas - Milpitas

Milpitas

International bakery fills crunchy pie-crust exterior with one of eight types of filling made from natural custard & whipped cream

$20 $13

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Bubble Tea and Snow Ice at Raging Boba

Raging Boba

Multiple Locations

Servers mix up cups of bubble teas with chewy boba pearls, allowing customers to sample beforehand; Taiwanese snow ice also available

$6 $3

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Coffee and Donuts at Donut Star (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Donut Star

Laguna Niguel

Beloved donut chain serves up a variety of raised and cake donuts

$16.25 $9

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$12 for Table Side S'mores and Hot Chocolate or Coffee for Four at Snowopolis ($20.75 Value)

Snowopolis

Montebello

Make your own hot, fresh custom s'mores using a tabletop fire pit, various chocolate bars, graham crackers, marshmallows, and toppings

$20.75 $12

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$11 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $4 Worth of Coffee and Smoothies at Bobana ($20 Total Value)

Bobana

Huntington Park

Coffee house specializes in hot and cold blended drinks, smoothies, juices, milk teas, bubble teas, and shakes

$4 $2.20

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$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Carnival Sweets at Fancy Funnel Cakes ($20 Total Value)

FancY FunneLCakeS

Rocklin

Gourmet funnel cakes topped with delectable ingredients such as peach cobbler ice cream, or treats such as funnel-cake-wrapped mini sausages

$10 $6

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$18 for One Dozen Assorted Cream Puffs at Beard Papa's ($30 Value)

Beard Papa's Arcadia Store

Multiple Locations

International bakery fills crunchy pie-crust exterior with natural custard and whipped cream

$30 $18

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Tea and Juice at Lollicup - Diamond Bar ($20 Value)

Lollicup - Diamond Bar

Diamond Bar

Coconut smoothies, fruit juices made with honey and lemon, and Taiwanese black teas filled with creamer and chewy tapioca pearls

$5 $3

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Two-Flavor Assortment of 12 or 24 Gluten-Free, Vegan Mini Cupcakes at Sensitive Sweets (Up to 45% Off)

Sensitive Sweets

North Orange County

Two flavors of gluten-free, vegan mini cupcakes made without dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts

$42 $23

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$12 for $20 or $30 for $50 Worth of Cookies and Cookie Bouquets at Cookies By Design

Cookies By Design

Santee

Cookie bouquets, baskets, and dozen-count boxes are baked onsite from scratch using ingredients from local farmers

$10 $6

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6 Mini Cupcakes, or Kids' Party or Truck Rental at Sugar Babies Cupcakery (Up to 43% Off). 4 Options Available.

Sugar Babies Cupcakery

Sherman Oaks

Six miniature cupcakes come in flavors that rotate daily; party guests battle to craft the favorite cupcake; truck treats guests to sweets

$12 $7

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Juice, Ice Cream, and American Food at Dairy Queen and Orange Julius (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Dairy Queen/Orange Julius

Yucaipa

Sweet juices and smoothies slake thirst; hearty burgers and ice-cream treats and cakes satisfy all manner of hunger pangs

$10 $6

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$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for Four Regular Cupcakes at Roc's Cupcakes ($24 Total Value)

Roc's Cupcakes

Watsonville

This family-owned bakery makes its cupcakes fresh each morning in a rotating menu of flavors

$12 $7.50

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One, Two, or Four Dozen Regular, Mixed, Jelly, or Fancy Donuts at The Pink Box Donut Shop (Up to 50% Off)

The Pink Box Donut Shop

Multiple Locations

Fresh-baked donuts made every day are topped with handmade icing and include zero trans fats

$15.50 $8

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$41 for a Wine and Chocolate Pairing for Two at Pieces of Chocolate ($90 Value)

Pieces of Chocolate

Danville

Designed with portion control in mind, chocolates are poured and salted by hand and paired with complimentary wines

$90 $41

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$39 for a King's and Queen's Tea Service for Two with Sweets and Sandwiches at Never Too Latte ($70 Value)

Never Too Latte

San Bruno

Sample an assortment of house-made, bite-size pastries and sandwiches, served with tea flavored with fruits, flowers, or Godiva chocolate

$70 $39

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2-Night Stay for Two with Wine Tasting or Private Dinner, Massage, and Wine at Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa in Bodega, CA

Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa

Bodega Bay, CA

A 4-star hotel near the Sonoma County coast; every option includes a wine tasting for two

$589 $279

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Baked Goods at Island Monarch Coffee (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Island Monarch Coffee

Culver City

Coffee and lattes made from Kona coffee beans and organic cream pair with fresh-baked Krazy muffins

$30 $18

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Juice Tasting 101 with Customized One-Day Cleanse Package for One or Two at The Spot Cafe (67% Off)

The Spot Cafe

Claremont

Juicing course prepares participants for a one-day cleanse package customized to their needs

$65 $22

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$11 for Sandwiches, Baked Goods, Salads, and Coffee at L’Amande French Bakery ($20 Value)

L’Amande French Bakery

Beverly Hills

From the early morning hours, French bakery prepares fresh breads to serve alongside pastries, espresso, and salads

$20 $11

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Three or Six Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Coffee and Treats at Java Johnny's (40% Off)

Java Johnny's

Fair Oaks

Drive-thru espresso bar's baristas whip up french vanilla and hazelnut lattes and Ghirardelli dark mochas; treats for pups given out, too

$5 $3

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$18 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Baked Goods & Food at Nana Fi's Bakery Cafe ($30 Value)

Nana Fi's Bakery Cafe

Laguna Hills

The cozy bakery and cafe satisfies guests with gooey pastries, freshly baked nazooks, and cafe food

$10 $6

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Chocolate-Tasting Class with Take-Home Treats for Two at Preston’s Candy & Ice Cream in Burlingame ($100 Value)

Preston's Candy & Ice Cream

Broadway Burlingame

Guides lead tour of candy kitchen before demonstrating how to make chocolates, followed by a tasting.

$100 $38

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$12 for $20 Worth of Bundt Cakes at Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes

The Crossroads Shopping Center

Bakers create retro bundt cakes topped with decorative petals and rich, cream-cheese frosting

$20 $12

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Tea with Sandwiches and Treats for Two, Three, or Four at McKenna's Tea Cottage (Up to 54% Off)

McKenna Tea Cottage

Seal Beach

Aromatic tea complements scones, soup, sandwiches, and dessert in a quaint tearoom

$54 $29

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Chinese Tea Ceremony and Appreciation Experience for Two Plus $10 or $20 Worth of Tea at i-Tea (Up to 50% Off)

i-Tea

Millbrae

Tea expert assembles a ceremony, prepares tea, imparts knowledge of the tea’s history and benefits, and discusses methods of brewing

$20 $12

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Having garnered praise from the likes of Gayot, LA Weekly, and foodie blog Eating L.A., Gobi Mongolian BBQ fulfills the hype with menu featuring a customizable, self-serve buffet of veggies from local farmers' markets and lean, all-natural meats. After visitors load bowls with proteins such as certified Angus beef, chicken, pork, turkey, or tofu, they add a selection of vegetation before hitting the sauce station. This is where the fun starts. As L.A. Times writer Jessic Gelt put it in her 2009 review, "saucing is a science" at this Silver Lake hot spot. Whether they strike off on their own or follow one of the restaurant's handy guides, diners can choose combinations from 11 MSG-free sauces ranging from traditional hoisin and green curry to "Facebook-generation" flavors including lemon mint and asian pesto.

With sauces taken care of, noodles top off the feast before cooks step in to stir-fry the igredients and serve the steaming dish with two homemade hot sesame rolls. Other menu offerings include small bites such as crispy pork dumplings, mixed greens salads with creamy sesame dressing, and brownie sundaes with vanilla bean gelato, candied pralines, and whipped cream.

Five-pour flights from an extensive beer list complement bites, with local craft brews including AleSmith's IPA, The Strand's 24th Street Pale Ale, and Iron Fist's Renegade Blonde often gracing the taps. Brews are joined by freshly mixed soju cocktails, as well as traditional highballs, organic wine, sake, and bottled craft soda. In the zen-like dining space, dark wooden tables are surrounded by ledges lined with candles, much like a shrine to birthday cakes.

2827 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles,
CA
US

After earning a master's in sculpture, William Gustwiller immediately put all of those years of education to good use?though not in the way you might expect. He brought his artistic eye and sculptor's hands to the world of exotic chocolates, and he handcrafted enough of the sweets to open up Eclipse Chocolate in 2007.

Now, Gustwiller and his disciples sculpt about a dozen pastries and nearly 100 confections, including "quirky truffles" that were profiled in Food & Wine Magazine. Their artistic media: natural, organic, and sustainable ingredients. With a delicious layer chocolate as its mortar, Eclipse Chocolate has forged a partnership with Guittard Chocolate of San Francisco. The organization works directly with cacao farmers and other agents to source the high-quality, sustainable and fair-trade cacao that Eclipse Chocolate uses exclusively in its products.

Much of that cacao makes its way to Eclipse Chocolate's onsite bistro, where chefs incorporate it into buttermilk pancakes and blend it into what Travel and Leisure called some of "America's Best Hot Chocolate." The bistro, which also won a Silver Fork Award from San Diego Home & Garden magazine in 2013, even finds ways to incorporate chocolate into dinner: just look to the mascarpone meatball, which the chefs serve with a vanilla bean crostini and a cocoa balsamic drizzle.

2121 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in 13 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day lava-powered ovens warm up batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, pecan praline, and white-chocolate raspberry remain constants on the menu, and a new flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all frosted with a signature blend of cream cheese and butter. Each Nothing Bundt Cakes location also houses its own stock of gifts. Patrons may come across the brightly hued handle of a confetti cake knife or opt to take home an old-fashioned tin, perfect for stowing coffee and imprisoning gingerbread men who have tried to run away. Contact the location of your choice for gift pricing and availability.

2721 Aborn Rd.
San Jose,
CA
US

Lou’s Cafe: A User’s Guide

Generously Stacked Sandwiches | Toasted to Order | Housemade Sauces and Spreads

Sample Menu

  • Sandwich: LLB Special—roast beef, turkey, ham, swiss, provolone, and Lou’s Special Sauce on dutch crunch
  • Side: new england clam chowder
  • Beverage: iced caffe mocha

About the Owners: After 19 years in a delicatessen catering department, Ramana Brodeth knew her way around a sandwich. In 2010, she and her sons, TJ and Mark, opened Lou’s Cafe. One of them is always behind the counter, crafting inventive, satisfying sandwiches and topping them with Lou’s Special Sauce, a housemade garlic-and-herb aioli.

From the Press

  • “This family run cafe in San Francisco's Richmond District is exactly what a good sandwich shop should be - incredibly welcoming, with fresh, filling sandwiches at honest prices.” — SFGate
  • “The fixings are primo, to be sure, but its Lou’s sauces and breads that separate them from the San Francisco sandwich pack.” — The Daily Meal
  • “We're partial to the LLB Special on Dutch Crunch, but we think the breakfast sandwich is the most rave-worthy item here.” — SF Weekly

Inside Tips

  • Because seating is sparse, most customers take their orders to go.
  • Don’t be daunted by a long line—it moves pretty quickly.
  • To minimize your wait, download GoPago to order from your phone. When you get to Lou’s, skip the line and go straight to the GoPago pickup spot.

Vocab Lesson
Dutch crunch: also called “tiger bread,” this roll features a mottled exterior that hides a soft, chewy center. Bakers use sesame oil to lend it a distinct aroma, and paint the top with rice paste before baking it to create a cracked appearance and salty-sweet flavor.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Take a stroll through Clement Nursery (1921 Clement Street), the oldest in SF, housed in lovingly restored farm buildings.

After: Make a picnic of it and let the kids run around the renovated Argonne Playground (18th Avenue & Geary Boulveard); three picnic tables sit alongside the tennis courts.

5017 Geary Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US

In 1975, after lending his expertise to the owners of a sub shop in Sparks, Nevada, public accountant John Larsen realized that his true calling was right beneath his nose?and it smelled delicious. Larsen wanted to make sandwiches, and it wasn?t long before locals eagerly supported his dream.

A community-wide contest helped to name Larsen?s enterprise Port of Subs, a name that now, after nearly four decades, graces approximately 140 locales. Each shop has a crew of sandwich makers that prepares subs to order in front of customers, piling freshly sliced meats between toasted bread with hand-painted grill marks. Cold subs feature filling combinations such as roast beef and provolone or peppered pastrami and swiss, available on wheat, white, or sourdough bread. Oven-baked grillers enclose barbecue pulled pork, new york steak and cheese, and other savory meats.

In addition to feeding the locals, Port of Subs partners with community organizations for fundraisers and other events.

8879 N Chestnut Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

Rivers Edge Cafe aims to put a spin on the traditional, Americana-steeped diner by creating a casual neighborhood eatery that serves slightly more imaginative versions of otherwise familiar comfort foods. Tempting diners with the opportunity to enjoy three meals a day, the chefs begin each morning by cooking a number of breakfast staples. Buttermilk pancakes and country fried steak are classics, but they also cook omelets using three farm-fresh eggs and everything from artichoke hearts and kalamata olives to smoked salmon and capers. They even update the traditional side of hash browns by creating a version stuffed with bacon, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. As the sun begins to set, the cafe serves its selection of hearty, home-style dinner entrees, including housemade meatloaf flavored with garlic, onions, and green bell peppers, and penne pasta tossed with crisp vegetables, shrimp, and a balsamic glaze.

Much like its menu, Rivers Edge Cafe's dining room exudes a decidedly casual vibe that is more reminiscent of a bistro than a diner. Gleaming wooden tables and low-backed booths fill the dark floors, which still manage to catch the light streaming through the walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. Tulip-shaped pendant lamps hang above a few of the tables, but, as night falls, the ceiling fans' lights help keep the space illuminated as they lazily spin above patrons' heads and keep guests cool as they sip on one of the available craft beers or wines imported from the future.

8740 La Riviera Dr
Sacramento,
CA
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