Coffee & Treats in California

$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

$5 $2.75

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

Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies at Yogen Früz (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Yogen Früz

Westfield Oakridge

$10 $6

Creamy probiotic-rich frozen yogurt available in nonfat, no-sugar-added & lactose-free varieties & piled with fresh-fruit mix-ins & toppings

One or Three Groupons, Each Good for One 2-Scoop Serving of Groupon Crunch for a Cause Ice Cream

Bi-Rite Creamery

Multiple Locations

$4 $4

(7793)

Limited-edition flavor blends ginger-caramel, vanilla, and chocolate-dipped sugar-cone chunks, with proceeds going to local charities

$10 for $20 Worth of Treats at Cookie Connection and Cookie Company

Cookie Connection and Cookie Company

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

(225)

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

Three-, Five-, or Seven-Day Stage Two Juice Cleanse from Revive Juice Bar (Up to 55% Off)

Revive Juice Bar

Revive Juice

$210 $99

(79)

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

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Hot Drink Purchases For One Month After First Use at Kilovolt Coffee

Kilovolt Coffee

Oakland

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off hot drink purchases for one month after first use

Ice Cream and Treats or an Eight-Inch Dairy Queen Cake at Dairy Queen (Up to 40% Off)

Dairy Queen

Riverside

$10 $6

Classic ice-cream outpost dishes out soft serve flavored with candy, cookies, or fruit, or eight-inch cakes for all special celebrations

1- or 2-Dozen Gluten-Free Macarons or 4 Snow Fluffs with 2 Toppings Each at Macaronage Macarons (Up to 50% Off)

Macaronage Macarons

Stockton

$15.99 $10

Gluten-free shop bakes up macarons in flavors such as pink champagne; snow fluff blends sweet condensed milk with no-calorie shaved ice

$18 for $30 Worth of Cakes, Danishes, and Pastries at French’s Pastry Bakery

French's Pastry Bakery

Multiple Locations

$30 $18

Signature wagon-wheel danishes with fruit or chocolate, both with cream cheese; rotating selection of cupcakes, pies, and custom cakes

$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

$10 $5.50

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

$12 for $20 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Sweet Tart Frozen Yogurt

Sweet Tart Frozen Yogurt

Moreno Valley

$20 $12

(63)

Self-serve frozen yogurt in sweet and tart flavors, topped with candy, fruit, nuts, and sauces

$3 for $6 Worth of Smoothies — It's All Healthy

It's All Healthy

Glendale

$6 $3

16oz. healthy meal-replacement shake

12 Cupcakes or a Kids' Cupcake-Decorating Party for 10 at Bubba Sweets Beach Blvd Location (Up to 42% Off)

Bubba Sweets

Beach Blvd

$33 $19

(15)

Up to 10 children decorate cupcakes in 13 flavors including thin mint, cheesecake, maple-toffee bacon, and strawberry lemonade

One Dozen Cupcakes or $12 for $20 Worth of Baked Goods at Bake You Happy

Bake You Happy

Santa Clarita

$36 $22

Up to 13 flavors of cupcake each day, plus cake pops, cupcake jars, brownies, Rice Krispie treats, and other baked goods

$12 for $20 Worth of Cream Puffs and Baked Goods at Beard Papas Garden Grove

Beard Papas Garden Grove

Garden Grove

$20 $12

(28)

International bakery fills crunchy pie-crust exterior with natural custard and whipped cream alongside other baked goods and sweet beverages

Small, Medium, or Large Tray of Baklava at Baklava Factory (Up to 43%)

Baklava Factory

Multiple Locations

$12 $7

Trays filled with baklava in flavors such as almond caramel, traditional walnut, finger cashew, or chocolava with walnut and cinnamon

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Shave Ice at JR's Hawaiian Shave Ice ($20 Value)

JR's Hawaiian Shave Ice

Ocenaside

$10 $5.50

Low calorie, fluffy shave ice absorbs syrups that range in flavor from coconut and guava to cajun red hot

One Dozen Cake Pops or Cupcakes, or Baked Goods at Ontario Bakery (50% Value)

Ontario Bakery

Ontario

$24 $12

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

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

Cafe Del Sol

Lancaster

$4 $2

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

Tea-Time Sampler with Sandwiches and Scones for Two or Four at Dori's Tea Cottage (Up to 42% Off)

Dori's Tea Cottage

Groveland

$32.95 $19

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

Juices and Smoothies at Juice It Up! (40% Off)

Juice It Up!

Corona

$10 $6

Raw juice bar specializes in fresh juices, real fruit smoothies, acai bowls, and healthy snacks

$11 for Frozen Yogurt Punchcard at MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt ($20 Value)

MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

(179)

Choose from up to ten flavors of frozen yogurt, and top it with more than 70 topping options

$22 for One Dozen Classic Size Gourmet Cupcakes at Cuppies Delicious Cupcakes ($35.50 Value)

Cuppies Delicious Cupcakes

Torrance

$35.50 $22

(99)

Gourmet cupcakes made from scratch in a wide variety of flavors, including red velvet, carrot cake, vanilla bean, and cherry lime

Four or Two Dozen Mini Cupcakes at The Cupcake Shoppe (Up to 52% Off)

The Cupcake Shoppe

Hayward

$60 $29

(129)

Bite-size cupcakes available in the following flavors: vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, snickerdoodle, strawberry, lemon, and marble

$12.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Ice Cream at Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt ($24 Total Value)

Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt

Multiple Locations

$8 $4.33

(14)

Flash-freeze process yields more than 30 flavors of smooth, tasty ice cream at the customer's desired consistency

$10 for $16 Worth of Cream Puffs at Beard Papa's

Beard Papa's

Pasadena

$16 $10

(142)

International bakery fills crunchy pie-crust puffs with whipped cream alongside éclairs and other bakery items

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

AmeriKettle

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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

$12 for $20 Worth of Frozen Treats at Oahu Shave Ice & Ice Cream

Oahu Shave Ice & Ice Cream

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(265)

Choose from Hawaiian-style ices in 80 flavors—such as root beer, mango, or chocolate—as well as ice cream and sundaes

$10 for Five Groupons, Each Good for One 10-Ounce Yogurt or Large Gelato at Yogurt Time Cafe Roseville ($20 Total Value)

Yogurt Time Cafe Roseville

The Brickyard

$4 $2

Flavors vary from week to week but popular varieties include country vanilla, mango sorbet, and peanut-butter cup, and cable Car Chocolate

$13 for Five Groupons, Each Good for One Tea Drink at Jazen Tea (Up to $22 Value)

Jazen Tea

Multiple Locations

$4.40 $2.60

(139)

Drinks brewed with Taiwanese tea leaves and crammed full of fresh fruit bits, plus fresh fruit smoothies topped with whipped cream

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

Lollicup

El Monte

$32.50 $14

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

$15 for a 45-Minute Chocolate-Tasting Tour for Two at Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo ($30 Value)

Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(106)

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

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

Mantra Yoga and Juice

Carlsbad

$6 $3

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

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

Cafe Valentino

Burbank

$20 $12

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

Asian-Fusion Deli Food and Drinks at Reza Cafe (Up to 49% Off)

Reza Cafe

Temecula

$17.50 $9

(58)

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

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

$16 $10

(83)

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

Homestyle Comfort Food at Bonnie Lu's Country Café (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Bonnie Lu's Country Cafe

Ojai

$15 $8

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

20 or 40 Gallons of Alkaline Water or 5 Shave Ices at Water Shack (Up to 50% Off)

Water Shack

Vista

$14 $7

Pure, alkaline drinking water infused with trace minerals for an approximate pH of 9.9; shave ice in flavors like coconut and cotton candy

Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt Zone Nut Tree (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Yogurt Zone Nut Tree

Vacaville

$10 $5

(5)

Top a mixture of yogurt flavors, such as cake batter and pistachio, with fruit, candy, granola, cereal, or nut toppings

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Treats at Snow Bar ($20 Value)

Snow Bar

Westminster

$10 $5.50

(69)

Lightly shaved "snow" treats in flavors such as raspberry and salted caramel topped with fresh fruit and nuts

One or Two Dozen Cupcakes or $25 for $50 Toward Custom Cakes at BC Cakes and Bakery

BC Cakes and Bakery

San Marcos

$30 $15

Bakery creates a large variety of sweets, from custom cakes for birthdays and weddings, to basic cupcakes

$17.49 for a 16" Custom Cookie Cake at Mrs. Fields (Up to $29.99 Value)

Mrs. Fields

Multiple Locations

$29.99 $17.49

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

Bubble Tea at Lollicup Coffee & Tea in West LA, Alhambra, Rowland Heights, and Riverside

Lollicup Coffee & Tea

Multiple Locations

$11 $6.50

(657)

Drinks, flavored milk teas, and smoothies infused with fresh fruits and boba tapioca pearls; Asian snacks & combo plates with rice or noodle

Wedding-Cake Packages Serving 60, 100, 200, or 80 from Let 'em Eat Cake (Up to 56% Off)

Let 'em Eat Cake

Livermore

$450 $199

(140)

Custom cakes iced with buttercream with two accent colors, piped designs, flowers, and delivery; options include tasting and consult

$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Sweets at Jantz Cafe & Bakery ($18 Total Value)

Jantz Cafe & Bakery

Merced

$6 $3.33

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

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

Sweetie Pies

Central Napa

$16 $9

(191)

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

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

The Thinnery

The Thinnery

$19 $11

(39)

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

$15 for $30 Worth of Desserts at Cupcake Craving

Cupcake Craving

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(303)

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

Wedding Cakes from Sweetart Creative Baking (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Sweetart Creative Baking

Multiple Locations

$100 $50

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

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

The Cake Shop

Apple Valley

$36 $18

(29)

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

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

Beard Papas - Milpitas

Milpitas

$20 $13

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

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

Raging Boba

Multiple Locations

$6 $3

(110)

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

$12 for $24 Worth of Bulk Candy at Powell's Sweet Shoppe

Powell's Sweet Shoppe

Laguna Niguel

$24 $12

(88)

Nostalgic store stocks sweets from early 1900s classics such as Charleston Chews to later favorites such as mallo cups and candy necklaces

$12 for Five Groupons, Each Good for One Shave Ice with Vitamin Blast at Snowopolis ($22.50 Total Value)

Snowopolis

Montebello

$4.50 $2.40

Shave ice sweetened with up to 120 flavors; vitamin blast adds vitamins or energy boost

Three Groupons for Large Smoothies or Acai Berry Bowls at Bombshell Brownies (Up to 50% Off)

Bombshell Brownies - Food & Drink

Carmichael

$5 $2.66

Healthy bowls piled with superfruit acai berries, blueberries, strawberries, and nuts; cool, blended smoothies made with fresh fruit

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

Bobana

Huntington Park

$4 $2.20

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

$12 for $20 Worth of Cakes, Cookies, and Baked Goods at A Piece of Cake and Confections

A Piece of Cake and Confections

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

Handmade baked goods and confections such as egg nog pies, chocolate truffles, and dark chocolate mousse cupcakes

$20 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Treats at BAMBU Desserts and Drinks ($20 Value)

BAMBU Desserts and Drinks

Rocklin

$5 $2.75

Asian-inspired sweets and drinks include milk teas with tapioca pearls, chilled pandan, and a bevy of coffee and chai beverages

Flavored Shave Ice at Shave It (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Shave It

Arcadia

$12 $6

Shave ice spiked with more than 28 flavors, such as guava and root beer, or blended with 12 flavors of ice cream; 6 toppings available

$10.79 for 10 Boba Milk Teas at Lollicup ($21.70 Value)

Lollicup

Diamond Bar

$21.70 $10.79

Taiwanese black teas are spruced up with creamer and chewy tapioca pearls

Two-Flavor Assortment of 12 or 24 Gluten-Free, Vegan Mini Cupcakes at Sensitive Sweets (Up to 40% Off)

Sensitive Sweets

North Orange County

$42 $25

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

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

Cookies By Design

Santee

$10 $6

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

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

$12 $7

(77)

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

Four Caramel Apples or Two Pounds of Fudge from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Up to 43% Off)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Lake Elsinore

$31.80 $18

Granny Smith apples coated in a thick layer of handmade caramel; fudge cooked in copper kettles from fresh ingredients

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

Roc's Cupcakes

Watsonville

$12 $7.50

(33)

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

Queen’s Tea for Two or Four at Two A Tea in Glendora (Up to 47% Off)

Two A Tea

Two a Tea

$51.90 $28

(96)

More than 40 types of tea available during afternoon tea service, where platters are stocked with sandwiches, scones, and dainty desserts

$12 for $20 Worth of Cream Puffs and Drinks at Beard Papa’s

Beard Papa's

Cerritos

$20 $12

(231)

International bakery fills crunchy pie-crust exterior with natural custard and whipped cream alongside other baked goods and sweet beverages

$10 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Ice Cream and Treats at Alka Pure Water ($20 Value)

Alka Pure Water

West Sacramento

$5 $2.50

Gunther's Ice Creams available in a dozen flavors, plus Merlino's Fruit Freeze, coffee drinks and shaved ice made with real sugar

Cupcakes, Desserts, and Sandwiches at Sugar and Spice Bakery (40% Off)

Sugar and Spice Bakery

La Mirada

$20 $12

(39)

Choose from a variety of decadent options, such as jumbo cupcakes, lemon tarts, chocolate eclairs, or cream horns, or enjoy a deli sandwich

One Dozen Cupcakes or Assorted Baked Goods at Buttercream (Up to 49% Off)

Buttercream

Poway

$37 $19

Cupcakes in flavors such as key-lime pie or chocolate mint, or an assortment of cannolis, cheesecakes, and brownies

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt ($20 Value)

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

Cypress

$10 $5.50

(24)

A rotating selection of more than 50 self-serve frozen-yogurt flavors topped with goodies of your choice

One, Two, or Four Dozen Regular, Mixed, Jelly, or Fancy Donuts at The Pink Box Donut Shop (Up to 55% Off)

The Pink Box Donut Shop

Multiple Locations

$15.50 $7.50

(39)

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

$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

$70 $39

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

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Chocolate Treats at Choco Fruit, CA ($20 Value)

Choco Fruit, CA

Brea-Olinda

$10 $5.50

(6)

The specialty dessert shop sells a range of tantalizing treats, including chocolate-covered pineapple and flowing chocolate fountains

One or Two Dozen Mini Cupcakes at Cake Bakeshop (Up to 42% Off)

Cake Bakeshop

Manhattan Beach

$22 $12.75

(90)

Bakers use in-season ingredients to craft mini-cupcake flavors such as Lime in the Coconut, which is coconut cake with key-lime filling

Juice Tasting 101 with Customized One-Day Cleanse Package for One or Two at The Spot Cafe (62% Off)

The Spot Cafe

Claremont

$65 $25

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

Blue Bell Ice Cream, Dole Whip and Frozen Treats at Whipp'd LA (Up to 52% Off)

Whipp'd LA

West Hollywood

$11 $5.50

Blue Bell ice cream and cool low-fat, lactose-free Dole Whip are served in a variety of flavors at exclusive locations

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

Java Johnny's

Fair Oaks

$5 $3

(5)

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

$13 for $20 Worth of Ice Cream and Frozen Treats at Baskin Robbins

Baskin Robbins

Los Gatos

$20 $13

Under new ownership, this location offers a large menu of ice cream cakes, pies, milkshakes, rolls, and more

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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

Not long after beginning their relationship, Fabrison’s co-owners Fabrice and Alison—from Marseilles, France and Columbus, Ohio, respectively—traveled to Europe together, seeking a change of scenery. Inspired by the warm hospitality of European cafés, they returned home to open their own cozy shop, combining their first names to form its distinctive moniker.

Crepes are the specialty at Fabrison’s, with customers perusing a menu of sweet, savory, and breakfast iterations of the traditional French food. The La Galette combines ham, mushrooms, and spinach with a fried egg, whereas the L’Isabelle keeps its ingredients as simple as Count von Count’s locker combination, mingling sugar, butter, and a topping of powdered sugar. Patrons can begin their mornings with a spot of espresso and Fabrice’s Breakfast Crepe, filled with sausage, bacon, and spicy harissa sauce. Rounding out the menu is a selection of patisserie-style desserts and pastries.

The couple’s friends and family helped them plan their café’s look, with Fabrice’s mother sending over photos and swatches from European cafes, which influenced its bright palette of crimson, gold, and washed turquoise. Alison’s mother sewed the gingham curtains on the windows, and artist Derek Little created the vivid painting on the front window. Fabrison’s also shares French culture with the community through regular evening events that include crepe-cooking classes, French movie nights, French speaking classes, and French kissing workshops.

1425 India St
San Diego,
CA
US

Cinnabar Hills Golf Club is named after the rich, red ore mined from its hills in the 19th century. Its three 9-hole layouts?The Canyon, The Lake, and The Mountain?foreshadow the property's topographical variety. Elevation changes and scenic overlooks are a constant across this 27-hole complex sculpted into San Jose's southern foothills. The 9-hole layouts can be combined into six different 18-hole playing experiences, keeping the adventure fresh as players select from multiple tee boxes, putt on exceptional Northern California greens, and relish scenic views throughout the course. Oak trees fill the landscape and attract a diverse population of wildlife, including red-tail hawks known for preying on unsuspecting bunker rakes. The enchanting layout and location have helped the course garner numerous awards, including the title of Best Public Golf Course from the San Jose Mercury News, San Jose Magazine, Metro, and the Silicon Valley Concierge Association for many years in a row.

After rounds, golfers can refuel at the full-service restaurant and bar, or bask in the game's rich history at the Brandenburg Historical Golf Museum. Full-size replicas of the four major championship trophies glisten in the display cases, along with a host of other golf artifacts.

23600 McKean 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

With baskets full of hand-plucked, wild blueberries, Vincent Colombet and his cousins happily crammed into their Alsatian grandmother's tiny kitchen. In that quaint room, equipped with only a wood-burning cast-iron stove, Vincent learned over the years how to tuck berries into pies, prepare meats sourced from neighboring farms, and eventually produce elaborate meals for his entire family.

Driven by his passion for French family-style cuisine, he traveled to Paris before a longing for experiences abroad tugged him across the pond and into the arms of the Windy City in 2004. The following year he opened Cook Au Vin, where he leads three-hour BYOB cooking classes centered around classic techniques and organic ingredients. Patrons may also enlist the Cook Au Vin team to cater special events, or swing by Colombet's Logan Square bakery, La Boulangerie, for butter-infused inhalations, freshly made crepes, and crusty baguettes.

730 W Shaw 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
US

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