A well-timed dose of cupcakes can make a dull winter bright, bring a smile to the face of a child, and even play a pivotal role in diffusing tensions during an XYZ Affair. Resolve your own diplomatic crisis by appeasing your sweet tooth with today's Groupon. For $6, you get a 12-pack of mini cupcakes from LA Sweets in South Miami, a $12.84 value. There is no purchase limit, so addiction is imminent. However, there is a limit of one redemption per visit to help curb any ensuing mini-cupcake dependency.
Slow down and watch the world go by with today's Groupon: $10 buys you $20 worth of lunch, dinner, and/or drinks at GreenStreet Cafe, the outdoor lounge and catch-all restaurant in Coconut Grove. Owners Sylvano and Maida Bignon have created a relaxed haven where folks of all stripes (and occasionally plaids) stop for food, libations, and conversation from early morning until the wee hours; GreenStreet's lively European patio is open until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, drawing diners all day long as well as those just stopping in for a mango martini or pama mojito. This deal is only valid at the Miami location and for food and libations from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m., the 12-hour period known to the ancient Greeks as The Nap of Sophrosyne. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Her predictions are certainties, her present is the future, her sight is foresight, and for unrelated reasons, her Sprite is Dr. Pepper. Today's Groupon is your trans-dimensional ticket to a reading from Mrs. Fifi, in the future. For $19, you get one-on-one access to her abilities in an ESP psychic reading, an intangible $60 value. She'll peer deep into your mind and the space-time continuum, bringing her 30 years of experience along for the ride. Your Groupon is only good for in-person readings, so astronauts wondering if they'll make it home okay, hang in there and don't let the hyper monkey get at the controls.
Within its first year of production, Samuel Adams' beer was being distributed to Germany, so it's no surprise the notable brewery has since expanded to host its own Oktoberfest. The fifth-annual Sam Adams Octoberfest?held on September 19 and 20?packs 16 days of merrymaking into one weekend in the spirit of Bavarian tradition, with authentic food and music. High-voltage polka group Terry Cavanagh and the Alpine Express provide the event's soundtrack. Of course, Bavarian cuisine and seasonal brews are the focus of the fall festival, but they aren't its only authentic elements. The weekend also includes a Miss Octoberfest contest, whose winner is awarded a crown of artfully woven pretzels.
Small wrought-iron chandeliers, pendant lamps, and track fixtures bathe Focaccia Bistro's rustic-modern interior in an amber glow, illuminating towering wooden wine racks stuffed with European vintages. Though the white-clothed tables carry elegantly plated dishes of risotto, shellfish pasta, and handmade ravioli, the bistro's decor extends beyond Italy, enticing passersby with full-length front windows that evoke the aura of a 1930s-era café. French-influenced brunch consisting of croissants and baguettes further enhances the café vibe, as does the beret-sporting ghost that haunts the restrooms.
Enjoy a meal on the go at BannaStrow's, where the chefs work their magic in front of your anticipatory pupils and breakfast is served all day. Start by selecting a crepe, wrep (wrapped crepe), or salad as your edible canvas. Then, throw down your choice of four fresh veggies, a refreshing dressing, and one highly pleasing cheese to complete your creation ($5.95). If for some reason you hit a creperie block, feel free to enjoy any signature item, including good morning breakfast crepes (eggs, mozzarella, cheese, and ham; $3.99), a sweet crepe (strudel supreme with cinnamon apples, caramel sauce, and vanilla ice cream; $6.15), or classic California salads (spring mixed lettuce, tomatoes, croutons, raisins, parmesan, and olive oil; $4.35). By the time your food's prepped, your eyes will have already basted your face in tears of joy and hunger.