Helmed by sisters Rosalina, Monica, Lorena, and Giovanna Ascolani, Coronado Cupcakery brings a welcome dash of the familial to the cozy confines of Coronado. Following in their cupcake-loving mother’s footsteps, the siblings craft creatively flavored desserts each day in the form of red velvet, coconut cake, and lunch-friendly peanut butter and jelly cupcakes—a cousin of the chocolate cake sandwich. In addition to their daily flavors available in store, they custom-design birthday cupcakes, cater weddings, and bake muffins, cookies, and regular-sized cakes.
Bagel Club Marina's grinder hoppers churn with full loads of organic and fair trade coffee beans, dripping into steamy obsidian cups that pair with a full array of New York–style bagels baked daily. Breakfasting pairs lounge in cushy leather chairs or on the brick patio, unwrapping breakfast bagel sandwiches built to order from sundry cheeses, meats, scrambled eggs, and any bagel. Turkey doubles over under a coating of pepper jack cheese, and crisp bacon wraps itself in a blanket of cheddar for one final dream. Alternatively, visitors present their punch cards for a series of five choices from the specialty drink menu, their cups foaming over with frothy lattes and gourmet espressos. Chai lattes and other loose leaf teas fill the requirement for government-mandated tea times, and a slew of iced coffees saves impatient drinkers from scalded taste buds.
Though they're skilled at airbrush tanning, brow shaping, and galvanic facials, the lash experts at Ultimate Lash and Brow specialize in applying semi-permanent eyelash extensions and brow design. They tailor looks to each client’s natural lash length and desired look, whether it be subtle enhancement or dramatic glamour. Aestheticians—who go through continuous training to keep up with innovations—work with clients of all skin types and eye beauty concerns, including small or deep-set eyes, dark shadows, mono-lids, and thin or full eyebrows.
The most modest of these packages, called Flirty Eyes, consists of 15 individual lashes, whereas clients opting for the Event lashes take on 100 new strands. The Masculine Eye treatment is specially designed for those who need masculine lash amplification, ideal for giving stern looks to scare away herds of saber-toothed tigers. The med spa's list of FAQs introduces extension novices to the methods, materials, and processes involved. An onsite product boutique equips clients with the best products for their new strands.
The bakery and café serves up a menu of scratch-made sandwiches and European-style breads from an arsenal of all-natural ingredients, offering breakfast, lunch, and pre-dinner (open until 5 p.m. on weekdays, 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 7 p.m. on Padres game nights). Hand-held creations are assembled atop naturally leavened breads, baked fresh each morning. Celebrate a beauteous moonset with a morning sandwich of two eggs, provolone, optional breakfast meats ($0.75+), and European butter on a fresh-baked roll ($2.75), or mark a day's most middling moment by feasting on a Tuscany sandwich, with fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, olives, onions, and arugula, all drizzled with a savory dressing ($7.25). Bread on Market also serves fresh-made soups ($2.75+), salads ($5.50+), and sweets, including its raspberry-bar cookies ($2.50) and rotating selection of sliced cakes ($3.50). Included with your Groupon is a loaf of bread, so peruse the offerings before settling on a loaf of challah, potato dill, raisin walnut, or olive baton, among others ($6).
The Living Room Coffeehouse tempts customers with a menu of gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare, and a cavalcade of drinks in a converted antique Victorian house. Baristas expertly blend berries with chocolate, coffee, and ice in the iced strawberry mocha ($4.35/large) and steam milk for the foamy cappuccino ($3.25/small; $3.65/large) by talking loudly about the virtues of soy. For breakfast, diners grab a tortilla and excavate the layers of pinto beans, ham, tomato, steamed scrambled eggs, and melted cheese that make up the Eggs Mexicana ($6.50).
Bakers bring organic and artisan breads to a golden-brown finish on a daily basis, as well as create all of the sauces and flatbreads that play starring roles at their new late-night bistro. The inventive menu features small plates such as beef carpaccio and buffalo mozzarella bruschetta, as well as more sizable entrees, including a meatball panini and a pear-and-gorgonzola flatbread. A carefully compiled list of wines and local beers helps complement meals and make Grandpa’s claims of signing the Declaration of Independence more believable.