Kettlepop's commitment to quality ingredients and old-fashioned preparation make its product highly distinctive. Each Kettlepop kernel gets equal treatment in a patented, fire-burning kettle of their own design, and small batches ensure that every bag is fresh and evenly cooked. Sample a classic with a large bag of kettle corn ($8.95), their most popular concoction. Medium-sized appetites meet their matches with medium bags of cheese ($6.95) and caramel ($8.95) flavors. A small bag of chocolate drizzles ($6.95), kettle corn covered in dark and white chocolate, combines sweet and salty in a union as unexpected yet satisfying as popping bubble wrap in the bathtub. Tins of this versatile treat also make great gifts: a 3.5 gallon gift tin with a three-flavor combo shows popcorn-loving friends and enemies with braces exactly how you feel.
Inside Santo Market, Japanese, Chinese, and Hawaiian foods line the shelves, tended to by staffers who can offer up culinary input in English, Chinese, or Spanish. A San Jose staple since 1946, the full service grocery specializes in Asian cuisine. They also serve deli meat and pre-made dishes including homemade Japanese pickles, seafood croissants, and beef teriyaki sandwiches, which guests can enjoy alongside cups of hot coffee and espresso.
The centerpiece of Antipastos is a century-old ravioli machine that turns out delicious pasta stuffed with meat, cheese, or vegetables. The restaurant’s other specialties include homemade sausages, meatballs, and deli sandwiches served on breads baked fresh daily.
Willow Glen Meats makes 95% off its food in house, and that includes sausage, pastrami, and beef jerky. Sandwiches are customizable by bread, cheese, and meat—try a sausage or pork-loin sandwich on Dutch Crunch bread and make it your own with cheeses like provolone, pepper jack, or smoked cheddar.
Produce Spot specializes in fresh fruits and vegetables grown on local farms. The hearty sustenance shack boasts a huge variety of organic vegetables and fruits including juicy gala apples, adorable baby bok choy, and pleasantly plump avocados ($1.45–$5.99/lb.). Conventional fruits and veggies such as grapefruits and artichokes provide all the ingredients for a perfect grapefruit-and-artichoke salad ($0.55–$1.99/lb.). Water your lactose tree with a fine selection of conventional and organic dairy products ($0.99–$6.75). Melt-in-your-mouth sweet breads and croissants are consistently worthy morning treats, fueling an entire day's worth of procrastination ($3.25–$3.85). Ready-made salad and sautéed veggie dishes are also available for busy chefs and imposter restaurateurs.
Following in the words of Japanese arts scholar Okakura Kakuzo, “Strangely enough humanity has so far met in a teacup.” Today's Groupon invites you and your humanity to $20 worth of tea from Puripan Tea Garden for $10. Spend some quality time focusing deeply on your qi and forgetting about your problematic investment in that miniature-barn-animal company.