The trained ice artists at Signature Ice Sculptures handcraft each frosty luge, allowing party hosts to send liquids careening down ice art never touched a by mold or machine. Watch hotheaded beverages cool down as they trickle through the custom-designed luge, fashioned from a majestic 3.5-foot-tall block of Olympic-medal-winning frozen water. Bring a cold conversation piece to a fire-throwing party, or have the frosty chiselers sculpt a luge with the name of your grandmother's favorite cat for its birthday gala. The details of each sculpture last around four to six hours at 70- to 75-degree temperatures, and eventually melt down into equally beautiful puddle art.
Tea leaves spend their childhoods dreaming of snowmen, igloos, and ice fishing, but are all too often summoned to a fate of scalding teapots. The friendly crew at Bubblehead fulfills tea dreams with a full menu of refreshments, including everything from iced teas to specialty smoothies. Today's deal gives you the freedom to choose from any of the shop's iced green or black bubble teas, providing 16 ounces of happy peace of mind through flavors such as honey green tea, peach green tea, lychee green tea, black milk tea, watermelon black tea, lemon honey black tea, and more. Black teas are excellent partiers as well as wonderful friends for gently stimulating blood flow and brain activity without over-caffeinating the heart. Similarly, green tea has a plethora of pleasant benefits, like helping dieters burn calories and aiding in the prevention of tooth decay.
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt's staff prepares self-serve yogurt in a choice of tart or creamy flavors that complement a vast selection of fruit, nut, and candy toppings. The shop encourages democratic principles by allowing each patron to create their own delectable masterpiece without having to smudge self-portraits onto fruit roll-ups. The rotating roster of cold treats has included kiwi, peach, and red velvet, and the probiotic-filled yogurts offer a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream. Tutti Frutti, like an airline, maintains an international presence, only serves peanuts to augment the enjoyment of its primary service, and offers outdoor seating.
NOLA Tropical Winery's stock brims with unique cork complements that range from utilitarian koozies to artsy cork cages. The shop's arsenal of accessories lets fermentation fans pour their choice of nectar into a Rednek wine glass ($19.99), a classic mason jar affixed with a chalice stem and screw-on lid for mess-free inebriation and appropriate accompaniment to black-tie hog-wrasslin' parties. Bottles become objets de beauté on a stainless steel double-arc wine balance ($13.99). For wine-inspired olfactory enjoyment or a wine-inspired way to burn junk mail, Tropical Wine soy-blend candles ($17.99), including bosky Florida Fever and sweet and grassy King Kiwi, abound in scents to match NOLA's fruit-based libations.
Classic German Deli | Lauded Root Beer | Historic Location | Signature Hot Mustard
What to Drink: There are a handful of domestic and German beers available, but the real star of the show is the root beer. So, grab a frosty mug of it and down it as quickly as you please. There’s a free refill included with every order.
Inside Tip: There’s a bottle of Schilo’s hot mustard sitting on every table, just waiting for diners to slather it on their sausage plates or deli sandwiches. But heed this warning: the mustard has a significant kick that’s been described by its fans as a “sinus-clearing” heat.
Looking Back: Schilo’s provides a glimpse back to a different San Antonio—one heavily populated with German immigrants and influenced by the customs they brought from home. Papa Fritz Schilo was one of those immigrants, as well as the owner of several saloons until Prohibition forced him to into the deli business in 1917. The business was passed down from Schilo to Schilo over the generations, until ownership finally left the family. Even so, the same commitment to good cooking that helped make the deli a mainstay still exists as it prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
The Vibe: Schilo’s occupies a cavernous space that served as a mercantile exchange in the 19th century. The mercantile’s old vault now serves as the deli’s walk-in refrigerator, and dozens of signs and other knickknacks line the walls to remind visitors of their centuries-old surroundings.
While winter is the best time to engage in "Internetainments" such as solitaire, lonelitaire, and playing charades with your mirror, today's deal will get you back out into the physical world for a little human interaction. For $27, you get one ticket to see the Atlantic Theater Company's production of Ages of the Moon at the Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea (a $65 value). You can use your Groupon to see any performance during the show's run (January 12 to March 7, 2010), so long as there are tickets available. Check out the theater's calendar of show dates and times here.