Dining etiquette requires one to use a soupspoon for gazpacho, a dessertspoon for crème brûlée, and chopsticks for fitting in when dining with walrus. Learn to harness an arsenal of utensils with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a lavish brunch for two at Café Merlot (up to a $94.85 total value). The brunch includes the following:
- Two breakfast specials (up to a $31.90 value)
- Domestic cheese platter (a $13.95 value)
- Bottle of house champagne, pitcher of sangria, or two CM mimosas (up to a $40 value)
- Two coffees or beverages (up to a $9 value)<p>
Nestled among Bernardo Winery’s trailing grape vines, Café Merlot serves an elegant brunch spread on its olive tree-shaded patio or within its indoor café. Chef Daniel Reynolds and sous-chef Stella Midori-Mokofski fashion the breakfast menu with Kahlua-infused french toast and steel-cut oatmeal that bench-presses craisins and hunks of brown sugar with its rippling oats. Lobster eggs benedict reclines atop warm focaccia surrounded by a sea of breakfast potatoes. Duos can clink fizzy champagne, mimosas, or glasses of sangria bejeweled with fruit as they nibble California cheeses off a platter piled with olives, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes. Brunch is served from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and tangos across tongues to the accompaniment of live music on Friday mornings and Saturday mornings.