Ancient Egyptian philosopher Amenemope famously said, “Better is bread with a happy heart than wealth with vexation or a bubble bath with a mall Santa.” Celebrate life’s greatest staple food in all its forms with today’s Groupon to European Breads Bakery. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get a choice of two crepes or two sandwiches (up to a $19.90 value).
- For $10, you get a punch card valid for four loaves of bread (a $19.80 value).<p>
The kneading crew of European Breads Bakery rises up more than 25 loaf varieties using artisanal techniques learned in the proprietor’s European homeland of Georgia and concocts a hot-food menu of filling crepes and sandwiches. Like choosing a favourite friend, choosing a favourite crepe can be difficult until you’ve met all the candidates—a predicament eased by endowing guests with two crepes made with a choice of organic white, spelt, or buckwheat flour. Nibble on a smoked salmon specialty crepe filled with cream cheese and spinach, or keep meals sweet with a fresh apple-and-cinnamon dessert crepe. Alternatively, munchers can spend their time hugging rather than eating the squeezable bread strata of the roast beef panini with sautéed mushrooms and mozzarella, or revelling in the herbivorous trappings of a spinach, feta cheese, and tomato panini.
Those opting for a bread punch card can scoop up a quartet of freshly hatched dough sculptures at their whim, with fluffed creations including such grain collaborations as the hearty quinoa barley loaf. A Ukrainian-style rye loaf serves as a solid foundation upon which to construct sandwiches or build a scale model of Kiev out of deli meats; oat bread or any of its peers can be sliced to avoid the hassles of unhinging jaws for whole-loaf consumption.
Eschewing modernity's machine-based baking, European Breads handcrafts artisanal loaves using ancient recipes that are hundreds or even thousands of years old. Bakers start with natural and unrefined ingredients, which they ferment into dough, knead until it's the right consistency, and mould into chewy baguettes, sweet challah, and convincing replicas of Rodin's The Thinker, assuming the statue had raisins for eyes. At the tables in European Bread's airy café, guests can also help themselves to delicious European specialties such as crepes, perogies, and stuffed cabbage rolls.