Although many inventions have been hailed as the "greatest thing since sliced bread," none of these other innovations have been as popular as bread in the pigeon community. Please pigeons and technophiles alike with the cutting-edge loaf technology of today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of pastries, cookies, sandwiches, and other bakery bites at Girard Gourmet in La Jolla.
Raised on a Belgium farm, pastry pro Francois Goedhuys now peppers palates with European fare handcrafted from seasonal produce often plucked from his organic garden. The bistro's breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu tempts stoic tongues with a treasure trove of healthful noshables. Tuck in the eggplant sandwich painted with pesto and flattered with cheese on eight-grain or french-italian bread ($7.95) or the lamb stew swimming with german potatoes ($12.75).
After savory-seeking incisors sink into the spinach-and-mushroom quiche ($7.50), sweet teeth can quell saccharine cravings with a deluge of delicacies, such as the double-fudge cookie ($1.75) or apple-strudel croissant ($3.00). Peruse the pastries row on row in the comforting cream-walled eatery, where exposed beams lend an Old World charm and a cuckoo clock alerts guests to the time with a series of quaintly barked military orders.