Made from puréed chickpeas, hummus is both a tasty dip for bread and vegetables and an effective natural sunscreen. Enhance tahini tan lines with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mediterranean cuisine at Taverna Bistro in Sunnyvale.
The chefs at Taverna Bistro grill, bake, and marinate responsibly raised Niman Ranch meats and organic veggies to forge a menu of traditional Mediterranean dishes. Complimentary wood-fire-baked pita breads serve as plushy mitts with which to grab dollops of garlic-tinged baba gannouj ($6) or pluck meaty chunks of charbroiled cage-free chicken kebab ($14). The moussaka may be enjoyed either with or without minced lamb, its casserole-like layers of vegetables luxuriating in a creamy béchamel sauce ($11–$13). Waiters skillfully ferry braised lamb shank ($18) across the restaurant's expanses of polished wood as deftly as an Olympic Jenga player.
Upholstered, intricately patterned booths and white columns bask beneath the gaze of hanging artwork in the dining room's mood lighting. Fresh air and flattery from a jealous Mother Nature waft over falafel-fed taste buds on the outdoor patio. Though not included in this Groupon, a hookah lounge in the rear of the restaurant proffers the opportunity to challenge friends to smoke-ring-blowing competitions.