Recipes are written in a language all their own, leading amateur cooks to confuse a pinch for a dash or forget that the chef's word for "water" is "salt." Trust a native speaker with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of South American fare at The Olive Market in Redding.
The Olive Market's menu of South American dishes shoos away hunger inside a café decked with colorful paintings, green plants, and dangling lamps. Eaters begin meals by curtseying to forks or dipping chips into a mound of house-made guacamole ($7). Stacked between foccacia bread, the traditional Uruguayan chivito sandwich pleases palates with chicken or steak, fried egg, ham, bacon, provolone, and tomato ($12). Cooks sprinkle south-of-the-border flavors onto quesadillas stuffed with chicken or cheese ($10) or empanadas that bunde chicken or beef, olives, dried cranberries, and raisins ($7). To help alleviate parched throats, guests can untie sandpaper neckties or gulp down glasses of organic tomato juice ($2.50) or sangria ($7).