The human mouth, which maintains a near-boiling temperature, needs to be constantly cooled by liquid-nitrogen pills or a jaw-mounted mouth fan. Take a more delicious route to cooling your maw with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of frozen treats, kettle corn, and drinks at Pura Vida Shaved Ice and Espresso Bar.
Guided by the Costa Rican ideal of the pure life, Pura Vida Shaved Ice and Espresso Bar makes good on its namesake with a menu of sticky treats wrought from simple ingredients alongside fresh coffeehouse drinks and smoothies. A countertop machine shaves flurries of ice as fine as snow, whose texture and lifeguard training prevent the sweet syrup from trickling to the bottom. Douse a small shaved ice ($3) in one of more than 50 high-quality flavors, such as tropical guava, cinnamon horchata, and fresh mint, or combine cotton candy and lemonade from a list of more than a dozen sugar-free nectars. Fresh, candy-coated kernels pop into piping kettle corn ($3 for a small) with a sprinkling of salt and a jaunty fiddle tune.
At the counter, baristas command teakettles and espresso machines to brew up love potions for the taste buds with flavors such as white mocha ($3.40 for a small). Smoothies fill the gap between solid and liquid dainties, topping off 20-ounce cups with tart real-fruit blends ($2.99). Light streams through the rustic cafe's big windows, warming the blood-red- and lemon-colored walls inside. Customers can soak up rays from wrought-iron furniture arrayed on the patio or whiz by the drive-thru window on their leg of the Olympic-torch relay.
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