Perk up: Vert Juice in Arroyo Grande is making back to school a little better by offering up a range of satisfying superfood smoothies that can keep even the most ragged student going. Try the carrot cake (with carrot juice, dates, flax, maple syrup, coconut water) or mint monkey (banana, maca, peppermint oil, almond milk), or go for fresh-pressed juice (1200 Grand Ave.; follow on Facebook for specials) ... Road trip over to Solvang this Sept. 16 for the community's annual Danish Days event and you'll be in for a unique treat on the Central Coast: Local eatery First & Oak is offering up a one-night only Scandinavian tasting menu that features everything from beet-cured salmon and shrimp toast to boudin blanc sausage and Danish pastries (go to firstandoak.com for info). Δ
Hayley Thomas Cain is bad at cornhole but pretty great at shuffleboard. Send bites to firstname.lastname@example.org.