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10 February, 2017

The Union Square Hilton’s Urban Tavern

The Union Square Hilton’s Urban Tavern
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: My Urban Tavern meal, reviewed in this post, was entirely free to me. When I visited the Cityscape Lounge last fall, high up on the 46th floor of the Union Square Hilton, Executive Chef Michael Vaughn was still working on the vision for remodeling the hotel’s ground floor restaurant, Urban Tavern. But he
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6 February, 2017

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour
Posted in : Bars in Oakland, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Red Wine, Travel, Travel Guide for Oakland on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory Disclaimer: Participation in the Oakland Urban Wine Tour was free to me. A year and a half ago, I discovered the plethora of urban wineries housed in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Inspired by the quality of the wines and convenient positioning of their locations, I wrote up a suggested wine walk for Localwise. Apparently,
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30 January, 2017

I’m a Local Guide on Stay.Com!

I’m a Local Guide on Stay.Com!
Posted in : Announcements, Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants, Travel Guide for Oakland on by : The Gourmez
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Stay.Com is a mobile travel guide with a beautiful interface that I’m thrilled to be featured on! That fancy new badge you see on the right side of the screen, or bottom of the screen if you’re on your phone, announces me as a Stay.Com local expert. The company recruits culinary professionals and new media
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25 January, 2017

Behind My Last Localwise Post – Mission Ice Cream!

Behind My Last Localwise Post – Mission Ice Cream!
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Ice Cream Guide for the Mission in San Francisco, Restaurants, Travel on by : The Gourmez
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My last Localwise post actually went up in November….and I seriously have not had time to promote it until now! It’s been an insane couple of months, for sure. I also, admittedly, wasn’t in a rush to do so because ice cream is the theme and that’s not a typical holiday post. But it’s January
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29 December, 2016

Prosser Wine Part 2: Best Wines in the Area

Prosser Wine Part 2: Best Wines in the Area
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Dessert Wine, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Travel, Travel Guide for Prosser, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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I don’t know a lot about Washington wine. I’m aware Yakima Valley is a wine destination, because my mother lives in little Tieton to the north of Yakima itself. But my family doesn’t drink, so I’ve only gone tasting out there once. As much as I know I need to visit more wineries local to
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22 December, 2016

Sustainable Food and Drink of Contra Costa

Sustainable Food and Drink of Contra Costa
Posted in : Beer, Beer, Wine, Sake, Dining in Walnut Creek, Port/Sherry Wines, Red Wine, Restaurants, Rose Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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For the second year in a row, I had the honor of attending the Sustainable Contra Costa Awards Gala, an annual fundraiser and ceremony honoring businesses and individuals who’ve modelled sustainable practices in Contra Costa County. Lest you get confused, the event took place in September, not December! I’m a little behind on my blog
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19 December, 2016

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in Prosser, Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Travel, WA, WA, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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I’ve been keeping a secret. Or rather, I’ve been too busy before now to share with you the fun, down-to-earth, yet fully ready for your enjoyment wine country based in and around Prosser, WA. In October, I took part in a media trip covering the area, and boy, did we hit up as much as
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15 December, 2016

Food and Wine Lover Christmas Gift Ideas

Food and Wine Lover Christmas Gift Ideas
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Hello, dear readers! I don’t always do a Christmas gift ideas post for food and wine lovers, but sometimes, I find myself with a wealth of information…and deals!…to share with you. This is one of those moments, and I hope this list will help you cross a name or two off your list. Wine Clubs
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13 December, 2016

Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ 2016 Fall Flavors Review

Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ 2016 Fall Flavors Review
Posted in : Coffee Shops, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This post is based on free coffee samples I received from Gloria Jean’s Coffees. Gloria Jean’s Coffees is a mall favorite for grabbing a caffeinated treat to keep you buzzing through the holiday throngs. They’re also one of the few coffee shops out there these days that wholeheartedly embraces flavored coffees, and frankly,
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7 December, 2016

Paris Baguette’s New Dublin Store

Paris Baguette’s New Dublin Store
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Dublin, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This was an invited visit to Dublin’s Paris Baguette and thus, all food and drink was free to me. Early in November, I was invited out to Paris Baguette’s newest franchisee in the Bay Area: the Dublin store opened just over a month ago at the Almond Plaza shopping center. Before this visit,
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