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14 October, 2016

Zing Cafe in Berkeley

Zing Cafe in Berkeley
Posted in : Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops in Berkeley - CA on by : The Gourmez
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Zing Café is located in the Marmot Mountain Works suite of buildings, a really unique complex done in old Storybook style right across the street from the Ashby BART station. The Marmont Mountain Works has been defunct for a number of years now— –but there are still plenty of businesses in working order within its
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10 October, 2016

A Visit to Bella Grace Vineyards

A Visit to Bella Grace Vineyards
Comments : 6 Posted in : Barbera, Grenache Blanc, Red Wine, Roussanne, Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms in Amador County - CA, Tempranillo, Vermentino, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: Everything consumed during this visit to Bella Grace Vineyards was free to me, including the companionship. The Havill Family In August, I accepted an invitation from the Dallas Wine Chick to join in on a day trip to Amador County’s Bella Grace Vineyards along with a handful of other wine bloggers. Our group
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6 October, 2016

Specialty Cocktails at Albany’s Ivy Room

Specialty Cocktails at Albany’s Ivy Room
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Albany - CA, Tequila on by : The Gourmez
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The Ivy Room Back in March, I visited the Ivy Room soon after its redesign and re-opening. Since then, they have added specialty cocktails to their full bar, and whichever bartender has developed them deserves a raise! Sure, a full bar ensures you can always get your favorite drink when you want it, but I
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4 October, 2016

Exploring Pinot Noir of California

Exploring Pinot Noir of California
Comments : 2 Posted in : Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Which Pinot Noir Region Marks the Spot? Pinot noir isn’t a favorite wine varietal of mine, but since I moved back to California in 2013, I’ve been intrigued by how pinot noirs of different winegrowing regions can be markedly different here. The grape is typically used to produce light-bodied, low tannin wines with light fruit.
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26 September, 2016

Bay Area Foodie News – Late September 2016

Bay Area Foodie News – Late September 2016
Posted in : Announcements, Events on by : The Gourmez
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Hello readers! On occasion, I learn about upcoming or ongoing food or drink events that I think may be of special interest to you and share them. This is one of those occasions! So grab the scheduling device of your choice and get on these opportunities to eat, drink, and maybe help a worthy local
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20 September, 2016

The Photographing Tourist Book Review

The Photographing Tourist Book Review
Comments : 5 Posted in : Product Reviews, Travel on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This review of the Photographing Tourist comes from a copy supplied to me for free. A Book Review? Can I Eat That? I rarely do book reviews on this blog, because I’m more interested in how the final product tastes, whether that be a dinner entrée or a glass of wine, than in
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15 September, 2016

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil Products

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil Products
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bath, Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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Coconuts are all the rage in cooking, eating, and beauty products these days and for good reason–they’re delicious! You thought I was going to say healthy, weren’t you? While that may be so, I am generally in the skeptic camp when it comes to health claims for natural products, as they so often become trend
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12 September, 2016

Persona Pizzeria

Persona Pizzeria
Posted in : Dining in Santa Rosa - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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What is Persona Pizzeria? Obligatory disclaimer: I was asked to do this review by Persona Pizzeria. Thus, all food and beverage described in this post were free. Persona Pizzeria is a fast-expanding small chain with a fantastic reason for it: they make customizable Neapolitan-style pizza to order with quality ingredients from flour to toppings ….
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6 September, 2016

Indian Summer Cocktails and Bar Bites at the Clift Hotel

Indian Summer Cocktails and Bar Bites at the Clift Hotel
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in San Francisco - CA on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: The cocktails and food mentioned in this post were complimentary as part of a special media event. It’s September in the Bay Area, and we all know what that means – Indian Summer! It’s been one of the coldest actual summers on record here, which means the annual warmth of September and October
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4 September, 2016

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 2

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 2
Comments : 3 Posted in : Bread Wine, Liqueurs, Other Spirits, Petite Sirah, Red Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Vodka, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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Last week, I posted Part 1 of this two-part series on the most memorable wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), based in Lodi. I also participated in the Livermore Valley pre-excursion, so those wines crop up here. And they crop up on Instagram, where I first posted this picture from our Concannon dinner:
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