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1 August, 2016

Get Psyched for WBC16 with Livestreams and Lodi Chardonnay!

Get Psyched for WBC16 with Livestreams and Lodi Chardonnay!
Comments : 2 Posted in : Chardonnay, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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  Hello friends! If you are not interested in the wine side of the Gourmez, then this post is not for you. But if you are, and especially if you’re headed to Lodi for the annual Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) next week, WBC16, read on! This will be my third WBC. So far, it’s been
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29 July, 2016

Matthew Accarrino’s Roast Beef Recipe

Matthew Accarrino’s Roast Beef Recipe
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Recipes, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Consider this post bonus material from the Pure Leaf Travelling Teahouse event I went to in June. In case you missed it (write-up here),  Pure Leaf is touring the country to promote their new Teahouse Collection, and for the Bay Area, they partnered with Matthew Accarrino, the acclaimed, Italian-leaning chef at Michelin-starred SPQR in the Fillmore.
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26 July, 2016

Golden Garlic

Golden Garlic
Posted in : Dining in San Jose - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I don’t get invited out to San Jose restaurants often, being as I live in the East, rather than South, Bay. But after Golden Garlic reached out to me, I headed to their website, and the pictures convinced me this spot was worth a trip. The De Anza location is one of two Golden Garlics
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21 July, 2016

‘āina

‘āina
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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My food-writing friend, Jennifer Ng, joined me for brunch at ‘āina recently. Jennifer is the author of the Ice Cream Travel Guide, a book that explores the best ice cream shops worldwide and the stories behind the people who built them. I’ve been discovering that Jennifer’s foodie knowledge isn’t limited to ice cream, and she
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18 July, 2016

Find your Mac Daddy at Smoke’s Poutinerie!

Find your Mac Daddy at Smoke’s Poutinerie!
Comments : 4 Posted in : Dining in Berkeley - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I recently tried the Mac Daddy at Smoke’s Poutinerie in Berkeley (2518 Durant Ave). Little did I know beforehand that there was such a thing as a poutinerie or that this Canadian chain had an outpost in the Bay Area! As a fan of fries, and a bigger fan of tons of crap thrown on
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15 July, 2016

Extremely Rare Rare Red 2012 Black Blend

Extremely Rare Rare Red 2012 Black Blend
Comments : 3 Posted in : Other Red Blends, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Extremely Rare Rare Red 2012 Black Blend Central CA I can’t lie, I think the name of this wine is hilariously death metal. Throw a few more adjectives in there, and it’d also be its own thesaurus. Although I’ve reviewed wines from the Scotto Cellars portfolio before, I have to admit to apprehension at that
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12 July, 2016

Scratch

Scratch
Posted in : Dining in Mountain View - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Scratch, not to be confused with the Scratch I reviewed in Durham a few years back, bills itself as a purveyor of American comfort food in an elegant style, a common trend among restaurants these days–upscale comfort food is the new American bistro. And who can blame them, as restaurants dare much if they don’t
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6 July, 2016

New Brunch–and Chef!–at Tiburon Tavern

New Brunch–and Chef!–at Tiburon Tavern
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Tiburon - CA, Restaurants, Travel on by : The Gourmez
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The Lodge at Tiburon, and its restaurant, the Tiburon Tavern, are located just a hop and skip from the scenic old shipping town’s shoreline and historic Main Street. You won’t even need to jump. A weekend ago, I was invited out to sample Tiburon Tavern’s new brunch menu, and because my husband’s birthday was the
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1 July, 2016

Lemonade Invades the Bay Area!

Lemonade Invades the Bay Area!
Posted in : Dining in Palo Alto - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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  Northern Californians have never had a better reason to welcome a southern invader. By southern, I mean Southern Californian, of course, as Lemonade is a SoCal cafeteria chain with 23 locations. Those have all been concentrated in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange counties before now, but the Bay Area has six Lemonade openings
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29 June, 2016

Pairing Pure Leaf’s Tea House Collection with SPQR’s Finesse!

Pairing Pure Leaf’s Tea House Collection with SPQR’s Finesse!
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Events, Food, Product Reviews, Recipes, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Last week, I had the pleasure of trying Chef Matthew Accarrino’s cooking for the first time. No, I didn’t try it at SPQR, the Michelin-starred restaurant the chef calls home. I sampled it at a travelling tea house! Pure Leaf is in the midst of a tour of major food-loving U.S. cities to promote their
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