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22 June, 2016

Lemonade Opens in Palo Alto — And You Can Taste it First!

Lemonade Opens in Palo Alto — And You Can Taste it First!
Posted in : Dining in Palo Alto, Events, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Lemonade is a Southern California cafeteria chain that’s expanding into the Bay Area in a major way! The Yerba Buena location is already open but five more are scheduled to open soon….and the one in Palo Alto (151 University Avenue) as soon as tomorrow! This is your chance to try it — for free! —
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9 June, 2016

The Quick Six Fix Cookbook Review

The Quick Six Fix Cookbook Review
Posted in : Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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This is the second of two cookbook reviews I’m posting this week, courtesy of William Morrow Cookbooks, which means (obligatory disclaimer!) the books were free to me. I’ve included a full recipe at the end of the post, so scroll on down if you’re only interested in that…but if you want to know if the
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7 June, 2016

Lose Weight by Eating Cookbook Review

Lose Weight by Eating Cookbook Review
Posted in : Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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I have a pair of cookbook reviews coming your way this week! Of course, they’ll also end with a free recipe, so if you’re impatient for that part, scroll on down to the bottom. First up is Audrey Johns’ Lose Weight by Eating Cookbook. Obligatory disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of the cookbook
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2 June, 2016

Vitality Bowls

Vitality Bowls
Posted in : Dining in Walnut Creek, Food, Product Reviews, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Vitality Bowls is a California chain specializing in superfood bowls and smoothies. With 18 California locations and a few expansions into Colorado, Indiana, Texas, and Florida, I’d say the concept has been well-received! That may not be surprising to you, but I’m that rare food blogger who’s managed to spend the last four years avoiding
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30 May, 2016

A Winemaker’s Downtown Sonoma Afternoon

A Winemaker’s Downtown Sonoma Afternoon
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Dining in Sonoma, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Guide for Sonoma, CA, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Let’s begin this blog post from the end! Farewell, Sonoma! Had a great time tasting your wares with grower Henry Matthes! Blogs coming soon…. _____ #winelover #CAwine #whitewines #rhône #sonoma #norcal #travel #landscape #nature #grapes A photo posted by Becca Gomez Farrell (@thegourmez) on Apr 21, 2016 at 4:05pm PDT If you read my blog
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25 May, 2016

An Intro to Henry Matthes Vineyards

An Intro to Henry Matthes Vineyards
Comments : 3 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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I met Henry Matthes, a winemaker and grower, at a party for our mutual friend, Peter Nowack, founder of OneGoodDay.Org, a nonprofit that funds microgrants for people with terminal illnesses to see their family and have one last good day together, whatever form that may take. Peter has been in the Bay Area wine scene
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24 May, 2016

Sunshine Energy Drink – Ginger Berry

Sunshine Energy Drink – Ginger Berry
Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Gin, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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Sunshine Beverages, out of Winston-Salem, NC, invited me to drink the Sunshine. No, there was no LSD involved in that exchange. Sunshine is the name of their energy drinks, lightweight alternatives to the metallic sludge of a Red Bull or Rockstar. I realize some people are quite addicted to those products, but I, assuredly, am
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12 May, 2016

Brews & Brats

Brews & Brats
Posted in : Beer, Beer, Wine, Sake, Dining in Hayward, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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When I lived in Hayward, 2013–2014, I avidly anticipated the opening of Brews & Brats on B Street, one of several new restaurants moving into the downtown strip at the time. Alas, Brews & Brats still wasn’t open by the time I moved to Oakland, but now, a year later, it’s fully established. As I
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9 May, 2016

Wente Sauvignon Blanc Louis Mel Estate 2013

Wente Sauvignon Blanc Louis Mel Estate 2013
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Wente Vineyards Louis Mel Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Livermore Valley, CA Wente Vineyards is a Livermore-based wine company and family estate vineyard whose roots, literally, extend back to the late 19th century. It’s a brand I’ve become familiar with in the past year, in part because they are featured on Delta Airlines and gave me
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5 May, 2016

Brotzeit Lokal

Brotzeit Lokal
Posted in : Beer, Beer, Wine, Sake, Cider, Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Brotzeit Lokal is memorable for more than being a mouthful to pronounce. We all love beer gardens, right? So what makes a beer garden even better? A beautiful view! You can see it from inside the tinted glass walls of Brotzeit’s dining room, but the open-air patio is where that beer garden pull is strongest.
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