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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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24 June, 2016

3 Best Wines at Urban Vines

3 Best Wines at Urban Vines
Comments : 2 Posted in : Events, Malbec, Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Riesling, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Two weekends ago, I checked out Urban Vines, an annual Oakland wine festival that highlights African American winemakers, a markedly underrepresented group. Its theme is “A Toast to Diversity,” and the event was founded by Sip & Swirl, an event planning company that specializes in urban-based wine, food, and travel. It’s also held in Chicago.
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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 - CA, 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, Recipes 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, Recipes 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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