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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, CA on by : The Gourmez

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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5 May, 2016

Brotzeit Lokal

Brotzeit Lokal
Comments : 1 Posted in : Cider, Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez

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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2 May, 2016

4 Beer Gardens in the East Bay with Extra Bang for Your Buck – Localwise Post

4 Beer Gardens in the East Bay with Extra Bang for Your Buck – Localwise Post
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Breweries in Alameda, Breweries in Berkeley - CA, Breweries in Oakland - CA, Dining in Berkeley - CA, Dining in Oakland - CA, Publication News, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez

You may have noticed my recent post on Telegraph Beer Garden? I went there to gather info for my new Localwise article: 4 Beer Gardens in the East Bay with Extra Bang for Your Buck! You can head over and read that article now, but I also have full reviews here on the other beer
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26 April, 2016

Telegraph Beer Garden

Telegraph Beer Garden
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Oakland - CA, Breweries in Oakland - CA, Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked past Telegraph Beer Garden and never been entirely sure there’s anything there. That’s because I’m usually trekking into downtown Oakland a little before their weekday hours begin, so all I see is a big, black gate, a peeling sign, and a few windows I can’t peer
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12 April, 2016

Ba-Bite

Ba-Bite
Posted in : Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez

Ba-Bite is an order at the counter, casual restaurant specializing in Middle Eastern comfort food. The name is a play on the Hebrew word babait, which evokes home cooking. Mica Talmor, the executive chef and co-owner of Ba-Bite and Savoy Events catering company along with her husband Robert Gott, is an Isreali-Jewish woman and most
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23 March, 2016

Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern
Posted in : Crement d’Alsace, Crement d’Alsace Rose, Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants, Rose Wine on by : The Gourmez

Wood Tavern is a near universally acclaimed restaurant in north Oakland, at least among my circles. It’s upscale in terms of prices and dish sophistication, although the atmosphere is casual, assuming casual is what you’d call elbow-to-elbow lack of space and sucking in your stomach so you don’t knock over the neighboring diner’s wine glass
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18 February, 2016

Thursday Night Rooftop Marketplace at the Port Workspaces

Thursday Night Rooftop Marketplace at the Port Workspaces
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Oakland - CA, Events, Food Trucks, Stands, and Carts, Grab and Go, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez

Late January, I went to the inaugural, and soon to be monthly, rooftop night market hosted at one of Port Workspaces new venues at the Kaiser Center in downtown Oakland. Located at 344 Thomas L. Berkley Way, the coworking organization was in the midst of creating a fun, whimsical, hub of offices on the first
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8 February, 2016

Phat Matt’s BBQ

Phat Matt’s BBQ
Posted in : Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez

  Phat Matt’s BBQ is an Oakland favorite for the quality and variety of smoked barbecue served. It’s a family-run restaurant, the type where the owners are happy to guide you through the menu of six standard meat preparations. A rotating special appears every week — it’s smoked pastrami according to their website right now,
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