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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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29 April, 2014

Vita Frute Cocktails

Vita Frute Cocktails
Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Other Spirits, Product Reviews, Spirits on by : The Gourmez
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A few years ago, I reviewed a few drinks made with Veev aḉai liqueur at Ruby Tuesday’s back when the brand first launched. I enjoyed those drinks and how clean the spirit tasted. It imparted a crisp and mild berry flavor to the cocktails that I found quite appealing. Fast forward to this last winter,
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22 April, 2014

Sidebar

Sidebar
Posted in : Bourbon, Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants, Spirits on by : The Gourmez
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Sidebar is an upscale, Nouveau American joint along the Grand Avenue side of Lake Merritt. Its website boasts Mediterranean, seasonal, local, and comfort foods among its qualifications, so think dressed up French fries, with smoked paprika in Sidebar’s case, and quality meats served with fresh pickled veggies and relishes. I went at lunch. The menu
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13 February, 2014

The Orchard Manhattan at Bijou

The Orchard Manhattan at Bijou
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Hayward - CA on by : The Gourmez
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The Orchard Manhattan Bijou, Hayward $11 The Orchard Manhattan is an original twist on the classic manhattan cocktail, though I’d say it’s closer to an old-fashioned, actually. It’s made with bourbon, apricot and walnut liqueurs, and black walnut and autumn-spiced bitters. I can’t tell you what the autumn spices are, but I can tell you
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14 January, 2014

The Cantina

The Cantina
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in San Francisco - CA, Spirits on by : The Gourmez
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After a fun night out at Kuleto’s last November, our friends introduced us to one of their favorite drink spots, just a few blocks away. See that fruit bowl of citrus on the counter? It was one of many, and the smell of them permeated the room. There is no question that the Cantina uses
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10 May, 2013

Charlottesville Blogging: Brunch Downtown at Rapture

Comments : 3 Posted in : Bars in Charlottesville - VA, Dining in Charlottesville - VA, Restaurants, Spirits, Travel on by : The Gourmez
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I have blogged about Charlottesville’s downtown mall before, but the brunch that trip was not so memorable, and Charlottesville is a town that brunches, so I needed to fix that. Most places offer brunch until at least 3 pm on the weekend, and that’s a beautiful, beautiful practice for this late riser. I decided we
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14 May, 2012

Bourbon Tasting

Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Durham - NC, Bourbon, Spirits on by : The Gourmez
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Bourbon Tasting The Roxy (Bar Review) Brightleaf, Durham $20 The Roxy hosted a bourbon tasting the night before my birthday, and bourbon is something I’ve definitely grown to love during my time in NC. And let’s be real — I’m down for tasting any sort of alcoholic beverage. This was the first time I went
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12 December, 2011

Mango Bellini @ Nantucket Grill

Comments : 2 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Durham - NC, Spirits on by : The Gourmez
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Mango Bellini Nantucket Grill and Bar Sutton Station, Durham This sparkling wine cocktail was an unexpected treat! A traditional bellini is usually prosecco combined with peach puree or juice. Oftentimes, peach schnapps is added as well, but it’s not required. However, whoever comes up with the drinks at the Nantucket Grill in Sutton Station made
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9 December, 2011

The Roxy Review and Yelp’s Mobsters and Molls Party

Comments : 3 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Durham - NC, Events, Spirits on by : The Gourmez
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On occasion, I get the pleasure of an invitation to the swanky, fun, creative parties put on for Yelp Elite members. Last Sunday night was one of those occasions, and the theme was mobsters and molls. That theme happens to fit the venue, a few-month-old club in Durham called the Roxy, to a tee. The
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5 September, 2011

The Republic

Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Durham - NC, Spirits on by : The Gourmez
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The Republic 353 W. Main Street Five Points, Durham Website   The Republic is a bar and lounge that always intrigued me when I walked by, but for some reason, I never stepped inside until recently. I think it might be because the space looks really, really dark from the outside, which doesn’t come across
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