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21 November, 2016

Highlights of the Livermore Valley Wine Country

Highlights of the Livermore Valley Wine Country
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Port/Sherry Wines, Red Wine, Rose Wine, White Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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It’s been a few months since I visited the Livermore Valley Wine Country on a pre-excursion to the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), but my memory has not faded at the impressive wines being churned out by this little known region. With its close location to the San Francisco Bay Area where I live, it’s
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26 September, 2016

Bay Area Foodie News – Late September 2016

Bay Area Foodie News – Late September 2016
Posted in : Announcements, Events on by : The Gourmez
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Hello readers! On occasion, I learn about upcoming or ongoing food or drink events that I think may be of special interest to you and share them. This is one of those occasions! So grab the scheduling device of your choice and get on these opportunities to eat, drink, and maybe help a worthy local
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6 September, 2016

Indian Summer Cocktails and Bar Bites at the Clift Hotel

Indian Summer Cocktails and Bar Bites at the Clift Hotel
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: The cocktails and food mentioned in this post were complimentary as part of a special media event. It’s September in the Bay Area, and we all know what that means – Indian Summer! It’s been one of the coldest actual summers on record here, which means the annual warmth of September and October
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11 August, 2016

Contempo Cocktail Company and Its Kickstarter Campaign

Contempo Cocktail Company and Its Kickstarter Campaign
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Gin, Other Spirits, Whiskey/Whisky on by : The Gourmez
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  The brainchild of veteran bartender Jonny Cimone, Contempo Cocktail is delivering something new to the cocktail scene at large — artisan drinks without the artisan wait and with an eco-conscious venue to serve them in and deliver them from! Crafted by hand in a kitchen that Cimone is hoping to trade in for a
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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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12 July, 2016

Scratch

Scratch
Posted in : Dining in Mountain View, 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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1 July, 2016

Lemonade Invades the Bay Area!

Lemonade Invades the Bay Area!
Posted in : Dining in Palo Alto, 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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18 April, 2016

Come to the Work Local Awards Banquet, 4/28!

Come to the Work Local Awards Banquet, 4/28!
Comments : 1 Posted in : Announcements, Events on by : The Gourmez
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As one of Localwise’s social media partners, you may have noticed me writing, tweeting, or Instagramming about their first ever Work Local Awards. Well, the finalists have been announced, and the banquet is coming up! On 4/28, will you join me in seeing which Bay Area employers are the best of the bunch, as voted
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14 March, 2016

Localwise’s Work Local Award Nominations Open!

Localwise’s Work Local Award Nominations Open!
Posted in : Announcements on by : The Gourmez
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You may have noticed the contributions I’ve made to Localwise’s blog? Well, they are contributing to the Bay Area community by doing more than hosting the best local job board in the area — they already have that down. Now, they’re introducing the Work Local Awards, meant to honor the best employers in the area.
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23 February, 2016

Localwise Post: Starter Bakery

Localwise Post: Starter Bakery
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Starter Bakery, have I loved. So much so that I focused on them for my post last month at the Localwise blog. In it, I talk with owner Brian Wood about the wholesale bakery business, and just what he thinks makes his pastries and his employees stand out. For it, I got to try several
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