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5 December, 2016

The Lunchpad in San Francisco

The Lunchpad in San Francisco
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in San Francisco - CA, Dining in San Francisco - CA, Restaurants, Spirits, Vodka on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This post is based on a media event held by the Lunchpad, so portions are sized down and it was all free to me. The Lunchpad has been holding court in Hayes Valley’s Noir Lounge for about three years now, transforming the posh, gothic nightlife space into . . . a posh, gothic
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21 July, 2016

‘āina

‘āina
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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My food-writing friend, Jennifer Ng, joined me for brunch at ‘āina recently. Jennifer is the author of the Ice Cream Travel Guide, a book that explores the best ice cream shops worldwide and the stories behind the people who built them. I’ve been discovering that Jennifer’s foodie knowledge isn’t limited to ice cream, and she
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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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17 April, 2015

Food Should Taste Good Brunch with Tablehopper!

Food Should Taste Good Brunch with Tablehopper!
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Events, Food, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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It’s been three weeks since I was invited to brunch at the Cavalier in downtown San Francisco, hosted by Tablehopper Marcia Gagliardi and the Food Should Taste Good (FSTG) snack food brand. It’s never too late to write about great food, right? The brunch was part of FSTG’s national promotional tour that’s been challenging star
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30 September, 2014

1 Weekend, 8 New Raleigh Hotspots

1 Weekend, 8 New Raleigh Hotspots
Posted in : Bakeries, Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Raleigh - NC, Breweries in Raleigh - NC, Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops in Raleigh - NC, Dining in Raleigh - NC, Grab and Go, Restaurants, Travel on by : The Gourmez
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Last summer, the husband and I moved away from the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina after spending eight years watching the cities expand and their food scenes skyrocket off the heat-charts. Seriously, the New York Times is obsessed with the place! So I was excited to head back for the weekend in mid-September—my
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13 May, 2014

Chop Bar

Chop Bar
Posted in : Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Because it blends in so well with its surroundings, Chop Bar is easy to miss in Oakland’s Warehouse district, just a few short blocks from Jack London Square.  Its sage green exterior and distinctive awnings paint it as something special, though, and my brunch experience definitely confirmed that. I love that sourcing ingredients locally and
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11 October, 2013

Olea

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I met a friend at Olea at 10:15 on a Friday morning, and I was surprised it was nearly empty. I didn’t think that happened anywhere in San Francisco! Perhaps brunch is only popular on the weekends. The restaurant was charming, reminding me of a small country kitchen.  My friend was delighted they offer coffee
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5 June, 2013

Brunch at City Beverage

Posted in : Dining in Durham - NC, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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City Beverage 4810 Hope Valley Road Woodcroft, Durham Website Brunch: $5 – $15 Sundays, 10:30 – 2:30 I first posted this review on Carpe Durham a few days ago. City Beverage started offering Sunday brunch (the menu) about a month ago, so it was time for a revisit. As evident from the comments on Carpe
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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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12 October, 2012

Bull City Vegan Brunch Challenge

Posted in : Dining in Oakland - CA, Events, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I’m always excited to see what our creative chefs come up with when challenged, and the folks behind the 2010 Bull City Vegan Challenge are running a new one for the month of October. Much like the first, several Durham restaurants have agreed to come up with one vegan dish to compete for the votes
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