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28 January, 2018

Cheese and Wine Pairings at Chateau St. Jean

Cheese and Wine Pairings at Chateau St. Jean
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA on by : The Gourmez
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Chateau St. Jean is one of Sonoma’s most well-known and beautifully kept-up wineries. Last October, the fires that attacked wine country reached Chateau St. Jean. I was relieved, as were many wine lovers, when we learned that the estate’s main buildings had survived with only ash and smoke removal needed. As part of a Wine
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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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29 January, 2016

Best Bites in Barcelona

Best Bites in Barcelona
Posted in : Cava, Dining in Barcelona - Catalunya - Spain, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Guide for Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain on by : The Gourmez
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Disclaimer: I have only been in Barcelona for five days of my life. There is no way I can determine the best bites in the city. None. But “Best Bites in Barcelona While I Was There” is not a catchy title. That said, these are guaranteed by the Gourmez to be good bites, some of
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15 September, 2015

New Localwise Post! 3 Cheese Shops for Your Every Cheese Whim

New Localwise Post! 3 Cheese Shops for Your Every Cheese Whim
Posted in : Announcements, Cheesemongers, Dining in Oakland - CA, Grab and Go, Restaurants, Writing on by : The Gourmez
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In case you missed it, my next post is now live at the Localwise community blog! This one is on cheese shops in the Elmwood, Temescal, and Rockridge neighborhoods, which just so happen to be the closest neighborhoods to me…okay, they are conveniently the closest neighborhoods to me. I am blessed with amazing cheese options
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20 August, 2015

Forage for Porcini in Italy with Punk Domestics!

Posted in : Announcements, Events, Travel on by : The Gourmez
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My friend Sean Timberlake, founder of the beautiful Punk Domestics canning and preservation blog, has been leading hands-on culinary tours to Italy since 2012.  He has two coming up, 10/8/15–10/14/15 and 1/14/16–1/20/16, based out of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. These are can’t miss experiences for those of you who love diving deep into food
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26 August, 2014

Mac & Cheese Night #3: The Tipsy Pig

Mac & Cheese Night #3: The Tipsy Pig
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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It’s only a few days until Mac & Cheese Night #4, and I’m just now getting the write-up done for Night #3—it’s been that sort of month, y’all. You’d think I’d be tiring of all that pasta, cheese, and sauce by now, but frankly, I want more comfort food bliss. Night #3 was our biggest
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26 July, 2013

Poole’s Downtown Diner

Posted in : Dining in Raleigh - NC, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Poole’s Downtown Diner 426 McDowell Street Downtown Raleigh Website Entrees: $19-22 This highly praised foodie haven from Raleigh celebrity chef Ashley Christiansen was Number #1 on my must list for places to try before leaving the Triangle. And I am super glad I did. It’s a foodie haven for a reason. But I was surprised
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21 December, 2012

The Sustainable Classroom #4: Wine and Cheese

Posted in : Events, Travel, Travel Guide for Chapel Hill, NC, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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The Sustainable Classroom: Wine and Cheese The trio of organizers for my final session at the Sustainable Classroom, a day of intensive discussion and tasting of sustainable foods at TerraVITA 2012, knew their crowd. They knew we were seasoned foodies; the concept of pairing cheese and wine was not revolutionary to us, though it will
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24 June, 2011

The Meat House (Chapel Hill) *CLOSED*

Comments : 2 Posted in : Butchers, Food, Grab and Go, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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The Meat House 1508 E. Franklin Street Chapel Hill Website Donna Coon, who owns the recently opened Meat House in Chapel Hill with her husband, Paul, took me on a tour of the facility a couple of weeks ago. I was excited to try out this chain butchery because they’ve opened three shops in the
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23 November, 2010

London in October 2010, Part 2: Borough Market, the London Bridge, and Camden Town

London in October 2010, Part 2: Borough Market, the London Bridge, and Camden Town
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in London - UK, Travel, Travel Guide for London, UK on by : The Gourmez
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For our third day in London, we had a theme: FOOD. I didn’t actually do much tasting of food, but I did smelling and looking galore. London has many markets, and one of the best is the Borough Market, located in Southwark on the south side of the Thames. It’s a blend of produce, meat,
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