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18 March, 2016

The R & R Coffee Cocktail at Neighborhood

The R & R Coffee Cocktail at Neighborhood
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in San Diego - CA on by : The Gourmez
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It can be difficult to create a new — and successful — coffee cocktail. Recently, I came across an attempt at San Diego’s Neighborhood in the Gaslamp Quarter. Neighborhood is an appealing, hipsterish pub with dark wood tables, a well-thought-out spirits and tap list, and plenty of classed up American comfort foods. It’s casual enough
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10 June, 2015

Sweetly Raw Desserts: Chocolate Gingerbread Brownies and Almond Pear Cream Tart Recipes

Sweetly Raw Desserts: Chocolate Gingerbread Brownies and Almond Pear Cream Tart Recipes
Comments : 3 Posted in : Food, Product Reviews, Recipes on by : The Gourmez
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A brand-new site, and my first post is on something brand-new to me: a cookbook review! I often say the Gourmez isn’t a recipe blog—except for cocktails, because who doesn’t enjoy a good cocktail discovery? But when I was offered a review copy (obligatory disclaimer: that means free!) of Heather Pace’s Sweetly Raw Desserts, I
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16 May, 2012

Torrontes Dolce 1591

Posted in : Dessert Wine, Sparkling Wine, Torrontes on by : The Gourmez
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Torrontes Dolce 1591 La Rioja, Argentina Sparkling Torrontes! Hooray! Torrontes quickly fought its way to the top of my favorite white wine varietals, so trying a sparkling version is trés exciting. This bottle has a fun purple rubber cork that contrasts with the simple, elegant label design, but I think that just makes it all
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30 March, 2011

Bin 90 Lindeman’s Moscato 2010

Posted in : Dessert Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Bin 90 Lindeman’s Moscato 2010 Australia I purchased this wine mainly because I was curious how the Australian moscato differed from other muscat wines I’ve tried. The answer would be not much. It’s very sweet, and I definitely consider it a dessert wine. There is a lot of pear and vanilla with lesser notes of
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25 March, 2011

Socialite on Thin Ice, W XYZ Lounge

Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Chapel Hill - NC on by : The Gourmez
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Socialite on Thin Ice W XYZ Lounge, Aloft Hotel Chapel Hill $9 It’s been way too long since I’ve done a cocktail review-—glad I could bring you a unique one this time! This is a mix of Crown Royal whiskey, espresso, triple sec, and cream. That ingredient list reminds me of many times that I’ve
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30 November, 2010

Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry

Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
Posted in : Fortified Wine, Sherry on by : The Gourmez
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Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry Jerez, Spain Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry is so well-known, Saturday Night Live did a spoof on it in the 70s. This particular sherry is responsible for the lion’s share of the sherry market in the US. Make no mistake; this is a dessert wine, and I really can’t picture using it
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3 September, 2010

Banana Split @ Beyu Caffe

Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Durham - NC, Coffee Shops, Spirits, Vodka on by : The Gourmez
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Banana Split Beyu Caffe, Durham Website $8 This creamy cocktail is made from Stoli vodka, crème de banane, creme de cacao, and cream. The consistency of the drink wasn’t pretty, but it’s the nature of drinks mixed with cream to quickly divide up based on thicknesses of the fluids. The alcohol flavor was pretty strong.
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19 March, 2010

The Cricket (My Place)—Cocktail Review

Posted in : Cocktail Recipes, Vodka on by : The Gourmez
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The Cricket Chocolate Syrup ¼ shot Sambuca Splash crème de menthe ½ shot hazelnut liquor 1.5 shots light cream 1.5 shots vodka Drizzle some chocolate syrup around the sides of a martini glass. Shake together the rest of the ingredients and pour them in. This drink was inspired by my nearly empty bottle of crème
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10 March, 2010

Screw Kappa Napa Sauvignon Blanc 2007—Wine Review

Posted in : Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Screw Kappa Napa (S/K/N) Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Napa Valley, CA First, I just have to say that I love the brand name Screw Kappa Napa. It’s so much fun to say and seems wittier than it is, really, kind of like my nom de plume. Plus, the label has a pretty raised pattern that you
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29 January, 2010

Chateau Julian Bordeaux Sec 2008–Wine Review

Comments : 2 Posted in : Bordeaux Sec, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Wine: Chateau Julian Bordeaux Sec 2008 Region: Gironde, France I can’t help but feel like a wine with lots of stamps and small print, as this label has, means that I’m supposed to really like it. I am, right? But I suppose I’m supposed to think that of all wines. Regardless, all the appellations intimidate
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