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7 December, 2016

Paris Baguette’s New Dublin Store

Paris Baguette’s New Dublin Store
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Dublin - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This was an invited visit to Dublin’s Paris Baguette and thus, all food and drink was free to me. Early in November, I was invited out to Paris Baguette’s newest franchisee in the Bay Area: the Dublin store opened just over a month ago at the Almond Plaza shopping center. Before this visit,
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25 August, 2016

Indie Coffee Passport – Oakland! Get it now!

Indie Coffee Passport – Oakland! Get it now!
Comments : 1 Posted in : Announcements, Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops in Oakland - CA on by : The Gourmez
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Last year, the Indie Coffee Passport came to the East Bay, and I had tons of fun using it for months to try out new-to-me coffee shops in the area. A few are now on my regular rotation of work cafes, including Marana Cafe, Alchemy Collective Cafe, and eko Coffee Bar. As of early August,
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2 May, 2016

4 Beer Gardens in the East Bay with Extra Bang for Your Buck – Localwise Post

4 Beer Gardens in the East Bay with Extra Bang for Your Buck – Localwise Post
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Breweries in Alameda, Breweries in Berkeley - CA, Breweries in Oakland - CA, Dining in Berkeley - CA, Dining in Oakland - CA, Publication News, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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You may have noticed my recent post on Telegraph Beer Garden? I went there to gather info for my new Localwise article: 4 Beer Gardens in the East Bay with Extra Bang for Your Buck! You can head over and read that article now, but I also have full reviews here on the other beer
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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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8 March, 2016

Pinky’s Pizza Parlor

Pinky’s Pizza Parlor
Comments : 3 Posted in : Dining in Walnut Creek - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Pinky’s Pizza Parlor is a neighborhood joint worth leaving your neighborhood for. Two of our good friends are regulars, drawn in by the amazing bar specials Pinky’s runs, and we’ve joined them a number of times. On a Sunday, go for the $2 bloody marys. On a Thursday, get any draft beer for the same
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11 December, 2015

Mai Banh Mi

Mai Banh Mi
Comments : 1 Posted in : Dining in Berkeley - CA, Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I’ve been eyeing this little corner spot since it opened in the home of a former bakery about 2 months ago. I love banh mi, so I was excited to have somewhere serving it that I could easily walk to from home. Inside are just a counter, kitchen, two tables, and a painting, so it’s
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23 July, 2015

La Bedaine

La Bedaine
Posted in : Bakeries, Grab and Go on by : The Gourmez
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La Bedaine is a tiny French bakery on the outside, but on the inside, it specializes in French cuisine that you can take home to cut a few steps out of dinner. That means vacuum-packed meals such as duck confit and coq au vin. For simple meanderers, such as myself, La Bedaine’s cheery yellow display
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13 March, 2015

The Indie Coffee Passport – East Bay

The Indie Coffee Passport – East Bay
Comments : 4 Posted in : Announcements, Coffee Shops on by : The Gourmez
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Last week, Marc Callado, who launched Shift Local in 2012 with his fiancée Mari, swung by my About Me page to let me know about an amazing opportunity for lovers of coffee on this side of the Bay.  When I say this is a bargain, folks, I say it as someone who knows just how
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26 November, 2014

Burger Joints of Hayward #4: Cecil’s Famous Burgers

Burger Joints of Hayward #4: Cecil’s Famous Burgers
Comments : 6 Posted in : Dining in Hayward - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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The next stop on my Burger Joints of Hayward tour is Cecil’s Famous Burgers, found due to its Yelp rivalry with Val’s Burgers, the most iconic Hayward burger joint I can think of. Being as I’m not that enthused with Val’s (still planning a return visit for a review), I was rather intrigued by this
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16 October, 2014

Sapporo

Sapporo
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Hayward - CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Sapporo is the sushi restaurant’s answer to the overly familiar neighborhood pub. If you need to be greeted warmly by a hostess and have your every need catered to in a reasonable time frame, I’m not sure it’s the place for you. There’s nothing wrong with those expectations, but Sapporo won’t meet them. Instead, the
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