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10 February, 2017

The Union Square Hilton’s Urban Tavern

The Union Square Hilton’s Urban Tavern
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: My Urban Tavern meal, reviewed in this post, was entirely free to me. When I visited the Cityscape Lounge last fall, high up on the 46th floor of the Union Square Hilton, Executive Chef Michael Vaughn was still working on the vision for remodeling the hotel’s ground floor restaurant, Urban Tavern. But he
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25 January, 2017

Behind My Last Localwise Post – Mission Ice Cream!

Behind My Last Localwise Post – Mission Ice Cream!
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Ice Cream Guide for the Mission in San Francisco, Restaurants, Travel on by : The Gourmez
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My last Localwise post actually went up in November….and I seriously have not had time to promote it until now! It’s been an insane couple of months, for sure. I also, admittedly, wasn’t in a rush to do so because ice cream is the theme and that’s not a typical holiday post. But it’s January
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5 December, 2016

The Lunchpad in San Francisco

The Lunchpad in San Francisco
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants, 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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4 October, 2016

Exploring Pinot Noir of California

Exploring Pinot Noir of California
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Which Pinot Noir Region Marks the Spot? Pinot noir isn’t a favorite wine varietal of mine, but since I moved back to California in 2013, I’ve been intrigued by how pinot noirs of different winegrowing regions can be markedly different here. The grape is typically used to produce light-bodied, low tannin wines with light fruit.
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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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21 July, 2016

‘āina

‘āina
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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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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29 June, 2016

Pairing Pure Leaf’s Tea House Collection with SPQR’s Finesse!

Pairing Pure Leaf’s Tea House Collection with SPQR’s Finesse!
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Events, Food, Product Reviews, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Last week, I had the pleasure of trying Chef Matthew Accarrino’s cooking for the first time. No, I didn’t try it at SPQR, the Michelin-starred restaurant the chef calls home. I sampled it at a travelling tea house! Pure Leaf is in the midst of a tour of major food-loving U.S. cities to promote their
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