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24 March, 2015

WOATS Oatsnack

WOATS Oatsnack
Comments : 3 Posted in : Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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WOATS Oatsnack, widely available at a supermarket near you, came to be when its founder, Justin Anderson, discovered the ancient enmity between granola and braces. As each WOATS bag will tell you, young Justin set out to make a softer oat treat and succeeded wildly, starting his own company at the age of 16. WOATS
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8 December, 2014

Poggia Basso Grappa del Piemonte

Poggia Basso Grappa del Piemonte
Posted in : Grappa on by : The Gourmez
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Poggia Basso Grappa del Piemonte Ghemme, Italy 40% ABV This is my first grappa. Well, unless you count that one time I drank it while waitressing at Vinny Testa’s in Boston’s Back Bay. I assure you, you should not count that. But I think it was better than this? The grappa has a nutty smell,
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25 March, 2014

Sugar High Dessert Dispensary

Sugar High Dessert Dispensary
Posted in : Bakeries, Grab and Go on by : The Gourmez
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I tried out the cupcakes at this local bakery stand inside the NewPark Mall (directly under the food court) after an open mic night with the Fremont Writers’ Club. The pretty, pretty cupcakes on display drew me in; I’m a sucker for a gorgeous cupcake, although the wares often don’t deliver on the visual appeal.
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27 February, 2014

Éko Coffee Bar and Tea House

Éko Coffee Bar and Tea House
Posted in : Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops in Hayward - CA on by : The Gourmez
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I’d been watching the Coming Soon! sign for this coffee shop with interest since I moved to Hayward in August. Downtown Hayward has few coffee options aside from the usual chain suspects. Though I enjoy both Snappy’s Café and the Bistro for my caffeine needs, Snappy’s is pretty small and the Bistro is more of
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15 May, 2013

Noodles & Company’s Spring Asparagus Frenzy!

Posted in : Dining in Durham - NC, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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With spring comes new dishes at many restaurants, and that includes Noodles & Company, a chain I’ve sampled a few times before. Well, readers, it’s your and my lucky day, because I was invited to come to their Erwin Rd. location in Durham to try their spring asparagus menu and you get the chance to
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31 December, 2012

Primal Roots 2010 Red Blend

Posted in : Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Primal Roots 2010 Red Blend Acampo, California I love blends. They make me happier than wines primarily made of one grape. Together, the blend is smoother, more drinkable, although I assume an argument can be made that they lose character along the way. That may be the case with the Primal Roots 2010 Red Blend.
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9 November, 2012

TerraVITA Media Farm Tour: Stop 3, Whitted Bowers Farm

TerraVITA Media Farm Tour: Stop 3, Whitted Bowers Farm
Comments : 1 Posted in : Events, Travel, Travel Guide for Chapel Hill, NC on by : The Gourmez
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After learning about different methods for processing coffee beans and getting our buzz on at Joe Van Gogh’s coffee roastery, the TerraVITA 2012 Media Farm Tour group headed on to the next stop in our jam-packed day. That stop was Whitted Bowers Farm in Cedar Grove, NC. It’s owned by Rob Bowers and Cheri Whitted
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27 July, 2012

Summer Salads at Noodles & Company

Posted in : Dining in Raleigh - NC, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Last winter I tried Noodles & Company’s seasonal additions to their macaroni and cheese menu, a task that I took up with gusto. Their seasonal items are lighter fare for the summer: a trio of salads. I was again invited to try them for free and share with you, my lovely readership, my thoughts on
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28 March, 2012

Espiral Vinho Rosé

Posted in : Rose Wine, Vinho Rose, Vinho Verde on by : The Gourmez
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Espiral Vinho Rosé Gaia, Portugal Apologies, but I have no wine label to share with you. This is a bottle I picked up at Trader Joe’s — hopefully, that helps if you’re interested in it? Espiral Vinho Rosé is a rosé version of vinho verde, and I was super excited to see it. I love
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21 March, 2012

Alexander Valley Rendition Zinfandel 2009

Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Alexander Valley Rendition Zinfandel 2009 Sonoma Country, CA Strawberry and nectarine simmered with nutmeg are the most prominent smells from this leathery red wine. It smells sharp, full-bodied, and young.  Strawberry remains when drinking it, but the spice is more akin to allspice. It tastes a lot lighter than it smells, and eucalyptus and brown
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