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13 September, 2018

The Inaugural Oakland Cocktail Week 9/15-9/23!

The Inaugural Oakland Cocktail Week 9/15-9/23!
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Oakland - CA on by : becca
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It’s rare that a press release results in a post on the Gourmez, but I’ll make an exception for the inaugural Oakland Cocktail Week, September 15 through 23, 2018. I’ve taken a tour before with Raquel Navarro of See.Eat.Love, a founding company behind the Cocktail Week, so I’m confident it’ll be well organized, and wow,
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5 September, 2018

The Shrubbery’s Shrubs! Aka, the Joy of Drinking Vinegars

The Shrubbery’s Shrubs! Aka, the Joy of Drinking Vinegars
Posted in : Product Reviews, Recipes on by : becca
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Finally, a shrub syrup that can rightfully call itself drinking vinegar! I’m so glad I stumbled across the Shrubbery’s stand at Worldcon in San Jose last month. I’ve been searching for a shrub up to the task of helping me cut down on alcohol drinking at home. Shrubs, you may be wondering, are not a
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24 May, 2016

Sunshine Energy Drink – Ginger Berry

Sunshine Energy Drink – Ginger Berry
Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Gin, Product Reviews on by : becca
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Sunshine Beverages, out of Winston-Salem, NC, invited me to drink the Sunshine. No, there was no LSD involved in that exchange. Sunshine is the name of their energy drinks, lightweight alternatives to the metallic sludge of a Red Bull or Rockstar. I realize some people are quite addicted to those products, but I, assuredly, am
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26 April, 2016

Telegraph Beer Garden

Telegraph Beer Garden
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Oakland - CA, Breweries in Oakland - CA, Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked past Telegraph Beer Garden and never been entirely sure there’s anything there. That’s because I’m usually trekking into downtown Oakland a little before their weekday hours begin, so all I see is a big, black gate, a peeling sign, and a few windows I can’t peer
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5 October, 2015

Mason Bar

Mason Bar
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in Arroyo Grande - CA on by : becca
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Mason Bar, an upscale cocktail bar in Arroyo Grande Village, is where Friend #1 recommended we go for nightcaps after trying out the pescatarian options at Ember earlier that evening. Without a doubt, Mason Bar’s single greatest asset is that it opens to the street, providing excellent views of strolling pedestrians and the occasional joyriders.
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4 May, 2015

Chai Bar by David Rio Launch Party

Chai Bar by David Rio Launch Party
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Breweries in San Francisco - CA, Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops in San Francisco - CA, Events, Sake on by : becca
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In a few short weeks, the Chai Bar by David Rio, the flagship storefront location for the highly successful David Rio Chai company, will be open at 1019 Market St., San Francisco. I think this new café/bar/lab/restaurant hybrid will be a lot of fun to visit, based on my experience at its recent launch party.
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19 February, 2015

Sipping Stones, TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey, and the Strawberry Glades 

Sipping Stones, TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey, and the Strawberry Glades 
Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Product Reviews, Spirits, Whiskey / Whisky on by : becca
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I’m doing two reviews in one today! My friends over at TOPO Distillery have debuted their organic Eight Oak Whiskey, and they were kind enough to send me a bottle for review. This fortuitous gift also provided me with the perfect opportunity to test out a set of Sipping Stones, soapstone cubes designed to provide a
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5 February, 2015

Mac & Cheese Night #7 at Farmerbrown

Mac & Cheese Night #7 at Farmerbrown
Comments : 1 Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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First Mac & Cheese Night of 2015! This outing took us to Farmerbrown, just about a block from the Powell St. BART stop in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Our original location was meant to be Grub in the Mission District, but it turns out Grub must have closed sometime in December! That makes
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29 April, 2014

Vita Frute Cocktails

Vita Frute Cocktails
Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Other Spirits, Product Reviews, Spirits on by : becca
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A few years ago, I reviewed a few drinks made with Veev aḉai liqueur at Ruby Tuesday’s back when the brand first launched. I enjoyed those drinks and how clean the spirit tasted. It imparted a crisp and mild berry flavor to the cocktails that I found quite appealing. Fast forward to this last winter,
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22 April, 2014

Sidebar

Sidebar
Posted in : Bourbon, Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants, Spirits on by : becca
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Sidebar is an upscale, Nouveau American joint along the Grand Avenue side of Lake Merritt. Its website boasts Mediterranean, seasonal, local, and comfort foods among its qualifications, so think dressed up French fries, with smoked paprika in Sidebar’s case, and quality meats served with fresh pickled veggies and relishes. I went at lunch. The menu
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