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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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2 August, 2018

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine Now Open in Oakland!

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine Now Open in Oakland!
Posted in : Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine 336 Webster Street Jack London Square Oakland, CA Fill ‘er up from $12 to $24 Website Last week, I attended the celebration party for the soft opening of Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine in Oakland, the newest restaurant from chef and owner Kasem “Pop” Saengsawang. Obligatory disclaimer: That means everything I’m writing
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28 July, 2017

Farley’s East Expansion and New Menu

Farley’s East Expansion and New Menu
Comments : 3 Posted in : Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops in Oakland - CA, Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Farley’s East (33 Grand Ave) has been a fixture of Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood for eight years now, and after the space next door opened up, owners Chris and Amy Hillyard jumped at the chance to expand the shop. Especially as the purchase would mean that Farley’s East would finally acquire a full kitchen! Yes, it’s
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6 April, 2017

Drip Line – West Oakland

Drip Line – West Oakland
Posted in : Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops in Oakland - CA on by : becca
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Drip Line 1940 Union St., Suite #21 West Oakland Website $5–13 Obligatory Disclaimer: This review of Drip Line is based off a media dinner that was entirely free to me. Hidden in the warehouses of West Oakland, you’ll find a new coffee shop full of bright light, much like Trouble Coffee three-quarters of a mile
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6 February, 2017

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Food, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Oakland - CA, Travel Guide for Oakland - CA, Wine on by : becca
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Obligatory Disclaimer: Participation in the Oakland Urban Wine Tour was free to me. A year and a half ago, I discovered the plethora of urban wineries housed in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Inspired by the quality of the wines and convenient positioning of their locations, I wrote up a suggested wine walk for Localwise. Apparently,
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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 : becca
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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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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 : becca
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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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24 June, 2016

3 Best Wines at Urban Vines

3 Best Wines at Urban Vines
Comments : 2 Posted in : Events, Malbec, Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Riesling, White Wine, Wine on by : becca
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Two weekends ago, I checked out Urban Vines, an annual Oakland wine festival that highlights African American winemakers, a markedly underrepresented group. Its theme is “A Toast to Diversity,” and the event was founded by Sip & Swirl, an event planning company that specializes in urban-based wine, food, and travel. It’s also held in Chicago.
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5 May, 2016

Brotzeit Lokal

Brotzeit Lokal
Comments : 1 Posted in : Cider, Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Brotzeit Lokal is memorable for more than being a mouthful to pronounce. We all love beer gardens, right? So what makes a beer garden even better? A beautiful view! You can see it from inside the tinted glass walls of Brotzeit’s dining room, but the open-air patio is where that beer garden pull is strongest.
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