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20 November, 2015

Take a Virtual Tour of Oakland’s the Hive in time for Firebrand’s Grand Opening!

Take a Virtual Tour of Oakland’s the Hive in time for Firebrand’s Grand Opening!
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Coffee in Oakland, CA, Coffee Shops, Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez

A few weeks ago, I promised you a more intensive–dare I say sneakier?–sneak peek into Oakland’s the Hive development. Over at Localwise, I wrote a quick article summarizing all the retail businesses onsite, but I took a lot more pictures than the published ones, and they’re sure to entice you in.  And what better time is
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6 November, 2015

New Localwise Post: Behind the Brick Walls of Oakland’s New Mixed-Use Development – The Hive!

New Localwise Post: Behind the Brick Walls of Oakland’s New Mixed-Use Development – The Hive!
Posted in : Announcements, Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Beer, Beer, Wine, Sake, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Coffee in Oakland, CA, Dining in Oakland, CA, Publication News, Restaurants, Writing on by : The Gourmez

Darling readers, I neglected to inform you that I had a new Localwise post go up a couple of weeks ago! I guess that’s what happens when you’re traveling the majority of October…oops. This one is all about the retail businesses now opened and opening soon at Oakland’s newest redesigned city block, the Hive. I
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4 May, 2015

Chai Bar by David Rio Launch Party

Chai Bar by David Rio Launch Party
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Coffee in San Francisco, CA, Coffee Shops, Events, Sake on by : The Gourmez

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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25 February, 2015

Coffee Fest Atlanta 2015: Best Coffee Shop Competition

Coffee Fest Atlanta 2015: Best Coffee Shop Competition
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Last month, I had the pleasure of covering the 2015 Southeastern Regional Coffee Fest, which took place in Atlanta. The Coffee Fest is a trade show and coffee education opportunity held in four different regions each year—upcoming ones for 2015 will be held in Tokyo, Chicago, and Portland. I’m writing a post on my favorite products
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30 September, 2014

1 Weekend, 8 New Raleigh Hotspots

1 Weekend, 8 New Raleigh Hotspots
Posted in : Bars in the Research Triangle of NC, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Coffee in Raleigh, NC, Coffee Shops, Dining in Raleigh, NC, Restaurants, Travel on by : The Gourmez

Last summer, the husband and I moved away from the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina after spending eight years watching the cities expand and their food scenes skyrocket off the heat-charts. Seriously, the New York Times is obsessed with the place! So I was excited to head back for the weekend in mid-September—my
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