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3 August, 2015

Grocery Cafe

Grocery Cafe
Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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  Grocery Café has been receiving a lot of press lately, so I was thrilled when one of my Meetup groups announced a lunch meeting there. It’s a Burmese restaurant tucked away on a corner in the Clinton neighborhood of Oakland. First thing you notice coming in is a giant bush of Carolina reaper peppers—
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13 July, 2015

Four Corners Cafe

Four Corners Cafe
Posted in : CA, CA, Coffee in Albany, Coffee Shops, Dining in Albany, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I headed out to Albany for the first time to check another café off my East Bay Indie Coffee Passport. I met up with a new friend and fellow UCSC alum who was excited to show me around her neck of the woods, which means you’ll be getting another Albany review from me soon. Four
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23 June, 2015

Mac & Cheese Night #9: The Blue Plate

Mac & Cheese Night #9: The Blue Plate
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I began my mission to conquer 7×7’s list of the best Bay Area macaroni and cheeses just over a year ago at Mission Cheese. This, right here, is my final review in this series, and I will soon crown my winner. Happily, our last mac & cheese night did not disappoint—the Blue Plate’s (3218 Mission
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22 April, 2015

Farm Burger

Farm Burger
Posted in : Dining in Berkeley, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Christina of East Bay Dish invited me out on this media lunch to try Farm Burger in Berkeley. Obligatory disclaimer: Our meal was comped. Non-obligatory disclaimer: Our eyes may have been bigger than our stomachs as we pretty much tried two or more items from every section of their menu. Farm Burger is a small
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7 April, 2015

Mac & Cheese Night #8 at Fat Angel

Mac & Cheese Night #8 at Fat Angel
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Fat Angel’s menu is focused on nibbles to go with their exceptionally long list of beers, wines, and meads, including after-dinner selections for all of their beverage categories. As usually happens, that leads to meat and cheese boards, nuts and olives, and in their case, a selection of fancy butter schmears served with Firebrand breads.
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22 January, 2015

Pink’s Hot Dogs

Pink’s Hot Dogs
Posted in : Dining in Los Angeles, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I have fulfilled another entry on my foodie bucket list. Okay, I’m lying. I am way too lazy to have made a foodie bucket list, but if I had, Pink’s Hot Dogs would assuredly be on it. Since 1939, the Pink family has been perfecting the hot dog, and as all good Californians know, perfecting
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23 December, 2014

Neumanali

Neumanali
Posted in : Dining in Hayward, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Neumanali is one of Hayward’s few fine dining restaurants. Bijou, just a few blocks up B Street, is the only other one that immediately comes to mind. Neumanali is tucked away by the downtown Hayward BART station in a beautiful Victorian that most people don’t even realize is a restaurant as they walk past. I’ve
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26 November, 2014

Burger Joints of Hayward #4: Cecil’s Famous Burgers

Burger Joints of Hayward #4: Cecil’s Famous Burgers
Posted in : Dining in Hayward, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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The next stop on my Burger Joints of Hayward tour is Cecil’s Famous Burgers, found due to its Yelp rivalry with Val’s Burgers, the most iconic Hayward burger joint I can think of. Being as I’m not that enthused with Val’s (still planning a return visit for a review), I was rather intrigued by this
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24 November, 2014

Mac and Cheese Night #6: Paragon

Mac and Cheese Night #6: Paragon
Comments : 1 Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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For my sixth Mac and Cheese Night, the husband and I went a little upscale, heading to Paragon right outside AT&T Park. That picture reminds me that I wish we’d sat outside, but I had suspected it would get chilly so outside seemed the less desirable option. But it never did get chilly, and inside,
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30 October, 2014

Mac & Cheese Night #5: American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Mac & Cheese Night #5: American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Fifth macaroni and cheese night already? And I’m not even sick of the stuff yet. I must say, though, that all this mac and cheese analysis has affected my standards. Let’s just say that a recent order from a fast food chain was NOT up to snuff. Bright orange sauce lacking flavor and overcooked noodles
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