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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
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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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17 April, 2015

Food Should Taste Good Brunch with Tablehopper!

Food Should Taste Good Brunch with Tablehopper!
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Events, Food, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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It’s been three weeks since I was invited to brunch at the Cavalier in downtown San Francisco, hosted by Tablehopper Marcia Gagliardi and the Food Should Taste Good (FSTG) snack food brand. It’s never too late to write about great food, right? The brunch was part of FSTG’s national promotional tour that’s been challenging star
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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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16 October, 2014

Sapporo

Sapporo
Posted in : Dining in Hayward, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Sapporo is the sushi restaurant’s answer to the overly familiar neighborhood pub. If you need to be greeted warmly by a hostess and have your every need catered to in a reasonable time frame, I’m not sure it’s the place for you. There’s nothing wrong with those expectations, but Sapporo won’t meet them. Instead, the
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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
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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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17 July, 2014

Downtown St. Paul, Cosetta, and the Wabasha Street Caves

Downtown St. Paul, Cosetta, and the Wabasha Street Caves
Posted in : Dining in St. Paul, MN, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Guide for St. Paul, MN on by : The Gourmez
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I’ve been to Minneapolis a number of times, but somehow, I hadn’t made it to neighboring St. Paul, the capitol of Minnesota. So on my last trip to the area, I was determined to spend an afternoon there. It didn’t make any sense to this wanderluster to be that close to the city and never
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14 November, 2013

Amelia Island: Downtown Fernandina Beach and Walker’s Landing

Posted in : Travel, Travel Guide for Amelia Island, FL on by : The Gourmez
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It’s nearly six months later, but I’m finally finishing up my photo blogs for our Amelia Island trip last May. Because I’ve only had one short vacation since then, it doesn’t actually feel that long ago that Ben and I wandered the streets of downtown Fernandina Beach, though we live on the other coast now.
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5 November, 2013

Bijou

Posted in : Dining in Hayward, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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My husband and I celebrated the sale of our North Carolina home with a prix fixe meal at this modern, French-inflected New American restaurant on Hayward’s downtown stretch. Using an Amazon Local deal, we dined on three courses each for only $40 including a glass of champagne. It was the second time I’d been to
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26 July, 2013

Poole’s Downtown Diner

Posted in : Bars in the Research Triangle of NC, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in Raleigh, NC, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Poole’s Downtown Diner 426 McDowell Street Downtown Raleigh Website Entrees: $19-22 This highly praised foodie haven from Raleigh celebrity chef Ashley Christiansen was Number #1 on my must list for places to try before leaving the Triangle. And I am super glad I did. It’s a foodie haven for a reason. But I was surprised
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15 July, 2013

Dishcrawl Durham

Posted in : Dining in Durham, NC, Events, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Guide for Durham, NC on by : The Gourmez
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Dishcrawl, based in San Jose, has spread its food-tour wings throughout the US and Canada. Their expansion into the Triangle is new, with the first Dishcrawl being held in Raleigh last February. Durham’s Dishcrawl debuted last week over two separate evenings due to high demand.  I attended the first night on a press pass (which
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