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12 July, 2016

Scratch

Scratch
Posted in : Dining in Mountain View, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Scratch, not to be confused with the Scratch I reviewed in Durham a few years back, bills itself as a purveyor of American comfort food in an elegant style, a common trend among restaurants these days–upscale comfort food is the new American bistro. And who can blame them, as restaurants dare much if they don’t
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2 June, 2016

Vitality Bowls

Vitality Bowls
Posted in : Dining in Walnut Creek, Food, Product Reviews, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Vitality Bowls is a California chain specializing in superfood bowls and smoothies. With 18 California locations and a few expansions into Colorado, Indiana, Texas, and Florida, I’d say the concept has been well-received! That may not be surprising to you, but I’m that rare food blogger who’s managed to spend the last four years avoiding
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12 April, 2016

Ba-Bite

Ba-Bite
Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Ba-Bite is an order at the counter, casual restaurant specializing in Middle Eastern comfort food. The name is a play on the Hebrew word babait, which evokes home cooking. Mica Talmor, the executive chef and co-owner of Ba-Bite and Savoy Events catering company along with her husband Robert Gott, is an Isreali-Jewish woman and most
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8 February, 2016

Phat Matt’s BBQ

Phat Matt’s BBQ
Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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  Phat Matt’s BBQ is an Oakland favorite for the quality and variety of smoked barbecue served. It’s a family-run restaurant, the type where the owners are happy to guide you through the menu of six standard meat preparations. A rotating special appears every week — it’s smoked pastrami according to their website right now,
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29 January, 2016

Best Bites in Barcelona

Best Bites in Barcelona
Posted in : Dining in Barcelona, Spain, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Guide for Barcelona, Spain on by : The Gourmez
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Disclaimer: I have only been in Barcelona for five days of my life. There is no way I can determine the best bites in the city. None. But “Best Bites in Barcelona While I Was There” is not a catchy title. That said, these are guaranteed by the Gourmez to be good bites, some of
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12 January, 2016

Summer Kitchen + Bakeshop

Summer Kitchen + Bakeshop
Posted in : Dining in Berkeley, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I’ve wanted to try Summer Kitchen + Bakeshop for quite some time, but it is always flush with people, especially because there is little seating for what is obviously a popular shop. I prefer to enjoy good food right where I am, but the long countertop is only wide enough to fit maybe a foot’s
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4 January, 2016

High Peaks Kitchen

High Peaks Kitchen
Comments : 3 Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I know very little about Tibetan Buddhism, except that I love their beautiful prayer flags. Is it any wonder High Peaks Kitchen catches my eye every time I walk down College Ave? As the menu explains, High Peaks Kitchen is owned and run by Tibetan exiles who learned how to cook a diverse range of
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11 December, 2015

Mai Banh Mi

Mai Banh Mi
Comments : 1 Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I’ve been eyeing this little corner spot since it opened in the home of a former bakery about 2 months ago. I love banh mi, so I was excited to have somewhere serving it that I could easily walk to from home. Inside are just a counter, kitchen, two tables, and a painting, so it’s
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30 November, 2015

Bakesale Betty

Bakesale Betty
Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Ah, it feels good to write a restaurant review! I’ve been so focused on wine following the annual Wine Bloggers Conference that dining and dishing has been low on the blog priority pole. So I’m happy to be back with my thoughts on an Oakland foodie landmark: Bakesale Betty. I expected to blog about this
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29 September, 2015

Woodhouse Fish Co.

Woodhouse Fish Co.
Comments : 1 Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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On the northeastern border of the Mission and the Castro, after having spent an afternoon tasting wines from Bliss Imports, I came across what looked like an oasis for my crustacean-loving heart. The sunny restaurant gave me the impression it would soon fill up, though I was walking by at only 5 pm. Not only
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