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23 June, 2015

Mac & Cheese Night #9: The Blue Plate

Mac & Cheese Night #9: The Blue Plate
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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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13 February, 2014

The Orchard Manhattan at Bijou

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The Orchard Manhattan Bijou, Hayward $11 The Orchard Manhattan is an original twist on the classic manhattan cocktail, though I’d say it’s closer to an old-fashioned, actually. It’s made with bourbon, apricot and walnut liqueurs, and black walnut and autumn-spiced bitters. I can’t tell you what the autumn spices are, but I can tell you
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6 February, 2014

The Wildfire at Firehouse 37

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The Wildfire Firehouse 37, San Ramon $10 This cocktail’s made with Templeton rye, Giffard vanilla liqueur, and bitters, a pretty straightforward combination. Cocktail shaking provides a lovely top layer of icy foam. The vanilla liqueur takes the edge off the rye whiskey, yet the cocktail avoids being overly sweet, which is a good thing. The
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14 January, 2014

The Cantina

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After a fun night out at Kuleto’s last November, our friends introduced us to one of their favorite drink spots, just a few blocks away. See that fruit bowl of citrus on the counter? It was one of many, and the smell of them permeated the room. There is no question that the Cantina uses
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5 December, 2013

The Barrel Room

Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake on by : The Gourmez
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I came across the Barrel Room on a night out with an old high school friend, which pretty much describes every night out I’ve had since moving to the Bay Area—I have a lot of old friends to rediscover in this neck of the woods. We wanted somewhere to extend the evening but still hear
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8 May, 2013

Bangkok Fever @ Jujube

Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in the Research Triangle of NC, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars on by : The Gourmez
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Bangkok Fever @ Jujube Glen Lennox, Chapel Hill My Restaurant Review $10 Once again, Jujube proves to me that their cocktail list is second to none in the Triangle. Bangkok Fever’s ingredient list is Thai-chili-infused reposado tequila, passion fruit juice, and cinnamon salt. And it’s amazing. The essential cinnamon salt livens up every sip, playing
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6 May, 2013

Charlottesville Blogging: Dinner at Mas

Posted in : Bars in Charlottesville, VA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in Charlottesville, VA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Last year, Ben and I spent a weekend in Charlottesville, VA, which I blogged about previously here, here, and here. We happened to pick the weekend a derecho hit the East Coast, which is only relevant to this blog because we got a free hotel stay from that natural disaster. Yay? I use the question
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1 May, 2013

Bar Lusconi

Posted in : Bars in the Research Triangle of NC, Beer, Wine, Sake, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars on by : The Gourmez
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Bar Lusconi 117B East Main Street Downtown Durham Website Weds – Sat, 5 pm – 2 am Hey folks, I posted this review of Bar Lusconi over at Carpe Durham last week, and I didn’t get the chance to report here until now! So here you go: Bar Lusconi is a downtown beer and wine
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18 March, 2013

Alley 26

Posted in : Bars in the Research Triangle of NC, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars on by : The Gourmez
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Alley 26 320 East Chapel Hill St. Downtown Durham Website $9 to $12 per drink 4 pm to 2 am (May I take this moment to say I love a bar that posts a closing time?) To my disappointment, Alley 26, Durham’s newest upscale bar, is not located in an alley. It takes up actual
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1 March, 2013

Little Fŭk’ər at the Borough

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Little Fŭk’ər The Borough Downtown Raleigh $6.50 I’ve been to the Borough twice now, and I love it as a casual night spot to relax with slightly trussed up comfort food and a good drink list. This is my second time drinking the Little Fŭk’ər as well. It’s made with bourbon, red apple Schnapps, butterscotch
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