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15 November, 2016

Cityscape at the Union Square Hilton

Cityscape at the Union Square Hilton
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This write-up is based on a media event previewing Cityscape’s space, food, and drinks for free. Hotels may appear off limits to pedestrians passing by, but often, they harbor secret niches the public can access if they know where to go. Such is the case at the newly opened Cityscape, a sleek bar
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6 October, 2016

Specialty Cocktails at Albany’s Ivy Room

Specialty Cocktails at Albany’s Ivy Room
Posted in : Bars in Albany, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars on by : The Gourmez
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The Ivy Room Back in March, I visited the Ivy Room soon after its redesign and re-opening. Since then, they have added specialty cocktails to their full bar, and whichever bartender has developed them deserves a raise! Sure, a full bar ensures you can always get your favorite drink when you want it, but I
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6 September, 2016

Indian Summer Cocktails and Bar Bites at the Clift Hotel

Indian Summer Cocktails and Bar Bites at the Clift Hotel
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Obligatory disclaimer: The cocktails and food mentioned in this post were complimentary as part of a special media event. It’s September in the Bay Area, and we all know what that means – Indian Summer! It’s been one of the coldest actual summers on record here, which means the annual warmth of September and October
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5 October, 2015

Mason Bar

Mason Bar
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in Arroyo Grande, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars on by : The Gourmez
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Mason Bar, an upscale cocktail bar in Arroyo Grande Village, is where Friend #1 recommended we go for nightcaps after trying out the pescatarian options at Ember earlier that evening. Without a doubt, Mason Bar’s single greatest asset is that it opens to the street, providing excellent views of strolling pedestrians and the occasional joyriders.
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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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13 February, 2014

The Orchard Manhattan at Bijou

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

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

The Cantina
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars on by : The Gourmez
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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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