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23 July, 2015

La Bedaine

La Bedaine
Posted in : Dining in Albany, Dining in Berkeley, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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La Bedaine is a tiny French bakery on the outside, but on the inside, it specializes in French cuisine that you can take home to cut a few steps out of dinner. That means vacuum-packed meals such as duck confit and coq au vin. For simple meanderers, such as myself, La Bedaine’s cheery yellow display
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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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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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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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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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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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3 June, 2014

Mac & Cheese Night at Mission Cheese

Mac & Cheese Night at Mission Cheese
Comments : 4 Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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A few months ago, I came across 7×7’s list of the best macaroni and cheeses in the Bay Area. I’d been looking for a good excuse to try a new restaurant each month with friends, and what better excuse is there than sampling mac & cheese? I dare you to come up with one…and if
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1 April, 2014

Afghan Village

Posted in : Dining in Fremont, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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The husband and I ended up at Afghan Village after a quick Yelp search from the freeway when our hunger post-wine-tasting had reached critical levels. So that hunger may have influenced my opinion of the establishment, but honestly, I think Afghan Village just plain has amazing food despite mixed Yelp reviews. It’s located in a
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18 March, 2014

Pappo

Posted in : Dining in Alameda, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Being a relatively young foodie, my taste buds have grown up on Farm to Fork/Farm to Table/Nouveau American/New Californian/Californian or just plain upscale cuisine that uses products from local vendors and a blend of different styles that highlight the ingredients’ natural flavors. As expected, the Bay Area is swimming in options for that particular brand
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