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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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20 February, 2014

Ribs ‘N Things

Posted in : Dining in Hayward, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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This was my second visit to Ribs ‘N Things, and I was as impressed by this soul food and barbecue joint as I was the first time.  That first time, we were waited on for dinner in their modest dining room decorated with jazz paintings. The dining room is roped off sometimes, but they are
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12 December, 2013

Kuleto’s

Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Kuleto’s bills itself as “authentic San Francisco,” featuring Northern Italian cooking with an American twist. Being new to the Bay, I can’t speak to its authenticity, and I personally hate the idea of calling anything authentic (happy to have that discussion anytime!). Regardless, I was pleased with all aspects of our dinner. The only confusing
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