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12 May, 2016

Brews & Brats

Brews & Brats
Posted in : Beer, Beer, Wine, Sake, Dining in Hayward, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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When I lived in Hayward, 2013–2014, I avidly anticipated the opening of Brews & Brats on B Street, one of several new restaurants moving into the downtown strip at the time. Alas, Brews & Brats still wasn’t open by the time I moved to Oakland, but now, a year later, it’s fully established. As I
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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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20 November, 2015

Take a Virtual Tour of Oakland’s the Hive in time for Firebrand’s Grand Opening!

Take a Virtual Tour of Oakland’s the Hive in time for Firebrand’s Grand Opening!
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Coffee in Oakland, CA, Coffee Shops, Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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A few weeks ago, I promised you a more intensive–dare I say sneakier?–sneak peek into Oakland’s the Hive development. Over at Localwise, I wrote a quick article summarizing all the retail businesses onsite, but I took a lot more pictures than the published ones, and they’re sure to entice you in.  And what better time is
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7 September, 2015

Ember

Ember
Posted in : Dining in Arroyo Grande, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Friend #1, whom I’ve known since the 5th grade though I hadn’t seen her since high school, has long enticed me with pictures of the Central Coast’s restaurant scene, where we both grew up. Excepting San Luis Obispo and steakhouses, the Central Coast has lagged in fine dining in the past, especially fine dining for
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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 : 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
Comments : 2 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
Comments : 6 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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