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1 September, 2015

Westbrae Biergarten

Westbrae Biergarten
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in Berkeley, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I had passed this cute little beer garden in Berkeley a couple of times while walking the Ohlone Parkway. Having spent my formative years in Santa Maria, CA, you can bet what drew my eye was not the incredibly appealing outdoor set-up with sculpted gardens— —but the signs just visible above the fence line that
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3 August, 2015

Grocery Cafe

Grocery Cafe
Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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  Grocery Café has been receiving a lot of press lately, so I was thrilled when one of my Meetup groups announced a lunch meeting there. It’s a Burmese restaurant tucked away on a corner in the Clinton neighborhood of Oakland. First thing you notice coming in is a giant bush of Carolina reaper peppers—
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30 July, 2015

Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc 2013

Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc 2013
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, NakedWines.Com, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc 2013 Sonoma County, CA The nose gives off an impression of scents. It’s an invitation to explore their potential. And on exploration, this is a beautifully integrated glass of wine. Elegant, a gracious hostess in pearls whose complex inner beauty lies just beneath her skin. My current love affair with cabernet
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28 July, 2015

Urban Legend Cellars Tasting

Urban Legend Cellars Tasting
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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A few weekends ago, I hit up my first urban tasting room in Oakland–Jeff Cohn Cellars. I assure you, my guide, Peter of Bung R. Cooper’s wine blog, was not going to let me stop after just one location! We meandered over a few Jack London Square blocks to Urban Legend Cellars (621 4th Street),
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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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20 July, 2015

Bliss Wine Imports Tasting

Bliss Wine Imports Tasting
Comments : 4 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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At Bisou Bistronomy in the Castro, an impressive handful of Bay Area winos—oops, I mean wine bloggers—gathered to explore the wares of one of the newer importers on the block: Bliss Wine Imports. And we didn’t even run the other customers out of the restaurant until an hour into the tasting! Alleah Friedrichs and Erin
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16 July, 2015

Jeff Cohn Cellars

Jeff Cohn Cellars
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, Rose Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of checking out Jeff Cohn Cellars’ tasting room in Oakland along with my friend Peter, the man behind Bung R. Cooper’s wine blog. Jeff Cohn, a renowned winemaker, spent a decade learning from and crafting Rosenblum wines before starting his own winery in 2006.  He’s also a genuinely nice
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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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8 July, 2015

Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013

Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, NakedWines.Com, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013 Sonoma Mountain, CA Plump cherries on a slate board with mild blue cheese and sautéed mushrooms. The cheese deepens as the long finish continues…and continues…and continues. If only cherries and blue cheese were a better combination. I should have ordered brie! My Quini Profile: My Quini Flower: Which means I award
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30 June, 2015

The Bay Area’s Best Mac & Cheese: My Verdict

The Bay Area’s Best Mac & Cheese: My Verdict
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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It’s been a year since I undertook my quest to try all the mac & cheeses on 7×7’s list of the best in the Bay Area. I haven’t regretted a moment of this carb-slurping, dish-sharing, cheese-inhaling adventure. My friends, and long-suffering husband, who’ve joined me for most of these nights out, may hold different opinions… …Naw. Who
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