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5 December, 2016

The Lunchpad in San Francisco

The Lunchpad in San Francisco
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants, Vodka on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This post is based on a media event held by the Lunchpad, so portions are sized down and it was all free to me. The Lunchpad has been holding court in Hayes Valley’s Noir Lounge for about three years now, transforming the posh, gothic nightlife space into . . . a posh, gothic
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25 November, 2016

Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent

Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent Bekaa Valley, Lebanon Obligatory disclaimer: This Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent was given to me for review. Founded by Jesuit priests in the mid-1800s, Château Ksara boasts Lebanon’s oldest vineyards, though winemaking in the country dates back 5,000 years. I’ve had the chance to sip a number of
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17 November, 2016

Azzurre Spirits Vodka and Gin

Azzurre Spirits Vodka and Gin
Posted in : Cocktail Recipes, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Gin, Vodka on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: The Azzurre Spirits I’m about to review for you were provided to me for sampling. Vodka and gin made with apples, grapes, and sugar cane instead of potato or corn or wheat? Why go against the grain, so to speak? Because Azzurre Spirits founder Dan Pettit found the liquor industry trend toward numerous
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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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2 November, 2016

“A Perfect Score” Book Review

“A Perfect Score” Book Review
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Food, Product Reviews, Red Wine, Writing on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of A Perfect Score to read for this post. Released in September by Center Street, A Perfect Score ($26; 207 pgs.) tells the story of the founding and growth of the HALL and WALT wineries from the intertwined perspectives of its two founders, Craig and Kathryn Hall.
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14 October, 2016

Zing Cafe in Berkeley

Zing Cafe in Berkeley
Posted in : CA, Coffee in Berkeley, Coffee Shops on by : The Gourmez
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Zing Café is located in the Marmot Mountain Works suite of buildings, a really unique complex done in old Storybook style right across the street from the Ashby BART station. The Marmont Mountain Works has been defunct for a number of years now— –but there are still plenty of businesses in working order within its
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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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20 September, 2016

The Photographing Tourist Book Review

The Photographing Tourist Book Review
Comments : 5 Posted in : Product Reviews, Travel on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This review of the Photographing Tourist comes from a copy supplied to me for free. A Book Review? Can I Eat That? I rarely do book reviews on this blog, because I’m more interested in how the final product tastes, whether that be a dinner entrée or a glass of wine, than in
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15 September, 2016

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil Products

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil Products
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bath, Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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Coconuts are all the rage in cooking, eating, and beauty products these days and for good reason–they’re delicious! You thought I was going to say healthy, weren’t you? While that may be so, I am generally in the skeptic camp when it comes to health claims for natural products, as they so often become trend
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12 September, 2016

Persona Pizzeria

Persona Pizzeria
Posted in : Dining in Santa Rosa, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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What is Persona Pizzeria? Obligatory disclaimer: I was asked to do this review by Persona Pizzeria. Thus, all food and beverage described in this post were free. Persona Pizzeria is a fast-expanding small chain with a fantastic reason for it: they make customizable Neapolitan-style pizza to order with quality ingredients from flour to toppings ….
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