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21 July, 2016

‘āina

‘āina
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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My food-writing friend, Jennifer Ng, joined me for brunch at ‘āina recently. Jennifer is the author of the Ice Cream Travel Guide, a book that explores the best ice cream shops worldwide and the stories behind the people who built them. I’ve been discovering that Jennifer’s foodie knowledge isn’t limited to ice cream, and she
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12 July, 2016

Scratch

Scratch
Posted in : Dining in Mountain View, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Scratch, not to be confused with the Scratch I reviewed in Durham a few years back, bills itself as a purveyor of American comfort food in an elegant style, a common trend among restaurants these days–upscale comfort food is the new American bistro. And who can blame them, as restaurants dare much if they don’t
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6 July, 2016

New Brunch–and Chef!–at Tiburon Tavern

New Brunch–and Chef!–at Tiburon Tavern
Comments : 1 Posted in : Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Restaurants, Travel on by : The Gourmez
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The Lodge at Tiburon, and its restaurant, the Tiburon Tavern, are located just a hop and skip from the scenic old shipping town’s shoreline and historic Main Street. You won’t even need to jump. A weekend ago, I was invited out to sample Tiburon Tavern’s new brunch menu, and because my husband’s birthday was the
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1 July, 2016

Lemonade Invades the Bay Area!

Lemonade Invades the Bay Area!
Posted in : Dining in Palo Alto, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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  Northern Californians have never had a better reason to welcome a southern invader. By southern, I mean Southern Californian, of course, as Lemonade is a SoCal cafeteria chain with 23 locations. Those have all been concentrated in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange counties before now, but the Bay Area has six Lemonade openings
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9 June, 2016

The Quick Six Fix Cookbook Review

The Quick Six Fix Cookbook Review
Posted in : Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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This is the second of two cookbook reviews I’m posting this week, courtesy of William Morrow Cookbooks, which means (obligatory disclaimer!) the books were free to me. I’ve included a full recipe at the end of the post, so scroll on down if you’re only interested in that…but if you want to know if the
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7 June, 2016

Lose Weight by Eating Cookbook Review

Lose Weight by Eating Cookbook Review
Posted in : Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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I have a pair of cookbook reviews coming your way this week! Of course, they’ll also end with a free recipe, so if you’re impatient for that part, scroll on down to the bottom. First up is Audrey Johns’ Lose Weight by Eating Cookbook. Obligatory disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of the cookbook
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2 June, 2016

Vitality Bowls

Vitality Bowls
Posted in : Dining in Walnut Creek, Food, Product Reviews, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Vitality Bowls is a California chain specializing in superfood bowls and smoothies. With 18 California locations and a few expansions into Colorado, Indiana, Texas, and Florida, I’d say the concept has been well-received! That may not be surprising to you, but I’m that rare food blogger who’s managed to spend the last four years avoiding
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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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26 April, 2016

Telegraph Beer Garden

Telegraph Beer Garden
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in Oakland, CA, Beer, Beer, Wine, Sake, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked past Telegraph Beer Garden and never been entirely sure there’s anything there. That’s because I’m usually trekking into downtown Oakland a little before their weekday hours begin, so all I see is a big, black gate, a peeling sign, and a few windows I can’t peer
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21 April, 2016

Black Spring Coffee Company

Black Spring Coffee Company
Posted in : Coffee in Oakland, CA, Coffee Shops on by : The Gourmez
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I’ve stopped in to take a break at this coffee shop a number of times now, on my way to some errand or another downtown. The interior is sparse, a simple collection of tables and white walls, though the entrance and coffee counter greet customers with soft, mint-chip green. It opens early (6 am) and
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