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20 September, 2016

The Photographing Tourist Book Review

The Photographing Tourist Book Review
Comments : 4 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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6 September, 2016

Indian Summer Cocktails and Bar Bites at the Clift Hotel

Indian Summer Cocktails and Bar Bites at the Clift Hotel
Comments : 1 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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Obligatory disclaimer: The cocktails and food mentioned in this post were complimentary as part of a special media event. It’s September in the Bay Area, and we all know what that means – Indian Summer! It’s been one of the coldest actual summers on record here, which means the annual warmth of September and October
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9 August, 2016

Justice Grace Vineyards Shoe Shine Petite Sirah 2011

Justice Grace Vineyards Shoe Shine Petite Sirah 2011
Comments : 3 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Justice Grace Vineyards Shoe Shine Petite Sirah 2011 North Coast, California I met Eric Cohen, winemaker and owner of Justice Grace Vineyards, in May at a cheese-tasting event at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. His passion was obvious, but not just for wine. He’s most passionate about using his wine to promote social
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4 August, 2016

The Lodge at Tiburon

The Lodge at Tiburon
Comments : 2 Posted in : CA, Travel Guide for Tiburon on by : The Gourmez
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Last month, the Lodge at Tiburon invited me out to try their new brunch menu at the attached Tiburon Tavern, which I loved. Because Ben’s birthday fell on the same day, I thought, why not make it an overnight trip and stay at the hotel as well? They offered me a discounted media rate, which
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26 July, 2016

Golden Garlic

Golden Garlic
Posted in : Dining in San Jose, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I don’t get invited out to San Jose restaurants often, being as I live in the East, rather than South, Bay. But after Golden Garlic reached out to me, I headed to their website, and the pictures convinced me this spot was worth a trip. The De Anza location is one of two Golden Garlics
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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 : 2 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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