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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, Beer, Beer, Wine, Sake, CA, 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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15 April, 2016

Lay of the Land Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Lay of the Land Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, NakedWines.Com, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Lay of the Land Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon blanc can be a hard sell for me, as I often find it to have broth-like qualities interfering with the crisp acidity that I crave. No such problem with winemaker Mike Paterson’s Lay of the Land, which came to me through my NakedWines.com order.
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31 March, 2016

Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Spring Rosé Line-Up

Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Spring Rosé Line-Up
Comments : 4 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Rose Wine on by : The Gourmez
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When Bonny Doon Vineyards offered up a sample of the four rosés they debuted this spring, I had to say yes — and yes, sample means they were free to me (obligatory disclaimer complete!). The opportunity to compare four entirely unique blush wines was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I called in some friends to
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29 March, 2016

Ivy Room

Ivy Room
Posted in : Bars in Albany, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars on by : The Gourmez
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In Albany, the Ivy Room is enjoying a rebirth after having undergone many transformations over its six decades of existence. The venue, with a makeover and new owners, re-opened its doors three months ago. A sign of what may come can be seen in the retention of the sign itself, a classic one that’s earned
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25 March, 2016

Serpent’s Bite Apple Cider Flavored Whisky

Serpent’s Bite Apple Cider Flavored Whisky
Comments : 4 Posted in : Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Whiskey/Whisky on by : The Gourmez
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Serpent’s Bite Apple Cider Flavored Whisky Alberta, Canada 35% ABV I picked up this bottle when the husband requested whisky but said, “It doesn’t have to be the good stuff.” Being as this was on sale for $14, I figured it would work. And hey, I like apple cider. My family makes excellent hot apple
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18 March, 2016

The R & R Coffee Cocktail at Neighborhood

The R & R Coffee Cocktail at Neighborhood
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in San Diego, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars on by : The Gourmez
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It can be difficult to create a new — and successful — coffee cocktail. Recently, I came across an attempt at San Diego’s Neighborhood in the Gaslamp Quarter. Neighborhood is an appealing, hipsterish pub with dark wood tables, a well-thought-out spirits and tap list, and plenty of classed up American comfort foods. It’s casual enough
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8 March, 2016

Pinky’s Pizza Parlor

Pinky’s Pizza Parlor
Comments : 3 Posted in : CA, Dining in Walnut Creek, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Pinky’s Pizza Parlor is a neighborhood joint worth leaving your neighborhood for. Two of our good friends are regulars, drawn in by the amazing bar specials Pinky’s runs, and we’ve joined them a number of times. On a Sunday, go for the $2 bloody marys. On a Thursday, get any draft beer for the same
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29 February, 2016

Scotto Cellars Heavyweight Wine

Scotto Cellars Heavyweight Wine
Comments : 4 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Scotto Cellars is a family-owned winemaking company based in California with vineyards in Amador County, Lodi, and Napa Valley. I received sample bottles of two wines in their Heavyweight line: the petite sirah and the cabernet sauvignon, both sourced from the greater Central Valley. Obligatory disclaimer: Sample means these wines were free to me, but
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