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5 February, 2016

Mauricio Lorca’s Angel’s Reserve Torrontes 2015

Mauricio Lorca’s Angel’s Reserve Torrontes 2015
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Mauricio Lorca’s Angel’s Reserve Torrontes 2015 La Rioja, Argentina Wine Review: Brine sneaks into the clam chowder in this glass. The intense acidity makes me contemplate inserting sizzling grasslands into my next fantasy story. As the wine settles, cream comes in, making that chowder New Jersey in style, with enough vegetal taste to account for
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12 January, 2016

Summer Kitchen + Bakeshop

Summer Kitchen + Bakeshop
Posted in : Dining in Berkeley, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I’ve wanted to try Summer Kitchen + Bakeshop for quite some time, but it is always flush with people, especially because there is little seating for what is obviously a popular shop. I prefer to enjoy good food right where I am, but the long countertop is only wide enough to fit maybe a foot’s
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7 January, 2016

Granville Island

Granville Island
Comments : 1 Posted in : Dining in Vancouver, Canada, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Guide for Vancouver, Canada on by : The Gourmez
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Last month, I posted about the experience of using Nightswapping, a travel website and application, to make my first trip to Vancouver, Canada. This month, I’m blogging about my whirlwind tour of the city and giving you the chance to try Nightswapping with a code for a free night’s stay! Let’s start this series at
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4 January, 2016

High Peaks Kitchen

High Peaks Kitchen
Comments : 3 Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I know very little about Tibetan Buddhism, except that I love their beautiful prayer flags. Is it any wonder High Peaks Kitchen catches my eye every time I walk down College Ave? As the menu explains, High Peaks Kitchen is owned and run by Tibetan exiles who learned how to cook a diverse range of
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28 December, 2015

Product Review: Auntie Dolores CBD Brownie

Product Review: Auntie Dolores CBD Brownie
Posted in : Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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Last month, I posted my first review of a cannabidiol product. It was ViPova Tea, and part of my willingness to review it was the understanding that ViPova contains hemp-derived CBD only, and no discernible THC, which is the psychoactive component of marijuana. That’s important, because I do not have a medical marijuana card and
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18 December, 2015

Foodie Gift Idea: Raw Spice Bar Subscription!

Foodie Gift Idea: Raw Spice Bar Subscription!
Comments : 1 Posted in : Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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It’s the most fragrant time of the year! What better time to buy the chef in your life a little inspiration? Inspiration that overflows with sensory delight every month! Subscription gift boxes are huge for Christmas presents; think monthly wine and beer clubs, snack food sampler boxes, and even the Dollar Shave Club. They’re an
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11 December, 2015

Mai Banh Mi

Mai Banh Mi
Comments : 1 Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I’ve been eyeing this little corner spot since it opened in the home of a former bakery about 2 months ago. I love banh mi, so I was excited to have somewhere serving it that I could easily walk to from home. Inside are just a counter, kitchen, two tables, and a painting, so it’s
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7 December, 2015

Product Review: Nightswapping, a New Travel Lodging Exchange Site!

Product Review: Nightswapping, a New Travel Lodging Exchange Site!
Comments : 3 Posted in : Product Reviews, Travel, Travel, Travel Guide for Vancouver, Canada on by : The Gourmez
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Earlier this fall, I was invited to check out Nightswapping, a new entry into the web-based travel lodging scene. You may have heard of a few names in that game: AirBnB? Couchsurfing? Nightswapping combines a bit of both and takes money almost completely out of the equation with a night-for-night exchange approach. They’ve just released
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30 November, 2015

Bakesale Betty

Bakesale Betty
Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Ah, it feels good to write a restaurant review! I’ve been so focused on wine following the annual Wine Bloggers Conference that dining and dishing has been low on the blog priority pole. So I’m happy to be back with my thoughts on an Oakland foodie landmark: Bakesale Betty. I expected to blog about this
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24 November, 2015

New Localwise Post: A North Oakland Burger Locator

New Localwise Post: A North Oakland Burger Locator
Posted in : Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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My next Localwise blog post is up! On the menu this time? Different types of burgers to be found in the North Oakland area. Your teaser: North Oakland has as many different types of hamburgers as there are cravings for them. Any burger lover knows an upscale restaurant’s offering is a different creature than what
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