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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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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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20 November, 2015

Take a Virtual Tour of Oakland’s the Hive in time for Firebrand’s Grand Opening!

Take a Virtual Tour of Oakland’s the Hive in time for Firebrand’s Grand Opening!
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Coffee in Oakland, CA, Coffee Shops, Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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A few weeks ago, I promised you a more intensive–dare I say sneakier?–sneak peek into Oakland’s the Hive development. Over at Localwise, I wrote a quick article summarizing all the retail businesses onsite, but I took a lot more pictures than the published ones, and they’re sure to entice you in.  And what better time is
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1 September, 2015

Westbrae Biergarten

Westbrae Biergarten
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in Berkeley, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I had passed this cute little beer garden in Berkeley a couple of times while walking the Ohlone Parkway. Having spent my formative years in Santa Maria, CA, you can bet what drew my eye was not the incredibly appealing outdoor set-up with sculpted gardens— —but the signs just visible above the fence line that
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20 May, 2014

Ike’s Place

Ike’s Place
Posted in : Dining in Danville, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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This rapidly expanding Bay Area chain of sandwich shops got its start in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, and its devoted following has multiplied phenomenally in the seven years of its existence, enough to  support 13 stores in all. I was glad to bypass the legendary lines at the original location and accepted a
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3 April, 2014

Kefa Coffee

Kefa Coffee
Posted in : Coffee in Oakland, CA, Coffee Shops, Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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This place has a cult of appreciators for their breakfast sandwiches, which is why my visiting NC foodie friends insisted we check it out. It’s open only for breakfast and lunch and is located right off the fork between 29th and 23rd leading into Alameda. It is a simple fact of life that egg-and-cheeses are
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27 February, 2014

Éko Coffee Bar and Tea House

Éko Coffee Bar and Tea House
Posted in : Coffee in Hayward, CA, Coffee Shops, Dining in Castro Valley, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I’d been watching the Coming Soon! sign for this coffee shop with interest since I moved to Hayward in August. Downtown Hayward has few coffee options aside from the usual chain suspects. Though I enjoy both Snappy’s Café and the Bistro for my caffeine needs, Snappy’s is pretty small and the Bistro is more of
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29 October, 2013

Never Too Latté

Posted in : Coffee in San Bruno, CA, Coffee Shops, Dining in San Bruno, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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This coffee shop has been well loved as the worn, comfy couches show. I consider that a plus in a coffee shop. Outlets abound, and except for a small lunch rush, it was pretty quiet over the couple of hours a friend and I spent there. The bakery case was only a third full at
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6 March, 2013

Firehouse Subs Sampling and Talk with the Founder

Posted in : Dining in Cary, NC, Events, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Firehouse Subs Sampling and Talk with the Founder Two weeks ago, I was invited to the Firehouse Subs on Kildaire Farms Road in Cary for a night of sub sandwich and soda tasting with my blogging peers. The real draw for me was the chance to hear Robin Sorenson, who founded Firehouse Subs with his
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20 September, 2012

Nonfiction Bragging – WRAL Review of Munchez (Durham) *CLOSED*

Posted in : Dining in Durham, NC, Restaurants, WRAL, Writing on by : The Gourmez
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It’s been a while since I posted a bragging entry–I still have much to share! I haven’t even gotten to my Bull Spec story, Bother. But life gets busy, and when it does, the bragging falls off my list of to-dos. Today, though, I have a new WRAL review to share with you! Published on
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