February 2007

February 27, 2007

G’day mates! Oh yes, I am back, sporting a golden glow that is rapidly disappearing in this Seattle-riffic weather, and I am unfortunately the exact same size I was when I left. (Simply slip me on the barbie for a hearty, substantial meal.)

I thoroughly enjoyed my action-packed vacation Down Under with my sis, replete with kangaroo and koala sightings (I also ate some kangaroo, quite delicious, cheers mate), imbibed too many pots and schooners to count (Aussie beer size nomenclature—I’ll school you soon enough), had some fantastic and sadly hella expensive feasting (jetsetter reports coming VERY soon… and why the hell was that country so expensive? Crikey.), did a three-day safari to the Red Centre in the Northern Territory (Uluru really is all that), tasted wine in the Mornington Peninsula with a Master Sommelier, lazed around Bondi and the gorg Tamarama/“Glamarama” beaches, and let's hear it for Greek boys with Aussie accents, woot woot, a whole new paradigm in hot! I gotta say there is a fantastique bar scene in Melbourne—it made me want to move there so I could become a regular at a minimum of five of them. I promise to write it all up very soon (well, not quite everything).

Thanks all who forwarded the most recent issue of tablehopper to friends and family—I so appreciate it. And can you believe tablehopper is ONE!? (Hence the spanking.) The first issue went out last year on February 21st! Thanks all for your support, enthusiasm, and feedback this past year—I am thrilled to blow sh*t up this second year in business (and counting!). Feel free to send Champagne. Really.

Since it’s my baby’s birthday, I thought it was fitting to write up my past birthday lunch at Rubicon in the regular. I’ll have a slew of reviews of new places in the coming weeks—it’s a little dangerous how much catch-up I have to do.

Cheers, darlings~

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