July 2015

July 28, 2015
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Chef Sophina Uong’s best in show dish at Lamb Jam. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Actually, I’d just prefer some rosé all day, but brosé has been making me laugh for a few weeks, so let’s run with it. Hope your weekend was quality. Mine had some Amy bookends, starting with being completely gutted by Amy, the Amy Winehouse documentary (if you even remotely enjoyed her music, really, don’t miss it—and I wish every single paparazzo had to watch it so they can see how awful they are to people who are in distress) to catching Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck with a gal pal. I’m still mulling it over—there were some brilliantly uncomfortable comedic moments to shake up the usual rom-com format, but I could have done without the melodrama. But wow, Tilda Swinton!

One of my favorite things about seeing flicks at Sundance Kabuki is getting the spicy tan-tan noodles at Waraku, so that happened too. Post-movie cocktails at The Progress, like the Shiro Drink, also a good move.

Sunday I was a judge at Lamb Jam, where I was completely blown away by second-time-winning chef Sophina Uong’s spin on a Burmese rainbow salad, with spicy lamb shoulder, corn pudding, seeds, legumes, nuts, and more. Wonder if she’ll put this on the menu at Berkeley’s Revival Bar + Kitchen? Here’s hoping.

Thankfully one of my fellow judges had some Ziplocks in her purse (now that’s a true food writer) and I brought home the leftover lamb belly pastrami by Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, which made the most amazing BLT the next day, let me tell you. (Hey, Thirsty Bear, you listening?)

Okay, the sooner I get this column done, the sooner I can hunt down a glass of something cool and refreshing. Have a swell evening. Ciao!
Marcia Gagliardi

July 21, 2015
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My kind of shortcake: Susie McCulloch’s strawberry sablé (shortbread biscuits with Dirty Girl Farm strawberries and whipped cream) at The Growler’s Arms. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Buon giorno! I promise, today’s tablehopper issue isn’t as much of a beast as last week’s, so let’s all just inhale, exhale, right now. Ahhhh. Not only is today’s a shorty, I’m taking Friday off to attend to a pile of stories I need to write this week. Oh, deadlines.

But in case you’d like a little extra reading material, why don’t you take a look at my latest piece for Bacchus magazine on Devil’s Gulch Ranch? You can learn all about Mark Pasternak, his rabbits, and more.

Want more? Do you read Italian? Here’s a story I was quoted in for Corriere della Sera on our local tipping changes. My dad was happy with that one. Me too.

There is also an event recap and interview with me on the EatWith blog about the Aperitivo a Rimini event I hosted last week, my background, and more. I also need to share with you this absolutely dangerous piece of information: did you know that you can order from The Italian Homemade Company on Caviar? I know, their sick piadine, tortellini pasticciato, and lasagna can come straight to your door. Yeah, we are all so f*cked. Use my code for $15 off your first order. Buon appetito!

Have a great week, and maybe I’ll see you at Lamb Jam on Sunday? I’ll be sequestered away since I’m judging, but maybe after, yes?

Ciao chow.

Marcia Gagliardi

July 17, 2015
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The downright charming Italian Homemade Company chefs making cassoni for the EatWith Tablehopper event. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Woot, it’s Friday! But I am quite sure you already know this. If you have successfully made your way through that monster tablehopper issue from Tuesday, maybe you’re thinking about scoring a burger deal from ABV this weekend, or trying a new brunch in the Mission, checking out the Outside Lands Summer Pairings series (or chili cook-off!), or attending the Broctacular event on Sunday. Collect all four! We also have a new bar opening tonight, Tsk/Tsk, so you can read all the deets in the lush.

Last night was the (very tasty) EatWith Tablehopper event at The Italian Homemade Company in North Beach, with aperitivo o’clock provided by Campari America. Check out the recap today, which has some extra tidbits in there for you, plus I just posted pics from the party on Facebook! (If any of you attended the event last night, don’t forget to tag your photos/posts with #eatwithtablehopper to enter the EatWith ticket giveaway contest!)

We also have some 707 scout news for you, since that’s where you’ll find some real summer.

Enjoy your weekend!
Marcia Gagliardi

July 14, 2015
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Stormy afternoons at Tahoe, delivering plenty of sky drama (and lightning!). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy. Did you miss us? We love you too, but we thoroughly enjoyed taking last week off, let me tell you. Yours truly headed up to Lake Tahoe for some quality time at my family’s cabin in Tahoma (West Shore, the best shore!), but sadly the weather got so lousy last week I came back to SF early. It was great to see so much rain, truly, but I had planned on having more beach time than cabin fever. Grrrrr and brrrrrrr—it was practically cold enough for a fire.

No matter, because SF this past weekend was crazy gorgeous! I had a picnic with a dear friend in Golden Gate Park and checked out Flower Piano. Imagine 12 pianos throughout the Botanical Garden, with performers ranging from Kitten on the Keys playing bawdy vintage numbers to a pianist playing Debussy under a dramatic tree. If you have a chance to check this out this fabulous happening, they’re doing it again with a variety of performers this Saturday from 12pm-2pm! Or you can swing by anytime from now through the 20th, when anyone is invited to play the pianos. Go SF.

I will still be pretending I’m on the beach this Thursday evening—Rimini, to be specific—when I take my first bite into a piadina at the EatWith tablehopper event at the Italian Homemade Company in North Beach. We’ll be enjoying Aperol spritzes and more, thanks to Campari America and Rye on the Road, and you know there will be pasta. Tickets are currently sold out, but if someone cancels last minute, I’ll be sure to offer up their tickets on Twitter and Facebook! Keep your eyes peeled.

Happy Bastille Day everyone, you know Belden will be complètement fou tonight! And right now New Orleans is packed with bartenders for Tales of the Cocktail, so don’t be surprised if your favorite bartender is MIA this week.

We have a bunch of catch-up news for you, so let’s get started, shall we?

Ciao!

Marcia Gagliardi

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