May 2018

May 29, 2018

The salty lassi cobbler at Dosa, with peaches and cucumbers. Photo: ©

Hi gang! You still feeling relaxed from the long weekend? Did you get a little sun on your arms and maybe some rosé in your system? Good work.

Speaking of rosé…I want to thank all of the tablehopper readers who came to the first mymilligram educational event last week (it was a non-consumption event, to be clear, but the vino was flowing)! It was so cool to have many of you from the tablehopper world come check out my new venture! Right on! I’m going to be hosting a second event very soon, stand by if you’re curious, and you can always subscribe at to keep up on everything! Thanks for all the support and feedback, it’s been a blast.

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been super-busy planning a big private event happening this week, but I did leave my desk to visit a few spots, like the new Pearl and Besharam (read more in today’s column!). I also checked out the new Kerala-inspired menu at Dosa (more on that deliciousness soon!), had some Japanese carbonara ramen at a fun pop-up with Eatfreakz and Noodle in a Haystack, and paid a visit to the Borsch Mobile (read my Table Talk column for KQED’s Bay Area Bites for more on that—and don’t miss the part about CUESA’s 25th Birthday Bash on Sunday June 10th, with a special tablehopper discount code!).

I also posted a Table Talk column yesterday, which includes the annual CHEFS Gala fundraiser (please support it if you can!), the lineup of food and drink at this year’s Outside Lands, and how to score discounted tickets to Eat Drink SF! Hop on over.

Lastly, my friends Jay Jeffers and Michael Purdy at Jay Jeffers The Store are running an amazing raffle to raise money for the 2018 AIDS Lifecycle, and I hope you can take a look! The auction ends at noon tomorrow (May 30th).

So, I feel like my hair is on fire, and we have a lot of news to cover, so let’s jump in. (Don’t miss the fun ticket giveaway in today’s sugar mama!)

Cheers, and thanks for reading!
Marcia Gagliardi

May 15, 2018

Tempura master chef Hitoshi Arai from Tenko in Tokyo, cooking last night at Air Restaurant’s second Bay Area event. Here, he is preparing uni in shiso maki. Have you ever had uni tempura? I hadn’t. (Yes, it was amazing.) Photo: ©

Hey gang! First, I want to say a tremendous GRAZIE to everyone who turned out for the Cento Osteria preopening party a couple of weeks ago—that was a festa! What a spread, from the roasted pig to pizza to pasta—like I said, Donato Scotti and Gianluca Guglielmi are total feeders. The cocktails were flowing, thanks to bartender Casey Carr and team and our sponsor Campari America. And thanks to all of you who came, we raised a nice amount of money for Family House. What a great night. That was a blast. The restaurant is now open, read more in today’s chatterbox!

More reading for you: since tablehopper is now every other week, you can still keep up with weekly news and events in my new column for KQED’s Bay Area Bites, Table Talk. I post them each week on Twitter and Facebook if you want to follow along.

I also wrote this piece on the city’s best steak frites for Blackboard Eats—it’s going to make you want to go eat some, I’m just warning you.

Some of you haven’t heard the news about my new venture, mymilligram, a weekly newsletter I just launched about low-dose and high-quality cannabis products! It comes out every Thursday, and is designed for the canna-curious, the microdosers, the lightweights, and the beginners! There are a lot of amazing products out there which are completely measurable and manageable and can help you feel better and have fun without feeling too high. (I can’t wait to relax tonight when this day is done. I have been working like a beast until 2am the past three nights, and there’s a Level Tablingual with my name on it.)

So, if you want to hang out in person, learn about some of my favorite new products, and hear more about what this low-dose thing is all about, I hope you can join me next Wednesday evening on May 23rd for the first mymilligram educational event.

It’s a non-consumption event, to be clear, which means you could bring your mom and anyone else who wants to learn, but maybe isn’t ready to consume just yet. But since I am the tablehopper after all, there will be lovely wine and some delicious bites prepared by the talented chef Rachel Aronow (formerly at The Alembic). And tickets are just $20. I know! It’s a small gathering, so get your ticket and let’s talk about this amazing plant and fantastic products that are coming out. Let me tell you about Mondo walks! I look forward to seeing you. You can subscribe at and follow along on the gram at @mymilligram.

Thanks for all your support, and take good care of yourselves. Personally, I have been grappling with the loss of beloved barman Daniel Hyatt over the past couple of weeks, and have written an homage to him in today’s column. Sending my love and big, long hugs to everyone who is missing him right now.


May 1, 2018

Just GUESS how I felt about these colors! (Hot pink and green is totally my jam right now.) This is the rich A5 tri-tip tataki nigiri with a squid ink tuile on the latest tasting menu at Hitachino Beer & Wagyu. Photo: ©

Hi gang! I’m baaaaack! Well, for some of you—many of you who have subscribed to mymilligram (my new cannabis brand and weekly newsletter about low-dose products) already heard from me last Thursday! The mymilligram site is live, mymilligram boxes are being delivered around town, @mymilligram is up and running on Instagram, and I’m a happy hopper! Thanks for checking it out and joining me! It means a lot. (Been receiving some fantastic feedback. You rock.) If you subscribed to mymilligram, I’ll be back in your inboxes on Thursday with an amazing product I just looooove: a cannabis condiment! :)

I celebrated the mymilligram launch last week with a gorgeous Friday night LCD Soundsystem show at the Greek, what a night! Felt good to get up from this damn desk and go shake it.

If you’re here after a little break and wondering why tablehopper is every other week now, here’s the update for ya.

I’ve still been doing a ton of food writing: I have my new weekly column at Bay Area Bites on Mondays called Table Talk, which you won’t want to miss. This Monday’s column includes the new meat-and-three menu at Town Hall, my fave hefty deli sandwiches at Limoncello, plus a special guest tempura chef from Japan is going to be cooking at Hitachino Beer & Wagyu May 14th-15th, and there’s a great new happy hour at Lord Stanley, plus a fun Kentucky Derby party at Comstock Saloon!

The prior week’s Table Talk included a look at the swanky new The Beehive, the sad closure of Katia’s (open since 1994, the year I moved to SF!), and did you know you can get steaks from Olivier’s Butchery on the menu at Café de la Presse? Now you know.

I’ll be posting my weekly Table Talk column on the tablehopper Twitter and Facebook channels, so you can keep up with weekly news I (mostly) won’t be covering here in tablehopper. There’s just too much to write, I swear.

We are in the home stretch for ticket sales for this Thursday’s tablehopper preopening party for Donato Scotti’s Cento Osteria on the Embarcadero. It’s going to be a lively evening of Aperol Spritzes, Boulevardiers, Negronis (and Sbagliatos!), wine, wood-fired pizzas, stuffed pastas, antipasti, salumi, roasted suckling pig, vegetable sides, and plenty of fun tablehopper party people.

Just $50, people! And we’re making a donation to Family House—the more tickets we sell, the bigger the donation, so grazie!

Cento Osteria isn’t opening until next week, so you can say you were there first. I’d love to see you! (Thanks to SF Weekly for the nice plug.)

Another article for you: I wrote this post for Blackboard Eats a few weeks ago on some of the best Southern cooking in SF. Lastly, I was posting this interesting Munchies article on social media about the man behind Meyer lemons, check it out, it’s a great read.

Sending lots of support and cheers to all the local folks attending the James Beard Foundation Awards this coming Sunday May 6th! (Congrats to all the JBF Media Award winners!)

See you Thursday!
Marcia Gagliardi

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