August 2018

August 21, 2018

A summer evening dinner at A16 with Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (this summer squash and torchio pasta course with Grana Padano, preserved egg yolk, and lemon was a stunna with the Sommariva). Photo: ©

How’s it going out there? Did everyone recover from Outside Lands? That was a blast (per usual) and totally kicked my butt—on Friday alone, I walked 20K steps around the park. And then there’s the bike ride there and back! The fempire weekend of Florence, Janelle, and Janet was so awesome, Beck really brought the visuals (like WOW), the cocktails were flowin’ (special thanks to my party buddies, Hendrick’s and Jim Beam), plus there was some really special sandwich love from Tartine Manufactory (OMG that grilled cheese) and Son’s Addition’s pinnacle of munchies vittles. And then there’s the natural beauty of Golden Gate Park, the ultimate backdrop, no filter needed but totally enhanced by some of my favorite treats from mymilligram. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work that goes into pulling off that massive event.

I know a bunch of you are frantically preparing and packing to head to the playa. I wish I could say the same, but a week relaxing in Tahoe while working part-time is as close as I will physically get to the desert. I couldn’t really do Russia AND Burning Man, try as I might. Speaking of, did you catch my big Russia recap in the last tablehopper issue? Take a break from the horrible news stories and read about the people and food instead. What a country.

I have a couple more recaps for you, and you don’t want to miss these! Be sure to read my Table Talk column on KQED’s Bay Area Bites for details on Tuezday Noodz and Breadbelly (which some of you noticed in my Instagram feed a few weeks ago!). Indian food lovers, do not delay on grabbing a meal at Ritu, and check out an amazing Farming Hope fundraiser happening at Mister Jiu’s. And a clambake! And a Cubano.

Want to explore some great places to buy wine? I just wrote this post for Blackboard Eats on SF’s seven best wine shops that offer something extra.

Since we’re talking extra, check out this post I wrote on mymilligram about the Wine & Weed Symposium I attended a couple of weeks ago (plus the Terpenes and Terroir dinner I attended).

This weekend (August 24th-26th) is the annual Eat Drink SF, our city’s extravaganza of food, cocktails, wine, and more. There are daytime and evening tasting sessions with some of SF’s best restaurants, bartenders, and purveyors, don’t miss it.

Here’s wishing you a great upcoming Labor Day holiday, I’ll see ya in two weeks when we all return. I hope you get some sun on you.

Marcia Gagliardi

August 8, 2018

One of the four horses on Anichkov Bridge and Stroganov Palace in St. Petersburg. Photo: ©

Hi, peeps. Yeah, this week’s column is a day late, but sorting through 1,500 images of Russia can do that to a lady. Looks like I bit off more than I could chew (not the first time).

As promised, this week includes my recap of my three-week trip to Russia with my dad for World Cup. There were some big cultural learnings and observations that happened on this trip while running all over the country for six matches. It was an adventure and an unexpectedly wonderful and memorable trip—it just took some extra work. Russia took me by surprise, and it wasn’t just about how tasty the food was (it’s a good thing I like pickled things and smoked fish and dill).

Today’s piece was written in a bit of a stream of consciousness kind of style—I have so many images and impressions in my head, and I wanted to write them down while they were still bright. It’s not a short piece (maybe save it for the weekend!), and since I didn’t have a copyeditor today, don’t be surprised if you find some errors. I’ll be posting a larger album of my edited photos soon, complete with some fun World Cup pics. What a trip!

You ready for Outside Lands this weekend? I am (I’ll be sporting this fanny pack, say high). I’m sharing my round-up of food and drinks on my hit list for the weekend, be sure to tag @tablehopper on the ‘gram if there’s something you’re really loving that you think I should check out. So ready for Janelle. And Florence. And Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.

What I was digging last week was the Wine and Weed Symposium in Sonoma (and the summer dream Terpenes and Terroir dinner from TSO Elevated Events and The Herb Somm at Healdsburg Shed afterward. I’m working on a piece right now, but in the meantime, take a look at this recap from The Herb Somm about what cannabis can learn from wine, and what wine can learn from cannabis.

A couple more posts for you: you won’t want to miss this week’s Table Talk on Bay Area Bites, including a first look at the new Farmhouse Oakland (you want to go), and last week’s column included a recap of some North Bay openings and Lotus SF on Mission Street.

Lastly, I know a lot of folks are making Robuchon potatoes this week. RIP, chef. One of the greats.

One last thing: if you are looking for a way to help victims of the Mendocino and Lake Fires, there is a Wildfire Fund set up with North Coast Opportunities here and a couple more listed here (the CCF Wildfire Relief Fund and Operation USA), along with some resources.

Take good care. See you in a couple weeks.
Marcia Gagliardi

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