August 2019

August 28, 2019
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The kind of dish you travel for: tiropita (savory cheese pie) made with feta and anthotiro, at Forno Vasilios (a traditional family bakery in the village of Markopoulo). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

If you’re reading this right now, then it means you haven’t gone to Burning Man. Me neither (meow). I’m currently up in Lake Tahoe, enjoying my second week of working part-time—basically, I make sure I have a few hours every afternoon to ride my bike to the beach, enjoy my book, take a nap, and pedal home to cook a summery dinner. That didn’t quite happen yesterday with my deadline—which I totally blew, damn, it’s late! But the afternoon thunderstorm that rolled in made sure I didn’t feel bad about staying home. Besides, it was Taco Tuesday at the cabin and I was here for it.

I wanted to give you a save the date! Open up your calendar and mark Tuesday September 24th as such: “tablehopper spirited supper at Besharam with Mount Gay Rum.” After dining at Besharam a few weeks ago, I was so taken with chef-owner Heena Patel’s latest menu of Gujarati dishes and culinary cocktails that I decided we need to all go eat there together! It’s so very delicious and soulful. We’re working out the details now—stand by for tickets, the family-style menu, and more! I’ll be announcing on social (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) as soon as tickets are live, and in the next issue of tablehopper! Looking forward to getting together, it has been a minute!

As many of you know, earlier this year, I had the press trip of a lifetime to Greece to go learn about PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) feta! We visited numerous dairies (which normally don’t host many visitors) all over Greece, daily feta tastings, had an all-feta cooking class, and ate feta at every meal, including breakfast, and in-between meals. All feta, all the time. We learned so much!

Today’s issue is all about the feta trip, with information and education about how PDO feta is made, a look at the different dairies we visited, how I like to use feta, and where you can find PDO feta in San Francisco. I hope it inspires you to take a closer look at this ancient product that dates back to Homeric times…and it’s not too late for a feta and watermelon salad! Summer is thankfully still with us.

I’ll be back with the news in the next issue on September 10th. Thanks for reading, and have a fabulous Labor Day weekend! Oh, and thanks to all of you who clicked through to my first mymilligram video, I appreciate all the likes and subscribing!

Mwah!
Marcia Gagliardi

August 13, 2019
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The night lighting of Golden Gate Park at Outside Lands never disappoints. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Oh, hello there. Excuse me while I toss back another shot of espresso, someone is definitely draggin’ after this past week. I had a wonderful night with my father seeing The Temptations and Four Tops at Wente for their summer concert series—the weather, setting, company, music, food, and wine were all divine! There are still shows into September, take a look!

On Thursday, after moderating a panel at the Wine & Weed Symposium, I attended a dreamy Terpenes and Terroir dinner hosted by TSO Sonoma at Gary Farrell Winery in Healdsburg, with The Herb Somm, Altered Plates, and Crop to Kitchen Community. Yes, we joyfully continued to explore the theme of wine and weed, thanks to some amazing brand partners. (I’ll be posting pics over at @mymilligram!)

If you’re curious about attending a cannabis dinner, be sure to check out my latest article for Nob Hill Gazette on some underground dinners in SF. And subscribe to mymilligram while you’re at it (it’s my latest venture, which is all about exploring cannabis and wellness through low-dose and high-quality cannabis products).

And since we’re talking weed, I’m so excited to share my first video for mymilligram on my brand-new YouTube channel! I’d really love for you to take a look (even if you don’t think cannabis is for you!) and like my video. If you’re into it, you can do me a huge favor and subscribe to my YouTube channel (click that red subscribe button!)—that would really help me out! More videos are coming!

And if there’s someone you know who’s canna-curious, like your Mom, or a friend at work, I’d so appreciate it if you could forward my video as an introduction! Thanks for sharing it in any way. Meet Mrs. Doper, LOL.

Weed was definitely the hot topic at this year’s Outside Lands, which made a groundbreaking move and got permission for cannabis consumption and purchasing in the designated Grass Lands area. Historic! And it was the nicest, most relaxed, and chillest area in all of the festival, with no incidents. Nicely done! I was so happy to be there and witness this important moment in the legalization and normalization of cannabis use.

OSL was lit! I saw some fantastic acts, ate tasty dumplings from Dumpling Time (so nice, I had to do it twice), had daily bubbles (duh), and was very grateful for the Guittard backstage hospitality over the weekend (and the amazing weather, wowza!). You can see pics and videos of my favorite OSL moments over on Instagram and Facebook. It’s the HIGHlight reel!

Stand by for a bunch of pics from recent meals around the Bay on @tablehopper—I’m finally catching up with my damn self. Sorta. Ha-ha. Anyway. Did you see my pics of my omakase experience at Kuma? Just checking! Because that place is a gem.

This weather is purr-fect to celebrate Ferragosto on Thursday—it’s time for a picnic! And it’s also time for me to head up to Tahoe for my annual break—can’t wait to be up there, starting next week. Ahhhhh.

Wishing you a lovely evening. It’s Taco Tuesday over at Tato in Bayview, in case you’re looking for a sweet meal deal.
Marcia Gagliardi

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