September 2019

September 10, 2019
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Happiness is a wagyu katsu sando at Hiroshi in Los Altos. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy, friends! Here we are, almost into mid-September, how did that happen? I’m clutching these last moments of summer tightly. Fig toast and zucchini-and-dill pasta help. Actually, I’m about to get completely fried as I head to Palm Springs for Females to the Front, a women in cannabiz retreat, and temps look like 109 on Saturday, oh my. I think I’m only going to be able to go into the pool at the Ace Hotel at night.

Things will definitely be feeling like fall when I head to New York at the end of this month for a friend’s wedding and whirlwind long weekend. If you have any recos of some recent NYC favorites, I’m all ears. (But they have to be affordable, I’m on such a tight budget, ugh! Fortunately, the liang pi at Xi’an Famous Foods is priced like a dream.) Can’t wait for a slice of Prince Street Pizza, and Joe’s! I’ll be staying in Fort Greene, but obviously I trek everywhere.

The last tablehopper issue was all about my PDO feta trip to Greece, did you catch it? Today’s issue is full of catch-up news from the past month—I’m just hoping I haven’t made any mistakes, this was a bit of beast.

The most important piece in today’s hopper is the upcoming tablehopper spirited supper at Besharam on Tuesday September 24th with Mount Gay Rum! I’m so excited about this dinner—chef Heena Patel’s Gujarati cuisine is so vibrant, and the culinary-driven cocktails are going to rock your world, plus there will be some special pours and education from Rémy Cointreau’s Trent Simpson. I know it’s a school night, but you can do it. The price on this dinner is a screaming deal—don’t miss it. I look forward to seeing you, it has been too long!

I’m also in a mood to celebrate: this month commemorates my twenty-fifth year of living in San Francisco! Silver! I can’t believe it. What a rich adventure. I raise my glass to SF (again and again)!

This city is also so tough right now—if you haven’t read Jay Foster’s piece on closing his restaurants, you should.

But to end this intro on a happy note, I want to raise a glass of the finest vintage Champagne to the marvelous Cecilia Chiang, who just celebrated her 100th birthday this past weekend. Our grande dame!

Cheers, gang!
Marcia Gagliardi

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