October 2021

October 19, 2021

Pozole verde I ordered from El Pípila on Club Feast. (There’s bacon in there, jus’ sayin’.) Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Ahhhh, how delicious was the sound of rain on Sunday night? And we’re going to be getting it again this evening, and all week, according to my weather app. Ready for it! Do you have your soup plan all lined up? I was thrilled to see my favorite bright and punchy pozole verde from El Pípila (it has bacon in it, hold me) is now available on Club Feast. The portion is huge, with chips—and you can get it delivered for less than $10! Use my code HOPPER20 if it’s your first Feast and we both get $20, mwah. Provecho!

Some other soups I adore: braised beef noodle soup from House of Xian Dumpling, the Friday-only special of goat birria en caldo (soup) at SanJalisco, tan tan men from Kirimachi Ramen (I love their laksa too!), Taiwanese beef noodle soup from Yilan Foods, matzo ball soup from Wise Sons or One Market, char siu wonton soup from Sam Wo, rasam idli from Deccan Spice/House, and allllll the noods at Mong Thu. (There are many more on my list, but there’s a start.) I’m wishing you a very slurpy week.

Last week, I was thrilled to launch the new Popmenu and tablehopper “pophop” campaign, giving away six months of Popmenu Pro + Boost to a lucky San Francisco Bay Area restaurant! This Boost is worth $4K, friends! Please nominate a restaurant (or your own restaurant!) for a major website and marketing makeover at popmenu.com/pophop! It takes less than a minute! You can learn more in my video here. Thank you for taking a moment to show support and love to our local restaurants!

Another industry-supporting event I am thrilled to be part of is this upcoming livestream discussion with Upstream to demonstrate why Reusables Win in San Francisco! Restaurant industry folks, please join us for this important presentation! Read more in the sponsored section below, I know we all HATE the sea of plastic takeout containers we’re all drowning under!

Wishing you all a wonderful evening!

Marcia Gagliardi

October 5, 2021

One of the best end-of-summer dishes out there: Nopa’s pan con tomate with their house-smoked trout. Meowza. Don’t let this one pass you by. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy, pals. I’m running a little late today—someone got lucky with an appointment for Fortuna’s first check-in with an SF vet (SF Pet Hospital), but of course it was right at my deadline, ha! (It’s so tough to get any appointments for new pet clients right now, so of course I said, “Yes, please.”) And thanks for asking, kitty puss is great and healthy. Meow.

While everyone was roasting in the city this past weekend, I was up in the redwoods in Navarro for Meadowlands, which I jokingly call cannabis camp (but it’s true!). It was incredible to reconnect with so many folks in the cannabis community I haven’t seen in 18 months, and being able to gather outside in such an idyllic setting was pretty epic. I’ll be writing up a recap over at mymilligram.com very soon!

Did you ever make it to my mega garage sales I held to fund my trip to Croatia? A bunch of you came by, thank you again SO much, but I know some of you weren’t able to swing it, so you should be excited to know I’m hosting another garage sale this Sunday October 10th from 10am-3pm (at 555 Broderick St. at Grove). I’ll have fall coats, vintage dresses (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s), Burning Man and funky looks, jewelry, hats, and accessories. Joining me is my fellow vintage-lovin’ soul sister, Christine Farren of CUESA, who is going to be bringing some great vintage frocks (she has such fab style), accessories, shoes, and housewares. We’ll have refreshments, tunes, and there’s always a fun scene of folks passing through. Come by on your way to or from Fleet Week festivities. We’d love to see you. Compliments await.

This week, I’m blown away with all the new opening/reopening news—have fun reading all the updates. I’m also thrilled to have such a great sponsor giving away tickets to two wine events for The Tastes of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a four-day celebration October 21st, 27th, 28th, and 29th at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. Enter to win tickets here or buy tickets to these fun tastings and a movie premiere! Thanks for showing them your support and spreading the word.

Have a great week, and I really hope to see you on Sunday!

Marcia Gagliardi

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