August 2022

August 16, 2022
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Best summer dish at ROOH: compressed melon salad with chilled heirloom tomato rasam! Brilliant flavor. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

BEST FOGUST EVER, am I right? I think Karl went on vacation early, it has been feeling like it’s September over here! It was the best weather for Outside Lands I have ever experienced (I can’t believe I wore a dress on day two and three, and didn’t even bring a jacket!). I was digging my daily Aperol Spritz, and it was so great to hang out and get my swerve on with friends, catch fun sets (Disclosure, Polo and Pan, Franc Moody, and Kim Petras actually made dealing with the Gen Z insanity worth it), and chow down on El Garage’s quesabirrias, Bini’s Kitchen’s momos, and Merkado’s carnitas nachos.

You’d think I was tired of seeing music, but ha-ha, you must not know me! Thursday evening, I decided at the last minute to walk over to The Independent (I love that it’s just a couple blocks away) and catch one of my favorite local bands, The Seshen, and am so glad I ran into some pals and stuck around to witness the magic that is Brijean! This week, I am SO FIRED UP to see LCD Soundsystem at The Fox, and am seeing them again at The Warfield next week. More is more.

Whatcha doing tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2:30pm? I’m going to be on the airwaves with Pamela Busch of The Vinguard on her radio show, 5th Wave Radio/Queerly Drinking, on KXSF-LP 102.5 FM. Tune in! (I’ll send out a story on Instagram so you can set a reminder.)

Wanted to be sure you saw my latest piece for the Nob Hill Gazette on Marlena’s Summer Camp at the Hotel Zeppelin. You have until Saturday September 3rd to check it out and get those next-level s’mores.

Thanks to all of you who wrote in and said you enjoyed my Guerneville and Anderson Valley (Boonville, Philo, Navarro) jetsetter recap in the last tablehopper issue a couple weeks ago. I just posted more pics on @tablehopper on Instagram and Facebook (thanks for following!), you won’t want to miss pics of The Bewildered Pig!

I wanted to be sure you knew about a new harvest celebration weekend happening in Anderson Valley (October 21st-23rd), in case you had a hankering to head up there and learn some Boontling (a lingo native to Anderson Valley). There will be a pig roast, winery events, tastings, tours, Cinema in the Vineyard at Pennyroyal Farm, and more. Tickets are available on the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association website.

Enjoy our warm and mostly windless evenings right now—my latest alfresco meal at 20 Spot will hopefully inspire you to dine outside this week.

Cin cin!
Marcia Gagliardi

August 2, 2022
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Young carrots with sunflower seed XO dressing, herb vinaigrette, Persian mint at Offspring in Boonville. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Welcome to Fogust, with a spritzy chance of rain?! Strange times. Who knows what this weekend’s weather will bring for Outside Lands, it’s usually a classic sunny-misty-drizzly concoction, thanks to our bartender, Karl the Fog. See you there? (I wrote a piece on what to listen to and eat and drink at OSL for Nob Hill Gazette’s August issue, stand by for a post on my social media channels this week once the story goes live on their site.)

I want to make sure you don’t miss some of my recent tablehopping favorites around town, like the volcano taco at the new Chuy’s Fiestas taqueria downtown, the chef’s adventure meal at the stylin’ Hilda and Jesse (available for dinner on Monday evenings), and this is the last month for Marlena’s Summer Camp pop-up near Union Square. I also had a wonderful revisit to Town Hall, with chef Mitch back in the kitchen, and he’s definitely having fun (they’d love to see you—don’t forget they have two spacious and heated patios where you can tuck into their famed fried chicken and a Sazerac).

Today’s newsletter is short on news because I dedicated almost 2,000 words to my writeup on where to chase some summer vibes in Guerneville and Anderson Valley—it’s so gorgeous up there right now, mostly in the 80s! Get the hell outta town. My next installment will be on Mendocino, so you can turn it all into one big road trip. I’m also going to be posting a bunch of pics on Instagram/Facebook this week from these scenic places, so follow along!

Enjoy, and thanks for reading.
Marcia Gagliardi

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