This week's tablehopper: a super Tuesday.


A fellow diner scooping up shrimp étouffée by Fat Alley Foods at Behind the Cart. Photo: ©

Whoa, keep your hat on—it’s windy out there. So glad I’m not on my bike today, I’d be cursing like a sailor—not unlike how I was talking very early Monday morning when I jumped out of my bed like a shot with the first shake from that 4.0. Sonofab*tch! That was not my preferred way to start the week, and I know I’m not alone with that sentiment.

The weekend was beyond magnificent (I love summer in March!): I tooled down to San Jose with my dad to test drive the new Fiat 500 Sport (I had a smile on my face the entire time, I gotta tell ya). Am currently waiting to find out when the model with the specs I want is coming in. Yup, mama’s gonna have a brand-new ride—a red and shiny one! As a friend coined it, it’s like a ladybug on speed—what a little bomba. Beep beep.

Saturday night was a blast: I went to my second Behind the Cart event—this one was New Orleans/Mardi Gras-themed. It was a packed house at the Old Skool Cafe in Bayview, with a rowdy brass band (MJ’s Brass Boppers) and a delicious lineup of eats, from hush puppies by Angry Man Eats to an inventive gumbo pot pie by S+S Gastro Grub, plus locally made beer, and of course I had to indulge in a Sazerac. Loved the family-style dining format, and we all waddled out of there, let me tell you.

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to checking out the EWIP (Exceptional Women in Publishing) 2012 Women’s Leadership Conference, and will be feeling more lady pow-ah on Thursday at A16’s annual Festa della Donna dinner (there are a few spots that were just released on OpenTable, FYI!). Another option to celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday is the Whisky and Women Unite event at The Boothby Center (get tickets here). No matter what you do, let’s all raise a glass to fabulous women everywhere.

Lastly, here’s today’s episode of You Gotta Eat This on KGO Radio, featuring the bountiful charcuterie and cheese plates at the Fifth Floor Lounge. You’re going to want to do a combo plate, mark my words.

Cheers gang!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Mar 6 2012