This week's tablehopper: beach bummin'.


Gringas: al pastor tacos with cheese melted on flour tortillas from the incomparable Mister Taco in Cozumel. Photo: ©

Hola chicos y chicas. Am back from Cozumel, where my sis and I ate all the tacos. Al pastor for the win, again and again and again. We are now hooked on sopa de lima (gonna make it real soon). Piña colada sundowners were a daily thing (so good with a banana whipped in there), and the turquoise water was beyond gorgeous. We cruised around the island in our Chevy rental beater (we called her “La Chevita”), and I actually read a non-food-related book. (It was called China Dolls and was about three Asian women’s experiences in pre- and post-World War II San Francisco. I dug all the historic details about Chinatown and their [fictional] experiences as performers at Charlie Low’s Forbidden City nightclub!) It was a real vacation, and I felt so lucky to have that time to chill out and do things like watch Tequila Sunrise (which our Spanish channel had inexplicably changed the title of into something ridiculous) in bed while drinking crap imported sparkling wine from Germany (it’s all we could find).

Just before I left town late Saturday night, yours truly hosted a big invite-only brunch event for 40 people at The Cavalier highlighting Food Should Taste Good chips (maybe you saw some of my pics on social media of the amazing falafel chip shakshuka-meets-chilaquiles?). Chef Jenn Puccio rocked a very tasty menu for us, you can read my event recap here.

More on brunch: I recently wrote this piece for Refinery 29 on 10 new brunch dishes you need in your life right now. (Have you had the everything croissant at Neighbor? Get on that.)

Baseball season is also here in two weeks, so let’s talk about hot dogs. Here are four new hot dogs you can get around town.

We have a lot of news to catch you up on here—Dana and I have been typing like madwomen for the past two days—so let’s get to it! See you on Friday.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Mar 31 2015