This week's tablehopper: fall color.

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True blue: watching the Blue Angels from the SkyDeck at the Mandarin Oriental. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

I don’t think my weekend had any more room for excitement, from watching the Blue Angels on the SkyDeck (on the 40th floor) at the Mandarin Oriental to tasting some wonderful bourbons and ryes at WhiskyFest to seeing Madonna on Sunday night—although to be honest, drinking Champagne, eating spare ribs, and watching Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce with my grandma on Saturday night was the highlight (of course).

Am looking forward to this weekend as well: care to join me at Litquake’s Lit Crawl on Saturday night (October 13th)? tablehopper will be hosting an hour at Craftsman and Wolves (from 6pm-7pm) called Out of the Kitchen and On the Road: Local Chefs Share Their Travel Tales. On deck: Daniel Patterson (COI), Richie Nakano (Hapa Ramen), Eddie Lau (Hot Food Porn), and Samin Nosrat (Ciao Samin). Come listen to some fab international food stories from these local chefs and cooks who also write well.

A few more items for you: today on 7x7.com is my column from the October issue about what it takes for a restaurant to become the next big thing, and on You Gotta Eat This on KGO Radio, I talk about a couple of my favorite dishes at Citizen’s Band.

Lastly, do you travel to Austin or Los Angeles? (Or perhaps you’re an Angeleno who reads tablehopper, thanks!) Don’t miss the latest episodes of Hungry In…. on YouTube from my fellow Citysearch scouts across the country—the San Francisco episode from yours truly should finally be airing this Friday; subscribe to the Hungry channel and check it out!

Have a swell week.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Oct 9 2012