This week's tablehopper: flavor country.


Gazpacho at Coqueta at the Flavor! Napa Valley preview luncheon. Photo: ©

Happy Friday, people. I am digging this muggy weather and the sun’s valiant attempts to come out and play. We’ll see what happens Saturday at the SF Street Food Fest. Since I was told I am not on the map, the tablehopper table is going to be positioned on 24th Street between Shotwell and Folsom, on the north side of 24th. So if you want to check out a tablehopper vintage t-shirt, buy my book, bring me beer, or just say howdy, that’s where you will find me! Come on by.

Tonight is the Night Market (Still debating about coming? Hopefully my $5 discount code [tablehopper2] will further entice you to buy a ticket.) and I am looking forward to it. Last year, one of my favorite bites was Preeti Mistry’s spin on a vada pav, which makes for a nice tie-in with today’s review of Juhu Beach Club. You like flavor? Well, buckle up, because we are going for a ride.

We also have a wino dispatch from the ever-charming Eugenio Jardim, who is currently gallivanting around Argentina for Malbec Camp. You’ll see more from him in coming weeks! And lastly, for those of you keeping up on 707 news, we have a 707 scout update from Heather Irwin for you (with a juicy rumor about Ken Tominaga of Hana Japanese coming to SF to partner with Michael Mina on a project).

Lastly, over on I have my monthly cheat sheet of five new places to check out this month, and get ready to suddenly crave a buttery, golden, cheese- and ham-stuffed pastry when you look at my weekly Tablehopping column for the Bay Guardian. So sorry to do this to you.

Enjoy the weekend, you may need to wear a kaftan.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Aug 16 2013