This week's tablehopper: gobble.


Quail egg samosa at Campton Place. Photo: ©

Well, howdy. Did you have a rocking weekend? I think I am finally on the other side of this damn cold, eight days later (it’s so lame, don’t catch it). However, it did not stop me from enjoying Pop-Up Magazine on Thursday night, followed by a boozy nightcap (“La Gran Manzana”) at Jardinière. Robitussin is so overrated, really. (I also did a repeat performance with an old-fashioned at Dixie on Saturday night after the Omnivorious party, and then went right to bed. Zzzzzzz.)

Friday night was rather fabulous—I embarked on a staycation and checked into a room at the Campton Place hotel (it had a wonderful New York gentleman’s apartment feel to it with all the pear wood) and took a scalding hot bath in the deep limestone tub. Glorious. Dinner downstairs at Campton Place Restaurant turned into a four-hour affair, and for anyone who loves Indian flavors and cuisine, you have to check out the refined Spice Route menu by chef Srijith Gopinathan. I really enjoyed the creativity of the menu—stand by for a recap soon. And is there anything better than breakfast in bed in a hotel? And when it’s a masala omelet with chai tea, well, it’s hard to beat. I so loved my Bombay breakfast. Thanks kindly for the hospitality, Campton Place!

This week I have a MEGA roundup of Thanksgiving options for you, from were to get turkeys to pie to biscuits. Last night while writing my column, I was also trying out my carving technique on a cooked Diestel turkey that Whole Foods styled me with. Yes, I am already enjoying leftover turkey sandwiches—it’s a wonderful thing—and I am about to make some posole.

One thing I am not doing is a roundup of where to eat out on Thanksgiving this year—my list was going to be almost exactly the same as last year’s list (check it out). You can also look on OpenTable to see who’s serving Thanksgiving dinner if you need to eat out—they always have a comprehensive list.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, did you know Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will be at Davies Symphony Hall that weekend on Saturday November 24th? Bring on the swagger! Great way to burn off the turkey—and guests seated in the second tier can enjoy cocktails during the show, color me stoked.

Excuse me, I need to put this turkey sandwich down. Okay. Let’s hop to it.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Nov 13 2012