This week's tablehopper: Griswolding.

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Trust, this was really hard to leave. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hey there, ho there, hi there. I hope you had a faboo weekend, and I know some Germans are probably still celebrating (and still drunk) over their World Cup win—I also know some of you will be happy to not hear about the World Cup for another four years, so there’s that too.

Friday night I kicked off the weekend with cocktails and dinner at downtown’s Gaspar—you can’t miss the Café Brulot presentation at the end of dinner (or your boozy lunch). I am so happy to see the return of tableside service.

This weekend I was thrilled to escape the fog and visit some dear friends at their crazy-huge house rental up near Forestville for a quick but pretty epic visit. Sun, full moon, pool, nice people, barbecue, rosé, bubbles, yes!

Speaking of barbecue, this Saturday I’ll be on KRON 4 at 9:15am with my tablehopper hot list, talking about three new places for ‘cue in the Bay Area, tune in.

I want to say thank you to everyone who bought tickets to the tablehopper and Campari America aperitivo and dinner event (“Una Serata a Roma”) at 54 Mint next week—y’all sold the event out! It’s gonna be a blast. But there’s a chance we’ll have a few more tickets open up, so hop on the waiting list and let’s see what happens!

One other thing before I sign off here: I’m currently planning a two-week family trip to France this September—yeah, it’s gonna be scene after scene from European Vacation, all the way. We’re going to be spending a week in Paris, a couple of nights in Champagne (have any places you like to stay there?), and then we’re going to hang out and relax in the Loire. I’d love any tips, faves, and recommendations from you since you are amazing like that. Merci beaucoup!

See you on Friday, à bientôt!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Jul 15 2014