This week's tablehopper: groundhoggin'.


It may not look pretty, but this was one of my favorite dishes of the week: kaima idly at Saravana Bhavan (deep-fried mini idly sautéed in regional spices served with raita). WOW, so much texture and flavor. Photo: ©

Howdy! Things sure are busy in SF, and it’s kind of funny to not be there for Super Bowl 50, and Lunar New Year, and Mardi Gras! I guess I’m celebrating Groundhog Day over here in New York, and feeling pretty damn lucky to see a high of 52 today, and 59 tomorrow, thanks, Punxsutawney Phil!

I’ve had a busy week writing for Time Out (let’s talk about advanced espresso drinks and Barbie and Facebook Live, shall we?) and doing a bunch of city exploring—I love being in a city of fellow fast walkers, YES.

I’m excited to announce I have kicked off my #justvisiting series on Instagram, featuring the wonderful people I’m being introduced to here in New York via my SF posse. I hope you enjoy meeting them with me as they share some NYC secrets with us!

Last week I attended an engaging class on Aussie wines with Gordon Little at Astor Center, and I’m so glad I went downstairs after the class into Astor Wines to make use of my 20 percent discount on the featured wines (the elegant 2012 Moorooduc pinot noir definitely needed to come home with me). And bless, Astor Wines delivers, because I haven’t found a good wine shop in my neighborhood—yet.

More wine: had a fantastic experience at The Four Horsemen in Brooklyn (their “French nachos” with Camembert, housemade potato chips, and black truffle was all kinds of wrong but so right), and the wine list is going to keep me coming back, a lot.

Sunday night was the one-year anniversary party at the stylish The Finch in Clinton Hill, which also turned my crank with their wine pairings. The food was so creative and fun, with tasty touches like a pine nut brittle in the beet salad, and the lightly smoked beef zabuton was so beeftastic—it’s a tender cut of Wagyu, the flap under the eye of chuck. Yup, you learn something every day.

I also hit up some amazing pizza, and dosa, and a panino too—you can follow my culinary and cocktail meandering on Instagram!

Am looking forward to Slow Wine tomorrow (if any of you had some can’t-miss favorites from the SF tasting, let me know!).

Have fun this weekend and good luck making your way around the SB50 madness.
Marcia Gagliardi

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