This week's tablehopper: in the soup.


The delicious miso tonkotsu ramen at Chotto.

Hello, rain. I have to admit, I don’t mind it too much—I was able to enjoy my bowl of Mission Chinese Food’s Westlake rice porridge all the more for breakfast this morning (and I polished the rest of it off for lunch). And here’s one more bowl of goodness to add to your list: the ramen at Chotto in the Marina. The rich and potent broth is made from a combination of pork and chicken bones, and you can choose from two kinds (go with the kara-miso/spicy version if you like heat). And it’s totally fulfilling for $9.50 (and under!).

My favorite meal of last week, however, was at my grandma’s house, with our family gathering to celebrate grandma’s birthday. My dad and I were in charge of making his famed mushroom risotto (his risotto really is the best, and he’s totally ruined me—I never order it when I’m dining out), and my mother made a delicious veal ragout. The finale was a big St. Honoré cake from Dianda’s in San Mateo, a family favorite. And of course there was lots of Champagne; while holding Kai—my brand-new, first cousin once removed—he was happily reaching for my glass. Welcome to the family, kid.

There’s even more imbibing on the horizon: this Wednesday is all about the Italians at Tre Bicchieri, and I’m going to a friend’s Scotch tasting on Saturday (red alert).

I’m also going to be raising a glass of something good next Monday while I’m writing my column, because tablehopper turns five on Monday the 21st. I know, kuh-razy! That’s a lot of lost Monday nights on deadline. Anyway. Look for a couple announcements next Tuesday (and yeah, one of them is pretty big).

Stay dry out there.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Feb 15 2011