June 26, 2007

Hey, thanks to everyone for sending NYC tips my way—I officially need to clone myself and get a cow’s stomach (i.e. four) to make this all happen. Oh, and a sugar daddy wouldn’t hurt. Anyway. I can’t wait—leaving Wednesday! So just to manage expectations, I won’t be returning emails very quickly over the next week, and hey, don’t expect a honkin’ tablehopper from me next Tuesday, if I even get one out at all—I have too much fun to attend to! Naturalmente I will be doing up a tablehopper “jetsetter” NYC recap soon after my return.

So I wanted to mention a fun new partnership I think you’ll dig: my pal Pete Mulvihill, the owner of Green Apple Books, is going to be submitting monthly cookbook reviews for the bookworm since I’m not regularly keeping up with my reading (and subsequent write-ups) these days. As an added bonus, any books he mentions are available at 20% off for tablehopper readers for two weeks following the review—simply use the code “tablehopper” at checkout (either at the store or online) for your discount. And hey, it’s a great way to support your local bookseller, especially such a fab one.

In honor of the new partnership, Pete is letting me give away a $50 Green Apple Books gift certificate to one lucky reader! You know the drill: please forward this newsletter to (at least) three pals and just cc luckyme [at] tablehopper [dot] com so I know you sent it to three folks. The deadline to enter is midnight on Sunday, July 1—I will notify you if you are the winner on Monday, July 2. Buena suerte!

Last week’s highlights? Let’s start with the spiffy drinks at Cantina after the StarChefs event (I was at one with “el poeta”). At the Taste of the Nation/Share Our Strength event at ACME Chophouse, I enjoyed meeting April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman of The Spotted Pig (yes, I am totally going to check it out in NYC!) and guess who totally knocked her chair over backwards upon rising to meet Tyler Florence?! (I’m blaming it on my heavy purse—I was barely tipsy.) The Tortoise show at the Independent was spectacular, and Pride weekend, what can I say, I was having so much fun I had to go and break my phone! So if you texted me this weekend to no avail, sorry! I am now all systems go.

And literally, I gotta go!