May 12, 2009

Whoa, who is that girl bringing her own grain sausage and vegetables to a birthday barbecue, and making curried tofu scramble (thank you Heidi Swanson for yet another delicious recipe) for Mother's Day while everyone else is eating bacon and French toast and drinking bubbles? Yeah, that would be me. I've become that vegan chick at the party who doesn't drink and snacks on carrot sticks while everyone eats cheese and mini meatballs and drinks beer. Truth be told, I'm finding it hard to reconcile my usual tablehoppin' life and being vegan and sober, so I've been happily hermiting at home, and writing writing writing.

Tonight I'm planning to emerge for a bit so I can attend a reading at Booksmith for the launch of The Ramen King and I; True Sake will be pouring free sake tastings but darn, I'll have to pass on that part (in case you want to come, it starts at 7:30pm). And really, what a week for me to be on the wagon—it's SF Cocktail Week. Looking forward to leading one of the tours to the (sold-out) historical cocktail crawl this Saturday—can't believe I'm doing it sober.

And what a way to end a cleanse, because Sunday is the annual Meals on Wheels event. That's like going from 0 to 60 in three bites. I'm going to take it easy—maybe I'll go from vegan to vegetarian. I will say I'm looking forward to a glass of bubbly. And a Four Barrel macchiato, but that's for another day.

Speaking of drinks, this week we have a hardhat that's all about Eve, the new bar/lounge opening in SoMa this spring. There's also an awesome ladies-only “Gin and Gen” event this Thursday—read all about it in the lush (and it's free, so RSVP quickly!). Oh yeah, and a special two-night event with Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski guest cheffing at Coi is coming up at the end of May! Keep on reading below in the chatterbox.

Too much news, actually, so no review this week. For the record, I'm gonna start being merciless on the news and event bits, it's getting way outta hand over here. Over 7,000 words this week, WTF.

Lastly, here's a save the date for you: on the evening of Wednesday June 3rd, I'll be hosting the first-ever tablehopper tasting, a guided wine tasting event of Sicilian wines with Alex Fox! And there will be other culinary surprises, don't you know it. All the details, including the where and how to buy tickets for this limited event will be released next Tuesday! I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to it. I wonder why…

Cin cin!