This week's tablehopper: make it rain.

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One of my favorite drinks of all time: the Cherry Bounce at Comstock Saloon. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Oh yeah, our city is getting one hell of a bath right now. Loving. In case you’d like a little something to warm you up, I just posted this piece on 7x7.com on locally made hot sauces (collect all five!). Here’s the previous post on kimchee and sriracha, in case you missed it. I am so pleased with my current stash o’ hot stuff now—I could practically open a store over here at Hopper HQ.

Last night I hit up a couple of parties, starting with a preview of Charles Phan’s The Coachman, opening Monday (wait until you try their prime rib—they cook it in salt for eight hours, and the horseradish cream has a fun Vietnamese ingredient in it). I also headed to Kitchit headquarters for a party hosted by Williams-Sonoma to launch their new Open Kitchen line of affordable kitchenware and tools. Llano Seco suckling pig three different ways by Nick Rappoport (previously a sous at Outerlands), mmmhmmm, that was a tasty party.

Today’s column includes a jetsetter post on Napa—for those of you looking for a quick getaway, here you go! I’ll be posting a couple more Wine Country overnight trips in coming weeks, stand by. We also have a bunch of Wine Country news for you from Heather Irwin in the 707 Scout. Lastly, Collin Casey has a wino for us on wine importers Cory Cartwright and Guilhaume Gerard of Selection Massale. Cheers!

I’ll be on KRON4 tomorrow at 9:15am with my tablehopper hot list segment on some of my favorite local sandwiches. The timing is perfect, because you can go out and grab one for lunch after you see me talking about them and making you hangry.

Have fun watching the Oscars on Sunday, and in case you don’t want to drive or ride in the rain this weekend, here’s a discount link from this month’s sponsor, Flywheel, offering tablehopper readers $10 off your first ride. Check it out! Be safe.

See you on Tuesday.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Feb 28 2014