This week's tablehopper: *mic drop*.


The Pied Piper mural, soon to be returned to The Pied Piper Bar & Grill. Photo: ©

Well, I sure am glad this column isn’t filled with a rant about the sudden removal of the beloved Maxfield Parrish Pied Piper of Hamelin mural in the Palace Hotel, which was slated to be sold at auction at Christie’s in a couple of months. Nope, the outcry by the public was so great over the removal of the iconic mural that it’s going to be restored and then returned to the hotel (hopefully back up above the bar where it belongs and has been since 1909). Cheers to everyone who signed the petition and got hopping mad. I was truly in a snit over the whole thing. Now, I’m just relieved that greed did not prevail. Score a point for the sentimentalists who care about our fair city and her many jewels.

For those of you celebrating Passover, Happy Pesach to you—and you officially have me craving matzo ball soup. If you celebrate Easter, here are some options for you, plus some Easter treats you should hunt down. Remember some places close for the holiday, so double-check before heading somewhere.

I can’t believe I’m missing Easter with my family, but it’s for a damn good reason: I leave for New Zealand on Thursday! Yeah, I’m beyond busy trying to get ready for my departure—and there’s nothing like having to clean your apartment before a trip for your house sitter, can you feel me? The tablehopper column will be taking a break until Friday April 12th, so please don’t pitch me about any events happening before then, thanks!

If you want to keep up with trip highlights, you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where I will assuredly be posting a bunch of pics the next two weeks.

Big thanks to everyone who came to hear my presentation at the Chocolate Salon on Sunday about San Francisco’s best chocolate desserts. It was kind of torturous to be talking about all these amazing desserts while showing pictures of them, without having any of them in front of us. I created a list of all the chocolate desserts I talked about; chocoholics, step right this way!

Don’t forget, this weekend is the Food and Farm Film Fest: there are still some tickets available for some of the movies, like The Last Shepherd and don’t miss the classic Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers, which will be introduced by Alice Waters (one of the stars of the film!).

Okay friends, I am off to start packing and get my act together. See you on April 12th!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Mar 26 2013