This week's tablehopper: mountain time.


Stormy afternoons at Tahoe, delivering plenty of sky drama (and lightning!). Photo: ©

Howdy. Did you miss us? We love you too, but we thoroughly enjoyed taking last week off, let me tell you. Yours truly headed up to Lake Tahoe for some quality time at my family’s cabin in Tahoma (West Shore, the best shore!), but sadly the weather got so lousy last week I came back to SF early. It was great to see so much rain, truly, but I had planned on having more beach time than cabin fever. Grrrrr and brrrrrrr—it was practically cold enough for a fire.

No matter, because SF this past weekend was crazy gorgeous! I had a picnic with a dear friend in Golden Gate Park and checked out Flower Piano. Imagine 12 pianos throughout the Botanical Garden, with performers ranging from Kitten on the Keys playing bawdy vintage numbers to a pianist playing Debussy under a dramatic tree. If you have a chance to check this out this fabulous happening, they’re doing it again with a variety of performers this Saturday from 12pm-2pm! Or you can swing by anytime from now through the 20th, when anyone is invited to play the pianos. Go SF.

I will still be pretending I’m on the beach this Thursday evening—Rimini, to be specific—when I take my first bite into a piadina at the EatWith tablehopper event at the Italian Homemade Company in North Beach. We’ll be enjoying Aperol spritzes and more, thanks to Campari America and Rye on the Road, and you know there will be pasta. Tickets are currently sold out, but if someone cancels last minute, I’ll be sure to offer up their tickets on Twitter and Facebook! Keep your eyes peeled.

Happy Bastille Day everyone, you know Belden will be complètement fou tonight! And right now New Orleans is packed with bartenders for Tales of the Cocktail, so don’t be surprised if your favorite bartender is MIA this week.

We have a bunch of catch-up news for you, so let’s get started, shall we?


Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Jul 14 2015