This week's tablehopper: my cherie amour.


My sassy sis getting ready to take down some Little Skillet chicken-and-waffle love at Outside Lands. Photo: ©

Whoa, that was quite the weekend: two incredible days of music at Outside Lands, with a whole crunch of work in the middle—not my ideal sandwich cookie, but at least it wasn’t the other way around. Love discovering new bands to listen to (Electric Guest, Washed Out, Yacht, Tennis, Tanlines [no, I am not making these up)], Bomba Estereo) and seeing some seriously fabulous performers live (Santigold, Jack White). Oh yeah, and then there’s STEVIE freaking WONDER. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people sing along, it was heart-melting. And I had a veritable backup band of Irish girls behind me singing their hearts out.

The food was also pretty fantastic (lamb poutine for the win) and I wish I could drink the Sierra Nevada Outside Lands saison all year. It’s all about arriving on two wheels. (Friday night I was on my friend’s motorcycle, and Sunday was by bike—who knew so many people had bikes in this town? Awesome!)

Which brings us to our next weekend extravaganza: the SF Street Food Festival! It all kicks off Friday night with the Night Market (did you catch the special tablehopper deal on tickets?), followed by the actual festival on Saturday. Here’s a handy-dandy map so you can see what’s up.

I’d like you to pay particular attention to CC-1 (between 22nd and 23rd streets), which is where you will find the tablehopper table, right across from Hawker Fare! No, I won’t be serving food or booze, but you will be able to check out the complete and brand-new line of tablehopper T-shirts! There are five styles, all featuring vintage San Francisco restaurant and bar logos, on supersoft cotton! Yeah, they’re pretty damn sweet. Plus there is a hoodie too (a mandatory item in our chilly city). We don’t have an online store up yet, so we’re just doing in-person sales for now—come on by and be one of the first to rock a tablehopper tee!

Let’s count from 1 to 100: first, big congrats to State Bird Provisions for being named no. 1 in Bon Appétit’s Top 10 list of America’s Best New Restaurants! So very exciting and well deserved. And tomorrow would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday—I shall raise a roasted chicken leg in her honor (and an adult beverage). Save the liver! Cue Dan Aykroyd.

Lastly, did you catch my piece on 7x7 last week on five of my favorite hangover cures? Also, today on You Gotta Eat This on KGO Radio, I share my love for Ajanta in Berkeley.

Enjoy the week, dearies.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Aug 14 2012