This week's tablehopper: #OrangeOctober.


Gloriously messy late-night al pastor and chile verde tacos at El Farolito. Photo: ©

Excitement! Today is Game One of the World Series, and I love seeing the town all lit up and full of orange. And it’s not because it’s Halloween, holla! Coit Tower, you look amazing.

Meanwhile, excitement is seriously percolating in the restaurant world, since the 2015 Michelin Guide winners are announced today. You can check out who won how many “macarons” here. And there’s also the handy list of Bib Gourmand restaurants, the ones deemed “Inspectors’ Favorites for Good Value” (two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less; tax and gratuity not included).

This weekend, I had fun at the Grand National Rodeo on Friday night, followed by more beers at Pops and late-night tacos at El Farolito, the best. I was also busy celebrating my Uncle Tony’s 91st birthday. I mean, come on, how great is that? He is looking so good too. A few months in Italy will do that for someone.

This Friday, we won’t have a tablehopper issue because I’m going to be on the Google campus interviewing Jacques Pépin for a Fireside Google Chat! Trust, I am waaaaay excited to be talking to the man, the myth, the legend. You can submit questions for Jacques here (and I know you’re a smart bunch, so they’ll be good ones). You can tune in at 11am!

But for now, I am punching the clock early to head to the Champagne Bureau tasting today (not something I want to miss, evah), and then the Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top 100, woohoo! (Am thrilled it’s a stunning fall day, which means the Metreon terrace will be THE spot to be drinking this evening for those of us not glued in front of the TV.)

Vamanos Gigantes!
Marcia Gagliardi

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