This week's tablehopper: pebbles and bamm-bamm.


The glowing bar at Restaurant 1833. Photo: ©

Why hello there. It’s a minor miracle that the tablehopper newsletter is even in your inbox today. Between being away at Pebble Beach Food & Wine for four days, taxes, a mountain of writing deadlines, and just as many emails to answer, I am churning pretty hard right now. So is my poor MacBook Pro—I don’t think it can keep up with me. Time for mama to go shopping.

Had such a blast in Pebble Beach, you can read all about it here (and here’s a link to my photo album—really, you don’t want to look if you’re hungry). Thursday night I took a jaunt away from the festivities and unwound in a big tufted booth upstairs on the balcony at Restaurant 1833 in Monterey. The vintage ambiance of this grand adobe is unique and pretty dang enchanting, along with the barrel-aged Negronis (great cocktails at this place), savory biscuits, tender octopus, and a juicy grilled pork chop. (I’ll need to return for the tableside absinthe service.) And I owe a big thanks to my family’s friend Charlene, who always puts me up in her spare bedroom in Carmel, which is literally a 10-minute drive to The Inn at Spanish Bay.

Hey, have you bought your ticket for the upcoming tablehopper Languedoc wine event with Josiah Baldivino of Michael Mina? Tickets are just $35—and there are only eight tickets left! Let’s drink delicious wine and eat French dogs at Café des Amis. Hop to it.

Oh, and today on You Gotta Eat This on KGO Radio, I talk about the Irish breakfast sandwich at the Beachside Coffee Bar & Kitchen—it’s a doozy of a sandwich.

Okay, I gotta bounce. Ciao!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Apr 17 2012