This week's tablehopper: rockin' in Auckland.


You want this: the savory Red Snapper at Waiheke Island Yacht Club. Photo: ©

Sun, is that you? Good to see you. And howdy, readers. This week I have been doing a lot of dining catch-up, from bakery duty (Heartbaker and Le Marais Bakery) to a couple nights on our very busy waterfront, with drinks and pintxos at Coqueta, more drinks and hearty Southern fare at Hard Water, and checking out the new Waiheke Island Yacht Club.

I got inspired tasting some of the Kiwi ingredients at Waiheke Island Yacht Club (and hearing everyone’s accents), and since I am physically home for more than a week (I actually put my suitcase away for the time being, shocking), it was high time to start chipping away at writing up my staggering New Zealand trip. Today’s jetsetter features my visit to Auckland—stand by for future installments on Waiheke Island, wineries and sights on the North and South Islands, and Wellington. I also have a photo album of Auckland posted here.

We have a batch of 707 news for you from Heather Irwin, and in case you want even more reading because you are a glutton for content, I have my weekly post on that is getting a lot of hits and likes: Ten Things I Have Learned About Dining with Restaurant Industry Folks.

I also have my weekly Tablehopping column for the San Francisco Bay Guardian up, with a serious knish close-up for you. (And big congrats to my editor Marke Bieschke, who has just been named publisher, and Steven T. Jones, editor! Cin cin!)

Enjoy the weekend!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Jul 19 2013