This week's tablehopper: room with a view.

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Breathtaking view from my hotel room window at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

Having lived in San Francisco since 1994, I know how important it is to get the hell out of the city in July, unless you enjoy suffering the effects of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Me? Not so much. So Thursday night I skedaddled back up to Lake Tahoe for a long weekend, spending a couple nights at the fab-u-lous Ritz-Carlton Resort in Lake Tahoe and my family’s cabin in Tahoma. (It’s pretty amazing to return to a place you’ve been going to every year since you were two.) I’ll be doing a writeup of the my Tahoe visit soon. And really, is there anything better than mountain air and daily hikes and dips in a stunning lake to clear your head? They do a lot for the human mind and spirit. Highly recommended.

The next month is a busy one for me, with a bunch of deadlines to meet before I hit the road again. Yup, yours truly just booked a biiiig trip, one that has been on my bucket list for a while: I’m going to Turkey for three glorious weeks. Just getting my itinerary together, but I warmly welcome any recommendations, from eats in Istanbul to which cave hotel to book in Cappadocia—bring ‘em on! Thanks, travelers!

Hey, do you have your tickets to SF Chefs? This week’s socialite has more info, but I’d like to call to your attention a fun panel I am moderating on the afternoon of Saturday August 6th: The Real Restaurant Wives of San Francisco. Cocktails included. One more panel for your radar: I’ll be at the Commonwealth Club next Wednesday August 3rd, moderating a discussion about “What makes a restaurant great?” Hope to see you there.

Lastly, in the midst of all this consumption and good living we all enjoy is the heartbreaking news about the massive famine in Somalia and other parts of drought-stricken East Africa. Donating to the United Nations World Food Programme is one way to help—a paltry 50 cents can feed a hungry child. Please consider making a donation right now. 11 million people are hungry—it’s a terrible, terrible situation. The mind reels. Here are 10 more ways you can help—please spread the word.

Thanks for reading.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Jul 26 2011