This week's tablehopper: spring fling.

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A selection of treats from Sweetmue. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Oh yeah, spring is officially here, and today’s column is definitely feeling it: I have a review of Verbena for you (n.b., their brunch is coming very soon!), and our bookworm from Green Apple Books’ Pete Mulvihill is also very vegetable-focused. Asparagus and green garlic are in full effect.

On the carb side of things, I just posted a piece on 7x7.com this week on the best bagels you can find in San Francisco. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. After everyone complaining that you can’t find good bagels in this town, it was time to take a closer look at how good we actually have it.

This Saturday, I’ll be on KRON4, sharing my tablehopper hot list on some of the city’s best (and most evil) doughnuts; tune in at 9:15am!

A couple more notes: I’m happy to announce I am going to be the emcee of Taste of the Nation next Thursday March 27th. Have you bought your tickets yet? The event will feature bites from AQ, Frances, Alta CA, Rich Table, Fog City, and more, plus pours from local winemakers and brewers, and cocktails from St. George Spirits. Yeah, all great stuff. The event is a benefit for the very important Share Our Strength organization, whose noble goal is to not have any of our nation’s children go hungry. Please come and support this great event. We even have a discount code for you—hope to see you there!

One more area where I hope you can help out: Bay Leaf Kitchen is in the last days of its fundraiser to send SF kids to summer camp, and help teach children and families how to grow, cook, and eat real food. Maybe you can throw them a few bucks? They’re down to their last few days and need your help. Thank you!

Ciao ciao! Kiss kiss.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Mar 21 2014