This week's tablehopper: sundae on Friday.


The Prospect sundae. (You know you want it.) Photo: ©

Greetings from Lake Tahoe. I’m not going to talk about the weather up here because that would be mean. Unfortunately I haven’t made it to the beach yet, but today is the day. At least the back deck of my family’s cabin is one heck of a home office—the squirrels and blue jays make for rather entertaining company.

Since I’m currently in my happy place, I figured I should share a review of a place in San Francisco that is becoming my city happy place, Piccino. It’s one of those places you just want to hang out in, whether you’re there for a lunch with friends, a second date, a solo meal at the kitchen counter, or a birthday dinner. Get thee to Dogpatch!

You want to know another thing that will take you to your happy place? The crazy-good Prospect sundae by their new pastry chef, Sarah Wade. I was doing a dessert tour Tuesday evening with the charming Yigit Pura—executive pastry chef of Taste Catering and the winner of the first season of Top Chef: Just Desserts—and we were both smitten with this sundae. Pictured here is a mini version of it, loaded with milk chocolate ice cream, olive oil ganache, incredible roasted figs, almond crumble, and whipped cream. You have my permission: dive in.

Okay, it’s time for me to pack up some lunch and hop on my bike. The water is calling.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Aug 12 2011