This week's tablehopper: the (big) apple of my eye.


It’s Caesar salad time with Pete at Marin Joe’s.

And so my own personal countdown begins: this Friday I hop on a plane to New York, where I will be carrying on for one glorious week. I am super excited to be attending the James Beard Awards for my first time—I was invited by Savory Cities to be a correspondent/live blogger for the event. Yeah, I’m stoked. And boy, is my restaurant hit list long—but I think I’m hungriest for a bowl of ramen at Ippudo, I can almost taste it. Follow my Twitter feed if you want to rubberneck.

Literally the day after I return, I am hosting a tablehopper sandwich social at Purcell Murray on the afternoon of Saturday May 8th. Check it out in the socialite: for $15, you will feast on sandwiches from three of San Francisco’s best sandwich makers, all in one spot. Plus we’ll be enjoying some bubbly. See you there?

In the meantime, the crowd for this Thursday’s two-martini lunch with the tablehopper at Bix is looking like a good one. Happy to see so many people want to hang out and hit the sauce with me in the middle of the day—allrighty then! I’ll be primed and ready for a quick spin at the Taste of the Nation event that evening, and then I have to pack for my Friday morning flight. Oh, and turn in two articles before I leave, hmmm.

Last week I was on wino patrol, tasting natural Italian wines and meeting winemakers like the admirable Arianna Occhipinti at Barbacco (and look at that, I have a review of Barbacco this week!) and taking part in an albariño crawl around the city on Wednesday. On Saturday, I was a panelist for the Greystone Flavor Summit—met a lot of interesting people, and got to invite Paul Bartolotta to grab a turbo dinner that night at the counter at SPQR before he had to catch his flight back to Vegas. I’m always so proud to show visitors our little neighborhood gems. And I didn’t even tell you about the five places I went to on Sunday night for my upcoming Marin Magazine article. Yes, five. Livin’ the vida loca, I tell you.

See you on the track.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Apr 27 2010