September 2007

September 25, 2007

This week is a dangerous dining pileup, and why I am grateful for my new fitness regimen starting this Saturday: tonight is the tablehopper supper, tomorrow is the Toast of the Town event, Thursday I’m attending a test dinner at Sens, Friday I’m hitting A Taste of Greece, Saturday is a test dinner at South, and Sunday is the CUESA Sunday Supper. I’m full. (So no wafer-thin mints for me, ha ha!)

Speaking of events, the nice folks at the upcoming “Tastes of the City” event (see the socialite for more) are offering a couple free tickets for a tablehopper giveaway! Cool! You know the drill: please forward the tablehopper newsletter to five friends (it’s best if you explain to them why you’re sending it to them) and just cc luckyme [at] tablehopper [dot] com. (To be clear, I won’t use anyone’s emails for anything—I just need to insure you sent it to five folks.) Enter to win until 11:59pm on Sunday, September 30; I’ll notify the winner soon thereafter. Good luck, all!

See you out and about (odds are good)!


Lovingly dedicated to the precious memory of Linus Mendenhall (1968–2007).

September 18, 2007

So last week I had one of the most humbling dining experiences ever: dining in the dark at the SF Dark Dining event at Ft. Mason. All manners and grace are out the window as you try to gauge a proper bite by the weight on your fork, you accidentally shove food off your plate like you’re an unruly toddler, and keeping track of your wineglass (filled with red wine, mind you) is practically nerve-wracking. My sense of smell was definitely heightened—you can smell the food being served to others before it’s placed in front of you—and texture became extra important.

The room wasn’t really dark enough, so we all tied our black napkins over our eyes for a full blackout (no, we didn’t do shots). Granted, the food wasn’t very stellar considering the $95 price tag, but the weirdness of the whole experience helped make the evening memorable. Key learnings: table decorations and garnishes don’t matter in dark dining, vertical food and long green beans are evil, getting food in your teeth is of no import, and wearing a bib, or black, or already dirty clothes is recommended.

This week is the launch of the health nut, a new section on tablehopper recording my upcoming program with Titan Fitness, which will be getting me back in touch with my abs and triceps. High five!

In closing, I would like to personally thank all of you who expressed interest in next week’s tablehopper supper at Jack Falstaff, and managed to sell that puppy out in less than 24 hours! Go team! Your support and enthusiasm really means a lot, and I’m looking forward to putting together more dinners in the future…

Cheers, my dears!

September 11, 2007

Okay, I think I finally have my head back on. The dust is out of my hair, my cell phone is no longer a foreign object, and I’m almost back to my usual typing speed. (Almost.) Oh yeah, and that enormous pile of emails has been attended to! Poof!

Since I am back on track, this week’s ‘hopper is front-loaded with all kinds of news for you. AND for those of you who couldn’t make it to the first tablehopper supper, I’ve got another one coming up in two weeks! (Check it out in the socialite.)

Sigh, 9/11. Today is a heavy day of remembrance, a day emblazoned on every American’s memory, and heart. In honor of inimitable New York, I’m setting you up with another installment of write-ups about some New York eateries and bars I experienced during my recent visit.

Today is also a very special day to my family because it’s my dear sister’s birthday. Happy Birthday, seeeeeeester!


September 4, 2007

Hello dear readers! Sorry I’m running late today. I hope you had a swell holiday weekend.

Welcome home, fellow burners! I returned to civilization late last night after nine days in the desert, all dusty, exhausted, and with a huge smile brimming in my heart. This was my sixth year at Burning Man, and I am ever grateful for the experience—it’s always different, always powerful. A lot to take in. I’ll share some highlights next week, but for now, I have a LOT of cleanup to do, so I am signing off! There are 500 emails in my inbox, so excuse me if I don’t get back to you until later this week…

Cheers, thanks, and ciao!

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