December 2007

December 18, 2007

Hey there. So attention Comcast readers: it looks like your issue of tablehopper got blocked last week, so if you want to catch up, you can read it in the archive here.

Speaking of last week’s issue, where I wrote up Modern Tea, the kind folks who work there wanted to let you know they are closed the first two weeks of January. So if you are fired up to try the lemon buttermilk pudding cake, please note there will be no cake for you while they are closed, from December 30–January 16.

Speaking of holiday closures, there won’t be a tablehopper next Tuesday, which lands on Christmas Day. As a good Italian-American, I will be too busy eating and drinking with my cute family (My Big Fat Italian Natale?). And since the Tuesday following is New Year’s Day, I will be sending an abridged column that day (which will obviously be written waaaaaay in advance of the actual day). Which means this is the last tablehopper issue of 2007!

Have a lovely holiday, keep toasty (and toasted), and thanks for all the support and enthusiasm this year! See ya in 2008—looking forward to more culinary and cocktail shenanigans!


December 11, 2007

Ok, these are the final final entries in the Hi Helens category, thank you readers! Bubbie’s (Yiddish for grandma) Arms, Frumpster or Frumpy Flaps, let’s not forget the Bingo Wave, and my friend and I have always called them "Ciao Elenas" (the Italian version of Hi Helens, which is what happens to your arms after traveling and eating too much in Italy).

And now, a big thanks to chef Charlie Kleinman for his past three jetsetter entries, documenting his hoppings around Montreal, New York, Buffalo, and other easterly cities—I appreciate the foie and fried chicken wing consumption on my behalf. This week we have another guest writer: H from Elixir is back, with a new piece in the wino.

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a fun tablehopper giveaway! I have a variety of treats, so if you’re a winner, you get to take your pick! Here are the prizes:

A signed copy of Jonathan Waxman’s new cookbook, A Great American Cook: Recipes from the Home Kitchen of One of Our Most Influential Chefs.

I am giving away three copies of the awesome new book, Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar, by David Wondrich. (Check out his two punch recipes below in this week’s chatterbox.)

A pair of hip t-shirts from Upper Playground (a local chef favorite place to shop). For the boys we have a size medium taco truck shirt and for the ladies, a size medium sushi shirt. (Can you believe it, it’s not an extra large! Ladies, you know exactly what I’m saying.)

To enter the drawing, one, you have to be a tablehopper subscriber, and two, you have to forward this week’s newsletter to five folks (or more is great, you overachiever you) in order to be eligible to win. Just cc luckyme [at] tablehopper [dot] com when you forward the newsletter to your pals (it’s best if you explain why you’re sending it to them). No, I won’t be collecting your friends’ emails, those will stay private—I just need to keep track of how many folks you forwarded it to. The deadline to enter is by midnight, Sunday, December 16. I will be randomly drawing the winners and will email you to let you know you’ve won next week. The first winner gets first pick of the prizes, and so on. I hope you get lucky.

I also put together a list of the tablehopper’s top ten holiday gift ideas—check it out in the chatterbox.

In closing, as I learned from someone this week:
Happy merry!


December 4, 2007

Hey. For the record, some chef pal had to go and have a birthday on a Monday night, so I lost a couple precious hours of writing/sleep. I’m a little tired. So if I happen to get chefs both named Bruce mixed up, that’s my excuse. At least I got my espresso machine’s gasket fixed last week, so semi-decent pulls are back in my life. As the repairman said, "incontinent espresso, no fun." Incontinent anything, no fun.

Just in time for Hanukkah, here’s this week’s latest addition to the Hi Helens archive: Hadassah arms! A reader says, “There’s a Jewish women’s organization called Hadassah, so the name’s grown to also be known to stand for old Jewish ladies.” Fabulous. Wave and swing ‘em proud.

Are we done? Anyone gonna pipe up with one more? Maybe? Maybe not.

Operators are standing by.

~ Marcia

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