June 2019

June 18, 2019

Bing cherry clafoutis at Mago. Summer is here. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy, friends. I hope you had some fun with that epic heatwave we had (sorry, but I absolutely love the heat—I played hooky from my scorching hot apartment and went to the beach). Let’s just say the StarChefs Rising Star Chefs event was a toasty one. (And delicious.)

I had such a fabulous meal recently at Maum (it was a collaborative dinner with SPQR’s Matt Accarrino), and had quite a brunch at Prairie this past weekend (follow me at @tablehopper for pics of that one real soon—I just need to catch my breath over here). I’m also editing my pics from a dinner at Sushi Nagai, in case you’re curious about that newcomer to our omakase scene.

A couple weekends ago, I headed up to Camp Navarro in Mendocino for Meadowlands, a retreat for folks in the cannabis industry (I was calling it cannabis camp!). It’s quite an epic drive up there, especially if you’re tooling along in a 2018 Audi S4 Sport Sedan! No, I didn’t turn in my Fiat 500 Sport, although now I want to.

I was so thrilled to be approached by Silvercar with the offer to drive one of their Audis for the weekend and check out their rental service. Yup, you can rent a top-of-the-line Audi instead of some lousy, stripped-down, mauve Sonata to get out of town. I had so much fun—the handling and safety features of this car are pretty unbelievable. Can you say torque? I had Studio 54 on XM radio the entire time, and a huge smile on my face. It was perfect for those curving Mendo roads, especially when I cut over to see my friends in Ukiah.

You can reserve your Audi vehicle with Silvercar and pick it up at the White House Garage in downtown SF, although they have many other pick-up locations as well, nationwide! Use my code Silvercarhopper for 30 percent off (you won’t find that discount anywhere!) until July 31st. Have fun out there. And take me with you!

Sorry today’s issue was a little late—I had to run to a presentation I was hosting for The Food Lab, and someone wasn’t able to put a bow on this thing in time. Whoosh!

Have a great week!
Marcia Gagliardi

June 4, 2019

Happiness is a sunny day, Caesar salad, and a Cappelletti spritz (at flour + water Pizzeria). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for—it’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) sun-shiny day. Happy Pride month, everyone, and I’m glad the sun finally decided to make an appearance.

Although the gray skies and lousy wind didn’t stop me and my friends from our walk across the city on Sunday, celebrating two of my friends’ 25th anniversary of living in SF! We walked from the Filbert Steps all the way to the Cliff House, about nine miles in all, and I can’t recommend it highly enough! Get some friends together (ideally some SF old-timers, so you can share stories and trivia along the way) and don’t forget your flask (it gets chilly by Lands End!).

A bunch of restaurant folks were celebrating last night with the announcement of Michelin stars for California. Congrats to Campton Place on gaining their second star, and Maum, Sorrel, and Angler now have a star (although Saison lost one, dropping to two stars). You can also read the Bib Gourmand listings here.

You can celebrate some local culinary talent at next Tuesday’s StarChefs: 2019 Rising Star Award Winners, which includes a walk-around tasting gala. Don’t miss it!

See you soon, and make some gumbo in honor of Leah Chase. What a life.

Big XO.

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