January 2020

January 28, 2020

A wedge of Gorgonzola the size of a cake. (At the annual Casa de Case Cena al Magazzino.) Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy, gang. You ready for me to make you hongry? I’m already thinking ahead to my dinner tonight at 1760, with ribollita, and pappardelle with duck ragù on their current Winter in Tuscany prix-fixe menu. I also enjoyed such a delicious “wintertime in California” menu on Sunday evening at Del Popolo, check out the goodies here. And I don’t know about you, but it’s chicken Parm weather, and there’s nothing better than splitting a brand-new chicken Parm sub from Great Gold with a friend. They are only delivering sandwiches (no dine-in) at lunchtime (Mon-Fri 10:30am-3pm). (Their Italian combo was also a winner.)

A little over a week ago was the Fancy Food Show and Good Food Mercantile, with thousands of products to taste (and some to avoid, LOL). I posted some highlights over on Instagram if you’re interested in what’s the latest, and here’s my recap piece for Food Spark on some of the trends and ingredients I noticed at both shows.

It was also time for the annual Cena al Magazzino, generously hosted by beloved importer Casa de Case in their warehouse, and what an incredible feast it was. (I know many of us had Colin Dewey in our hearts that night.)

Also on the sentimental tip: don’t miss this remarkable film (and documentary), Honeyland. I saw it as a final show at the Clay last week, and can’t stop thinking about it. It’s such an extraordinary film. You can order it online, or even better, support one of our other Landmark theaters and catch it at the Opera Plaza.

Have a good week—maybe I’ll see you at the crab feed this Saturday? Read on for more!

Marcia Gagliardi

January 14, 2020

The bubbly beginning to my weekend caviar and Champagne and bagel brunch of my dreams. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Howdy gang. Thanks to all of you who wrote in with your comments and kudos and gripes and additions to my annual the bore list of ten things I don’t want to see in the new year, you always entertain me!

Now it’s time for some catch-up with the news, which includes some exciting new openings for our new year. (I am losing my mind over the menu and pics at Gap Year at Nico, just wait until you see!)

Since the Lunar New Year is coming up in two weeks, I wanted to give you a quick heads up where you can celebrate the Year of the Rat on Wednesday January 29th! China Live is doing a dim sum party (and offering quite a giveaway on Instagram); Palette Tea House is offering a special menu—which includes boneless quail stuffed with truffle-infused sticky rice, OMG—(with lion dancing, a visit from Martin Yan, and more); Hakkasan always does a menu of auspicious dishes, available January 25th-February 8th; and Mister Jiu’s will be announcing a menu soon. Or you can always get some friends together for a banquet feast of your own! Gong hei fat choy!

Okay, it’s time to get into the news (and for me to get up from this desk chair—I was up writing this thing until 2am last night, oy).

Have a swell evening.
Marcia Gagliardi

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