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Oct 31, 2011 3 min read

November 1, 2011 - This week's tablehopper: no tricks, just treats.

November  1, 2011 - This week's tablehopper: no tricks, just treats.
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This week's tablehopper: no more tricks, just treats.                    

The glorious Peking duck at Hong Kong Lounge. Photo: ©

I know, I know, I said I was taking the day off. But of course I had to send out a little something-something. In fact, today’s sugar mama is not the only treat for you—I also received word that tablehopper readers can get $20 off the upcoming beer class this Sunday by Rich Higgins at the Boothby Center, part of the series of classes I wrote about last week! This Sunday’s class is on English beers, check it out (and use code “tablehopper” for $20 off!).

How was your three-day Halloween weekend? By Monday, I was having a hard time telling who was in costume and who was just a freak. Go SF. I also want to commend the city for providing us with beach-worthy weather on the first of November. Hasn’t happened in years, how fantastic. I am soooo vibing the 11.1.11. action today. Feels like an auspicious way to start my 40s.

In other news, I can’t believe I went out for yet another dim sum feast on the weekend, this time to the inimitable Hong Kong Lounge on Geary. Nothing quite like starting the day with a barrage of dumplings, plus a Peking duck on the table as well, one of the best in town. Decadence! And it rang in at $82 for four people—hot. And trust me, we waddled out of there. Let’s just say I didn’t eat again until Sunday morning. But today, well, today is all about Champagne!

See you on Friday! XOXO!

Marcia Gagliardi

the sugar mama

Giveaways (get some)

(Sponsored): Olive Oil from Spain Hits North Beach with "Olive Chef"


Iron Chef America champ Katsuya Fukushima teams up with San Francisco Chronicle Rising Star Chef (and Txoko co-owner) Ian Begg to meet the challenge to discover “50 Ways to Love Olive Oil from Spain” at Txoko, the city’s newest tapas restaurant.

We promise you’ll leave knowing your arbequina from your picual, with some hojiblanca and cornicabra thrown in for good measure.

  • Demos by chef Fukushima (including olive oil bon bons and “liquid” olives)
  • Tapas by chef Begg
  • Wines by Bodegas Riojanas, Freixenet, and Tapeña
  • Pure Ibérico de bellota pork by Ibérico Fresco

tablehopper is giving away one pair of tickets (two tickets total) to one lucky winner. All you need to do is forward today’s tablehopper newsletter to one friend (but even more would be so very fabulous), and add a note to your friend(s) about the event. Be sure to Cc: or Bcc: me at so I know you sent it—I promise I won’t use anyone’s email address. The deadline to enter is Thursday November 3rd at 11:59pm. I will notify the winner on Friday. The winner also receives a lovely gift bag from Olive Oil from Spain with a t-shirt, apron, potholder, and olive oil, of course! Good luck!

Don’t wanna bet on your luck? Purchase tickets online or at 877-778-8745; $39 per person. Sponsored by Olive Oil from Spain. Proceeds benefit San Francisco’s Project Open Hand.

Olive Chef • Monday November 7th • 6pm-8pm • 504 Broadway at Kearny

the starlet

Star Sightings in Restaurants (no photos please)

Serious Star Wattage on Saturday at Quince

For a B-list town, Saturday night at Quince was very Us Weekly-worthy: Julia Roberts came in to celebrate her birthday with friends and her husband—the staff said she was as polite as she is beautiful (in other words, very).

Also that evening, Kate Bosworth dined in the restaurant, believed to be accompanied by her new boyfriend—director Michael Polish—but the identity of her dining companion is unconfirmed.



Beverly Johnson and the Baker Street Bistro staff. Photo from Facebook.

The ever-gorgeous supermodel Beverly Johnson and friend Robert Dupont (one of the famous identical twin brothers making the scene during the era of Andy Warhol’s Factory and Studio 54) came by Baker Street Bistro for dinner on Saturday night after attending the Halston movie, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (which they featured in). They both had the French onion soup, escargot Bourguignon, and the bistro’s famous moules frites.

The crew from Beverly Johnson’s Full House, a new show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, was on site to film the dinner.

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