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Weekly Intro and Updates (Coming in hot...)
August 13, 2019

The night lighting of Golden Gate Park at Outside Lands never disappoints. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Oh, hello there. Excuse me while I toss back another shot of espresso, someone is definitely draggin’ after this past week. I had a wonderful night with my father seeing The Temptations and Four Tops at Wente for their summer concert series—the weather, setting, company, music, food, and wine were all divine! There are still shows into September, take a look!

On Thursday, after moderating a panel at the Wine & Weed Symposium, I attended a dreamy Terpenes and Terroir dinner hosted by TSO Sonoma at Gary Farrell Winery in Healdsburg, with The Herb Somm, Altered Plates, and Crop to Kitchen Community. Yes, we joyfully continued to explore the theme of wine and weed, thanks to some amazing brand partners. (I’ll be posting pics over at @mymilligram!)

If you’re curious about attending a cannabis dinner, be sure to check out my latest article for Nob Hill Gazette on some underground dinners in SF. And subscribe to mymilligram while you’re at it (it’s my latest venture, which is all about exploring cannabis and wellness through low-dose and high-quality cannabis products).

And since we’re talking weed, I’m so excited to share my first video for mymilligram on my brand-new YouTube channel! I’d really love for you to take a look (even if you don’t think cannabis is for you!) and like my video. If you’re into it, you can do me a huge favor and subscribe to my YouTube channel (click that red subscribe button!)—that would really help me out! More videos are coming!

And if there’s someone you know who’s canna-curious, like your Mom, or a friend at work, I’d so appreciate it if you could forward my video as an introduction! Thanks for sharing it in any way. Meet Mrs. Doper, LOL.

Weed was definitely the hot topic at this year’s Outside Lands, which made a groundbreaking move and got permission for cannabis consumption and purchasing in the designated Grass Lands area. Historic! And it was the nicest, most relaxed, and chillest area in all of the festival, with no incidents. Nicely done! I was so happy to be there and witness this important moment in the legalization and normalization of cannabis use.

OSL was lit! I saw some fantastic acts, ate tasty dumplings from Dumpling Time (so nice, I had to do it twice), had daily bubbles (duh), and was very grateful for the Guittard backstage hospitality over the weekend (and the amazing weather, wowza!). You can see pics and videos of my favorite OSL moments over on Instagram and Facebook. It’s the HIGHlight reel!

Stand by for a bunch of pics from recent meals around the Bay on @tablehopper—I’m finally catching up with my damn self. Sorta. Ha-ha. Anyway. Did you see my pics of my omakase experience at Kuma? Just checking! Because that place is a gem.

This weather is purr-fect to celebrate Ferragosto on Thursday—it’s time for a picnic! And it’s also time for me to head up to Tahoe for my annual break—can’t wait to be up there, starting next week. Ahhhhh.

Wishing you a lovely evening. It’s Taco Tuesday over at Tato in Bayview, in case you’re looking for a sweet meal deal.
Marcia Gagliardi

July 30, 2019

Step right up to the mymilligram microdoser bar! Yours truly having some fun hosting a “party enhancement table” up in Gualala at my friend’s barbecue a couple weeks ago. Photo: Liza Shaw.

Howdy, friends. I hope you’re enjoying your summer in some form, whether it’s panzanella for dinner or weekend hikes or drinking rosé alfresco. Hopefully all that and then some. I had a wonderful visit up north to Gualala (a bit north of Sea Ranch) a week ago, man, is that some beautiful coastline! I set up a mymilligram microdoser bar with low-dose cannabis products at my friend’s summer barbecue, now THAT was fun. (Cannabis olive oil from Pot d’Huile over gelato, oh you know it!) If you’d like to hire me to do the same for your parties, get in touch. You can scroll through these mymilligram partay highlights for pics (at the end).

A couple weeks ago, I attended a media preview dinner for Selby’s in Atherton, and was so delighted with the entire experience; I hope you enjoy today’s in-depth feature on it. A return to old-school class and glamour, I’m all for it.

This week is looking pretty fab, with a pop-up from Midnite Bagel on Wednesday evening, and I can’t believe I get to experience Horn Barbecue on Saturday at Hanger 1 in Alameda, oh boyyyyy. (I was in Richmond last Saturday morning with my taco wingwoman T$ on the ultimate taco quest: quesabirria at pop-up El Garage! It’s all I can think about.)

I also went to an absolutely mind-blowing magic/illusionist show from Cal Performances called At the Illusionist’s Table with mentalist, dramatic performer, and riveting storyteller Scott Silven. It was a unique setup: the evening included an intimate candlelit communal dinner with fellow guests (and whisky!), and was a total head-scratcher (HOW DID HE DO THAT?!). I have never seen a show on this level. But honestly, I also can’t imagine what it’s like to be able to afford the $350 ticket. If money is no object, or you really love magic and want to treat yo’ self in a major way, it’s a very special experience. They just extended the show, so check it out! (You can read a detailed review from a fellow guest here. And yes, that’s me in a couple of the pics, LOL.)

If you’re looking for a magic show that’s much easier on the pocketbook, check out today’s sponsor: Kevin Blake! And if you’re canna curious and not going to Outside Lands on Saturday the 10th, take a look at the infused dinner with chef Joe Sasto and that Pot d’Huile olive oil I just mentioned (I’m a fan).

Next week, I’m looking forward to a warm summer night at Wente with my dad to see the Four Tops and The Temptations—have you looked at their summer concert lineup? It extends into September, take a look, and grab some friends.

Lastly, I’m moderating a panel (Women, Wine, and Weed!) at the third annual Wine & Weed Symposium next Thursday August 8th, use my code MICRODOSER for a discount on tickets (which are almost sold out!). Hope to see you there, it’s a thought-provoking event!

Have a swell evening.
Marcia Gagliardi

July 16, 2019

A tale of two tostadas at Hermanita, a weekend pop-up by Nicole Marin at Mosto. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hey gang! I hope you had an extra-fab Fourth (mine was!). I’m looking forward to getting back out of the fog this weekend, and heading up to Healdsburg for a pool party (yay!) and visiting my friend in Gualala (my first time there, and yay again). Can’t wait for a leisurely drive home on Sunday, and getting in some beach time (I’m planning to hang out in Sea Ranch or maybe Fort Ross). Feel free to send any tips my way, thanks!

This week’s news has a bunch of openings—if you follow me on @tablehopper, you’ve already seen AL’s Deli and Square Pie Guys pics, and I’m going to be posting a couple awesome brunch stops I made over the weekend: B-Side Brunch and Hermanita, stand by (the tostada pic included here is just a teaser!). I also had such a soulful, Singaporean/Indonesian meal at Local Kitchen, thanks to talented chef Nora Haron—you want to add it to your list.

If you’re canna-curious, or a full-time toker, you’ll want to read my recent piece for Nob Hill Gazette on the higher end of “elevated” dining in SF! There are some entertaining dinner parties happening out there, let me tell you.

And I’m just going to put this out there, because you guys are like a magic crystal ball: if you know anyone selling one Stereolab ticket for face value at Bimbo’s on Saturday October 19th, please let me know! That would be so amazing. Thank you!

OK, I’m tired of writing, let’s get to it!

Marcia Gagliardi