What’s Cookin’

Weekly Intro and Updates (Coming in hot...)
June 2, 2021

The Thai green curry and barbecued oysters at Nick’s Cove, with their barrel-aged Boulevardier. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hello, folks. How’s this short week treating you? My Memorial Day was spent working, but at least it was on a cannabis and food project (living my best life!). I was asked to create a recipe for a dinner party highlighting Flow Kana’s new Farmer’s Reserve series, so I spent the day test-driving and photographing my recipe: Marinated Goat Cheese Herby Appterpizer (that is not a misspelling, it’s me being goofy—the recipe is designed to highlight the terpenes in cannabis flower). Even if you don’t enjoy cannabis, the recipe would be a good one for parties (or just to have in the fridge for snacks or salads or pasta!). Let me know if you try it!

If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen my latest adventures in my happy places: the newly reopened Tosca Cafe, the bar at Nopa for their iconic cheeseburger (indoor dining is back!), Besharam for Heena’s new vegetarian menu, and last weekend, I was up at Nick’s Cove and soaking in the Tomales Bay magic. I love it there so much. (Don’t miss their special Table With a View cookbook launch brunches this summer!)

I’m still working away on my apartment renovation, and my lady lair is lookin’ good! There was a small issue with my brand-new, blush-lilac, brushed-velvet sofa/chaise, so if anyone is looking for a swanky, stylish sectional for their small apartment, I’m selling one at a fabulous price! (The new one arrived and Fortuna lurves how soft it is.)

I’m going to be holding a two-day garage sale NEXT weekend (June 12th-13th), selling a TON of vintage clothes (and new lewks, too), Burning Man fashions, accessories, shooz, housewares, books, and trinkets! (I will also have the remainder of the tablehopper t-shirts there if you want to see them in person—many thanks to all of you who have been buying them online, I appreciate the support!) I will announce sale details soon on social media—be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for updates!

I’m hustling to make this garage sale a success because it’s going to be a fundraiser for my upcoming trip to Croatia in July! I can’t believe I have an international trip on my calendar, and to a place where I have never been (but been wanting to go to for yearssss). My dear friend from my freshman year in college (my first gay friend!) is hosting a group of us on a gulet for a week (!) for his 50th birthday, touring Croatian islands and places like Primosten, Sibenik, Skradin and Krka National Park, Kaprije, Vis, Hvar, and Brac. If you have any recommendations on where to eat or drink or things to check out in those places (or other things to add to the itinerary, it’s flexible!), we’d be so grateful! You guys always amaze me with your recos. It’s a two-way street over here!

I’ll be staying in Split for a few days, and am planning on renting a car to tour around Croatia after the boat trip, so any recommendations on villages, beaches, food destinations, wineries, or people I should meet would be amazing. (More ballin’ on a budget than bougie, thanks.) My sis is going to come out to join me (!) and we’re going to the Defected: Croatia music festival in Tisno, OMG. It’s my dream lineup of house and disco DJs. (If you know anyone going, I’d love to hook up with any SF or international friends!) Talk about a YOLO summer trip. After this past year, I’m so ready for fun and sun.

Of course, I’m already fretting over the time away from my precious Fortuna, and am looking for any vetted/recommended apartment and cat sitters who gypsy around and stay at people’s places. I have a few leads and ideas—I want my beloved empress to have all the love and care and attention she deserves while Mom is off tearing things up (Croatia is my own scratching post, ha-ha!). I actually cried a little my first night away from her while I was at Nick’s Cove, so let’s just say someone is very attached to her baby girl. (Okay, I’m obsessed, but if you had this sweetie snuggle monster curled up next to you every morning, you would be, too.)

I need to get ready for a presentation I’m giving tonight on microdosing cannabis for health and happiness, yay, so I’m signing off, but before I do, I just want to be sure you’re watching High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America on Netflix with Stephen Satterfield! Extraordinary storytelling and cinematography. It’s deeply moving. Don’t miss it.

Happy June, may there be more sun than gloom. HAPPY PRIDE MONTH, my favorite time in SF. Can’t wait to see y’all, I have missed you so much!


May 18, 2021

Taking a break from the moving boxes last weekend and enjoying the Electric Fields day party at District Six beer garden. Yay, DJs and music! Thanks to my pal Steven Lopez for the custom Shirt Shirt!

Hiya. How nice was that hit of much-needed sun and blue skies in SF today? Then again, all the grey and windy weather has made it easier for me to be inside and focus on this apartment renovation (and massive purging) project that has taken over my life the past three weeks. It felt great to take a couple weeks off of social media and so much constant output. I guess I’m doing that pandemic project everyone else got to do a year ago—I’ve just been too damn busy! Of course, it turned into a much bigger project than expected, so I needed an extra week off over here (I’m going to be cleaning sheetrock dust for days). But I’m thrilled with my studio’s new lilac walls (it really sets off Fortuna’s green eyes, LOL) and I’m currently on the hunt for a vintage bamboo desk and etagere and Hollywood Regency bedside tables and a glam headboard. I’m just putting this out there in case you have any leads or upcoming estate sales (or pieces gathering dust in your garage).

I’ve been unloading so much stuff, including selling a bunch of magazines on eBay, like my collection of Lucky Peach magazines (which has the hard-to-find first issue, no desire for those anymore!), and I came across a couple boxes of tablehopper t-shirts that feature fun vintage SF restaurant and bar designs, so if you want to show your SF pride and help a hopper out, get the last of them!

More SF love: I was so touched to be featured on the Storied SF podcast, which was quite the trip in the waaaaayback machine! (It synchronizes with this deep dive I’ve been doing with all my stuff, like 15 years worth of business cards and notebooks and CDs and club flyers—I’ll be sharing some pics on Instagram very soon!) I talk about memories of growing up in San Mateo, visiting SF during high school with my bestie Kathryn Faulkner for our Aragon High School newspaper column, “Doggie Bag” (more on this coming!), going to bars when I was underage (LOL), working at ad agencies, and a whole lot more. I have a bunch of stories/talk a lot, so there are two parts.

I was also thrilled to be included in this Elle piece by local writer Flora Tsapovsky about child-free women. (Although I must admit I am full-on cat mom now.)

There’s a LOT going on in the city right now—it’s so moving to see our beloved bars reopen, especially our old-timers, from Aunt Charlie’s to Specs (opening this Thursday May 20th at 4pm!). We’re also seeing changes, like Zuni moving to a tip-free model. So many folks have been vaccinated, so all the big hugs and reunion meals have been truly heartwarming to see, especially when there is so much that is heartbreaking in the world right now. Keep taking good care of yourself and others. I really look forward to seeing you soon.