This week's tablehopper: blackberries and blue skies.

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Buoys on Lummi Island. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Why hello! You already plotting your weekend? Whaddya know, it’s sunny again. I hope everyone doesn’t start acting like we’re in LA, wearing sunglasses to dinner and having your people call my people, ha. I am getting ready to hit the road for a mother-daughter overnight trip to St. Helena. Looking forward to some QT with my cute mother, and I think there will be wine. Mmmmhmmm.

Today’s issue includes a wino and some 707 news, plus the first part of my trip to Seattle and Lummi Island that I took at the end of the summer. The delightful duo, Eva Soroken and Kylen McCarthy of Pioneer Square Pantry (PSQP), invited me up for a long weekend, and it was one of the highlights of the year for me. Their Northwest world is a special place, and I was so lucky to be in their hands. And Kylen is one of the most exciting cooks I have encountered, such talent. Maybe make a little time this weekend to read about them (and check out my first set of pictures on Flickr of the weekend). I’ll be posting part two shortly! Photo editing can be so time-consuming… Worth it, but you sure as hell can’t rush it. Which is something I appreciate and learned about the PSQP process—it can be good to take your time.

The lunar new year is next week, and there are all kinds of places hosting special dinners and offering dishes around town. Bring on the prosperity and long life! I just did a post on 7x7.com with some lunar new year dining picks, a bit lengthier than the one I posted on tablehopper on Tuesday, check it out.

Okay, I have an overnight bag to pack. Enjoy the weekend!
Marcia Gagliardi

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