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A total meat party at Alexander’s Steakhouse. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hubba hubba, it’s Friday. I’ve already had enough of this week back to work—my email feels like a fire hose. I’m so ready to step away from the burning car. Fortunately, I get to punch the clock shortly. (Yeah, and I mean punch it.) This afternoon, I’m judging a culinary competition at the WCR (Women Chefs and Restaurateurs) conference, and then it’s the Good Food Awards later this evening—see you there? Sunday is when the Fancy Food Show madness kicks off for three days—just get me to the Iberico ham booth.

Today I have a review for you: Kiraku, an izakaya in Berkeley, and Heather Irwin has some 707 news to share.

In case you’re looking for more reading, I posted my monthly cheat sheet on 7x7.com on five new restaurants to try this month.

Enjoy this sunny and MUCH warmer weekend—64 degrees sounds pretty damn fabulous to me!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Jan 18 2013