This week's tablehopper: cold snapped.

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My favorite dish this week: Arctic char tartare at Salt House (handily doing double duty as a wreath). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Bonjour, friends. I am fired up that today is Friday, which means I’m punching out early to head up to Napa for a wine class with Karen MacNeil at the CIA Wine Studies Annex (at the former Copia) this evening. So glad boss of me gave me the blessing to leave early, whew.

What’s on tap for your weekend? Well, a few options for you to consider include checking out the brand-new La Nebbia, which had its soft opening last night. Mmmm, lasagne. And just in case you had Great China in Berkeley on your hit list, they are officially opening in their new location on Monday December 16th. I know, just a few more days! Excited.

If you’d like a reminder of a few other new places, here’s my segment from KRON4 last Saturday on new hot spots that have opened up in San Francisco and the 510 (including Alta CA, Merigan, Iyasare, and Penrose!).

A bunch of folks will be taking part in Santacon tomorrow, others will be doing their best to avoid it (raises hand). But while you’re out and about this weekend, you’re gonna need some holiday fuel, which is why my list of where to get the best holiday baked goods should come in handy. I’m talking panettone, Linzer cookies, eggnog ice cream, and bûche de Noël, babies! (Many of these artisan items also make great host gifts in case you want to bring something special to a partay this weekend. Panettone, always welcomed.) If you want holiday boozy fuel, you need to head to my holiday spirits Mosey instead.

More on the gift front: today my tablehopper-curated gift set launched on the SixDoors app, which is full of fab goods from local shops and artisans. (Of course some tablehopper T-shirts are in there too.) Here’s the best part: anything you order on SixDoors can be delivered in the same day! Pretty sweet. Download the app and check out my set, Gifts for the Stylish Gourmand. And here’s how you can enter to win $100 to spend on my gift set or any of the other awesome curated goods on there (just take a look at the “Holiday Shop” tab in the app)! Read more about the 12 Days of Giveaways sweepstakes and in today’s sugar mama! Good luck!

Okay, it’s time for me to get packed and hop in the Fiat. Meep meep. Have a swell weekend.
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Dec 13 2013