This week's tablehopper: let's kick it off.

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On the streets of Rio—this man was amazing to watch. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

What’s that? Can you feel the excitement? World Cup kicks off this Thursday June 12th, and it’s time for people to come up with interesting excuses about why they have to leave the office by 3pm next Monday (USA vs. Ghana!). In this week’s issue, we have a few places listed where you can watch the games, including some brand-new spots, yay.

My dad and sis are heading to Brazil this week to see some games—I know, they are some seriously dedicated soccer fanatics. What an experience to see World Cup in Brazil. If you’re one of the lucky ones and heading to Rio, here’s my recent jetsetter piece on where I went while I was in that amazing city—part two is coming up!

Another thing I’m excited about: I was invited to take over the Facebook page for San Francisco—The Official Guide today, sharing some tips and stories about the city I love so much. Hop on over to check it out, leave some comments, and drool over pictures of dumplings. And if you’re a new subscriber to tablehopper, welcome aboard!

Did you catch my tablehopper hot list on KRON 4 on Saturday? In this month’s segment, I recap four new SF restaurants you should try. In a similar vein, I also have my monthly post for 7x7.com on new restaurants to check out. I know, it’s hard to keep track—I’m here to help.

Have a swell week, everyone. Forza Azzurri!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Jun 10 2014