This week's tablehopper: pregaming.

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What I was doing last Sunday: eating fried chicken and waffles at Victory Hall and Parlor! Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Chuc Mung Nam Moi! And…that’s about the extent of my Asian language skills. Happy Lunar New Year to all who celebrate. I’m looking forward to a couple weeks of special menus to honor the new year, and will be talking about where to go tomorrow morning in my tablehopper hot list on KRON4! See you at 9:15am?

Today’s issue got a little chunkier than I expected (kind of like me over the years, but that’s another story). I wanted to get a couple of Rockridge mini reviews up since I keep finding myself wanting to head across the Bay to College Avenue (and since Ramen Shop has house-cured ikura on the menu right now, plus Magnolia Brewery’s killer Proving Ground on tap, I am already plotting yet another BART trip). Sfogliatella at A16 Rockridge, I’ll be seeing you soon.

We also have a wino piece from Collin-Peter Casey, 707 news from Heather Irwin, and your final chance at a pretty awesome sugar mama giveaway! Plenty for you to snack on here.

And just because more is more, here’s my piece on 7x7.com about five fab chocolate boxes you should think about for Valentine’s Day. You just don’t need to have a sweetie—I say buy ‘em for a friend, your mom, or your own damn self.

Have fun eating too many wings on Sunday—here’s my piece on Super Bowl eats in case you need a reminder on what you can enjoy eating from the comfort of your couch.

Cheers!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Jan 31 2014