This week's tablehopper: singin' in the rain.

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Niku udon from Udon Mugizo. And a missed opportunity to commit two fouls on Instagram: I should have pierced the egg yolk and made a Boomerang of the noodles coming out of the bowl. Drat. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Happy New Year, gang. I’m wishing all the best for you this year. I know many of you had a rough 2016, but personally it was one of my best years ever, full of adventure and powerful manifestation and Italy, which always makes it a great year. I’m hoping for more of the same this year: more New York, more adventure, more manifestation, and dear goddess, per favore, more Italy!

I also want more time in nature this year. I spent a large part of the holiday break on a retreat near Ben Lomond (in the Santa Cruz mountains), and it felt so damn rich to be in nature, among the redwoods and walking on trails and seeing the stars and feeling the crisp night air on my cheeks. More, please.

Today’s issue features my annual rant, the bore, about 10 things I don’t want to see in the New Year. Thanks to many of you who were asking me when it was coming out—since I took last week off, here you go. This year I made a tweak to the format and made it about the 10 food images I don’t want to see anymore on Instagram. I hope you dig it, and feel free to let me know any other images you’re sick of seeing!

Thanks to Eater for including my thoughts in their annual end-of-year recap, which included The SF Food World’s Biggest Surprises of 2016, my top complaint about the dining scene, what was my single best meal of 2016, The One Word That Defines SF’s Restaurant Scene in 2016, top restaurant newcomers and standbys, and which neighborhood dominated the food scene. It’s always fun to see everyone’s thoughts on our local culinary fish tank.

Enjoy the rainy weather. Maybe embrace it and go get a bowl of udon from Izakaya Rintaro or Udon Mugizo!

I’m looking forward to doing 2017 with you. Let’s rock.

XO
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Jan 3 2017