This week's tablehopper: start strong, finish strong.


The fabulous mignardise cart at Masa’s, at the end of my last meal out in 2011. Photo: ©

Happy New Year, gang! Did you have a fabulous, celebratory weekend? I hope your holidays were grand. Mine had a bit too much work in ‘em, and I can’t believe this heinous cold I started the year with is still kicking my butt, but I am fired up for 2012. I just need to get through writing these two guidebooks this month—my workload is a bit (too) intense right now.

Those of you who have been reading tablehopper for a while know I have a little tradition at the start of each year: it’s when I run the bore, my annual rant of 10 things in our local dining scene I don’t want to see more of in the new year. I normally like to keep things positive in my column, but the bore is definitely an exception. I hope you have fun with it—you know I did.

I’m sure your voicemail and email inboxes are exploding today with everyone coming back to work (mine sure are), so let’s hop to it.

I’m looking forward to an exciting year—let’s rock it.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Jan 3 2012