This week's tablehopper: the year of the horse is off and running.

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One of my favorite dishes at Verbena: sardine and steelhead roe (with a parsnip chip). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

You ready for an issue packed with sneak peeks and openings? Well, you’ve got it. Last week I spent some time checking out new places around town, including the newly opened Second Act Marketplace in the Upper Haight (I’m so glad Second Act isn’t too far from my abode—the red beans and rice at High Cotton Kitchen, the carrot cake at Community Craft, and the piroshki at Anda Piroshki are all great additions to the hood). And then Loló just opened yesterday as well, so go check that out and get your mezcal on.

So, Valentine’s Day is next Friday: here’s a little reminder for you on places we recommend for dinner and here’s a piece I wrote for 7x7.com on fab local chocolates you can get, whether you are buying them for your beloved or your BFF! Everyone loves chocolate (except the dog, of course).

I need to get ready for a panel I am speaking on tonight (“Italian Waves of Innovation”) for Italian Community Services and BAIA at Club Fugazi, so ciao for now!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Feb 4 2014