This week's tablehopper: turkey trot.

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Okay, so it’s not a turkey, but it’s the superlative honey-soy roasted squab (chim quay) at Bodega Bistro, which is as good as ever. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hi gang. You scrambling to finish your work, pack your bags, catch that flight, make that pumpkin pie, dry-brine that turkey? Good luck with all that. Tonight, I’ll be home making our family giblet gravy. Gonna be smelling like some turkey all up in Casa Hopper.

It’s also so good to have such bountiful Dungeness crabs here right now. Sunday supper at Grandma’s had us all cracking around the table, with our glasses full of Iron Horse bubbles. I have a few crab feasts listed in today’s issue, so get crackin’.

Something you’ll want to put on your calendar: I’m going to be hosting two events with Feastly in December with chef Rob Lam! On Sunday December 11th, we’re hosting Jook Joint, a jook brunch that is going to blow yer mind, and then on Friday December 16th, we’re hosting another one of Rob’s abundant Family-Style Vietnamese Dinners, with beautiful wine pairings from Ernest Vineyards. We may have the menus and tickets up this weekend, which I will be tweeting out, and for sure linking to tickets in next Tuesday’s tablehopper. Hope to see you there, and maybe at both if you roll like that!

Something else you should do to treat yo’self is get tickets to Luzia, the latest Cirque du Soleil production. I went to the opening night last week and was totally taken with this story, which is set in Mexico. It’s dreamy, surreal, funny, and, of course, has some mind-blowing acrobatics, sets, and more.

All righty, here’s wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I know some of us are having a hard time with the idea of gathering if you have family members on the other side of the political barbed-wire fence. But let this heartfelt message from Van Jones inspire you right now. Stay human. It’s good advice. And the beauty of gathering with friends and family and giving thanks is too important. Thanksgiving deserves our best selves. As my Grandma says, “No fighting, no biting!”

I’m grateful for you!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Nov 22 2016