This week's tablehopper: under the Tuscan clouds.

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Perfect rainy day food: steamed mussels with tarragon butter and Muscadet at 20 Spot. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Well hallelujah, California is doing a happy rain dance right now. I’m thinking a weekend of hot soups and movies is on the docket. (And perhaps freshly flown-in Russ & Daughters bagels. Sunday is a barbecue benefit, although you may want to put on your raincoat for that one.)

In case you’re looking for some new restaurants to hit, here’s my monthly post on 7x7.com on five new restaurants to check out (including the fantastic chicken and waffles for brunch at Victory Hall).

Today’s column features a write-up about my visit to Chianti this past fall (for the Toscana Taste and Beauty program at Il Paluffo)—if you don’t already hate me a lot, here’s even more ammo for you. If you’re looking for an Italian getaway, this is one very special option to consider. And if you just want to look at pictures, here’s my photo album from my visit—captions are underway.

Oh, and I did an overnight in Napa piece for the Bay Guardian—consider it a cheat sheet for your next 24-hour getaway. Heather Irwin also has some 707 news for us in the 707 scout.

Before signing off, I have something for you to please consider signing: this petition to repeal the idiotic latex glove law for restaurant workers and bartenders. It’s misguided on so many levels. Please read it and sign it, thanks.

And have a fabulously soggy weekend!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Feb 7 2014