This week's tablehopper: voting looks good on you.

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Merna the cat eyeballing my black magic birthday cake. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Oh dear lord, can the tension be any higher today? I foresee a lot of alcohol and Valium being consumed in the U.S. today. Be sure to check out my list of election night viewing parties so you can hang out with your fellow citizens while you drink the edge off. There are also some awesome “I Voted” freebies as well. Wear that sticker with pride!

I had quite the birthday week, although my trip to LA was sadly canceled. I always make a point to never work on my birthday, so I enjoyed a fab birthday lunch at Perbacco, walked over to the Embarcadero to see the Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel film (a must-see for anyone who is a fan of color and characters), and then headed down to San Mateo for a family dinner (hello lamb and mushroom risotto!). My mother made my favorite cake: black magic cake (the family cat also seems to have a penchant for it!).

I had a packed weekend of dancing (two epic DJs were in town: DJ Harvey at Public Works and Timmy Regisford at Mighty!), and wound the whole weekend up on Sunday night with a gorgeous dinner at Atelier Crenn in honor of the upcoming Olive Oil from Spain Week (more on this on Friday!). I learned I need more hojiblanca olive oil in my life.

Another thing I need in my life (besides some sleep and more kale): I am looking for one more ticket to the Lucky Peach event at the JCC on Sunday November 18th. If anyone has an extra ticket to unload, can you let me know? Grazie!

Lastly, here’s a bit of reading for you: last week on 7x7.com, I wrote up some of the top business breakfast spots in San Francisco. Oh, and here’s the latest Hungry In… episode, featuring three spots in Los Angeles (I so want to track down that hazelnut croissant), and here’s more about me and my Hungry In… cohosts!

Okay folks, I really hoped you all voted today. Voters are so hot.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Nov 6 2012