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The latest local dish from Tablehopper's Marcia Gagliardi

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In a city rich with food coma-worthy eateries, local culinary “experts” are a dime a dozen. Which is why we’re always glad to dish with food blogging gem Marcia Gagliardi of Tablehopper. We cornered the outspoken eater and espresso lover to chat about what’s currently filling her plate.

Name: Marcia Gagliardi

Location: Western Addition, San Francisco

Author and columnist

Pick a fave hood and plan a bar crawl. Where are we going and what are we drinking?
I’m a fan of North Beach (except on the weekend!). We’re having a Cherry Bounce and a Martinez at Comstock Saloon, Negronis across the street at Tosca, Manhattans at Tony Nik’s, and bartender’s choice at 15 Romolo.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
I like to make resolutions I’ll keep. 2013 is all about plotting a trip to Asia! Vietnam is calling me.

If you were a dessert, what would you be and why?
The St. Honore cake from Dianda’s — it’s a little boozy, a little Italian, and has a lot of different layers. Not sure what the cream puffs say about me, however.

What are three morning rituals you perform?
First thing I do is stir up my Green Vibrance drink, followed by a shot of espresso, and then make myself a tasty breakfast.

Pretend you’re looking through a crystal ball and forecast five food trends for 2013.
I finally find a killer souvlaki joint in this town, there will be a ramen shop in each neighborhood, the number of awesome pastry/bakery shops get us five pounds heavier, beer lists continue to rock, and good barbecue has us smelling smoky.

What’s one of your favorite posts so far?
Writing the “Shituations” chapter for my Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco book.

What was the last menu that truly blew your mind?
My omakase meal at Ichi last week really had me in the zone.

Do you have a theme song?
“Ring of Fire,” by Johnny Cash. Always play it before I have to do something big.

You’re planning a dinner party and can invite anyone living, dead, fictional, or animated. Who’s coming?
My table is going to be a total sausage fest: Henry Miller, Jeremiah Tower, James Murphy, David Rakoff, Serge Gainsbourg, Eddie Huang, and Martin Scorsese. Oh wait, I have to have Joan Rivers there — we’ll handle these rowdy boys.

What are the your five favorite restaurants of 2012?
State Bird Provisions, the Sandwich Shop at Bar Tartine, Rich Table, Craftsman & Wolves, and 1058 Hoagie.

Someone gives you a magical computer for the day where imagined stories turn into reality (i.e. a kitchen appliance named after you, your favorite chef announces he’ll bring you breakfast in bed for a year, etc.). What are a few of the topics?
I am the lucky recipient of the first Osetra caviar tree. A delightful oddity is discovered in my home: Champagne flows from my kitchen faucet. Tablehopper opens sister offices in Paris, Tokyo, Istanbul, Rome, Melbourne, and New York. I just can’t seem to keep weight on!

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Photo: Kelly Puleio / Courtesy of Marcia Gagliardi