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Happy Birthday!

It’s just the Cafe not THE restaurant- yes? And still ? Could not get a reservation at all – been trying since pre-reopening – Until a slot opens up unexpectedly:) Lucky!

Recalling back in the day we didn’t need a reservation and we just casually walked in – those days are over … Still the same Mesirow’s signature copper lighting enveloped us in its warm golden glow … The lighting in this special space is … magical. We felt as though we were welcomed back into an old friends hug – it’s lovely.

The place still continues to be down to earth and authentic… like the birthday guest we were celebrating. In this day and age of eliteism and egoism, fakeness, nothing is as comforting and healing to our souls as real fresh comfort foods with unpretentious sophistication.

Happy Birthday Riki !

May you be safe

May you be well

May you be at ease

May you be happy

May we be safe

May we be well

May we be at ease

May we be happy

Gratitude for this small gathering to happen at all on this special day when a special soul graced this earth to spend some time with us … each on our destined journey to that wonderous mysterious yonder.

May we all live in peace and health with joy and compassion in our hearts.

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Home made Sakura Mochi

Sakura-mochi is sweet red bean filling wrapped in pink glazed sweet mochi rice, then wrapped in naturally preserved, should I say pickled, cherry blossom leaf. These mochi cakes have a dreamy aroma of cherry blossom flowers and served to appreciate the auspicous season of Spring – Spring that symbolizes renewal and rebirth.

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Happy Lunar New Year !

Peking Duck ? Yes but … same table graces Vegetarian Pizza? (so good, this crust, this cheese, these herbs …it’s from America’s best 🙂 The Japanese in me who used to spend hours Osechi foods making for January first Oshogatsu may roll her eyes but it’s another venue, another time … let’s just be happy with all the international flavor profiles 🙂 Yes – America is a melting pot – there’s Chinese and there’s Italian and there’s … United Nations of tummies to rub with these soul foods – to celebrate this Year of the Tiger. Gratitude… for this luck. With more flexibility, resilience, justice and wisdom, may this new year be a better one for all of us.