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Whenever I hear from someone in the Bay Area asking me for a Mah Jongg teacher recommendation, my go-to – and only – person I send them to is my dear friend, Toby Salk. And now Toby has finally received the recognition she so deserves – she has been crowned as the Bay Area’s Mah Jongg Queen by Berkeley Hills Living, a private, neighborhood-focused magazine that serves the Berkeley Hills residents and Montclair and Piedmont Pines residents. The magazine’s mission is “to bring neighbors and businesses together with a positive, relevant and family-friendly monthly magazine, customized to meet the needs of the neighborhood.”

Read on about Toby and you will learn some of the reasons why I think she is the greatest!


I love receiving emails from my dear friend Toby Salk who lives in my once-upon-a-time home of Berkeley, CA. Her email photos always bring a smile and I thought you might enjoy a couple of her most recent pictures. And, by the way, if you live in or around the Bay Area then you are lucky enough to either take Mah Jongg lessons from Toby or join in her Sunday Mah Jongg brunches and other Mah Jongg events. 

And don’t forget about Toby’s big yard sale TODAY, July 22, 2017, from 10am – 2pm. Email me at ann@mahjonggandme.com for her address if you are interested in checking it out. 


68061c99-5cfb-481d-b870-e9878e32f806A ridiculous amount of fun is what Toby Salk promises you will have if you are signed up for one of her events held in the Berkeley, CA area. 

Count yourself as one of the lucky ones if you live in the Bay Area and can be a part of Toby’s fabulous Mah Jongg Brunches – brunch is from 11 am to noon and then Mah Jongg play goes until 3 pm. Toby makes it possible for you to enjoy playing Mah Jongg while making new friends at her wonderful monthly brunches. 

And, on Sunday, February 7th, Toby is holding a Lunar New Year Costume Party. Brunch is from 11am – 12 noon and then Mah Jongg play from noon until 3 pm. Dim Sum/Chinese food will be served; wear an Asian costume or just wear RED! Click here to register in advance, which is necessary.Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 11.51.17 PM


Have you been looking for Toby Salk, one of our great Mah Jongg teachers? Well, if you happen to be in the Bay Area, specifically Berkeley, just look for a car carrying her fabulous license plate!

License plateI love this license plate!



For those of you fortunate enough to be in the Bay Area mid-February, this is going to be a great party given by the fabulous Mah Jongg teacher, Toby Salk

mah jong ladies
February 15th

Location: 1517 Fifth Street Berkeley, CA 94710
Brunch is from 11:00am-12pm, and then
we play from 12:00 until 3:00 pm. 

Enjoy playing Mah Jongg & make new friends. 
I will share Mah Jongg wisdom to all who have the need/desire. 
Dim Sum/Chinese Food will be served. 
$40 cash at the door
Let me know if you can bring a card table or Mah Jongg set. 

Attire: Asian costume!

Please RSVP by February 13th:


Those of you who read this blog know that from time-to-time I write posts about Toby Salk and her Mah Jongg tournaments. I have never met Toby in person but, through our mutual love of Mah Jongg, we have become virtual friends. Recently a very inspirational article was written about Toby that told so much about her personality and spirit and I thought I would share it with you today. Enjoy!


Here’s Toby with her fabulous mother, Reva, at the Project Mah Jongg exhibit when it came to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

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