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I just came across this photo…does anyone know about this place: Ganache Patisserie & Cafe by NIcol in Monterey Park, California? Wow, Nicol is talented and these candies  – the “tiles” are carved out of white chocolate – not only are beautiful but they look really yummy.

Ganache Patisserie & Cafe By Nicol - Monterey Park, CA, United States. Mahjong white chocolate set (ok so awesome)


From the Central Coast of California – not far from the majestic Hearst Castle – a wonderful message comes from our good friend, Donna, including photos, all about her Mah Jongg group (including the indomitable Boots Hersh!).

“You have asked for photos of groups playing MJ. I have a group of lovely ladies at my house on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. We started out as a group of us who all belong to the same Corvette Club. I have added ladies from my past two classes and now we are three tables. Here is a group photo of us and I’m the one in the red shirt. Boots is on the far left as she is our “expert” having played “forever”. Everyone else has been playing less than 18 months but we have a great time. The other day there were 13 of us. We are on all on the Central Coast of CA and come from Lompoc, Santa Maria, and Grover Beach.




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Last Friday was my birthday and X went above, beyond, over, way far away in terms of making sure that I had a very happy birthday. I still am reeling from what she did for me. A fabulous and exquisite luncheon, lots and lots of laughing, and best of all, bringing together a group of twelve of my dearest, dearest friends. How she pulled this all together is so beyond my wildest comprehension. Even two of my best, best, best friends – one from California and one from Florida (besties since we were 4 years old) – were there to surprise me. And then, after all of this, she gave me the most magnificent Bone and Bamboo Mah Jong set (complete with matching extra tiles and beautiful Joker stickers) AND 4 glorious vintage wood racks. I absolutely cannot wait to play with this incredible set.

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If I ever happen to be in Sacramento, and this is enough to make me want to go there, I am heading straight to Ma Jong’s Asian Restaurant. Check out their website – the pictures of their food are nothing short of fabulous! I wish they delivered to New York!



My call out for Mah Jongg teachers throughout the United States has been met with phenomenal success. Every few days I will post some more names and contact information about teachers in different areas of the country. If you are a Mah Jongg teacher – or know of any – please send names and contact information to me. It’s more fun if you have some great pictures to send along with names, email addesses and phone numbers.

Today I want to introduce you to Peggy Kolkey who teaches in Beverly Hills and on the Westside of Los Angeles. You can reach Peggy at pkolkey@yahoo.com or at 213.840.3869.

Here’s Peggy, victorious after winning on the very difficult 2013 hand from the NMJL‘s 2013 card:


MAH JONGG in and around BERKELEY, CA

Here’s more information from our friend and Mahj teacher, Toby Salk, on Mah Jongg opportunities in Berkeley. You can connect with Toby and get all of her information through her website.


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