Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).
Anyone who reads this blog knows how much I adore Sandra and the fabulous Mah Jongg-related gifts she sells on her site,Gehazi Collections. And look what I just received from her collection:
Sandra’s packaging is so adorable and appropriate for a Mah Jongg gift:More fabulous packaging inside the Chinese food take-out box:And inside all of this…a stunning and unique zipper pull! OMG – I love this so much!!
Check out Sandra’s site for unusual and wonderful holiday gifts for your Mah Jongg friends. And let’s support her – she is running this business in Detroit (my hometown) and helping to revitalize the city: www.gehazi.com
Look how great this zipper pull looks on my little Mah Jongg coin purse:
I hosted Mah Jongg Wednesday yesterday – the first time since before I had surgery back in March. It was so great to have everyone here and we really had a great time.
Lunch was perfect for this horrible heat wave we are experiencing right now in NYC. The humidity is absolutely unbearable. We started out with a bottle of Cava, thanks to G – so nice to begin our lunch with a bit of bubbly, as she said. The first course was a chunky, spicy gazpacho with a dollop of sour cream (all recipes will be posted tomorrow) and cheese and different artisanal crackers. S1 brought some really fantastic crackers from a shop in Sag Harbor; they had a kick of spice in them – a perfect pairing with the spicy gazpacho and the cheese.
Spicy food seemed to be on today’s menu – the main course was Chicken Caprese Salad with a bit of a kick from the spicy bocconcini in it.And then it was time to get serious and sit down at the Mah Jongg table. There were five of us so I sat out the first few games and cleaned up the lunch dishes. Look how serious everyone is…you’d never know from these photos how much laughing went on today. I was thrilled to have a Jokerless hand today of 22 44444 666 8888 – it really doesn’t happen that often to any of us and everyone was excited for me. Then it was time for dessert and, as usual, I forgot to take photos. But it was the perfect dessert for this hot and humid day – a scoop of vanilla and a scoop of chocolate Talenti Gelato, a big drizzle of Sanders Hot Fudge (the BEST hot fudge ever and it is from Detroit!!!), and a big sprinkling of chopped salted peanuts – YUM!
And then the craziest thing happened…S1 exposed 7 Bam, Joker, Joker, 7 Bam. My turn came around and I had two 7 Bams in my hand that I exchanged for her two Jokers. Everyone oohed and aahed – how lucky to get two Jokers at the same time! A few moments later I exposed 4 Dot, Joker, Joker, 4 Dot – S1’s turn came and she exchanged her two 4 Dots for my two Jokers. Really? It’s rare enough that you can exchange two tiles for two Jokers in one turn, but two people doing it in the same game? Wow! But wait! Then S1 exposed 5 Bam, Joker, Joker, 5 Bam and when it was K’s turn, she exchanged two 5 Bams for the two Jokers. OMG – three times in one game!!! We really couldn’t get over it.
In spite of the heat and humidity (what ever was wrong with my A/C – or was it simply too hot and humid to get any relief?), we had a great day of Mah Jongg!
Look what I received in today’s mail from Gehazi Collections in Detroit (my hometown where the people at Gehazi are the nicest!! – be sure to scroll all the way down for the special treat):Oh, the people at Ghazi are SO clever – of course Mah Jongg accessories should be sent in a Chinese food container – LOVE IT!The container was filled with beautiful and colorful bags that contained wonderful goodies –
A lavender and white eyeglass leash; two pairs of Mah Jongg earrings; a fabulous and unusual bracelet, plus…My newest black and white eyeglass leash (I thought it was time to add another to complement my green one – and now I have a lavender one, as well!How about this fabulous and very unusual bracelet – I have never seen anyone else wearing this beauty. I have a feeling that this bracelet is going to bring me very good luck in my next Mah Jongg game!
I wear glasses to read and, of course, to play Mah Jongg. Take a look at this cute eyeglass leash:
I think these are so cute and so clever – and a great little gift for your Mah Jongg-playing friends. This eyeglass leash came from a company called Gehazi Collections located in my very own home town, Detroit, Michigan! Who knew?! Their tag line is Gemstone and Mah Jongg Jewelry – The New Face of Mah Jongg Jewelry. On the invoice was written: Gehazi means valley of vision. May your life be touched by the inspiration that comes from the valley of vision.