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LIFE CAFE TABLE TOPS FOR SALE

August 4, 2014

This is a very special event and a limited time offer — I’m selling all the original collaged table tops from the East Village Life Cafe. Wouldn’t you love to have one?

Horned Man - Table 4 at Bench next to 10th Street Window

Horned Man – Table 4 at Bench next to 10th Street Window

Oh the memories . . . .

Cars around Coffee Cup

Cars around Coffee Cup

If you don’t get one, they might just go to Museum of the City of New York instead. This is your chance.

Raquel Welsh Table

Raquel Welsh Table

I’ll be in the Bushwick area early September. The tables will be available for about a week while I’m there. Email me at kathy@lifecafe.com and let me know which one you want and to make arrangements.

Music Scores

Music Scores

Each is unique. They would make  wonderful table tops; they would make better wall art.

Baby Face

Baby Face

Most if not all of  the tables are shown here. There are about twenty of them; 17 measure about 30″ x 30″ and 3 measure about 24″ x 24″. The stands are not included.

Space Model

Space Model

Come to think of it, I believe there are only two 24″ tables — I donated one to Adelphi University. It’s on display in the lobby of the  AU PAC (Adelphi University Performing Arts Center) along with the Jonathan Larson Bench and a collaged wall panel from Life Cafe as well as a stage panel from the original stage production of RENT at the Nederlander Theater that I also donated.

Baby Toot Table

Baby Toot Table

I’m selling them for a little more than I paid the artists to make them. They used actual pages from vintage Life Magazines from the 40s, 50s and 60s. The large tops are $125 and the small $100 and include the dried up bubble gum on the bottoms, a real piece of New York City history.That’s a bargain and your luck as I must sell them quickly.

Baseball Table

Baseball Table

They were produced around 1996/1997 by two artists. One was David Chambard, a French painter, who I met in his studio/home in the Woodstock area. Last I heard he’s living and selling his art in Paris. Unfortunately, I don’t recall the second artist’s name. If you remember him, please let me know. He also had one or two art shows at Life Cafe.

Cover, How Life Began, a Memoir

Cover, How Life Began, a Memoir

Did you meet your significant other at Life Cafe? Maybe this was the table at which you sat when your life changed for the better.

Politicians

Politicians

These are the tables of legend, the ones upon which Jonathan Larson envisaged his cast of East Village characters dancing while singing La Vie Boheme. 

Marlboro Man

Marlboro Man

These are the tables actually danced upon in real life by hordes of RENT fans from around the world at special RENT events at Life Cafe.

Soaring through Life

Soaring through Life

I met 4 lead members from the Japanese cast of RENT at these  tables when they came to see a Broadway performance.

Funny Man Face

Funny Man Face

During a second visit by the entire Japanese cast, all 20+ of them sang La Vie Boheme in English, then again in Japanese to the astonishment and delight of all our customers during a busy brunch.

Satellite Dishes

Satellite Dishes

That was a tear jerking, stunning moment for me. Oh, the memories.

Hallway with Door

Hallway with Door

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

More Politicians

More Politicians

Think about it.

Wheat Field

Wheat Field

But not for too long.

Woman Monkey

Woman Monkey

You can also leave me a comment below. But it’s better to email me at kathy@lifecafe.com.

India

India

So many lives passed across these tables at Life Cafe.

Singer

Singer

Lovers, poets, the lonely, dreamers, thinkers, actors with and without parts to play.

HUM

HUM

The coffees, the beers, the losers and the leaders. All lives at Life passed across here.

If tables could talk, imagine what you could hear. Imagine what conversations you might have.

I’ll be in Bushwick the first week of September. Email me your interest at kathy@lifecafe.com and I’ll respond immediately. If you’re not in New York City and need a table top shipped, I’ll attempt to make those arrangements and there will be additional handling and shipping costs.

Love,

Kathy Life

 

 

 

 


CRAVING TAHINI DRESSING ON MY TONGUE

1 July 2014

It was a typical lovely late morning in the hills of Tarbena of the Costa Blanca, Spain.

Tarbena Town Square

Tarbena Town Square

Lunchtime was around the corner and I had to prepare something. That’s when it just hit me — a sudden craving for steamed veggies, fresh greens, brown rice and the taste of Life Cafe’s Tahini Dressing on my tongue. Tahini Dressing was the final glorious touch on the Life Salad, the most popular salad ever at Life Cafe. Whenever I didn’t feel quite right physically, a Life Salad seemed to always put me straight. It was delicious.

Fortunately I had a small jar of white sesame tahini in my kitchen cabinet. It’s not easy to find sesame paste in Spanish supermercados. Fortunately, there are a few health food stores in the surrounding towns. Unbelievably, I recently discovered that I can purchase tahini and even miso down the street from the village square at my local Farmicia (all of 100 square feet large) in Tarbena, population 809 as of 2012!

Tarbena Farmacia

Tarbena Farmacia

They also have lots of other non-gluten and macrobiotic food items as well. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted a small bag of textured vegetable protein, an essential ingredient in Life Cafe’s Vegetarian Chili. And if there’s something that I want and it’s not on the shelf, they’ll order it for me. This is not Walgreens with their large aisle of junk food, not by a long-shot. Thank God.

Health Food Selection in Tarbena Farmacia

Health Food Selection in Tarbena Farmacia

I searched through my Life Cafe recipes and costing sheets listing ingredients and found it. Eureka. I’ve been hoarding these recipes for years as I’m including many of them in my memoir, “How Life Began”. And I was very glad I did. I got down to work and put it all together. “Perfect,” I squealed out loud once I blended the chopped parsley fresh off my terrace container garden and dipped my finger in for a taste.

Parsley on Terrace Garden

Parsley on Terrace Garden

As I poked my fork into the veggies and rice, staring at the smooth, lemony sauce dripping down the warm nutty brown rice I became suddenly overwhelmed by one thought — I must continue to share this wonderful dish. I must get Life Cafe’s recipes out there. It inspired me to plan the final edit of the book. (I finished the story but put it aside to help John edit and self publish his own memoir, On My Way to Jorvik. He had a publishing deadline with only four months left to go to have the book ready for Jorvik’s 30th anniversary.) In the meantime, I wrote this blog to share the recipe.

This recipe makes about one and a half cups. It stores well in the fridge — but I doubt you’ll have to worry about that. It’s so good you’ll probably put it on everything you eat for the next three days. Enjoy!

LIFE CAFE TAHINI DRESSING

  • 1 cup sesame tahini (white)
  •  1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil (use toasted sesame oil for a special sesame kick)
  • 1 tablespoon soy oil

Mix all the ingredients by hand in a large mixing bowl or in a food processor. Add water to thin as desired.

Beatrice, our lovely pharmacist (farmaceutico) in Tarbena

Bea, our lovely farmaceutico (pharmacist) in Tarbena. She told me she loves New York City.

 

 


Life Cafe Dinner Specials!!!

6.22-6.28

 APPETIZER

HUMMUS

6.99

Served with carrots, celery and whole wheat pita chips

 

ENTRÉES

HANGER STEAK

16.99  

With a balsamic sauce and served with mashed potatoes

and mixed vegetables

BREADED PORK CHOPS

15.99  

With a French onion sauce and served with mashed potatoes

 BEER BATTERED FISH AND CHIPS

13.99  

Served with cole slaw, French fries and malt vinegar

 

DESSERT SPECIAL

 BREAD PUDDING OR

BISCUIT TOPPED COBBLER

4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 


Dinner Specials for Life Cafe 983


6.15-6.21

 APPETIZER

FRIED CALAMARI

7.99

Tossed in a sundried tomato vinaigrette over a mesclun salad

 

ENTRÉES

HANGAR STEAK

16.99  

With a red-eye sauce and served with mashed potatoes

and French green beans 

GRILLED SALMON FILET

15.99  

With a pineapple sauce and served with broccoli and couscous 

BRAISED SHORT RIBS

14.99  

Served with garlic mashed potatoes

 

DESSERT SPECIAL

BREAD PUDDING OR

BISCUIT TOPPED COBBLER

4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 



Dinner Specials for Life Cafe 983

6.8.6.14

 APPETIZER

SHRIMP SPRING ROLLS

7.99

Stuffed with cabbage, carrots, cilantro, garlic and ginger and served with a spicy soy vinaigrette

 ENTRÉES

SIRLOIN STEAK

16.99  

Topped with a mushroom Marsala cream sauce and served

with mashed potatoes and French green beans

 SALMON FILET

15.99  

On a mustard cream dill sauce and served with mashed potatoes and broccoli

 PENNE PASTA

13.99  

With Italian hot sausage, mushrooms, zucchini, sundried tomatoes and spinach tossed in a white wine sauce and topped with goat cheese

 DESSERT SPECIAL

 BREAD PUDDING OR

BISCUIT TOPPED COBBLER

4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm


Life Cafe Dinner Specials!!


6.1-6.7

 APPETIZER

FRIED PICKLES

7.99

Served with a buttermilk-horseradish sauce

 

ENTRÉES

 SIRLOIN STEAK

16.99  

With a mushroom bleu cheese sauce, topped with fried onions and served with mashed potatoes and French green beans

PLANTAIN CRUSTED SALMON FILET

15.99  

On a guava sauce and served with couscous and broccoli

  

DESSERT SPECIAL

 BREAD PUDDING OR

BISCUIT TOPPED COBBLER

4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 



Memorial Weekend Dinner Specials

5.25-5.31              

 APPETIZER

FLASH FRIED CALAMARI

7.99

Tossed in a papaya-chipotle mayo and served on a mesclun salad

 

ENTRÉES

GRILLED SHELL STEAK

16.99  

Topped with a burgundy wine sauce and served with mashed potatoes and French green beans

 GRILLED PORK LOIN

15.99  

Topped with a Marsala cream sauce and served with mixed vegetables and roasted potatoes

 EGG BATTERED PAN FRIED TILAPIA

13.99  

Served with steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes

 

DESSERT SPECIAL

 CAPPUCCINO CHEESECAKE

4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 



Dinner Specials for Life Cafe 983

5.18-2.24

 APPETIZER

SMOKED SALMON TOSTADITOS

7.99

Fried corn tortillas with re-fried beans, mango salsa, lettuce and queso served with jalapeño sour cream

 

ENTREÉS

 GRILLED SHELL STEAK

16.99  

Served with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes

 GRILLED SALMON FILET

14.99  

With grilled endives and served with an arugula salad in a mint vinaigrette and mashed potatoes

 COCONUT CURRY STIR FRY

13.99  

An old school favorite, served with fried tofu over organic brown rice

 

DESSERT SPECIAL

 CAPPUCCINO CHEESECAKE

4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

 



BUSHFLIX TONIGHT @ 7PM!!!

BUSHFLIX TONIGHT-7PM
Showing some old school…Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure…..then a classic with Costner…Tin Cup….we will be featuring $2 PBR’s all night…so come on in and drink with us while enjoying the movies!!


Life Cafe Dinner Specials!!!

5.11-5.17

 APPETIZER

STEAMED MUSSELS

7.99

With Italian hot sausage, fennel, tomatoes, in a garlic-white wine sauce and served with garlic bread

 

ENTREÉS

SIRLOIN STEAK

16.99  

With a mushroom cream sauce and served with mashed potatoes and broccoli

 BACON WRAPPED SALMON FILET

14.99  

Served over sautéed bok Choy,  topped with a red wine sauce

with potato croquette

 PENNE PASTA PRIMAVERA

13.99  

In a chipotle cream sauce and topped with a breaded chicken cutlet

 

DESSERT SPECIAL

 CAPPUCCINO CHEESECAKE

4.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm