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Golden Week brought many new faces, and lots of good food and celebration. We’re still new (only about ten weeks!) so this was our first test serving Tono during a busy holiday.

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Cold beer and iced coffee, now available, and free WiFi, too. There’s lots more pictures from last week in the Cafe Gallery.

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We survived, thanks to the help of new #TeamMichael helpers in the kitchen and behind the counter, most of them family members! Pictured here is Akemi, in the middle, Chizuko, and Akemi’s daughter, our niece Emiri, who made a delicious chocolate lava cake. 

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Chizuko’s parents are in town! They’ll be staying with us throughout May.

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Also, welcoming new #TeamMichael member Yuriko, daughter of one of Chizuko’s cousins. We’ll be seeing more of Yuriko, behind the counter.

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Popular new menu item: Hot Dogs!

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We also had a visit from Natsuko and Joe, from Tokyo. Natsuko is Tada-san’s daughter, she’s #madeintono, and Joe is from Georgia. They’re newlyweds!

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Enjoying our new outdoor tables is Ichriro and the gang, taking a break from Golden Week duties here in Tono.

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Behold, the Genghis Dog! (hot dog made with lamb sausage) with ketchup and mustard, and a salad.

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Also featuring ice cream parfait, with bananas, strawberries, whipped cream, and caramel sauce. It’s delicious.

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And our always-popular brownies and chocolate chip cookies.

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And here’s me, pouring coffee, taking pictures, and posting on Twitter.

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We’ll be back on Wednesday! The new May Calendar is now posted, and there’s more Golden Week pictures at the Michael’s Cafe Gallery page.

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