14 Jan 2020

first timers and regulars…

first timers and regulars…

it has been almost eight months since i began my residency and “chai at the pfister” it was may 28, 2019 when i made chai in the pfister’s executive kitchen for the first time… every one was a first timer on that day but since then, many of those first timers have become regulars i […]

6 Jan 2020

Moon River

Moon River

It is a quiet night here at the hotel. There are just a few of us gathered. Kelly, Kami and Steve behind the bar, a retired Milwaukee police officer shot in the line of duty and now happy father of baby triplets, and Perry at the piano filling the lobby with the sweet sound of […]

5 Jan 2020

One of my most favorite of days…

One of my most favorite of days…

In slow motion, I watched as it all came crashing down.  The in-room dining cart and tea urn on its side. Broken cups, broken plates and 30 cups of homemade chai. Stretched towards them. As if to say, “please stay.” In the big picture of life, it is a small thing. The spilling of chai. […]

4 Jan 2020

Tea is not just tea.

Tea is not just tea.

Tea is not just tea … When someone asks “drink tea” So just do not ask him Milk, sugar and tea leaves Made to boil For a cup of tea. He asks … Would you like to share Some sweet sweet memories Some teaspoon bitter Sad things ..! he asks for.. Would you like Share […]

31 Dec 2019

A Warm Welcome and Fond Farewell…

A Warm Welcome and Fond Farewell…

“Salve.” In Old English it means ‘healing ointment.’ To soothe. To heal.  To calm. To salvage. In Latin it comes from the words Salvō. To save. And Salvē. To greet. To salute. To hail! And here at the Pfister. Written for all of our guests and visitors to see. It is us wishing you our […]

25 Dec 2019

A Last Gift

A Last Gift

Stories of friendship and retirement, traveling the world, family, and the holidays fill the spaces between us.  Alyson is behind the bar. And Andrew and Joe (friends from long ago) and I are on the other side. Tales of where we have been and where we have lived, what we do and who we are […]