I am the personal valet to three cats. All of their names are inspired by my favorite sushi… First, let me introduce Ika, which is squid in Japanese, who is a gruff old man cat tabby.

Tall and lean, his favorite activity is napping… he is fourteen years old after all, so he needs time to contemplate life and things. He often can be found in this funny position

This is Maki, a black and white man cat who resembles a sushi roll made of plain white rice wrapped up in a black sheet of toasted nori. He is a handsome cat, his black and white pattern looks like he is wearing a tuxedo. I especially love the white markings under his nose that looks like a lopsided bow tie.

Saba is my girl kitty, a tiny little cat with a rumpled tail, which is apparently common with large litters.

In the womb crowded in with many siblings, a delicate tail is broken and settles into an adorable crinkle.

Saba is the Japanese word for mackerel, which has a silvery skin and my grandmother used to make us sabazushi nigiri for a special treat. Her fur has a silvery sheen and she has lovely brown eyes.

She is quite fearless and curious too, very prone to getting into mischief

Saba and Maki are brother and sister and often can be found expressing kitty love.

Maki is all about spreading the kitty love…

The shiso is blooming in the garden right now and I imagine my old girl out there romping in the sun…


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Stephen Liu November 8, 2012 at 1:33 am

Hi, this is Stephen, and I am part of a team working on weSpot, an online platform that helps restaurants promote themselves. weSpot is hosting a photography challenge for restaurants in San Francisco. We would like to invite all photographers, restaurant-goers, and food-lovers of all ages to take part in building up an online portfolio of local restaurants.

People can sign up for one or more of the many restaurants listed on our site, and submit a few of their photos to be voted on. Participants will also receive credit for their contributions. Top entries will receive one of our three dining prizes including a prix fixe meal at a two-star Michelin restaurant: Coi or Benu (winner’s choose). Visit our contest page at to see what I’m talking about.

I would really appreciate it if I can speak with you sometime early this week to discuss more, and see if you can make a blog post about the contest. You can reach me at or 415-745-2620. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks!



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