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Mandarin Empress Mug

a.k.a. Mandarin Empress Fogcutter

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Physical Characteristics
Material Ceramic
Shape Hiball
Dimensions ?" x ?"
(?cm x ?cm)
Capacity ? fl. oz.
Optimal drink size ? fl. oz.
Decorative Characteristics
Coloring Brown mainly
Imagery Orientalia, Wahine or Woman
Marking "The Mandarin Ghiradelli Square San Francisco, California" on bottom
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Trader Tom
743 mugs
Member since Jan 26, 2006
Purchased from  Thrift Store
Price paid  $4.99
Tags  Fogcutter, Orientalia, Otagiri, vintage
Although I never had a chance to eat here, the interior of the restaurant sounds like it would have pleased a tikiphile. One online review describes "a cavernous dining room outlined in dark peach walls and palm trees." This, in addition to house mugs for their cocktails, must have made it a very cool place. I have two variants of this mug. The first is marked from Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco and the other is marked both San Francisco and Beverly Hills. The double Mandarin location one also has the gold foil OMC sticker (and cost slightly more at $9).
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From The Mandarin, San Francisco, CA, a Tiki Location
Manufactured by Otagiri Mercantile Company
Designed by ?
Produced from ?-?
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This brown mug was manufactured by OMC for The Mandarin in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, CA. It features a seated, Chinese woman wearing a headdress on the front and three Chinese symbols down the back. The Mandarin Restaurant was founded in 1968 by Chinese food doyenne Cecelia Sun Yun Chiang. What Julia Child did for French cooking in the United States, Cecilia Chiang did for Chinese cuisine in America. In the heyday of the Mandarinís success, Cecilia presided over an elegant restaurant that achieved a national reputation. Visitors from all over the country came to seek authentic and fine Chinese dining. She held cooking classes that saw students the likes of Julia Child, James Beard, Alice Waters, Marion Cunningham, Jeremiah Tower and Danny Kaye come through. This Ghirardelli Square stalwart closed its doors in 2006. However, the family legacy lives on...Chiang's son, Philip, is a co-founder of the restaurant chain P.F. Chang's. He also ran a sister version of the Mandarin in Beverly Hills (1975-2001) that used this Empress Mug, but was marked both "San Francisco and Beverly Hills" on bottom.
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