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This Week’s Events: Mochi Pounding and New Mexican For the New Year

A Serious Pounding
If you were too, uh, under the weather to make New Year’s resolutions on January 1, you’ll have a second chance at the Japanese new year Mochitsuki celebration at the Asian Art Museum on January 9. From noon to 1 p.m., watch traditionally costumed mochi pounders at work, transforming glutinous rice into sticky-sweet balls of goodness. From 1 until 4 p.m. you can try your hand at the pounding while enjoying live music and dance, then pull a fortune for the upcoming year. The event is free with museum admission; admission for children under 12 is free.

Green Living
Ate a bit too much foie gras, prime rib and other meaty delights over the holidays and feel ready to turn over a new (kale or chard) leaf for January? Head to 18 Reasons on January 11 for “Meatless Monday.” Chef Tracy Schafer will teach you simple, quick and budget-minded ways to incorporate more vegetables and whole grains into your diet.

Triple-Sec Throwdown
If, however, you’d like to keep the holiday party rolling, get yourself to Rye on January 11 for a bartending contest featuring 10 local mixologists duking it out for the title of champion. The chosen spirit is Combier triple sec and the event begins at 7 p.m.. RSVP to greg@ryesf.com or call 415-786-7803.

Slow Food At Spork
Slow Food members can get in on the action January 12 at the Slow Food Dinner Club dinner at Spork restaurant. Your $57 ticket includes a three-course menu (plus tax, gratuity and a donation to Slow Food Nation)—don’t miss Spork’s irresistible rosemary-scented pull-apart rolls. To register for the dinner (you must be a member of Slow Food), click here.

A New Take on Mexican
While you were busy with holiday merriment, Gracias Madre, the latest from the Café Gratitude folks, opened in the Mission. The all organic, all vegan Mexican joint is serving a California riff on the traditional, replete with cashew cheese and handmade tortillas. Go on, you know you’re curious.