dark day on the row

Full story: Monterey County Herald

Kalisa Moore, who reigned as Cannery Row's uncrowned matriarch for more than four decades from her La Ida Cafe, died Wednesday at Stanford University Hospital at the age of 83.
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JOHN STEINBECK 2ND

Monterey, CA

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Oct 16, 2009
 
SHE WAS BUDS WITH MY GRANDAD, AND I WAS GLAD I GOT TO KNOW HER.WE DRANK WINE TOGETEHER ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AND SHE TOLD ME STORIES OF CANNERY ROW.
HeresToKalisa

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Oct 16, 2009
 
Lovely story about a vibrant human being. I lift a toast to all of you -- the writers and the woman.
Pen

Carmel, CA

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Oct 17, 2009
 
I'm going to miss Kalisa terribly. She was a close friend of my mom's (mom has been gone 21 years). I grew up under the wings of women like Kalisa here on the peninsula. They were/are a dying breed. Strong, intelligent, loving, compassionate... Kalisa you will be missed.
Kelly

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Oct 17, 2009
 
Kalisa, Kalisa we miss you so... All the Dancers, Musicians, Entertainers, onlookers, your many audiences, Family, friends and so, so much more. Words are not fitting to bestow your proper accolades. A Queen so loved. We hope to do a good memorial show at the Wave Street Studios... The Flute Player to the Belly Dancers and You, Poet, Scientist and your faithful Co-Host, KW.
Kelly

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Oct 17, 2009
 
For Friends, Family and the Hearald's Readers: Correction I'm Posting from Monterey... the Weblog is showing Modesto in error.
LJ Brewer

Salinas, CA

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Oct 17, 2009
 
Kalisa was an amazing woman. My friend Ernie and I spent one Halloween night in her place, and met and sang back-up for an impromptu version of "The Monster Mash" with Lonesome George Thorogood. One of The Paper Wing Theatre's crowning moments was when she attended last year's "The Rocky Horror Show". We treated her like royalty, which she was.
Michael Amodt

San Francisco, CA

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#7
Oct 17, 2009
 
Kalisa's passing is indeed a milestone. The peninsula has lost a true character. We would often go to her place late on cool evenings for coffee. I remember one time telling her that I recalled seeing her around Monterey in the 1960s in her big dark green Bentley. Her face just lit right up at hearing that and she responded: "Thank you for remembering, darling!" My best to her family and thanks for the memories.
HeresToKalisa

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Oct 17, 2009
 
Kelly wrote:
For Friends, Family and the Hearald's Readers: Correction I'm Posting from Monterey... the Weblog is showing Modesto in error.
Same here... don't why it says I'm in Hayward -- I live in Santa Cruz!
Tim Wilson

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Oct 18, 2009
 
Such a wonderful lady that I had the priveledge to meet. She will be forever remembered. My love goes out to her family and friends.
Zorba

Moss Landing, CA

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Oct 19, 2009
 
Goddess bless and keep you, dear Kalisa. We love you.

-Zorba
"The Veiled Male"
Angelas Turkish Troupe

Moss Landing, CA

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Oct 19, 2009
 
Thanks ZORBA!! and we LOVEEEEE YOUUUUU too!!!
YUMM YUMM dancing MAN!!!
tamaragraham

San Jose, CA

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#12
Nov 11, 2009
 
i know mrs moore she useed to ride the mst bus
Jackie Corsaut

Erlanger, KY

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Nov 20, 2009
 
Kalisa was wonderful. I met her through my father Jesse Corsaut and now with her sculpture on Cannery Row many generations will also get to learn about this fantastic lady. Cheers Everyone!
Richard Byrd

Huachuca City, AZ

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Jan 14, 2010
 
There was only one Kalisa. Hired Bill Karrenberg and myself one afternoon as she cruised by on Cannery Row in her Cadillac ambulance. Hired as diswashers at $3.50 an hour, a free dinner and all the wine we could drink. Seems every dish at Kalisa's "La Ida Boutique" was dirty. We washed dishes for hours and then she "appointed" Bill to become the chef and me the salad chef. The stories we constantly heard were great. Didn't matter if they were true or not because all that mattered was to Kalisa they were. Belly dancers and magicians performed in the restaurant while you dined in the intimate atmosphere of Kalisa's. You sat wherever you could or wherever Kalisa put you and often dined sharing a table with strangers. Every year, just befor tax time Kalisa found a new boyfriend. Her taxes were always paid. We need more Klisa's, but there will only be the one Kalisa of Cannery Row.
dean seaton

Monterey, CA

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#15
Sep 19, 2010
 
hey Kalisa , i used to work for you back in 83,84,85, we been through a lot of stuff , i washed dishes , bussed tables , cooked , did it all but wait tables , i was usally there for 12 hours a day , fri, sat, and then some , i was 16 teen at the time , i recall hiding money under the beverage cooler in an empty coffee can , from the IRS , recycling bottles , cans , my hard work ethics , i learned , from the three years i worked with you . you paid for me going to the cooking school LA FROG in P.G. miss you much . i know you are reading this in the big La Ida in the sky .
Michael B

Granada Hills, CA

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#16
Dec 8, 2010
 
Kalisa was a dear friend of mine for almost twenty years. We had not seen much of each other these last years. I just found out today that she had passed away after trying to reach her the past two years. Like many others, she had taken me under her wing and tried to help and encourage me to follow my dream. I worked at the cafe as many more had before me, and we spent many an evening discussing the old days when she first came to this country and then made her way to Monterey and fell in love with the place. I know the nights of music and dance were her special gift to everyone. We loved each other's spirit and enjoyed each other's company. She will be missed and I will always cherish the signed book she gave me of the history of Cannery Row the last time I saw her. It was a token of her affection
She was a real lady.
Ciao Kalisa!
HAL9000

Brawley, CA

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#17
Apr 27, 2012
 
I always enjoyed the fun and games at Kalisa's restaurant. Whenever the Polish Count would show up while the Russian Count was busy becoming inebriated, he would turn tail and disappear. Kalisa's eldest daughter, Helga, lived upstairs over the old Wing Chong market with her boyfriend, Jeff Elmore at the same time that I did. He was always busy composing "Ragas" for guitar. They both invited me to tea at Good Ol' Roys communal kitchen once, failing to warn me that the beverage was spiked with some kind of Speed... What a strange day I had at work thereafter!!

The first and only time that I ever dined on "Sweetbreads" was at the La Ida. Nobody warned me what I was getting into on that count either.

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