How To Take Care Of China Dinnerware

 

Fine china is not cheap. Regardless of whether you purchased it or received it as a gift, you want to make sure it keeps its sheen, remain unbroken, and free from chips and cracks as long as possible. Proper storage and cleaning are keys to making sure they last beautifully.

 

Proper Storage

If you plan to keep your china on shelves, make sure your cabinet will hold the weight of the stacked dishes. Don’t stack too many dishes on top of each other, as it’s possible for the weight of the stack to crack one or more pieces on the bottom of the stack. To prevent chipping, cracking, and scratching, place something in between each plate, you cab use felt plate protectors or thick paper towels.

Hang cups on hooks to prevent chipping. You can also keep the cups on its saucers in a cabinet. Never stack cups on top of each other as it’s impossible to keep the cups from touching each other. Stacking can cause chipping and scratches even with felt protectors in between them.

 

Washing

 

Cleaning china should be done carefully. Rinse them immediately especially plates, and serving pieces to prevent food from sticking. Never stack them in the sink, and wash one piece at a time to prevent them from hitting each other. Use a mild detergent and a soft sponge. Dry them immediately with a soft cloth.

Most china are dishwasher-safe, just like slate plate dinnerware, but some are to be cleaned hand-wash only. Whichever washing method is appropriate for your china, do not expose them to extreme heat as this may fade colored decorations.

If they are dishwasher-safe, use “china” setting (or the “light” setting if your dishwasher does not have the setting for “china”) with mild detergent. Use air-dry setting only to avoid exposing china to extreme heat.

 

Microwave-safe

Some china are microwave-safe and some are not so this is worth checking the box or manufacturer’s website for.

Stains and surface cracks

 

Even with utmost care, over the years your china can get stains and surface cracks. If your china gets aluminum stains from dish water, use baking soda. Rub gently as rubbing hard could cause more harm than good. If stain occurred from hard water or lime, soak china overnight in warm water with citrus rinds before washing as usual.

If you notice the appearance of hairline cracks on the surface of the china, soak it in warm milk for 30 minutes. If the cracks don’t vanish, chances are the cracks go deeper than the surface.

 

Displaying

If you plan on displaying your china, it is recommended to display it in high-quality china cabinet that will offer the best protection. It is also wise to display just a few pieces and store the rest in a safe place. For especially valued pieces, consider displaying them in individual display cases.

Sydney’s Five Star Restaurants

When you stay in Sydney’s five star hotels the hotel restaurant will be more than acceptable. The Treasury at the Intercontinental and the Galileo at the Observatory are safe bets. But if you’ve come to Sydney to have the full five star experience there are a number of places to eat that you might not otherwise know. Here are a few of them.

Rockpool, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Spice Temple

The Master Chef behind Rockpool is Neil Perry, the pony tailored master chef behind Qantas’ inflight meals. Neil has three restaurants in Sydney offering different experiences. In Sydney’s Rocks area at 107 George Street is Rockpool. If this was in Europe it would have Michelin Stars. Rockpool offers the complete experience in a simple series of historic rooms in one of the Rocks’ old buildings. The wine list is more than you’d expect and you’ll find local and imported wine of the best quality.

Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill is in the CBD and offers a lesser but none the less satisfying lunch and dinner experience. A favourite of the suits and ties it’s open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday. 66 Hunter Street. Just tell your cabbie the address.

Spice Temple is the pony tailed one’s take on modern Chinese cuisine. It has a spicy menu with the hottest choices in red type. It’s had terrific reviews and will not disappoint. In the quaint Bligh Street that houses very private business establishments and some brasher ones, this is great place for lunch or dinner. 10 Bligh Street Sydney. Rockpool’s website with information on all three restaurants is www.rockpool.com.

Aria

Matt Moran’s Aria is now Sydney establishment. He comes and goes with the critics, wins and loses chef’s hats but continues to delight his loyal clientele. Also known for his regular appearances on Master Chef Matt is a no nonsense chef who seems to get the best out of his staff. Inventive and consistent. Aria will please. So will the location, on East Circular Quay looking straight out onto the Harbour at 1 Macquarie Street. Bookings at www.ariarestaurant.com. He’s also in Brisbane if you’re going there.

Boathouse, Blackwattle Bay, Glebe

You’ll have to take a short cab ride but it’s worth it. The boatshed was established by Tony Pappas and Robert Smallbone in 1997 and it is just that, a renovated simple space on the water at Glebe, 10 minutes from the CBD. It’s worth the trip. You’ll be stunned by varieties of oysters and Australian cuisine of the very best. Everyone goes there – if they can get in. Give it a try. www.boathouse.net.au.

These three restaurants are five star in every sense with main courses an average $A60

How Customized Pillows Can Help In Various Sleeping Positions

 We all love sleeping. We want our sleeping experience comfortable and pleasant. That’s why we take care in choosing a bed or a mattress. We want it to be hard in a level so that we are comfortable laying on it yet not compromising on the “softness” aspect. Otherwise one will end up in a backache in the next morning ruining the whole day(s).

Equally important is a pillow. It has great significance as, it carries the weight of the head and aligns the neck in such a way that, the stress doesn’t develop along the body which may result in pain in the back of the head or neck. It’s surprising how much headache you have suffered, originates because you weren’t using a pillow that’s right for you!

Even the softest pillows will initiate a pain if your body isn’t accustomed with it. This is where traditional pillows have disadvantages, because it doesn’t take a sleeping position into account while manufacturing thus assuming a generalized position. In the end, you end up buying a pillow that’s not beneficial for you.

That’s why customized pillows came into existence which takes into account of sleeping positions of various people. As every person is different, their sleeping positions are also different and needs to be addressed on case to case basis.

For example, If you love with stomach against the bed, you will put some pillow to support your body as, in this position, the stomach carries significant amount of the body weight. A soft pillow will fail its purpose as it can’t support the stomach and the weight distribution will be uneven thus resulting in giving the weight back to the stomach reason. A Fiber filed a bit hard pillow is suitable for this case as it can evenly distribute weight thus making the stomach less stressful. With customized pillow, you now have a chance to decide how much Fiber will go into the pillow so that; you get a pillow that’s a perfect fit for you. Click here for more details.

Similarly, most people love to sleep with face upwards thus putting the weight along the back. The neck here carries the weight of the head. And it’s difficult to find a pillow in this case as too much soft or too much hard pillow will trigger pain after an hour or so may be. Just remember, how many times you tried to shape or puffiness of the pillow to adjust them to make it comfortable for you. Yes, it’s hard to find a pillow that will address all these aspects and most people end up buying seeing there’s no option availability.

Now, with customized pillow, you can chose how much puffy it should be. Or you may choose a hybrid one which will bring best from both of the worlds. You do have a pillow now that is exactly what you want. Thus you have a better sleep than you would have using a traditional pillow.

Or you may like to put a pillow in between your legs for a better support. In this case, you will like a pillow that is a bit hard with a bit of length so that it can serve better. In a these cases, customized pillows comes with much better options than Amy other as, you can dictate what you want. While different people have different requirements, it is difficult to implement all of it in a generalized pillow which needs to serve everyone. But with customized one, the process becomes simple because the individual approach makes it suitable for making the pillow along with the requirements.

 

Whitey’s Southern Restaurant in Wilmington, NC to Close

Whitey’s Restaurant is an institution in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Southern restaurant along with the companion Whitey’s El-Berta motel (which has already been closed and torn down) will soon be history according WWAY TV 3 and a waitress at the homey little establishment.

History of Whitey’s Wilmington

Herbert King initially opened the El-Berta motel on Market Street in the early 1950s. The 18-room motel was named in honor of his wife Berta, and the owners added the “El” after having seen that combination used by other motels in the Florida area.

The motel is a one level facility and rooms were still opened with old-fashioned keys at the time the operation was closed.

The restaurant is a separate building painted white with a red roof and is located next to the site of the original motel on the corner of Kerr and Market Streets.

The Prevatte family purchased the facilities in the 1970s, and Whitey was added to the already familiar landmarks.

Where Did the Name Whitey Come About?

Visitors to Wilmington, NC often wonder why the quaint looking little restaurant is called Whitey’s. The answer is simple. The owner Horace Prevatte is nicknamed “Whitey,” so he simply added his own name to the restaurant co-owned along with his two sons, Mike and Brian.

What’s Special About Whitey’s of Wilmington?

Whitey’s is an old fashioned diner-like restaurant where locals gather and start the day with a hearty breakfast served through the afternoon. A good number of onliners have posted about various special memories at the soon-to-be-closed restaurant.

During the summer season, in particular, tourists stop by to get the flavor of a real Southern breakfast or the delicious soups and burgers served at lunch time. Whitey’s has a reputation for the best pancakes in Wilmington, and their biscuits and gravy are as Southern as it gets and excellent. Whitey’s offers a buffet, so visitors who have trouble deciding what to try can sample a variety from the all-you-can-eat offerings.

Yes. Michael Jordan Did Work at Whitey’s.

Another question that is often asked is: Did Michael Jordan work at Whitey’s. And, the answer is: yes.

Michael Jordan did work at Whitey’s, and his first paycheck stub from his after-school job there is on display at the Cape Fear Museum at 814 Market Street in Wilmington.

Why is Whitey’s Being Closed?

Several things combine to bring an end to this historic and popular Wilmington restaurant. The owners are getting up in years, and the facilities are ageing as well so would need extra maintenance and remodeling.

In addition, Whitey’s is located on prime Wilmington real estate. So, the property is valuable. A privately owned restaurant (and small hotel) does not generate the income that other establishments could in the same space and location.

Another key factor is also a plan by the city to expand the width of the road. If the roads are widened, then that would cut into the restaurant lot which is a corner property. In fact, locals claim that the wider road would cut right through the dining room.

The Future with Whitey’s Southern Restaurant Gone?

News reports indicate that Walgreens drugstore wants the corner lot on Kerr and Market. The large chain drugstore company tends to locate on corner properties. The project is still in the planning stages, since the city must approve the demolition of the landmark restaurant first.

In the meantime, Whitey’s is still open and serving delicious Southern food. But, if you want to eat at Whitey’s, you will have to hurry. By all accounts, the classic Wilmington restaurant will soon be torn down to make way for wider roads and another drugstore.

Central Florida Restaurant Weeks Offer Savings for Fall 2017

It’s become an annual ritual for restaurants in many metropolitan cities to band together for a week of dining specials. It’s great for the eateries that participate since it brings in customers, and it’s great for food lovers who have a chance to try out more expensive places at a lower price.

But there’s no reason travelers can’t use these restaurant weeks (as they’re usually called) to score great deals on dining out.

So if travel plans for September 2017 include visits to the Florida cities of Orlando and Tampa, take advantage of one or both of these great promotions.

Orlando Magic Dining Month

It might surprise some people, but Orlando has many fine dining establishments. Quite a few of them even have celebrity chef names attached to them. Of course eating at them can be pricey, but during Orlando Magic Dining Month, it’s possible to enjoy the gourmet experience without paying the price for it.

From September 1 through September 30, 2017, over sixty of Orlando’s best restaurants are participating in this annual restaurant promotion.

For $30 per person (plus tax and beverages), it’s possible to enjoy a three-course meal at places like CRAVE, Funky Monkey Wine Company, Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion and Seasons 52.

Even some theme park restaurants are participating. Among the Universal restaurants participating are Emeril’s Orlando, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Latin Quarter and The Kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel. SeaWorld’s Makahiki Luau is on the list. Walt Disney World is even represented by Todd English’s bluezoo (Swan and Dolphin resorts) and Portabello Trattoria (Downtown Disney).

Dine Tampa Bay Restaurant Week

Located on the west coast of Florida, Tampa Bay encompasses the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, among others.

From August 29 to September 6, 2017, over fifty of the area’s finest restaurants will showcase their fare in the first ever DINE Tampa Bay event.

Each will offer special three-course menus, consisting of an appetizer, entree and dessert, at three different price levels.

At the $25 level are restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., GrillSmith and Café Dufrain. The $30 level includes options such as CineBistro at Hyde Park, Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro and Seasons 52. The top tier of $35 includes splurges like Boizao Steakhouse, Capital Grille, The Melting Pot and The Palm Steakhouse (where the steak alone can cost more than $35). All price points are per person and don’t include tax or beverages.

Restaurant promotions like these are a great way to add a little bit of luxury to a tightly budgeted trip. Try to dine out at these fine culinary establishments towards the end of the trip for the biggest impact.

Heads up for the wait staff who maintains the dinnerware

The restaurant owners should take good care while buying the serving trays for their restaurant. They should check the cost, menu, durability, and themes before buying the restaurant serving tray. They should also buy different sized trays so that they can meet the various necessities. All these are points to be noted by the restaurant owners. But that does not make sure the top notch service in the restaurant. Let me mention about some of the points to be noted by the staff who serve the food.

Arranging plates on table

  • Keep the restaurant serving trays neat and tidy all the time.
  • The trays should be always ready to be used and arranged on the shelf for easy access. It is always better to keep the shelf to the both sides of the door.
  • There should be extra plates available for the staff
  • When the staff carries the trays he/she should be careful about the weight that is carried in the tray – should keep balance.
  • Make sure the silverware is always kept to the sides of the tray and plates to the center
  • The restaurant trays should be cleaned every night or whenever is needed – do not reuse without cleaning

While following the above guideline the staff and the restaurant owners should take care of some other things like the design and shape of the trays. There are different trays for different functions. For example, there are buffet trays and normal trays. The chef should provide guidelines to the staff about the arrangement of the food on the trays. The restaurant trays are not just serving plates but the presenters of the meal.  You do not want the food to be presented badly in front of your customers.

Serving dessert on a slate plate

Now, a tip to the tray selectors – make sure you consider the color and design of the tables in your restaurants. It should match the theme. As we mentioned earlier there are different types of trays for different functions. For example, the trays that are used to carry drinks have a different shape and will have a rubber layer to prevent the spilling. In short, restaurant serving trays are the tools used by staff to serve their customers and gain appreciation. So it is important to make sure that the trays are matching the menu and theme of the restaurant. For an Italian restaurant you can select bright colors but that may not be case of other restaurants.

How should a restaurant owner select the restaurant serving tray?

What makes a restaurant special? Is it the food? Is it the ambience, or is it the cost? Well, I would say that it is a combination of many factors that makes a restaurant special. For some, it is the quality of food that is imperative while for some, it is the cost that of the food that matters the most. Some just love the aesthetic effect and cherish the lighting, music, and the overall setup. All these folks cannot deny that in spite of all these considerations, service plays a vital role in making that restaurant special.

Restaurant serving plates

Coming to service the restaurant unique plates plays a crucial role in influencing the thoughts and decisions of the customers. The plates have to be clean and look authentic. The last thing that a customer wants is a dirty and untidy-looking plate. The plates a restaurant use should be fitting to the menu and the level of service in the restaurant. It will not only help to increase the quality of service but also will help the staff to serve food faster. A costly service tray is not going to be the best choice all the time.

All the restaurants should provide large and small service trays to their staff so that they can use it as it is needed. The customers need plates to be the correct fit for the dish served and this will eliminate the need for extra plates or the crowding on the table. To support this cause the restaurant owners should keep extra serving trays in their kitchen to meet the needs. The important point about the restaurant trays is that you cannot use one tray for all needs. For example, you cannot use the same tray for serving food and beverages. The looks are important for restaurant serving trays but that is not the only point you have to keep in mind. The trays should be sturdy to carry the weight and the size is also crucial. The restaurant should not buy very big trays thinking serving will be easy because carrying it in between the customers and tables will be a tedious job for staff. I reccomend taking a look at this page, it may prove useful for many restaurants wanting to improve their plateware.

So the point that I want to make clear is that the serving trays play an important role in keeping the customers satisfied and increasing the business.