Thursday, August 26, 2010
Step Up To The Plate
This is the classic all-white dinnerware that's been revived and sold through outlets like Bed, Bath and Beyond. The look is vintage without being "granny", and there is heft to these dishes that speak to their durability. On a practical note, the dishes are made of porcelain, which is why they resist chipping and breaking (these were the workhorse dishes for diners, hotels, and railroads all over the US for most of the last century, after all) and are microwave and dishwasher safe - in other words: low maintenance, but with a certain style.
These come in complete sets or it's easy to find retailers that sell the dishes a la cart in sets of four (four dinner plates or four bowls, for example, or mugs instead of cups and saucers, or vice-versa, whatever might be needed).
So for less than a hundred bucks, a guy can have a great set of dishes that his friends can't embarrass him about, and can still host a dinner date in his own home, even if the food is takeout.