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Choosing Dinnerware Material

Material and Care At a Glance

Bone China

  • • Lightweight and lustrous
  • • Incredibly durable and chip-resistant
  • • Safe for the dishwasher, microwave and oven

Care: Bone China

All of our bone china is dishwasher–safe. We recommend the use of a rinse aid to minimize hard water spots. Bone china banded with metallic is not intended for use in the oven or microwave; however, our all-white bone china patterns are oven– and microwave-safe. To increase longevity of use, avoid sudden temperature changes. Over time, flatware may leave silver or grey deposit marks on bone china; repeated use of a mild abrasive cleaner (as needed) may help minimize their appearance.

Porcelain

  • • Lightweight and fine to the touch
  • • Similar to bone china in appearance, but more affordable
  • • Most patterns safe for the dishwasher, microwave and oven

Care: Porcelain

Most of our porcelain patterns are dishwasher, microwave and oven–safe. To increase longevity of use, avoid sudden temperature changes. Over time, flatware may leave silver or grey deposit marks on porcelain; repeated use of a mild abrasive cleaner (as needed) may help minimize their appearance.

Stoneware

  • • Incredibly durable
  • • Reactive glazes create a smooth look
  • • Most patterns safe for the dishwasher and microwave
  • • Avoid sudden temperature changes

Care: Stoneware

Most of our stoneware is dishwasher- and microwave-safe; may warm at low oven temperatures. To increase longevity of use, avoid sudden temperature changes. Over time, flatware may leave silver or grey deposit “scratches” on stoneware; repeated use of a mild abrasive cleaner (as needed) may help minimize their appearance.

Earthenware

    • • Has an artisanal look and feel
    • • Crazing or “crackling” in finish enhances special character
    • • Microwave-safe on medium and low settings
    • • Avoid sudden temperature changes

Care: Earthenware

Because earthenware is more prone to crazing and chipping than other materials, we recommend handwashing promptly after use without soaking, or clean in the dishwasher on a gentle cycle with a mild non-abrasive, non-citrus detergent; turn off the heat dry cycle and let dishes dry naturally or wipe dry by hand. To minimize hard water spots, use a rinse aid.

Earthenware is microwave-safe on medium and low settings only, as it heats more quickly than other ceramics or glass. Avoid sudden temperature changes as this may also cause cracking or crazing. Over time, flatware may leave behind silver or grey deposit marks; repeated use of a mild abrasive cleaner (as needed) may help minimize their appearance.

 

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Ask Jorge The Professional Mover

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Q: What’s the biggest packing mistakes people make?

Jorge: The number one mistake is putting things in bags. The bags can easily tear and they are not ideal for stacking in the truck. The second biggest mistake is not emptying dressers. This makes them unbelievably heavy and makes it real easy for things to fall out and get lost or damaged .

 

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Want to Travel More in 2017? Here Are 12 Cheap Trips You Can Take Now

If you resolved to travel more in the New Year, now’s the time to start planning.

To help you take to the skies without breaking the bank in 2017, we found 12 great deals from major cities across the country.

By using KAYAK’s “Explore” function—which shows you everywhere you can go within your flight budget—we searched for the best places on Earth to travel this year without spending more than $400 on airfare (taxes included).

Travelers based in New York City, for example, can book a trip to Oslo, Norway, for $235, or to Copenhagen, Denmark, for $275. Other affordable European getaways include Paris and Rome, both with round-trip economy tickets available for $325 and $375, respectively. A flight to London is available for $337.

Seeking something more tropical? Head to Puerto Rico for $183, or get a round-trip flight to Guadeloupe for only $146.

Los Angeles-based travelers can find many similar deals in Europe ($252 to Norway, or $359 to Paris), though more far-flung destinations may be better values. KAYAK lists $300 round-trip tickets to Iceland, $387 flights to Hawaii, and $395 flights to Peru, one of our best destinations to visit in 2017.

To find the best deal from your city (a $191 trip to Cuba from Philadelphia, for example, or a $380 trip to Ireland from Washington, D.C.) simply prompt KAYAK to scour the internet for the best deals available within the last 48 hours.

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Garden Plots in the City

For those city dwellers that do not have a yard or any outdoor space to garden there are still options. Cities everywhere have begun renting community garden plots.  The best way to find one near you is to call your city park district.