About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Best Vintage Dishes for Back to School

Back to school dishes

What vintage dishes would work well for a student going off to school?

I was poking around a thrift store recently, in company of some folks who were looking to outfit a grandson for his first college apartment.

They were shopping for cookware. Someone else had the dinnerware checklist.

A lot of people are looking to go second hand when it comes to items for their students. The same might be said for a first apartment for a graduate as well.

Attributes For Back-to-School Dinnerware

Practical. The dishes should be the right piece types to go with the foods they . . . → Read More: Best Vintage Dishes for Back to School

China Coffee Mugs | Java in Style

If you’re a coffee drinker, can you ever have too many china coffee mugs? I’m thinking about the stoneware kind, though there are lots of other kinds to use, to enjoy your cup of Joe.

I like tea and coffee. It depends on the menu, and the situation. Yesterday was National Coffee Day, but who needs an excuse to get out favorite coffee mugs and have another cup!

A Gallery of Coffee Mugs

Photos left to right, first the top row, then the lower row.

Taylor and Ng cats mug, vintage 1970s. They made many different patterns, usually signed in . . . → Read More: China Coffee Mugs | Java in Style

Mix and Match Dinnerware | Cheer Up A Rainy Day

We get lots of gloomy days in Michigan. One way to brighten them, mix and match dinnerware pieces from the cupboards. Playing with dishes is always fun…

I started with the smaller plate, Marion by Meyer. This is vintage restaurant ware. In weight it’s close to stoneware. This service-ready china is very practical, and this pattern fits well with my “every color as long as it’s blue” dinnerware obsession.

Grilled cheese sandwich, hear I come. This plate goes on top, to help the cheese melt as I cook it in the skillet.

The larger plate is Provincal Sky by Lenox. . . . → Read More: Mix and Match Dinnerware | Cheer Up A Rainy Day

Enjoy Maple Syrup on Pancakes and Serve in Style

Maple syrup is so good on pancakes, French toast and waffles. Once you’ve had real maple syrup, it’s hard to go back to ordinary syrup.

Glass or plastic dispensers make it easy to serve your syrup at the dining table. You can also heat a glass container in a bowl of hot water if you like your maple syrup warm. Many of the plastic models are microwaveable.

When the meal is over (because pancakes are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner) just put the server away in the refrigerator for the next time.

Glass servers are available in many . . . → Read More: Enjoy Maple Syrup on Pancakes and Serve in Style

Restaurant ware – a retro classic to collect

Restaurant ware collection

 

You know the kind of local restaurant I’m talking about. Mom and Pop. Everybody knows your name. Not a cookie cutter, nor a cliché. A neighborhood one-of-a-kind. The orders are called out loud to the short order cooks, and the clatter of china is common.

A waitress carrying three, four, or more full meals balanced carefully up her arm darts between tables. Heavy china serves a wide array of comfort food, like steaming coffee, luscious stacks of pancakes, massive salads, substandial steaks and hand-formed burgers with grill-toasted buns.

The hardworking china they use is called restaurant ware. It . . . → Read More: Restaurant ware – a retro classic to collect

Paczki for Mardi Gras

Paczki (poonch-key) are a filled doughnut that’s very rich with butter and eggs. They’re traditional in the Polish community at Mardi Gras. Once Lent arrives, they go into yummy memory until next year.

Prune is a traditional filling, but we can also get them with apple, raspberry, blueberry, lemon, cream cheese and my favorite, Bavarian creme.

The estimated calorie count is around 400 — give or take — but at Mardi Gras, who’s counting? Tomorrow…

Paczki won’t last long on any plate. Here we show a cream filled one on a favorite vintage plate, Marion pattern by Mayer. This sturdy . . . → Read More: Paczki for Mardi Gras

Restaurant ware, vintage and modern

Remember the days of swivel bar stools covered in red Naugahyde, Dixie cups and burgers in a basket? That’s where restaurant wares take us, whether modern or vintage. Back to Happy Days…

Syracuse China has been known for many years, for restaurant ware china in the vintage market, and for its modern cousins. Many people like these wares because they’re so durable. You can use restaurant ware plates to help melt the cheese on your grilled cheese sandwich, for example, without worry about the plate’s taking the heat. These heavy plates can take normal use and then some.

Buffalo . . . → Read More: Restaurant ware, vintage and modern

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