Monday, January 31, 2011

The Simple Beauty of a Strainer


I enjoy all things tea related, whether they be a tea pot, a tea cup or a tea accoutrement.


This simple tea strainer is amongst my favorite tea accessories.


It is unmarked, but has so much detail: the loop handle, the small embossed gold swirls, the little beading, the delicate flowers.


The severity of this winter, enables us to pause and enjoy the beauty around us.

I will be joining the following blog parties who also share their vast collections of tea related items.

  • Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Time Tuesday
  • Martha at Martha’s Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
  • Pam at A Breath of  Fresh Air for Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday
  • Katherine at Lady Katherine Tea Parlor for Tea Time Tuesday
  • Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen for Tuesday Tea for Two
  • Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday

    - The Tablescaper

  • Saturday, January 29, 2011

    Eataly–Seasonal Sundays #34


    Welcome to the 34th Seasonal Sunday.

    Last week, Mr. Scaper and I had an amazing time. We went to Eataly. It was like a little trip.


    Not far from our home, lies the amazing world on New York City.

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    Eataly, across from the flat iron building,

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    …and wine marketplace in the world.  Copy of IMG_1727

    Two years after Farinetti opened his  food …


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    …he has teamed up with Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich …


    … to transform a 50,000 square feet…


    …into New York City’s premier culinary mecca.

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    It is located at 200 Fifth Avenue and is…


    … the city's ultimate …


    …destination for food lovers to shop and taste and learn.

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    There are  Italian delicacies (some made right before your eyes) and wine.


    It is a culinary educational center.

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    There are  diverse …

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    This is a  gourmand's delight.

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    There are cured meats …


    and cheeses,

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    fruits and vegetables,

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    fresh meats,


    fresh fish,







    handmade pasta,


    desserts and baked goods

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    and coffees.




    It is a …



    …delight for the senses.








    Be sure to join The Tablescaper on Wednesday evening to see…


    …how our purchases at Eataly…

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    … feast at home.


    - The Tablescaper

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Reprise of The Snowflake Dance

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    I’m joining Chari at Happy to Design, with a rerun from last year at this time, for her meme called  “Sunday Favorites".  It’s a meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past.
    Please be sure to come and visit Seasonal Sundays. It’s my Sunday meme and it gives bloggers a chance to share what the season means to them. I have a completely different post for Seasonal Sundays, but didn’t want to miss joining in the fun of Sunday Favorites too.
    ~~~~From last year… The Snowflake Dance

    As winter wears on, the snowflakes continue their dance.
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    Tonight not only will the snowflakes dance outside our window, but across our table.
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    The flicker of candle light will warm our hearts and continue the waltz.
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    The snowflake edge of the plate shadows the dinner plate.
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    Icy snowflakes act as chargers.
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    The tea light holders and runner echo the snowflake pattern.
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    This snowflakes looks like it will melt right into the glass.
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    The mirrored napkin rings were a wonderful find at Wal-Mart years ago.
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    Be sure to steal few quiet moments for just the two of you…
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    …so the snowflakes will melt away.
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    Stop over at Susan’s at Between Naps on the Porch to see many other delightful tablescapes.
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    Have a wonderful week and stay warm.
    - The Tablescaper