Archive for June, 2010

Endless Summer!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Summer may officially begin on June 21, but unofficially, I like to keep it going all year round. Of course it helps to live in Southern California, where it’s not uncommon to celebrate Christmas at the beach or Valentine’s Day sunning with your sweetheart at the park. I can prime and fire up a grill with drill sergeant precision, conduct a picnic dinner at the Hollywood Bowl with symphonic grace, and throw together a softball tailgate party with the awesome speed and power of a line drive. And I do it twelve months a year!

Yeah, I’ve got game. But I like to think my “endless summer” is something anyone can enjoy, whether they live in Minneapolis or Maui. It’s simply a state of mind. And seeing as summer is strongly oriented towards entertaining (read: eating) there is one item from Pacific Merchants you simply can’t do without: The Cutting Edge Flex Mat™.

What is The Cutting Edge Flex Mat™? I’m so glad you asked. It’s a flexible cutting surface and placemat rolled into one. Perfect for prepping foods at the aforementioned picnics, and tailgate parties, it’s also great for the home grill or bar, and an outstanding choice for kitchens where the bulk and weight of a heavy cutting board is problematic. Cutting Edge Flex Mats™ come in 12 beautiful, vibrant archival photographic images that bring summer to your culinary pursuits any time of year. These designs are so attractive that most of our customers use Cutting Edge Flex Mats ™ on both their tables and counters. Made in the USA and designed of FDA approved polypropylene plastic, Cutting Edge Flex Mats™ won’t dull knives and are so flexible they can be used to funnel chopped foodstuffs straight from mat to bowl or pan. Unlike any other flexible cutting board on the market, Cutting Edge Flex Mats™ are dishwasher safe.

So, now that the season is upon us, pull out your Cutting Edge Flex Mats™, and let your endless summer begin!

Putting the “Party” into Tea!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010


Just last week, Pacific Merchants introduced a brand new, exclusive import at the New York Fancy Food Show: Price & Kensington Teapots. This storied British line is truly fabulous, and the response to it exceeded our very high expectations!

Reminiscent of the traditional “Brown Betty”, Price & Kensington teapots are stout and sturdy. Their design allows tea leaves to swirl capaciously in the pot as hot water is added. The result is a heady, full-bodied tea. And while the tea a Price & Kensington pot produces is second to none, it is no drab homebody. Sorry, Betty! Instead, Price & Kensington puts the “party” into tea. (I’m thinking Alice in Wonderland, here, people!) Produced in a wide array of rich glazes, Price & Kensington teapots provide all the satisfying functionality associated with traditional styling, as well as a vivid palette of designer colors meant to enhance any kitchen. And did I mention they are an excellent value? Well, they are! Charming mugs and teapot-shaped tea bag rests complete the Price & Kensington line, all in matching colors.

So put the “party” into tea, and enjoy! Isn’t it about time?

“When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don’t state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.”

—Lewis Carroll


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