Posts Tagged ‘Patio Serving’

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!

Just Around The Corner

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Acaciaware

Acaciaware® Salad Bowl

As I was making breakfast the other day, the blast of a car’s horn announced that carpool -usually 10 minutes late- was, on this particular Friday, 10 minutes early. My teenager, frantically searching for her physics book, intercepted a half finished tuna sandwich from her mother, grabbed a breakfast bar from the cupboard, and ran out the door in a jaw-dropping blur of speed. My wife sighed and muttered, “I can’t wait for summer.”

Neither can I.

I love the way life slows down just a bit during summer. Work still beckons, often seven days a week, but the days are longer, the sun is sunnier, and balmy breezes are redolent with flowers in full bloom, copious amounts of sunscreen, and best of all, the mesquite from my grill. Summer, I thought to myself, is just around the corner. I could almost smell it!

That night, I decided to pull the grill out of the garage in honor of the impending season. As I worked over smoking coals, my wife set the patio table with placemats from our Malibu Collection: several different colors from aqua to lime to cobalt, topped with square white dishes and multi-colored napkins. When the salad was tossed (in one of our beautiful Acaciaware™ salad bowls!) the chicken plated, and wine glasses topped off, we sat down to eat. There was still a bit of chill in the air, so I lit the outdoor heater. Nevertheless, I felt transported to that special state of mind that is summer. ..Almost.

Just as I closed my eyes to savor the moment, I heard the blast of a car’s horn. My daughter grabbed a chicken leg, and ran into the house with a vaguely familiar blur of speed. “Thanks for the barbecue! Gotta Go! Back by ten!” My wife and I shared a look, and a laugh. Then clinked our wine glasses together. “Here’s to summer!”

Note: Pacific Merchants Malibu Collection place mats have the look and feel of natural woven fabric, but are actually made from polypropylene. This easy to clean material resists moisture and bacterial growth and will not stain or fade. Simply wipe clean. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, as well as every season! Acaciaware™Acacia hardwood salad bowls are also ideal for any occasion, from barbeque to formal feast, and are as beautiful as they are durable!


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