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Our Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost Father’s day already. That’s right, Father’s day is coming up right around the corner on June 16, which means that you have until June 10 to get those orders for dad in.  We’re told that fathers sometimes get the short end of the stick when it comes to the holiday. They’re given a tool as a gift and told to fix something, or given a grill and told to make everybody dinner. Not quite the restful, fun filled day they had in mind. Here at Pacific Merchants (a company owned by a dad, FYI) we’re going to make sure that doesn’t happen with this great Father’s Day Gift Guide.

Now, if you have an unlimited budget, we suggest you bookmark this page and run out and by your dad something really shiny and fancy, like this Tesla. It’s good for the environment (we try to keep things green at Pacific Merchants) and your dad will love it.

If you don’t have a spare $80,000 lying around, we’ve got some more wallet-friendly gift ideas that your dad is sure to love just as much as he’d love that fancy, shiny car. So let’s get it started.  And remember, when you check out, enter DADROCKS checkout! We’ll give you $5 bucks off your order of $30 or more!

 

Our first suggestion for celebrating dad: Throw him a party. It’s beautiful this time of year, so we suggest that you throw him a picnic or barbecue. If you really want to wow him, make sure to include personal touches. Set the table with placemats in his favorite colors. Our Laguna Placemats come in 12 vibrant, bright colors, and we’re sure that your dad’s favorite is among them. To make that barbecue even more special, we’re including our amazing brown sugar bourbon spice rub recipe. It’s amazing on ribs and pork loin, great on chicken, delicious on steak, and succulent on salmon. It’s also really good on hearty vegetables such as mushrooms, squash, carrots and peppers.  Scroll on down to the bottom of this post for the recipe

 

If your dad’s idea of a great Saturday is spending time at the grill cooking up a storm for family and friends, we’ve got some wonderful pieces for him. We’re highlighting serving dishes and accessories that the grillmaster in your life will go nuts for.  From Condiment serving sets to acaciawood plates (great for burgers) to amazing serving trays, we suggest that you help dad trick out his next barbecue with Acaciaware®barbecue supplies from Pacific Merchants!

 

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Round Condiment           Set of 4 7″ Plates            Wood Oval Tray                  12″ Calabash Salad Serving Set

 

s2525025250Another great gift for dad is our Mason Cash Mortar and Pestle. These high-quality earthenware Mortar and Pestles are made in a design that is based on the original high quality models produced over 200 years ago. Mason Cash Mortar and Pestles are the best way to crush and grind herbs and spices. Collectable Mason Cash Mortar and Pestles have no wooden parts to absorb flavor or stains. The special matte finish inside the bowl and on the pestle enables improved crushing and grinding.  With a wider than usual pestle is easier to use than a conventional one – just easy circular movements of the wrist are required.  The Mason Cash mortar pestle is highly collectable (when you can find them) and are considered the world’s finest!

 

 

Brown Sugar Bourbon Spice Rub Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (more if your dad likes spicy food)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tbsp rubbed sage
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • ½ cup apple juice/apple cider
  • 2 oz apple cider vinegar

Instructions  – the long way for maximum flavor

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl to make a thick paste.
  • Pour into a large ziptop bag or air tight plastic container large enough to fit meat/vegetables of choice.
  • Add meat/fish vegetable to marinade.
  • Marinate according to times below.
    • Ribs – 4 hours to overnight
    • Pork Loin – 2 to 4 hours
    • Flank Steak – 1 to 2 hours
    • Chicken – 1 to 2 hours
    • Salmon 30 minutes to an hour
    • Carrots – 1 to 2 hours
    • Squash – 1 to 2 hours
    • Mushrooms – 30 minutes to an hour
    • Peppers – 30 mintutes to an hour
    • After marinating, allow food to sit on a wire rack for 30 minutes so that the sugar mixture dries.
    • Grill over low heat to desired done-ness, keeping in mind that the bourbon will cause flare ups.
    • Brush any remaining marinade over meat in the last 10 minutes of cooking.
    • Once meat is finished cooking and your marinade has caramelized and formed a nice crust, remove from heat
    • Allow meat to rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving

Instructions – the quick way for more time with dad!

  • Combine marinade ingredients to form a paste
  • Salt and pepper your desired food
  • Grill over medium grill until almost done
  • Turn grill to low heat when food is about 10 minutes from done
  • Brush the marinade onto food for last 10 minutes of cooking. Be aware of flare-ups caused by bourbon.
  • Once your meat is done and your  marinade has caramelized and formed a nice crust, remove from heat
  • Allow meat to rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

From all of us here at Pacific Merchants Trading Company, we hope that your dad has a really happy father’s day, and we hope that whether you buy your dad a mortar & pestleor the Tesla, we were able to help make shopping for dad (or cooking for dad) a little easier.  Just remember to get those orders in by June 10 so that your father’s gift gets to him on time. And remember to enter DADROCKS at checkout!

 

Enter This Week’s Tea Set Giveaway Contest!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Freebies and contests can be lots of fun for those who enter, and even more fun for those who win. This week, Pacific Merchants is going to give away another of our beautiful Price & Kensington five piece tea sets to one lucky winner!

You could win this tea set (or one like it)!

Win a Tea Set!

This week, we’re asking our facebook fans to write on our wall and let us know how they like their tea: iced or hot? Earl Grey, Green, or another variety entirely? Do you add any sweetener, or do you prefer your tea ‘au natural?’

About the Tea Set

Our winner will get to pick any color of our five piece Price & Kensington tea sets. Each of these tea sets include one 16 ounce (two cup) teapot, two tea mugs, and two over sized teapot-shaped tea caddies. There are eight colors to choose from: cobalt blue, white, yellow, orange, red, blue, purple and green.

We’ll choose our winner on Friday, April 8th, so be sure to get your entry in so that you can win, and watch our Facebook wall for the announcement of our selection!

Meet our Friend Brown Betty

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Considered by most tea lovers (both experts and novices alike) to be the finest shaped teapot in the world, the Brown Betty teapot has been long loved for its useful, well-planned shape and strong, highly durable construction.

The History of Brown Betty Teapots

In 1695, the Stoke-on-Trent region of Britain was found to have superior red-clay dirt, perfect for making stoneware in all types of shapes. It was this area that would give us the now-iconic Brown Betty Teapot, as well as Spode dinnerware, all considered “stoke pottery.” Additionally, Queen Victoria herself was a fan of the Brown Betty design, and thus helped increase its popularity throughout England.

The Benefits of the Brown Betty Shape

Price & Kensington's Brown Betty Style Teapot

Although Stoke teapots were originally shaped more like a coffee pot, stoke potters eventually began to change the shape. Ultimately, the modification of the design of stoke teapots resulted in what we now know as the Brown Betty teapot. The bulbous design of the main chamber is said to be perfect for allowing tea leaves (or tea bags, if you will) the best opportunity to swirl about the water, resulting in a more full tea flavor with less bitterness- what many consider the perfect cup of tea.

Pacific Merchants’ Brown Betty style Teapots

Pacific Merchants is thrilled to be the official United States importer of Price & Kensington, a line of Stoke pottery with over 100 years of history. Price & Kensington’s Brown Betty style teapots are fun and festive, as well as durably constructed. Pacific Merchants offers multiple colors of Brown Betty-inspired teapots, as well as teapot sets that include our color-coordinated tea mugs and tea caddies.

Learn About Scones With Pacific Merchants

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

January is National Hot Tea Month, and while there’s plenty to be said about tea on its own, we thought that now would be the perfect time to explore tea’s favorite sidekick: scones.

The Origin of the Scone

According to many reputable sources, scones most likely originated from Scotland. Made from the best white flour, scones began in a large round shape, as opposed to the triangular shape that many are formed in today. When it became time to serve the scone, it was sliced up in to quarters to be served to tea guests. There are three potential origins for the word “scone”: the Dutch, schoonbrot, and the German, sconbrot, both meaning “fine bread,” or the Gaelic, sgon, which means “large mouthful”.

Bake Your own Scones

Pacific Merchants’ own Mason Cash line has their own brand of scone mix! Available exclusively on our website, this scone mix is easy to use and delicious, and the perfect thing to make in our Mason Cash mixing bowls. We have three varieties available: original scone mix, currant scone mix, and cranberry orange scone mix, all of which are very popular.

Have A Spot of Tea with Price & Kensington

When your scones are finished baking, make sure you have your Price & Kensington tea set ready to go! Available in two-cup and four-cup sizes, our tea sets come securely packaged. Our two person tea set includes a 16 ounce tea pot, two 10-ounce mugs and two tea caddies, while our four person tea set includes a 40 ounce tea pot, four tea mugs and four tea caddies. For more information on our Mason Cash scone mix or our Price & Kensington line of tea accessories, head over to pacificmerchants.com

The Intricacies of British Tea Time

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Price & Kensington's Cobalt Teapot

In honor of January, America’s “National Hot Tea Month,” we at Pacific Merchants would like to take an opportunity to educate our readers with a little history lesson centered around the background of England’s love affair with “tea time.”

Before the British began taking ‘tea’ in the afternoon, they really had only two meals daily- breakfast and a very heavy dinner. While we in America often refer to an afternoon teatime as “high tea,” that is actually an incorrect usage of the term. High tea, also known as “meat tea,” is actually dinner. An afternoon tea is widely known as “low tea,” due to the fact that it is often served in a sitting room, around low tables (tables that most people would call coffee tables).

Tea can be served in three different sizes- the lightest meal being “cream tea,” which includes tea and scones, “light tea,” which offers just a little more with tea, scones, and sweets, and “full tea,” which is essentially an entire meal and includes tea, savories (little sandwiches or appetizers), scones, and sweets.

A few historical events contributed largely to the development of tea culture within England. First, in 1600, Queen Elizabeth the First granted permission to the John Company to develop trade routes with India, the Far East, and Asia. Although tea trade didn’t become very large until 1670, it was the development of these trade routes that eventually helped build up England’s consumption of tea.

Secondly, in 1662 King Charles the II married Infanta Catherine de Braganza. While most modern people may not know this, Catherine came with the largest dowry on record, giving King Charles (and England) posession of Tangiers, Morocco, and Bombay, as well as use of all Portuguese ports worldwide. Use of the Portuguese ports opened up England’s trading abilities unlike ever before.

It also didn’t hurt that both Charles and Catherine were tea lovers; bringing this “foreign” tradition to England had a direct effect on the upper classes, as everyone strived to be as much like royalty as possible.

When Queen Anne chose tea as her breakfast accompaniment (rather than ale), the public took notice, again causing interest in tea to skyrocket. The creation of an afternoon tea time, however, would be credited to one of Queen Anne’s ladies-in-waiting, Anna Maria Stanhope. Stanhope, the Duchess of Bedford, began taking tea in the afternoon (around four o’clock) as she had experienced a “sinking feeling” in her stomach. Initially, she had her servants sneak a pot of tea along with small amounts of food to her, but over time, she began to invite friends to partake in this very “European” approach to tea.

Over time, this afternoon tea time would become a well-loved custom, one that still stands to this date with many Brits. Pacific Merchants’ Price & Kensington line of Tea Pots, tea (and coffee) mugs and cups, and other tea accessories are the perfect addition to any tea time– morning or afternoon. Stop by our e-store and check it out for yourself!

Learn About Tea with Price & Kensington

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Get ready for your next tea party!

Most people don’t know their pekoe from their earl grey—the average person just knows their opinion of hot tea. If you’ve never found the tea that floats your boat, but would like to give it a try, take a trip with Price & Kensington and Pacific Merchants and learn what you need to know in order to find the right tea for your teapot!

Tea is made from the dried processed leaves of camellia sinensis. Chinese teas are smaller leaves that tend to grow at higher altitudes, while Indian teas usually have larger leaves and grow at lower altitudes. There are four types of tea: black, white, green, and oolong, and they differ due to the techniques used in processing.

White teas, the latest trend in tea, are not oxidized during production, so they are fired as quickly as possible in order to prevent the opportunity for oxidization. These leaves are not rolled, broken, or bruised in order to ensure a premium product, and often times you will still find tiny silver hairs of new growth present on the buds, which has led to them being dubbed “silver needle” teas. A 2004 study found that white tea can help your immune system and it is also purported that white tea has the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea variety, giving it the highest cancer-fighting power.

Black teas are leaves that are fully oxidized. Typically, these leaves are rolled and left out for up to a day in order to allow all of the moisture from within the leaves to evaporate. Often, the most caffeine is found within black teas. Black teas are known for their power in preventing strokes as they help promote high-functioning arteries, as well as their excellent anti-inflammatory properties.

Green tea leaves are not allowed to oxidize, much like white teas. The leaves are often laid out to allow for evaporation, but are then immediately steamed or pan fried in order to neutralize enzymes. The leaves are then rolled in preparation for their final drying, and then packaged. Green tea is high in antioxidants and has been found to lower LDL cholesterol levels. Additionally, green tea has been found to aid in weight loss in many studies.

Finally, oolong tea is a bruised leaf that is partially oxidized, and then steamed in order to end the oxidization process and neutralize enzymes. Some oolong teas are more like black teas, while some are more toward a green tea. Oxidization rates range from 10-70%. Some of the noted benefits of oolong tea include possible reduction in cholesterol and many people have claimed that it aids in treating digestive disorders.

No matter what type of tea you choose, or what benefits you are seeking to receive from your tea (even if it’s just a moment of relaxation), Pacific Merchants has a full variety of teapots, tea sets, and tea cups perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re having a spot of tea by yourself, or having a full-fledged tea party, take a look at Pacific Merchants wide selection of traditional Price & Kensington tea items.

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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