Gracious Time: 1 Minute to Connect with Your Family on Any Day

Has this ever happened to you?

You come home busy from a day at work. You don’t have time to cook one of those amazing meals you’ve seen on the cover of a magazine or on Pinterest. The “Easy Weeknight Dinner” that requires eight or ten different ingredients, 30 minutes of prep time, and 30 minutes of cooking time is an hour you don’t have.

No, the best you can do tonight is takeout, uberEats, or a frozen entree from the Whole Foods.

Oh well, tonight won’t be a special night.

Anyway, you got some emails to catch up on while you eat. You got a text to answer. Take a break by checking Facebook. Oh, what a cute puppy on Instagram.

Unfortunately, once you start doing that, everybody else around you starts doing that too. Pretty soon you’re so used to being on your phone, it doesn’t matter if you’re dining at home, at a restaurant, or at a resort by the beach.

But it really doesn’t have to be that way. It only takes a minute to set things up and connect with your loved ones, even if you don’t cook. It’s time for “Gracious Time”:

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What to Know About RabLabs Products

Which materials are used in RabLabs designs?

RabLabs designs are created using semi-precious gemstones, combined with pure silver, 24k gold, and rose gold. They also utilize materials like stainless steel, plated metals, and glass.  These materials are chosen to last forever, and to retain their quality for generations to come.  Each piece is unique, because of the materials, and the variation in the designs. Read more

Why You Need A Rock Star At Home: RabLabs’ Anna Rabinowicz

One of my favorite things about meeting new people is hearing their stories.  I especially love hearing about people like designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who started doing one thing, moved on to something else, and then finally took all those pieces together and ended up creating something that’s unique to him.

So when I found out that RabLabs founder Anna Rabinowicz went from designing prosthetics to working with gemstones, my ears were piqued.  How did that happen?

RabLabs Founder Anna Rabinowicz (courtesy RabLabs)

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How Gucci and Alessandro Michele Are Making Richard Ginori Great Again

Founded in 1735 by a Florentine aristocrat, Richard Ginori is one of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in Europe. It is easily the most distinguished manifattura of fine porcelain tableware in Italy, meaning that all production takes place under one roof, so quality is very consistent.

For nearly 300 years, it’s been very closely associated with Italy and its history. Its pieces have graced museums, luxury liners, restaurants, luxury hotels, and fine tables around the world. It has made collections for the Vatican and has featured designs by top Italian architects like Gio Ponti and Paola Novane. Read more

8 Ways to Turn Dining into Art like Thomas Keller

Thomas Keller.  Among all the celebrity chefs, he is known as the ultimate perfectionist: The best ingredients.  Flawless technique.  Perfect finish.  This is probably why he has won numerous James Beard awards and is the only American chef with two top-rated Michelin 3-star restaurants: The French Laundry in Napa Valley, which revolutionized fine dining, and Per Se in New York, which took it to a new level.

The secret of his success, though, is not just great cooking. Keller also knows how to make his culinary creations look like art.  He’s such an expert on presenting food, he even designed his own Limoges porcelain dinnerware.

After some studying, we uncovered some of his secrets for showcasing food as art.  Whether you’re a star chef or rely on uberEats, we hope these techniques will take your meals to new levels of sophistication:

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