How to Make Takeout Look Like a Million Bucks

Summer’s here, and although we can’t all be sailing with Beyonce and Jay Z around the Mediterranean, you can definitely live la dolce vita at home.  Here’s how you do it.

Start with takeout salad and sandwiches from your local deli.

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Five Minutes: The Perfect Summer Alfresco Parties

Summer’s around the corner, which means longer days and more time outdoors.  Here are five ideas (only five minutes each!) to get you dining alfresco.

Keep things simple by choosing pieces that won’t break, can easily be mixed and matched (since there are always extra guests), and can quickly be thrown in the dishwasher after the party’s over.  Who said dining outdoors couldn’t be ultra-chic?

WEEKENDS

 

Berry and Thread Melamine Dinnerware

Braided Basket Oval Placemat

Fleur Polycarbonate Teal Stemware

Juliska Bamboo Flatware

Madrid Turquoise Paper Napkins

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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

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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How to Keep Your Mattresses, Pillows, Duvets, and Featherbeds Clean

Considering that we use our beds and pillows every day, very few of us think about properly protecting them.  But between the inevitable accidents, allergies, and concerns over dust mites and bed bugs, it’s a good idea to be proactive.  Here are a few simple solutions to keeping your bedrooms clean.

  1. Keep your bedroom cool and dry.
  2. Eliminate clutter.
  3. Choose a hypoallergenic mattress.
  4. Use mattress, pillow, duvet, and featherbed protectors (more on that below).  They offer protection against spills and accidents, and reduce the amount of sweat, dirt, hair, and body cells that make it onto your bed.  If bugs are a concern, wrap your mattress, box spring, and pillows in allergen-blocking bed coverings.
  5. Air out your bed for 10-15 minutes before making it each morning.  If you have a ceiling fan, turn it on to circulate air.
  6. Wash your linens once a week, using your regular detergent or Linen Wash.  Wash your pillows and duvets with Down Wash as needed.
  7. Vacuum regularly.  Vacuums with double-layered micro-filter bags or a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are best for containing dust.
  8. Keep your windows closed, or install screens in all your windows.
  9. Keep food and drinks away from your bed.
  10. Have your pets sleep on a separate bed.  Even the best behaved pets walk outside, drool, shed hair, and have the occasional accident.

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