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WHAT A DISH ! is moving on…
After three years in La Mesa Village, “What A Dish!” Dinnerware They’ll Talk About, is closing up and moving on into the sunset. It has been quite a learning experience and a lot of fun too! For those readers who don’t know about my small shop on La Mesa Boulevard’s west end, ‘What A Dish!” is/was a dinnerware, home décor and garden shop who specialized in Fiesta Dinnerware. Sorry I missed you!
It is bitter sweet, in a way, watching a…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on April 27, 2016 at 5:09pm — No Comments
Where have all the customers gone? Just like the iconic '60's song, "long time passing!" It has become painfully obvious that many returning customers to La Mesa Village have disappeared. Sales have dropped by almost half compared to this time last year and I can't help but wonder if the streetscape construction activities, continued street closures and detours have scared people away.
I can recall not too long ago, on any given Saturday morning, regular visits from local…Continue
Scandinavian Design, But American Made
LA MESA -- “DANSK Kobenstyle cookware (and tableware) were created as a collaboration between Americans Martha and Ted Nierenberg, who discovered the work of designer Jens Quistgaard in Copenhagen and convinced him that his stylish designs could be mass-produced. Their collaboration perfectly illustrated the marriage of Scandinavian design and American…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on June 11, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
Collecting Fabulous Fiestaware !
As many La Mesa residences know, “What A Dish!” specializes in Fiesta Dinnerware. I have been collecting this American icon for over 20 years and I have approximately 350 + pieces in my personal collection. Much of my collection includes vintage items made between 1936 and 1977 (any piece manufactured after 1986 is called…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on October 21, 2014 at 7:04pm — No Comments
We, at "What A Dish!" La Mesa, are excited that the shop has been mentioned in the September issue of San Diego Home/Garden Magazine. http://www.sandiegohomegarden.com The magazine is celebrating its 35 year by highlighting "Hot Finds and Cool Stuff" Now and Then. On page 26, "What A Dish!" and the new Ergo Chef tool is outlined.…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on August 27, 2014 at 5:20pm — No Comments
Bringing The Outside Inside
LA MESA -- OK, this is it, the last big holiday of the summer, can you believe it-already. Since Labor Day weekend is all about rest, relaxation and a three day weekend, here are some easy, low key and relaxed ideas for your last big dinner party…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on August 23, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Poppy is here, just in time for your summer entertaining.
The excitement has been building for months as collectors, shoppers and retailers have been waiting with anticipation for the arrival of the newest color to the Fiestaware lineup. The wait is over with the first delivery of Poppy to…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on June 18, 2014 at 1:32pm — No Comments
You, my customers, asked for it and I listened. Urban Accents' spices and rubs are now on the shelf at "What A Dish!" I bought a great selection of European and Asian spices from around the world, they will definitely add flare to your spice cabinet and, hopefully, your food.
We have stocked: Moroccan Roast, Mushroom Truffle Hunt, Jamaican Jerk BBQ,…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on June 6, 2014 at 5:36pm — No Comments
Care and Maintenance of Cast Iron Cookware
If you are anything like me, you worship your cast iron cookware. At my house, my sister and I fought over who my mother’s iron cookware should be given to. We debated to the point of exhaustion about who deserved it more. I, luckily,…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on June 1, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Go Local La Mesa!
LA MESA -- We have all heard, or I hope you've heard, of small business Saturday. This year, 2014, marks the fourth year of the event which is hosted and promoted by American Express. It is the day after “Black Friday”, November 29th, when all good shoppers head out…Continue
Special French Toast For Mom
Blueberry Stuffed French Toast
Here’s a great French Toast recipe for Mother’s Day! Mom will love it and you for making her day a little easier.
1 loaf of french bread- cut into 1-inch cubes (5 cups)…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on May 10, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Mother’s Day-A History
Forms of “Mother’s Day” can be traced back to the ancient Greeks who celebrated mothers in pagan worship honoring the Goddess Rhea and Cybele.
The clearest modern precedent…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on April 26, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
The concept of finishing salt is straightforward: fling a carefully chosen, artisan made salt across the surface of your food, and bite. As you eat, food and salt combine-first a flash of salt…then the food…a flicker of salt and now fuller food flavors, and then a faint spark of salt catches at the richest and most complex flavors of the food. With finishing salt, the…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on April 8, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
As with fashion, dinnerware and tabletop are also influenced by industry designers trying to incorporate new trends in color, shape and patterns into their tableware collections.
With that, imaginative inspiration for new Spring/Summer collections are beginning to show up in many…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on March 29, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Well, it is finally here! The announcement that every Fiestaware collector waits for, the release for the newest color for 2014. Yesterday morning, at the International Home and Gift Show in Chicago, the Homer Laughlin China Company reveled the name and color of the newest hue-AND THE WINNER IS POPPY!!!!!!…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on March 16, 2014 at 2:02pm — No Comments
MIMBRENO DINNERWARE, A SLICE OF AMERICANA
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway is celebrated in print, song and film as the railroad that opened the Great Southwest. Stretching from the great lakes to…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on March 6, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
What can Frank at "What A Dish!" do for your next party or special event. How about you worry about the guest list and let him set the table! Not just a table,however, but the most exquisitely decorated table you and your guests have ever seen. Allow him to set the table while you relax and take all the credit-he's OK with that because that's…Continue
So, many customers come into "What A Dish!" and are surprised to find out that DANSK is an American company with Scandinavian roots. Here's a brief history on this very American company!
Dansk was started over 60 years ago by a husband and wife team, Ted and Martha Nierenberg. This entrepreneurial team recognized early after World War II the tide was…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on February 11, 2014 at 6:45pm — No Comments
Just arrived, Membreno China. For those who don't know the story behind this American icon and highly collectible china here is a little background.
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway is celebrated in print, song and film as the railroad that opened the Great Southwest. Stretching from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Fe brought…Continue
Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on February 6, 2014 at 9:05pm — No Comments
The Ins And Outs Of 'Tablescaping'
So, when it comes to tablescaping with Fiestaware, it’s all about the use of color. What is tablescaping you ask? Tablescaping is the art of decorating a table to a particular theme using…Continue