Frank Robert Dittmer's Blog (26)

What A Dish Is Closing Shop !

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on April 27, 2016 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Where Have All The Customers Gone!

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on September 11, 2015 at 6:06pm — 1 Comment

La Mesa Business

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on June 11, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Start collecting Fiesta Dinnerware

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on October 21, 2014 at 7:04pm — No Comments

A Cut Above

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.…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on August 27, 2014 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Labor Day: Summer's Last Gasp

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on August 23, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Fiestaware Poppy is Here!

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on June 18, 2014 at 1:32pm — No Comments

New Spices at "What A Dish!"

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,…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on June 6, 2014 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Cast Iron Cookware Care and Maintenance

Care and Maintenance of Cast Iron Cookware

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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,…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on June 1, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

La Mesa Business

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on May 22, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

La Mesa Mother's Day

 Special French Toast For Mom

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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.

INGREDIENTS:

1 loaf of french bread- cut into 1-inch cubes (5 cups)…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on May 10, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Remember Mom on May 11th

Mother’s Day-A History

Mother’s Day is a world-wide holiday honoring motherhood. It was created in American by Anna Jarvis in 1908. It became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on April 26, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Artisan Finishing Salts

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on April 8, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Summer Dinnerware Trends

"What A Dish!"

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on March 29, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The New Fiestaware color for 2014 is...

"What A Dish!" website

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!!!!!!…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on March 16, 2014 at 2:02pm — No Comments

La Mesa Culinary Arts

MIMBRENO DINNERWARE, A SLICE OF AMERICANA

"What A Dish!"

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on March 6, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tablescapping Service Now Available At "What A Dish!"

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on February 19, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

DANSK: American Company, Scandinavian Design

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on February 11, 2014 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Membreno China new at "What A Dish!"

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on February 6, 2014 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Tablescaping 101

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…

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Added by Frank Robert Dittmer on January 12, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

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