Spring Fever!

Spring Has Sprung at Placewares!

This is one of our favorite times on the North Coast. The whales are running, the seals are pupping, and the wildflowers are blooming. We also love the longer days and the warming (and drying) weather, which means more outdoor time: beachcombing, hiking, maybe a return to the tennis court, sunset watching and definitely gardening for the green thumbs among us. If you’ve got one, we recommend our Smart Scissors Pruner, sourced for our Made in Japan show last year and now a mainstay in the shop. The rust-proof blade makes it easy to trim flowers, herbs, and even small branches without straining your muscles. 

Setting a Spring Table

And for a spring table, we love the Krenit Bowl and the wide spectrum of colors and sizes it comes in that you can mix and match. Designed by Herbert Krenchel in Denmark in the 1950’s, this enduring design was out of production until it was brought back in 2008. Since then, it’s been a favorite at Placewares. These are great for decorative purposes or for serving snacks during sunset drinks overlooking the sea (or the city).

Furry Friends

When Shev was expecting his first nephew’s arrival back in 2002, we happened to learn the news while in Paris. We picked up an incredibly plush, bright orange rabbit at Le Bon Marche, and this was given to our nephew on our first meeting. Though he’s a teenager now, “Hop” still has pride of place in his bedroom, and our love at first sight with the Jellycat line of stuffed animals is going strong fifteen years later. This year, we made it a point to stock plush versions of the animals you see when you are here on the coast or en route, so you’ll find lambs, whales, rabbits, foxes, seals, cows, pigs (and dogs, cats, and bears). We’ve especially loved seeing how many adults bring one of these homes for themselves.

The Softest Fox

Up Your Grilling Game

And with spring, the grill can come back out. One of our favorite dishes is grilled vegetables. We marinate them in olive oil and Omnivore Salt, and then brush on one of our chili pastes from Entube. We met Entube’s founder, Richard Lasalle, at a mutual friend’s party, and we count ourselves very lucky as we can’t live without Entube at this point. Available in Harissa, Indian Curry, and Umeboshi (spicy salted Japanese plum) varieties, they are great on most anything that wants a flavor boost. We are also returning to a regimen we followed in the fall using the Umeboshi paste as a daily balancing tonic: 1 tsp of Entube, warm filtered water, and honey to taste. It will put a spring in your step for sure!

Entube Umeboshi pasteEntube Curry PasteEntube Harissa paste