Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Hide the Villeroy & Boch Stemware... Susan and Mike are Coming to our Beach House! How 'Bout a Cup of NewWave Caffe Instead?
We have a long-running joke with our dear friends Susan and Mike that involves the kind of tit-for-tat that sends each couple running to hide the good crystal when the other comes to visit. It started almost three years ago with the 2005 Children's Holiday Open House we hosted at our home in the Roxiticus Valley, New Jersey. Unbeknownst to host Rex or hostess Roxy, Mike broke one of the Villeroy & Boch white wine glasses in our dining room armoire. He believed he had cleaned up the damage, never to be discovered, though I never understood the mysterious shards of glass in our cutlery organizer. A month or so later, Rex, London, Maddie and I were having dinner at Susan and Mike's house when I whacked a glass full of Cabernet clean in half and sent it sailing and spilling into my steak and across their dinner table. Instead of being horrified, Mike got a big grin on his face, said "we're even," and proceeded to reveal his secret Christmas party crime. This chain of events has continued across so many visits that Susan told me as she made plans to visit our beach house in Bay Head that she's found a Villeroy and Boch online replacement shopping site and is prepared to stuff our stockings before this year's Children's Holiday Open House.
In addition to re-stocking the stemware at our beach house (we're down to three white wine glasses here), we've discovered Villeroy & Boch's cool NewWave Caffe mugs that you can see in the image at the top of this post. With an innovative design (yet a stable base to avoid the anticipated risk of breakage), these mugs seem just right to serve up an after-dinner cappucino and biscotti to sober up the crystal-breakers before our families head out to Take a Walk on the Boardwalk in Pt. Pleasant Beach. We don't have a cappucino maker here at the beach in Bay Head, but I did bring the Keurig down from our Mendham home so that I can make single-serve flavored coffees (or an individual mug of decaf for Grammy) through Labor Day weekend.
I'm pretty sure I've also seen these NewWave Caffe mugs in action over at Bay Point Prime, where Dennis Foy serves up big white mugs of crispy french fries as an appetizer for London and Maddie while Rex and I enjoy his signature Tian of Crab. My Southpaw Rex will be happy to learn that the NewWave Caffe line includes a left-handed mug, as well as a sister pattern NewWave Dinnerware, though we're quite content with our Villeroy & Boch Basket Weave pattern. The best news of all? It's all 50% off through the end of August, so no matter how many Villeroy & Boch mugs or dinner plates our guests break, we can replace it on the cheap before Labor Day. Wish us luck!