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two things from Ikea that I like

#1: Sexy tumblers. There is a restaurant near us, Bar del Corso, that serves wine in low, wide tumblers. I’ve always found them very pleasing so I was happy to find similarly shaped glasses at Ikea recently and they’ve become my default vessel for sipping rose wine out of. Two things: at $3 for a set of six glasses they are ridiculously affordable, and if you buy them pay attention to how the packaging they come in unfolds into a single rectangle of cardboard, it’s a remarkable feat of engineering.

We’ve also been using these for cocktails but they aren’t necessarily ideal as lowball/Old Fashioned glasses, especially if you’re really into your ice and are using ice spheres. The average ice ball is taller than these glasses which makes for some awkward sipping. We’ve been using the ice sphere molds from Tovolo recently which are 2.5″ in diameter and they are definitely too large in this particular glass, but the ice from the King Ice Cube Tray fit nicely.

These also work great as little serving dishes and are shown here with a few of my current favorite snacks from Trader Joe’s: Crunchy Curls and Dark Chocolate Almonds with sea salt which aren’t pretty but they are unstoppably delicious. I can’t stop eating them send help. Back to the tumblers, I recently spotted the same size/shape of glasses at West Elm that had thinner walls, they were definitely finer glassware. Looks like CB2 carries some of the same style as well.

#2: Big bowls. We live in a part of town with lots of pho restaurants, it’s far easier to find great pho than a burger. Pho is best eaten out of nice big bowls but we didn’t have those so we were using two different sized glass mixing bowls, it looked kinda silly. I somehow convinced myself that the healing powers of this soup were diminished by lack of proper bowls so I set out to find ones that would work. It’s summer now but hey look, I finally found the perfect bowls! They are also great for nights when you need a Really Big Salad for dinner. Or a Really Big Bowl Of Pasta. You know.

These are 9″ serving bowls that are almost half spheres, a very pleasing size and shape. According to the description these are made from a porcelain that is lightweight, strong and will hopefully stand up to my clumsy handling. If the price on these seems a little high to you the Skack serving bowl at Ikea is the exact same size and shape but it’s made from stoneware that is a little thicker and heavier.

I’ve shown the bowls here filled with popcorn because it was 84 degrees the day I took this photo and hot soup just didn’t seem that appealing. I added the chopsticks for scale and also because I’m really terrible at using chopsticks and I’ve been using popcorn to train myself. Someday I will be able to get through an entire meal without needing to ask for a fork.

update: We use these bowls so often I went back to buy two more and discovered that they aren’t quite the same as the ones we originally purchased. The new batch it’s quite as bright white, they are a significant bit heavier and they lack the incredible glossy smooth finish. Subtle differences but somehow all the charm has been sucked out of the final product. Still, a nice big bowl has become an important part of making a big salad into a particularly fine dinner option.

· comments [10] · 06-17-2015 · categories:shopping ·

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  • 1 Denise from Savannah // Jun 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Could the ice spheres be made without connecting the mold? It seems you could make half spheres so they wouldn’t go above the glass edge. And if flat on the bottom, there’d be no clinking. If not possible, too bad. Cool glasses though.

  • 2 Charissa // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Nice finds! I always find IKEA to be overwhelming so it’s nice to have some specific items to keep an eye out for.

    What do you think, do you like Bar del Corso? We went once, loved the meatballs as an appetizer but thought the pizza tasted too burnt. Have been meaning to go back for the fried(?) cauliflower.

  • 3 megan // Jun 17, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Denise – That is a very smart idea! The king sized ice cubes don’t leave much room for anything more than a decent pour of bourbon, a half sphere ice cube might work really nicely in this case.

  • 4 megan // Jun 17, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Charissa – I’ve only had the pizza once and I don’t remember there being anything wrong with it. On three separate occasions we’ve gone in and just ordered appetizers and sides, and yes the cauliflower was really delicious. When we went it was romanesco cauliflower and it was sauteed. We’ve had the meatballs to and some arancini (which might have been a special) which were amazing. We order sides there because, as you know, we live in such a woodfired pizza-dense part of the city that we have actually found ourselves sort of tired of pizza. Which, heh, suuuch a terrible problem to have.

  • 5 alison // Jun 18, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Espiral Rosè! My lifeblood!! I also prefer drinking my wine out of non-wine glasses, and I love that headcount double as cute serving dishes!

  • 6 alison // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Blergh! Autocorrect! ^these instead of headcount

  • 7 megan // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Alison – I picked it up at Trader Joes and it’s lovely. I’ll have to add it to my list of things to grab when I trek out to a TJs.

  • 8 Courtney // Jun 21, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I’ll need to get some of the large bowls. We bought Uwajimaya blue koi bowls for pho but we eat giant salads for lunch out of big metal mixing bowls currently, which is less than ideal.

  • 9 megan // Jun 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Courtney – The Uwajimaya near me didn’t have any big bowls, I looked there first!

    I’ve eaten salad out of these many times now and it’s like a luxury salad, like I’m at a fancy restaurant and they want my salad experience to be as memorable as a thick steak. A womb of nourishing salad, if you will. Also, the large bowls work especially nicely if you’re likely to be eating said salad while watching tv (as we can be found most dinner times), you’re much less likely to drop leaves onto the couch. Ha, hahah.

  • 10 Michelle // Jun 25, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I use chopsticks to eat popcorn because nothing makes me crazier than greasy fingers, but now that I think about it, my chopstick skills are pretty legit because of it. Good luck with your training!

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