Glass Banana Split Sundae Dishes – Great for Serving Up Ice Cream Dessert

726508e2.JPGIn the days before (Shock – Horror) MacDonalds, KFC, Wendy’s and all those other fast food joints, my grandmother and I would drop into the local Adams Bruce ice cream shop for a treat when we went out shopping for the weekend groceries on Friday’s.

That’s right – the shops didn’t open over the weekend so we had to stock up on Friday with enough food to last the weekend. And as I have already mentioned there were no fast food outlets.

Adams Bruce were  and are well known throughout New Zealand for their exquisite Queen Anne Chocolates as well as their ice cream.  And if you are visiting NZ, I recommend you try some Queen Anne chocolates for an absolute taste treat.

My favorite dessert was a banana split which was served on a Glass banana Split Sundae Dish. I was able to select three scoops of ice cream and as I am very unadventurous with my food, I would select vanilla only. The lady would then slice a banana in half and place it down each side of the ice cream and also place some banana circles and strawberries on the top, then she would add cream in swirly clouds and top with hundreds and thousands – you know those little candy lollies in various colors and pop a cherry on top.

Everything in the shop was always spotless and clean and the lady behind the counter always wore a snowy white apron.  She and my  grandmother would chat for a while and then we would take a seat and wait to be served, my grandmother would have an ice cream in a cone.  But because I tended to bite the crunchy bottom off before beginning to eat the ice cream, I would invariably end up with ice cream dripping down the front of my clothes.  Hence the reason that I was given the banana split sundae.

These Anchor Hocking dessert dishes from remind me of the dishes that my banana split was served in and brought back fond memories.

The dishes come in a case of 12 and they have a large capacity so you can really show off your dessert, culinary skills.

The glass banana split sundae dishes measure 1-5/8″ in height  x 3-7/8″  in width x 8-1/4″ in length.

We found the best price for the Anchor Hocking Dessert Dishes at

My husbands family had a miniature black and white fox terrier (old and ugly it was but had been in their family for years), and whenever they took her up Karangahape Rd past Adams Bruce, Lady (ugly dogs name) would sit and not move until she was given an ice cream in a cone to eat.  Even Lady appreciated good quality ice cream.

Signature Housewares ‘Sorrento’ Serving Bowls – Rugy & Gold

signature-housewares-sorrento-serving-bowlsEverything looks great when it is served in these Signature Housewares Sorrento Serving Bowls – Ruby&Gold.

It doesn’t matter whether you are serving hot or cold snacks these bowls are up to the task.

You can serve a dip or dipping sauce in the top bowl and chips, biscuits, prawns, fruit or sliced vegetables such as carrot sticks and celery sticks  in the bottom bowl.

These Signature Housewares ‘Sorrento’ serving bowls are richly glazed stoneware  and they are as durable as they are beautiful.

Each bowl is decorated with classic bead molding and stylized leaf motifs.

I love the Italian flavor of the Sorrento bowls and I think that these 2 serving bowls in their wrought iron frame are just beautiful as well as being functional.

Where Can I Buy the Signature Housewares ‘Sorrento’ serving bowls?

Beautiful Riedel Amadeo Crystal Wine Decanters

reidel-amadeo-crystal-wine-decanterThe Riedel Amadeo Crystal Wine Decanter is both elegant and visually beautiful

This crystal decanter features a unique rounded body with flowing lines that form a U shape which end in a pour spout has a special design that gives you a drip-free flow of your favorite vino.

This beautiful U shaped decanter has been designed to commemorate the Riedel Company’s 250th Anniversary.

The Riedel Amadeo crystal wine decanter is made in Austria from hand-blown glass and is this technique that makes the design so unique that no two decanters look alike.

You can decant a full bottle of wine  into the wider side of the U, which you then use as the handle for pouring out the wine into glasses, through the narrower opening. Pouring your wine into a decanter allows your wine to fully develop before drinking.

Crafted from lead crystal, this beautiful decanter will add elegance to any table setting.

21pbinpf48l__sl500_aa200_.jpgThe decanter holds a full capacity of 59 ounces.

It is recommended that the decanter be carefully hand washed in hot, soapy water and allowed to air dry.

This beautiful Amadeo decanter is also available in opaque black. The Riedel Amadeo Lyra Decanter is also a stunningly  beautiful work of art also made from mouth-blown 24% lead crystal.

No two Lyra Decanters look alike and  its unique and challenging shape and design can only be achieved by experienced master glass blowers.

And if you are looking for the perfect gift for the wine connoisseur in your family or circle of  friends, then either of these beautiful Amadeo decanters will make an excellent choice.

Where Can I Buy the Riedel Amadeo Crystal Wine Decanter?

The BIA Cordon Bleu Oval Fish Platter

bia-cordon-bleu-oval-fish-platterWhen you cook whole fish it is often a problem finding a plate that is big enough to hold the fish for serving.

Well look no further,  the BIA Cordon Bleu Oval Fish Platter makes presenting a whole baked fish easy.

This solid white porcelain platter has a nice clean line that will compliment any dining room setting and it can be dressed up when you are entertaining or kept simple for everyday use.

This BIA Cordon Bleu Oval Fish Platter measures 23 inches so it will easily hold a whole baked fish. The platter has been highly fired and has a nice shiny gloss finish which is both microwave and dishwasher safe.

BIA Cordon Bleu was etablished in 1952 bu Monsieur Jean Mouraille, who visited France on many occasions to find the best French ovenproof porcelain. Today BIA Cordon Bleu are a leading manufacturers and distributors of  of porcelain and stoneware serving accessories, bakeware and dinnerware.

This is one of those platters that can be used to serve a number of foods other than whole fish but its nice to know that when you have made a baked whole fish that looks and smells delicious, you aren’t going to end up with bits dropping off because the fish doesn’t fit on the plate.

You will probably find it so useful you will want more than one.

Where Can I Buy the BIA Cordon Bleu Oval Fish Platter?

Schott Zwiesel – Forte Tritan Crystal Champagne Flute – Set of 6

schott-zwiesel-forte-tritan-crystal-champagne-fluteChampagne tastes better when it is drunk from a Champagne flute.

So make while you are making a toast or simply enjoying your glass of Champagne or sparkling wine at your celebration, you might want to think about getting a set of Schott Zwiesel Forte Tritan Crystal Champagne Flutes.

These beautiful titanium crystal glasses are manufactured in Germany and have been individually tempered in three zones to give them added strength.

So as well as looking elegant and stylish, these glasses are highly resilient to accidental breakages and chipping and you can also safely pop them in the dishwasher without having to worry about them breaking or chipping while being washed.

Where Can I Buy Schott Zwiesel Forte Tritan Crystal Champagne Flutes ?