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Set a Memorable Dining Ambiance through Stylish Glassware for Everyday Dining
Posted by Ann Marie on 2/18/2015 to Inspirations
Everyday dining and entertaining at home provides a cost-effective way to host friends and family members. By doing it at home, you can save time, prepare healthy food options and avoid the restaurant’s reservation system that tells you when to eat lunch, not the other way around. But hosting dinner parties and even pulling off everyday dining can be a problem if you are not backed by appropriate utensils and glassware that can be used by guests. Aside from great food and china, quality glassware is also a requirement when it comes to pulling off a memorable dinner for family and guests.
Preparing and Enjoying Coffee- What’s the Best Approach?
Posted by Ann Marie on 2/1/2015 to Inspirations
A hot cup of freshly-made cappuccino often serves as the choice drink for individuals who are fresh from sleep, who wants to shake-off the call of bed. For busy office workers, a hot coffee latte serves as a ‘wake-up call’ and energy boost for the next few hours’ worth of work. Or it can also serve as the best partner for a cup of rich chocolate cake, a combination considered by many as one of the best combination in culinary world. Coffee is universal and appeals to different individuals, thus it’s expected that there are differences on how these are prepared and enjoyed. And if you love your cup of coffee every morning, it’s best to know the different coffee preparations available.
Jasmine Monkey King Tea
Posted by Ann Marie on 1/14/2015 to Inspirations
Known as the oldest scented green tea from the high mountains of the Hunan province, this select green tea is scented with delicate white jasmine blossoms. The dried tea is a colorful combination of light to dark greens with many white tips and a few jasmine flowers. The brewed tea has an intoxicating aroma that is fresh and strong, yet the flavor is mellow and relaxing. Monkey King Jasmine makes a wonderful evening tea.
Chai Tea
Posted by Ann Marie on 12/20/2014 to Inspirations
Chai is one of the most popular teas used in many parts of the world. It was originated from India. It is milk based tea and made up of the combination of sweetener, heavy milk and various spices and rich black tea. But the use of spices varies from place to place. It has been one of the most popular in Eastern countries. Chai tea is a great alternative to coffee. It is suited for both cold and warm regions and climates. Indian based Chai tea is made using herb supplements such as pepper, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. This tea gives a soothing and warming effect. It has natural beneficial digestive properties. 
3 Cities From Behind the Iron Curtain You Must Visit
Posted by Ann Marie on 12/1/2014 to Inspirations
It’s been years now since the world was last separated in two blocks during the Cold War. The West has won, and the division line in Europe, known as the Iron Curtain, slowly started to fade. Still, because of the years spent behind that line, some countries, and their capital cities, didn’t receive the attention from travelers they rightfully deserved. Everybody knows that, when in Europe, you have to see Paris, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Rome and Vienna, but is that really all there is to Europe? It’s not, of course. Here are three cities that used to be behind the Iron Curtain you should visit on your tour of Europe.
How to Taste Coffee: Your Guide to Coffee Cupping
Posted by Ann Marie's on 11/22/2014 to Inspirations
Cupping coffee is a wonderful hobby that can teach anyone how to fully appreciate and love coffee. Tasting and smelling coffee so that you can discern its flavors and scents are activities that the entire family can enjoy doing together. 
What is Fair Trade Coffee and Why is it Better?
Posted by Ann Marie's Coffee & Tea on 11/22/2014 to Inspirations
According to the principles of Fair Trade USA, fair trade standards "allow the many different producers of agricultural commodities to participate and compete in international markets in ways that are fair and equitable today and help them to progress and acquire greater business capacity over time."
Coffee for Inspiration
Posted by Ann Marie's on 11/3/2014 to Inspirations
Coffee – one of the greatest sensual indulgences of humanity. The spark of inspiration and the toast to muses. How much, without coffee, would not be accomplished!
Why You Need an Ann Marie's Fine European Gift Concierge
Posted by Ann Marie's on 10/19/2014 to Inspirations
A personal Ann Marie's fine gift concierge can help you find the perfect gift, set up a new home, and teach you about products from Europe and the stories behind them.
4 Reasons Why Tea Sets Make for a Great Gift
Posted by Ann Marie on 10/5/2014 to Inspirations

A lot of people drink tea and coffee on a regular basis at home. This is why coming up with a tea set that you yourself put together will make for a useful and meaningful gift.

Just imagine how actual tea leaves combined with carefully chosen teapots, cups and saucers, and even spoons and infusers packaged as one will make your loved one feel. Such sets are great presents for weddings, anniversaries, house blessings, and birthdays. They are also wonderful as tokens of appreciation and gratitude.

Distinctive R. Wood Ceramics
Posted by Ann Marie on 7/29/2014 to Inspirations
R. Wood Ceramics are absolutely and exquisitely simple and reflect much love and care that goes into making every piece.
What's In A Name?
Posted by Ann Marie on 7/17/2014 to Inspirations
When we go to the coffee shop and order a cup of coffee we find ourselves with a choice. Light or Dark? This simplistic choice is really a sad thing to hear, since the differences between those two grades is rather significant.
4 Super Spices to Turn Ordinary Cooking Into Great
Posted by Ann Marie on 7/1/2014 to Inspirations
So if you want to spice things up, in your kitchen and in your life, get adventurous with your nose and taste buds using the following aromas and flavors of these popular condiments.
Wedding Registry: Dinnerware
Posted by Ann Marie on 6/22/2014 to Inspirations
When you sign up for your wedding registry, one of the most important things is your dinnerware. Even if you aren’t big on entertaining, your dinnerware – both casual and formal – is the focal point of your table.
Different Types of Dinnerware
Posted by Ann Marie on 6/19/2014 to Inspirations
Purchasing a dinnerware set can often be an overwhelming process. There are so many different options available that it is hard to know where to begin the search.
Tea Time
Posted by Ann Marie on 3/31/2014 to Inspirations
The ever-delightful practice of having afternoon tea originated from the time of Britain’s royal duchess of Bedford, Anna. Anna enjoyed drinking tea and eating light refreshments during the afternoon at a time when the British were known to only eat breakfast and dinner.  Because it was such a novelty that was met with significantly excellent reception, the Duchess transformed the occasion into a social event by inviting friends, thereby creating a charming custom now known and practiced by Brits everywhere: the afternoon tea.
Not just Gucci
Posted by Ann Marie on 3/5/2012 to Inspirations
"Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy." --Bertrand Russell
The Food, Florence Italy
Posted by Ann Marie on 3/1/2012 to Inspirations
The Tuscan Table
Day 1 Florence
Posted by Ann Marie on 2/29/2012 to Inspirations
Lovely Boutique
Golden Pass
Posted by Ann Marie on 2/28/2012 to Inspirations
A romantic way to travel in Switzerland.
Le Menu
Posted by Ann Marie on 2/27/2012 to Inspirations
Farewell, Swiss Riviera
Hiking in the Vineyards
Posted by Ann Marie on 2/25/2012 to Inspirations
Spring in Switzerland
Posted by Ann Marie on 2/25/2012 to Inspirations
We arrived with Spring in Switzerland
First Stop Switzerland
Posted by Ann Marie on 2/23/2012 to Inspirations
Off to see a bit of the world...Switzerland and Italy.

Greetings from the road.  Our first adventure stop was Zurich where we landed and took the train via Lausanne to Vivey where we're visiting my husband's Swiss family.

Off to Find Treasures
Posted by Ann Marie on 1/25/2012 to Inspirations
New York, Deruta Pottery and more inspirations for the new season.
Meeting Rebecca Wood
Posted by Ann Marie on 1/17/2012 to Inspirations
Meeting Rebecca Wood
Posted by Ann Marie on 12/25/2011 to Inspirations
In Britain, Canada, New Zealand and some states of Australia, Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday, much like the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.
Happy Holidays and Thank You.
Posted by Ann Marie on 12/23/2011 to Inspirations
Reflections of the Year and Many Thank You's
The Holiday Shopping
Posted by Ann Marie on 11/16/2011 to Inspirations
Holiday Shopping inspiration from Ann Marie
Tea and Emma Bridgewater
Posted by Ann Marie on 10/14/2011 to Inspirations
Tea and Emma Bridgewater

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~New Dinnerware for Spring
~Set a Memorable Dining Ambiance through Stylish Glassware for Everyday Dining
~Should Your Weight Loss Plan Include Coffee and Tea?
~The Science-Backed Benefits of Tea
~Preparing and Enjoying Coffee- What’s the Best Approach?
~Jasmine Monkey King Tea
~Why Your Pottery is So Special
~Chai Tea
~Four Lifestyle Choices Americans Can Steal from Europeans
~Gift Ideas to Help With Holiday Shopping

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