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BRB Buying: Susan Alexandra’s Skate Kitchen-Inspired Bracelet

The Wolfpack (2015) director Crystal Moselle’s debut feature film Skate Kitchen just made its New York City premiere three days ago. The film is a fictionalized take on the experiences of a real-life, all-girl skate collective co-founded by Rachelle Vinberg. The Long Island native, who is also an illustrator, sketched a banana that eventually became the group’s logo and an important motif in the film (Rachelle and her cohorts even smoke weed out of a banana in the movie).

Related | The ‘Skate Kitchen’ Roundtable

To celebrate the film’s release, New York-based jewelry and accessories designer Susan Alexandra created a bronze bracelet embellished with bananas and a green skateboard. A portion of the sales proceeds from the playful accessory — which is handmade in Manhattan like all of Alexandra’s designs — will benefit the Lower East Side Girls Club. The organization offers programs on arts, sciences, leadership, and more gratis to girls from economically disadvantaged families living in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood.

Skate Kitchen Bracelet, $148;

Image via Instagram / Product Images Courtesy of Susan Alexandra

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Things you should never put in the dishwasher

What’s the strangest thing you’ve put in the dishwasher? Consumer Reports asked readers to come clean. Car parts and computer keyboards are just some of the things that, apparently, wind up in dishwashers across the country.

The thinking goes something like this: If a dishwasher does a good job cleaning dirty dishes and greasy pots, it must be able to clean other stuff, too. But major manufacturers Consumer Reports spoke to say that putting things in the dishwasher that aren’t deemed dishwasher-safe is not a good idea. Doing so can affect the dishwasher, the item — or both.  

One reader said she washes her teen’s funky-smelling baseball caps in her dishwasher. Another swears that the dishwasher is the easiest way to clean Crocs but adds that you should put the plastic shoes back on your feet while warm from the dishwasher so that they still fit. (Crocs’ website warns that a dishwasher’s heat can shrink or warp the shoes.)

And car engine valves? A trip through the dishwasher ruined a set, according to yet another Consumer Reports reader.

Here’s what can ruin your dishwasher

“The dishwasher is designed to clean dishes, glasses, silverware, pots, and pans. That’s about it,” says Larry Ciufo, the engineer who oversees Consumer Reports’ dishwasher tests.

“Grease from car parts or machine parts can clog the wash system, and, once clogged, the water can’t circulate to clean dishes,” Ciufo says. “A partial clog allows the water to circulate. But that also means the grease can recirculate through the system, even winding up on your dishes.”

Worse yet, your dishwasher won’t last as long. Machinery parts, along with tools used for painting, auto repairs, and gardening, are the most common examples of items placed in the dishwasher that can shorten its life, according to Joseph Spina, a spokesman for Electrolux, which makes Electrolux and Frigidaire dishwashers.

And then there are the less obvious offenders. A plastic container goes into the dishwasher, then melts, and pieces can break off and wind up in the filter, even damaging it. Labels on jars become unglued during a cycle and can clog the wash system, says Jeff Beck, dishwasher product manager for Kenmore.

Here’s what your dishwasher can ruin

Between cycles, a dishwasher’s water line can retain food particles, or residue from the detergent or rinse aid. A keyboard put in the dishwasher can end up with bits of food next to the shift key, and a baseball cap may emerge with bleach spots.

For safety’s sake, certain plastics shouldn’t be washed in a dishwasher. “A dishwasher’s heat can cause harmful chemicals such as phthalates and BPA to leach from plastics that contain them,” says Don Huber, director of product safety for Consumer Reports. If the manufacturer says the plastic is dishwasher-safe, place it on the top rack—away from the heating element. And don’t select cycles that use higher wash or dry temperatures, such as the “sanitize” cycle when washing plastic.

Here’s what else can happen when you put odd things in the dishwasher, according to manufacturers and Consumer Reports experts.

Bras. With no agitation and no tumbling, you can sort of understand why someone might put a bra in the dishwasher. Sort of. It’s the detergent that’s the rub. Both laundry detergent and dish detergent are too sudsy to use in a dishwasher and can cause it to overflow. Dishwasher detergents, on the other hand, may contain degreasers, bleach, and rinse aids, which aren’t ideal for cleaning delicate fabrics. In addition, the heat of the dishwasher may damage the bra, says Carole Crosslin, a spokesperson for HanesBrands, maker of 11 bra brands.

Brass and bronze. High temperatures and detergent can discolor or pit these metals. The same is true for copper and pewter. It’s better to wash them by hand with water and a mild detergent.

Cast-iron cookware. Seasoning (the baked-on oil) is the secret to a great cast-iron pan. It helps form a slick surface for cooking and prevents rust. If you clean your cast-iron pan in the dishwasher, it can remove the seasoning, according to Lodge, a maker of cast-iron pans. For everyday cleaning, rinse with water or use a paper towel to wipe your skillet clean.

Computer keyboards. Even if the keys come out clean, water might remain in the keyboard. You may have experienced something similar if you’ve ever spilled coffee or soda on your keyboard.

Fish. Some folks “cook” salmon, wrapped in foil, in their dishwasher. Manufacturers don’t recommend doing that. LG doesn’t test its dishwashers for cooking, says Taryn Brucia, a company spokesperson. “There’s also the question of whether certain foods (like fish and eggs) will be heated well enough in the dishwasher to kill pathogens like Salmonella,” she says. “Water temperature will not be as consistent in a dishwasher as compared to a stove.”

Gold leaf. It can be tempting to put a set of your good china with gold-leaf in the dishwasher, especially after hosting a big dinner party. But don’t. The gold can discolor or fade.

Insulated mugs. Here’s the problem with travel mugs that aren’t labeled dishwasher-safe: When you use the normal cycle, the exterior of the mug is exposed to water and high temperatures, which can damage the vacuum seal that exists between the inner and outer layers, LG’s Brucia says. “If water gets in that seal, it could affect the mug’s ability to retain heat,” she says.

Potatoes. It may seem expedient to spread out a 5-pound bag of potatoes on the top rack, but it’s better to just rinse the dirt off in the sink. Residual soap and rinse aid in the dishwasher’s water line can spritz the spuds, leaving them not so clean after all.

Sharp knives. Even if labeled dishwasher-safe, it’s better to wash knives by hand. Sharp knives can become dull after rubbing against other cutlery in the basket.

Wooden items. Wood, water, and heat aren’t a great mix, and can result in your wooden cutting board or salad bowls warping and cracking.

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You can get All-Clad cookware at amazing prices right now

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If you’re an amateur home cook or just a kitchen enthusiast, you want to fill your kitchen with the best cookware money can buy. But you can’t always spend that kind of money you might want to do so. Thankfully, every so often All-Clad holds a crazy sale, so us novice chefs can get some of the best kitchen products without breaking the bank.

Right now, you can save up to 80% on this high-end cookware brand as part of their Factory Seconds VIP Summer Clearance Event. Plus, you can save an extra 10% if you spend $150 or more (which honestly isn’t that hard to do). You just need to use the code “ACSUMMER18” to access these amazing deals. This sale runs until 12:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, August 15, so if you’ve ever wanted All-Clad cookware, now may be the time to buy.

The All-Clad brand is known for long-lasting, high-quality kitchen products with a sleek stainless steel finish that looks amazing in any kitchen, and these discounts on popular items are incredible. For example, you can get an 8-inch and 10-inch nonstick fry pan set for just $40 (that’s $50 in savings!). There are also plenty of other pots, pans, griddles, knives, bakeware, kitchen accessories, and more with similar discounts.

The one catch of this sale, though, is that all of these products are factory seconds—but there’s actually no need for concern. All this means is that these products couldn’t be sold at full price due to minor imperfections like surface scratches and dents, which typically happens anyways after some normal usage and should not affect the integrity of the cookware.

If you want flawless cookware, this might not be the sale for you. But for those of us who can look past the surface, you can score some amazing deals on new high-end items to upgrade your kitchen.

Use the code “ACSUMMER18” to access the All-Clad VIP Factory Seconds Sale

Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.

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Tomkin Brings Stunningly Designed Kitchenware and Tableware from Global Brands!

Sydney, New South Wales – August 13, 2018 – Tomkin, a renowned leader in the hospitality industry, carefully develops and selects global best tableware that your customers will love. Tapping into numerous different trends, from cutlery to glasses, their versatile collections are a must in any design-led restaurants. Their collection range encompasses tableware, dinnerware, kitchenware, cutlery and much more. All their products, mix and match with the tablecloth to curate the perfect look of any restaurant.

When asked about the company, one of the Managers added, “Our reputation is built by our selection of industry-leading products. This is only due to the solid partnership and long-standing relationships with our suppliers, warehouses and factories. We are proudly benchmarked by our quality product guarantee that cements the use of high-grade materials, our commitment to development and research along with eco-friendly manufacturing practices.”

On further discussion, he added “with over 7000 different products, we provide a range of cookware, cutlery, glassware, kitchenware and dinnerware. Our products and brands are perfect for commercial as well as consumer use. We have great relationships and a solid partnership with all our factory suppliers”.

Where, one of the Managers said, “With 40 years of expertise and excellence, we supply products only from the best brands around the world, like the Chef Inox Australia stainless steel and aluminium cookware, that will make cooking experience much easier. “

“We also supply an extensive range of adoring Tablekraft Australia which has quickly become an elite design and modernised tradition”, he added.

We met another spokesperson who was excited to share about their collections. He added “Our range of collections is so good that anyone will fall in love with. From Stolzle Australia glassware to other breathe taking cutlery set, these amazing products are highly durable and designed with a touch of elegance. They perfectly balance price and performance.”

We met one of their customers who added, “Beautiful! What more can I say about their products? These guys are rocking with their designs and collections. This is the second time we have ordered for our restaurant from Tomkin, and we are impressed every time! Hoping to work more with them!”

To conclude, with all the discussions we can say, one can bring an elegant sense to their restaurant with a contemporary style with Tomkins collections. These long-lasting ones will add a great appealing look to the tables and kitchen.

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Wayfair Is Having A HUGE Sale On KitchenAid Products

Wayfair’s budget-friendly price tags on furniture, small appliances, and decor always grab our attention, and when sales happen, it’s even harder to stay keep shopping carts lean. This week’s end-of-summer sales mean major price cuts on kitchen basics and small electrics, kitchen organization tools, and best of all, KitchenAid products. Wayfair’s “rare sale” includes mixers, blenders, toasters, and more. Scroll down for some of the biggest savings — like $300 off a six-quart stand mixer! P.S.: Sales end September 3, but products may sell out sooner.

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Mesa Opens Kids Cooking School

New Albany, IN-based Mesa, A Collaborative Kitchen, cooking school and gourmet shop, recently opened the Mesa Kids Cooking School.

According to the retailer’s website, the cooking school is designed for children who have the desire to learn how to bake and cook. The school’s goal is to teach children techniques being used today and old world basics that are being used in the culinary industry across the world. The classes are taught by culinary instructors and the retailer stated it provides a kitchen that is a safe environment.

The school also offers sponsorship opportunities where individuals or businesses can donate money for scholarships for children.

Mesa, A Collaborative Kitchen, and Mesa Kids Cooking School are owned by Bobby and Ysha Bass. Mesa, A Collaborative Kitchen, was opened in 2017 and in addition to offering classes and private events, it also sells a selection of kitchen goods such as tools and gadgets, wine accessories, aprons and gourmet foods.

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What’s the Current Registry Etiquette?

Dear Miriam,

My fiancé and I don’t live together and will most likely start looking at houses after our wedding. Creating a registry now for a home we don’t have feels challenging.

How do we register for cookware and appliances when we don’t know how much kitchen space we will have? How do we register for bedding when we don’t know what size bed we will be able to fit in our home? Will we have outdoor space? At the same time, our families are pressuring us to create a registry. I’ve seen friends create a new house fund for wedding gifts or ask for contributions to their honeymoon fund. These seem like great options, but I also know some guests may not be comfortable giving money and really want to give material items. What’s the etiquette here?


Registry Realism

Dear Registry,

First of all, mazel tov! What an exciting time, and I hope your families’ pressure is coming from a place of joy and wanting to celebrate with you rather than a particular notion of one right way to do a wedding. There’s no one right way, and while advice columnists of yore focused deeply on notions of etiquette, that’s not really my thing, largely because it’s not really the 21st century’s thing. A couple’s wedding should reflect that couples’ choices, their interests, their relationship, not their parents’, and this is true now more than ever.

If what you want is money to put toward a new house or a honeymoon, that is what you should ask for. There are sites that do this for you, and all you have to do is search for “wedding” once to get an onslaught of targeted ads, some of which may actually be helpful. I also recommend the site where you can literally register for anything that appears on the internet. This includes gift cards to anywhere as well as material items and experiences you would pay for. It’s a harder forum to use for cash to be put toward a house, but there’s probably a workaround if you start exploring.

I also suggest choosing some material items as well, though. Even though you don’t know exactly how much cabinet space you’ll have, you know you’ll wants pots and pans, dishes, knives, glasses, etc. The need for many of those types of housewares will not be impacted by the exact house you live in, and this really is your best chance to get high-quality items to last a lifetime. Maybe you can’t do bedding or outdoor furniture, but you can register for towels, for small kitchen appliances (hello KitchenAid mixer), for things you know you’ll use no matter where you’ll be living.

I’m not advocating this approach, but I will share what your question brings up for me: When I worked at Crate Barrel during grad school, I helped many couples register. It was delightful and exciting for me — hopefully also for them.

Numerous couples registered for far more than they wanted, and, post-wedding, they would bring thousands of dollars of household goods back to the store to return them for cash. They got the cash they wanted, and their guests got the pleasure of picking out a tangible gift. There are less-flattering frameworks in which to view this practice, and it certainly was an inconvenient way to retrieve cash, but I saw it almost every week that I worked there.

I know it can feel uncomfortable to tell people what to get you or to request monetary gifts, but, truly, this is what engaged couples do, and you and your guests are better off with your honesty. The direct result of not asking for what you want is that you will get things you do not want, and if they are not off your registry, you may not be able to return them. Starting a life together with dozens of unreturnable decorative bowls is much less convenient than an awkward conversation with your great aunt about why wedding gift etiquette isn’t what she remembers.

All the best for your upcoming wedding, and be well,


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