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    Published on April 26th, 2012 | by Greg

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    Noritake: Bakeware and Glassware

    While we’re on the sub­ject, we should men­tion that it’s not just what sits on the table, or holds the wine bot­tles, that is im­por­tant in the kitchen. Beau­ty and form are im­por­tant even if they won’t be as vis­i­ble to guests. But not ev­ery­thing can achieve high marks, and some­times a sin­gle com­pa­ny can ac­tu­al­ly fall on both sides of the line, of­fer­ing prod­uct lines that feel as con­tra­dic­to­ry as com­ple­men­tary. That’s the case with the firm Nori­take and their bake­ware lines, which we liked, and the glass­ware, which was less con­vinc­ing.

    The good, first. The Nori­take Col­or­wave Graphite Cov­ered Casse­role (2 QT) and Col­or­wave Graphite Square Bak­er (11 1/4″) were both ex­cel­lent- heavy, but that’s not a bad thing when it comes to bake­ware. Of­ten, hefti­er stoneware lead to more even cook­ing, and we found that to be the case with this pair. They look great too- sim­ple, sleek, with a nice mat­te glaze and avail­able in three oth­er col­ors be­yond the clas­sic graphite (rasp­ber­ry, choco­late, and green). The pack­ag­ing wasn’t great, but this cook­ware is oven, dish­wash­er, and mi­crowave safe. We tried cook­ing and bak­ing a few things- corn­bread, a bean and sausage casse­role- and found them pret­ty easy to clean and han­dle. They of­fer quite a few pieces in the line, and even din­ner­ware that can match, al­low­ing you to co­or­di­nate be­tween sets.

    Their web­site is a lit­tle old school, but does al­low you to see the var­i­ous items that they make, in­clud­ing ramekins, square plates, and sev­er­al types of cups. We def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend brows­ing through their wares, and one thing to note is that they are pret­ty good about sell­ing in­di­vid­u­al pieces of a pat­tern, and you can reg­is­ter for the pat­tern you have or want. Qual­i­ty seemed quite high, and though there aren’t many fea­tures here to boast about, it’s ex­cel­lent bake­ware that looks nice and works well. The Casse­role runs about $80, and the Bak­er $55, both avail­able fair­ly wide­ly.

    We al­so have been sip­ping from the Nori­take Eter­nal Wave Wine Glass­es. The same pat­tern is avail­able in iced tea, gob­let, and cham­pagne flutes as well, and we liked that all of the crys­tal was dish­wash­er safe (though they do rec­om­mend hand wash­ing). Most folks here weren’t so fond of the pat­tern or style though- the glass­es felt odd­ly bal­anced, a lit­tle frag­ile, and the swoop­ing de­sign felt a lit­tle tacky. Al­so, the shape of the glass is a bit un­usu­al, and our wine lovers weren’t im­pressed by the de­sign. It’s a shame, though- we liked the sim­plic­i­ty of the bake­ware, but the wine glass­es felt like an ex­treme op­po­site ap­proach, a sort of form-over-func­tion that didn’t help. Avail­able for around $30.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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