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Bright Bowls

June 04, 1997

These bright pewter serving utensils have a charming folk craft quality; they're handmade in Mexico.

Large bowl, $50; small oval bowl, $18; platter, $25; long tray, $50; and serving tongs, $27.50; at Our Favorite Things, Tarzana.

Foodie Doll Houses

You can hang these Chilean-made retablos on the wall or set them on the table. However you display them, the 9-inch clay models of various shops (shown here, a fruit juice stand and a restaurant) are meticulously detailed with tiny tables, hand-lettered signs and miniature tile roofs.

Retablos, $55, at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles.

Justin Teatime

Toney settings such as Spago, Aubergine, the Bel-Air Hotel and the Getty Center are serving the suavely packaged Justin Lloyd teas--named for, though not, apparently, connected with, a 19th-century English tea importer (this Justin was a woman, by the way). There are the usual Earl Grey, English breakfast and oolong teas, but others are flavored with mango, apricot, passion fruit or even Tahitian vanilla. Gimmicky, perhaps, but they're good teas, especially the mint-chamomile herbal tea called Artist's Blend.

Justin Lloyd Premium Teas are sold at Bristol Farms Markets, South Pasadena and Palos Verdes Estates, and at tea and coffee specialty shops.

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