I noticed all the good restaurants have these cute little plates that are made out of plastic. I did some research, or am trying to do it now. It looks like there's some key things you need in a good plate and stoneware is not it, but it's too heavy and breaks. What we want out of a good plastic plate is the ability to resist scratching from use. Of course it needs to resist chipping or breaking when dropped. If you run over the plate with your automobile tire, that doesn't count! Most important of all is it needs to be cleaned in the dishwasher, and will resist degrading in the dishwasher if dishwasher-safe. Everybody needs to reheat things, so it must be used in the microwave oven. I think it's a big deal that you want plates that are dishwasher and microwave safe. They should hold up even if you use sharp steak knives, so you don't see any slices in the bottom. Of course stain resistance is a big thing, even if you forget to wash them and they said overnight with barbecue sauce on them. Right away I knew one thing was out, because you can never use melamine plates in the microwave. I sure hope that means I'm not back to stoneware!
Pay attention to your wine bottle, as you can get bad wine every now and then. Cork is able to expand to fully fill the neck of the bottle, which therefore is a big positive. Wine corks have problems periodically. A cork is essential, as it keeps oxygen out of the wine bottle. Cork, due to its malleable nature may have imperfections. You do not want to be the unlucky person, but it is just odds. Bad cork can result in the seal of the bottle not being as airtight as it could be and the wine being spoiled. This can happen at Braza Lena or the Cafe Marquesa. Even high end locations you book via opentable.com. Recently, however, many wine experts have recognized that cork may actually cause more problems than it solves. In an attempt to avoid this problem, modern cork manufacturers may treat the cork with a chemical called tva. If a bottle of wine is not airtight then it may become oxidized and undrinkable. You can tell when you taste it. Keeping a wine bottle sealed is probably the most important factor when it comes to maintaining a good wine. It the preferred option for special wines that need to be stored, over a long period of time. Exposed to air, chemicals can cause the wine to taste and smell a little damp and musty. The only corks worth considering were those actually made of cork!