Years ago, when I was in law school, we traveled to Indianapolis for a Moot Court competition. I found a store called Kittles Other Side. I have no idea whether it’s still there, but I remember vividly what a fabulous selection of merchandise they had, including these dragon-themed Chinese plates by Fitz & Floyd. I could only afford 8 of the salad plates on my student budget, but that was plenty. I can’t imagine anyone using matching dinner plates, salad plates and bowls with a pattern like this. It would be way too matchy-matchy. On a recent Sunday at lunch, I trotted them out because we were serving some Asian-spiced salmon and a Thai chicken dish, the flowers I had gotten the day before were white hydrangeas and red roses, and it seemed like a nice combination. To up the oriental quotient just a bit more, I rolled our slices of grilled zucchini and placed them into a fried noodle nest I had purchased at the Asian market on a red and black oriental platter.
Admittedly, the fruit and the salad weren’t particularly Asian in any way, but by turning a rice bowl into the receptacle for the fruit, it fit the part. In retrospect, the green drinking glasses, while the perfect color, were too rounded for the style of the rest of the dinnerware. I’ll remember that next time!