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caring for marble

we love marble and think these simple notes on the care and cleaning of your marble will extend and beautify the life of our marble for years to come....

always hand-wash your marble wares using a non-abrasive cloth or pad, preferably using warm water. since marble wares can become stained from extended exposure to oils, juices or other colored liquids, we reccomend in these circumstances applying a cleaning paste to the affected areas to remove the stains. there are a number of brands available through a local hardware store, or you can make your own (we love this option).

to make a cleaning paste, combine 1/4 cup baking soda with just enough water to form a thick paste.  before you apply the paste, dampen the stain with distilled water to prepare the pores. next, apply the paste to the stain on the marble, cover the paste with plastic wrap, and tape the edges down to seal in the air. leave the paste and the plastic wrap on the stain until the baking soda dries. the paste will pull the stain out of the marble. then wipe the baking soda off, rinse the stain, and repeat all the steps if any stains remain.

caring for artisanal cow + buffalo horn

the natural material of horn is not meant to withstand highly intensive heat. therefore its best to avoid high temperature water or liquids as well as automatic dishwashers. 

care for horn by rinsing in lukewarm running water.  we recommend never letting your pieces stand too long in food or in anything that might compromise the natural nuances of the material. for long term care and maintaining the beauty of the horns appearance and durability, occasionally rub with cooking oil to avoid any drying from occurring.

see our selection of horn products

gourds + bombilla for yerba mate

all you need to know about yerba mate 

yerba mate helps to stimulate focus and clarity, boost physical energy, manage weight, and aid elimination of toxins.

yerba mate has been used as a base for herbal medicines in south america for centuries, and the plant’s benefits and therapeutic properties have recently been verified by a number of scientific studies. the chemical components of yerba mate are similar to those found in green tea, however, yerba mate is a more nutritious option.



binchotan charcoal

learn about the endless benefits of binchotan

binchotan or white charcoal, also known as bincho-zumi, is a traditional charcoal of japan. it dates back to the edo period, when a craftsman named bitchu-ya chozaemon began to produce it in tanabe, wakayama. the raw material is oak, called ubame oak (quercus phillyraeoides).



la chamba cookware

food just tastes better when you cook with la chamba

well-known throughout colombia with origins that can be traced back at least 700 years, la chamba is used in both restaurants and homes for preparing and serving traditional dishes throughout south america. this beautiful cookware is still made in the traditional manner, by families in the village of la chamba, located on the banks of the magdalena river in central colombia. 



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