I wrote about my difficulty finding white-rimmed, brown ceramic dishware back in October. Instead of scouring the internet, I should have looked in my own backyard. Bowery Kitchen in Chelsea Market had them! Now I don't need to go to Maialino for coffee in my favorite cups.
In related news, we now actually have a place to enjoy breakfast, because I happened to check Craigslist yesterday for rustic farm tables (another one of my seemingly futile searches). Lo and behold, a beautiful specimen had been listed the day before in nearby Gowanus. In a matter of hours, Shawn had checked it out, put a deposit down, and then had it delivered (for free!) as a surprise waiting for me when I walked in the door from work. Persistence paid off - I insisted on waiting for the perfect table, and I'm glad I didn't settle. We got this one for a song (much like the bar cart I scored at the Brooklyn Flea last fall).