I just can’t help myself when it comes to kitchen stores, I have to go in and look. I don’t always buy anything, in fact, I rarely do. I’m not talking about those pro-shops, aka Restaurant Supply Stores, I mean places for the everyday Home Cook.
Good tools make a good cook, right?
Recently my husband and I went to the Big City and Bright Lights of Scottsdale. My husband artfully found us a primo spot, did his world famous parallel parking job, and what did I spy to my right?
Sur la Table, a place I have wanted to visit and never have, yet. I love discount stores and using coupons when I can save some money, but I have no budget when it comes to my domain.
My loving, patient, generous and oh did I mention handsome husband, saw the look on my face and the tinkle in my eyes and said, “I’ll be over here, you go ahead”. Isn’t he the best? He finds himself a bench and chats with all the other guys waiting for their wives. It’s like this cute men’s club, “how much do you think this will set us back this time?”
As I walked in the store I was greeted by a lovely young women who asked if there was anything that I was looking for, “No, thank you though I’m just drooling”, I responded. This establishment is truly different, I was offered a cappuccino or espresso as I shopped. I only get that kind of treatment when I go to have my hair done.
I have to admit, I was a bit light headed and giddy. I honestly had to get a hold of myself before I bought out the entire place. So I just walked around and looked at everything, you know made the circuit. Every corner I turned I was OOOHHH-ing and AAAHHH-ing so much, the ladies who where behind me must have thought I was NUTS!! Once we got around to the baking section though, boy howdy, they went crazy, now who’s nuts? Three of us were trying on super adorable aprons and commenting on each other’s choices.
As we approached the rear of the store, there was a buzz. People were rushing about, grabbing stuff and running towards what looked like a kitchen. What? They have cooking classes and the instructor was about to begin a course on Northern Italian dishes. Oh man, what fun, but my dutiful spouse was waiting for me. I suppose we’ll just have to take another excursion next month.
Now, I need more pots, pans, dishes, flatware, utensils, knives, glassware, serving dishes, cutting boards, bakeware, mixing bowls, small appliances, table lines, cookbooks, specialty mixes and spices like a hole in my head…
But I can’t get enough of it, there’s always something new coming out each year. I go into the same shops over and over to my husband’s exacerbation; get every catalog known to mankind with any type of home ware. There are a couple of other big name specialty retailers that I’d like to visit, fortunately they are in different states. Did someone say road trip?