Last night I met a friend in Chinatown for a wander around Ming Wo (a fabulous kitchen supplies store) and then for dinner at the New Mitzie's.
Heather and I could spend hours in Ming Wo - and I think we did. We looked at and stroked items as diverse as:
frying pansmixing bowls in lovely colors - red and green and yellow and orange
knivesEmile Henry casseroles (on sale 50% off)
expanding measuring cups (kind of weird) in brilliant primary colorsevery possible type of utensil - many of which we had to make up what they were used for
every kind of pot and pan imaginable
We laughed at the tiny ballerinas, clown heads and bride-and-groom toppings for cakes. We drooled over the beautiful wooden salad bowls and complained about the fact that no salad servers are exactly right. Why don't they make them with a slight incline so you can get at the dressing and the tiny bits of veg at the bottom of the bowl?
I bought a gorgeous deep blue paring knife - even the blade was blue - with its own matching sheath. I used it this morning and it's perfect. Now I want to go back and by all the other colors - green and orange and yellow (but not the pink one, okay?).
And then we walked past the Chinatown gate and over to New Mitzie's. It's up a set of stairs and it's pretty much all white inside - with Chinese paintings on the walls. We sat in a white booth overlooking the street and ordered salty and spicy bean curd and prawns with cashews. It's a lovely place to watch the snow melt.