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Sep 3, 2012 09:59 AM

Brit chef visiting California! wanting to buy cool stuff to take home.....

Hello! I am visiting LA and SF very soon, and I would love to visit some foodie/cheffy shops to take home some large serving platters, bakeware etc. Any suggestions? Many thanks. xxx

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  1. Cookin' on Divisadero, huge selection of interesting used stuff.

    Sur la Table, Ma Maison, Pot + Pantry

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Agree that Cookin' has a few gems intermingled with the less remarkable used stuff, but few deals to be had for pre-owned items.
      Heath now has a large showroom on 18th and Florida in San Francisco.

    2. Maybe the Wok Shop in Chinatown?

      1. Loving the suggestions! Keep 'em coming! Xxx

        1. Heath Ceramics in Sausalito--there's a small out-post @ the Ferry Building in SF. The Chez Panisse line that Heath makes might make an esp. nice purchase to bring back, given its "lineage."

          I second Cookin' for an eclectic assortment of used stuff (I realize most of what I've bought there is English/European--but they definitely have lots of American items as well).

          And if you like old, and are in town on a first Sunday of the month, the Alameda Antique Fair often yields some great "finds."

          Finally this may be a little off-base. But on my last London trip, I stumbled upon a TKMaxx--a chain that's called TJJMaxx in the U.S. And there are a few TJMaxx's in the Bay Area; and they sometimes have some great platters and bakeware @ discounted (keep an eye out for the double mark-downs) prices.

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          1. re: sundeck sue

            If you shop at Heath, bring your own bubble wrap. They just use newspaper, which is not sufficient to protect them, and they won't take returns based on the inadequate wrapping.

          2. Thank you everyone - I'm so excited! Keep suggestions coming xxx