Stores for cooks.
Around the West, Sunset readers raved about the Seattle-based Sur
La Table chain (800/243-0852; www.surlatable.com). Far-flung favorites
included AnnzPanz (315 Oak St.; 541/387-2654) in Hood River, Oregon; and
Home and Farm Supply (215 N. Main St.; 209/223-0264) in Jackson,
California. But maybe the single standout was Surfas in Culver City,
California (8825 National Blvd.; 310/559-4770 or www.surfasonline.com).
Within a huge, well-organized warehouse, shoppers find professional
cook-ware and foodstuffs ranging from more than 30 olive oils to fresh
French butters. Says Diane Surfas, "We help our customers be
adventurous in exploring the culinary world."