Have You Been to Great News! in Pacific Beach Yet??

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Some people like to shop for clothes.  I like to shop for cookware.  I’ve contemplated pretending that I work at Great News! or Williams-Sonoma just so I can talk to people about which garlic press to buy (Yes, Courtney, I’m thinking of you.).  My favorite store for shopping and browsing is Great News! Cookware and Cooking School in Pacific Beach in San Diego (http://www.great-news.com/). First of all, I love the classes they offer.  I’ve only taken one so far: Nijiya Market Tour with Mineko Takane Moreno (co-author of Sushi for Dummies) followed by a Japanese lunch at Izakaya Sakura Restaurant (http://izakayasakura.menutoeat.com/).   Everyone was given a packet of information, and anywhere there was white on the page, I wrote notes.  There was so much good information, and it was interesting meeting others in the class.  Check out the website for a list of classes – there’s everything from how to make cheese to basic knife skills (which everyone should learn) to throwing the perfect French Bistro party.  Classes for kids are offered, too!  Prices range from $15 to $80. Secondly,  the people who work there are so helpful and well-informed.  I went in the other day to buy something I thought I needed.  The saleswoman told me not to bother with buying a particular item because it wasn’t really necessary.  Love the honesty!  Thirdly, they have great sales!  And if you sign up for their emails, you get a coupon every so often.  If you are a culinary student or professional, you get a discount, too.  And finally, it’s fun to shop there.  There’s something for everyone.  If you are a hard-core cook, they have what you need.  If you just like to cook once in a while, there’s something for you, too.  If you need to create a gift registry, I would consider this place!  You can add classes to your registry as well!  (One deal that is going on through April: bring in any used pan, and get $10 off a new one!  Call for details!)

In addition to being a great store, it supports great causes.  Great News! is hosting the Food Blogger Bake Sale on Saturday, April 28th.  Proceeds will go to Share Our Strength (http://www.strength.org/), an organization with the goal to end childhood hunger.  If you buy a little something at the bake sale (or a lot of something!), you will get a $5 off coupon to use in the store!  Woohoo!  Please pass the word to everyone you know and help make this an awesome event!  Unfortunately, I can’t attend the sale, but my dessert will be there – that’s much more important!!  So go and buy my stuff!!

Take Care and Happy Eating!

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