Today is my birthday, so I'm off to San Francisco's Japantown with Rene for a little R&R. While I'm there, I hope to get some shopping done as well, not to mention enjoying copious quantities of sushi at Isobune or Hana :>)
For my Tampopo dinner, and as a little birthday present to myself, I'm going to purchase several items I've been coveting for awhile. I want a mandolin for uniform slicing, a grill pan for stovetop grilling, a REALLY sharp knife, and a set of rectangular dishes in a classic Japanese design for receiving sushi and other bite-sized foods. There's a wonderful Japanese housewares shop there that will surely have a nice selection of those items at modest prices.
But since Rene always likes to surprise me, who knows what else he has in store...