A couple of months ago, I was trying to locate a tamis. Sur la Table was no help ("And what is a tamis?"). I went online and somehow came up with a store in San Francisco, previously unknown to me.
The store, called Kamei, is in San Francisco's "other" Chinatown, the Richmond. It seemed unlikely I'd find a tamis there.
And that's where the story languished, until yesterday.
We had business in the neighborhood, and managed to find a parking spot right across the street from Kamei.
Horrors, it looked like the "Everything's-a-Dollar" store. Stacks of plastic bins outside on the sidewalk, white and gleaming, yes, but unpromising.
Still, we went inside.
First thing we noticed was a rack of strainers. But no tamis. "We're in the wrong place," I said to Cranky.
We prowled up the length of one whole aisle, where strainers and colanders and spiders and sieves seemed to be arranged in taxonomic order: increasingly "tamis-like," but no seegar.
Then we rounded the end of the aisle, and bumped into a stack of them, all sizes. A stack! I picked out one I liked, and... the price tag said "$5.50". I am dead serious.
OK, my pulse racing, I tore up one aisle and down another, just to see what else this store sells.
Plates (square plates!). Egg timers. Gadgets. Sake sets. Cutting boards (giant cutting boards if you want). Charming Asian pottery. Knives. Rice cookers. Bento boxes.
Forgive me, I don't know what else is offered because it was simply too exciting and overwhelming.
And the prices! Verrrrry reasonable. No, I'll just say it. Really inexpensive.
We had to scamper off to our appointment, but I am SO going back.