In The Bag

October 1, 2004 by  
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Trend spotter Marianne Horton hits the streets to bring you the latest from kitchen and cooking retailers

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Elm and Willow Who would have thought to actually use an oil can for cooking oil? Whimsical kitchen gadgets such as this can be found at newly opened Elm and Willow in Pearland. Additionally, this home store features a quilting studio. Pearland, 3702 Broadway, (281) 412-3832. Shown: Oil can, $21.99

Méli-Mélo A tightly packed cupboard inside Rice Village, Méli-Mélo extensively shelves hand-thrown and decorated pottery from Austria, Ireland and France. Eighteenth century-inspired Irish spongewear by Nicholas Mosse captures the Irish countryside and natural motifs. 5617 Morningside, (713) 526-9026

Kuhl-Linscomb These playful twig chopsticks suggest eating sushi by campfire, and why not? Kuhl-Linscomb adds the imaginative to the everyday by subtly twisting what?s familiar. Here everyone?s bound to stumble upon one of their wildest dreams. 2424 W. Alabama, (713) 526-6000. Shown: Michael Aram twig chopsticks, $20

Williams-Sonoma Forget broken stems in the dishwasher; Williams-Sonoma has introduced a stemless Reidel line that is dishwasher-safe and retains the same flavors in wine as its stemmed counterparts. Glasses are available for white and red wines. 4060 Westheimer, (713) 212-0346

Surprises It?s hard to resist eating from a jeweled silver spoon. Although not functionally necessary, artistic flair brings aesthetic appeal to the dinner table. And what better place to find these creative touches than Surprises? The two-story building features works by more than 2,000 artists who incorporate their talent into every aspect of the home. 4302 Westheimer, (713) 877-1900

accessories

Unika Deco Tempting even the safety-conscious to play with knives, this Danish knife holder stores cutting knives against its magnetic plating. It, and several other modern European innovations, can be found at Unika Deco, where functional design is a top priority. 4412 Morningside, (713) 522-2216. Shown: Rosendahl knife holder, $225

gadgets

Sur La Table Everyone?s getting silicone ? kitchen accessories, that is. Because of the substance?s high temperature resistance and low temperature flexibility, it works well in many cooking scenarios and is dishwasher safe. On the cutting edge of this trend, Sur La Table offers an array of silicone products such as gloves, basting brushes, egg whisks and spatulas. 1996 W. Gray, (713) 533-0400; 5472 F.M. 1960 West, (281) 444-1199

Buffalo Hardware Buffalo Hardware has remained true to its 1946 roots by keeping its focus on appliances. And, although you won?t find chocolate truffles in the kitchen department, a variety of old-fashioned and cutting-edge gadgets creates a seemingly endless display. Restaurants such as Smith & Wollensky and Carrabba?s shop here for high-end products. 2614 Westheimer, (713) 524-1011

products

Greenberry?s No need to pass the creamer when the pot, the creamer and the cup are all in one. Specializing in anything related to coffee or tea, Greenberry?s emphasizes the unique and carries its own blends, which are made fresh daily in Charlottesville, Virginia. 2311 W. Alabama, (713) 522-7005. Shown: Tea in One, $24.95

The Wine Bucket Get the wine and the glasses at The Wine Bucket, whose concept incorporates a wine cellar and a boutique. What?s here won?t be found on liquor store shelves because The Wine Bucket carries limited production wines from around the world. 2311 W. Alabama, Ste. A, (713) 942-9463

appliances

Crate & Barrel Beauty meets brains in Crate & Barrel?s newest Italian espresso machine. Its red industrial physique only hints at its espresso-making strength. Holding 80 ounces of water, it produces 18 bars of pressure and works with espresso pods or grounds. 4006 Westheimer, (713) 490-6400. Shown: Expressione espresso maker, $349.95

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