I am so sorry about my absence lately, I have been very busy with work and having computer troubles at home. I am glad to be back and to tell you guys about some of the things I have coming up that, to me, are fabulous! Now, Thanksgiving is coming up just next week and I will be travelling for the holiday this year to Oklahoma. I will have a special post regarding my Thanksgiving holiday when I return, but until then, I have a couple of shopping events and community events I plan on attending. First up: shopping!
If you are living in the Tyler area and you love to cook, you’re in for a great deal. Two of our specialty shops for kitchen items and gourmet goods will be having special sales events this Thursday. I know, they are both having a special the same day…you know what they say about having a health competition. At any rate, the two stores in question are: The Sweet Gourmet (located in the French Quarter shopping center on Broadway) and The Kitchen Drawer (located on Old Jacksonville Highway in the shopping centre next to Jul’s). My Mom and I will be hitting up both shops to check out their deals. Both of us enjoy holiday cooking and if we can get quality gadgets, bakeware and ingredients for a good price, we’re definitely in!
The Sweet Gourmet will be our first spot, since they will close at 6:00pm cst. They are promising deep discounts (up to 30%) on major brands such as Wustoff, OXO and, my favourite, Le Creuset. They will have representatives from these major companies doing demonstrations of their products as well. There was also a holiday cooking class going on the same night, but I missed out on the registration (we were informed that the class filled up in less than 2 days!). I have been shopping at The Sweet Gourmet since I moved to Tyler in 2007 and I absolutely love going in there. They have really tasty homemade fudge and truffles for your sweet tooth, gourmet roasted coffees and several ingredients, spices and sauces found no where else in sight. They also offer some really great cooking classes every so often that offer great tips for entertaining and making a first class meal at home. The shop is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12:30 – 5:00pm. You can visit their website for more information, regarding their products and cooking classes at: http://www.sweetgourmetonline.com/ If you do visit their site or their actual store, I highly recommend getting on their e-mailing list. They do not spam or send out your information to 3rd parties, and that is the best way to find out about events.
Our second event for the same evening will take place at The Kitchen Drawer. It’s very similar to The Sweet Gourmet, but has more gadgets than gourmet goodies. They also hold special events and cooking classes. We want to check this one out because this isn’t a store that we frequent and we’re always willing to find new kitchen shops. The Open House event will be from 5:00pm – 8:00pm and will have food, prizes and special discounts on exclusive items. The Kitchen Drawer also holds cooking classes every so often and I have heard great things about them. We also missed the class for this month, but hope we can get into one soon to see how it compares to Sweet Gourmet’s class. The Kitchen Drawer also has a website and their hours of operation are a little more geared toward the “stay-at-home” crowd, closing at 5:30pm on weekdays, open from 10:00am til 4:00pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. For more information, you can visit their website at: http://www.thekitchendrawertyler.com/ .
Last but not least, my favourite event to look forward to: International Thanksgiving. I work for the local Junior College in Tyler in their Administrative Services building and many of our student workers are from outside the country. Every year, right before we let out for Thanksgiving break, our BSM (Baptist Student Ministry) helps put together the International Thanksgiving. Each of the students look forward to this event as an opportunity to come together with other students and share their culture through food. I have had the honour of being invited this year and will be bringing the most American thing I can think of: Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie. I would have brought apple pies, but our apple crop that’s come to Texas has not been desirable. I will be going to this event next Monday, November 23 at 6:30pm. After this event, I hope to actually have pictures to include with my post to finally add some more excitement. I am so thankful to be able to work with such intelligent and upstanding students and for them to be so kind to include me in their lives. This will, hopefully, be a wonderful cultural experience to cherish for the rest of my life. I’m sure it will be a wonderful time.
I think I will go ahead and close this post for today and get ready for the days ahead. I’m looking forward to a lot of fun in between all my work scheduling and getting ready for the holidays with everyone I like and love.
‘Til next time, Y’all!