So you love to cook and you’ve just served a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. Leave the family with the leftovers and head out for some culinary shopping this Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving (better known as Black Friday in the retail world) is the quintessential kick-off to tasty times in the kitchen, whether that means planning holiday menus for open houses, cooking up a storm for visiting relatives, or baking treats to give friends and neighbors. It’s a great day to check out the deals at South Bay culinary stores, where you can find gifts or stock up on essentials for your holiday cooking.
Cookin’ Stuff, Torrance
All Black Friday purchases are tax-free at Cookin’ Stuff (www.cookinstuff.com), an 11,000 square-foot, family-owned and operated store that carries everything from potato peelers to crock pots. Regulars know this store to be well-stocked and its employees knowledgeable about the merchandise. Before Thanksgiving, some customers actually bring in their turkeys to make sure they find the perfect-sized pan, says storeowner Stacey Katts-Baksh. Cookin’ Stuff carries cooking and baking brands such as All-Clad, Boston Warehouse, Cuisinart, Culinary Institute of America, KitchenAid, Krups, Le Creuset, Mario Batali, Messermeister, Nordic Ware and Old Dutch, to name a few. Cookin’ Stuff, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Black Friday, also has an online shopping site. 22217 Palos Verdes Blvd., Torrance. (310) 371-2220.
Mulberry Cottage, Torrance
Maybe the boring bottle of wine just won’t cut it for that picky holiday hostess you know. Or perhaps you simply want to celebrate by treating yourself to something special to make and eat. Make a Black Friday stop at Mulberry Cottage (www.mulberrycottage.com), which anchors the opposite end of the same shopping plaza that is home to Cookin’ Stuff. You’ll find Cinnabon-scented candles, dips from Gourmet Village, “Easy as Pie” pie in a jar from County Living Foods, Bellagio Chocolate Truffle gourmet hot cocoa, April Cornell linens and McTavish Shortbread cookies in holiday shapes. Mulberry Cottage opens at 10 a.m. and stays open until 7 p.m. on Black Friday. You’ll find plenty of samples to taste, if you can’t decide what to buy. 22247 Palos Verdes Blvd., Torrance. (310) 316-1026.
Cost Plus World Market, El Segundo
Roasted chestnuts from France, gingerbread cookies from Germany, exclusive holiday flavors from Republic of Tea, an international cornucopia of ideas will spice up your holidays at Cost Plus World Market. This national chain opens at 8 a.m. on Black Friday and managers expect to be one of the store’s busiest days of the year. Cost Plus (www.worldmarket.com) has hot buys on roasting pans, platters, holiday table linens, a great selection of wines and champagnes and the store’s own brand of Market Classics holiday food mixes, like garlic mashed potatoes and herb-corn stuffing. This is a great place to find the unique and inexpensive: from food items to cook your holiday meal to decorations for setting the perfect, festive table. 720 S. Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo. (310) 535-0024.