I live on the edge of the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex. The town I am in has less than 6,000 residents yet I am only a 20 minute drive from Whole Foods and Central Market. We also have an abundance of Indo-European and Oriental stores. All the great places to explore for all the unusual foods you see on cooking shows. Central Market even has "famous" chefs giving cooking classes. I plan to take the Sushi making classes Spring 2003. The only thing we need to make this area perfect is for Katz Deli from Houston to open a place right around the corner from me, their chopped liver is to die for. On the same corner a great Mystery book store like the Murder by the Book they have in Houston. Then if the local restaurants would learn how to cook better I would be in Seventh Heaven. Gee, am I opinionated or what! I collect cook books, love to read, and I am planning on teaching myself how to sew in 2003.