Try out some hand-shaped kitchen knives from Wilson, Wyo., or tangy drinking vinegars from Portland, Ore.
Cooks swoon over New West Knifeworks’ hand-shaped kitchen knives (from $65). At the store in Wilson, Wyo., you can put the high-carbon stainless steel blades to the test while steel-geek owner Corey Milligan divulges design secrets. Check for bargains: Seconds are half price in the shop. (877) 258-0100, newwestknifeworks.com .
Sweet and tangy, the Som drinking vinegars (left) at Pok Pok, the popular Thai restaurant in Portland, are served mixed with soda or in cocktails. Four syrups—apple, honey, pomegranate, tamarind—are now sold in pint bottles ($15–$19), enough for 10 sodas. (503) 232-1387, pokpoksom.com .
Photography by Scott Peterson 
This article was first published in January 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.