Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’m a bit of a pistachio-nut, and anyone who knows pistachios knows that Turkish pistachios are the best there are. Unfortunately, the humble Turks haven’t gone to American marketing school, so we’re inundated with inferior California pistachios everywhere! Could you please tell me where I can find my beloved Turkish pistachios in Hong Kong, before I go crazy? - Going Nutty You sure are picky, you nut case. Luckily, Mr. Know-It-All has a little more tenacity when it comes to solving your problems, and has found not just one, but two places where you can find your precious nuts. I Love Istanbul (Shop 4, 13/F, Pakpolee Commercial Centre, 1A-1K Sai Yeung Choi St. South, Mong Kok, 6120-8006) restaurant in Mong Kok specializes in Turkish sweets, many of which contain pistachios. They cost around $38 for 100 grams, but be sure to call ahead to make sure the restaurant has them in. Another alternative is the Middle Eastern sweet shop in Kowloon City. Ali Baba International (Shop 8, LG/F, 128 Carpenter Rd., Kowloon City, 3527-0955) stocks all sorts of dried fruit and other treats such as figs and apricots from such places as Syria (olive oil and olives), and Saudi Arabia (dates). The company also has a stall from time-to-time in Wing On department store. Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’ve been looking everywhere for a knife with a ceramic blade. I hear they are ideal for cutting fruit such as apples as the non-metallic blade stops the fruit from going brown. Where can I pick up such a knife? - Blade Runner You’d be right about the apple thing. In addition to looking awesome, ceramic knives are ideal for cutting and slicing. However, they’re very brittle compared to metal knives, so be careful of snapping. If you’re looking to go cheap, Japan Home Centre (Sheung Wan) has them in prices ranging from around $25-$45. With such low prices however, they’re unlikely to be a good as the ones from pro kitchen shops such as Pantry Magic (G/F, 25 Lok Ku Rd, Sheung Wan, 2504-0688, www.pantry-magic.com ). It has a small paring knife available for $108.