A Month of Holiday & Christmas Cooking & Baking Around the City! Truffles, Cookies, Traditional Treats & More

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Tis the season for the holiday baking, cooking, and edible gift creating!  There are TONS of fun cooking and baking classes going on as well as some holiday themed workshops so whether you love truffles, pie, cupcakes, or a mix of holiday sweets, there’s definitely something for you here!  My personal picks?  The holiday cookie classes at Aphrodite Cooks and Evergreen Brick Works, the regional and seasonal Niagara-inspired cooking class at EBW, pie-making at Le Dolci, and the Christmas treats baking at Nella Cucina.

I won’t be able to attend any of these but if I could I’d be ALL OVER these like ribbon on wrapping paper.  I’m still plowing away at updating the December Food Calendar so you’ll see some new stuff from The Depanneur and others added to the calendar really soon!  In the meantime, click around the menu bar up top and check out the December Food Calendar, the tastings and classes at Evergreen Brick Works, and all of Le Dolci’s fabulous holiday and Christmas-themed classes!  Oh, and admire the new Christmas photos I took at La Merceria.  Just try not to drool over all the drop-dead gorgeous kitchen accessories and linens.  I know I am.

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Simple Healthy Meals in 30 Minutes at The Chef Upstairs, December 3.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  615 Mount Pleasant Rd.  $99 +HST/person OR $149.50 +HST for two.  Combine fresh and seasonal with fast and quick with these recipes: winter green salad with pine nuts, radicchio, and pear, penne pasta with sausage, fennel, and Pecorino cheese, and fresh fish with tomato sauce with cherry tomato couscous!  http://www.thechefupstairs.com/cooking_classes.html

Introduction to Pie Making at Le Dolci, December 5.  7pm-9pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $55 +HST/person.  Don’t be intimidated by the art of the homemade pie and pie crust – Michelle from the Parkdale Pie Princess teams up with Le Dolci to show you how at this introduction to pie making class!  Learn how to make the a great pie crust from scratch, use fresh fruit to make filling, and take home a pie and recipes!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

PA Day Fun!  Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, December 7.  1pm-3pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $40 +HST/person.  What better way to enjoy a Friday off from school than to get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, swirls, and whatever your heart desires!  It’s December, so go for a winter, Christmas or holiday theme with snowflakes, snowmen, candy canes, holly, trees, gingerbread men and more!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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Christmas/Winter Themed – Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, December 8.  10am-12pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create wreaths, stockings, snowmen, snowflakes, present gift boxes and more!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Designer Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, December 8.  2pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Walk the runway in true fashionable cupcake style!  In this introduction to cupcake decorating class, learn how to make stylish Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags, Tiffany jewelry, and more with professional cupcake decorating tools, fondant, and frosting.  Be the sweetest, most stylish fashionista when you walk out of the student with 12 beautifully decorated vanilla cupcakes!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Christmas Themed – Learn to Make Cake Pops at Le Dolci, December 9.  2pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Use moist, delicious balls of cake and frosting to make holiday inspired cake pops using melted candy melts, sprinkles, icing, and more!  Sprinkle snowflakes and trees and even make reindeer, ornaments, and Christmas tree cake pops!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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Holiday Cookies at Aphrodite Cooks, December 9.  1pm-4pm. 201 Weston Rd., Suite 101.  $65 +HST/person.  This class requires participants to bring piping tips and couplers (Wilton’s #2, #4, or #6 tips and two couplers) which are available at Michaels, Bulk Barn, Wal-Mart, and baking supply stores.  Aphrodite Cooking classes mix both pleasure and education as classes provide participants with an atmosphere to socialize and mingle with others while at the same time enjoying food and obtaining and sharpening cooking skills.

At this class, join Canadian Living test kitchen manager, Adell Shneer, as she guides you through a wintery fairy wonderland of beautiful and delicious holiday cookies and decorating!  Learn how to make royal icing and master piping and icing techniques including flooding, flocking, marbleizing as you make brown sugar citrus cookie dough, double vanilla cookie dough, and gingerbread cookie dough for beautiful cookies!  https://www.aphroditecooks.com/class.aspx?c_id=c6add328-06cf-48aa-ab6b-8400f1eac6f2

GE Café Chefs Series: Celebrating Niagara at Evergreen Brick Works, December 11.  6pm-9pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $75 each workshop.  Learn tips and techniques from local Toronto and Ontario chefs, discuss and explore food issues over wine and a great meal with other participants!  Funds raised through the series will help support children’s educational food programs at Evergreen Brick Works.

This fall series focuses on the food culture of southern Ontario.  Join executive chef of Hillebrand Estates’ winery restaurant, Frank Dodd, for an exploration of the bounty of fruit, food, and wine in the beautiful Niagara region.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/food/chefs-series#dec11

Green Bites Cooking Workshops – Holiday Baking at Evergreen Brick Works, December 13.  7pm-9pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $65/person.  Green Bites workshops are back for another exciting round of seasonal classes!  Join chefs, producers, farmers, and food experts for some hands-on cooking workshops that are sure to expand your breadth of food knowledge and technique.  These cooking workshops will allow participants to explore tastes, flavours, and aromas while engaging in food issues that affect communities.

At this workshop, join chef Joshna Maharaj for holiday baking around the world!  Explore holiday baking traditions, bake 5 different types of cookies, and take home a cookie gift box at the end!  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/food/green-bites#dec13

Christmas Treats at Nella Cucina, December 15.  12pm-3pm.  876 Bathurst St.  $95/person.  Get your holiday sweet teeth ready for this sugar n’ spice and everything nice cooking class where you’ll bake the afternoon away!  Learn a wealth of baking and candy making techniques and knowledge as you tackle some classic holiday recipes such as salted caramels, fruit jellies, rum sour cream pound cake, spiced nuts and seeds, and chocolate cranberry and pistachio biscotti!  http://www.nellacucina.ca/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2012/11/29/249/-/-.html

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Gingerbread Decorating at Le Dolci, December 15.  1:30pm-3:30pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $40 +HST/person.  Break out the icing, candies, and chocolates for some holiday inspired gingerbread cookie decorating!  Learn piping techniques to create yummy cookies to take home for yourself or to give as gifts!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Christmas/Winter Themed – Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, December 15.  4:30pm-6:30pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create wreaths, stockings, snowmen, snowflakes, present gift boxes and more!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Christmas/Winter Themed – Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, December 16.  10:30am-12:30pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create wreaths, stockings, snowmen, snowflakes, present gift boxes and more!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Christmas Themed – Introduction to Truffle Making at Le Dolci, December 16.  2pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Create rich, decadent chocolate ganache truffles and dust and sprinkle your way through luxurious truffle heaven with Christmas sprinkles and holiday flavours!  Learn how to use proper hand rolling techniques as well as developing your own recipes and flavourings!  Create a set of truffles to take home for yourself or to give  as a gift.  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

A Library of Cookbooks and Kitchen Accessories from A-Z! Good Egg in Kensington Market

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A is for apple, B is for bagel, C is for cupcake, D is for doughnut, E is escarole, F is for funnel cake, and G is for…Good Egg in Kensington Market!  You were afraid I was going to recite this through the entire alphabet weren’t you?  I had to do it considering one of my favourite items in this fantastic foodie, kitchen accessory store is a framed poster of an adorable alphabet of food and cooking items that I very much want to hang on my own wall at home! 

I fell in love with Good Egg the second I walked up to the storefront and peered in through the giant glass window display.  I saw baking books, cute stationery, cookbooks, and bright coloured paper flower ornaments hanging from the ceiling and thought, “where have I been all this time?!”  All this time I thought Blue Banana was my primary foodie haven in Kensington Market.  I was wrong.  Good Egg is so much more than I ever could have expected and I am so happy I decided to walk in on whim.

Good Egg is a wonderfully fun, whimsical shop devoted to food and cooking with everything you could possibly want in a foodie establishment, mixing the contemporary with retro and vintage, and function, practicality, and education with creativity and inspiration.   Although their classes are currently on break until their kitchen renovations are completed later on this year, Good Egg host classes such a knife skills, butchering, and other cooking related workshops and demos. 

Their function and practicality stems from the cooking tools and accessories they sell.  Don’t let the cutesy home decor items fool you; Good Egg is serious about spreading the love of food and cooking and making it less intimidating and more accessible by carrying colourful kitchen utensils such as spatulas, ladles, wooden spoons, mortar and pestles, and silicone whisks, salad bowls, and cutting boards; fun aprons and cloth linens; heavy duty baking dishes, roasting pans, butter dishes, and skillets; tea and tea accessories; and salt and pepper grinders among many other items.

The fun and whimsical is clearly apparent from their home decor items and giftware, right down to the bow tie mugs, heart-shaped egg shapers, and patterned cupcake wrappers!  I was head over heels in love with this too-cute-for-words baby fawn soap pump, bright coloured tea pots, gorgeous patterned napkins and tea towels (one of these days I will have my own linen closet filled to the brim with them!), and the aforementioned mugs with the patterned bow ties and bold colourful stripes.  The shop is incredibly neat and organized, divided into different sections making everything easily accessible and simple to shop around and find.

What really makes Good Egg stand out though is their food library!  The book lover in me was in conniptions over this!  Floor to ceiling shelves stuffed with cookbooks and coffee table food books occupy half the shop and within these shelves you’ll find gloriuous reading material dedicated to everything from food and herb planting znd gardening, veganism and vegetarian cuisine, baking, wine, butchering, wild foods and foraging, roasting, braising, food science, cultural cuisines, and plenty of Food Network celebrity cookbooks from chefs such Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, and Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes.

Their library of books is the heart and soul for me because it showcases the interrelationships and connections between the historical and the present, and the local and the global.  These books highlight social food movements, classic cooking techniques that have stood the test of time, molecular gastronomy, nature’s bounty, and the pure joy and love of cooking and food exploration.  Its location within Kensington Market makes it all the more fitting because it lends itself to the neighbourhood’s unabashed organic personality.  There are hundreds of reasons why I love Kensington Market and why it’s my favourite neighbourhood in the city.  And I think I’ve found another hundred reasons to add to that list in Good Egg alone.

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Good Egg is located at 267 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market, south of College Street and west of Spadina Ave.  You can keep up-to-date with their classes, events, and news on their website here or follow them on Twitter @goodeggnews.

On the 12th Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me a Christmas Kitchen Boutique from La Merceria

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Raise your hand if you’ve started decorating around the house!  Just this past weekend, my parents hauled out some of our Christmas decorations like our wreaths, our two mini light-up trees, and our brand spankin’ new mini santa sleigh that is sitting proudly by our fireplace in the living room.  Soon enough we’ll be outfitting our dinner table in our cute Santa Claus and Christmas tree printed tablecloth (complete with reindeer and little stars flying about) and all the house will need are stockings by the fireplace and my mini light-up gingerbread house in all its frosted, candied glory!  

In no time at all, I’ll be gathering up all the recipes and ingredients I need for the holiday baking I plan on drowning myself in (chocolate peppermint and cinnamon sugar, here I come!) and while I do so, I will wimper over all the oh-so-cute Christmas bakeware and accessories in stores that I cannot have because if I gave into my penchant for Christmas-related everything, the whole house would be full of the stuff and my family would have to sleep on the roof.  So what’s the next best thing?  Daydreaming about said accessories.       

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a Christmas kitchen boutique?!  Pretty much.  What a dream it would be to bake Christmas cookies in a kitchen even Mrs. Claus would envy!  And what a dream it is browsing the Christmas kitchenwares in the shining, twinkling, winter wonderland that is La Merceria.  As a follow-up to last week’s peppermint hot chocolate sweetness, this post shines a spotlight on all the beautiful kitchen accessories that the Argentinian café has to offer.  You won’t find appliances, cookware, or bakeware here, but La Merceria is perfect for the food photographer, kitchen accessory lover, and home decor fanatic.  Their Christmas lineup includes beautiful table linens, wooden utensils and boards, mortars and pestles, wooden spice cellars (the ones at La Merceria look exactly like the ones that Giada has on Giada at Home!) dishes, bowls, glasses, honey drizzlers, tea and tea accessories, cream pitchers, home fragrance, candles, ornaments and more.

La Merceria is the type of place where I construct mental wishlists, not only for myself but for others as well.  There are so many items I would snatch two of just because I know others would be delighted with them.  I am smitten over the plush dolls (gnomes and pigs!), I am gaga over the table linens, and don’t even get me started on the ivory pine cone candle sets!  The gorgeous display of Christmas and winter treasures sitting daintily on the café’s front table were bathed in shades of red,  moss green, ivory, and brown and what I love about these items are their coordinating shades!  The colour palette is so easy to work with and it lends itself to a never-ending cycle of possible decorating colour schemes.  Red and ivory, moss green and ivory, moss green and charcoal, the list goes on.    

I love it so much when places go all out with the decorations and celebrate the changing seasons and holidays because it brings a whole new level of energy, enthusiasm, and excitement to an establishment.  La Merceria is consistently changing their displays and their selection of products so it’s always worth a look-see.  It’s a one-of-a-kind place wiht a lot of heart and so much character.  When I saw the beautiful Christmas decorations on the wall (the 12 Days of Christmas decal with ornaments on the wall has to be one of my favourite things ever) and the front of the café transformed into the Christmas treasure island that it is now, I felt like I was walking in a hush little snow globe, only without the snow.  With the early morning sun streaming in, it felt like a quiet Christmas morning.  It felt peaceful, magical and full of colour and joy.  And that’s really what the spirit of Christmas is all about, bakeware or not. 

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La Merceria is located at 506 Adelaide Street West by the northwest corner of Adelaide and Portland Street, east of Bathurst.  La Merceria is located beside Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar.  Visit their website and blog here for updates, info, promos, events, pictures, and contact information and visit their Facebook page here.

Cupcake and Tea Party Lovers Unite! Gifts and Beautiful Kitchen, Dining, and Baking Accessories at redLetter

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Do you know what one of my ultimate dreams in life is?  In a dreamland, I want to be a fabulous baker and cook, I want to have a gorgeous little collection of cute kitchen accessories, and I want to be the hostess with the mostess hosting regular afternoon teas, baking parties, and dinner parties with close friends and family.  I want utensils and tools of every shape and colour, I want to outfit my future kitchen in cupcake accessories, I want pretty patterned dishes and linens, and I want pots and pans and skillets that I can grab on a whim to whip up yummy dishes.  I want it all. 

As a foodie since the age of 8 ripping out entire Recipes Only sections from Homemakers magazines and smacking together food collages out of magazine and supermarket clipouts, I have wanted to create my own culinary masterpieces just like the ones I’ve admired on those glossy pages for so many years.  While I can’t quite invest the money to do everything I want to do right now, that doesn’t stop me from dreaming of all the amazing things I can do with the beautiful things I find at kitchen and gift shops!  These shops make you consider all the possibilities and they are outlets for culinary fun and creativity.  Clay was the first kitchen boutique I profiled in the new Kitchen Boutique series I started last week and this week, we’re taking a “sweet” look at redLetter in Yorkville!

redLetter is one of my favourite shops in the entire city.  Every time I’m in Yorkville, I’m compelled to go in.  It’s a kitchen boutique and gift shop all in one and they carry some of the most beautiful, dainty things.  This shop is fit for the cupcake, kitchen, party entertainer, and tea party fanatic!  Think heavy-duty cupcake and cake stands, tea pots, tea cups, and tea saucer sets, mugs, cake and cupcake accessories,  gorgeous patterned china and dishes in florals, pastels, brights, and filigree, servingware, baking accessories, napkins and linens, table settings, aprons, and books on afternoon teas, pastries, cheese, and other food-related goodies! 

Even though many of their kitchen and dining items would be perfect additions to everyone’s individual kitchen and homes, many items are fit for both birthday and wedding gifts.  Like it’s name (a red letter day meaning a special day of importance), the goal of redLetter is to make dining celebrations sparkly, beautiful, memorable, and fun!

Aside from kitchen and food-related wares, redLetter carries a wonderful selection of stationery, candles, soap and cosmetics, home decor, and organizational items.  If I could take home the entire shop, I would.  Foodies beware, you are going to find a lot of things you’ll want to take home with you.  One of the nice things is that everything is clearly labelled with a price tag.  You have no idea how frustrated I feel when nothing is labelled and I’m constantly being forced to ask someone for a price because it makes me feel like such a bother! 

Funny enough though, the items I have purchased from here have never been for myself!  They’ve all been gifts for others and my favourite gift item has to be this adorable magnetic fridge pad in the shape of a slice of white bread with a small yellow square sticky note stack to represent the “butter” on the bread!  It’s adorable novelty items like these that make this shop so appropriate for anyone and everyone who loves food and cute things.

There are many things I adore here, but my favourites have to be the tea sets, the baking accessories, and of course, the cupcake items!  I have an obsession with beautiful tea pots, tea cups, and tea sets.  At the age of 5, I had a plastic red and white tea set to go along with my toy kitchen and at the age of 9, my aunt bought me a pink floral patterned miniature china tea set that I played with almost every day for at least a year. 

I have been tempted so many times to pick up sets from Winners and antique shops, and there was even a time I was thisclose to snatching up a tea set from a rummage sale taking place at school.  That’s how bad it is.  redLetter has tea sets in coordinating hat boxes in every colour and pattern imaginable.  Polka dots, florals, swirls, solids, stripes, hearts, and even a rainbow set on one occasion where the set came with 6 tea cups, one in every colour of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.  I could have died; it was so pretty.

Other than the tea sets and cupcake-related goods, my heart belongs to the kitchen and baking tools.  I have been lusting after a set of heart-shaped measuring cups and spoons for eons and one of these days I am just going to have to bite the bullet and buy them because they’re so unique and hard to find.  I’ve been wanting heart-shaped measuring cups and spoons for so long and when I found them here a few years ago (yes, it’s been years.  I’m awful), I was overjoyed.  I’m terrible at buying things for myself though.  There are so many things I like and want and if I bought everything on my mental wishlist, I’d be in trouble.  Often times, I end up not buying anything at all which explains why I’m still whimpering over items I discovered when I was still in school.  Sigh.  redLetter will do that to you.  It’ll capture you with it’s hush, magical shop of treasures and it’ll draw you in and make you come back for more.  It’s just that type of shop.

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redLetter is located at 128 Cumberland Street in Yorkville, between the major streets of Bay St. and Avenue Road.  redLetter sits just west of Bellair Street and is open 7 days week, Monday-Friday from 11am-7pm, Saturday from 10am-7pm, and Sunday from 12pm-6pm.

Kitchen Accessories, Cooking Tools, and Kiddie Cooking – Clay, A Kitchen Boutique in the Wychwood Community

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I love to bake, I want to be a great cook someday (I really don’t have the experience under my belt to even call myself a cook, much less a good one!), I get giddy over kitchen accessories, food photography and scrapbooking are in my heart and in my blood, and even with all this, writing up this post has still taken me by surprise.  Aside from my first post on La Merceria, I’ve never written about kitchen accessory, tool, and gadget shops on the blog but it makes sense to do so.  Great food, creative cooking, and fun baking don’t just fall from the clouds; there are so many tools that we use to create our food, from humble dishes to gastronomic masterpieces.  Independent kitchen accessory stores are so great because they carry unique products that you may not be able to find in large chain stores, they provide the community around them with outlets to experiment, learn, and grow in the kitchen, and let’s face it, foodies foam at the mouth when it comes to gadgets that are cute and of great quality.

Nestled in the Wychwood Barns neighbourhood on St. Clair West, Clay is one such example of a kitchen boutique that simaltaneously caters to the novice, the experienced, and the hardcore foodie.  As the sister shop of Carlos Flores’ and his wife Sandra’s CocoaLatte, Clay is an extension of CocoaLatte’s kitchen with everything from panini presses to coffee mugs, grinders, and accessories.  Since its opening in December of 2010, Clay has provided the surrounding community with kitchen goodies for wine and cheese lovers, coffee addicts, avid bakers, burgeoning chefs, and even kiddie cooks in the making!

The inspiration behind Clay emerged from a desire from CocoaLatte’s customers, as well as from the surrounding neighbourhood, for a shop solely devoted to cooking and kitchen products.  I know it seems easy enough to say, “oh, well just purchase things from Wal-Mart or the department store or Ikea”, but we can’t forget that certain areas in the city don’t have practical access to these types of stores.  Even if they were easily accessible by public transit, which many people rely on to go about their day-to-day activities, it’s not fair to assume that everyone will go across town for the sake of obtaining a new mixing bowl.  Clay strives to create relationships with their clientele and to make everyone with any level of cooking experience feel comfortable and knowledgeable about the skill set and the products they purchase.

My favourite things about Clay are the bright colours and cute accessories!  I am absolutely in love with the bright primary coloured ice cream bowls, the traffic light coloured spatulas, ladles, and slotted spoons, and of course, the pretty patterned table linens!  If I had to choose my favourite items, it would have to be the squirrel walnut cracker (which my friend Wini would be gaga over!), the red, yellow, and green utensils, the ice cream bowls, the kiddie section, and the kitchen stationery and sticky notes set!  

The shop itself is divided into a number of different sections that cater to particular forms of cooking, baking, and drinking: wine glasses and accessories with cheese cutting boards; colourful and whimsical kitchen linens and napkins; roasting pans, skillets, kettles, and griddles; stoneware cups, bowls, butter dishes, and ramekins; coffee mugs, grinders, and tea boxes; glass bowls, cookie cases, mason jars, muffin and cupcake pans, cookie sheets, and measuring cups; larger appliances such as stand mixers, blenders, and panini presses; a wall of goodies including egg poachers, walnut crackers, juice reamers, ice molds and trays, spice racks, mortars and pestles, fruit and vegetable slicers, ice cream bowls, spatulas, ladles, slotted spoons, and wooden and bamboo utensils; cookbooks, food books, and cute stationery; spices and jarred relishes; and finally, a whole bright and cheery section of children’s cooking knicknacks!

The children’s section is so adorable!  There are beginner children’s cookbooks, little aprons, lunch bags, sandwich cutters in fun shapes, bamboo, silicone, and acrylic safety utensils, and bowls and plates with fun prints and patterns.  This section is really sentimental to me because one of my absolute favourite toys when I was little was my toy kitchen.  I played with my toy kitchen every day after coming home from kindergarten, pretending to pour juice from my little plastic pitcher (and sometimes pouring real juice, ha!), sticking things in the little plastic oven and fridge, and placing my beloved plastic pots and pans on the little stovetop.  Those tiny transparent coppery brown pots and pans were my pride and joy and I loved them all the more because they looked exactly like my mum’s real ones!  It’s so sweet to see such kid-friendly kitchen things because although some are hesitant to involve little ones in cooking activity for safety reasons, it can be a great learning and bonding experience as well as a creative outlet.

No matter how we feel towards cooking (some love it, some loathe it), feeding ourselves is an inevitable part of life and kitchen boutiques like Clay offer us an outlet to explore, learn, and grow in the world of food.  This may just be the 5-year-old in me talking, but I can’t wait to outfit my future kitchen.  For the time being, I’m happy to browse and daydream until then.

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Clay is located at 659 St. Clair West, just steps away from CocoaLatte and the St. Clair streetcar line in the Wychwood neighbourhood.  Clay will be marking their 1st anniversary this December on December 1, 2011!  To celebrate, a number of products are currently on sale for 20% off.  The shop is open daily at 10am.  You can view Clay and CocoaLatte’s Facebook page here and CocoaLatte’s website here.