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At Least it's Spring in the Store!

At Least it's Spring in the Store!

There's Easter chocolate and candy galore in store but it's not all about the edibles. We've got table charms, salt and pepper shakers, candles and candle stands, egg cups, cards, tea towels, cocktail napkins, all with either Easter themes or enough spring colours to keep the freezing rain at bay.
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Bunnies and Chicks Abound!

Bunnies and Chicks Abound!

For Easter, we've got beautiful foil-wrapped chocolates from Roger's, classic candy-coated chocolate eggs, malt eggs, chocolate bunnies and eggs in a variety of sizes and styles from top quality chocolatiers but there's no doubt which chocolate birds rule the roost...once again it's got to be Laura Slack's Egbert.

Easter hours:
Good Friday 10:30am-8:00pm, Saturday 10:30am-7:00pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday
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End of a Soapy Era

End of a Soapy Era

To mark the end of an era for the Waterloo Soap Company in our store as they transition to a new business, we're having a Waterloo Soap Sale starting this weekend with pre-made packages of three bars for $10. We're hoping that you'll clean us out while you get clean yourself with bars scents including Lavender, Musk, Vanilla, Tea Tree and Lime & Sage. 

Come in soon, they won't last long (in our stock, that is - how long they last in your soap dish is kind of up to you!)

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Wood for Your Wecks!

Wood for Your Wecks!

The spring-and-ring mechanism on our beautiful Weck Jars is what makes them the choice of serious home canning aficionados but so many customers love them just because they look great. If canned preserve grade food safety isn't an issue and you're just doing basic dry goods storage or even using your Wecks more decoratively, check out the new Acacia wood lids. Beautiful, durable and functional, they bring a whole new look to your favourite storage jars.
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Curry Favour(ites)

Curry Favour(ites)

Curry is a wonderful way to warm up. It's not just one thing, of course, it's a whole world of flavours and ingredients and options that can be anything from an elegant dinner to spectacular next day leftovers. And we'd like to suggest a range of ways to get your curry on - from dinner out to dinner in. Dine out at Shala-Mar up the street or try your own home curry with ready-made cooking sauces and chutneys or all the key ingredients to start from scratch (with a little online help from Vahchef!)
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The Chef's Motto: Be Prepared (AND Stylish!)

The Chef's Motto: Be Prepared (AND Stylish!)

The key to stress-free cooking for company is to be organized. To help you with that, try our colourful "Just a Pinch" mis-en-place bowls and ModGlass casserole dishes.
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Valentine's Day Part Two - Home Advantage

Valentine's Day Part Two - Home Advantage

As if the crush of romantic-dinner-seeking amateurs isn't enough to keep you home this Valentine's Day, it's also the NBA All-Star game. Two great reasons to be your own All-Star and use your home-court advantage to take your Valentine's Day to the next level.

Once again, our friends at Queen's Pasta have supplied us with packages of lovingly made heart-shaped ravioli made with both red and white pasta stuffed with ricotta and other flavours. But this year they packed a new surprise into that familiar shape as well:

Queen's Pasta Ravioli

Ravioli filled with dulce-de-leche and banana!

We're recommending you plate with a smear of raspberry purée underneath and a dusting of cocoa powder on top. Positively aphrodisiacal!

However you spend this Valentine's Day, we hope you get to share it with someone you care about - romantically or otherwise - and have a safe and happy long weekend. 
And on that note, a reminder that we are closed Monday for Family Day.

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Valentine's Day Part One - All-Star Weekend

Valentine's Day Part One - All-Star Weekend

This is not only Valentine's weekend but NBA All-Star weekend - it's time to up your game! And we've got two sweet paths to your sweetheart that are slam dunks from Toronto chocolate All-Stars Odile and Laura Slack.

Decorative truffles, dulce-de-leche skulls, a handpainted chocolate frog prince? Whatever the shape of your love, we've got you covered.... in All-Star chocolate for All-Star weekend.

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Baby, It's Cold Outside

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Each jar in this great selection of eight different soups from SoupGirl  - Spicy Coconut Lentil,Curried Cashew, Smoky Split Pea, Italian Rice & Lentil, Caribbean Rice n’ Peas Soup, The Detox Soup, Moroccan Lentil Soup and the new Za’atar Lentil Soup - includes its own carefully crafted mix of herbs, spices, grains and/or pulses. All you have to do is add heat, water and time. 

Apparently Wiarton Willy predicted six more weeks of winter earlier this week so come on in and stock up on the hearty soups in town!

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A Mighty Fine Brine Indeed

A Mighty Fine Brine Indeed

Pickling using vinegar is a technology we developed as a kind of shortcut to preserving foods by facto-fermentation and they can also be delicious. But nothing beats a real fermented product. Many cultures developed this technique and familiar products include favourites like kosher dills, sauerkraut and kimchi. We already carry an excellent organic kimchi made by Kyopo Kitchen here in Toronto  and we're now very pleased to welcome to the Mercantile shelves another local producer (founded by a transplanted New Yorker) called Mighty Fine Brine with a product line that includes two styles of pickles and two styles of sauerkraut. You'll find all of these excellent, healthful products in the fridge at the back of the shop.
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A Treat You Should Have at Least Twice a Day

A Treat You Should Have at Least Twice a Day

What if there was a toothpaste that actually paid attention to flavour? That made you actually look forward to brushing your teeth just for the sensation of it? That toothpaste, from Florence, Italy, is called Marvis and it is available in store as of today! We have the full line of seven different flavours in standard 75ml and 25ml travel-size tubes and we also have the Marvis toothbrush if you're a completist!
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The King of Salt Returns

The King of Salt Returns

In the month or so leading up to the holidays, we experienced - along with the rest of the world - a shortage of Maldon salt and sold out in early December. Apparently, there was an unspecified problem somewhere in the production chain and Maldon advised that they would be back on line by the end of January. True to their word, the salt from Maldon is once again flowing (in a manner of speaking - more on that later) and is back on our shelves. (We also have a fine selection of wood and ceramic salt cellars!)

Really, you should have three main kinds of salt on hand in your pantry – an everyday utility salt, a finishing salt and a fine salt. Then there are some luxury salts you can splurge on if you like. Let's go through them one by one...

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