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All the Colours but Purple

All the Colours but Purple

As spring begins to profuse, eating is going to shift into more of that grazing style - maybe some radishes and butter, maybe some olives or those amazing pickled silverskin onions from Manning Canning, maybe some cured meats from our friends at Stasis or Luke's beet-tinged gravlax from De La Mer, some cheese from Thin Blue Line and some proper sourdough from Prairie Boy - and you're going to want to serve all those things on dishes that are as fresh as the food they hold. PLUS our tea towel selection continues to reflect the colours and passions of the season and you know you can always use a new one.
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Tree Juices

Tree Juices

We've got our own little syrup tsunami to celebrate a season where the sap is flowing full-tap - the region's best organic syrups including offerings from Drip Maple, Edwin County Farms, County Yum, Shady Maple and Citadelle as well as the classic Canadian tins (in three sizes) from Jakeman's. We are a lucky nation indeed to be such a major producer.

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Seriously Nuts

Seriously Nuts

Blue Jays home opener is tomorrow so you're going to be needing Canadian peanuts. Kernal's Black Skin peanuts are a rare breed of Valencia peanuts grown right here in Ontario. Perfectly roasted and seasoned, the black skins are more delicate than traditional red skin peanut skins so you can get their nutritional benefits without getting them caught in your throat or all over your clothes! Comes in three flavours - salted, sea salt & black pepper and garlic.

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Something Fishy (in a very good way!)

Something Fishy (in a very good way!)

On our shelves, the very best canned wild salmon and tuna from The Fishery on Vancouver Island. In our freezer, their superfine salmon and tuna patés and in our fridge beautiful chunks of salmon packed with sliced onion in a tart and sweet marinade of vinegar, water, salt, sugar and dill - nothing else. Wild BC salmon is a treat for much of the world. Let these products from The Fishery be a treat for you, your family and friends at your next gathering . Serve as an appetizer as part of a charcuterie selection, in salads or even with a little rice for a satisfying lunch.
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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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