Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  I can’t believe 2010 is over.  It seemed that the year flew by, one of the fastest by far.  This year I got the opportunity to explore Chicago and London as well as a couple new spots around Toronto.  I look forward to a new year of exploration, design, food and fun.  

As you are getting ready to celebrate this evening, I wanted to leave you with pictures of some beautiful new years tables.  Healthy, happy new year to everyone.

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London: fav breakfast- My Old Dutch Pancake House

While walking around Kensington one afternoon, we passed by a small restaurant called My Old Dutch Pancake House.  We looked the place up to see if they had any other locations, and to our luck they had a spot in Chelsea, where we would be the following day.  After our mini “trek” from the tube station, we arrived at My Old Dutch Pancake House and soon found out there was nothing “small” about this restaurant. 

If you haven’ had a Dutch pancake before they are huge.  They are the size of a small pizza and are a cross between a pancake and a crepe.  At My Old Dutch you could make your own pancake and choose toppings.  I went with an apple, pear, cinnamon and honey pancake topped with loads of icing sugar.  There were toppings like caramel, nutella and other rich sauces but I couldn’t do it.  I could barely finish the one I got given the size.  If sweet is not your thing, there is also a large selection of savoury pancakes for lunch/dinner.  I have never had a dutch pancake and if I had the chance again, I would go back 100%.


London: fav bakery- Sweet Boulangerie

The next mouth-watering bakery in London that deserves mention is Sweet Boulangerie in the Exmouth Market.  On our morning walk around the Clerkenwell area, we walked through Exmouth market and stopped dead in our tracks when we got to Sweet.  It was packed in there and we were lucky to grab the last seat.  This is a typical french patisserie with macarons, cakes, cookies, tarts, and savoury items like sandwiches, pizza slices with a low key atmosphere, and a delicious aroma of baked goods.

Our macaron sample

chocolate eclair

counter display

Sweet Boulangerie store front


London: Fav Bakery- Konditor & Cook

I just got back from a work/vaca trip to London and on my time off, I had the chance to explore some of London’s best bakeries.

First up is Konditor & Cook, an amazing bakery that I visited in Borough Market.  Started by ‘Konditor’, Munich trained pastry chef, Gerhard Jenne, his Konditor & Cook has grown to six locations around central London.  You find everything savoury and sweet in this bakery from mince pies, and cakes to cinnamon stars and brownies, this spot has it all, and beautifully merchandised as well. 

I was there to grab some breakfast and sampled their muesli, a cinnamon star and a cookie. Delicious!

Inside Konditor & Cook


Window display

My favourite mince pies


buddha bowls

Flavour Design Studio out of Vancouver, BC is a contemporary, homeware design studio that is gaining a lot of attention for their cool looking buddha bowls.  The bowls are designed to rest comfortably in the palm of your hand, so when you are chowing down on a bowl of noodles, rice or broth, worry about balancing act is alleviated.  Flavour Design also produces a couple other bowls and plates in their kitchen line including one for udon noodles and a bowl that keeps the spoon in a moments grab from the dish.  So cute!!

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