Visit us at mjölk during the month of May to see Per Kristiansen’s photographic series, Untitled.
There is something beyond an edifying pleasure in the act of comparing, in the impulse to investigate and catalog the infinite ways any one thing can appear, its ‘mood’; its ‘feel’; as cast in the Mandelbrodian algorithms of nature. To really look closely at something, as a fly on the wall of the ceaseless changes that happen with or without our hand, is the search, however delusive, for its true form.
While you are at it, make it a date to The Junction and visit the 20+ venues who are also participating in the CONTACT Photography Festival (search Junction).
On Saturday, May 8 from 6-9pm there will be a public reception throughout the neighborhood, but we invite our loyal Kitka readers to the private reception from 9-11pm. If you would like to attend, we require you to RSVP to info[at]kitkadesigntoronto[dot]com.
We couldn’t do this alone. A warm and special thanks goes out to:
Richard Marazzi, for his design work.
The Go Lightly Jazz Band, for their great music.
Rekorderlig Berry Cider, for a great local cider.
Rekorderlig Cider, for a great local cider.
Warsteiner Beer, for supplying a fantastic beer.
Organized Crime Winery, for a champion Ontario wine.
The Junction BIA, for their support of the arts.
Looks like this is the week of good eats! Last night we went with our fellow Japanophiles Aprile and Jory to Guu Izakaya (398 Church St). I know there’s been a lot of buzz since they opened but *LOVE*. The style is Tokyo pub, beer and appetizers with communal tables and a boisterous hum. At first the yelling is distracting but it quickly becomes charming a few sips of Sapporo in. Every person that comes or goes from the restaurant is greeted with big smiles that are genuinely endearing.
It was really hard to decide on what to eat – everything looked so good – so we just ordered with reckless abandon.
The large glass of beer dwarfs Jory. Aprile ordered some crazy marble pop. John had warm sake and I had a small Sapporo (designated driver!).
The parade of food begins (I am fully guessing at the descriptions)…deep fried octopus balls, I think.
Udon noodles with roe – tasted like salmon a bit, John said it was cod?
Aprile and I got the butakimchi bibimbap.
Jellyfish something or other (sorry, not helpful!).
John ordered fried chicken accidentally, but it was delicious and not greasy. Of course there is the obligatory edamame.
I feel like we had even more food than this but it appears this is it.
The girls. Really casual, warm atmosphere.
With really nice architectural features like these little windows.
The boys. Jory is thinking really hard about what he wants to order next.
Birthday noms. Everyone sings Happy Birthday like they do at family restaurants, minus the awkward silence before and after. It was sweet, because everyone in the restaurant is having a good time.
Tempura banana with coconut ice cream. Amazing, we wish we ordered more!
The most modern bowl of ice cream ever. I mean, charcoal? It’s sesame flavored – weird but actually pretty good.
The prices are really great which makes you order like it’s the last supper. The sheer length of our bill was pretty ridiculous, but we had such a good time it was worth it! At the bottom of the receipt it says “Be Careful!! Guuing is addictive.” and we’d have to agree. If it wasn’t for the 2 hour maximum we would have stayed all night. We’re praying that they open another location in the west end (it is after all a Vancouver-based “chain”), but we’ll make the trek again and again if we have to.
ps. this place is still mad busy, so show up early or expect a wait! Also, best to go in a group!
Last night for Juli’s early birthday celebration we went to the Drake for “A taste of Iceland” LET’S GO CRAZY! 4 course prix fixe dinner ($42) from the master minds: Chef Thor Eggertsson from Orange Restaurant, Reykjavik alongside Chef Anthony Rose of The Drake.
We’ve been on the hunt for a meal comparable to the dream that is the Alberto K restaurant in Copenhagen Denmark. We’ve been to several nice local restaurants since including Canoe and nothing has come close!
Reyka vodka, fresh lime juice and mint w/ blueberry essence + an erupting, devils-ice blueberry fountain.
There was a parcel of dry ice tied with a red ribbon in the drink which bubbled, smoked and really made it look like we were drinking from a blueberry geyser.
The first dish and it’s great to start off with a good presentation, doing something as simple as adding milk to a dish at the table makes the meal a little more special.
Breakfast of Champions
Langoustine Jerusalem artichokes + pumpkin
A warm creamy dish with delicious fresh water crustaceans, and crunchy pumpkin hash. It really was the breakfast of champions.
Fresh cod, estragon egg, pumpernickel + herbs
The cod tasted SO fresh it almost looked raw (in a good way), it was sandwiched between mashed potatoes on the bottom and a potato chip, swimming in a creamy butter sauce that was to die for.
Rudolph goes 2 the olympics
Reindeer in pecan nuts, cauliflower, root vegetables + Madeira
really the stand out plate. The reindeer was cooked to perfection. It just had that melt in your mouth texture, paired with the crunchy pecan nuts and cauliflower mash. The flavors blended beautifully.
chocolate duck, vanilla + pineapple x 3
The Duck in a tub was kind of a wild card. The duck shape made me smile and the frozen cream sprinkled all around was delicious, but I didn’t quite see the connection to the other dishes. Maybe I was looking for something with wild berries and nuts, pineapple kind of threw me off.
All in all the meal was delicious! The welcomed connection between all the dishes was that great crunch that really balanced out all the cream.
It made us miss Scandinavia so we filled out 2 ballets for a free 3 day trip to Reykjavik.
I should also mention for all our readers outside Toronto, if you’re planning a trip to T.O. Please consider staying a the Drake hotel, even for just 1 night. It’s such a hip boutique hotel with the best hotel gift shop in town, a great brunch outdoor patio, restaurant, and bar.
For the record in the above photo I was just checking what time the Drake general store closed.
Although most of my days are consumed by interiors and furniture, the change in season has moved my interest over to fashion blogs. I don’t know how I normally survive the summer, but generally I hate dressing for it so inspiration is in order. My first purchase for the season arrived the other day straight from Sweden.
Swedish Hasbeens have been in production since 1972, and are still made in the same little factory in Sweden. The shoes are made of Swedish alderwood, lime tree, rubber and high quality natural grain leather. From what I’ve been seeing, these shoes are pretty versatile since they theoretically can bridge the seasons with tights, and then act as sandals in the summer.
I’m not going to lie. I despise having my photo taken and you can tell. I kind of wish I bought black ones for the spring, since my wardrobe tends towards the morbid (I’m also angling for the braided Hasbeens). I bought the natural leather, however, because over time it ages to a lovely mid-brown colour, which I thought would be perfect for summer blues, whites and er, black. But I wanted to try them on today anyway, so although I don’t think the tights are a home run, my legs are not exposure worthy before a visit to the spa.
I also had a great shopping trip to Robber on Queen W yesterday, where I picked up this silk Build by Wendy skirt and Steven Alan shirt (gah! looking a bit frumpy due to my awkward no photos please posture), among other things…Robber is seriously one of my favourite shops in Toronto.
We kind of dropped the ball on Design Week this year, for obvious reasons. But here is a quick look at a few other things that caught our eye at IDS10.
The ULTIMATE: space (concept)
Arren Williams’s bathroom was inspired by Calvin Klein Euphoria.
The dark wood paneling was of course a defining feature for us. This was the ultimate his and hers bathroom, with this section being the his side.
They meet in the middle in this cozy chill out room. Bev Hisey’s wool felt butterfly chairs were super cozy to flop out on (we tried).
In the her side, plenty of storage in these retro styled dressers, a large bathtub in the center and some interest light fixtures that you could totally diy. All you need is a ceiling medallion from the hardware store, paint and a mirror lightbulb like the one recently featured on Door Sixteen but smaller.
Jason MacIsaac (Ministry of the Interior): Rolling Hills
Again a no brainer in our world with all that wood…
…to create beautiful intimate spaces.
The student section felt small this year…
New George chair by OCAD student Vincent J. Monastero was really the only piece that was fresh and that we could see in production.
You know, two years now we have missed Come Up To My Room, which is a real shame because that is where the really interesting stuff happens. Goal for next year is to switch it up and cover CUTMR. There’s always too much to be done…
It was the Interior Design Show over the weekend, so if you didn’t get the chance to check it out, we’ve covered some of the highlights!
This year, the Prototypes were very diverse, each offering glimpses of what’s to come in new Canadian design.
Science and sons gave us our favorite design of the evening: “Radio Canada” a radio with only 2 stations, CBC radio 1 & 2. It was just one of those things that we saw and desperately wanted.
Bounce lounge by Sidney Molepo
Fracture, a modular table by Tychotic design
We loved the tapered maple legs, and notes of colour among the salvaged plywood top
Trays by Emil Ragusila, an interesting interpretation of corian, which can be cut and sanded like real wood.
Toboggin, by Devin Schaffner
Karst stools, by Kevin Karst Designs
Portico portable patio system, by Carmen Yatscoff
Everro by Andrea Leitner
NXL chair by Obill design
Shallmar by Jean Willoughby
Softwall, (made from used newspapers and felt) by Breathe architects
Viceroy designed by Human Republic
Masquerade designed by Human Republic
The Practice of Everyday Design gave us a wonderful look into how creative CNC technology can be with their white lacquered Stalac coffee table.
Modular seating system by Ian Vanderberg design
LED chandelier by Group Two Design INC, unfortunately it wasn’t on during the show…
Mahabali mats by Christina Covello designs
A sampling of the Studio North section below:
Shawn Place gave us three chairs to drool over.
We loved the cane body and counter weighted leather neck rest on this Lounge chair.
The Wegneresque hand woven rocking chair was as beautiful as it was comfortable.
And finally Shawn’s interesting three legged white oak dining chair.
Colourful mortar and pestles from Tahir Mahmood.
We just had to include SMASH’s drawer booth!
Felt products from Finland’s Verso design
We loved these beautiful plywood pendant lights from Secto design
The Brothers Dresslers gave us a unique spin on the classic school chair with their blend of wood, felt and metal.
We loved the stack-ability of this honeycomb inspired design by Balance Glassworks.
Two Toques design gave us simple bedside tables.