How I Organized My Spices and Herbs

How I Organized My Spices, Kiku Corner How I Organized My Spices, Kiku Corner

I do a lot of cooking from different cuisines…Indian, Japanese, Persian, Arab, Mediterranean, Canadian among them. All of these use varying spices and herbs. Naturally I had to store these spices so they would be easily reached while cooking. I put two Ikea inserts into a drawer next to my stove to hold my spice jars. I bought a whole bunch of glass spice jars from Kitchen Stuff Plus, and printed circular labels in a green typeface.

Dozens of my herbs and spices are easily accessible and easy to find when I need to add a dash-of-this, or a sprinkle-of-that. I’m just one person, so the small jars are a perfect size for me and my cooking. In order to keep the spices fresh, I split a bag with my mom and Tomiko. That way, we use up small amounts of spices and herbs quickly, which keeps them strong and flavourful.

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Toronto Eats: Butter Avenue Patisserie and Cafe

Toronto Eats: Butter Avenue Patisserie and Cafe, Kiku Corner

 Butter Avenue Patisserie and Cafe is a new cafe Rafael and I stumbled upon during Nuit Blanche in Toronto. It’s on a hip street downtown, but since I work full-time in Toronto’s west end, I now rarely stroll through this neighbourhood. What was once an underwear store is now a patisserie!

What made us stop in our tracks were the sights of the beautiful pastries lined up in the window, from macarons to chocolate domes. We ordered a small box of six assorted macarons, including Earl Grey, Lychee Raspberry, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate Strawberry, and Matcha, my favourite.  Some flavours were better than others, but overall they were delicious!

Butter Avenue Patisserie and Cafe also sells beautiful loose leaf teas.  I didn’t have enough time to browse them, but I’ll definitely be back.

Toronto Eats: Butter Avenue Patisserie and Cafe, Kiku Corner

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Canadian Design: David Crighton’s Toronto Illustrations

Annex Neighbourhood, David Crighton Illustration, Kiku Corner



David Crighton is a Toronto artist and illustrator whose works are of iconic Toronto neighbourhoods and landmarks. Our parents bought the above piece of the Annex neighbourhood in Toronto. Unfortunately some of these landmarks are now gone, like Dooney’s and Book City. Others, like Honest Ed’s, are set to close in the next few years. This is how I will remember the Annex, though, for sure.

The pieces are colourful, bright and punchy but a bit gritty as well. I want to get these for some friends that used to live in Toronto but moved back to other parts of Canada.

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DIY: Knit a Silk Bamboo Scarf

DIY: Knitted Purple Silk Bambo Scarf, Kiku Corner

This scarf is perfect for anyone that cannot wear wool. The fibres are so glossy and soft that there is no chance of any wool-related itch. I wanted to make a gift for our mother, who is both sensitive to wool’s scratchiness and is always too warm. Basically, she is never cold and I needed to find a scarf she could comfortably wear all winter.

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Canadian Design: Studio50

Rock Bottom Vessel by Studio50, Kiku Corner

Studio50 is a custom furniture and housewares gallery and workshop located in Paris, Ontario. Owners/makers Kim and Steve Prokopowich, use locally sourced hardwoods, concrete, and steel in each designed and meticulously hand-crafted piece. From mortar and pestles to the round glass pitchers with concrete stands, Studio50’s pieces are beautiful yet functional.


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