Wednesday, April 26, 2006

ode to a spice

I have been searching for the past few years looking for the perfect spice rack to fit my Henry Watson spice jars. At some point, I realized that I was not going to find a spice rack - rather, I would have to have it custom made for me. Seemed like a rather luxurious request and I had resigned myself to storing my spice jars in a cupboard for another few years.

Recently, my co-worker needed some framing done in his house and asked if Brian could do the job. Brian agreed. As it turns out, my co-worker's wife is an artisan - making fine furniture and jewellery out of wood. At my request, they agreed to trade some hours so that we could have a spice rack built (my husband is the BEST!). This is the result:

The spice rack is beautiful and I love it! If you're ever in the market for custom furniture, just contact Lindsay Staniforth. I highly recommend her! Her studio is here in Vancouver but I'm sure if you need something shipped out-of-town, she can accommodate you as well.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

a coconut by any other name...

I love coconuts. My dad makes the best coconut ice cream, hands down - even though he doesn't make it anymore! (guilt trip!)

I recently had a particularly tasty coconut tart from T&T supermarket. It's hard to make a good coconut tart - there is a fine line between too much tart and too much coconut. I think T&T does a good job of balancing it.

T&T has a particularly fine selection of chinese baked goods, and at reasonable prices! I highly recommend you try them out if you are in the mood for tasty chinese treats (like coconut tarts!).

Congratulations, Larry and Sandra (and big H)!

HA Liem (aka Little H) was born this morning at North York General Hospital. Don't know what the weigh-in is yet, but mom and baby are both doing fine. Little H has the honour of sharing her birthday with Dad Van Dop and Bri's sis, R. Happy Birthday, everyone! I'll post photos as soon as I get some (hint! hint!)...