May 28, 2010

Distillery Farmers Market

I have a confession to make.  For any family members reading, you might want to stop now.  'Cause I just don't need the grief!

These cinnamon buns are so unbelievably fantastic, so incredibly good -- that I eat them.  On Mondays, all I think about is the following Sunday, when I can buy myself another cinnamon bun and eat it.  What's the problem with that?  I'm allergic to cinnamon.  Yup, these are so great, that they're worth the reaction.

Amy and I set ourselves up with a MarcoPolo tea from Balzac's and one of Alli's out of this world buns, and we just know that it's going to be a good day.

They are so gooey, you'd think there was more topping than bun.  And the best part -- she has a small portable warmer, so they're served a just the perfect temperature!

Allison is the baker and seller of these fine treats.  She also has a number of other baked goods for sale -- both savoury and sweet.  She even makes a bread concoction with fiddleheads on it!  Oh and be sure to try these crazy spicy potato thingies that she makes -- they're fantastic.

The Farmers Market at The Distillery has started again and runs Sundays through Thanksgiving Sunday October 12. We are all very excited and eagerly anticipating the 5th season.

REGULAR LOCATION: The farmers' market is located at the Distillery Historic District 55 Mill Street in Toronto on Trinity Square by Balzac's Coffee.

ALTERNATE LOCATION DURING SPECIAL EVENTS: you will find the farmers' market on Market Lane, located in the east end of the District, near Soul Pepper Theatre.

May 25, 2010

Pipe and Punty Glassworks at The Distillery

What a nice surprise, coming to work at the studio on Saturday and finding Miia Virtasalmi and her husband Robert Tannahill setting up for the Artisans at the Distillery show that happened this past long weekend!  The weather was kind of iffy on Saturday -- but Sunday and Monday were super. 

The booth looked fantastic -- a crisp white tent and display that made all the yummy blown, cast and fused glass work they do look just fantastic.  It's always fun to see what they've been working on.  Both Miia and Robert have very different styles, but somehow the work always seem to have a nice sense of balance, when shown together.

We've had the pleasure of carrying the mushroom and cupcake paperweights at our studio for a while now -- but this was the first time we'd had the chance to see some of her new fused glass jewelry work.  The skull rings and earrings that Miia's doing are so great!  You can see more of her work at

They'll have a booth at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition July 9th 10th and 11th, as well as showing their work at the Stratford Art in the Park, on June 12th and 19th.  It sounds like maybe Robert will have an interesting process for selling his work this year -- something about a scale?!?  If it's true -- we look forward to seeing how it goes!

May 21, 2010

Emily Filler Is Having Solo Show!!

Our good friend and studio neighbour Emily Filler, is kicking off a solo exhibit this weekend at Terence Robert Gallery in Ottawa.

Her work is beautiful and thoughtful -- just like her!!  She's at the gallery this weekend, so if you're in the neighbourhood, drop in to say "hey"!