Twice a year, the One Of A Kind Show brings a slew of amazing artisans all under one roof in Toronto. Whether you're into food, fashion, art, beauty or many other marvels of craftiness - there is likely something wonderful there waiting for you. I was lucky enough to get a quick sneak peek at the show, and here are a couple of my favourites.
Part of my food philosophy is that fat is phat. In my humble opinion, the low-fat craze did a lot of damage - and this definitely includes to me. Ever since I started adding more good fats and protein into my diet, the effects have been amazing. But this isn't about me, it's about ghee. Ghee (or clarified butter) is a pretty amazing thing.....read more about that here. It can be a great source of good fat. I'm a bit too in love with this stuff, so I was pretty excited when I stumbled upon the awesomeness that is Lee's Ghee at the OOAK (it's a short form, let's use it). Lee's is based in Toronto, but somehow I knew nothing about her or her company until now. (See, this is why the OOAK Show is awesome.)
Lee's Ghee is hand crafted in small batches using unsalted, organic, cultured butter as a base for all of the flavours. They use locally-sourced Organic Meadow butter from Ontario, which is primarily grass-fed. Another big thumbs up for that. If you're just looking for a basic ghee, there is the Plain Jane non-flavour, which is really delicious. To get even more adventurous, there are infused flavours on the sweeter side like Cardamom Kiss (my fave!), Noisette, and Blind Date. If savoury is more your thing, go for Sage City or Gold Standard, which has all the amazing benefits of tumeric.
Can't wait to cook with this ghee....or even better, make some next-level buttered coffee with that Cardamom Kiss flavour.
I'm in the market for a new handbag that meets all my needs: fashion forward, beautifully crafted, and not covered in logos. So when I stumbled upon Opelle Creative at Booth I 26, I was kind of instantly in love with their designs. Again, even though they are based in Toronto, I wasn't really aware of them until now. (The OOAK Show wins again!)
Opelle designs based on the philosophy of New Luxury - closing the gap between traditional luxury and fast fashion, and I'd say they hit the mark very well on that. Each bag is crafted in Toronto, made of incredible quality leather that is as ethically-sourced as possible. I'd love to collect them all, to be honest. Definitely worth checking out either at the show this weekend, online, or at their new Toronto showroom.
Need a dose of whimsy in your life? Look no further than Booth E05 for greeting cards and gifts that make you smile and say "awwww". Affordable, adorable, and made here in Toronto by Queenie Best, Queenie's Cards offer a great alternative to those same old boring mass-produced greeting cards. The line has now expanded to include other gift items like clothing, mugs, iPhone cases and more, which you can find at the OOAK Show or online here.
Passionate about chocolate? Looking for a mid-OOAK show pick me up? Or perhaps an alternative to that drugstore Easter Bunny chocolate-ish product? Head to booth C41. That's where you'll find Odile Chatelain, a Parisian transplant who has honed her chocolate-making skills over a 30-year career in the culinary industry. Odile Chocolat's handmade truffles tempt with flavours like the Mexicana (tequila, candied lime peel & chipotle pepper), Bollywood (cardamom & silver leaf), and Tahitian Vanilla with Candied Lime Peel, plus wonderful salted caramels and a variety of hot chocolates. Visit Odile at the OOAK show or at their storefront at 829 Dundas Street West in Toronto.