SOM A C h o c ol at e m a k e r
When I drop by Somaâ€™s new location on King Street West, I make a beeline for the hand-crafted chocolates and truffles. The smell of cocoa permeates the air of the open space and itâ€™s deadly for chocolate addicts like myself wanting to satisfy their sweet tooth.
The beurre noisette truffle and feuillitine caramel (a rich, chewy caramel rolled in crispy crêpe-like flakes) are my personal favourites, but for something truly unique, try the Gooderham & Worts Whisky, Douglas Fir or 8-year old balsamic vinegar truffles. The house-made, gelato and sorbetto are the perfect summertime (or anytime) treat with flavours that include bright and refreshing blueberry-basil and rich and indulgent dulce de leche. Soma also produces decadent small-batch chocolate bars and baked goods including a variety of drool-worthy Italian cookies and focaccia to die for. The new space offers an up-close look at how Soma churns out their chocolates and sweets with a glassenclosed chocolate lab and bakery where you can watch the magic happen. ——Veronica VanDenEnde
BOOK HOU BOOKHOU 798 DUNDAS ST. W TORONTO www.bookhou.com 416.203.2549
Bookhou was co-founded by John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj in 2002 to showcase their individual and collaborative work. They are a multidisciplinary studio that emphasizes natural handmade materials and small production pieces. John Booth received his education from Queens University and his architecture degree from the University of Toronto. He is currently working with form and structure in both painting and furniture. Arounna Khounnoraj received her education from the Ontario College of Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a MFA from the University of Waterloo. She is currently exploring pattern and image in her textiles and sculptures. In the fall of 2008 they opened their brick and mortar shop located on dundas street west.
ALPHABET wood cut-out
NATURAL DYED REMNANTS custom dyed fabric
STOOL child’s felt stool
OBLONG gusset pouch