A CUT ABOVE
There's a sharp new product line in town with the arrival of Montreal's favourite fancy knives. Made in France by Opinel, options include chef's knives and folding blades, as well as the functional Bon Appétit table/steak knives with colourful handles to mix and match with any décor. Set of four table knives $79.99 at Domus Housewares.
PUT THE SQUEEZE ON ME
The handy little Lékué Citrus Sprayer is the perfect tool for adding a quick spritz of lemon, lime or orange juice to salads, cocktails and more. $19.99 for a set of two at Grace in the Kitchen.
Handcrafted in Vietnam from strips of bamboo, these solvent-free bowls are both environmentally and food - friendly. $68.00 for a large Bibol, Kitchenalia.
SEAL OF APPROVAL
Inspired by nature, these attractive suction lids and food covers by Charles Viancin create airtight, watertight seals for storing and reheating food. Eco-friendly and reusable, they're freezer, microwave and oven-safe. Made from top-grade silicone, they come in a pretty array of sizes and designs including lily pads, poppies, snowflakes and more. $9.95-$19.95 at C.A. Paradis.
SHAKE IT UP, BABY
Youngsters and adults alike will have fun with the Zoku Slush and Shake Maker. The chilled cylinder turns almost any beverage into a thick, semi-frozen treat in just minutes. $24.99 at Kitchenalia.
A HELPING HAND
A great invention from Ottawa! The Staybowlizer is like having an extra hand in the kitchen, serving as a welcome replacement to the "damp-towel" method of bowl steadying so commonly used by chefs the world over. Made of heat-resistant silicone, you can also place the Staybowlizer on the rim of a saucepan and add your mixing bowl to create a double boiler. $24.95 at Grace in the Kitchen.
THE THRILL OF THE GRILL
This compact, programmable counter-top grill makes it easy to get superb results whether you want perfectly-seared shrimp or a juicy, rare steak. It comes with a great recipe book and its non-stick plates are a breeze to clean. $179.95 at C.A. Paradis.