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Category: History

Hoarding By The Light of The Super Full Harvest Moon

Today in The Northern Hemisphere we offically celebrate The Full Harvest Moon and as an extra bonus its gonna be a Super Moon too. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that happens closest to the autumnal equinox and is/has been considered very special and is celebrated in many cultures. So What’s The Big Deal About […]

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Throwback Thursday Part 25: Karelia Studio Takes Flight

August 31st, 2016Categories: History

Yes, There was a Karelia Travel. A few of you may recall that for a brief time during the 1970’s we explored the area of travel. We even made a few trips to exotic locales (more to follow about those adventures)   We were keen to expand Karelia the brand and as such, the travel […]

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Throwback Thursday Part 23: An Invitation From Mr. Turner

June 16th, 2016Categories: History

I received a dinner invitation from Mr. Turner and he proposed that we open a Karelia summer store within his establishment in Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Turners was established in 1879 and is still operated by the family of the founder. It is a general store and caters to the many boats and crew […]

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Throwback Thursday Part 24: Karelia Goes Sailing

June 16th, 2016Categories: History

Yes, there was a sailing ship. A Soling KC 13 called Karelia. We sailed it on Lake Ontario and participated in the Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston. At one time there were sixty Solings on the starting line. The Soling is a twenty-eight foot, three man, Olympic Class keel-boat, made by Abbott Boatworks in Canada. –Janis […]

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Fika Part 7: World’s Best Cake a.k.a. Blitz Torte a.k.a. Norway’s National Cake!

April 25th, 2016Categories: Dessert, Eating, Fika, History, Menu

  First lets take a moment to consider the magical land of Norway where people so highly regard cake as to have a “National Cake”. Now it gets better cuz in 2002 when the Norwegians voted Kvæfjordkake their national cake they also saw fit to bestow upon this gem the additional tile of Verdens Beste […]

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Flashback Friday Part 22: Condos for the Birds

April 15th, 2016Categories: History

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) asked a number of prominent Toronto architects to design and build birdhouses which were to be auctioned off as fundraisers for the museum. I was also included in this distinguished group. My father, a Latvian architect and master builder crafted the birdhouse apartment. –Janis Kravis, Architect

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Fika Part 3: Dobos Torte

April 11th, 2016Categories: Culture, Dessert, Eating, Fika, History, Scandinavia

As with many classic European cakes, this one takes it name from its inventor, Jozsef Dobos. The Dobos torte was first introduced in 1885; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria and his Empress Elisabeth were among the first to taste it. It quickly became a favourite throughout Europe and remains so to this day. Here […]

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Fika Part 2: Coffee

April 8th, 2016Categories: Dessert, Eating, Fika, History, Menu, Scandinavia

With Starbucks culture on the rise and our enduring love of our own Tim Hortons, it’s hard to believe that Canadians aren’t right near the top when it comes to world-wide coffee consumption. Truth is we do o.k., coming in 12th. The Scandinavian countries dominate a few lists – gender equality, happiness, and (drumroll) annual […]

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French Pressed Coffee

Throwback Thursday Part 21: Ingo Maurer, Genius in Lighting Design

April 7th, 2016Categories: Culture, History

In my opinion Ingo Maurer is a genius. He has pioneered many lighting concepts and designed some truly innovative and beautiful light sources. At one point we had a close working relationship with him and carried many of his designs. He came to visit and I think Helga served him her Peking Duck, which she […]

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Throwback Thursday Part 20: Art by The Yard in Toronto Subways

March 31st, 2016Categories: History

    We created a very successful advertising campaign, by taking actual marimekko fabric, mounting it and placing posters in subway cars near the exits.   –Janis Kravis      

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