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This month, we decided to focus on a different kind of store, an on-line one.  In the US, there are many on-line retailers offering spices, equipment and gadgets.  In Canada, one of the most popular and successful to date would have to be Golda’s Kitchen, based in Mississauga, Ontario.  Founded by Fred Pritchard and Howard Goldstein, this place is probably one of the best virtual experiences for the kitchen gadget crazy – you know who you are.

Since 1996, Golda’s Kitchen has been a Canadian success story offering every kitchen-staple imaginable from funky gadgets to high-end professional equipment.  The site does not have all the flash and appeal of US-based giants like SurLaTable or Williams-Sonoma, but then again the prices are not flashy either.  At Golda’s Kitchen, you can find some of the best prices on the internet – hands down.  What’s better than lower prices?  The fact that all of the pricing is in Canadian Dollars - so no surprises on your monthly credit card bill!

Navigation-wise, they offer a “shop” section where you can browse through categories including Bakeware, Barware, Cookware, Electric Appliances, Knives etc..  For those into canning and preserves, they have an entire on-line shop dedicated to every item you would need including a full range of glass jars, lids, funnels and sterilization racks.  Almost every jar ever produced by Bernardin can be found here along with seperately sold replacement lids.

For knives, they carry one of the largest Wüsthof inventories we have ever seen on-line or in a store.  Every major culinary line including blocks, sharpening blades, specialty pairing, and travel equipment is available.  Any culinary professional will tell you that buying a good set of knives for the first time requires a hands-on experience.  While you may not buy your first professional knife set here, it is an excellent way to shop for replacement pieces and accessories or to expand your current set – if they happen to be Wüsthof.

In terms of cookware, they carry both the Le Creuset and Emile Henry lines.  We have both in the Gremolata Kitchen and note that the pricing was comparable to most stores for the Le Creuset line with an 8.5 litre French Oven costing around $435.00 and a 10 ¼ inch Square Skillet going for $170.00.  The Emile Henry line is new and the pricing on their ceramics collection ($35-55.00) make them a great wedding gift.  They also carry some of the SchlemmerTopf clay bakers, a perfect item for those with access to an outdoor fire pit in the summer.  They are great for cooking trout or roasting chicken in the outdoors.

The biggest thing going for Golda’s Kitchen is their baking and confectionary offering.  For those of you who are really into baking, candy making, or confection art – log on now.  They have basic cake decorating student kits for $46.00 as well as countless molds, cookie cutters, pans and fondant to be your own “Ace of Cakes”.  For cupcake fans, we recommend their Swedish swirl blue paper liners for $7.00 or the chocolate brown ones for $5.50 – so much classier than the old white ones from the supermarket.  Another great find would be the complete line of Fiesta silicone rolling pins in every delicious colour.

Finally, the all important question – payment and shipping.  They accept Visa and Mastercard and the shipping surprisingly, is reasonable.  The shipping prices range from $6.30 in Greater Toronto to a maximum of $20.00 in more remote locations like northern Alberta and the Yukon.  Hey, if you lived in Nunavut in February you would probably do a lot of baking in the evenings as well.  These are the base prices with additional costs added according to weight, around 30 cents a kilo in addition for items shipped in Ontario.

Golda’s Kitchen also has a retail store on Argentia Road in Mississauga where you can see the products up close – for those nervous about making that big coffee maker purchase on-line.  In addition, any product purchased online may be returned to their retail store for exchange or credit within 30 days of receipt.   All they ask is that you bring a copy of your receipt to help facilitate the return.  Of course, you can also simply ship it back to them.

While nothing beats the tangible experience of shopping in a specialty store we have to say that Golda’s Kitchen does offer a great alternative for those looking to shop from the comfort of their own home.  If anything, it is a great place for finding the “nice to have” kitchen essentials you don’t need right away - things like cake accessories, utensils, and gadgets.  That, and the ability to find accessories and replacements to your existing suite of kitchen tools.

To learn more, visit their Web site at www.goldaskitchen.com or visit their retail store in Mississauga:

Golda's Kitchen Inc.

2885 Argentia Rd Unit 6

Mississauga, Ontario  L5N 8G6

Canada

Phone: 905-816-9995

Hours:

Monday         10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   

Tuesday        10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.   

Wednesday    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.   

Thursday       10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.   

Friday           10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Saturday       10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   

Sunday         11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 



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