GOOD EGG 267 Augusta, 416-593-4663, goodegg.ca
Kensington Market's go-to kitchen gear spot also stocks some great options for students who aren't planning on consuming a steady diet of mac 'n' cheese and Mr. Noodles through the fall term. Check out the colourful selection of lunch containers and utensils, plus lots of great cutting boards, pots, skillets and enamelware in single-serving up to family-dinner sizes.
For first-years, owner Mika Bareket recommends Arthur Potts Dawson's Eat Your Vegetables from her cookbook stacks. It's packed with easy vegetarian and meat-eater recipes using affordable ingredients.
Good Egg picks: Skin even the most delicate veggies with a wide Swissmar peeler, $5; Ironwood's cutting board works as well for chopping as for serving up a baguette and Brie spread, $25; Lodge's cast iron skillet set will last long past graduation, $90.
Hours: Daily 11 am to 6 pm.
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