You know, there just comes a day when it's time to stop getting your dishes from Value Village or your mom's garage. Don't you want to show off your new Martha Stewartesque cooking skills on a cool plate? Don't you want to feel a little piece of cheer every morning when you congratulate yourself on your avant-garde cereal bowl? But you're not the type for frou-frou china -- you want something a little not-your-grandmother's-house, so try some of these.
1, Japanese treat shop Sanko Trading Co. (730 Queen West, 416-703-4550) not only has all the soba you can suck up, it also has a beautiful selection of Japanese plates, bowls and accessories like this one, $59.95.
2, Go Greek-mosaic chic (Urban Mode, 389 Queen West, 416-591-8834, $59) or perk up with this boppy number (3, William Ashley, 55 Bloor West, 416-964-2900, $21.95), called Bonjour Bonjour (no joke). It's sure to liven up any dreary piece of toast. Or serve up super-bold with these dizzying über-cool stripes (4, Urban Mode, $49.98). Let the star shine in and show off your pasta (5, Urban Mode, $59).
Be earthy with handcrafted ceramics: inscribed plate with meaningful phrases about fish by Victoria Stanca (6, Bounty at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West, 416-973-4993, $70) or delicately striated platter by Eriko Kakiuchi (7, Bounty, $90).
Break out of the mould and opt for chic biomorphic squares with the "New Wave" (8, Ashley's, $38) or Asian-inspired angles (9, Sanko, $39.95).
And finally, if you want old-school, a nice, heavy deep-pink plate from the Sausalito collection (10, Pottery Barn, Eaton Centre, 416-597-0880, $18).
With files from Joy KittredgeTurn out your table for stylish snacks