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Stuff: Park Life

Must-haves for dining in the great outdoors

By Rachel Cameron

Above: BAG IT

Freitag’s multi-functional everyday bag latches onto a bike’s handlebars with two Velcro straps. Naturally, it’s made from used truck tarpaulins, and can handle a load of food and dining essentials for a full day at Sugar Beach. $210, at INabstracto, 1160 Queen St W

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PUMP UP THE JAM

Shake a tail with Bang & Olufsen’s picnic basket–sized ode to the transistor radio. It comes in sleek grey or summery yellow and features a leather strap for chic transportability. It syncs up to Apple’s AirPlay for a completely wireless connection to an iPhone. $875, at Bang & Olufsen, 175 Avenue Road

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GO FOR A FORK, NOT A SPORK
Italian designer Guido Venturini makes the old new again. His All-Time six-piece flatware set for Alessi harkens back to the classic collections of the ’50s with its durable thermoplastic resin handles. A glossy finish on the dishwasher-safe grip brings it to the here and now. allmodern.com

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STEAK IT OUT
Strap Bodum’s Fyrkat charcoal grill to the back of your bike and head for Bellwoods – pack a rib eye or two and make friends instantly. Made from enamel- coated steel and heat-resistant silicon, it comes in über-mod black, fiery red and groovy lime green. $60, at Bergo, 28 Tank House Ln

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PURE AT HEART

Ditch the plastic once and for all and get your hands on Black + Blum’s curvaceous, BPA-free tritan and silicon bottle. With just a squeeze, a charcoal filter snaps into place to clean Toronto’s finest. And with a six-month lifespan, replacing it won’t spoil your fun in the sun. $20, at DeSerres, 130 Spadina Ave

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SUPPORT SYSTEM

Really, a summer cookout can only be validated by an instantly shared snapshot of the chef’s hard work. This flexible stand supports sharp shots and video – your Twitter and Instagram followers will seethe with jealousy. $40, at Vistek, 496 Queen St E

Originally published in our Guide 2012 issue.


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