Mia Hungry Long Time!

Listicle: Kitchen Wishlist


So the computer I use to do all my work and fun stuff, i.e. blogging, is totally on the fritz. Some nasty viruses infected the hard drive and the laptop has been in the shop for 5 days now. I haven’t been able to do my freelance work (I have 2 jobs, yeah, I’m ambitious), haven’t been able to watch my downloaded Korean dramas (yes, I’m a nerd), haven’t been able to access my food pictures, hence not being able to write blog posts. I am DYING!

Anyways, due to this majorly catastrophic event, I came up with a different kind of blog posts, aside from the regular restaurant write-ups and recipes. Listicles! Those are always fun, and so easy to do! I’m lazy (but also ambitious, ha), so easy things delight me.

Without further ado, I present you with my first listicle: kitchen wishlist! I am poor (but ambitious!), bad with saving money, and am proud owner of solid bank-breaking weaknesses such as sales on Gilt, overpriced speakeasy-style cocktails, sushi-grade salmon fillets (dude they are so expensive ferreals), etc. etc. So… being perpetually poor, I have a list of fabulous things I wish I own and since this is a food blog, I’ll only list food-related products duh.

One more thing, if you happen to be a billionaire with a kind heart who wants to purchase one (or more) of these listed things (with no hidden agenda of course), get in touch with me ASAP. I love you.

1. Viking Classic Series – 36″ Open Burner Range in Green

Hello, gorgeous. I love this Viking gas stove with classic looks but equipped with insanely high-tech features including an infrared broiler! Infrared babes, infrared. We’re rollin’ with the big dogs now. Posers, get the freak out. And the color! Oh this color is so fabulous! I love green. So happy and fresh. Also, I want a matching hood. My current kitchen doesn’t have one. I just made this delicious pan-seared salmon dinner and now my entire apartment smells like it. Delicious smelling yes, but I’m totally over it.
This thing retails for a cool $6,350.

2. Le Creuset 12-Piece Cookware Set

Oh my goodness gracious. Ya’ll know all about Le Creuset cookware. They are really the best. These porcelain-enameled cast-iron pots, pans, and casserole dishes are skillfully made in France with a pretty serious price tag. They last for generations. Seriously, they make perfect family heirlooms. They go from the stove to the oven to the table stylishly, and they come in beautiful colors. I obviously would get these green ones to match my new classic Viking gas range. Hello!
Price tag: about $1,800.

3. All-Clad Copper Core 28-Piece Set

Now that I have the Le Creuset, I obviously needs to complete the cookware collection with an All-Clad pots and pans set. These copper-core bad boys are amazing. I used to baby sit for this one family who has a couple of the sautee pans and TRUST, you haven’t cooked until you cook in one of these. Copper-core means superb temperature control and great response to heat. These pans heat up super fast, cook evenly, and they’re perfect for making reduction and sauces. The stainless steel coating means your seabass skin will crisp perfectly and it won’t stick to the pan when you remove it. Oh the horror!
Price tag: about $5,400. Yup, almost the same price as the Viking range.

4. KitchenAid Professional 620 Stand Mixer

Okay, confession: I know nothing about baking. Seriously, nothing. I’m a pretty decent cook and I am forever curious about recipes and will try everything with gusto. But baking? *shudder* I’m scared! I don’t know why but I’m terrified. I also don’t have much of a sweet tooth. However, I do appreciate a fabulous dessert. I wish I can make desserts like the ridiculously talented Deb from Smitten Kitchen. Like this one, or this one, or this one, WHOAH mama! Anyways, I figured if I’m going to start baking, I have to have the right tools. And babes, this KitchenAid mixer is the best. I’ll get it in the Copper finish by the way, to match my All-Clad set, natch.
Price tag: $900

5. Global 8-inch Chef’s Knife

A kitchen filled with expensive cookware and appliances is completely useless without good knives. If you prep your food with messed-up knives, not only things will come out all busted, but it can also be dangerous. My current knives, albeit cheap, are pretty decent. I won’t tell you where I got them because it’s embarrassing. But I take good care of them and so far, so good. However, I’d absolutely flip my ship if someone give me a set of Global knifes. Or even just the chef’s knife. Japanese made, (kind of) affordable, light-weight, super sharp, with a gorgeous streamlined modern design. They’re like the Eames shell chairs of the knife world. Going back to those rich peeps I used to nanny for, they all have these knives and I looooooove them! Ah, I miss my nannying days. I loved their kitchens (and the families of course!).
Price tag: $100 (most affordable thing on this list! woot!)

6. Emerilware Electric Fryer

OBVIOUSLY I would want a deep fryer for my dream kitchen. Duh. Just think of the possibilities! Hot, crispy hand-cut french fries, jalapeno poppers, zucchini fritters, Indonesian style fried tofu and tempeh, tempura, fried oreos, and dudes, these bad boys a la the ingenious Pioneer Woman! With this fryer, I can make my own perfectly fried donuts. I wouldn’t need to take 11 PM walks to the gas station by my apartment just to get Krispy Kreme donuts (not that I ever do that, you know, um, ehm).
Normally I don’t like celebrity-chef-branded gadgets, but this fryer is supposed to be quite amazing, endorsed everywhere, from home cooks to Food and Wine magazine (aka the bible).
Price tag: $150 (widening of hips not included)

7. Zojirushi Rice Cooker & Warmer

Okay, another confession: I don’t own a rice cooker. I am a bad Asian, you may punish me if you wish. I’ve been cooking my rice with a pot, which is an absolutely acceptable method, albeit REALLY annoying. While it comes out fine every time, I feel like it’s never really perfect. A rice cooker, especially this one, would ensure that the rice comes out perfect every time and it can keep the rice warm for hours so I can make it in advance! I was going to buy a rice cooker a few years ago, but some good friends of mine promised to get me one as a birthday present. But they never did (that’s right bitches, I’m calling you out on the interwebs). I still love them though. Anyway, this Zojirushi one is supposed to be one of the best.
Price tag: $362 (ouch, in hindsight, maybe I’ll take a smaller version for way cheaper)

8. Bosch 24″ Integra 800 Plus Series Dishwasher

I believe this one needs no blurb necessary. It’s a Bosch, it has concealed digital controls, and it is supposedly the quietest and most energy efficient dishwasher in the country. Booya.
Price tag: $2099

There you go, lover! I was planning to do a list of 20 but I am mad tired. The snowday is officially over and I have to mentally prepare to go to work tomorrow. *cries

Before I go, here’s  another item I wish I can have to help me in the kitchen:

Well hello, Chef Bourdain. Can you give me a hand over here?

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2 Responses

  1. aisha says:

    I’ll buy you the hello kitty rice cooker for ur belated bday… How’s that sound?

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