Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Kitchen Dreaming at KitchenPro

Beautiful, well-made, heirloom quality kitchen equipment sparks joy in my heart. I can stay for hours at La Grande Epicerie making a checklist of stuff I want for my kitchen (I plan to but haven't gone to E. Dehillerin yet). While I still have yet to own the kitchen of my dreams, I am working towards it, by starting with pots, pans and kitchen tools that will fill it. Heehee.

During our early married years, I would get Le Creuset Dutch ovens and pans from Dada as special occasion gifts.  And yes, I asked for them specifically. It's such a joy cooking with nice kitchen stuff.

I have seen first hand how big of a difference food tastes when cooked in a Dutch oven (also referred to as a cocotte). The beef is more tender, and the food, more flavorful. When we moved to Singapore, I had to use the pots, pans and knives supplied by our serviced apartment for two whole months before our stuff arrived, and I found it so uninspiring to cook. Cutting meat and vegetables with unsharpened knives is tough to start with. Maybe it was my imagination, or maybe not, but I thought the food, when cooked in aluminum or thin stainless steel pots, tasted different too. Ang arte ko, haha.

A few years back, I stumbled upon this post by Marketman, saying, that "..if Le Creuset is the “Mercedes” of the kitchen pot line-up, then Staub must be the “Maybach” or perhaps even the “Rolls Royce” of enameled cast iron pots."

And knowing me, of course I want the Rolls Royce of kitchen pots! I've seen Staub at Sur La Table in SoHo, but because I had a new set of Le Creuset pots then, I felt no desire for more cast iron pots.

Besides, where else would I find space for them in our tiny two bedroom apartment?

But ahhh, Marie Kondo would put me to task here, but with a Manila kitchen now, I now have more room for cast iron pots. And I've got my eyes on the grand prize.

Especially since I found these Staub cocottes at KitchenPro in Shangri-la East Wing. Drool.

The colors of Staub are more vibrant

Marketman has these gray ones, so chic

Mini cocottes! So cute. I'm thinking of an excuse to buy pa, haha

KitchenPro has the potential to be like Sur La Table ha. They also have Zwilling knives and kitchen tools galore.

I've got my eye on this Zwilling cleaver too.

While technically not kitchen stuff, the Zwilling grooming set is a great gift for the man who has everything!

Also spotted these color-coded Victorinox knives. Great for food hygiene and safety as it limits the chance of cross contamination between food groups and potential food poisoning.

I'll tell you more about my KitchenPro finds soon. As this post does not do them any justice!

For more about KitchenPro, visit their Facebook Page, KitchenProStores as well as @kitchenprostores on Instagram.

Visit KitchenPro stores at the 6th level of Shangri-la East Wing, Ground Floor of SM Aura Premier, and 3F Ayala Center Cebu.

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