Most people probably think I’m crazy, but when I say I love food, I love ALL aspects of food. I always enjoy a trip to Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma to browse around, but the best fun is had at a restaurant supply store. I highly recommend looking one up in your area and checking things out. Prices are generally reasonable, and you get a lot of unique items you wouldn’t normally find at the higher-priced cooking stores. This was my third trip to Dong Vinh’s in San Jose, but the first time I pulled out my handy-dandy iPhone to take pictures of all the fun stuff.
Anyone growing up in a Punjabi family probably had at least one or more of these pots in their garage. Maybe one day, I’ll have some too :). When my parents’ neighbour saw my mom’s large pots for the first time, her comment was “I can boil my mother-in-law in that!”. Funny people.
I used to work as an accountant in a foundry, and for a summertime gift, they made us all cast iron plates like these as a gift. I was 21 at the time, and had no appreciation for the fun that could be had bringing out a plate of sizzling goodies.
I didn’t need to buy these because I already own two. They are great for serving pakoras.
Here is what I actually ended up buying – I maintained a lot of composure. I don’t own a panini press, but I do have my handy-dandy grill that I keep on my stove (see post here) – I liked the size of this grill press, and for $7, it was a great find. The fancy toothpicks were a last minute grab, but can you imagine all the fancy sandwiches I can make and serve with these? 🙂