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Friday
Jun292012

thermador in detail

Phew!

Back in Colorado.  Finally!  For the next 8 days anyway…

So, where was I and what was I up to?  Thermador [appliances] invited a group of about 15+ bloggers [food/design/etc.] to to check out their brand new showroom and test kitchen in Newport Beach, CA.  How could I turn down a chance at that?  The answer is I couldn’t!  While I was familiar with the brand I was not familiar with their actual products.

Oh…and I should mention we were not obligated to write any type of review or post discussing the trip, and I am not being compensated for this in any way.  I just wanted to share a little bit of what I saw.

I’m fairly obsessed with design, especially kitchen design.  Instead of taking a million photos of people and what exactly we did while we were there, I focused on details of the showrooms + test kitchen.  I was blown away by the detail, craft, precision, and care that goes into all of Thermador’s products.

Maybe one day this bad boy will be mine…

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A flush-mounted coffee maker that produced an outstanding + frothy cup o’ joe.

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I have a thing for the sink area of the kitchen.

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I also have a thing for oven/range knobs.  Weird?  Maybe.  But I just love that they’re so…beefy.

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The smaller looking oven to the left is a STEAM oven.  It literally pumps steam into the oven to keep your food incredibly moist.  If you’re thinking it would make food soggy it’s actually quite the opposite.

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Their famous star burner, for more even + controlled heat and less hot spots on your pan. 

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Love this gray-blue stacked backsplash.

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This is the most impressive piece of equipment I saw.  These are the induction heating elements for their newest Freedom Induction cook top. 

It allows you to literally place the pots + pans ANYWHERE on the cook top.  You can move them around and it senses the change.  It also senses the size + shape of the pan and heats accordingly. 

I couldn’t believe it!

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The controls are very similar to an iPhone touch screen. 

Select which pan you want.

Set the heat.

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Then set the time + you’re good to go.

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A look inside the steam oven.

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Indoor herb wall.

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White!

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More white, which I absolutely adore in kitchens.

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Cooking in the test kitchen was my favorite part of the day.

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But also a bit intimidating.

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And quite delicious.

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A big thanks to the extremely kind people at Thermador.  It was an exciting couple of days, and I feel so lucky to have experienced it.

Stay tuned for something completely different on the blog all next week!  It has to do with iPhones and photography.

Have a great weekend!

Ashley

Reader Comments (25)

Great pictures! I'm so happy to have met you on this awesome trip. I'm glad you're doing the iPhone photography thing :) Such a fun idea.

Ashley--> Hey girl! It was such a great trip. I'm so glad we got to meet!
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTessa
Looks like a lot of fun!!! I have been hearing about you from Jessica and I can't wait to meet you in - in California in a little over a week! :)

Ashley--> Can't wait to meet you either!!!
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulieD
I love kitchens too - I'm actually not familiar with this brand at all, so thanks for sharing. The appliances look amazing, I'm coveting that oven just a little (okay, a lot!).
i literally do not know which appliance or kitchen set-up i would choose...it's all SO beautiful! and that cooktop technology sounds amazing - i would die.
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Fun! I want an herb wall. Or a pot. I'd settle for a pot.
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Hey Ashley! Hope you had a great time in California! The test kitchen looks amazing! I'd love to have a sensor stove in my house :)

I want to make one of your delicious vegan buckwheat bakes tomorrow morning. I want to ask if the 1T of flax seed meal can be substituted for 1T of chia seeds? So technically the recipe would then have 2T of chia seeds....Would that still work?
Thanks! Wishing you a wonderful Friday and weekend.


Ashley--> Hi Tiffany! I think that should work. It will work best if you can grind 1T of the chia seeds but still should work otherwise. The batter should be thick and don't make a chia-egg [like the flax egg] just add it into the batter. Hope it turns out!
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany
Ooo Newport! Fancy! It sounds like there was plenty of delicious food but I hope some in your group made it to The Crab Cooker! Their mashed potatoes are to die for. As is their crab...for those who eat seafood.

I love the blog and all your creativity:)!


Ashley--> Thanks so much, Kylie! We didn't make it to The Crab Cooker, but dined at a few fabulous places. There is too much good food in Cali!
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKylie @ immaeatthat
That's like my dream kitchen right there. And that stove!! Gah! I want it!
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
I want that kitchen!
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlaura
My inner enginerd is digging that induction heating stovetop and is also wondering if you need special pots/pans for that cooktop? That's pure awesomeness.


Ashley--> I believe you can use any cookware on it..I remember them saying even cast iron works.
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrissy @ Make it Naked
There's a grill section to the oven?! That's insane!
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWinny
what a fun trip!!
what a fun experience. i love what you said about the oven knobs. so true!
June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercorrie anne
I would have been rolling around on the floor giggling...that is the best thing I've ever seen. That herb wall?!?! Oh my heavens. So glad you got to go experience it and share it with us!
June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I can see why you wanted to share. Absolutely stunning!
June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercassie
Alright! If I can cook on it with my cast iron ... ;) I'll have to save my pennies.
June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtnwy
Everything was beautiful! Looks like a great experience...I am definitely turning into one of those people that looks at design magazines and focuses on the kitchen. It's my favorite room in a house for sure.

Ashley--> Haha..I totally understand! I've been getting architecture + design magazines since the 7th grade.
July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara @ sarasmiles
That looks like such a fun trip! And that steam oven--I want one--that would be amazing for baking or bread-making. So awesome.
Hi Ashley,
Thanks so much for this great post--it helped me to remember everything we learned and saw during that packed trip. It was awesome meeting you--hopefully we can cross path again in Colorado one of these days!

Ashley--> You're so welcome! It was fabulous meeting you, and I really hope we meet up again at some point as well. Let me know if you're ever in CO!
July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacey
I love the range/oven in the first photo. And beefy knobs? Yes. You know what I have to put up with now? Plastic knobs. Imagine my disappointment the first time I touched one of the knobs with a something hot, it melted, and I realized it was made of plastic. Very poor design for a range.
July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary @ Fit and Fed
I had never heard of that brand... cool thanks for sharing!
July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTammy
Thanks for the app reccomendation! I just bought it. It is great!

Ashley--> Awesome! You're so welcome!
July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess
Loved meeting you on this trip; I had such a great time with you and hope to see you again soon. Come play in NYC!
xoxo
Have a great 4th of July!

Ashley--> It was so great meeting + talking to you!! I hope I can come to NYC in the next year or so. I miss it!! Happy 4th to you as well.
July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Healthy Apple
Great pictures, Ashley! I so love the kitchen you posted here. This is like my dream kitchen, even just without the coffee maker is fine. The sink, the herbal wall, the oven, the walls, the floor, everything I so love. Just what I imagine I wish my kitchen would be.
July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret M.
Just a question regarding the herb wall... I assume it was indoors, and therefore any tips on how one would water such a garden? I would LOVE to do one and I can see using a plant bulb would cover the lighting issue... but what about watering??
September 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

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