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If Irma visits your Appliances…

Our state has an unwelcome houseguest arriving this weekend, and although we are not exactly sure how she will arrive, her reputation precedes her as destructive and unruly…..the houseguest you don’t want to visit.

  We have revived a previous blog detailing some precautionary things you can do to prepare your appliances for the upcoming storm.
Our store will be closed on Monday, and hopefully, we will be able to be back to normal business on Tuesday….but, we will be making decisions as we see the status and outcome of Irma.  We are trying our best to accommodate our customers with delivery, install and service schedules all while being mindful of our employees and their safety being on the roads.

We are hopeful Irma will be attracted back to the warm waters of the Atlantic and spares most of our state from the chaos she carries.   In the meantime, we look forward to a normal business week of talking about and focusing on all things appliances…..and as always, we wish the best for our community.

 

“Is there anything that I can do to get my appliances ready for a hurricane?”
Fear not, APPLIANCE BOY is here to help.

 

While some might view this as a ridiculous question, there are several things that you can do regarding your appliances to help, or at least minimize headaches after the fact.

Water:
I will start by saying that water is not good for electronics. Hopefully water intrusion won’t be a major issue for most people in Central Florida, but it might be for our friends and family closer to the coast. If you think you will be facing a major threat of flooding, unplug the appliance or flip the breaker to it. Do not turn it back on until you are reasonably sure that any electrical components are dried out. (Think of a cell phone)

Power surges:
These are a higher likelihood for many of us as lightning increases in proximity to the storm. If you do not have surge protectors or are worried about some of the complicated electronics in your appliances, it is not a bad idea to unplug them or flip the breakers to those units. If they are built-in appliances and you don’t have access to the plugs, flip the breakers.

What if you lose power?
Do not panic, your refrigerator can work like a large Igloo ™ cooler. Keep in mind however, that anytime you open it with no power you will be letting cold air out and it will begin warming up. Frozen foods and ice will begin to melt. When the ice melts it will probably start to leak out of your freezer onto your floor. Remove the ice bucket and use it in your cooler to help keep those foods cool. To prep for the storm put as many bottles of water into your freezer as possible so that you have a higher ice load to maintain the cold. Remember that water expands when it freezes so drain a little off before you put them in. If you lose power you can move some of these to the refrigerator compartment to help keep it cold. It is also a good idea to go ahead and set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest temperatures.
 

Dining in the Dark

What happens when you combine 2 outstanding Non-Profits, a SWAT Team with the Orlando Police Department, 3 Top Chefs and a completely dark dining room?
 You get a phenomenal event called Dining in the Dark.

As a partner, supporter, and neighbor of Second Harvest Food Bank, we often are privy to all the awesome events that take place in their beautiful building. We have had the pleasure of sponsoring a table at Dining in the Dark for 3 years, it has been an incredible experience to share with our clients and some lucky staff members.   The most recent Dining in the Dark was on July 27th, and it did not disappoint.

Our esteemed Chefs for the evening….Kevin Fonzo, Jill Holland, and Kathleen Blake….also pictured is James, our SWAT team member that took care of our table, he was very tolerant and kind.

The Chefs prepared the tastiest food….including lobster bisque, fried green tomatoes, a goat cheese salad w/beets, citrus and pistachios, a corn cake w/pickled vegies and watermelon, and a delicious pork dish w/farro and cranberry, just to name a few highlights of the meal.
 

This unique dining experience benefits the non-profit, Lighthouse Central Florida…and is an enlightening evening that incorporates fine dining while focusing on your senses of taste, smell, and sound…all taking place in total darkness.

 First, we hold on to each other’s shoulders and are led into a pitch black room, our SWAT team leader patiently guides us to our table and makes sure we get in our chairs without hitting the floor. We then try to get our bearings and locate our glasses, napkin, silverware (which I didn’t really use), and get an idea of who is seated next to us. Our server makes sure we know when food is in front of us and we begin to try to eat and drink in complete darkness.  We all tend to speak louder, attempting to connect with those at our table,  and soon realize how precious our sight is and how we often take it for granted…everyone is affected in a different way, and hopefully we all left a little more sensitive and aware of the issues surrounding vision loss and those in our community dealing with hunger.

The SWAT Team of the Orlando Police Department volunteers their time to act as servers and guides the night, all while wearing their night vision goggles in the completely dark room.  It is so inspiring to see men that have serious and often dangerous jobs… lend their time to take pictures, wait on tables, tolerate our screams for assistance (for some, more wine), and willingly help us safely navigate around the room.
We are thankful for their service in our community and appreciate the opportunity to meet them in a fun atmosphere.

 

While it was fun for us to eat with our hands, try to determine what the components of each course were, and experience all the feels of eating in compete darkness….the goal of the evening was to shed an important light on the needs and reality of those suffering from vision loss and chronic hunger.  I encourage you to take some time to go the websites of Lighthouse Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank.  Take a moment to see if either, or both of these organizations have a mission that speaks to your heart….there are many ways to help – with your time volunteering, or through monetary donations.

 

 

 

Click on the logos or any links in the blog to learn more…..

The Attendees for 2017

 

I think I want my Freezer to be a Fridge today

Have you ever needed a little extra Fridge space, do you wish you could find a Refrigerator was available at a lower price point and could suffice as your main Fridge, or be an awesome ” extra unit ?

 Samsung has a Top Freezer Refrigerator with some cool features that
are more than worth highlighting.

Some fun facts about this unit :
– can function as an 18 or 21 cu ft refrigerator
– top freezer can function as freezer or refrigerator
– top and bottom run independent of each other
– is a double evaporator unit / no odor transfer / no humidity

Dual cooling prevents spoiling and freezer burn for fresher,
better-tasting food.

– top and bottom can be turned off to use only one area
– door is reversible
– slide and reach pantry drawer

 Slide and Reach pantry drawer

– adjustable shelves go from standard to slide-in or flip-up to store
bottles and other tall items
– advantage of saving electricity by running only one area when needed

 

Check out the Spec Sheet for all the pertinent details, and come by the Showroom to see all our refrigerators up close and personal.

Built Better to Last Longer

You can probably still hear the lingering fireworks from the person in your neighborhood that has decided to shoot off the final few leftovers in their arsenal.  Our 4th of July celebrations, American flags on display and everything red, white and blue just occurred in towns and cities all across America.  We Americans love to celebrate our country.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate some American made products from a company headquartered in Ripon, Wisconsin.  The Speed Queen washer and dryers are commercial quality units, the biggest difference between the commercial and residential units is the coin slot.

Speed Queen washers and dryers also carry a 5 year warranty, with a life expectancy of 25 years. This brand carries a reputation of being highly durable, having no frills and superior quality.   Please take a moment and watch the video below…..a real life commentary that speaks to the performance of Speed Queen.

Stop by the showroom and let our sales staff show you our display of Speed Queen laundry….we have an impressive display of laundry product including a variety of brands and price ranges, I am confident we can help you find the perfect match for you and all your laundry needs. 

*** Don’t forget to check out our Clearance page for the latest markdowns…..

Cookies Make Everything Better !

 

 
 

It’s time for a great cookie recipe….trust me, this cookie is the most popular one with our staff and many of our customers.

It is the Compost Cookie….also a fancy word for garbage cookie, but the words compost and garbage aren’t what come to mind when you eat this cookie.

There is a basic dough recipe and the fun (compost) part is…you choose 3 savory and 3 sweet ingredients to add.   For example, you could add potato chips, pretzels, goldfish crackers, fritos, etc….or chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, raisins, cranberries,etc…your choice!

 

 

There is a cool place in NYC that made this cookie famous, Momofuku Milk Bar…recipes are all over the internet, but the one that our resident Chef Cheryl uses is this one,   Momofuku Milk Bar Cookies.

Click on the link and make some, let your kids help select the ingredients….the crazier the better, you just can’t beat that salty and sweet combo.  I mean, aren’t our favorite people a combo of sweet and salty, too?

 

Your friends and family will be so happy, and hopefully grateful, if you make these and actually decide to share them.
We even have a customer/Designer that loves them so much, I make him a goodie bag and let him know every time these cookies make an appearance in the showroom.
I won’t name any names…Mark.

Enjoy…..make some people happy and bake some cookies !

 (…and if you need an awesome new oven to bake them in, come see us, we have the perfect oven for you)

 

 

***click on our Clearance page for the latest sale prices…

It’s Hot…..We’ve Got Ice !

It’s Hot…We’ve got Ice !

I think every person that has walked through our doors today has said,” it is so hot outside”…yes, it is summer and July is here.  To help cool you off, make your drinks nice and icy, or maybe you need a few ice cubes to throw down your shirt….we’ve got ice, and a variety of Ice machines on display, ready for you to see up close and personal.

We don’t actually sell machines that make heart shaped ice… but that would be awesome and we do love our ice !

At Aggressive, we carry a good variety of Ice Machines, not to be confused with the Ice Makers that live inside your freezer. Ice machines are under counter units, in our showroom we have the following brands(in alphabetical order) ~ GE Monogram, Kitchen-Aid, Manitowoc, Marvel, True, SubZero, Uline and Whirlpool. ….and even better, our machines are “live” so you can grab some cubes, and taste and sample while you shop.

The ice cubes produced by these machines have unique shapes, are actually quite beautiful, and several machines produce similar shaped cubes….each brand mentioned will be highlighted with a link to their respective websites for you to see specifications and a general idea of pricing.

Ice from Subzero and Manitowoc machines…clear, with no odor and clean taste due to excellent filtration system, have unique octagonal shape and melts slowly.

Ice from Scotsman Brilliance, GE Monogram and True clear ice machines… won’t clump or dilute drinks, also melts slowly and cools drinks quickly.

Ice from Kitchen-Aid, Jenn-Air , Whirlpool and Marvel…clear ice, water filtration system, shape takes up less room in your glass.

Ice from Uline ice machine…clean and clear, unique shape.

Nugget ice from Scotsman machine… compared to “Sonic” ice, soft and chewable and a favorite of our staff.

This is only a sampling of the ice machines available, our sales staff will help guide you to the best machine to fit your needs and your space.  It’s hot….stop by the showroom, sample some ice and discover which machine you can’t live without.

 

The Language of Appliances

The Language of Appliances…

French door isn’t just an option to replace sliding glass doors, Columns aren’t just an architectural element to hold up a ceiling, Built-In isn’t always a term used in building bookcases, Steam can be a type of  appliance, and not just what we see on the hot asphalt on a lovely muggy rainy Florida day…..

If you have been appliance shopping recently, you most likely heard a lot of new terms relating to appliances and their features and functions….and, if you are getting ready to be on the hunt for a new appliance, refer to this handy guide to help you with your shopping experience.   This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a few terms to get you started……

COOKING :

– A Range is a unit with either burners or a glass cooktop and an oven, they are made to slide in, or can be built in.
Induction is not new, but is getting more popular and is being offered by many brands.  Induction cooking heats a cooking vessel by magnetic induction, as opposed to heating from a flame or an electrical heating element.  Induction cooking requires pans/cooking vessels to contain a ferromagnetic metal.
Dual Fuel appliances use both electricity and gas.
Speed Cooking is a feature using Advantium technology to cook food through the power of light.  Radiant heat is produced by halogen bulbs above and below the food, adding a boost of microwave energy, cooking food quickly and evenly.
Cooktop/Rangetop is a stand alone cooking surface that does not include an oven, is installed in the countertop.

Steam Ovens basically cook with steam….shocking….typically there is a water reservoir and most also use Convection, a cooking method that circulates hot air around food to cook it faster than conventional ovens.
French Door wall ovens have 2 doors that open on a single oven, creating an ease of accessing the inside of oven without having to reach over the drop down door.
REFRIGERATION:
Built-In/Counter Depth refrigerators are the same depth as your counters so they sit flush.
Freestanding/Slide-In appliances simply slide in the space and they don’t require cabinet alterations.
French Door refrigerators have 2 doors and 1 drawer below containing the freezer.
French Door Refrigerator
Side by Side refrigerators have 2 doors, one side is refrigerator, other side is freezer.
Under Counter refrigeration applies to wine coolers, beverage centers, and ice makers that are made to fit under the counter.
Columns are freezer and refrigerator units that can be installed separately from each other.
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Wine Column
Integrated appliances have panels installed on the front and disappear into the cabinetry.
Have you walked in an appliance store saying I just want a Refrigerator, an Oven, or a Stove….only to find out things have changed…. so many types and choices now.  Please visit our showroom and let one of our sales associates answer your questions, and  guide you through 10,000 sq ft of beautiful shopping space.

37 years young….

birthday cupcake

We just turned 37….

Typically, the majority of us are not so ready to share our age, even though everyone says age is just a number…but, every time a business turns another year older it hopefully signifies positive attributes like Stability, Trustworthiness, and Integrity.
We are striving to get better, not just older.

 We opened our doors on June 13, 1980…under the name Aggressive Appliances and Fine Furniture.  The furniture aspect didn’t “stick”…now, we focus solely on residential appliances, and have undergone many changes over these last 37 years.

Some of us have had some laughs looking at photos from the past, mostly enjoying the changing hairstyles and mustaches of our staff.

old staff picOur showroom has changed dramatically over the years, starting with a small building on Hwy 50, and now we get to share state of the art “live” kitchens and 10,000 sq ft of shopping space with our customers.

Yep, lots of changes over the years….things got a little sleeker, kitchens are a little more contemporary, designs change and technology is constantly updating.   Change is good, but one thing we don’t want to change as we age, is our commitment to our customers.  The goal of our company is to improve in all areas, we strive to get better in everything we offer to you involving…
Sales – Service – Installation

 Thank You to our customers for your loyalty….we so appreciate your business and before we know it , we will be in our 40’s !

Flowers for Dinner


I recently visited the BSH Design and Experience Center in Irvine, California…..will go into more detail later about the awesome appliances in this facility, but wanted to share a quick, easy and fun recipe we learned in class.

Squash Blossoms showed up in two meals, once in a  beautiful salad, and for lunch one day our group teamed up and made this unusual side dish.
***Squash blossoms are the edible flowers of the squash plant and usually come in orange and yellow shades. Squash blossoms are soft, delicate, and usually taste mildly like the squash itself.


They are so beautiful….and let’s face it, we don’t get to eat a flower everyday.
We prepared according to the directions, and we basically were spoiled by having all the ingredients
pre-measured and prepped for us…I want to cook this way all the time.

1. In Pan, heat 1/4 inch oil.
2. Dredge squash blossoms in egg wash then in flour.
3. Saute squash blossoms until lightly browned.  Turn and brown on the other side.
4. Remove to sheet pan with rack.
5. Place in warming drawer until ready to serve.
6. Arrange Sautéed Squash Blossoms on serving platters.  Garnish with lemon, parmesan cheese and flaky sea salt.

So easy, and the results were beautiful and delicious !

 Now, I don’t know how often, if ever, you will see many squash blossoms to buy, but if you do…..do yourself a favor and treat yourself or impress your friends.

I also picked up a few practical and easy ideas to incorporate into everyday cooking and food presentation….

Simply slice and sear lemons for maximum flavor and use to garnish your salad or incorporate into any dish.

Serve your salad piled up and arranged on a
large cutting board…so pretty!

Also, any meal is easier to prepare when 15 people are doing the cooking….breathtaking meals came together so fast!

The Bosch and Thermador kitchens where cooking and training took place were a great environment to see, touch and experience the state of the art appliances belonging to these two brands.

As impressive as the design center was, I realized how fortunate our customers and sales staff are to be able to show off appliances in our “live” kitchens as well.  Our showroom is unique and there is the opportunity to have a sales associate demo many of our appliances when you visit.

Another blog will go into more detail and highlight the outstanding appliances we used in the BSH Design and Experience Center.

Second Harvest…..Our Favorite Neighbor !

Remember the Mister Rogers Neighborhood song with the line….won’t you be my neighbor?   Well, if you clicked on the link, that song will be playing in your head for awhile…you’re welcome for the walk down memory lane of forgotten tv shows.

Our favorite neighbor is Second Harvest Food Bank. A few years ago, one of our customers invited me to a graduation for the Culinary Training Program at Second Harvest.  Since then, we have developed a partnership that has brought us great friends and experiences.

It has been wonderful over the last several years to learn about all the accomplishments of Second Harvest in the community….and even better, to be able to help spread the word, and educate others about this great organization.

We have enjoyed the talents of the chefs of Second Harvest, as well as the culinary students.  We often involve the students in our “food” events in the showroom….it is always our pleasure to have a small part in contributing to the culinary training program.
The Second Harvest Culinary Training Program provides qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry.

Students enrolled in the program gain valuable “hands-on” experience learning in our production kitchen assisting in contract meal prep and catered events during their lab time with our team of award-winning chefs. The life skills component of our program prepares students for work-readiness, focusing on the importance of appropriate work behaviors, resumes and interviewing techniques, as well as household budgeting, stress relief, and time management.

Just last week a graduate of the program stopped by to say hello…one of my favorite things is getting to know these students, attend the graduations and hear that everyone has received employment or is in the process of interviewing for a job in the culinary field.
One of the latest groups we have had in the showroom is in the picture below, under the supervision of Chef Israel, serving great food for our customers and staff.

Here is a peek at the meal….

It goes without saying….we love great food and the people cooking, grilling, baking, sautéing, and preparing that food !

Another fun benefit of knowing our neighbor is participating in the Chef’s Night Dinners throughout the year.  Aggressive loves to sponsor a table and invite some lucky recipients to a fabulous evening right at Second Harvest….the most accomplished chefs in the area create an outstanding menu and they never disappoint.  Anyone can buy tickets to these events and help support the Culinary Training Program….simply go their website and check out all the ways you can be involved.

We recently attended a Chef’s Night just this month, Ruth’s Chris was in the house with their top chefs from around the state….the meal was perfect from the beginning appetizers, to the take home box of bread pudding…perfection !

In addition to getting food to families, children and seniors, Second Harvest has many services that benefit the community.

There is a beautiful Community Room available for rental,
a Catering Program, Distribution Center Training Program, Kids Programs, and too many services to list here.
Take a few minutes, go to their website and see for yourself how Second Harvest Food Bank is transforming lives, right in our own backyard.

It’s a good thing to be their neighbor.

Yes, we are an appliance store and we love to talk about and sell appliances….but, we also love our community and the people that use those appliances.   Thank you for letting us share about our neighbors.