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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.

 

 

 

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The Attendees for 2017

 

Happy New Year !

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 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU !

I hijacked a few of our employees to pose and help wish you all a Happy New Year….some were easier to convince than others (note Bo appearing in several photos).

There are many team players at Aggressive Appliances… including administrative, service  department, installation, sales, warehouse, marketing, delivery and all the others who are involved in making our company stand out from the competition.  It is our goal and a directive from our owners to go beyond what is required~ give the extra attention, create solid relationships and continue to build a strong family business.

We value the personal relationships we develop with our customers and we are always striving to literally bring something new and innovative to the table.  We have a new kitchen being completed in January (be sure to visit and see the improvements), and we are always anxious to display and share the latest and greatest appliances on the market.

We look forward to working with you in the new year and have appreciated your referrals and kind words.

Thank you and Happy New Year….cheers to a great 2017 !

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Keep the Magic Alive

In January 2015, every Thursday around 8:15am, I began email blasting this blog with the help and input from my fellow appliance geeks here at Aggressive. During that time we’ve shared appliance adventures, food pictures, appliance glam shots, reviews, recipes, stories, and food holidays….and I’ve loved every minute of it even if my un-subscribers didn’t…..(that must have been an accident, right?!?!?!).

Now the time has arrived to pass the torch on to the next Editor. As of Friday I am moving into a new position with a major appliance manufacturer (for fairness sake will remain un-named). Maybe I’ll ghost write? Maybe Jerry will take over with appliance or non-appliance words of wisdom? Or maybe a new Editor and writer will take over and make your appliance world shine even brighter?

I do know this much….it’s been my pleasure to open up the appliance world to you during this time and ignite some spark of magic into your kitchen imaginings. Your kind thoughts, visits, encouragement, and cookies (Thank you to the Surprenants!) have been so greatly appreciated.

It has been so much fun giving you reasons to get excited about appliances because after all….they are the heart of our homes. I will still be calling on Aggressive as a rep. I hope to still see you in my travels. This is THE greatest appliance location in Orlando.

From my appliance home to yours……preserving, cooking, and washing up…..Keep the magic alive!

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Follow Your Path

BlogKitchens-1There are times in my life when I moved too much and other times when I stayed put for long periods of time. Moving brings about all sorts of newness and if you happen to have moved into a new home, either new construction or old, appliances are sure to be a part of this exciting milestone.BlogKitchens-3

It’s so much fun to play on new appliances in a new place! Each appliance offers new ways of placing things, storing, cleaning, and cooking. Using them poses challenges, learning curves, and stretches your levels of creativity. These experiences add to the newness and novelty of a new home, whether or not it’s new or just “new” to you.BlogKitchens-4

We have many people come in when they are remodeling or building a new home to find their perfect kitchens. Since we have such a wide variety of brands and choices fitting into just about any budget, it makes kitchen buying fun! Live kitchens help seal the deal for many. Being able to touch, use, and see the products makes a very big difference in decision making.BlogKitchens-2

We back up our product with professional installations and deliveries. Being an in-house authorized service company for many major brands of appliances means you don’t have to call anyone but us for your appliance needs. Nothing is subcontracted out. Our own employees handle everything from sales, delivery, install, to service. One stop. For 36 years and counting.BlogKitchens-5You may be on a new journey, or not. But as you journey, if you need appliances along the way…we do hope your path leads you here.

The Big JFD

Candy3Sometimes I take a moment to check in on the National Food Holiday. This week I was most pleasantly surprised to find that today is NATIONAL JUNK FOOD DAY!!!! Who doesn’t love junk food? That guilty pleasure we all indulge in even though we know we shouldn’t. Or maybe we should? Life is short! Live a little! Everything in moderation is a good thing, even junk food.

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After brainstorming with some junk food junkies and compiling a few of my favorite ingredients, I threw together this salty, crunchy, sweet candy. It’s a holiday, after all, and candy is the ultimate junk food!

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So here’s my own recipe I literally crushed and threw together. While the picture above shows raisins, I nixed them and just went with cherries. You can pretty much do WHATEVER you want with this recipe and change up any part of it depending on your craving. So get creative, or stick to my recipe, and junk it up! I can tell you this….as is….it was a HUGE hit!!!!

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Hi Ya, Papaya!

Papaya2June is a happening month. The kids are released from school and many people break out swim suits and BBQ grills all over the states (in Florida that’s called “all year”). Vacation plans are transitioning from dreams to reality and our glorious sun is shining longer and hotter. June also happens to be the national month for candy, seafood, dairy, fresh fruits/vegetables, papaya, iced tea, and turkey. Yep. All of those.

While I could spend the month of June sharing thoughts on my love for candy and coming up with seafood and fresh veggie dishes….I’m going to focus on papaya, my favorite powerhouse of health and deliciousness.

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Papaya is a fruit I pull out whenever stomach troubles strike. To eat papaya is to experience a spa for your tummy. The soothing properties of papaya to the digestive system have been scientifically proven by my family. And by scientific, I mean that we eat it, love it, and it works, so we keep eating it and passing it down generation to generation. After a papaya feast, I can actually feel my insides sighing a calm “Thank you!”

Here’s the thing….quick research will prove why this fruit should be part of your regular diet. It has anti-inflammatory properties and boosts immunity. It promotes colon health and fights colon cancer. It even protects against heart disease, macular degeneration, and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s packed full of vitamins and fiber so all of its miracle properties would make sense.

Eating the fruit plain has been my preference, but why not grill it to bring out the sweetness? Dice it and add it to any salad? Stuff meats or fish with it? Create a sauce or salsa? Add it to a smoothie? Depending on the ripeness….the possibilities could be endless.

Here’s the recipe I tried yesterday…..I’m kidding….there’s no recipe. I scooped out the seeds, cut off the skin, diced it into easy to pick up chunks and passed it around Aggressive. Delicious!!!

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Garlic as a Fruit

Pysanky-1With Easter just over a week away I’m transported back to memories of my Ukrainian grandmother, Anna. It was a cherished holiday for her as it is for many. She was born and raised in the Ukraine. She worked hard in the fields and would often tell me stories of her difficult, funny, and interesting life. Food was always involved and so was card playing.

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She had great love and pride for her children, her family, her garden, her pierogies, and prayed over her bible so much it was worn thin from turning the pages filled with prayer cards from lost loved ones. She taught me the art of egg decorating, babka tasting, how to knead dough for pierogies, gave me my love of fresh horseradish and beets, not to leave out the importance of raw garlic. She considered raw garlic a fruit and ate it as such. Yup, just like an apple.

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She didn’t have a grand kitchen, but she did have a grand soul that filled her kitchen and the hearts of anyone she knew. On her small stove she fried her pierogies with copious amounts of butter and onions, baked her Easter breads, and boiled the eggs we intricately decorated with beeswax and deep colored dyes. You may never have met my sweet Babchi, but if you like trying new things, click on the pictures within this blog and find out how to make your own Ukrainian Easter eggs (pysanky) or make a babka with this recipe given to me by my cousin Laura Stasiuk.

LaurasBabkaBabchi was one of many that taught me the value of family, traditions, and doing things together.  Many summers were spent watching her roll out dough for her endless supply of pierogies on her kitchen table, while talking, laughing, singing, and dancing. She taught me to find joy in simple pleasures like feeling the earth under my feet, the smell of fresh mint rubbed between fingers, or growing and drying fresh grown chamomile flowers for tea. She taught me how to appreciate all the gifts in life, big and tiny.

Enjoy your families now and always.  And to all of you….ya tebe lyublyu (я тебе люблю) which means….”I love you” in Ukrainian. I wish you all a “Babchi” in your life. Photo credits to my dear Aunt Gloria McNamara, Anna’s daughter.

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Brown Bagging It

brownbagIn a day and age when fast food is EVERYWHERE, what is a person to do when they want quick, satisfying meals for lunch? Today is National “Pack Your Lunch Day” so to pay homage to it here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing and help you come up with delicious ways to pack a quick, tasty, healthy, and easy lunch.Avocado

Avocados are popping up in so many recipes I see online. They are easy to find, easy to carry, and packed full of nutrients. Who doesn’t love the sound of “good fat”? Slice them and put them on a turkey sandwich, cube them and put them in a tomato salad, or mash them up with a hard boiled egg and make a creamy egg salad to smear on your favorite artisan bread.  Eggs

Speaking of eggs, they are another staple for a grab-and-go lunch. Hard boiled eggs are a great way to eat breakfast or lunch on the run. Packed with protein, they will also keep hunger at bay for a good stretch of time. Carrots and hummus, snow peas and salads, crackers and cheese, cut up leftover meat from last night’s dinner, cheese sticks, peanut butter, yogurt, clementine oranges, and olives are all great additions to a brown bag lunch. Heck, any fruit or vegetable can be easily added to your meal. It does take more planning and some thoughtful time to get enough quick things together to bring lunch, but your taste buds, mind, body, health, and bank account will thank you!PotSalPic

Here is a modified version of a recipe my mom used to make as a quick dinner that I now use for lunch because I like it so much! It is filling, delicious, and easy to grab and make if you have access to a microwave where you happen to be lunching. This can also be made ahead and brought in a container. I made my recipe pictured above with a steamed bag of whole green beans instead of the canned beans in my recipe below. It’s so, so good!!! Please leave some of your favorite grab-and-go ideas in the comments below for others to try. We could all use delicious, healthy options for lunch. Happy brown-bagging it! ChrissyWarmPotRecipe

Homeward Bound

TG2015I’ve been in the appliance industry for 20 years. During this time I’ve been fortunate to work for companies that truly take care of their clients and allow the latitude to go above and beyond to do the right thing. That type of freedom is something I wish for everyone.

At Aggressive I’ve witnessed an exceptional level of giving. I’ve seen it in the way we make sure we find the right appliances for our guests, do research for the right part, offer up soul warming goodies, support local businesses, and strengthen our community in hands-on ways by hosting charitable events.  This is who we are…….and it’s the place people keep coming back to for appliances for over 35 years.

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Our key ingredients? A highly professional in-house delivery and install team, an award winning service department, and a sales team comprised of elite players within our industry, featuring such stars as a former brand representative, appliance store managers/owners, and people that have been doing this appliance “thing” for so long, so well, they could start their own appliance themed wiki site!

Another premium key ingredient? You! Yes, for obvious reasons, but when you walk into our showroom for the first time and that look of surprise, wonderment, and “Wow!” spreads across your face, that’s the best! I completely understand. If you’ve been here, you know. You get it. I’m so glad you do.

Good people, good things happening, and a sense of trust that if it’s possible, we will make it happen. That energy attracts good people and keeps good things going on.  I am so grateful for all the “ingredients” that make Aggressive, Aggressive.

I think what people feel when they come into Aggressive is what I feel when I walk in….Home.

The Happiest of Thanksgivings from our home to yours!

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35 Years & 3 Bird Babies

KD2ndBornNature decided to celebrate our 35th Anniversary week by gifting us three baby hatchlings. We’ve been celebrating all week and it kicked off on June 8th, 2015 when the two of the three baby killdeer we’ve been watching were born in our front garden area. Two were born on the 8th. The last one hatched on the night of the 9th. We didn’t get a picture of the last one….they move fast once they hatch! What a nice surprise for us to start off our anniversary week!

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We were concerned because when they were born they weren’t moving much. By the afternoon the two babies were running around the parking lot, with their parents freaking out every time someone came near them….and of course everyone came near. We were like the paparazzi snapping the best shots we could of the new babies, Aggressive  Appliances’ version of the royal babies. They are so tiny and camouflaged perfectly within the mulch. It is amazing how the dad and mom bird threw themselves on the ground faking being injured to keep anyone and everyone away from their newly hatched offspring. We have all watched and fallen in love with these little ones.KillDeerBabyParentThe first morning the two that hatched were following mom or dad around our little retention pond. You’d never know they were just born. The 3rd hatchling finally arrived Tuesday night after all the cameras had been put away. We sure were happy they chose our place to start their little family. What a special treat for all of us who got to watch them every day and those who have visited us throughout the past weeks and noticed them.

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Such sweet, tiny, fragile creatures that despite storms, people walking by, and generally a tough environment…survived. It was a privileged treat for all who came by to watch nature in action.  We’ve heard they tend to nest in the same area. So we will be looking out for our adopted family in the coming years. We wish them well on their life journey.