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It's that time of the year again - when people give and receive gifts, when kids (and adults) wish for Santa to grant their wishes but only if they have been nice, when food is plenty, when the mood is nothing short of being festive and for people like me, it's the time for making wishlists again.

It's time to take out a piece of paper and pen and write down our wishlist. In my case, I am accomplishing several wishlists this year intended to curate what I want, what I need and what things I feel will be good to have (maybe a bit of luxury here and there won't hurt). Oh and yes, I am not going to pretend that all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth because I still have them both and then some. I'm not going to say that all I want is to spend time with my family because hey I do that everyday and I'm a mother and wife 24/7. I'm going to tell you what I really want no holds barred. I'm not going to edit myself either. I will just write my wishes to my hearts' content.

* I want a full 12-hour sleep without interruption. Although I love it when my baby cuddles with me and shakes me to wake up and make her some milk, my body is crying for some much needed rest.

* I want some me-time to get a proper haircut, manicure and pedicure and maybe a relaxing facial treatment for good measure. I won't say no to a body scrub and massage either. I'll welcome it with open arms.

* I want a day without hearing "The Wheels On The Bus" or "Finger Family" song on the radio, the television, the iPad or my phone. Just one day! "I'm sorry my little darling, mommy needs to take a breather from your favorite songs."

* I want a day when my daughter eats everything I prepare for her and while doing so be mess-free. I guess I'm a wee bit tired of cleaning up food on the floor already. The challenge has just begun though.

* I want a date night with my husband. Yep, just one single night would do. He has been away for almost four months so a date night won't be too bad. You know, to keep the fire burning. Wink! Wink!

* I want to have a day free from any chore at home. I want to spend a day just doing what I want to do. Of course, this is a different day from that spa day above.

* I want to binge-watch my favorite Netflix shows as much as my broadband connection can accommodate while lying in bed.

* I want a regular coffee time at home complete with the tools and machines that I need so I won't feel the need to go to the nearest store with the green cups and spend precious moolah on either a grande or venti cup of coffee. And this is where my De'Longhi wishlist comes in. I would like to be as detailed as I can so I can introduce you to a brand that produces innovative home appliances with a distinctive combination of style and performance. Are you ready? I am...

YES! I want a fully auto coffee machine, a multifry low-oil fryer, and an espresso maker all from De'Longhi. Is that too much to ask? I am a very practical person but I am including these items in my wishlist because these would for sure make my domesticated life more comfortable. I would probably let my husband treat me to any of these or all if he would be generous enough. I have a plan in mind on how to convince him to get all these for me. I will promise him that he will have coffee everyday and that he will have delicious food that is low in oil. I think that should work!

At this point, I feel that my visit to the Concept Specialist Inc showroom was totally worth it. I was able to witness the wonders of  the De'Longhi Multifry through the cooking workshop. I witnessed how a cup of espresso, latte and cappucino were prepared using steps that doesn't involve rocket-science. It was easy and foolproof! The highlight of my day was when I volunteered to make gelato using the Il Gelataio ice cream machine. I made Nutella Gelato and it was the creamiest ice cream I've ever tasted in my whole life! I swear! I plan to write a separate blog post to feature the workshop activities. For now, I'm only going to share to you my De'Longhi Christmas Wishlist.

So grab yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy my wishlist. Here goes...

I'm betting that Santa Claus will not come from North Pole for us this year but from Treviso in Italy yeah? Kidding aside, as you may have already known De'Longhi is a major Italian small appliance manufacturer based in Treviso, Italy. Here's a little trivia to get us going: The company was founded by the De'Longhi family in 1902 as a small inductrial parts manufacturing workshop. The company incorporated in 1950. Concept Specialist Inc. (CSI) is the official distributor of De'Longhi fully automatic espresso machines and small domestic appliances. Their vision is to provide convenient products to the food and beverage industry while maintaining consistent high product quality. Pretty interesting huh?

"A perfect coffee is not possible without a good espresso machine me thinks!"

I really want to furnish our future home with some sleek products from De'Longhi. We will begin the construction really soon so it is a wise decision to start shopping and maintain that wishful thinking attitude while I'm at it. After all, my husband's "happy pill" is a good cup of coffee and knowing that I'll have a buddy in a coffee machine would be such a huge help to us on a daily basis. He'll probably even love me more. Wink!



*New Control Panel - it allows you to prepare any kind of coffee, merely by pressing a button. The simple rotation of the knob lets you increase or decrease the coffee aroma intensity. By the pressure of simple buttons, you can choose among short or long coffee.

*Cappuccino System - the Cappuccino system device is ideal to produce a rich, creamy froth for great cappuccinos.

*Aroma Saving Cover - coffee beans container with aroma saving cover.

What is there not to love about this machine straight from coffee heaven? I would love this Fully Auto Coffee Machine model to be part of my household/kitchen because this machine of three reasons:

1. It is versatile. 
The machine can be used with either coffee beans or ground coffee. You know having either option is enough but having both is just amazing! It's good to know that I can use coffee beans which are for sure fresher than ground coffee on days that I want a fresh, strong and truly indulgent cup. On one hand, it is also great that I can use ground coffee which are really more convenient to store and less fuss when prepared at home. If you ask me though, I would really prefer using coffee beans because of lesser risk of contamination.

2. It is a multi-tasker.
This machine allows the preparation of two cups of coffee with a single brewing. I mean how is that not awesome? For this alone, I am sold! You get to save time and you get to enjoy your cup quicker.

3. It is flexible.
The coffee dispenser is adjustable for cups of varying height (from 86 to 142mm). I collect coffee cups and teacups and they all come in different sizes so it is great to know that I can fit varying heights of cups when I use this machine. I hate it when I have to use a different cup when brewing and then transfer it to another cup when the height is not adjustable.

It will be a little bit of a challenge to source this model (available in silver and black) because the product is now discontinued. Santa better make it a point to find this for me yeah? Even then, if we could not find this model anymore, the PrimaDonna Elite ECAM 650.75.MS wouldn't be a bad choice either. It's actually the best choice for me if money is not an issue.

Let's get to the 2nd item in my wishlist, shall we? This one could be the piece-de-resistance in any kitchen and I would say that with full conviction. Imagine an appliance that lets you fry, steam, and bake among other things.


*Excellent Cooking Performance - food is crispy outsideand tasty as well as juicy inside.

*Rapid Cooking - concrete example: you only need 27 minutes for 1 kilogram of frozen potatos.

*More Recipes - you can find many recipes using this wonder machine online. You can also download recipes using an app - De'Longhi Recipe Book  (available on the App Store and Google Play) and is available in several languages: English, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Bokmål, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

*High Food Capacity - 1.7kg of fresh potatoes to peel and 1.5kg of frozen potatoes without adding oil. This will be the answer when you suddenly crave for fries without the guilt.

*Lower Heating Element - lower tubular sheated heating elements (200W) to improve the speed and the feasible recipes while the upper tubular sheathed heathing element for a convection and grill cooking function.

*Recipes Selector Knob - there are four pre-set programs (potatoes, pizza, cake and stew) and there are three special programs (pan function, oven function and grill function)

*Adjustable Thermostat - to set the right power needed for each recipe. Plus points that the power level and cooking time can be accessed through the digital control panel.

What is there not to love about this machine that is fully functional? I would love this Low-Oil Fryer and Multicooker Multifry Extra to be part of my household/kitchen because this machine of three reasons:

1. It is a huge space saver. 
Imagine being able to fry, steam, grill, bake and make stews and ratatouilles using only kitchen appliance! You only need 1 appliance that can do all these functions thus saving you counter space as well as storage space. This is one of the reasons why I love how advanced our technology has become and I so excited that De'Longhi has this in their small kitchen appliance line.

2. It is a healthy multitasker.
Our family loves fried food and I am not even going to apologize for it. We love our fried bacon, fried rice, fried fish, fried pork chops, fried banana, fried egg, fried potatoes, fried everything! Fried food is considered as a comfort food and a go-to choice but I have to admit that eating oily food no matter what kind of oil you use is still unhealthy. Food swimming in oil could be the bane of your existence too. That's why I love that this machine allows just a wee bit of oil to fry food and the result is crisp and brown on the outside but still juicy and tasty in the inside. You also don't need to mix the food manually because the machine is equipped with an automatic mixing paddle that can mix the ingredients for you. How cool is that eh?

3. It is easy to use.
Yes! This machine is really easy to use. I was intimidated at first but after getting a chance to try it to prepare Embutido (steaming and frying) and Quezo De Bola and Ham Muffins, I was sold! You don't need to be a professional chef to whip up restaurant-quality dishes.
SHS (Surround Heating System), the exclusive technology by De'Longhi, deliveres exceptional performance because it surrounds the food with heat to cook it evenly; the upper heating element and fan deliver uniform heat from the top; the lower heating element delivers heat from the bottom; the mixing paddle takes care of stirring the food automatically. 

Considering all the food preparation and cooking that one can do using the De'Longhi Low-oil fryer and Multifry Multicooker, you will really get your money's worth plus you save prime real estate in your kitchen. Besides making your kitchen clean, functional and organized. I would really be thankful to the kitchen gods if I can have this in my kitchen arsenal. It'll be a perfect addition to my growing army of kitchen tools before I finally launch my KT Cooks series in this blog. My aim to prepare healthy and easy-to-prepare food for my family and share it to my blog readers. Exciting times ahead!

Here's a family favorite that I cooked using a traditional frying pan. Can you see the oil? It's glistening! I am so excited to prepare this using the De'Longhi Low-oil Fryer and Multicook Multifryer so I can serve it in a much-healthier version. 
Another family favorite recipe is ratatouille and I am extremely happy to share that you can prepare  this delicious and nutritious dish using the De'Longhi Multifry. Here's a video how to prepare ratatouille and I bet this will make you understand why I am gushing over this no-nonsense cooking equipment:

Ever wonder what else you can cook in this multicooker? 

Now, we've come to the 3rd item in my wishlist. You might ask why I want another coffee machine? Haha! I'll tell you why in a bit.


*Cream Disk Filter - this feature is 2 in 1 - the new crema filter is suitable for ground coffee and E.S.E pods.
*Cappuccino System - it mixes steam, air and milk, producing a rich, creamy froth for great cappuccino right in the comforts of your home or home office.

*Cup Warmer - very practical feature to keep coffee cups warm just like how they do it in your favorite coffee shops.

*Removable Water Reservoir - this feature makes cleaning and refilling much easier.

What is there not to love about this machine straight from coffee heaven? I would love this Fully Auto Coffee Machine model to be part of my household/kitchen because this machine of three reasons:

1. It looks vintage. 
I really love the vintage look of the Icona Vintage and this is my favorite from the line. It is a perfect example of a machine fitted with form and function. The cup warmer on top of the machine is nice touch.

2. It looks sleek.
This machine looks incredibly sleek, slegant and stylis. I'm even understating that because I got really excited when I saw it for real in one of the shelves of the De'Longhi showroom. I imagined it on top of my kitchen counter sitting happily while waiting for me to whip up a dose of pick-me-upper espresso shot. I also love that the drip tray is removable and a leather pendant with Icona Vintage logo comes with it too.

3. It is easy to use.
The advanced technology of this machine guarantees a perfect and authentic Italian espresso everytime. With a touch of a few buttons, you can expect a "good shot" everytime. The auto-off function is a good addition as well as the self-priming system which means machine is always ready to use. The machine can also be used with ground coffee or with the Easy Serving Espresso pods. So easy that you can enjoy cup after cup after cup of authentic Italian espresso.

There you go! I have three products in my De'Longhi wishlist plus one item to replace one product which has been discontinued for production. I still hope I can find it though. Crossing my fingers now!

If you could make your own wishlist, what De'Longhi products would you want to add to your home this Christmas? Here's a product list to guide you as you complete your list: 

If you want to read the De'Longhi Coffee Chronicles, click the coffee cup below: 

"A De’Longhi product will always turn ‘the everyday’ into something special." With De'Longhi in our kitchen and in our lives, it will always be "BETTER EVERYDAY"!

DISCLOSURE: This is my entry to the NuffnangPH and De'Longhi (Concept Specialist Inc) My De'Longhi Christmas Wishlist  blog contest. All thoughts, opinions, as well as suggestions mentioned in this post are entirely my own and were not influenced by any of the brand mentioned. I could win my very own Low-oil Fryer and Multicooker Multify Extra  at the end of the contest and that is super awesome!

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