rainbowgardener wrote:Wow!! But if you have a bakery, you have a good excuse. But where do you put it all! I haven't been in Ecuador, but I know in Costa Rica, houses tend to be quite small, with nothing like the amount of kitchen storage space we consider essential here....
I have a nifty piece of furniture not often seen in modern North American houses. Down here, it's called an Aparador, and in NorAm probably a Sideboard/China Cabinet. Basically, it's 8' long by 8' tall of shelves and drawers, the top portion 4' having glass doors and shelves. Sort of a giant cabinet on wheels, really. I've got two, and will probably end up investing in a third. They're completely indispensable. Mine live in my dining room (which is huge), and I tend to display the more lovely of the cake tins and moulds and whatnot in the glass area.
Then again, we generally choose the houses we rent by their kitchens, so I've also been lucky with larger than usual ones. A high percentage of Ecuadorians work in the US and Canada in to save up to build their houses, and so if you get anything built in the last 20 years, they have what's called "American" kitchens, which are large, many-cupboarded, open-plan affairs.
One of the beautiful things of Ecuadorian kitchens is that a high percentage of them have all marble countertops, since Ecuador is a producer of fine marble. The house I'm leaving has pink travertine counters; the one I'm going to (sadly) has blue marble tile counters, which is a bit of a PITA since while bread dough won't stick to marble, it will stick to grout. I'll probably end up having a rolling marble-topped island made.
Oh, and don't get me started on my knife collection.... Just for the garden I've got 6 or 7 kitchen-type knives, and a mini kitchen machete for edging grass and trimming bananas.