Green is where the Heart Is for February 7th, 2018

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Tuesday, 06 February 2018 00:48

“When you are grilling fish outside on this Napoleon Grill, your neighbors will know what you are having for dinner, but your draperies won’t remind you.” ~John at The Grill House

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

I got caught in Atlantic Appliance today during a torrential downpour.  I was doing some legwork for a client.  Personally, we already have the most awesome new appliances in the house.  I chose Jenn Air and I love each one.  The refrigerator is deep with lots of storage on top behind French doors.  Below that is a drawer which pulls out separately for snacks, drinks or things you want to get to easily (like wine,) and the bottom frozen section is huge with pull outs so everything is convenient, even room for pizzas vertically stacked on the front.  If you are looking for new appliances, please let me show you Jenn Air.  My steamer even has a sous-vide setting.  Ronnie and Deborah were amazed at this new way of French cooking.  I ran into them at Williams Sonoma this afternoon….that was BEFORE the rain. 

So while I was stuck in the appliance store without an umbrella and I had already talked off the salesperson’s ear, I took the opportunity to check out their grills.  Before the move we gave away our old grill and have not replaced it since we are thinking about how we want our outdoor kitchen area to flow.  I was convinced Randy would want a BIG GREEN EGG.  The guys at the appliance store love theirs and showed me all the different models.  After all was said and done, it did not seem like the grill for us.  It is not gas, but rather uses Big Green Egg 100% Natural lump charcoal.  It is not the regular briquettes of charcoal which I have shied away from for years because of being made of nitrates, chemicals, anthracite coal, limestone, treated wood, starch, sawdust and/or petroleum by products.  I love the smell of a charcoal grill because it takes me back to my childhood BUT I don’t want to eat food polluted by those toxins and forget that chemical taste.  At least the BGE NEVER uses lighter fluid either. If you like smoking your food, you would probably like the BGE. 

I perused the stainless grills, you know, something that won’t rust out in 2-3 years being so close to the ocean.  Wilmington Grill seemed to be the winner for durability but the price tag ranged between $1,500-$2,000. I decided I want draperies before I want a grill. The rain let up. As I was nearing the island, my car pulled into The Grill House on Carolina Beach Road.  There I met the owner, John.  The store is jammed packed with every type of grill and ‘you want fries with that?’ grill accessory known to man.  The best part was John’s enthusiasm. 

He helped me understand why all grills are not created equal.  It is like buying a car.  They all might have four wheels but there is a big difference between a pick up truck and a smooth BMW.  You choose a grill according to what and how you like to cook.  Hamburgers and hotdogs your game?  Easy peasy.  Any lower priced model will do.  Sear a steak to lock in the juices and then bake in an oven to desired temperature?  The Napoleon Grill is the answer to that.  The Wilmington Grill is awesome, too.  It is heavy gauge stainless steel so it lasts forever at the beach, but it ONLY bakes the food. The flame is covered up so your food will never be touched by the flames. 

The Napoleon Grill has the capability to do both.  Controls operate the flame from below and a heater can be operated from above.  A side burner for searing is available on some models.  I think that’s the one Randy would like. 

John had me when he said, “but your draperies won’t remind you.”  Who can remember mom cooking fish and the smell lingering in the house, absorbed by the drapes, carpet and upholstery?  Outdoor cooking is the way to go….that is, after the drapes are installed.  xo mo

Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.

Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 30 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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