THIS is a Bentley. A Bentley Continental GT Speed, to be exact.
Unfortunately, it’s not my Bentley. As if… But it does belong to a friend of mine so at least I’ve had the opportunity to ride in it’s buttery leather seats and feel/hear the throaty growl of the incredibly powerful V12 that produces 626 horses from under it’s voluptuous hood (or “bonnet” for you Brits), propelling the car from 0-60mph in 4 seconds (or 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds). Wow, that’s fast!
Since 1919, Bentley has crafted automobiles that embody the highest standards of both luxury and performance. According to their website, you will reach your destination “…with purpose and power. In a Bentley, you arrive in every sense of the word.” I tend to agree based on the stares that followed us everywhere we drove…
And THIS is a Vitamix:
I’m happy to say that it’s my Vitamix as of recently.
Never heard of a Vitamix? I hadn’t either until six months or so ago when my friend, Nada, started touting its many virtues. She was fairly relentless, but even then I didn’t pay much attention as it was a completely foreign word to me. A Vita-what???
It turns out Vitamix came into being more-or-less back in 1937 when blenders were first introduced. Founder William G. “Papa” Barnard saw the value of blending to create healthy, delicious-tasting foods and set out to make families more healthy. In 1949, he produced the first ever television infomercial promoting his product; you can see a short clip here. Cute, right? Over the next 20 years, his company worked to develop and produce the powerful Vitamix blender we know today, setting a new standard for this easily-overlooked and often under-utilized kitchen appliance.
For just as a Bentley is more than a regular car, the Vitamix is so much more than a regular blender. The range of things it’s capable of making is downright extraordinary. I know my saying that sounds borderline cheesy, but check out this link and tell me if you don’t agree. The Vitamix can chop, blend, and puree. It makes smoothies, juices, milks, nut butters, dips & spreads, batters, dough, purees and frozen desserts like sorbet. It also makes my new favorite meal, soups, which come hot out of the blender in five minutes due to the friction of the blade. I’ve made sweet potato and potato cheddar soup so far and they were both piping hot and delicious. Black bean, sweet pea and cauliflower soup are next on my list. The best part is knowing exactly what is in, or rather not in, my soup: namely preservatives and excessive sodium.
Oh, did I mention the Vitamix is self-cleaning, too?
I bought the Vitamix because I’m not very good about eating enough fruits and vegetables each day. Now I make quick, healthy smoothies for breakfast or lunch that pack in the vitamins. I’ve lost 5 pounds in the last few weeks and I swear I owe much of that to my Vitamix. : )
Anyway, that’s enough infomercial for one post. Those of you who have a Vitamix will totally understand my enthusiasm. Those of you who actually watch what it can do will want one. And the rest of you…well, you don’t know what you’re missing. LOL
In the end, whether talking about a Bentley or a blender, just remember that you get what you pay for! The Vitamix isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it!