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  1. Brenda
    November 29, 2018 @ 11:59 am

    Those darn Europeans! They do everything first! (and better!) . Except laundry. Those washer/dryer combo machines are horrible.


    • dux
      November 29, 2018 @ 12:10 pm

      That’s so odd — I LOVE the European self-heating washers (which blow away the cleaning abilities of our American washers — grr), and the Japanese combo w/d (Samsung, which I know is SKorean, is our favorite). Yes, things get super-wrinkly but so what? It’s one tiny machine which can handle everything.


      • Jacquie
        November 29, 2018 @ 2:24 pm

        No they’re a disaster waiting to happen. I long for a large top loading machine with a laundry room Pinterest ready. I think perhaps it’s the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.


      • Amy
        October 19, 2019 @ 11:48 am

        I found if you use 4 wool dryer balls the wrinkles are way better! I love how my clothes smell and how well they last.


    • Chris Fritz
      August 15, 2023 @ 7:27 pm

      Not any more. We have one of the last-generation ones that take forever to do a small load and break every 18 months like clockwork, but the new generation that came on the market in May ’23 finally corrects most of the problems and is doing well in field tests and early-adopter comments.


  2. Laura Ruby
    November 29, 2018 @ 12:06 pm

    You are brilliant. Love you and your writing! Please write a book.


    • Diana
      December 3, 2018 @ 6:45 pm

      This is probably the most irritating writing “style” (if you consider sounding like a ditsy teenage girl a style) I’ve ever come across.


  3. dux
    November 29, 2018 @ 12:07 pm

    When I was a teenager (thirty years ago) a family for whom I babysat did this, induction under their counter slabs, most likely granite, in their Malibu, California beach house.

    So it is possible in the US, or at least it was. I remember just not understanding this AT ALL when I was at that house. Not at all.

    Your self-pitying whine of why you are not allowed to have nice things made me think of an encounter we had in the airport the other day: a plump entitled American white man yelled at our family as we breezed past him queuing in his line: “HEY! THERE’S A LINE HERE!” To which my 14 year-old son yelled back at him: “HEY! MY BROTHER IS PROFOUNDLY DISABLED AND IN A WHEELCHAIR [which should have been obvious to the American bozo since clearly he could see us walking past him toward the designated w/c line]! HE’S DONE ALL THE WAITING HE’S GOING TO DO!” Love my sons.

    You are rich and entitled and free. Cut back on your whining. It is unnecessarily ugly in this day and age.


    • shaun
      November 29, 2018 @ 12:26 pm

      You are obviously missing the sarcasm here.


    • JM
      November 29, 2018 @ 12:32 pm



    • Brenda
      November 29, 2018 @ 1:14 pm

      And you, dux, are incredibly rude. Obviously you can’t read sarcasm.


    • Marianne in Mo.
      November 29, 2018 @ 2:41 pm

      Dux, no one wants to read you berating someone we find humorous. Keep rude opinions to yourself and don’t be like that guy in the airport. Fin.


    • Suzanne
      November 29, 2018 @ 3:24 pm

      “Now let us move on to the part of this post where I march around clutching my pearls and blaring my megaphone of indignation.”
      Oh, dear, this should be a fairly obvious clue that she’s not being serious…. Went right over your head, did it?


    • Katherine
      November 29, 2018 @ 3:26 pm

      Wow, Dux. Assuming you were in a crap mood and Victoria will forgive you. Who knows? Sarcasm exists – learn more.

      Now, Victoria – I live in France, right next to Spain, and I have not heard of this either, but: I want, I want, I want!

      Dux, don’t worry, I want but I can’t probably afford as I’m on a limited income and now disabled, too. I recognize, as I know Victoria does, that I am rich beyond the dreams if most world citizens. And you were in an airport, flying somewhere? Do you regularly tell yourself to quitchyer whining? If not, perhaps you should.


      • nicole
        November 29, 2018 @ 9:07 pm

        Amen Katherine!


    • Jayne Z
      November 29, 2018 @ 3:37 pm

      Wow — I hope you attack on Victoria makes you feel better, because it actually makes you look just like the man you encountered in line at the airport! How do you know that the man in line didn’t have any impairment too?
      Not all handicaps are visible. He could have had a major heart condition, liver failure, cancer, etc. It seems, it all just about you, so don’t try to cast all Americans as bad, rude and fat. The vast majority of Americans are not wealthy nor rude. Most live paycheck to paycheck. The readers on this site thoroughly enjoy Victoria’s observations and writing style. If you don’t, then sign off of this site.


    • Leigh Alexander
      November 29, 2018 @ 5:55 pm

      1. How do you know they are rich? Assume much?
      2. Who died and left you the parent?
      3. I’m poor AF and you know who I want to slap the crap out of right now? You, mate. Just you.
      4. Get a clue; they’re cheap. And your unwarranted scolding is all too common and unnecessarily ugly.


      • meownow
        November 30, 2018 @ 5:37 pm

        let’s pile on the scold, scold the scolder. wait, that’s not enough. let’s also threaten some violence. perfect!


    • Linda
      November 30, 2018 @ 1:28 am

      WOW….I have no idea why you follow this particular blog….clearly you don’t get it. Take a chill pill and some deep breaths. Have a happy holiday.


    • Shanna
      November 30, 2018 @ 12:58 pm

      As we in the American South like to say, bless your heart, Dux.

      In case you can’t read into my sarcasm either , that translates to mean the exact opposite of what it says. We don’t actually want to bless your heart, especially when you are as judgmental and rude as you are being.

      Victoria is joking. CALM DOWN. Look at it like it’s someone you know who is being theatrical and funny and you will get it. Maybe. Or you won’t (which would be unfortunate). If that is the case, and you don’t get it, you are welcome to NOT read any of her posts and instead decide to just read something else on the internet. It’s okay. We won’t miss you (again, just to clue you in: that is NOT sarcasm). Really. Git. Shoo. Scram. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

      I hope your day gets better, and Happy Holidays!


    • Jessica
      October 2, 2021 @ 11:08 pm

      No one is forcing you to read anything & yet u obviously feel entitled enough to be an online bully so who’s the real entitled teenager here? Grow up.


      • GalloPicoso
        November 27, 2022 @ 6:45 pm

        EVERYONE BE NICE TO -AND PATIENT WITH- DUX!!! I would guess sarcasm would incredibly difficult-near impossible, maybe- with one’s head clearly lodged so deeply within the confines of his own posterior so as to most likely deprive him of any and all oxygen necessary to function. I’m sure he is trying his best. Right? Maybe not. Anyway-love your site.


  4. Flip Breskin
    November 29, 2018 @ 12:20 pm



  5. Liz Holmes
    November 29, 2018 @ 12:34 pm

    1. This is stunning and I want it.
    2. I am already freaking out with paranoia and wondering how long it will be before someone (me) burns his or her (her) hand because he or she (she) treated the burner part of the countertop like the rest of the countertop. I mean, like, I can feel my hand singe RIGHT THIS MINUTE. Also — we have cats who think it is appropriate to stroll anywhere they want, which means along the counters when they think we can’t see them. So: I am imagining that right now too.


    • Jennifer Marlowe
      November 29, 2018 @ 1:25 pm

      No worries Liz, induction cook tops/counters will never burn you. Basically your pans are heated by a magnetic field. You’ll never feel any heat or burn yourself unless you stick your hand INSIDE the pan. (Don’t do that.) They work best with aluminum and copper pans.


    • yasmara
      November 29, 2018 @ 1:26 pm

      There’s no heat with induction! That’s why it’s magic…


      • Tom
        November 30, 2018 @ 12:06 pm

        Unless you are wearing a ring or bracelet that is ferrous. Then , you will feel the heat.

        If you forget to turn it off and lay a metal fork on the cook top it would heat the fork….

        Neat indeed though.


  6. Laura Lind
    November 29, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

    I’m not so sure about the cat beside the dinner…or the paperwork…but of course this will shortly be a North American thing. Wait another year? Just install the rest of the kitchen and use induction hot plates for the time being while you wait for technology to catch up stateside. OR start a US induction counter company? That will pay for other dream appliances?


    • Jayne Z
      November 29, 2018 @ 3:40 pm

      Funny, but I loved the fact the cat was up on the counter and safe from burning itself!


    • Sasha
      November 30, 2018 @ 11:41 am

      Yes I agree, be an Elon Musk in household appliances so you can pay your Victorian house dream.


  7. Robin
    November 29, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

    You’ll love Spain.


  8. Laura
    November 29, 2018 @ 1:52 pm

    Recognizing the magic and thrill factors, how do you assess/adjust the heat if you can’t see a flame or button or indicator? I look at so many kitchen innovations and wonder if anyone who cooks seriously even considers them…


    • Sunnie Mitchell
      December 7, 2018 @ 9:31 am

      My husband and I recently downsized to our retirement cottage (NE Scotland, UK). The new home came with a ceramic hob cook-top and there is the only one disadvantage I’ve found – the need for a ‘hob scraper for ceramic and induction cook-tops’ and the special cleaner marked ‘safe for’. It has knobs for on-off-heat adjustment, ‘hot’ indicator lights for each hob that go out only when that hob is safe to touch, and the glowing element under the glass show through the glass making it just as easy to gauge heat as on my old sealed electric, and the gas one we had before we went electric in the old house.

      If you go to a showroom when the staff aren’t busy, they are happy to demonstrate the wonders of these new-fangled cooking apparatus. They demonstrated (including cleaning) both types (ceramic and induction) and I learned how to use the one in the new kitchen properly. It will probably need replacing in a few years (it’s around 20yo now) and we’ll be going with another one just like it. The only reason we’ll choose a new ceramic hob cook-top is I love my stainless steel cook set and it won’t work on an induction cook-top. The cost of the ceramic hob cook-top is two-thirds the cost to replace my cook set, bargain!


  9. noreen kelly
    November 29, 2018 @ 2:22 pm

    i was lucky enough to go to the furniture fair in milan this year and i saw these cooktops in action. voodoo magic! the trend there, which i am sure you would love, is to have kitchens which dont look like kitchens but just blend into a family room.
    i personally like the drama of a flame but could maybe make an exception for the marble countertop above.


  10. JeanFB
    November 29, 2018 @ 2:29 pm

    Wowza – watched the video and that is certainly our future (or should be) in the US. I agree with Laura Lind above – finish the rest of your kitchen, get the individual induction plates, and wait til this country catches up with your vision. Or make gads of money by writing up a business plan, and getting this stuff to us ASAP!

    On a totally unrelated topic, I saw this woman’s blog and immediately thought of you – she has a little adopted tuxedo floof with one ear going crooked – made me think of your Elvis. His name is Figgy, and here’s a pinterest post of him dressed for Christmas: I think your sweetie lives on… <3


  11. Marianne in Mo.
    November 29, 2018 @ 2:49 pm

    The U.S. is ALWAYS behind because we have regulated ourselves to be super safety concerned. We have protected ourselves from so many awesome and helpful things. The idea of a counter that cooks is AMAZING! You MUST get to the proper authorities to get them to allow us to have these!!!! And please don’t move to Spain…..the kitties and GFT’s here need you!


    • Sasha
      November 30, 2018 @ 11:44 am

      Not really, US is actually behind Europe in terms of regulation and safety. We still have GMO food and other industry practice that were banned in Europe because of their risk.


  12. Jennifer
    November 29, 2018 @ 3:08 pm

    I think SapienStone might be selling the integrated induction countertops in the US. According to their web page, they have a US headquarters in Chicago. Good luck! This would be worth the effort required to track them down!


  13. Jayne Z
    November 29, 2018 @ 3:39 pm

    I especially like the fact your cat(s), children or unknowing adults could be on the counter and not get burned! So sleek. I’m sure Paul could figure this out — he’s a genius!


  14. Lori Sterling
    November 29, 2018 @ 3:50 pm

    That was the most AMAZING thing I have ever seen!! Who knew??? Guess we’re all moving to Spain!
    Side question: What the heck kind of pasta was she pouring into that pot?


  15. NevadaNy
    November 29, 2018 @ 3:56 pm

    Dear Victoria,

    I suggest that you just delete all rude messages.
    You OWN this site, you can do whatever you want to.
    We come here to Laugh, and Cats, and Decorating ideas.


  16. Elaine
    November 29, 2018 @ 5:21 pm

    Yes, but look at it this way….if even a tiny crack develops, the whole thing has to be replaced. Can’t be repaired. I know, I am the voice on your other shoulder.


  17. sherry kunkle
    November 29, 2018 @ 5:22 pm

    I love this for you but I am still learning the flash button on a very old phone ha I am ok with my range but it looks awesome!


  18. Teri in the UK
    November 29, 2018 @ 6:51 pm

    who knew? I’m going to get this once my ship comes in . X


  19. Darling Lily
    November 29, 2018 @ 7:53 pm

    Good god a’mighty… you definitely need this. How much effort would it take to gather your blog/insta stats and send them to SapienStone (?) and suggest how marvelous it would be to collaborate?


    • Karen
      November 30, 2018 @ 2:04 am

      I checked out Sapian stone~their videos are so cool. what a great idea!


    • Sasha
      November 30, 2018 @ 11:48 am

      YES! I actually just learned about SapienStone from reading this blog too, so collaboration sounds like it will be perfect for both of them.


  20. Linda Museus
    November 29, 2018 @ 8:50 pm

    Induction does NOT work with aluminum or copper. Cast iron is great and so is most steel. A magnet must be able to stick to the bottom. If it doesn’t it won’t heat up as the energy in the pan is obtained from a magnetic field.
    I first saw induction in action in Paris. I was on a restaurant kitchen tour, one of the restaurants was in the Bastile Opera House. The government would not allow gas ranges due to the possibility of fire I thought that, if it was good enough for a Parisian chef, it was good enough for me. I finally got a cooktop in 2007 and absolutely love it. It is so much safer than gas, much more energy efficient, and faster. Doesn’t heat up the kitchen like gas, either. My cooktop has timers on each burner so no more burned potatoes, green beans, etc.


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