Friday, December 24, 2010


Just thought I'd take a moment to talk about how much fun kitchen tools can be. This mini-mandoline, from a Japanese dollar store in San Francisco, is a perfect example. This is something I didn't (and still don't) expect years of life from, but it's just so darn cute, and for the 99 cents I think I paid for it, it's a bargain.
I don't really use it for slicing grape tomatoes (which, at the moment, it is too dull to do a good job of) but for salads it's a dream gizmo. My sister makes fun of the itsy bitsy vegetables in my salads, and many of them got that way with this mandoline. It's not adjustable like my large one, but if you can get used to the size slice it produces (almost paper-thin, but not quite), it's great for Persian (seedless) cucumbers and for carrots and celery. I love how it almost turns celery into a vegetable that functions as an herb, since the slices are so small and thin the aroma and taste permeate every bite of the salad.

Love this little guy. Wish I'd bought more of them. Will start searching NYC for them, as this one is barely sharp. If you're reading this and have come across them in NYC, please let me know, and if you're near any of the Japanese dollar stores on the west coast, definitely pick one up!


FleaBabe said...

Love a mandoline but would like your readers to take note: some people (like my husband) may accidentally leave a mandoline in the dish rack, blade up. Some other people (like his wife) might then put something in the dish dryer, slice their finger open as it gently touches mandoline blade, and then have to drive themselves to an emergency walk-in clinic as they are in the country and not near a hospital. In other words, blade down, or better yet, immediately wash and put away!

G.F.Veg said...

yes i agree--even these minis can do serious damage!!

Scrumptious said...

I just discovered your lovely blog (through the blogroll of and am having lots of fun reading through your posts.

This teeny mandoline is so cute! I have a full-size mandoline but often don't get it out because I don't want to take the time to set it up. What dollar store did you get it at (I'm in SF)?

G.F.Veg said...

i love how blogging works. you write something you think is totally self-indulgent a "just because i love it" or "just because it interests me" blog post and then, amazingly, it's just what someone needs!!

here's the article on my trip to SF Japantown to shop for kitchen stuff:

i think i either got it at ichibankan in niyako mall or kamei at 507 clement. i would suggest getting a couple if you're a big salad eater like i am. when i go back i'm definitely stocking up.

the big one i have is great for potatoes and fennel bulbs but for a single carrot or other small item, this little guy can't be beat.