Chef Nikky Phinyawatana of EnjoyMint baking cookies in her new SKS Pro Range at home. (Photos: Lisa Stewart Photography)

As a Lifestylist®, I’m always curious about what appliances chefs and celebrities have in their own homes. Do they really cook, or is take-out or a personal chef their lifestyle choice?

I was recently having lunch at EnjoyMint — the newest concept for restauranteur Nikky Phinyawanta — and discovered that she was one of the first people in the country to be cooking on the new Signature Kitchen Suite Pro Range. She shared that it’s the only consumer range that has built-in sous vide. I couldn’t wait to see it in person and discover how it works.

Catching Phinyawatana at home isn’t an easy task. Between running EnjoyMint, and her two Asian Mint restaurant locations, teaching cooking classes, and keeping up with her two children, this Dallas dynamo is always on the move. She just launched Nikky Feeding Souls — a YouTube journey of Thai culture, food, and travel that will use the kitchen in her new home as its hub.

One of the fresh Thai fusion offerings at EnjoyMint.

Should I stay or should I go?

Phinyawanta was living in a home that she and her husband had remodeled, and it was just what they wanted. When their family and business was outgrowing the space that they had, it was time to make a hard decision. With as busy as this family is, they didn’t have time for another remodel or to build, but kismet stepped in, and they found the perfect new home that was ready to move in.

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A new home used to be an option for many buyers. Not so much anymore (photo: Eric Dunlap)

In Part One of this look into the end of affordable housing in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, we discussed the giant void of quality homes under $200,000. This void will continue to move housing prices upward, force buyers to spend more than they should, and create a stagnant sales economy in our community.  Neglecting the needs for a large segment of the population will have a dramatic effect on the housing industry in all price points.

What’s The Problem?

When I first started selling homes in the early 2000s for a D/FW-based tract home builder, the homes were listed from $85,000 to $135,000. Yes, they were located in a rural area where there weren’t a lot of high paying jobs, but the point is that the developer was able to sell land to the builder who was able to offer a new home for a reasonable price.

And now that is an impossibility.

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