Aid and abet
The KitchenAid is my baby. It can do just about everything and you can get all kinds of attachments for it, too. There's even one for making ice-cream.
It wins on the looks front too. I have one that is apple green with a glass bowl so you can see what I'm making on camera. I always have a Bosch blender, a Magimix and a KitchenAid - that is my Blessed Trinity in the kitchen. If you are starting off, though, you don't have to splash out on everything at once. Start simply with a pestle and mortar which you'll pick up for around €30 in the Asia Market in Dublin.