The store located in the Xinyi District of Taipei, in the basement level of the new branch of the Breeze department stores.
真的太開心了， 美國的家居品牌 Crate and Barrel 抵達台灣了。小時候跟媽媽去逛的時候， 她會一直說 “don’t touch, look with your eyes only”（ 因為很怕我不小心把東西打破）。 現在身為大人的我 終於可以到店裡面 see AND touch 了！ 前一陣子在附近開會， 剛好有半個小時的空檔去逛一逛 Crate and Barrel。 雖然時間非常的短暫， 但我逛了非常的滿足！
The first items to catch my eye were the towering stacks of colorful mixing bowls and baking pans.
I like how the items are displayed so you can clearly see all the different sizes and colors available.
The baking pans section was also quite impressive! I wish I had an oven that big so I could buy that enormous cookie sheet on the bottom shelf.
I’ve noticed that American style home stores are set up a bit differen than the ones here in Taiwan. One difference are the informational posters displayed throughout the stores.
I really think it’s important to learn about the product before you buy it. Sometimes you have time to do research beforehand, but other times, it helps if the store signage has the information you need. I’ve observed that Pantry Magic in Hong Kong does some of this, and I think it would be so helpful if other stores did the same!
I think the marble rolling pins and cutting boards are great for Taiwan’s kitchens. Often times, the weather is hot and humid; so if you are rolling out cookie and pie dough, they tend to soften and become sticky too quickly. Having a nice cool surface, such as marble might alleviate that problem a bit.
Tools such as wooden spoons and rubber spatulas always catch my attention because they are hard to find in the right shape and handle size in Taiwan. I beg my friends to bring back wooden spoon for me from the U.S. Then I guard them with my life and refuse to let anyone take them out of my sight. The one at Crate & Barrel is made in France, from 100% beechwood.
This rubber spatula also looks a bit more reliable than the ones I’ve had so far; Mine have tended to break mid-stir, in my ice cream maker or right in the mixing bowl (also the Crate and Barrel website says this rubber spatula is heat resistant up to 500 degrees F)
Another item I really enjoy having in my kitchen are brightly colored dishtowels.
I actually bought this one and hung it up on my kitchen wall after seeing this post on Apartment Therapy. And I glance it frequently whenever I’m in my kitchen about to pop something in the oven.
I was also pleased to see the Oxo pop up storage containers at Crate and Barrel too. I think a true sign of adulthood is when all your storage containers match. Right now i have a confusing tangle of Lock n Lock boxes, Muji enamel containers, and random Tupperware stolen (ahem, borrowed) from my parents. In my mature adult life, I would have this matching set of Oxo containers.
However, I was surprised by the price. The 6 piece set costs $2099 NTD (which converts to about $ 79 USD!)
The price difference stopped me from buying the containers right then and there (maybe I’ll have to make a trip to the U.S. for them… which will make them a total bargain then) But in all honesty, I love to see anything and everything Oxo. I bought the swivel vegetable peeler, and my life was never the same afterwards. I liked it so much that I bought one for everyone in my family.
Of course I didn’t walk away from Crate and Barrel empty handed~ but I wanted to use and review the items a few times before showing you all.
Information: Crate and Barrel Taiwan |Website: http://www.crateandbarrel.com.tw | Address: Zhongxiao East Road, Section 5, No. 68, B1F (Breeze, Xinyi)| Tel:02-2720-2677 (台北市忠孝東路五段68號B1F)
(This was not a sponsored post. I paid for all items with my own money, and all experiences and opinions expressed are my own)