I love me some Kitchen Kaboodle. That sounds a little dirty but it's not. It took me a while to realize that Kitchen Kaboodle is locally owned. I think it's because it reads like a big chain -- large selection, multiple locations in town, online shopping etc. but no sir -- Kitchen Kaboodle has been a locally owned, Portland tried and true establishment since 1975.
Despite the fact that they shortened their hours drastically at all locations for a few months Kitchen Kaboodle stores are open holiday hours now through January 3rd -- seven days a week. As far as I can see the stores are filled to the brim and in full swing. I was a little worried before the holiday hours to be honest. The slashed hours felt a little last breath to me.
So last week when I purchased my very first slow cooker from them (and then made that bright red chuck above into a lovely pot roast) I was pleased to see both the Northwest and the Northeast locations hopping with local shoppers. There are loads at great gifts at Kitchen Kaboodle in every price range -- stocking stuffers, huge honking Cadillac-like kitchen equipment, and everything in between.
Kitchen Kaboodle's three Portland locations (there's also a shop in Clackamas as well as in Hillsboro) are fully loaded so you'll find the same kind of diverse assortment of cookware and dinnerware as at a Sur La Table. A lot of the products—ranging from Le Creuset and All-Clad cookery to kitchen linens, tools and gadgets, and glassware—are displayed throughout the store on tall metal racks. There's a kitchen knife and table cutlery section, a table setting and flatware section, along with all sorts of gadgets big and small, and even a home furniture section. I love this store for its diversity, friendly service, and competitive prices.
There's a lot of sale merchandise at the moment too so if you still have some shopping to do head over. And what about the pot roast? It was delicious. The parsnips, carrots, potatoes and onions soaked up all the juices and it was melt in your mouth comfort food. Next up: pulled pork, posole, and congee.
Please support our lovely and local Kitchen Kaboodle! Kitchen KaboodleHoliday hours 1520 NE Broadway St, Portland; 503.288.1500; Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm. 404 NW 23rd Ave, Portland; 503.241.4040; Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. 8788 SW Hall Blvd, Portland; 503.643.5491; Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. www.kitchenkaboodle.com