My German Wife’s First Encounter with ‘Kitchen Kaboodle’ in Portland, Oregon


“That spoon costs $25? BAW HAW HAW HAW HAW! Oh, you’re serious…” — Photo by Thomas (

Shortly after we were married, The Wife and I opened our wedding presents and were immediately shocked into generosity-comas. We were very grateful for the gifts we received from our friends and family members, especially because we were about to move to Germany and start a new life there. We needed all the help we could get. But before we left the States, we had to make use of the gifts we would not be able to use in Germany, like the $50 gift certificate we received to Kitchen Kaboodle.

Kitchen Kaboodle is a locally-owned kitchen, furniture and bath store with five locations in Portland, Oregon. It’s actually very well known for its wide selection of quality products, all of which are so far beyond our budget they’re practically in orbit. The word ‘kaboodle’ comes from the expression, “the whole kit and caboodle,” which can be interpreted to mean, “everything and more.” It’s a funny sounding name, so you can imagine my German wife asking me, as we parked our car and crossed NW 23rd…

THE WIFE: “So what do they sell there at Kitchen Kah-Doo-Del?”

28 responses to “My German Wife’s First Encounter with ‘Kitchen Kaboodle’ in Portland, Oregon

  1. LOL! Didn’t expect a punch line too! Excellent blog. Thank you!


  2. Oh god, I can hear my uncle saying that – a lanky, 6’8″ German farmer suddenly dropping everything he’s doing, spinning around, and asking excitedly, “Vat is dis, da Kitchen Kaboodle?”


  3. Ah, bless her! That is a tough one to get right. Spoons at $25. Yeah, I’m not shopping there anytime soon. How are you?


  4. I know this store! It’s wonderful!


  5. Must have the “Avocado Tool”…ended up in urgent care several years ago after slicing into my hand after a knife fight with an avocado…


  6. I don’t blame her, I only know the “kit and caboodle” expression from watching UK kids TV. So what did you get at the store? I hope not 2 spoons!


  7. Wait… you’re making me homesick for a store I never went to before I even move thousands of miles from said store?
    How could you??
    Sincerely, Another Future Portland Expat Who Will Wash Up In Hannover Presently
    Seriously… what are the odds? But it’s comforting nonetheless.
    Thank you for making this blog, fellow stumptowner.


  8. Ah, PDX – a lovely brew of snooty, weird, and down-to-earth. :)


  9. *giggle*
    Love it!! :-)


  10. Pingback: Visiting Portland, Oregon: An American Expat and His German Wife Return to the States for Spring Break | Oh God, My Wife Is German.

  11. Reblogged this on La vie à Berlin and commented:
    Un bon blog à suivre !


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