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October 2020

Remember a few months ago (yes, only months) when you couldn’t log onto social media without being bombarded with images of homemade bread? The pandemic inspired a lot of people to become reacquainted with their kitchens. While the baking bread craze has come and gone—at least insofar as posting pictures of the results—the rediscovery of the kitchen has not. Homeowners who once frequented restaurants and coffee shops are navigating a new normal—one where those same restaurants are closed or have limited seating. That is, if homeowners feel like risking exposure to dine out in the first place.

So what are people to do when the world turns upside down? Take everything they love about dining out and premium coffee and bring it home.

Yes, we’ve been making coffee at home for eons, but there’s a reason there’s a Starbucks on every corner. People don’t want just any coffee—they want the best. They want what they’d get on the way to work…which can be a bit difficult when your office is suddenly your living room couch.

So when you can’t visit your favorite java shop, you bring the java shop home. There are any number of drip and espresso machines that can provide the same level of café-quality morning brews you’re used to getting through the drive-thru. For instance, with the Jenn-Air RISE 60cm Built-In Coffee System, you can discover your inner barista by crafting the best espressos and frothy cappuccinos from the comfort of your own kitchen.

So the bread fad came and went, but the love of baking itself? That is expected to outlast the pandemic. This will also likely have a profound impact on the way kitchens are designed—or redesigned—going forward.

One such consideration—counter height. Lower countertops provide improved functionality, allowing bakers to roll and knead dough, especially when the material is right (marble and granite recommended). If redoing the kitchen countertops isn’t an option, pastry tables are a great alternative. Need storage? Tall, narrow drawers are ideal for storing large pans and trays.

The only thing your new kitchen needs? The perfect oven. Check out the Bertazzoni 30" Double Convection Oven Top Version with its seven levels and full-width 8-pass broiler, and turn your kitchen into the in-home bakery you’ve always wished for.

It’s no secret that the restaurant industry has taken quite the blow. While takeout, curbside, and delivery services have definitely seen a swell in business, many people are opting for another route and recreating the restaurant experience within their own home. And some restaurants are even on board, going so far as to share recipes. All you need is a professional-style range, like the Thermador 30-Inch Professional Rangetop, to bring these recipes to life.
What do you need to recreate the dining out experience? Metro Appliances & More can help you find the appliances that will transform your kitchen into any restaurant you fancy. Shop our online store (with free delivery!), or if you’re eager to get out of the house, visit any of our showrooms in person.

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