A worth sharing quality lifestyle - Ingolstadt Village
每年農曆年前常會受Ingolstadt Village與Wertheim Village邀請拍攝新年專輯。往年大多以時尚主題為發想，不過今年想嘗試不同的內容。最主要原因是，我想呈現出可以產生更多互動的主題。不只是為了社群發文，同時也是我和家人間的互動，那些平凡卻讓我珍惜的確幸時刻，像是旅行、烹飪、吃食、音樂或電影等。
於是我把主題設定在居家生活，鎖定購物村裡五大品牌：Le Creuset、Rosenthal、Type Hype、ＷＭＦ與Zwilling，這些同時也是華人客群喜歡的品牌，希望可以提供不同的購物靈感。在挑選拍攝商品時，也是倚著私心、假想成是自己的購物清單。如果是自己用，想買什麼回家、這個價格划算嗎、實用嗎？沒想到這份拍攝清單就成為了自己的願望單，期待每回來購物村時，以預算與使用優先等條件依序入手。
The Bicester Village Collection在德國有兩座購物村，慕尼黑近郊的Ingolstadt Village與法蘭克福近郊的Ｗertheim Village，在不同季節與特殊節日都會提供額外的優惠與折扣。因為優惠有時效性，所以在文章內不特別記載。不過在出發前，可以利用購物村的網站查詢，抵達購物村後也先到服務中心詢問，領取優惠與折扣資訊。購物村裡的服務中心與每個品牌店面裡都全時間提供中文服務員，對說華語的顧客來說很方便，在購物、退稅等諮詢就更方便了。
The atmosphere of the Lunar New Year in Munich is slightly less than in other European cities. However, my other half likes Chinese culture and enjoys Asian cuisine. We even post new Spring Festival couplets every year, so we can still feel the festive atmosphere of the New Year. Also, buying new year's goods at the Ingolstadt Village makes me looking forward to the New Year moment.
Every year before the Lunar New Year, I am often invited by Ingolstadt Village or Wertheim Village to shoot a New Year album. Most of the previous years were based on fashion themes, but I wanted to try different content this year. The main reason is that I want to present issues that can create more interaction. It's not just for the social media, but also the communication between my family and me, the ordinary moments that make me cherish, such as travel, cooking, dining, music or movies.
So I set the theme in home living and lifestyle. I focused on the five brands in the Ingolstadt Village : Le Creuset, Rosenthal, Type Hype, WMF and Zwilling, which are also the brands that we Chinese people like, and hope to present different shopping inspiration. When choosing products for shooting, I imagined that it was my shopping list. If it was for my own use, what do I want to buy? Is this price reasonable, practical? Sure enough, this list has become my wish list, and I look forward to the next time when I revisit Ingolstadt Village to collect them one after another.
The Bicester Village Collection has two shopping villages in Germany, Ingolstadt Village in the outskirts of Munich and Wertheim Village in the outskirts of Frankfurt. Additional discounts sale offered in different seasons and special holidays. Because each offer always has a fixed period, I do not record in the article. However, before departure, you can use the website of the shopping villages to check the discount information. After arriving at the shopping villages, you shall go to the service center firstly to ask for the seasonal discount news. Chinese speaking staff is available in the service center and all stores in both Villages. It is very convenient for Chinese-speaking customers. Do not hesitate to ask for shopping and tax refund information.
Little fine stuff for your quality life. And of course, a cup of nice coffee.
來自柏林的Type Hype於2018年夏天時在Ingolstadt Village開設店面，提供生活居家小物。多元活潑的風格元素在慕尼黑顯得有風格、十分亮眼。同時，Type Hype也提供美味的咖啡糕點，溫暖具有設計的氛圍讓人只想捧著咖啡在購物之後享受片刻時光呢。
Type Hype from Berlin opened a store in Ingolstadt Village in the summer of 2018 to provide home living and lifestyle goods. The diverse and lively elements make itself unique in Munich. At the same time, Type Hype offers delicious coffee and pastries. The warm and well-designed atmosphere makes you want to enjoy a cup of coffee after shopping.
Colorful kitchen and happy cooking mood.
這回到Ingolstadt Village購物村拍攝專輯，順勢從Le Creuset帶回兩只好鍋。剛好在店裡頭遇上一位從台灣來德國玩的女子。在她豐富使用經驗介紹下，讓我更確定符合生活需求的鍋具。滿足地扛了兩個很重的鍋子回家，內心裡的喜悅完全無法以言語形容。文章下方有兩道以Le Creuset鍋具煮食的料理，是我在到家之後馬上開箱的興奮之作呢。
Le Creuset's pots were the ones I wanted to purchase in the Ingolstadt Village. I used to spend my budget on fashion items, but now I am more interested in home living. These changes are not overnight. I still appreciate fashion, but now I prefer to spend my budget on things that can create common topics and memories with my family. Cooking is the number one in life. I just mentioned with my other half that we reduced chances to dining outside in the past two years. Instead, we enjoy cooking at home.
Cooking at home means eat better, more comfortable and convenient. It is also easier to match your favorite wine for different dishes. These are the reasons why I like to cook for my family and enjoy meals together.
This time, I brought back two good pots from Le Creuset. While I was looking for proper pots in the store, I met a woman who came to Germany from Taiwan. Under the introduction of her experience, I found two pots that match my needs. It was difficult to carry two heavy pots home; however, I was so satisfied. At the bottom of the article, there are two dishes cooked with Le Creuset. I was too excited, and I could not wait to cook with them right after I got home.
Made in Germany Quality
Made in Germany seems to be a guarantee of quality. Zwilling's products are not only loved by users in other countries, but even the Germans are loyal users. In the Zwilling's store in the Ingolstadt Village, customers from Asia often take the product photos or model's number and ask the salesperson directly to get the goods. Local customers often compare the products that they already have at home and consider repurchasing different goods.
The pots and the knife sets are of course popular items but don't miss out on beauty accessories such as nail clippers, tweezers and scissors. Pick a color and style that you like, because it will accompany you for a long time.
Rosen Thal可以說是我定居德國後第一個認識的生活居家品牌。婆婆家裡一整套六人份瓷器餐盤組就是Rosen Thal的，一用就是四十年。婆婆說，雖然那時候購入的價格很貴，不過品質是值得投資的。在她細心呵護使用下，將近四十年過去，整套餐盤依舊在我們回老家用餐時奉上最好的歡迎。
The first home living brand I knew after I settled in Germany was Rosen Thal. The six-person porcelain set in the mother-in-law's house is Rosen Thal, which she bought nearly forty years ago. My mother-in-law said that although the price was high at that time, the quality is excellent. With her careful use, for almost forty years, the whole set of dishes is still served the best dining time when we return to our hometown.
Today, the Rosen Thal company has different collections, and everyone can pick out the designs they like easily. However, I still love the simple style, like the style of my mother-in-law has. Therefore, I also bought a few plates, very satisfied.
I used to buy a few beautiful cups and plates as accessories for photo shooting. But I didn’t dare to use it after taking photos. Until a few years ago, I had an interviewing with Leslie Sun, her words completely changed my mind: "The good things in life must be used to reveal its value." Yes, when I held the handmade cup that I bought during a trip to Amsterdam, the memories in my mind are priceless; if I only placed it in the cabinet, it would be a pity.
I think WMF is one of the most popular "Made in Germany" brands. When my mother-in-law celebrated her birthday a few years ago, we bought a set of pots for her. She smiled and joked: It is such a good quality gift, maybe I will break earlier than this pot. Even my other half who doesn't know how to cook, he only advises me to buy WMF products because of quality.
This time while I was in Ingolstadt Village, I received helpful information about the WMF products in the store, and of course the prices. To my surprise, the prices offered in the village are worth to purchase every product on the "shopping list" without any budget pressure, such as Chinese wok, pressure pot or baking equipment. Every time before I visit the village, I first ask if my daughter who likes to bake needs any equipment so that I can bring it back by the way for her.
Red Braised Pork
Le Creuset's COCOTTE RONDE EN FONTE ÉMAILLÉE is definitely my first pick on the shopping list. The only question was which size I buy and which color would be better. Should I buy a bigger pot, or buy a smaller one that can be used every day, suitable for our lifestyle? Finally, the practicality wins, this 18cm-size black iron pot follows me home.
The first dish I wanted to cook with this pot was Red Braised Pork. On this day, I got one beautiful piece of pork belly. I could image how soft it would be after stewing. In the past, I preferred to cook the red braised pork in a Taiwanese flavor. The thick and rich sauce dripped on the rice, so tasty. In recent years, I have become more and more fond of the seasoning way of Japanese-style braised pork. The refreshing taste has different layers. It is a delicious dish to warm your stomach in winter.
The wooden plates and porcelain plates in the first two photos were purchased at Rosen Thal in Ingolstadt Village. The heavyweight and warm feeling of the wooden dish make me feel happy and enjoyable every time I use it.
Chicken porridge with ginger
在Le Creuset店裡頭的時候剛好遇上一位台灣太太，太太看來對Le Creuset鍋組很有使用心得，而我們就這麼聊了起來。在她的建議之下，入手了這只非常適合我們一家三口煮食習慣的媽媽鍋。既可以當炒鍋，也可以當成燉鍋，大小也合適。雖然扛了兩只鍋回家是段很辛苦的路程，不過內心裡的快樂真的滿到胸口了呢。
When I was in Le Creuset, I met a Taiwanese woman. She seemed to have a lot of experience with Le Creuset pots, and we talked about it. Under her advice, I bought this MARMITE that is very suitable for our lifestyle. It can be used as a wok or as a stewing pot, and the size is also appropriate. Although it took a long time to get home with two heavy pots, I was delighted.
When I got home and opened the box, my daughter saw the pot and immediately blurted out: what a beautiful pot; and at the same time ordering: "Mom, how about to cook a pot of chicken porridge, sounds good?" We had heavy snow in Munich in the past days, a pot of tasty chicken porridge is pleasant. In Taiwan, I would add ginseng. However, I don't have one here; instead, I added plenty of ginger.
To stew chicken porridge with the Le Creuset thick and heavy iron pot is fast and good. It keeps the porridge warm until the end of the meal.
This kind of simple life makes me cherish and satisfy. Invest your budget in life on things that can communicate with your family, create memories and topics, whether it's one pack of coffee beans, a movie, or a pot of chicken porridge that leads us to endless aftertastes.