Maryjane Pizza 瑪莉珍比薩

I’m always on the search for really good pizza. Before I left Atlanta, my favorite place was Antico Pizza Napoletana and in Chicago, Piece Brewery and Pizzeria and Homeslice Wheel House. I don’t think Taiwan has much of an Italian population so I can’t have extremely high expectations for pizza. However, Maryjane Pizza pleasantly surprised me. It’s not perfect but it’s good enough to satisfy my cravings.     Continue reading “Maryjane Pizza 瑪莉珍比薩”

Dim Sum at Parents Restaurant 朝桂餐廳

You win some and lose some, but you can always dim sum! These Asian tapas-styled foods are one of my favorites because I have some of the fondest memories of them while growing up. I remembered watching one of my mom’s Chinese friends frantically chasing after the fresh-out-of-the-kitchen carts with her ordering paper. She would bring back plates and plates of yummy food and to me, it was a game with a guaranteed food reward. As we got older, dim sum became a special occasion meal on holidays, especially Chinese New Year, and on birthdays so I always look forward to eating it. Plus who can say no to endless dish selections — I love variety!   Continue reading “Dim Sum at Parents Restaurant 朝桂餐廳”

Visit Beitou for a Hot Spring Time With Your Boo or Friends!

For those who don’t know me well, I have a small case of OCD. I already don’t like taking baths — I’m a shower girl, so getting in a hot pool filled with half naked strangers is something I always dread, especially not knowing where their bodies have been prior. However, I can’t use YOLO as my anthem if I can’t bypass my OCD-ness.  Continue reading “Visit Beitou for a Hot Spring Time With Your Boo or Friends!”

Din Tai Fung

Now you can’t come to Taipei and not try the famous Xiao Long Bao — soup dumplings — from Din Tai Fung. I’ve been told by many locals and other ABC’s — American Born Chinese — that Din Tai Fung is not even that great, but who can turn down a Michelin starred restaurant, especially when I don’t have to starve myself the week before to afford it?  Continue reading “Din Tai Fung”

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctors Away

Can I replace the apple with something more exotic from Asia and have that statement still be true? I hope so, because one of my favorite things when I visit a foreign country is checking out their exotic fruits. I know Asia has a lot of weird things like cuddle rooms in Japan, stinky tofu in Taiwan, and numerous of weird inventions that have us all say “what the…” However, trust me when I say this —  weird looking fruits are gifts from Mother Earth!  Continue reading “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctors Away”