Monthly Archives: October 2014


Taiwan Pride 2014

I’m super ecstatic that Pride in Taipei occurred during my stay here! I’ve been to Pride in Atlanta and in Chicago and now I get to see Pride internationally — Woot! When I found out about the Pride Parade here, I envisioned floats and floats of hot and scandalously dressed Asian boys throwing free goodies at me.  Read More »


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.     Read More »


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!   Read More »


Beitou: Hot Spring Town

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.  Read More »

A Spoon Full of Xiao Long Bao

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?  Read More »


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!  Read More »

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