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 »

Matcha Ice Cream in Puff Pastry

Heiankyo 平安京茶事: Japanese Tea House

I’m seriously addicted Matcha tea! If I go to a restaurant and it offers Matcha as a flavor on anything, you know for darn sure that I’ll get my hands on it. I just love the slight bitterness that it has — kinda wakes you up. A good punch for your taste buds. Well, if you share the same love or just love desserts then try this tea house. Read More »

Back Row (2): Passion Fruit Matcha and Berry Banana. Front Row (3) Sea Salt Caramel Darjeeling, Berry Chocolate, and Red Velvet.

The Sweet Things in Life

Chocolate or any dessert: a friend that listens and loves me unconditionally. It takes all of my sad emotions away as it lifts me up to the highest of heavens. Plus, you can never get too much sweetness in life since we all know the world can be oh-so-bitter…

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