Chocolate Lover Paradise

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Knowing that I enjoyed very dark chocolate, I was taken to downtown Taichung to check out and old ophthalmic hospital, Miyahara (宮原眼科 / gong yuan yan ke). Long gone are the days of checking out people’s eyes though. This building has since been converted into an ice cream shop and chocolatier. Miyahara features dozens of creative flavors, many of which are…

Tea Shopping at Taipei’s Oldest Tea Shop

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My friends jokingly (and lovingly) call me a tea snob. I have tea for months stockpiled at this point and enjoy concocting my own boba drinks for friends. It’s no surprise that one place I have to drop by each trip is Linhuatai Tea Shop (林華泰茶行 / lin hua tai cha hang). Linhuatai is an amazing tea shop located in Datong…

Hiking the Jade Green Hills of Dakeng

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Wanting to get in some hiking while in Taiwan, one morning, we made our way to the eastern side of Taichung to check out the views at Dakeng (大坑 / da keng). Dakeng is a large recreational area marked by forests and trails. There are 10 trails with difficulty levels ranging from one star (suitable for all) to three stars…

Exploring One of The World’s Last Type Foundries

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In an age of 0’s and 1’s, of digital correspondence being sent in a flash, it’s humbling to think of a time when print had to be manipulated and placed by hand. Nowadays, newspapers and books are mostly created on the computer. Way back when though, moveable type would have been used, in conjunction with a printing press, to produce…

Getting My Seafood Addiction On

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Before I went to Taiwan, I asked for recommendations from my friends. One of the top recommended places to dine was Addiction Aquatic Development (上引水產 / shang yin shui chan) located near Songshan Airport (松山機場 / song shan ji chang). Addiction Aquatic Development is a large complex that contains a huge market and four restaurants. I didn’t know what to expect…

Riding the Cronut Trend

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Coming off of the cronut craze in the US, I dropped by Drip Cafe to checkout how Taiwanese do the croissant donut (可拿滋 / ke na zi). The location that I went to is one block off of Zhongxiao East Road. Here’s what the cafe looks like from the outside. So quaint and unassuming. The interior felt modern and Asian…

The Sweet and Creamy Taste of Taiwanese Snow

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One of the more popular desserts in the United States, to come out of Taiwan recently, is shaved snow. Shaved snow, unlike shaved ice is primarily frozen milk. Probably one of the most talked about shaved snow places in Taiwan is Ice Monster. I got a chance to see what all of this hype was about after visiting the flagship…

Cycling Around Sun Moon Lake

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One of the more unique ways people in Taiwan enjoy great weather is heading to Sun Moon Lake to cycle around the 3.06 square mile lake. Sun Moon Lake (日月潭 / ri yue tan) is located in the hills of Nantou County and is the largest lake in Taiwan. The name comes from how the lake looks like a sun…

Perusing Contemporary Art at MOCA Taipei

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Located in an old school building built around the turn of the 20th century, the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei features the latest and greatest when it comes to, contemporary art (當代藝術 / dang dai yi shu). As a contemporary art lover myself, I was excited to experience more of what Taiwanese culture perceives as modern art. The art itself isn’t…

Walking Through Memories and Strife at Rainbow Village

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One of the more peculiar sights I saw in Taiwan has to be Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村 / cai hong juan cun). Rainbow Village is a cluster of buildings that have been painted all around with colorful artwork, people, and characters. The artwork was created by Huang Yung-Fu, a Kuomintang soldier, in 1924 as a means of saving his village from…