Grubbing Out in Taichung

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One of the ways which I keep track of where I’ve been is using services like Swarm and Yelp. Occasionally, I come across places that don’t have a listing and, in a rush, I’m not able to get the name of the place. Here’s a random assemblage of food shots from Taichung with some commentary. If I’m able to get…

Adventures in Tea Picking

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One of the big things I wanted to do in Taiwan was better understand just how my boba drink came to be. After learning about the origins of bubble tea by taking a pilgrimage to the original Chun Shui Tang, I wanted to learn more about the tea that goes into the drinks. To do this, we went to the…

Christmas in Taiwan

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I had the chance to spend Christmas time in Taiwan. Christmas (聖誕 / sheng dan) in Taiwan is interesting as it’s hardly celebrated (the Christian population is only 3.9%). On the flip side, Christmas is oddly everywhere, as it is an opportunity for many businesses to market their products through the lens of, a mostly Western/cool holiday. Around Taiwan, many…

More Random Eats Around Taipei

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I have posts about more of the prominent eateries around Taipei, including the original Din Tai Fung, Ice Monster, and Addiction Aquatic Development. Here’s a smorgasbord of various foods I tried around the city that didn’t necessarily warrant their own post: Shaved snow with lychee, pineapple, and some kind of jelly on top This was surprisingly one of the more…

Exploring the Taipei Underground

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Coming from a city where the car reins supreme, Los Angeles, my first experience with public transit was eye-opening. In The San Francisco Bay Area, I was surprised just how many people used the bus, trains, ferries, light rail, and trolleys to get around. Having traveled to New York and Taiwan, I can’t help feel a little envious about what…

Collecting Experiences on Paper: Stamping Culture

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Growing up, I used to love collecting stickers and stamps (the kinds you would use with paper). With so many things made digital now, talking about stamps and stickers brings to mind online conversations and messaging apps. With how future forward Taiwan is and just how many people have smartphones, I was surprised to find a huge emphasis on rubber…

Strolling Around Kenting Night Market

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While in the resort town of Kenting, we checked out the beach and went zorbing. At night, we headed to the local night market along Kenting Road (墾丁路 / ken ding lu). The Kenting Night Market (墾丁大街夜市 / ken ding da jie ye shi) is fairly unique in terms of the night markets that I’ve visited in Taiwan. The night…

Learning About Mochi Production in Taiwan

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Growing up with mochi, I was surprised to learn that Taiwan had its own variation of the chewy and sweet confection. My first encounter with Taiwanese mochi was at the Taiwan Mochi Museum (台湾麻糬主題館 / tai wan ma shu zhu ti guan) in Nantou County. The museum’s mascots greet you at the front as you enter the museum. Inside there are…

Visiting the Birthplace of Boba Milk Tea

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Boba or bubble tea has become synonymous (in Asian American circles) with hangouts and good times. As a self-proclaimed boba connoisseur, I knew I wanted to explore the tradition of bubble tea from history to production. When I found out that the drink had its origins in Taiwan, I knew I needed to learn more. According to many sources, boba drinks…