Month: September 2018

A Foodie Weekend in Taipei

A Foodie Weekend in Taipei

Last weekend I took a 3 day trip to Taipei to visit Jana and Ellie. It’s been almost a year since I last saw Jana (Golden Week last year!) and 5 months since Ellie’s business trip to China, so to say I was excited is a bit of an understatement 🙂

To sum it up, all we did was eat and talk and take pictures of us eating. The 2 tourist shots I got were more of a coincidence. We saw Taipei 101 several times on our way to and from food places and then a nice temple was in front of a night market we went to.

Din Tai Fung

Let me start at the beginning. After I landed the first order of business (after dropping off my bag) was to go to Din Tai Fung. While we have several of them in Shanghai, they have one major flaw: They don’t serve chocolate xiaolongbao! So I had to get my fix of them and they were beautiful.

Jamie’s Italian

For Friday night dinner Jana and I headed to Jamie’s Italian. While this might not be the obvious choice when going to Taipei, Jana and I have a special place for Jamie’s Italian in our hearts after our trip to Budapest last year. We ended up eating 3 pizzas, because they were just so good 🙂 This time we “only” shared an appetizer, 2 pizzas and 2 desserts. The waitress was still impressed with us – she suggested we share one pizza because it’s big. What an amateur.

Toasteria

For Saturday brunch we went to Toasteria. I’d researched brunch places in Taipei before my trip and Jana made the reservations – team work 🙂 They have lots and lots of options, including omelettes, classic breakfasts, pasta, paninis … I got french toast and then shared a grilled cheese. Apparently they’re famous for those so I just had to have one. It was delicious.

Raohe Night Market

In search of greasy street food we went to Raohe Night Market Saturday night. I don’t remember the name of any of the food we had but it was all pretty good! We had scallion pancakes, ice cream with caramelized peanut shavings and cilantro wrapped in a crepe type thing, passion fruit jelly on a stick, a deep fried salted egg yolk pork thing with sweet potato, fruit juice (vitamins!) and baked pork buns. In that exact order. Also, we wore matching dumpling t-shirts. Just because we’re awesome 🙂

Pool time

Our original plan was to spend all the time we were not eating at the pool. Sadly, it was closed all day Saturday for maintenance and when we got there early Sunday morning we were told we could only swim with swimming caps … which we didn’t have and they didn’t provide. Oh well, so we only got to relax next to the pool for a couple of hours.

The Hello Kitty Taxi

When we got into the taxi on our way to brunch on Sunday we were in for a treat. It was completely decked out in Hello Kitty merchandise! I’m glad we took some photos as proof 🙂

Sugar Pea

Our destination for that cab ride was Sugar Pea. We all agreed, if Instagram was a place, this would be it 🙂 Anyhow, the food was really yummy … and pretty. Of course I took pictures. And put them on Instagram.

Thanks for a fantastic weekend, Jana and Ellie! I can’t wait to come back soon and continue eating our way through Taipei!

Obstacle race through a bamboo forest in Moganshan

Obstacle race through a bamboo forest in Moganshan

Last weekend a large group of mostly archery people took part in an obstacle race through the bamboo forests of Moganshan. We rented a bus to get there, and I guess it was just as much about having a fun weekend with friends, as it was about the race.

All of us signed up for an elite mode of the race, which meant we were being timed and had to do a punishment of 50 jumping squats for every obstacle we could not do. It was me who convinced our tiny friend Marlyn to sign up for the race and the elite mode, so I felt a bit responsible helping her make it through the race.

Just three days before the event, I cut my finger badly while cooking, so I could not take the race too seriously anyway. First, I did not want to do the obstacles at all and I thought about just running along and being the camera man of the group. After protecting my finger with bandages, a finger condom from Japan, a latex and a workout glove, I felt comfortable enough doing it anyway.

Marlyn and I still stayed behind the group, took it easy, and tried to give our best at the obstacles. We had to stop once to take pictures with the track guards, that is most likely why our time wasn’t that great in the end.

We made it! In the end, we were much faster than anticipated, made it through almost all the obstacles (except Monkey Bars for me, where I tell myself the finger is to blame, and Archery for Marlyn, where she clearly does not have any excuse at all).

The others were exceptionally fast, I think we had a handful of people placing in the Top 10 of the whole race. I do not have any pictures of them running, since it took me almost twice as long 🙂