Jodie's journal

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Vegetarian restaurants

In Taipei's many vegetarian buffet restaurants, you'll find tables covered with delicious dishes. Many of them are almost perfect re-creations of non-vegetarian dishes, in both appearance and flavor – so don't worry about getting tasteless, warmed-up salads. The buffet style makes it easy if you don't speak Chinese.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Guanyinshan mountain hiking trails

View of Guanyin Mountain From Danshui RiverIf you like walking and you want to visit Danshui, this is a great day trip. You will see amazing views of the river, the ocean, the mountains, and the city, and you can enjoy shopping, sightseeing and a delicious meal at one of the many great restaurants in Danshui before taking the Metro home.

311大地震: 我們日本人非常感謝你們的愛心

Jodie 小姐

在日本大家都知道台湾的捐款活動。
那麼多的捐款讓我們非常感動。
我們日本人非常感謝你們的愛心。


Yoko

 

 

以上是來自日本東京的email,向全台灣朋友的仗義相助道謝。

 

Yoko小姐很喜歡到台灣玩,愛上台灣的小籠包手工麵條,2011年初還特地來上了台灣料理的課程。

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: 228 Peace Park and Museum

Following the change of governing party, the 228 Museum was closed down and then completely rennovated and redesigned after this article was written, so the exhibits described here are no longer available, and the description of it here is no longer accurate (2012).

How to make spicy Sichuan flower pepper oil

flower pepper oil in jarSichuan flower pepper oil combines the spicy hotness of chili with the unique numbing sensation of flower pepper to give almost any dish an authetic Sichuan (Szechuan) flavour. It's very simple to make, taking only five or ten minutes - although flower pepper can be difficult to buy in some places.

 

Gong fu tea: How to make Oolong tea (The Taiwanese-style tea ceremony)

tea making equipmentThis is the tea ceremony as traditionally conducted in Taiwan and China. It's different from the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Morning Markets in Taipei

Selling freshly caught fish in the morning marketThis is a list of some of the morning markets in Taipei. Taiwan's morning markets are ignored by most travel guide books, magazines and websites. In Taiwan, most families shop for fresh food in the morning markets two, three or even four times a week, that's how they get the freshest ingredients. Taiwanese people really care about fresh ingredients, for health and taste reasons, and because small homes don't have storage space – they want vegetables the day they are picked, noodles the day they are made, fish the day they are caught, and so on. Read more about Taipei's day markets here.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: A day in the life of the market

The wet markets of Taiwan usually are not on the regular tourist schedule.A monk in the marketMost guides or local people would never think of bringing their customers or friends anywhere near them. The floors are wet, vegetables are still dirty with the mud from the fields, slabs of meat are cut open on the stands, all kinds of smells float in the air.

Summer weather in Taipei

Weather in Taiwan is quite unpredictableSummer in Taiwan is extremely hot and humid. Expect temperatures over 30º C (over 85º F) from June to September. The weather is similar to Florida or Louisiana in the US, but with more concentrated rainfall. There's nothing really comparable in Europe.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Morning Markets

Taiwan's morning markets are ignored by most travel guide books, magazines and websites. But, if you really want to understand local culture, a walk through a morning market can teach you far more than a day at some sterile, packaged tourist attraction far away from real people's lives.

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