Jodie's journal

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.

The Buddhas on Elephant mountain

It's very common to see the statues of Buddha or Guan Yin (the Goddess of mercy) in the mountains of Taiwan. They are found in temples, shrines, caves, or sometimes just on big rocks. On Elephant mountain in Taipei, there are many statues of Buddha, too.

How to get to Elephant Mountain?

How to get to Elephant Mountain?

From Taipei 101 it takes about 15 minutes to get to the start of the hiking path.

First, walk east along Xinyi Road for about 10 minutes to the junction of Song Ren Rd and Xinyi Road Section 5.

From the office to the kitchen

There are some questions I'm often asked:From the office to the kitchen

How long you've been cooking?
Where did you learn cooking?
Did you learn cooking from a culinary school?

Well, there is a story to tell which might answer those questions.

Afternoon tea with delicious Black Forest cake

Gasthaus Zum Adler German Restaurant

Gasthaus zum Adler, a German restaurant run by Mr. Söffner, is near the center of eastern Taipei, 10 minutes walk from Taipei 101. They specialize in southern German cuisine. Mostly the dishes are home made.

We often go there for afternoon tea: a cup of fresh coffee or tea, with home made German dessert. It costs only NT$150. For German desserts, we can have a choice of their home made ice cream, chocolate-coated banana cake, chocolate truffle, or black forest cake.

Homely Local Italian Restaurant

Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant

I enjoy casually walking into this local Italian restaurant in the evening, greeting Mr. Antonello, the chef, and Mrs Antonello, followed by Mrs Antonello's indication to sit at a table.

I enjoy Ciao Bella's authentic Italian home-style flavor, simply handmade pasta, good stewed tomato sauce, handmade bread, homemade rich chocolate cake with ice cream. It's all about Italian food – just simple and good quality ingredients.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Jade market

Taipei's jade market can be a very surprising place. The first surprise is that the jade isn't all green. The second surprise is that the stallholders don't seem very enthusiastic about selling jade.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Flower market

Join the crowds strolling through Taipei's Flower Market on Sundays. It's good for people watching even if you're not buying, and in summer all that vegetation keeps temperatures surprisingly pleasant in the shaded market.

 

 

Why study cooking in Taipei, Taiwan?

Taiwan fried rice!“Food is one arena where Taipei — the world’s most underrated capital city, according to Monocle magazine — blows Beijing away. Its food incorporates more influences, spans street food to haute cuisine with greater aplomb and is out and out more delicious”, according to The New York Times.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Hot Spring Resorts

Just a couple of hours flight from the noisy, stressful streets of Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo or Bangkok, Taipei has natural hot springs to relax your body amidst natural mountain landscapes that sooth your mind.

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