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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.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Cycling along the river

cycle paths in neihu and nangang taipeiRiverside bike trails

Who would dare to ride a bicycle in Taipei, with its busy roads full of traffic? Actually, if you want to ride a bicycle without worrying, there are more than 100 kilometers of beautiful, peaceful cycle paths along the three rivers that flow through Taipei. They are only for bicycles - no cars or scooters are allowed. Bicycles are available for rent at low prices at several locations along the bike paths.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Buying glasses in Taiwan

Taiwanese people have a remarkably high percentage of eyesight problems, particularly short-sightedness. The reasons aren't clear, although it could be because students usually spend too much time reading, studying or watching TV. Many young people start wearing glasses at an early age.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Dental service

Having your teeth fixed may not sound like a very good way to relax. But what if it got you a free vacation?

Dental treatment in Taiwan is so cheap that the difference in price could easily cover all your travel expenses.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Elephant Mountain

If you've ever wandered around in the busy center of Taipei, feeling bored of shopping, or tired of meetings. Elephant mountain is a different experience. It's almost like Central Park in New York. You would imagine that mountains would be far from the city center, but Elephant mountain is only 5 minutes walk away from the Taipei center, the tallest building, Taipei 101.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan

Apart from joining our cooking class, here are some more ideas for activities to do in Taipei if you like nature, culture, and exploring.

1. Elephant mountain hiking trails

2. Dental services

3. Buying glasses

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