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Taiwanese Beer Houses

If you're visiting Taiwan on business and your local business partners take you out for dinner, it's very likely they'll take you to some famous, expensive restaurant, in a prestigious location like Taipei 101. Even if you are here visiting friends, it's still likely they'll take you to some clean, well-staffed restaurants for dinner. Possibly your host will even take you to a western-style restaurant, even though you're in Asia.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Mazu temple's beer garden

Mazu Temple Beer Garden (photo by Joyce Tay)Mazu temple's beer garden

Did you ever see a church with its own beer garden? Probably not, but in Taiwan people have a more relaxed attitude to such matters.

For example: the beer garden in the Temple to the sea-Goddess Mazu, near Dihua Street. You might think that it's very disrespectful to put a beer garden here, but I would say it must be the mercy of the Goddess, that more than 40 family-run restaurants could make a living by her temple, and the hard-working people could enjoy very good food and beer in her courtyard at a bargain price.

There are many street restaurants around the temple, and people enjoy eating and drinking under the banyan tree in the temple yard. It's a place the hard working people have traditionally gone to relax after work. There are more than 40 authentic Taiwanese street food restaurants and food stalls.

台灣國寶吳寶春師傅要到新加坡念EMBA了,恭喜!

就在台灣最高學府拒絕吳寶春的EMBA入學申請時,新加坡大學派人專程飛抵台灣面試吳寶春師傅,表面上說是飛台面試,實際上該是挖角成功吧!

新加坡大學真有一套,國際曝光成功!即然我們的國寶麵包師傅都願意不辭辛苦每三月飛往新加坡求學。這下會有更多的台灣年輕人考慮新加坡升學的可能性,還很嚮往呢!

我們的教育部長說尊重吳寶春的選擇,希望他學成回國,增進台灣烘焙業國際觀。新加坡大學專程把吳寶春挖角至新加坡,就是要學來自台灣的烘焙國際觀吧?我們實不必老自貶為邊陲小國。

今天我跟來自新加坡的二位客人提到吳寶春被台灣最高學府拒絕卻被新加坡大學邀請入學一事,他們說在新加坡並不常看到像台北這麼有水準的麵包店,或許這是一個好的開始。

Exploring Taiwan's history, culture and cuisine

Old Taipei Tour - Dadaocheng and Dihua StreetIn the near future we will start offering this tour of historic Di Hua Street, and the Da Dao Cheng Area in Taipei. The tour will cover the morning market, temples, the traditional food stands and small restaurants.

Scooter Diary: The City over The Mountain

September 5th, 2012: This morning, I unpacked my own Chinese tea set and went to sit in the guest house garden. I want to drink oolong tea on this sweet potato farm, and enjoy the view of Yangmingshan where my ancestors lived 100 years ago.

Scooter Diary: Everything is art

Juming museum and art gallery, Taiwan - Outdoor taichi sculptureSeptember 4th, 2012: I got up very early. The bright sun light shining through the guest house window woke me before 7am, even though that cup of fresh coffee I had yesterday kept me awake till very late.

Scooter Diary: Sweet potato history in Jinshan

We keep on driving on Route 106 through Pingxi district. There are many brightly-colored sky lanterns flying up into the clouds from the village of Shihfen, trailing smoke. There's nothing to slow us down – we only spend a minute waiting for a long traffic light and then continue our journey. I wanted to take a photo of the sky lanterns flying above the mountains while waiting for the lights, but the camera is never as good as my eyes.

From Shifen to Wanli to Jinshan

Scooter Diary: From Coal to Coffee in Jingtong, Pingxi

Photo by Joyce Tay September 3rd , 2012: Well, I am packed, and the scooter is ready – no more doubts. We left by 1pm, the sun was above us all the time when we were driving on Route 106. We left Taipei city and Shenkeng behind, and drove up into the mountains.

Scooter Diary: leaving

This summer we are in love with scooter traveling -- traveling safely and having fun. I spent some time and money getting my old scooter repaired and ready for a long trip.

Taiwanese Cuisine: Extra virgin oils from the old days

Forty years ago, my family lived by the Tamshui river, where used to be the center of the city. I don't remember seeing any convenience stores or supermarkets. When my grandmother or my mother were cooking, and found out there wasn't any more oil in the tin, they usually sent the other kids or me to buy some oil from the nearby grocery store.

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