When I'm alone in my kitchen, I listen to an endless stream of podcasts in order to drown out the sound of my culinary ineptitude. Here are some of my favorites, covering topics such as sound design, US history, the economics of buying oil, what Richard Simmons may or may not be doing, and more.
Every year, a gajillion people head to this festival in New Taipei City to witness arresting displays of flame-powered lanterns being released en masse into the night sky. Here's how to get in on the lantern-loving mob and what to expect once you're there.
I have an irrationally strong affinity for the pineapple cakes from this unassuming bakery near National Taiwan Normal University. Here's why.
I ate about one soft serve a week. This is definitely a reasonable amount of soft serve to eat in Taiwan. Yes.
You nominated me for a Saveur Blog Award and they took you seriously. AAAHHHHHHHHHHHH
If you don't know anything about Taiwanese food, the deck is a nice intro to some of Taiwan's most popular foods with the added bonus of being a deck of cards (or it's a deck of cards that happens to be covered in photos of food—either way, it's awesome).
In case you don't know what to eat or do in Taipei, here are too many suggestions.
Pork bun sandwiches, butter-filled pineapple buns, fried chicken nubs, customized noodle bowls, overloaded dessert crepes, and more. This night market was basically my backyard for 10 months. And thus I know what heaven is.
OMG OMG OMG!@#!^@%#! THERE'S A VILLAGE FULL OF CATS!!!!
The Greater Taipei Area has over 100 kilometers of riverside park paths reserved for bicyclists and pedestrians. Take advantage of them. And then use the exercise as an excuse to stuff your face later.