Taipei Speakeasy

We were on the hunt for a cocktail to kick off the night, and we saw a small bar store front with retro vibes and a jar of amazing looking cookies.  Everyone was standing around debating what to do, and the woman asked “are you looking for the bar?”  She proceeded to open up a wall leading…

A Day in Kaoshiung

Kaoshiung is a vibrant city in Taiwan that has an overwhelming amount of options if you only have one day.  If you love culture, perhaps hire a car to go up to the monastery that is home to thousands of Buddhas  (be warned…. it isn’t quite an authentic experience with giant LED fake lotus flowers.)  If you love nature,…

What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea is a Taiwan staple, and the “bubbles” are different than what you think….

Pineapple Pineapple, Everywhere! A Classic Taiwanese Treat

“Sweets” are quite different in Asia.  You rarely see baked good like cookies the size of your face and outrageous milk shakes topped with slices of cake. Rather, you find rice and bean based treats like mochi and taiyaki as well as pre-made short bread and dry cakey items that have just a touch of sweetness. …

Night-markets: A Quintessential Taipei Experience

Taipei night markets should be a focus point on your Taipei trip. From giant chicken nuggets to foods you didn’t know existed, it’ll be a traveling food experience you don’t want to miss!

An Unexpected Hidden Gem of Japanese Food….

I used to always associate 7/11 with post-orthodontist Slurpees.  My family didn’t keep sugary treats around the house, so I always pounced on the “but my mouth hurts….” card to score the cold, icy beverage.  7/11s are everywhere in Japan, and they are quite different than the familiar gas station chain back state side.   While you can…

Okinawa Soba Eibun

Trying new things and being adventurous is fun, but there is also something to be said for returning to old favorites.   Last contract, we hit up this little soba shop in Okinawa and loved it so much it deserved another visit.  Not to mention, Soba is one of the most famous Okinawan dishes, so it seemed like…

ANA FLIGHT FOOD

I cleared out my NY room, and headed to JFK with my remaining belongings, ready for the next adventure.  As soon as I got to check-in, I got a bubbling sense of excitement to be going back to Japan.  The people are nice, polite, and helpful, a dramatic difference to the average New Yorker.  The people and…