Mei Kung: Thai (and Vietnamese) food in Taipei
There are very few things geekier than meeting up with internet friends when you’re finally in the same city. But if food’s involved, you usually can’t go wrong. Especially when the friend you’re meeting is the blogger behind A Hungry Girl’s Guide to Taipei. It all started when I whined about my cupcake craving and the lack of the delightful dessert on Twitter...
What does home mean to you?
I think home is a feeling and not a place. Because I’ve gone somewhere for the first time many times and imagined myself easily being there all along. And now that I’m where I grew up, I’m somehow feeling more homesick than ever.
Dinner at Taipei Main Station...and a new toy!
Okay, Taipei Main Station is no NYC Grand Central. Where Grand Central’s…grand halls always leave me inspired, Taipei Main Station’s hectic MRT (subway) transfer platform usually makes me feel like I’m having an aneurysm. But once you get away from the crazy, there’s a shiny food court on the second floor of the train terminal that’s actually quite...
Asian cream roll cakes
Chocolate roll cake with cherries from Escargot One dessert I always enjoy in Asia is cream roll cake. Unlike jelly rolls, the filling of these cakes are less frosting-like and instead have a more moussey texture. It’s sort of like a buche de noel (yule log) without all the extra icing on the outside. In Taiwan, my family is particularly fond of the ones from Escargot bakery. Their cakes...
Sausage fruit, sea-inspired lights, world's...
It’s occurred to me that, these days, when I’m not busy doing what I came back to Taipei to do, I’m more or less sitting on my butt sending my friends cool links to interesting things I see on the web. Just to give you an idea of how many awesome things I come across, I did a quick count of the travel RSS feeds in my Google Reader: 30. I’ve started to wonder, though, if...
Duck confit taco? Yes, please! →
To me, duck is like bacon: Unconditionally edible. No matter where it is, how it’s prepared, and what else goes with it. Now, I only have Mexican when the occasional mood strikes, but for some inexplicable reason, this duck confit taco really, really intrigues me. Anyone else? (photo: foodgal.com)
When a guy does something wrong vs. when a girl...
Someone recently reminded me of one of the favorite things I came across on the interwebz this summer. Like they say, there’s truth in all comedy. And this particular one, in my humble opinion, is the way the world should be ;)
It's the smallest things that make the biggest...
Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly: Other letters simply relate the small events that punctuate the passage of time: roses picked at dusk, the laziness of a rainy Sunday, a child crying himself to sleep. Capturing the moment, these small slices of life, these small gusts of happiness, move me more deeply than the rest. A couple of lines or eight pages, a Middle Eastern stamp...
yummy foodscape photography →
Combining food and travel, some of my favorite things in the whole wide world! The nerdy English major in me is tickled to see the Big Ben/House of Parliament foodscape. I’d love to see Carl Warner do more with actual landscapes from around the globe with his food art. Also wondering how he might do sunsets/sunrises and nighttime skylines — yes, my photo preferences are quite...
Why everyone should experience a REAL...
Virgin Atlantic airport lounge (http://abcnews.go.com) I’m 38,000 feet above ground. It’s -54 degrees outside, somewhere over Korea’s southeastern coast, and the pilot episode of Glee is listed among the many on-demand entertainment options on the touchscreen in front of my reclined seat. Clearly, EVA Airlines is awesome. I really think that everyone should experience a real international flight...
Who wants Crayola crayons when you've got these?
As many of my friends and family know, I spent the past four months gradually managing Babble.com’s social media. Interacting with the parenting website’s 5 million readers and coming up with ways to increase engagement was a lot of fun. But at the end of the summer, I had an epiphany. At the end of the day, it’s glossy magazines and printed pages that makes my pulse quicken and...