Taipei: Fresh Station

It seemed entirely possible to bypass the brunt of the thing with a quick five minute drive to the restaurant. The basement was its usual damp-smelling self when I went down to pick up the car. There were a few little puddles here and there, but those came more from the carwash lady washing the cars than from any sort of flooding. And the rain wasn’t really that bad when I left the garage. There was maybe a medium drizzle accompanied by an almost imperceptible breeze. Typhoon schmyphoon. Exaggerate. That’s the bread-and-butter of all-news channels in Taiwan. Where’s the knee-deep … Continue reading Taipei: Fresh Station

Barcelona: Tickets

  He’s a real nowhere man Sitting in his nowhere land Making all his nowhere plans for nobody Doesn’t have a point of view Knows not where he’s going to Isn’t he a bit like you and me? Nowhere Man, please listen You don’t know what you’re missing Nowhere Man, the world is at your command He’s as blind as he can be Just sees what he wants to see Nowhere Man can you see me at all? Lennon-McCartney   He’s sitting in the taxi. Not alone. No, he drags with him his wife and his children. His heart pounds … Continue reading Barcelona: Tickets

Taipei: Addictive Aquatic Development

I love the name of this place; so contrived. In fact, everything about Addictive Aquatic Development seems deliberate and ¬†purpose-driven. Its location, for example, is brilliantly chosen. It’s located behind a commercial fruit marketplace and a commercial vegetable market. It is surrounded by butchers and fishmongers and loads of other traditional open-air meat and produce vendors. It is boxed between a highway and the the runway of the second-busiest airport in the city. It is physically located in a building that housed a wholesale seafood marketplace. Addictive Aquatic Development itself serves as a stylized seafood market with tanks and pools … Continue reading Taipei: Addictive Aquatic Development

Macau: Old Neptune Restaurant at the Venetian

The last time I visited Macau, it had only ONE major casino- which was controlled by the city’s one and only gaming licensee. The gambling industry was a monopoly back then, and it attracted a fair number of visitors and day-gamblers from Hong Kong. Tourists that visit Hong Kong also saw Macau as a non-gambling day trip worth visiting for its two-and-a-half historic sites and its various unique food offerings. I remember getting off the jet foil and hitting Yee Shun Dairy, Lord Stow’s Bakery, Largo Da Senado (spelling?), and the Ruins of St. Paul at a leisurely pace enjoying … Continue reading Macau: Old Neptune Restaurant at the Venetian

Something a food slob like me enjoys: Italian Kitchen

The size. The dimensions. The proportions. The perception. I’m not good at estimating distances or heft or volume or bigness or smallness or square footage or anything like that. Driving by Park Royal everyday and watching the workers build, decorate, furnish, and finish the tiny corner section of the first phase of its expansion abutting Marine Drive, and knowing that it was to be the location of Glowbal’s latest expansion of its local restaurant empire, I had a difficult time imagining how such a slice of land could ever become a restaurant that possesses a size significant enough to generate … Continue reading Something a food slob like me enjoys: Italian Kitchen

Hong Kong: Michelin Star My A$$ – Tim Ho Wan

Not that I mind walking over 45 minutes in the endless subway tunnels and thrice asking smug, pseudo-friendly locals where the supposedly uber-well-known dim sum restaurant was…I completely, totally, 101% would not mind searching for the place in a torrential downpour and double-gale-force winds if the food was actually good. So what if the wait was sixty minutes two hours before lunchtime if I could have the dim sum meal of all dim sum meals? Tim Ho Wan was probably the ONE AND ONLY DESTINATION that I felt I must visit on my trip to HONG KONG last summer. It … Continue reading Hong Kong: Michelin Star My A$$ – Tim Ho Wan

Summer 2013

I’ll be taking my family on our annual 2 month Taiwanese cultural immersion program this week. Naturally, we will be staying in Taiwan for most of the trip. We also have plans ¬†for a 9 day trip to Tokyo in early July as well as a trip to Hong Kong mid-August. I know that I will be having some amazing meals during this trip, and I will make sure to share them with you in posts about them as soon as possible. I promise to take many pictures, and I will try to keep my impossibly-long-run-on-sentences as short as possibly. … Continue reading Summer 2013