Taipei

Breakfast in Taiwan

A flight across the Pacific, a ride into the city and 12 hours later, here we were: Taiwan. Babes and I immediately got down to business: breakfast. I had my first taste of Taiwan at Jiang Yellow Beef Noodle Shop.…

Tasting weird Asian snacks

Will (left) and Marv with the entire collection of snacks that we tasted.As you know, I went to Taiwan, China, and Japan recently, and the trips were so close together that I was able to stockpile a nice collection of…

Taipei and Shanghai: My top 10

It took a while, but here’s my wrap-up of my trip to Taipei, thanks to Hawaiian Airlines, who launched direct service there and invited me along on the inaugural flight. With so many Taiwanese in Hawaii, there’s no reason not…

Aloha Taipei! Last bites

I should be finished with my blog series by now, if not for connectivity problems with Verizon. Ah, technology!I was fortunate to have had not one, but two last days in Taipei. My first round of last bites was with…

Aloha Taipei! To market, to market

The line for shao bing at Hua Shan Market, 7 a.m.When in Taiwan, you have to try a traditional breakfast at least once. Jook or congee is good, but you have to go out to get a freshly-baked shao bing,…

Aloha Taipei! Food, shopping and temples

I actually wanted to break this blog up into two parts because we covered so much ground in one day. The photos here, as usual, are just the highlights, but you’ll be amazed when you check out the full gallery…

Aloha Taipei! Discovering the city

 Our tour guide, Theresa, at right, with Sherrie from Big Island Candies.Back to our regular programming … we had a full day, with a tour of the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, and lunch at Din Tai Fung during the…

Aloha Taipei! Weathering the storm

I’m going out of order on my blog posts for obvious reasons today: As you know, Typhoon Soulik hit Taiwan yesterday, a category 3 typhoon that caused quite a bit of havoc on the coast of this island nation. Fortunately,…

Aloha Taipei! The Shi Lin night market

As you read this, we’re awaiting Typhoon Soulik to hit Taiwan, but in the meantime you can read about what we did on our first night.The Shi Lin night market is Taipei’s largest one, with 540 stalls in a maze…

Aloha Taipei! Day 1

I’m a day behind in my blogs due to a different work schedule from Cat Toth (@Thedailydish), who is with me on this Taiwan adventure, but hopefully you will find this useful.As you know, Hawaiian Airlines launched their inaugural direct…

Chinee like me: Aloha Taipei!

Shilin Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan. 士林夜市 by druchoyActually, the above title may not be appropriate, since Taiwanese people do not want to be known as part of China. The true PC way to refer to Taiwan and its people is…