Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lunch at Three Monkeys in Ubud

Overlooking rice paddies in the middle of Ubud, a must stop for lunch on all my three trips to Bali. Just a nice way to partake in a leisurely lunch with fresh delicious food and shakes.
Chicken Satay with Lontong (circular rice cakes)
Balinese nasi campur with curry chicken
Refreshing coconut, pineapple, yogurt shake

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Arrival in Bali

Jimbaran Bay, hotel right on the beach.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Taipei Rooftop View

From my grandparents' rooftop garden. (Brief posts, all sending from iPhone)

Beef Noodle Soup: Zhang Mama

Finally, on my last day in Taipei, my eagerly anticipated niu rou mian (beef noodle soup) from Zhang Mama Niu Rou Mian near Shida University on Heping East Road. Broth is flavorful without being overly oily or rich, with generous amounts of tendon and tender meat and springy noodles. I've never had niu rou mian in the states that comes even close. It's a nice clean shop and a little expensive at around $7 per bowl, but worth it in my opinion.

Chirle Brown

For Will and Richard...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

More Taroko Shots

All Iphone shots. I could spend days in this place.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tainan Small Eats: Part II

In honor of Thanksgiving (it's Thursday here), more of Tainan's famous street food (Part I here):
Fried shrimp rolls, really tasty
Hollow pastry with red bean
Hai Dou Hwa: Black soft tofu soup (sweet)

Mi go: Rice with pork and all sorts of stuff
Simu yu tang (milkfish) soup

Tainan Small Eats - Part I

Tainan is known for its xiao chi, so we spent an entire day eating our way around town, with some sightseeing in between. I can eat, but Taiwanese people really pack it away; us "Americans kids" were dying by the end of the day while the adults were still wanting more.
The original Tainan Du Xiao Yue

Making the danzi mian ("peddler noodles") right at the entrance of the restaurant
Danzi mian: noodles, minced pork, pork ball, shrimp, garlic paste, one of my favorite comfort foods
Incredibly creamy braised eggs
Taiwanese sausage (slightly sweet) with garlic paste
Next stop: Tainan's famous eel noodles
Just an open air stand / restaurant like lots of places in Taiwan
All sorts of internal organs
Bag o' eel, bloody delicious
Chopping the eel
Like 1 billion BTU stove

Eel noodles. The eel is actually quite crunchy, not like unagi. The noodles are slightly sweet and spicy
Salty popsicles
Egg yolk and almond salty popsicle
J's favorite: papaya milk smoothies. I had Tainan's famous winter melon tea.

Taroko Gorge

Eternal Spring Shrine dedicated to the 450+ workers that died during the building of the Central Cross County Highway
Sheer marble walls and narrow gorges

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011


View from breakfast at Hotel One. I highly recommend staying at Hotel
One in Taichung, my favorite Taiwan hotel!


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