Monthly Archives: May 2014

Build your own Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall with Nanoblock

Now you can have your own Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall thanks to Nanoblock.

Now you can have your own Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall thanks to Nanoblock.

One of the most popular articles on this website is about Nanoblock’s Taipei 101.  I admit that I am a bit surprised to see how many hits it got, especially when compared to other articles about food or sightseeing.  I had no choice but to buy another Taiwan exclusive Nanoblock set: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.  Check out some more info after the jump.

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435 Art Zone 435藝文特區: A Splash of Color in Banqiao

You'll find a lot of graffiti and public art at 435 Art Zone 435藝文特區 in New Taipei City.

You’ll find a lot of graffiti and public art at 435 Art Zone 435藝文特區 in New Taipei City.

You can easily find many museums, studios, and public spaces dedicated to art in Taiwan.  There are countless old factories that are now trendy art galleries, and there are constant exhibitions and festivals.    435 Art Zone 435藝文特區 in New Taipei City isn’t exactly dense with art work, but it is a fun place to take photos.  It’s also a great place for kids, as there are many hands-on art activities for children and a toy museum.  Check out more photos from my visit after the jump.

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Sufood 舒果: Infinite Breadsticks and Tasty Veggies

A fashionable appetizer at Sufood 舒果.

A fashionable appetizer at Sufood 舒果.

Tasty is a popular restaurant all over Taiwan due to its dearth of food and nice presentation.  If you enjoy Tasty, but don’t want all the meat, then Sufood 舒果 is for you.  It’s basically a vegetarian clone of Tasty, and it’s even owned by the same company!  Sufood has some diverse menu options that I haven’t seen at any other vegetarian restaurants.  Check out more info after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Waterfront Restaurant 水灣餐廳: On the Riverside

You may find a familiar aesthetic at the Waterfront Restaurant 水灣餐廳.

You may find a familiar aesthetic at the Waterfront Restaurant 水灣餐廳.

Most people who visit Tamsui hang around the old street and fill up on snacks and other vendor food.  It’s hard to make it fifty yards past the MRT station before you find yourself waiting in line for some fried mushrooms or a-gei.  If you do manage to fend off the temptations, you’ll find restaurants trying to take advantage of Tamsui’s riverside by offering clear views of scenery.  One of these is the Waterfront Restaurant 水灣餐廳, a Bali-themed restaurant located so close to the river that the crashing waves may drown out your conversation.  Check out more photos after the jump.

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Part Time Su 偶爾素一下: Full Time Vegan Pizza

Five types of veggies crammed onto a pizza at Part Time Su 偶爾素一下 in Taipei.

Five types of veggies crammed onto a pizza at Part Time Su 偶爾素一下 in Taipei.

Every time I get pizza, I always opt for whichever has the most meat.  Sometimes it may be called meat lover’s pizza, or four sausage pizza, but as long as it’s covered with meat I’m up for it.  I had to change my strategy at Part Time Su 偶爾素一下  in Taipei since it’s a vegan pizza place.  Can a pizza be called such without a quarter pound of sausage lathered on top?  I enter a disturbing, yet tasty world of meatless pizza after the jump.

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Wulai 烏來: A Mountainous Sausage Paradise

The 80m tall waterfall at Wulai 烏來 is just one of the many sights to see.

The 80m tall waterfall at Wulai 烏來 is just one of the many sights to see.

Wulai 烏來 in New Taipei City attracts visitors for a host of reasons.  Some come for the old street, some come for the scenery, some come for the hot springs, and some come to learn about aboriginal culture and chow down on traditional food.  You can dabble in whatever you like, and I doubt you’ll be disappointed.  Check out some photos from my visit after the jump.

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Yehliu 野柳: The Queendom of Taiwan

Yehliu 野柳 has a very distinctive landscape.

Yehliu 野柳 has a very distinctive landscape.

One of the most striking places I’ve visited in Taiwan, or perhaps visited ever, is Yehliu 野柳, a cape in New Taipei City.  The area is a geological marvel filled with unusually shaped rocks formed by erosion and tectonics.  It is most famously known as the location of the Queen’s Head, a rock that has a very feminine visage.  Most people come to visit Yehliu Geopark and take pictures with the charmingly named rocks, but if you come on a clear day you can see some beautiful scenery.  Check out some photos after the jump.

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