In Defense of Andrew Zimmern

While Zimmern could have chosen his words (for which he’s apologized publicly) more carefully, taken in the context of the overall conversation it’s clear none of his comments were meant to disparage Chinese cuisine in America, or Chinese-Americans (in or out of the food industry). Zimmern’s respect for culinary culture and the people who work in the food industry is well-documented. As a journalist who has spent most of his adult life living in Taiwan and China and promoting their shared culinary and cultural heritage, I believe the social-media uproar over his comments are quite unjustified, and that his knee-jerk demotion should be overturned.

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Finding Local Flavor at Taipei’s Beer Cafes

I’ve lived in Taipei for twelve years, not as long as some scions of the expatriate community, but long enough to have sunk into a groove running comfortably between my apartment and a few favorite cafes and restaurants.

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Customized Souvenir Tips from Taiwan Scene

Why return from a trip to Taiwan with generic gifts for friends, family and colleagues back home when you can customize your gift to fit the person? Who gets what? Let Taiwan Scene break it down for you!

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Grown in Taiwan: A Conversation with Cha Tzu Tang

A new generation of Taiwanese entrepreneurs are seeking to highlight Taiwan’s place in the natural world. Among those at the forefront of the growing “Grown in Taiwan” movement is a brand called Cha Tzu Tang.

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Seven Taiwan Night Markets Everyone Needs to Visit

Getting slightly less attention were the 36 establishments awarded Bib Gourmand distinction, ten of which are humble stalls from several of Taipei’s famous night markets.

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Five Great Taipei Restaurants for New Year’s Eve Dining

New Year’s Eve is easily the most festive time to be in Taiwan, and if you’ve come all this way for the holiday, you might as well stick as closely as possible to Taipei 101 for the annual fireworks show. We selected five great restaurants chosen for their great food, awesome holiday ambiance and proximity to Taipei 101.

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