A Day in Historic Ximen

Ximen is one of those neighborhoods that almost every visitor to Taipei ventures into. The casual visitor’s first impression after ascending from the MRT is a sea of bright lights cascading into a large pedestrian shopping area packed with thousands of people out for an evening stroll, on their way to see a film, go shopping or have dinner.

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Lantern Festivals, Rice Dumplings, and Other Taiwanese Traditions

Yuanxiao Jie, or Lantern Festival, commemorates the end of the Lunar New Year Holidays. The festival falls on the fifteenth day of the first month of the new year according to the lunar calendar, on the night of the full moon. On the night of Yuanxiao Jie, parades and festivals are held around Taiwan, and…

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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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Celebrating Michelin Gastromonth in Taipei

Gastromonth offered Taipei foodies the chance to eat their way through 20 Michelin Starred and Plated restaurants, some of whom had created a special menu just for the occasion. I ate my way through five of these.  Here’s what I found.

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Eight Great Taipei Hole-in-the-wall eateries

The late Anthony Bourdain was a huge fan of tiny, hard to find eateries located in hard to find places, and so are we. #Taiwan Scene visited eight completely unpretentious hole-in-the-wall restaurants totally worth exploring.

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Getting a Handle on the Taiwanese “Hamburger” (Guabao)

Guabao is an Taiwanese underappreciated snack. What English-speakers often call “the Taiwanese hamburger” is available in every town and city, but certainly not on every street, nor even in many night markets.

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Coffee in Taiwan – How an Island of Tea-drinkers came to love the bean!

Coffee in Taipei :
The Capital’s best coffee shops (according to our social media followers)We asked some of our Twitter and Facebook followers to chime in.

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