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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Bubble Milk Tea and Beyond in Taiwan (part two)

Our epic quest to sample the best and most unique teas and blended beverages in Taipei continues in part two of Bubble Milk Tea and Beyond in Taiwan.

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A Tale of Three Tea Shops

Taiwan is about tea, and to say that Taipei is filled with tea shops would be an understatement indeed. From Xindian to Tamsui, Nangang to Tucheng, every avenue and neighborhood in Taipei offer a plethora of shops selling tea.

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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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Let’s Eat, the Taiwan ‘Way’

In Mandarin, “flavor” is pronounced “way,” so we’ve decided to call authentic Taiwanese flavors the “Taiwan Way.” Up to now, it has defied definition but efforts are afoot to give it a clear identity and have it resonate around the world.

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5 ways to experience Tainan, Taiwan’s Ancient Capital

Tainan is an Taiwan’s oldest city, and (some say) Taiwan’s most “Chinese” city.  Without getting too political, we think it’s safe to say that visitors looking for either a true taste of Taiwanese Culture or something approaching the classic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon vibe of ancient China (the two intersect many places) will find what…

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