[Updated] Review: SoShow Bar & Restaurant: A Hidden Gem

[Updated July 2017] Taipei has recently seen an explosion of bars coming on to the scene here. From beer gardens to craft beer houses, from speakeasies to glamorous lounges, from wine bars to whiskey bars. I am certainly not complaining, and my favorites among these many choices are: Alchemy (not that new, but nonetheless a…

Journey to Kinmen Island 金門: A Must in Taiwan

This past week I took a 3 day 2 night trip to one of Taiwan’s major outer islands, Kinmen Island. It was my first time to Taiwan’s outer islands. Kinmen is simply incredible, and has become my favorite domestic destination in Taiwan. Filled with history, tradition and true old-school Taiwanese‬ flavor and friendliness, yet fully in…

Top 5 Burger Joints in Taipei, 台北前5名漢堡店

Everyone loves burgers, even here in Taiwan a few thousand KM across the Pacific Ocean from the birthplace of the great American classic. Some like it just once in a while, some view it as a religion. I love me a good juicy cheeseburger any day. But I also take things relatively, especially when it…

Review: Paris 1930 Winter Black Truffle Tasting at the Ritz Landis Taipei

Last week we had dinner at the Paris 1930 Restaurant in the Ritz Landis Hotel, Taipei. They currently have their limited time Winter Black Truffle Tasting menu. The 11 course menu came down to around NTD$4200 (USD$125) per person without wine, which is more expensive than their usual offering and definitely expensive in Taipei but…

Review: The Tokyo Station Hotel, Tokyo Eats & Sites

My apologies, this is a bit of a belated guest post/review from my sister who stayed at the Tokyo Station Hotel in Tokyo, Japan in December 2015. December 9, 2015   The Tokyo Station Hotel just celebrated their 100th birthday on November 2, 2015.  At a century old, the hotel is full of life and grandeur….

The Marriott Taipei and Garden Kitchen Restaurant

The Marriott Taipei [Scroll down if you just want to read about the food!] Taipei’s newest hotel had its soft-opening in July this year and will officially open sometime this month (at least from the last I heard). The Marriott Hotel Taipei is located in Dazhi, right by the Miramar shopping center and across the…

Review: Amanpulo, Philippines

Hi All, The following is a guest post by my sister, she and her husband recently visited and stayed at the Amanpulo in Palawan, Philippines. Amanpulo is their second Aman resort experience, after Amankora in Bhutan. The #1 hotel chain on my list of places to stay and check out is any of the Aman…