Review: Sinasera 24, Changbin, Taitung, Taiwan

Intro As mentioned in my previous post on AKAME in Pingtung, Taiwan, on this trip back home I have traveled outside of Taipei to dine at a few restaurants. Another one is a full destination restaurant: Sinasera 24. What I mean by that is that you go there for the meal but you also stay…

Review: AKAME, Contemporary Indigenous Taiwanese; Best in Taiwan?

Intro Ever since I returned to Taiwan in March of this year to take refuge, I have been eating nearly nonstop. From new and old favorite street stalls and hole in the walls. To attempting to eat at most of the new haute/ tasting/ creative type restaurants that have popped up in the last 4-5…

Taiwanese Carrier Face-off: Eva Air (BR) v. China Airlines (CI)

Taiwan has two major international full-service carriers: China Airlines and EVA Air (E-V-A Airways). China Airlines is the oldest and was partly started by Madame Chiang Kai Shek, Eva Air is privately owned and only just 20 years old but has since put itself on the map as a top international carrier, it was also…

NY Times: Restaurants That Harness the Bounty of Taiwan

The New York times recently published this great article highlighting some of Taiwan’s excellent farm-to-table haute-cuisine restaurants that have really elevated Taipei’s dining experience as well as diversified its options. “Taiwan offers possibilities for farm-to-table dining that don’t exist in Singapore and Hong Kong.” What an incredibly true statement. There are five restaurants the article…

American BBQ in Taipei: Baba Kevin’s V. Mighty Quinn’s

I lived in St. Louis for 4 years and travelled across the American Midwest/ South and sampled the best BBQ I’ve ever had across famous BBQ cities such as Memphis, Kansas City, Houston/ San Antonio, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville, and St. Louis. So naturally when I returned to Taiwan one of the few American dishes that I…

Review: Hanko 60 Bar Taipei, Creative Local Craft Cocktails

A few weeks ago I reviewed a great hidden gem of a bar called SoShow Bar & Restaurant. Where I mentioned how I’ve been looking for those bars that bring local Taiwanese or Taipei elements, be it ingredients, tastes, texture, or ambiance, to craft cocktails at an international standard bar. SoShow fit that bill perfectly…

[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…