Cari de madame 咖哩娘 (tpe)

Full House. (fb/
Full House. (fb/

I don’t remember how I got wind of Cari de madame 咖哩娘, but after reading up about it and checking pictures on their fb page, I made sure to go feast there on whenever my next trip to Taipei was to be. Until that journey occurred, I found myself craving curry now and then, my mind kept flashing back to pictures of their trays of spices, and I’d end up sighting, knowing it wouldn’t be another couple of weeks before I’d head up to the capital again. But after all, as the saying goes, hunger is the best spice… although, in this case, there was maybe a spice that was one too many, and it wasn’t hunger. Continue reading

Chilling at Café Douceur 甜在心咖啡館 (tnn)

Café Douceur
Kids’ friendly storefront with swing seats (parental supervision recommended) and a small wooden house.

Ever since TRA started allowing the iPass 一卡通 on its southern railway network, drifting over to Tainan has gotten that much easier. No longer need to queue up to purchase a train ticket, just swipe the iPass, jump onboard, and thirty minutes or an hour later depending on the trains, welcome to Tainan!

Well before roasting coffee beans in-store was “the thing”, Café Douceur was already at it. The owners were and still are committed to coffee. Tucked in a small alley on the front side of the Tainan main train station, the coffee shop appeared the same as I remembered it to be, but then looking at older pictures, I realized that I was experiencing a memory failure. The furniture had actually gone through a makeover with study tables and four-legged chairs giving way to coffee tables and sofas, creating a cozy atmosphere for chatting instead of studying. On an elevated platform on the back, they had also created a Zen corner with a small coffee table re-purposed into a chabudai,  and since that was the last empty spot, I felt lucky to be seated there, or so I thought. Continue reading

Taiwanvore Digest #12 – August 2014

For decades, the Duralex brand has been the unofficial official tumbler provider at school dining halls in France (and in Britain too?!?). Recently, I’ve noticed them more and more in Taiwan, whether it be at quaint restaurants or hip cafés.It’s a little strange but always a pleasant little suprise.
Who knew such a mundane childhood detail would emerge after all those years and on this little island. Cheers to that! With a Duralex tumbler of course ;).

After a rocky beginning of the month marked by the mourning of victims from Penghu plane crash and gas explosion in Kaohsiung, August has been a relatively quiet. Hence, this digest is kept short, and unconsciously (or not), focused on Kaohsiung’s happenings.

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Yasaimura 野菜村 – Organic Vegetarian/Vegan AYCE (khh)

Time to eat some vegetables :).
Time to eat some vegetables :).

In my years of existence on this planet, I’ve had quite my fill of eating at All-You-Can-Eat (AYCE) restaurants, and then, I learned to appreciate more quality for less quantity. Although that’s not to say all AYCE serve mediocre food, some places manage to offer both, the quality and quantity, you just need to shell out the bills for it.

From what I’ve come across in Kaohsiung, AYCE barbecues, hot-pot or at high-end hotels range from 500NT to 900NT. Based on that, can you guess then how much an organic vegetarian AYCE would cost? Continue reading

No Name Lard Sauce Noodles Food Stand 無店名古早味麵攤 – 雄好呷 #029 (khh)

A stand I would surely have never stopped were it not for my foodie guidebook 雄好呷. No bragging signs, not even a name for this street stand who's been around longer than myself.
A stand I would surely have never stopped were it not for my foodie guidebook 雄好呷. No bragging signs, not even a name for this street stall who’s been in existence for longer than my humble self.

The weather had plunged back into a bipolar state, raining at will, pausing with spots of blue skies, only to relapse even harder. I had spent the previous day hibernating, improvising in my kitchen, surprising myself with a walnut and sweet basil pesto. At last, I found a purpose for this huge bag of walnut gifted on to me a few months ago.

24+ hours in confinement and a gloomy weather was starting to make me go cuckoo, besides, for some days already, I had been building an appetite for some noodles 意麵 at a shop featured in my 雄好呷 book. Hours passed, and as optimist as I was about the rain stopping, it kept pouring. I was no longer inspired to cook at home, ignoring gargles from my stomach, but in the end, the call of hunger prevailed. I seized the first opportune break of rain to get on my bike and pedaled to the noodle shop as fast as I could. Continue reading