Taïwanvore Digest #2

Well, it looks like it’s time for another digest, a short one but still with some cool information. Enjoy!

In the Blogverse
Through the wonders of the WordPress blogs discovery vortex, I recently discovered Taipei Cats Café, which as its names describes is dedicated to bring readers the latest on the cats coffeehouse scene in Taipei. Apparently, the first cat café concept was really born in Taipei. For those wanting a little furry company, this sounds like the kind of place to be.
My other pick come from Recipes of City Life, where mimi muses about food and life, both in English and Chinese. I find myself particularly drawn to her food-related illustrations, bringing a nice Taiwanese touch.

A Blacksmith in Kinmen
How surprised I was to learn that Kinmen, one of Taiwan’s military outpost, was home to a blacksmith, Maestro Wu. Recycling remnant artillery shells from past military conflicts, Maestro Wu turn them into quality knives. On the company’s website (only Chinese), we can have a glance of the process, from bombshell-to-knife, and peruse through the knives catalogue. Prices are reasonably ranged from 40-200 USD. Pockets knives are available, as well as “outdoor” knives which appear to actually be for hunting purpose. However, if you’re really serious about getting a real hunting knife, you may be interested in earning it after passing through the Rukai tribe’s rituals and ceremonies.

Kitchen Tip
Since I am on the topic of knives, here’s a cheap and handy tip to sharpen your knives: first, wet your knife, take a plate which you’re not emotionally attached to, using the bottom of the plate, sharpen your knife against the rim, wet you knife as needed again along the process. Now, I would not recommend using this method with your most cherished knife, since I imagine it may cause minor damages to the blade. I caught this tip while walking on the streets, while a cook was prepping for dinner service, the beauty of open kitchen in Asia.

Another Ode to Bubble Tea
The Transition band is at it again, and has come up with a song in honour of bubble tea, called  Lost Cowboy/迷路的牛仔. A totally different vibe compared to the bubbly Bobalife, but still in style, British style that is. Check them out!


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