Gotta love how Taiwan knows how to repurpose some of its older factories into modern and pleasant venues dedicated to art and culture. In Hualien , the wine factory has given way to the Hualien Cultural Creative Industries Park 花蓮縣文化創意產園區, or more shortly known as a-zone. Just think of the Huashan 1914 Creative Park 華山1914文化創意產業園區 in Taipei, or the Pier-2 Art Center 駁二藝術特區 in Kaohsiung, and you’ll get an idea of what to expect. Continue reading Precious Hut Curry Bread 源寶屋咖哩麵包 (hln)
What do those two pictures have in common? Hard to guess, but they both illustrate an act of generosity, from random benefactors to strangers in need.
You may actually be already familiar with the left picture which has been going around on social networks. I actually kept ignoring it at the beginning, then, shortly after, the right picture kept popping up as well. So I ended up finally taking the time to read the story and understand what all the fuss was about. That’s how I learned about suspended coffee or more correctly, caffè sospeso, and discovered its Taiwanese localized version, suspended noodles 待用麵.
The lady-boss from the noodle shop where the right picture was taken actually also stumbled on he old man’s picture on facebook, and touched by the story, she decided to implement the idea through her humble business. For those too shy to ask for a suspended bowl of noodles, she goes as as delivering to them. With the outpour of generosity, and a surplus of suspended noodles, the shop also works with local community leaders to pass the word around among those in need.
The noodle stall has received quite a lot of media coverage since starting the suspended meal offer, and the idea has since caught on around the island. Another of those touching suspended meal story, comes a single mother in Hualien, offering suspended breakfasts.
I originally was not planning to write an article about this, but it never hurts to share some kindness. I also discovered that quite a big number of food joints in Taiwan participate in the suspended meal action, so I hope to draw some attention to them, and share their existence with you, my dear readers :). To locate such places, here are some links:
- 行善麵店 Suspended Noodles, in New Taipei, Banciao district: fb page, news article
- 柳橙樹早午餐 Suspended Breakfasts, in Hualien: fb page
- Map of places where you can offer suspended meal 待用餐: http://lovemap.tba.tw, and its fb page fb/Suspended.Love (still active)
- fb/Fb臺灣愛心待用餐推廣 (still active)
- fb/待用餐點,台灣 Suspended Meal, Taiwan (inactive, but has a list of participating vendors)
- http://suspendedfoods.pixnet.net (inactive)
News articles in English about suspended meals:
- Small businesses around Taiwan eagerly embrace popular charitable practice (Formosa News, 2013)
- Taiwan charity map draws from ‘suspended meals’ (Taiwan Today, 2013)
- Radio hosts reflect on past year of philanthropy work (Taipei Times, 2014)
If you understand Chinese, here’s a mini-documentary featuring the shops mentioned above.
Today, I want to introduce a new section on the blog dedicated to listing Organic and Farmers’ Markets in Taiwan. More and more farmers’ markets are popping around the island, so I frankly don’t know if I’ll manage to list every single one, but I will try!
I’ve actually been wanting to do this for a while, and then, a few days ago, I read an article in the Taipei Times about potential future dangerous farm products imports from China, which could harm farmers and Taiwanese agriculture. If that is the case, then, the article failed to mention another victim, the consumer, who would pay with his health. With all that in mind, and noticing the lack of information about farmers’ markets in Taiwan, I decided to get the ball rolling by creating the Farmers’ Market page. Enjoy and feel free to pass it along!
Une page indiquant les marchés de petits producteurs (ou marchés bios) à Taïwan vient d’être créée, je vous invite à la découvrir en commençant par Farmers’ Market.