Taiwan Eats – Vegetarian Food in Taipei

image3-1Hello from Taipei!

As is the case on a visit to Taiwan, I’ve been eating all the food.

After the first week here I thought I was going to balloon into Augustus Gloop such was the frequency and gluttony of our indulgence, but it turns out that after a month here I’ve learnt the secret to staying trim on a Taiwanese diet… window shopping! As is the case in most of Asia, consumerism is rife and we seem to hop from one department store to the next on a daily basis. My iPhone tells me I’ve been easily clocking up 10,000 steps a day without even trying. Surely that calls for calories…

Here’s what’s been on the menu and in my mouth.

Western Vegetarian Food at Mia Cucina

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Though Taiwan does vegetarian food well, its traditional style is fried, salty and same-y. I was craving fresh and raw and Mia Cucina did not disappoint. We ordered two salads, corn soup, portobello mushrooms, a cheese toastie and a flatbread to share between four of us. The perfect meal on a rainy Taipei day. I suggest you order more and take home the leftovers.

Location: No.48 Dexing West Road, Shilin District, Taipei 111. 111士林區德行西路48號

Coconut Chia Pudding at Cafe by Juicy Diary

 

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Regrettably I had already eaten breakfast when we hit up Cafe by Juicy Diary but that didn’t stop me from ordering this chia pudding with seasonal fruit for elevenses. The owners hail from San Francisco and they bring fresh cold pressed juices and Instagram-worthy healthy eats to the Da’an district. My fellow diners had avocado and egg on toast and a brunch bagel. There are plenty of vegetarian options on the menu here.

Location: No. 2, Lane 14, Siwei Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106. 台北市大安區四維路14巷2號一樓

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I Looked and I Found.

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What a precious day today was.

After feeling utter despondency after yesterday’s election result I decided to look for signs of hope, positivity, strength and kindness. Took G for a walk first thing and passed a nondescript building with a Buddhist sculpture inside. I asked my Mother in Law what it was and she said the local temple had collapsed in an earthquake so this was their temporary location.

A monk saw us looking in and invited us in for tea. What happened next blows my mind…

3 nuns who spoke great English and showed us around. We were then invited back for lunch with the head of the Monastery. The kindest, sweetest soul. She told me that she’d been praying for a foreigner to drop by and practice her English with and was happy the Gods had answered her prayers.

There are no foreigners in this town so though she was educated in America she cannot use her language skills. And there we were. And practice she did. And then we ate a delicious vegetarian feast. And I found hope, positivity, strength and kindness.

It exists all over the world, we just have to believe in it.

This post originally appeared on Instagram. You can find me on Insta here.

Because My Dog Was Once a Refugee, Too.

We made it to Taiwan for the extended holiday. Yesterday I attended my Mother in Law’s English class at the local town hall as the VIP guest (cringe!). The topic of the day was dogs. Naturally, I was in my element.

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3 days in to our trip and I’m already having withdrawal symptoms from my pup – I now know what his separation anxiety feels like.

The withdrawal manifests itself by staring longingly at other fluffy white dogs on the street, my brain tricking me that it might be Sunny, fantasising about taking one of the street dogs home with me, and launching into verbal diarrhea anytime someone asks about my pooch. So that’s what happened yesterday in class.

My darling Mother in Law also launched into a full blown soliloquy at one point about Sunny and explained how we came to adopt him. Cue the best English mistake ever:

“Sunny is from the shelter. Before, he was a refugee.”

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