Got questions about what it's like learning Mandarin at the Mandarin Training Institute in Taipei? I've got answers, maybe! Here's a bunch of info I cobbled together from my nine months at the MTC.
Here's more info about my time at the MTC, focusing on the school's teaching and testing methods.
Cup & Saucer, an old-school diner that has been a fixture of Chinatown and the Lower East Side for decades, will be closing next Monday, July 17. I can't visit it before it closes, so I'll just wail about it on the internet (with the aid of excessive photos).
Behold, the redesign that no one asked for!
When I'm alone in my kitchen, I listen to an endless stream of podcasts in order to drown out the sound of my culinary ineptitude. Here are some of my favorites, covering topics such as sound design, US history, the economics of buying oil, what Richard Simmons may or may not be doing, and more.
Every year, a gajillion people head to this festival in New Taipei City to witness arresting displays of flame-powered lanterns being released en masse into the night sky. Here's how to get in on the lantern-loving mob and what to expect once you're there.
I have an irrationally strong affinity for the pineapple cakes from this unassuming bakery near National Taiwan Normal University. Here's why.
I ate about one soft serve a week. This is definitely a reasonable amount of soft serve to eat in Taiwan. Yes.
You nominated me for a Saveur Blog Award and they took you seriously. AAAHHHHHHHHHHHH
If you don't know anything about Taiwanese food, the deck is a nice intro to some of Taiwan's most popular foods with the added bonus of being a deck of cards (or it's a deck of cards that happens to be covered in photos of food—either way, it's awesome).