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).
In case you don't know what to eat or do in Taipei, here are too many suggestions.
Pork bun sandwiches, butter-filled pineapple buns, fried chicken nubs, customized noodle bowls, overloaded dessert crepes, and more. This night market was basically my backyard for 10 months. And thus I know what heaven is.
OMG OMG OMG!@#!^@%#! THERE'S A VILLAGE FULL OF CATS!!!!
The Greater Taipei Area has over 100 kilometers of riverside park paths reserved for bicyclists and pedestrians. Take advantage of them. And then use the exercise as an excuse to stuff your face later.
When you want a cosy place to hang out, study, use wifi, grab a bite, caffeinate, or pet a cat, Taipei's wealth of cafes are here for you.
Banana bread magic is brought to you by 2 cups of sugar and 14 tablespoons of butter.