Taiwan Graduation Trip: Days 5 – 8 (台北)

Okay, back to Taipei! The rest of the trip was spent running around the city looking for the best food and local hot spots for shopping and entertainment. Our first stop was 金锋鲁肉饭 (Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice). It’s the opposite of a fancy place, but the food is hands down gobbling material. Next, we went to 在欉红本铺 (Red On Tree), a unique coffee shop that sells handmade jam, handmade ice cream, and an assortment of desserts and drinks. Their focus is on quality and to promote Taiwan’s abundant variety of fruits. Most sorbets and ice creams are too strong and sweet for me, but the watermelon ice cream I ordered was purely refreshing and natural to the core. Later in the day, we went to Ximending, a shopping and hangout district popular among young people. We were mainly looking for the One Piece store hehe. Added another ice-pop to my conquests and also discovered the best ramen I’ve ever had after randomly picking a place to eat out of indecisiveness. Continue reading “Taiwan Graduation Trip: Days 5 – 8 (台北)”

Taiwan Graduation Trip: Days 1 – 4 (台北 / 台中 / 日月潭)

I graduated from college last month! With a computer science degree in hand and a job lined up, I moved out of dorms for the very last time. My s/o and I graduated together but he will be working in a different state for a while. We decided back in January to travel together before we said hello to LDR, so we chose Taiwan, which I absolutely loved when I visited with my family last year. We figured it would be a suitable beginner’s destination for us since we know the language and it’s very convenient to get around.

The first day was spent in Taipei. We ate breakfast at 阜杭豆浆, the best soymilk and youtiao place around (waited in line for twenty minutes). For lunch, my boyfriend’s granduncle treated us to 养心茶楼 (Yang Shin Tea House), a unique vegetarian restaurant that supposedly needs to be reserved two weeks in advance. Every single dish was vegetarian, but some resembled meat in texture and everything tasted amazing and surprisingly flavorful. I definitely recommend this place to anyone, regardless of food preference. In the evening, my boyfriend and I took the metro to Beitou, an area full of hot spring resorts. We picked 春天酒店 (Spring City Resort) for their co-ed outdoor hot springs. Very roomy, calming atmosphere, and reclining beach chairs and a beautiful lookout for when you want a break from the water. Under the darkening sky and steamy air, it felt as though nothing in the world could disrupt the peacefulness of the moment. Continue reading “Taiwan Graduation Trip: Days 1 – 4 (台北 / 台中 / 日月潭)”