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The 228 Memorial Park

Good Afternoon Yonghe~! What a gorgeous day!

Good Afternoon Yonghe~! What a gorgeous day!

Yet another late start to the day…drat those mosquitoes! I’m being eaten alive every night! Anyhow…I made my way to the 228 Memorial Park since I’ve never actually been in it, just been driven around it by car and bus. It was quite beautiful, what with the sun shining and people strolling about.

Pavilions in the park.

Pavilions in the park.

I thought the 228 Monument itself was rather…strangely shaped.  As I couldn’t find a plaque to explain the building’s symbolism (maybe there isn’t any particular meaning?), I was left to my own devices about how to interpret it. Unfortunately, all I could think of was the computer game “Myst” and how the monument looked like it would fit in with the game’s architecture.

The 228 Monument

The 228 Monument

You walk down the causeway...

You walk down the causeway...

...you come to a well-like structure with hand print indentations on it...

...you come to a well-like structure with hand print indentations on it...

...you peer over the side...into the unending abyss!!!

...you peer over the side...into the unending abyss!!!

Haha! Cheesy, I know! But I really wonder about the development of the monument. In the same chain of unfortunate events, I also made this trip on the wrong day. Both the 228 Museum and the National Taiwan Museum were closed today. Apparently they don’t operate on Mondays…who knew?

As a consolation prize, I went to MOS Burger for my afternoon snack:

The lord of all burgers!!! (ok...rice patty burgers...)

The king of all burgers!!! (ok...rice patty burgers...)

Tomorrow, I think, I’ll try their Kinpira Rice Burger, which has bacon and sliced burdock on it…yum!

And the fooding continues…

Another day spent at the NTU library. I made time for some frozen yogurt today at Yogurt Art, opposite the NTU campus on Roosevelt St.

All neo-frozen yogurt stores have the same kind of solid color, white, open space design.

All neo-frozen yogurt stores have the same kind of solid color, white, open space design.

Display-wise, Yogurt Art has a very similar look compared to Pinkberry and Red Mango. According to store literature, the frozen yogurt is imported from the U.S. and everything is 100% natural, with no additives. Walking into the store, the first thing I noticed was the fact that the yogurt is self-serve and the final product weighed before being priced…not unlike a salad bar! Obviously, this is great for people with diet restrictions…but for people like me who have little self-control…well…this could prove problematic.

A whole line of flavors to choose from! Self-serve of course ;)

A whole line of flavors to choose from! Self-serve of course ;)

There were 8 flavors to choose from: Cappuccino, Georgia Peach, Country Vanilla, Cable Car Chocolate, Plain Tart, Pomegranate, Lychee and Berry Tart. Apparently there are 40 flavors to choose from and the store chooses 8 each day1. After you pick your yogurt, you can put an assortment of toppings on it.

Four flavors from the upper left working clockwise: pomegranate, original, Georgia peach, and lychee. Three toppings are brown sugar mochi, kiwi and strawberry.

My four flavors--from the upper left working clockwise: pomegranate, original, Georgia peach, and lychee. Three toppings are brown sugar mochi, kiwi and strawberry.

My serving came out to be 96 TWD (45 TWD per 100 grams) and that was working under a lot of restraint! (I’m quite proud of that!) Overall, I’d say my favorite was a toss-up between pomegranate and lychee. Usually, my tastes run towards the original yogurt flavor, but Yogurt Art’s original isn’t as tart as I would have liked. It was almost even a little bland.

But anyhow, not bad! I’d definitely go back!

For the Foodie:

yogurt art @ No. 96-5, XinSheng South Road Section 3, Taipei, Taiwan

Just how much yogurt can you eat??

Just how much yogurt can you eat??

  1. http://www.taiwanfun.com/north/taipei/tea_coffee/0906/0906YogurtArt.htm []

Xiaoyao in Taipei! (That means carefree!)

Less than two weeks of winter break left to go and I’ve been having quite a blast in Taipei. The last couple of days I’ve spent at the National Taiwan University Library doing research for my thesis. The NTU campus is located next to Gongguan, a trendy shopping area between Zhongzheng District and Daan District, which means good shopping and good eating!

Today I walked by a food vendor and just had to stop and eat!

Obviously, in my next life, I'll be selling blood pudding in from a streetside stand.

Obviously, in my next life, I'll be selling blood pudding from a streetside stand.

Lookit! It's shaped like Taiwan!

Lookit! It's shaped like Taiwan!

I call it Blood Pudding, but it’s a kind of Chinese gao-type food that’s made of glutinous rice and pig blood. It’s steamed into a solid and then dipped into peanut crumbs, cilantro and chili flakes/sauce. So tasty!

For the Foodie:

xiao li’s blood pudding (小李猪血糕) @ Roosevelt Road Section 4, Lane 136

I ate away Taipei County and most of the west coast...Who knew they tasted like cilantro and peanuts!

I ate away Taipei County and most of the west coast...Who knew they tasted like cilantro and peanuts!

Additional back-posts made: 02.03.2010

Airplane ticket…getto!

I’m set for the first leg of my winter break trip where I’ll be flying from Nanjing to Shenzhen so that I can get to Hong Kong in more economical price (Ah, the joys of being an impoverished graduate student!) . I’ve still got three more essays to write before I’m officially on winter break, but I think I feel pretty confident about them all. It’s nice to know that I’ve done my research and all that’s left is the writing. Of course, I’m probably underestimating the task I have in front of me…I think the total number of words I need to get out is something around 6,250? Oh boy!

Well, let’s not try to think too much about it, shall we?  Instead, turn your attention to the tasty cream puff I had for desert after lunch:

For me, a little bit of NYC in Nanjing...

For me, a little bit of NYC in Nanjing...

I absolutely love beard papa’s cream puffs! Though they’re an imported chain from Japan, I was introduced to them in NYC…they are absolutely divine! I miss the pumpkin spice one that beard papa’s had in NYC, but over here in China they’ve got flavors ranging from chestnut to blueberry to milk tea.

Chestnut creamy-ness!

Chestnut creamy-ness!

Airplane ticket from Nanjing to Shenzhen: 650 RMB (550 RMB + 100RMB service charge)
Chestnut beard papa’s fresh’n natural cream puff: 10 RMB

For the Foodie:

beard papa’s fresh’n natural cream puffs @ Xinjiekou underground, exit 14
beard papa’s in NYC @ 2167 Broadway, Upper West Side, NYC (The one I used to go to was downtown near the Astor Place 6 station…but it’s since closed…this new location seems to be quite out of the way. I think they used to cost $1.50 to $2.00 depending on the filling.)

beard papa's cream puff!

Day 72 – SNOW

So while in the throes of studying for my in-class mid-term paper/exam for Contemporary International Studies last night, it started snowing! It’s still snowing and here’s how it looked this morning:

Just what is that white stuff???

Just what is that white stuff???

Kind of dreary and kind of too wet for snow-balling and snow-men…and not at all the same kind of snow poor North China got earlier in the week. It definitely puts me in the mood for wontons!

Dinner from a few nights ago...awesome awesome wonton soup!

Dinner from a few nights ago...awesome awesome wonton soup!

Look at that wonton goodness!

Look at that wonton goodness!

Yes, I think tomorrow calls for wontons!

Day 23 – Almost to our 8 day break!

It feels as though everyone is just trying to get to Thursday when we start our 8 day National Day break. (I am sooo looking forward to getting a week off to do…READING. LOTS AND LOTS OF READING.) Since I’m not doing anything too interesting, here’s a couple of shots from Alice’s Tea Cup in New York City.

This is the KING of ALL CAKES. "Jean's 'not-yet-but-soon-to-be-famous' Mocha Chocolate Chip Cake"...honey, this is TOTALLY FAMOUS in my book!

This is the KING of ALL CAKES. "Jean's 'not-yet-but-soon-to-be-famous' Mocha Chocolate Chip Cake"...honey, this is TOTALLY FAMOUS in my book!

Earl Grey in sepia...

Earl Grey in sepia...

That cake is the most amazing cake I’ve had in a restaurant in forever!!!!  You can get really lovely afternoon tea sets complete with several tiers of sandwiches, pots of tea, scones…and that mocha chocolate chip cake!!!!

For the Foodie:

Alice’s Tea Cup: Chapter 1 @ 101 West 73rd Street, NYC (With two more chapters elsewhere in the City)

Day 13 – Backpost

No class yesterday, and so I spent the day attempting to get reading done. My roommate and I did, however, go out for lunch at the little dumpling store we found earlier in the week.

Steamed tofu from the dumpling store.

Steamed tofu from the dumpling store.

And since it’s her birthday (and another classmates birthday), we also went out for dinner!

G. City Shopping Center Store, No. 1 Zhujiang Road

G.City Shopping Center Store, No. 1 Zhujiang Road

Steamed egg with meat on the bottom.

Steamed egg with meat on the bottom.

Two types of specialty rolls.

Two types of specialty rolls.

shrimp shrimp shrimp shrimp fish fish!

shrimp shrimp shrimp shrimp fish fish!

Unagi sushi!

Unagi sushi!

Birthday cake! Birthday cake!

Birthday cake! Birthday cake!

Right, I must remind myself that I’m actually here to study and not to eat!!!

For the Foodie:

Hehe(something-or-other)  @ G.City Shopping Center Store, No. 1 Zhujiang Road, Nanjing, China (I’ll check up on the name another time!)

Day 7 – Xinjiekou

I spent the day walking about Xinjiekou, with the primary directive of obtaining a cell-phone. My companions and I stopped by a small restaurant for lunch, where we were sat in a small shack-like extension of the main building with a regular chain smoker.1 The food was excellent!

Sesame oil fenpi with lots of cilantro!

Sesame oil fenpi with lots of cilantro.

I'm not sure how I feel about serving tea in flimsy plastic cups...but I used my own chopsticks!

I'm not sure how I feel about serving tea in flimsy plastic cups...but I used my own chopsticks!

The proper way to make sauteed eggplant: Lots of oil and lots of heat!

The proper way to make sauteed eggplant: Lots of oil and lots of heat!

We celebrated a classmate’s 22nd birthday at dinner. I feel so old here! (Which is quite the change!) I’m usually one of the youngest in the class, but here, many of my classmates are coming straight out of college. They all have very interesting backgrounds!

Ugen-Amakusa Hotpot Restaurant

Ugen-Amakusa Hotpot Restaurant

All that yummy food to choose from!

All that yummy food to choose from!

The peppercorns were amazing! There was also puffed rice cakes in it!

The peppercorns were amazing! There was also puffed rice cakes in it!

Fabulous food--what more can one want?

Fabulous food--what more can one want?

For the Foodie:

Unzen-Amakusa Hotpot Restaurant @ (81?) Hankou Road, Nanjing, China

  1. My throat has been thoroughly ravaged by the smoke. []

Day 4 – Dinner out on the town

After a long day of meetings, I went out with some of my classmates for dinner.  What started off as a brisk walk around the block turned into several streets of wandering.  We ended up on Hunan Lu at a restaurant that appeared to specialize in North-eastern Chinese cuisine.

Northeast Chinese cuisine.

Northeast Chinese cuisine.

Corn mantou with duck and mushroom.

Corn mantou with duck and mushroom.

I love barley tea!

I love barley tea!

Arch on Hunan Road

Arch on Hunan Road

For the Foodie:

Bei Ren Jia @ Hunan Road thru Lion’s Arch, Nanjing China

Tulips, papaya, ramen, ice-cream and friends, Pt. 2

The best part about Saturday’s excursion–friends and ramen! Poor A1 had already eaten soba during the day, but kindly put up with my exuberance for Japanese soup noodles, despite the warm weather.

Salmon Parrot Tulip

After meeting at the Cube in the middle of Astor Place, we walked a short distance to Ippudo NY, just off St. Mark’s Place, where I got myself an incredibly tasty bowl of Akamaru Shin–ramen in thick broth with red miso and slices of Berkshire pork among other vegetables.  I know I was hungry, but it was so good!  Kokuto on the Rocks!Rich soup and QQ ramen noodles…some of the best comfort food in the world!  (And as a side note, we were impatient for a strong cuppa and so, ordered a round of sweet dessert wine to start us off…sweet and full-bodied. I’m surprised my teeth didn’t start hurting with all the sugar in it.)  Dinner ambiance-wise, Ippudo is chic and modern.  Classic ramen-ya practices–loud announcements of guest arrival, food being served, guest departure, thank-you-please-come-again–gives it a whimsical touch, as if it hasn’t forgotten its roots with all its updated decor.  Of course, with all the history behind this particular chain of ramen-ya, forgetting is not likely at all.

Afterwards, J treated us to ice-cream, which we took to this little charming church-like courtyard, which was kind of creepy looking with all the stone slabs set into the ground.2  We borrowed bandwidth from the local unsecured wifi, then walked to Toy Tokyo, home to all sorts of blind box, anime, vinyl & designer Japanese toys.  I think I’ll be going back there again…

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Right. So I realize that I haven’t written much about grad school…there hasn’t been much to report besides the massive cleaning and throwing-out-things I’ve been doing. A and I did briefly discuss the existence of proxy servers so that I could update lj from China–which reminds me that I need to get the Nanjing 365 feed added to lj.

I wish there was a Papaya King closer to my apartment.

Papaya King

For the Foodie:

Ippudo NY @ 65 4th Avenue, NYC

  1. Friends shall henceforth be known as “A” and “J” for anonymity. []
  2. But it wasn’t a cemetery.  The slabs had words on it that read something like “George Washington Vault…” []