Freeze by Pressed Juicery

This is my favorite discovery from our NYC trip last year.  Yes, last year pa, and I’ve never posted about it!

FREEZE by Pressed Juicery is an all-natural soft serve made with fruits, vegetables, and nuts (depending on the flavor).  All flavors are dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free.  I only got to try the vanilla and chocolate, as they were having trouble with the green soft serve both times we dropped by.

  • Vanilla Almond Freeze is made with almonds, dates, vanilla bean, and sea salt
  • Chocolate Almond Freeze is made with cacao, almonds, dates, vanilla bean and sea salt

I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved this soft serve.  They’re ice cold and creamy and totally luxurious, and you get to choose your own toppings such as berries, nuts, or cacao drizzle.  Both flavors we tried were so damn good, we were back for more the very next day.  I had to ask them what kind of liquid they used to blend the freeze, as there has to be some liquid in it to achieve this consistency.  The woman at the counter seemed a bit taken aback at the question and said, “Uh… water, I guess?”

In any case, Pressed Juicery’s Freeze is THE dessert of my dreams, and I can’t wait to go back to the U.S. just so I can have more .

Addiction Aquatic Development

I’m a sucker for old places that have been converted into something new and exciting (think PMQ in Hong Kong or The Never Ending Summer in Bangkok), and this is just one of the reasons I loved Addiction Aquatic in Taipei.  Continue reading “Addiction Aquatic Development”

Eslite Spectrum

ESLITE stores can be found all over Taipei, but Eslite Spectrum feels special because of its unique location on the grounds of Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, which was converted from an abandoned tobacco factory.  My friends and I walked all the way from Taipei 101, crossing the park to get to Eslite, and the walk itself was enjoyable.  We passed Ecology Pond, which is an oasis right in the middle of the city.

The Eslite building includes a large bookstore, a department store filled with young artisans and creative brands, vinyl, DIY workshops, traditional Taiwanese tea shops, and lots more eye candy.  Everything is gorgeous as well as expensive!  We had dinner at a Thai restaurant called Kiki Thai Cafe (inside Eslite) and we enjoyed everything we ordered (except the stinky tofu which served only as dinnertime entertainment).  *Sorry to have zero photos to share, but please google “Eslite Spectrum Songshan Cultural and Creative Park to see more of what it looks like!

After eating, we walked around and just enjoyed the open grounds by some abandoned and rather creepy warehouses, pretending we were in a horror movie.  Elite Spectrum is so beautiful and one of my favorite new places in Taipei!

Mala Hotpot

My friends and I were in Taipei a few months ago, with no other agenda except to shop and eat.  We headed straight for Mala Hotpot right after checking in to our hotel.

If you’ve never been to a hotpot restaurant in Taiwan, you will be astonished by the wide selection of soups, meats, seafood, noodles, fresh and handball meat, fish, and veggie balls, fresh vegetables, sides, sauces, and condiments.  It’s hotpot heaven!  Dessert is usually included, and at Mala, we got to choose from four chest freezers filled with Haagen Dazs and Movenpick ice cream.

Tip: ask your hotel concierge to call the restaurant for reservations, so you won’t have to wait as long as we did (2 hours!!).

MALA HOTPOT XIMENDING, #62, 2/F Xining Road, Ximen, Taipei, Taiwan, Phone: +886-2-2314-6528

Taipei Itinerary: 4D3N with Friends

If you plan in advance, it doesn’t happen, but when you viber each other late at night that PAL tickets from Manila to Taipei are on sale at US$75, you all end up booking a trip on the spot!  At least that’s what happened with me and my high school friends Grach, Pauline, Jane, Isang, and Charlene.   Continue reading “Taipei Itinerary: 4D3N with Friends”


There are a gazillion posts burning a hole in my Drafts folder and I promised myself I’d start publishing them one by one.  I wanted to start with Vien, my cousin Mark’s restaurant in NYC.  Named after Mark’s mom, my beloved Aunty Vivian, Vien serves fast, healthy, Asian fare.

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Vien lets you build your own bowl (or takeout box) by choosing your base (rice, noodles, quinoa, or salad) and your main (grilled beef, pulled pork, lemongrass chicken, turmeric tofu, or roasted vegetables) + your garnishes, sauces, and sides.  It’s basically the kind of food I would love to have for lunch everyday, if I lived in New York!  So good!

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Learn more about Vien here, or visit them at 220 Varick Street.


Bangkok: A Guide for Vegetarians

Lorina Tan is a 20-something food-lover  who was based in Thailand for 2 years.  I met her through the blog when she sent me samples Continue reading “Bangkok: A Guide for Vegetarians”

Hanoi Eats: Gourmet Corner

My cousin Queen read up on a lot of Hanoi restaurants on Tripadvisor prior to our trip.  Gourmet Corner was ranked as the city’s 6th best restaurant, and we decided to have lunch Continue reading “Hanoi Eats: Gourmet Corner”

Cong Caphe

Cong Caphe was one of my favorite coffee experiences in Hanoi.  My cousins and I walked over to the cafe right across St. Joseph’s Cathedral, but you can find them at various locations around the city.

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Sofitel Legend Metropole

Sofitel Legend Metropole is one of my favorite Hanoi discoveries.  The hotel has been on my must-visit list ever since reading this interview with Anthony Bourdain.  But even with my high expectations, I was blown away by how beautiful it was in reality.

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Hanoi Social Club

During our Hanoi trip last May, my cousin Queen suggested we check out this place called The Hanoi Social Club.  More than a restaurant, it was a cozy and interesting space where “peaceful souls join together to cloud-gaze, think, and create.” Continue reading “Hanoi Social Club”

Hanoi Eats: Green Tangerine

After a few days of eating mostly traditional Vietnamese fare, my cousins and I felt it was time for a change.  We decided to have dinner at Green Tangerine, a colonial-style restaurant serving up French cuisine with a Vietnamese twist.

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Ninh Binh Day Trip: Hoa Lu Temples, Tam Coc River, and Bich Dong Pagoda

Hanoi day 2, my cousins and I decided to book a tour to Ninh Binh, a province about 2.5 hours away from Hanoi by car.  Continue reading “Ninh Binh Day Trip: Hoa Lu Temples, Tam Coc River, and Bich Dong Pagoda”

The Note Coffee

My cousins and I spent a lot of time cafe hopping while we were in Hanoi last month.  The Note was just down the street from our hotel, and it was one of my favorites Continue reading “The Note Coffee”

Hanoi Eats: Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine

I can’t remember if we had dinner at Cau Go our first or second night in Hanoi, but I do remember it being a really good one.

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Hanoi Imperial Hotel

My cousin Queen booked us rooms at the Hanoi Imperial Hotel, just a stone’s throw from the lake and right in the middle of the Old Quarter.  Continue reading “Hanoi Imperial Hotel”