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