Friday, May 18, 2012
Day 2 of our Taipei jaunt saw us head directly to LungShan temple where vendors prepared offerings and talismans to purchase on the way in. Read about Day 1 HERE. The city didn't disappoint as it continued to envelope us with colour and movement!
mmm... looks like a version of oden... Taiwan was under Japanese control at one time so its more than likely
Well this chook is FRESH... cousins still alive above and below the slaughtered birds... I like the touch of the bowl to catch the drips
Any takers for above??
This is my favourite - you just don't see pork this fresh everyday....
Soy chicken.. yes please..
These guys were powering through the dumplings - lovely to watch such craftwork
Fresh water chestnuts on the right and lotus root on the left
100? 1000 year old eggs???
an assortment of fish and meatpaste dumplings etc
oooh loving the slow cooked pork... any bit will do
Apparently the thing to do is casually throw your money onto the fish you want... when they noted I was snapping away they quickly snatched back the note
Have a heart??? lung? stomach?
We exited the market into an area close by some heritage buildings and strolled over for a closer look
...but we left most of it - really quite awful sadly - but hey... next time we will just have to make sure we do a lot more research of our own. The trip happened all too quickly so we were leaving it in the hands of the gods... ah well, you can't win em all. If anyone has any hot tips for Taipei please drop me a line!
After much walking in search of an old fashioned tea house we stumbled across this "trendy" area and giving up on the local delicacies we opted for chocolate drinks and a wee piece of pastry at the Agnes B cafe .. of all places. It was good.... This one is for you Lindy Thompson!
Who can resist a hello kitty cake??
A walk in the park
A bit of romance, some live music absolutely pumping out in a main shopping centre... the day was almost over but we had a wonderful dinner to look forward to
OK that's all to report - just a quick look at our couple of days in Taiwan. Thanks to Bridget for holding my hand on the plane and keeping me from having a coronary incident. It took me a whole day to stop shaking.... I didn't really care what happened the rest of the trip - I was glad to be alive. But looking back... what's with the food taipei... we tried, we really did -but clearly one needs insider knowledge. Maybe next time...