One day after work my scooter was screaming...GET SOME PETROL! Obviously I headed straight to the petrol station. It took me past the trendy, hipster, Vegan Restaurant Ohh Cha Cha. I had been to this place before and really didn't like it, but for some reason I decided to stop and give it another chance. If your not a Vegetarian or used to going to places that make hip and trendy menus, then you could be quite confused.
This time round I ordered the rabbit leaves, in a bowl with some ginger and kimchi, as well as a cup of Oolong tea. Before ordering I didn't realise the ginger was going to be some kind of square block on the plate. It looked and seemed a little odd but it actually tasted great. The flavour was a bit weird at first, but grew on me as I ate more. Then when I ran out of little ginger blocks I was disappointed they were gone. As for the tea, the mug they put it in is like a mug for giants. I reckon ordering a tea here is worth it, due to the size of the mug. Even though you cannot refil as they don't plop a teabag in it or any tea leaves. I guess they don't want you sat there all night as they've only got a small space with a handful of tables.
I am the first to confess that I am no expert on hipster-vegan food, but I did really enjoy those gigner blocks. I would really highly recommend trying the ginger and kimchi. On the menu it's called a Beet Ball Bowl, if you do go to check it out, they're weirdly fascinating and taste intriguingly good.
As I wasn't finished my cup of tea, I decided that I should treat myself to a cake for eating healthy. Which kind of defeats the point I guess. The cake I ordered was a raw cheesecake apparently. I didn't even know cheesecakes came raw, so I had a google search and it seems it has no cheese at all. It's made from almonds. It was odd that it was almonds and not cheese because it tasted like cheese, which I suppose was the objective of making a vegan cheesecake. To taste like cheese.
A lot of their food is gluten free, which will be really good for my mother when she comes back, as she has a gluten intolerance and most food in Taiwan has gluten in it. This place is a godsend for those folk with the same problem as she has I assume.
It is located right next to Guting Station at exit no.2 and is very easy to find. Enjoy.
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Just want to tell you about all the cinemas in Ximending where I live. There are loads. I have 6 cinemas near by my home. What this means is, if there is a movie you want to watch, and it does not match your time then you can just walk around in a 5 to 10 minute radius and find one that suits your needs.
Ambassador(Big Cinema behind my apartment)
First of all I want to tell you about the cinema with the huge screen around the back of our apartment. I don't remember its name because I have only been there once to see R.E.D. This cinemas main screen is huge. It really is the biggest cinema screen I think I have seen. Even bigger than the IMAX in the Metrocentre. The sound inside is awesome too. It really is the best cinema I have been to here for the sound and picture quality. A lot of people here seem to like the Viewshow Cinemas but I think they are just average compared to this bad boy!
The other ones however are really small I have been told so if you go to this one, yo…
We seen other peoples pictures from the 3D Trick Art Exhibition online, and deciding that we wanted to go. We arranged to meet Joy and her little sister a week before we actually went, but we originally had planned to go there in the afternoon. Joy then called Jen when we were on our way there, and said there is a 3 hour wait so we ended up just buying tickets and going 1 week later than we had planned to.
So another week rolled by and it was a Sunday again, we had arranged to meet Joy and her sisters earlier this time, at 9am. Needless to say I think I had the latest night staying up all night to watch football but I was the first one there waiting outside of Shilin MRT station for Jen. When she called me to say she would not be there for a while, I decided to go outside and get some breakfast. I got one of those Chinese Pizza things from near Shilin MRT there so damn nice, and I wish I could one around here in Xiemen. I ordered in Chinese and tried to have a small conversation …
People back home often ask me all the time one of these questions:
"Hey Mark how are you doing? And how are things going for you over there in China?"
"Hey Mark, what's it like living in Thailand? I have always wanted to go there!!"
This bugs me a lot, as I don't know how many times I have tried to tell them I am not currently in China or Thailand and I am in Taiwan. Taiwan is a country, yes it is small but it does not belong to any other country.
Most people around the world clearly know that they are all different. Just because China likes to claim Taiwan is theirs but it really is not. Also I know Taiwan and Thailand have the same sound at the start of the countries name, but they are very clearly two different countries, with very different histories and traditions.
It is really disappointing for me that so many people back home seem like they don't really know a lot. Either that or they are very ignorant about things in the world. Surely someon…