Friday, February 8, 2013
Taipei Recap: Thai Food, Mao Kong Gondola and Waffles!
It feels like ages since my last Taipei recap post but better late than never!
We spent the first 9 days of the New Year in Taipei visiting my parents so this is part of many posts I'll be doing to recap what we did before flying back to reality.
When we were in Thailand this December, we were with a tour group so all the food was included in our stay. Overall, I'd say the meals were decent but by no means outstanding since we didn't get to choose.
I thought we'd be sick of Thai food by the time we got back to Taiwan but if anything, it made me crave Spice Market (a Thai buffet managed by the Regent Hotel) even more. It was one of my boyfriend's favorite meals Dec 2011 when he first visited Taiwan. He liked it so much, we went there twice during our 2 week stay.
It was last minute but thankfully, my mom managed to get us reservations for Saturday lunch after we got back.
Salad and hot pot area
Hot entrees area
Fresh seafood area
Various toppings to make your own Momo chacha
(Coconut milk, jelly, fruit icy)
Who can forget...Haagen Dazs Ice Cream (I know my brother loved it)
Who can get enough Thai ice tea?
They had other beverages like mango tea, passion fruit tea, hot coffee and tea.
My first plate consisted of cold dishes.
My second plate consisted of hot dishes.
I ended my meal with two cups of dessert with fruit, tapioca, coconut milk and grass jelly.
We look like we coordinated but I assure you it was not on purpose!
After our meal, my mom and brother wanted to get massaged but my boyfriend said we've had enough massages on this trip so we opted to do something even I haven't done before.
We headed toward the Maokong Gondola near Taipei City Zoo.
My mom thinks it's boring and too hot in the summer since the gondolas are like green houses without A/C but I thought it was the perfect thing to do on this slightly rainy day in Taipei with the boyfriend.
We waited in line for 15 minutes since we wanted to wait for the glass bottom gondolas to fully enjoy our view across the mountain side.
After we were finished, we met up with my mom and brother to visit a newly opened Belgian Waffle shop that my mom has been raving about. My brother's former art tutor partnered up with the chef/owner to open this store. She was in charge of the interior design, menu design and PR.
This is their second shop. The first shop is only a take-out counter with freshly made Belgian waffles (Liege Waffles). The concept of this restaurant is more of a sit-down cafe with more menu items.
They were still working out a few things like experimenting with savory sandwiches to be put on the menu. They made a sandwich just for us to critique.
Super cute waffle shop place near Gongguan MRT station.
Enjoying a nice cup of Latte to warm myself (it was raining outside)
My brother's blueberry waffle with custard whipped cream
My banana nut caramel waffle.
My mom pouted because she only eats banana by itself so she claims I ordered this to spite her.
The owner made a spinach, chicken and mozzarella panini sandwich for us to try (not yet on the menu)
My only problem with it was the bread was too hard to eat so it was messy and the contents would slip out the back. The flavors are fine though.
My mom couldn't resist after seeing our desserts and ordered her own apple cinnamon waffle a la mode.
After our lunch and waffle-snack, we were full so dinner was skipped.
All in all, it was a wonderful day in Taipei regardless of the rain.