I would never claim to be a foodie, and taking pictures of food is usually the farthest thing from my mind when food is around. Furthermore, covering food in Taipei would be such a huge undertaking that I wouldn't want to go there. Other people have whole blogs devoted to their food experience in Taiwan, and . . . nothing could bore me more than posting about food than reading about food.
Food may be the one aspect in life for me that is viceral and immediate, and has no value to me in terms of knowledge or pontification. If it's in front of me, I'll eat it, often be grateful for it, and if it's meat I'll often be mindful that a life was taken away for it, but that's a whole nother story, never mind. Besides, if you asked me to shoot food, this is what you'd get:
December 23, 2006 - Not positive where this is, but I think it's in an alleyway market (how appealing does that sound?) off Shida Road. We call it pork. Pigs call it a massacre.
December 30, 2006 - I celebrate any finding that resembles an attempt at Mexican food in Taipei. This is off Ren Ai Road, around the corner from some crappy looking bike shop, but which actually carries some pretty high-end bikes. Not far from the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. To be honest, it sucks, but I stop there every time I pass by to support it. I give an E for effort, NT for nice try. And my saying it sucks doesn't mean it sucks. That's just because of my San Francisco standards. By those standards, Mexican food in New York . . . sucked.
Why there are no Taco Bells in Taipei is a huge curiosity (not to suggest Taco Bell is Mexican food), since KFC has a huge presence here and they are affiliated with each other, in the U.S. at least. My uncle and aunt, upon trying Taco Bell during their last U.S. visit, opined that Taiwanese people would really like it. If only I had that entrepreneurial spirit. But I don't.
1. Natural Mystic (Bob Marley & the Wailers)
2. If You Blue (Tara Jane O'Neil)
3. Piggies (The Beatles - Anthology)
4. Kayleigh (Marillion)
5. Sunday Girl (Blondie)
6. Yebo! (Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens)
7. Prelude & Quadruple Fugue (Hovhaness)
8. Far From Now (Engine Down)
9. Alcohol (The Kinks)
10. What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? (The Funk Brothers w/Joan Osborne)