Last year I was contacted by a journalist, who wanted to quote me regarding my experiences on zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement). And finally, I got the result: part of a feature article titled ‘Mums around the world’ in the United Kingdom’s glossy parenting magazine Gurgle.
One of the things I love best about Taipei is the unexpected and quirky micro-eateries. These are labours of love, places that might be no bigger than a family living room but that create an oasis of calm and space away from the frenetic (yet exciting) urban environment.
The February edition of Centered on Taipei magazine is now out. And I am excited that in this edition, there are not one but two Taiwanxifu articles.
I am happy to introduce another blog post written by fellow foodie and friend, Maria Tan. I am sure you will love her Christmas Eve discovery, hidden in the backstreets of Taipei. I just love stumbling across unexpected discoveries in the back alleyways of Taipei, and this is a real treasure.
In the movie “Good Morning Vietnam”, Robin Williams’ character and is taken on a trip to eat some local street food. His new friend Tuan cheekily orders fishball soup with a hot chilli sauce. ”I didn’t know they had balls,” Robin Williams quips.
As some readers will know, I love, love, love the twice-yearly fundraising bazaar run by the Salvation Army, Taipei. What’s so good about it? Well, it’s kind of the next best thing to an op-shop in Taipei. Which is not surprising, given the best op-shops — aka thrift shops – are run by the Salvation Army. So they know how to run a good rummage sale.
The December/January edition of Centered on Taipei magazine is out. And I am especially chuffed about my Ask Taiwanxifu article on pages 12 and 13 that has been included in this edition. Firstly, because I have a big, warm soft spot for Taiwan’s spa bathing culture and writing this article brought back lots of good memories about hot springs (wenquan) that I have visited.
Did anyone else in Taipei love the beautiful late Autumn, sunny weather? Perfect for venturing out and about, and for catching up with friends.
If you haven’t noticed from the lights springing up around Taipei, it’s almost Christmas time. And next weekend on Saturday 30 November there will be a Taipei Christmas tradition — the annual Taipei European School Christmas Bazaar.
Sometimes the best food is simple. And the special zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement) foods prepared for new mothers to help them recover after childbirth need not be complicated to cook, either. I have been inspired by the Windmill cookbook authored by Dr Chuang Jin Funn to try a simple recipe, using fresh basil from my balcony and some eggs.