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Discovery Park

I can only hear my own foot steps. The soft and soaked dirt squealed on my every steps. The sounds were delightful to this lone walker. I knew the physics of the sounds, but cannot help thinking the trail is … Continue reading

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Rancho San Antonio

January 25th, 2014 This is probably the favorite hiking destination for those in Silicon Valley. It is also where Kid chooses to run up to the vista point on Saturdays, that weekend with her old Dad. Start at the trail … Continue reading

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Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

Remember those fairy tale movies where nymphs and fairies fly around in the lush, watery, moss-covered enchanted forest? I think I spotted one of those in the trails of Cougar Mountain, on this Sunday and Seattle-foggy morning. The air was … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in Minneapolis

“Where are you going for Thanksgiving?” The question was the standard response when I revealed my plan for the holiday. A smart remark on the weather typically followed. Honoring Kid’s convention, I switched to Celsius when the temperature is below … Continue reading

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于記杏仁豆腐

台北信義區,新光三越A11地下館B2. 聽說有其他分店. 他的杏仁豆腐雪花冰.一絕! 聽說他將杏仁豆腐凍成冰,再刨成雪花.碗底為其他配料. 這冰入口軟軟涼涼的,沒有一般刨冰的尖刺. 雪白帶點甜,可愛又可口. 看官們如到附近,不彷試試.

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The Right Not to Buy.

Ding Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) is a world-famous restaurant chain with a humble beginning not too far from where I lived in Taipei. Over the past several decades, they have opened dozens of branches all over the world. Chinese, and foreigners … Continue reading

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Food Scare in Taiwan

The news industry in Taiwan is beyond sensationalism. For an island of 20 millions or so population, there are nearly a dozen news TV channels and half a dozen newspapers. The competition for eyeballs has been a blood sport. As … Continue reading

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King of Egg Custards

Egg Custard is a Dim Sum classic. Every Dim Sum restaurants must offer this item. People criticize the fine points of egg custards like wine aficionados. There are the tradition style and the Portuguese style: baked hotter to allow a … Continue reading

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台北的小籠包

August 30th, 2013 居然四天吃了四次小籠包. 客戶請吃鼎泰豐,這當然是經典之作. 還請人加了一整碗的薑絲. 小心夾起,一口咬破,湯汁溢出,滿口香氣. 餡,皮,醋,薑,混在一起. 太棒了. 鼎泰豐台北有好幾家,世界各角落也都有. 品質一致. 實數難得. 第二天晚上沒事,信步走到中正紀念堂後,看到杭州小籠包. 這家兒時騎著車來,坐在矮凳子上,來上兩籠,吃完走路,不當回事. 現在好像是個觀光景點了. 也好,等了個桌子(30分鐘),點上一籠,加幾個小菜,蒸臭豆腐是必然的. 吃的不亦樂乎. 口味好極了,但是懷舊的喜悅更高些. 下個晚上在喜來登的請客樓請客,又是江浙菜,看到小籠包,心頭一動,來PK吧. 小龍包的口味不錯,但醋太酸,整個平衡就不對了. 吃完略帶失望. 最後一天,誤了中飯,剛好不遠,就殺去了點水樓南京東路的旗艦店. 既已PK,當然點小籠包. 一包入口,長嘆一聲. 台北人實在太幸福了,區然能有如此美味. 這店還不用排隊,走進來點了就吃. 小籠包難吃的到處都是,這四家平心而論都好吃:包小,皮薄,餡香,汁多. 如果我想吃小籠包,這四家都是上上選. 今天我以老饕心評比: 杭州小籠口味好,性價比第一. 點水樓和鼎泰豐不相上下. 請客樓就點別的菜吧. 後記: 中秋前,鼎泰豐做芝麻酥餅.別忘了點.

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Whidbey Island

What make a place perfect to live? Most would dream about the same: beautiful natural view, easy access to civilization — stores, hospital, restaurants, etc., “just the right distance” to the neighbors, pleasant climate, infra-structure for hobbies, close to friends … Continue reading

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