Wanting to return a favor for providing cardboard moving boxes, Greg and Candice asked what they could do in return. Peikwen suggested a home-cooked double date. These days, I find home-cooked meals a truly, dear currency and something we can all consider doing more. I am looking forward to a [...]

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At some point during the last five years, I got it into my head that chili peppers originated from South America and wound up in China by way of the Silk Road. I’ve even kept a long-standing debate with my husband over this matter; he was skeptical of my theory. Last night, [...]

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I just read this article and had to reflect: Is “Foodie” a Put-Down?

 I love food. I may be coerced into trying some challenging bites while keeping an open mind and what I find delicious may be repulsive to most. I’d like to think I have a natural relationship with food in [...]

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Tainan, Taiwan — Tainan has great eats! Peikwen’s friend from university has a father who lives in Tainan and much to our luck… he’s a foodie. Uncle Yang is from Tainan. He knows the good from the mediocre and how many generations a shop has been around with their zǔchuán [...]

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There’s no appetite to find where none has been lost.

After snacking on dānzǎi noodles (擔仔麵) at Du Hsiao Yueh restaurant, and other dishes rendering me full, a short walk to the Tainan Confucius Temple only a block or two away isn’t enough to work off lunch. The walk through the temple grounds didn’t help [...]

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Today, my grandmother, my last grandparent, passed away.

I have my gratitude and memories to carry with me. As I spend time with family, the more I covet the stories told and wish to know the stories no one remembers. While we step forward into our next days… into 2012… let’s think about the stories [...]

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Taipei is a bit rainy, so a small trip out to Tainan where the weather is sunny, though cool, was in order. Tainan is a city known as “the City of Snacks” (小吃城). In addition to the wide variety of food available at night markets, the city also has an abundance [...]

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Eat well and be well,

Shanti

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