Winter is the best season to savor oysters, a staple in refined Western cuisine, and Grand Formosa’s renowned steakhouse — Robin’s Grill, is presenting an oyster feast featuring Belon, Cabanon Special, and Gillardeau oysters from France, which are complemented with two wines from Australia’s Penfolds winery to provide the perfect balance of flavor and taste. Grand Formosa has also crafted a special lunch and dinner oyster feast that includes Canadian oysters (baked with cheese or baked with spinach and cheese). The oyster promotion lasts until Jan. 31.
Tel: (02) 2523-8000 X3930
For those thinking ahead to next month and the upcoming Lunar New Year, major hotels around the country have begun to release the details of their special food hampers for the festive season. Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei is offering a variety of take-out Lunar New Year gifts. An assortment of Lunar New Year cakes costs NT$650. Hampers priced from NT$1,780 contain XO sauce, Chinese sausages, preserved Chinese meat, Chinese tea and chocolate raisins.
Tel: (02) 2378-8888 X5867
The Caesar Park Hotel, Taipei is offering take-out meals, including its Dragon Flies and Tiger Leaps menu, a six-course set menu that serves six to eight people (NT$3,980) and includes a mixed platter, smoked pork ribs, deep-fried pomfret with garlic, steamed fresh shrimp with boxthorn, glutinous rice in lily leaf and taro cake. Tel: (02) 2311-5150.
Until this summer, when the idea of hiking the length of the island first occurred to me, I didn’t even know that Cijin (旗津) had been a peninsula until 1967. That’s when diggers and dredgers severed Cijin from Taiwan’s “mainland,” because the authorities wished to create a southern entrance to Kaohsiung’s fast expanding port. The island is just under 9km long, but a bit of research quickly convinced me that a south-to-north trek wasn’t a good idea. The southern third of Cijin is dominated by container-lifting cranes, warehouses and other facilities off-limits to the public. Dunhe Street (敦和街) forms the boundary between
Sept. 28 to Oct . 4 A large number of 3000-year-old slate coffins were unearthed on a hill near Nanhe Village (南和村) in Pingtung County on Sept. 30, 1985. Unfortunately, the United Daily News (聯合報) noted that they had been seriously damaged by construction, and no artifacts or human remains were found. Although the newspaper called the find a “significant discovery,” little information can be gleaned about this specific site because it’s just one of countless locations where stone sarcophagi have been unearthed across southern and eastern Taiwan, and as north as Yilan County. These stone receptacles for the dead were
As if the climbs and views and snacks and companions of cycling in Taiwan aren’t sufficient, the GPS-generation of route-planners are now using apps such as Strava and Endomondo to create works of art as they ride. One such is nicknamed the Dove Road of Sijhih (汐鴿路), a 25km ride that follows the riverside bike path from the Nangang-Neihu Bridge (南湖橋) to New Taipei City’s Sijhih District (汐止), climbs around 400m up the Sijhih-Shiding Road (汐碇路), before dropping back down past Academia Sinica to generate a very dove-like pattern. Originally called Kippanas by indigenous Ketagalan people and transliterated into Hoklo (more commonly
Sitting at the bar, martini in hand, Kristin Scott Thomas rolls her eyes briefly heavenwards. And then she declares, in one of the most memorable monologues of the cult BBC drama Fleabag, that menopause is the “most wonderful fucking thing in the world. And yes, your entire pelvic floor crumbles and you get fucking hot and no one cares. But then — you’re free! No longer a slave, no longer a machine with parts. You’re just a person, in business.” When an entranced Fleabag says she has been told the whole thing is horrendous, Scott Thomas’s character responds: “It is horrendous,