A visit to taipei revolving tower (摘星樓星月旋轉餐廳)

I paid a visit to a chimney recently...(Star Star Star Moon Restaurant)
Its convept is like my faovire resturant in hongkong...a revolving tower (摘星樓星月旋轉餐廳), the restaurant is a littlbit pricy..but its free to visit the top sceenic floor...
From here one cen see both the downtown city in the horizon and yangminshan...
And some famous bridge...
Taipei 101 far away in xinyi...
Banqiao.....in the horizon
North towards beitou
As usualy they have christmas docoration the year around here in taiwan...
"Voclka"....
Some visitors who will soon move left...
They also had an elevator with a nice view...starting from 1 meter
...up to 120 meters..
The chimney...
Almost like bertils mast in rotterdam...
I ended the tower visit with a drink in ximen...
And a platter, reminding me of the seafood in sydney...(even if its not even close)...

A visit to Viceroy steak house

Long time ago in taipei, there were only a few steak hosues....Viceroy steak house were one of them
some red entrance sign...
Menu in english...
Free salad refill...
...i went all in on the potato mix...
They also had some pre dish such as soup
And the steak...from New zealand...some meat were from USA....
Coffee and cake for dessert...

A visit to veggie grill

II visited a vegetarian grill recently
It was very close to taipei main station
It was very weird parking rules outside
Some could park, but not others...
I think this parking area tried to earn more customers...
The burger they had was a replacement of the meat parry with 2 mushrooms...
They else had some other sandwiched on their menu
I later went by bike south...

Best sweet n sour fish place in taiwan

There is a kuaishao place in yonghe where they have nice sweet and sour sauce with fried fish
I go here some times...
They use to be open until late hour...many locals come here to drink....
Many dishes on the menu
Some lettuce and random meat with vegetables...
And the sweet and sour dishes...it almost taste like western chinese food...
They also have some other strange food desk...
And sea food aquarium..but thats usually expensive...
I remembered I sat here some years ago with my friend Joel...when he lived in the area...

Some steak house visit in Taipei

A place to this steak hosue was planned, but since they gave false infomration they didnt serve customers
strange logic
This was plan B
Some sweet butter bread
I had to pay before I ate, these japanese ppl paid when they left...not sure about the discrimination algorithm at this place...
I ahd a file mignon...it was taiwan style...

Taipei Redbull steak house

I went to a steak house called redbull in taipei recently
or HongNui
Some englush names of the animal parts
I also got a coke, without asking for it...I wonder if i can sleep tonight
My Steak
And later i passed by a slized ice place...they ahd red beans, soft peanuts and other taiwanese specialityes that u eat sweet
I prefer sweet fruit...compare to sweet vegetabes or nuts...
A "famous" mango ice...it had some sweet sauce on it...

A visit to Uncle Bens burger

I went to a burger bar recently in Yonghe
Near a place that is called merry christmas
The name was Uncle Ben
"american hamburg"
Some super hero dolls
And the burger, a match for Mr 220nt
After that a visit to this snow ice place was made
Omg, a wheel chair on taiwanese pavements, good luck!
The snow ice had peanut flavour

PIzza Rock Yonghe

I went to Pizza Rock today
They have a Yonghe branch, but originates from Taizhong
Omg, they offer local beer
They have many kinds of pizza, with 2 sizes
I had the 2 local beer they offered
Both were very bitter
And a hawaii with extra cheese, but it didnt taste any special, a little bit like the other restaurant in taiwan
I manage to fit the price almost equaly divided by 220nt, the staff commented that it was special

A quick visit to Zoca Pizzeria

I met an old friend today...at Zoca Pizzeria
It was prrtty good...
I had an hawaii...it reminded me of La lupa a little bit, it was cheaper but not as much cheese...

Pond Burger Cafe and Rolling Burger Bar visit

Today I started off by visiting a burgerbar near taipei 101...
"Pond Burger Cafe"...
Chinese menu...
Its loke a noremal cafeteria...
They have Super bock beer...
Its a portugese beer...
They say the have wifi, but it was super slow...the browser didnt recognize any speed and said "no internetaccess":..
I had an appertizer...
And a burger...it had egg etc in it...felt a little wierd...
Omg...some sticker in the sallad saying "sweden"..interesting...maybe from their IKEA plate...
Next stop was in Ximen...
To and other burgerbar with a more "bar" like look...
Menu in english and chinese...
We ordered 1 coffee and 1 coke...which is which?
I also had a burger with a crab on it...it was pretty expensive...
a "soft shelled crab" or something...
Ikea glas saying "Made in bulgaria"...
On the second floor people were taking pics of their food...
the name 2as "Rolling cafe"...but no sign from the street...
Many people were out walking today...
Later we headed to honglou in ximen...
For a coconut milktea "yeguonaicha"...
Omg...nice pirate pants...
Another burger bar...looks interesting...might be the next one on my list..
It is nice to walk around in ximen...
Omg, a solarium store in taiwan...so rare, since people really dont like getting tanned...I guess mostly foreigners go here...
I also passed some italian guy selling tiramisu...maybe he made them at home...selling them for 50nt each..pretty cool...
And some street performance...
Later on we went back to honglou...
I had s chocolate smoothie...
And a kiwi smoothie...they are pretty good...especially the chocolate one...

A new/old burger bar visit and a night out with the boys

I visited a burger bar near taipei 101 some day ago...
They had many cans on ther desk...but it wasnt possible to order all these...
This was the name of the bar...
"Phat"...
And this was the burger...it was very good...
They also had free refill...
I later on went to ximen...
And to mega city in Banqiao...I saw lucy,,.
Some hours later...went to danshui with Joel and his friend...
 
I tried to go to an old beer place...but it seems to always be closed on normal weekdays...
I had this dark beer that they also sell on 7-11...
The ocean could be seen in the horizon...
It was a cosy place...
Tiny stairs...
Next stop was closer to the mrt...
Some girl was practicing her voice at the table nearby...
Omg...we ordered a 2.5 liter can...
IT was fun...
I seldom drink carlsberg here...
As most places they have an evaluation form...
Omg...after some minutes it was empty...
These guys drink alot...
Omg...they had lights in the trees...it reminded me of the "Lights in Alingsås" in western sweden
Many people come here to enjoy the sunset...
It was ok...reminded me of nanliao in hsinchu...
As always in taiwan the sun sets some 2 fingers over the horizon due to fog...or clouds...
Not sure why it does like this...
Many couches were empty here...taiwanese people generally dont enjoy sitting in the sun...
...if its not sunset...
Omg...some dirty beach...
And some turkish stans making icecream...
We later on went to this new zaland bar...
Watcihg boats on the river...
They are famous for their burgers...
I also got to play some car game...
The we took the 50 minute MRT back to city...
Henrik using the empty seat for disables people...
This was the next stop...a japanese nakiyiko place...
We even got the menu in english...
It was good...
Some marshmellows among the meat...
And nice icecream with chocolate sauce...
Omg...the people next to us left alos of food...
I helped them to BBQ it...
While enjoying free beer...
Next stop was ximen...
I met bryan there...
He did some magic...like swalloing a balloon...
People on this gay street was amazed with him swallos that hue balloon...

Tried a new burgerbar - Jimululu

Yesterday I tried a new burgerbar...
It was near DaAn in taipei...
It had some Hawaii theme...
Omg... "Organic" tea...
They only had 4 kinds of burgers...
2 people working in the bar...it seems like they put alot of efforts in the drinks...
The interior design was Hawaii...
And Surfing...
Omg...I had a sprite, but no refill...to bed most of it was ice...
I also ordered some appetizers...
The burger was ok...nice with grilled pineapples...
Later on I went to Imax in ximen, since some time its open 24h per day...
Many people wants to see this Lucy film...since its recorded in taipei...
...but since it was sold out...next stop was banqiao...and Le blé d´or...
They had happy hour before 17...
And still same flavours...
Not that many people at this time of the day...it was about 23...
And this place also had some HAwaii theme...
I had a honey beer...I think Yilan beer taste better...its not that much flavour in this beer...
On the wall they showed how they make the beer...
This elevators are famous for beeing the slowest in taiwan...(but here i found some back door elevator, I was the only one taking it)...

Camouflage Colors Run

Yesterday I had to go up early...
AT 6 something...to make it to a military camp in beitou...
It is the second run I do, where Chinese people are not welcome, since we run in a military area...
This was called Camouflage color run...and was 5km...
Just like in the beer run some year ago...they gave away fake tattoos...
They also had some warming up with some military coach...
It was fun...
Many people were wearing camouflage clothes...we also got to paint our face...
Then they started us of in groups of 50...
Omg...officers...
Some military veterans were hosting...
Omg...almost my turn...
It was in Beitou, just near the mountains...
The we started to run...however almost everyone were jogging...
We also passed by some hinders...(but some ppl skipeed this part)...
I made sure to pass all of them...it was fun...but also pretty easy..since I have done all of this before...
Omg...a Hilife in the military area...
After the second lap we were done with the run...
It was mostly people running for fun...some some people were pretty serious...
I got this tag after compleeting the race...
OMg...a a fjällräven bag in a military camp...
The run is over...I should get some sleep...(just slept 3 hours last night)...
To bad that it was a floor ball competition nearby...which I wanted to attend...however...life is about priorities and compromises...I can sleep later...
...I tried to take a nap in Tianmu...but was to hyper...later on my friend Patrik arrived...and we cleaned the field...
It was a little slippery but still playable...
Many ppl like left hook...strange...right hook is usually more common...
I also checked the fence...since my friend anders encourage me to check the posibillites to put up a net there...
its about 70cm high and 56-57meters long...
Next stop was costco...
And after that my second dinner was eaten at Mr Oniion...
Nice atmosphere...
It is a steak house...
With english menu...so prefessional...
Omg...many sets...and pretty high prices...
Dish 1: salad...
Dish 2: some soup/stew...
Dish 3: Soup...
Dish 4: Steak...
Dish 5: Cake...
Not sure when it was made...the saus seem to be stuck in the plate...
I ended they steak house visist with a beerbar visist...YIlan beerbar in Zhonghe...
Im still thinking about if their Barley beer is better than Le blé d´ors honey beer...
Its a nice malt flavour anyway...

All you can eat near Taipei 101

I went to neo19 last night...
To their top floor...or something...
They have wine...
And ice cream...
And wine with beer...
My friends went all in on meat...
I went all in on shrimps...
I had to order many times...since they didnt understand how many i wanted...
Alfred had his karate bandana...
I tried to eat alot of fruit...
Alfred brought some transformers verison of monopoly...
The staff prepares wine glasses for us...but they left them filled...so it was a little vinegar touch on the wine...
Same french wine as last time (but no year on the label)...
It was only the foreingers who drank beer...no wonder they afford to offer alcohol...
Omg...flying lanterna in the ceiling...
We played the transformers game until they closed...
15 people, no beer or wine...
Alfred enjoyed the beer...
Alfred has this thing to put a snus in the urinal...so intersting...

A burgerbar visist and some Barefoot marathon preparations

I did some preparations for a marathon that I will participate in...in september...
I went to river side in Taipei...
Running in flip-flops...
Its complicated to take the bus in taipei...nothing is in english...and no map. so its hard to know where each bus goes..and not even the bus numbers are announced at the bus stop...
I later on took a bus to downtown...omg. no pick whistles for sexual harassment prevention...
This bus "307" goes everywhere...i think...i often see it...
There is a code in each bus...where people can follow by GPS where the bus position is...
The goal of the day was this burger bar...
It is famous for beeing expensive...
They had many burgers...
Some football screen...
...and an even bigger baseball screen...
And earphones hanging on the wall for some reason...
And posters on hamburgers...
600nt for this...strange...I compare each burger with cosbys hamburger..and everything seems expensive and tasteless :)
I later on passed by YMCA...so funny...
And Taipei 101...today with red lights...
Omg, so many chinese names of western celebs...so funny...
Who is who (in pinyin)?:
 
xíwéisī shǐtèlóng 
 
jiésēn shǐtǎsēn
 
lǐliánjié
 
méiěr jíbóxùn
 
hālǐsēn·fútè 
 
ānuò shǐwǎxīngé
 
wèisīlǐ shǐnàipǔ
 
dùfū lǎnggé
 
āndōngní'ào bāndélāsī
 
(hint: all faces on the pic are represented in the name list)

All you can eat and Drink in Banqiao

I just paid a short visit to FE21 in Banqiao...
On the 12th floor they have an all you can eat and drink...
This is the name...
Ad this is the price...
Many dishes...
Mostly steak and sushi...
I went all in on pistage nuts...
All in!
And some desserts...this time I did not eat that much sweets in the beginning...and since I came rather late i didnt have too much time for just picking around...
Omg...15 people or 1000kg, welcome to light weight taiwan...

An Ericsson visit, Beerbar visit and BurgerBar visit

I went to Far eastern hospital station today...
I never been here before...
...I was meeting some Ericsson people...
We went to a vietnamese store...
Not sure about the difference between vietnamese and taiwanese food...when I was in veitnam i remember eating oysters with wasabi...
Ericsson is expanding alot nowadays...
Buidling these stations...
I later on went to Barhi in Beitou with the guys...they will only stay in Taiwan for a short while and wanted a full experience...
They have many brands here as usual...
My friends thought it was awesome...they recently went to Yilan, and the tai-people there gave them "taiwan beer", when they asked for Yilan beer...so imcompetent...
The wall with autographs were even more painted now than before...
They also had some food...
A new burgerbar is in town...
So I later on I went to taipei 101...for that burger bar...
They had bikes in the ceiling...
And a super big fan...
And Steves beer and kopparbergs...
My burger was ok...
But still expensive compare to Cosbys...
And it was "free refill" of soft drinks...but the staff never watched the tables...so I had to walkin the kitchen myself...which they didnt like...contradictional...
I ended the night in ximen...
With another smoothie...
I aso saw a guy with a propeller on his helmet...so cute...
 Omg...a fjällräven bag again...

Wednesdays event...

I started the wednesday by going to one of my favorite All you can eat, in Banqiao...
It seems to be a successful chain store...
They have nice ice cream...
Else I went all in on sushi, nuts, mango and cheese...
...and pizza...
I had my 30 second camera with me...
...what did Johan eat today?...
I ate all their nuts...
...and some brownie...
Later on I took the bus to Hsinchu..w wet bus...
...not sure why..but the rood was leaking...
As usual the AC was on...even if the outside temperature was 12 degrees...(it seems to be a sign of luxury)...some even plugged the AC hole...
I tried some swedish Somersby...
And I also donated a red lamp to the DJ club...which I visited...
And gave a good friend of mine, a birthday gift...
He was playing music at the DJ club for a while...
Many people were there...but they have a new ruel..so the shut off the electricity at 10pm...
So then no one can stay...
I was also wearing my 30 second camera...
Martin, my swedish friend was also there...
At 10, everyone gathered outside...and had nowhere to go...
The swedes wanted to go downtown...so I joined up for a while...
I had a pinacoloda...it was "soso"...
At Barfly...a relatively new place...(some years old)...as far as I know...
I late rin the night tried Popcorn Chicken...not sure why it was called that...since i never felt any popcorn flavour...

A thursday in November...

I havnt been to Flavors since 2008/2009...
But yesterday I went there again...
They have interesting paintings...
I got the opportunities to try nice food...
It was all from sweden...
Things I know is swedish but havnt tried there either...
And ended with a super nice apple dessert...
It is also possible to see taipei 101 from here...
We also passed by many other places in the area...like this "hidden" bar...not sure about the name...but I would never find it if not anyone told me it was there...
Next stop was Whinos...it is in DaAn, where my friend use to live...
It is a cheese and wine place...
Just like in FE21 department store they keep the wine in some glass room....
And a nice bar...
Joel was not happy with his merlot wine...so he asked for something stronger...
And a nice cheese plate...I almost felt like home...
Omg, bire with honey...
And some brittish cheese I havnt heard of...
They also carved ice cubes...for some reason...
It was not a cheap place...
Then we mingled with the owner...it was fun...
Joel knew her a little since he use to live here...
And he had his new Cowboy shirt...super cute...
I have been in this area before...
But then I visited this place...without beeing able to enter...since it is a popular place...(but then it was a friday)...
They have plenty of drinks...but no drink list...the bartender told me that he knew the drinks anyway...I just needed to ask...
He kind of miss understood me...but it ended up that me and joel got the same beer...
And I got a pinacoloada...which was pretty nice...
Joel also made a promise...to buy some things before he dies...I will check before he dies if he kept his promise...
Next place was On tap...
They had "open mic" evening...many funny guys were talking...however...we were pretty late...and many missed the best ones...
I tried a new beer...
Joel knew many people here...
This indian guy was pretty funny...
And this south african guy as well...most of them have lived here for ten years or more...
We also met a guy from norway...thats amazing...he is the second norweigan guy i meet here...ever...
Next stop...brass monkey...the ppl at the entrace acted like ass holes...
Not service minded...
Many brats were here...
My norweigan friend was professional, he just entered withou any paying...
I met ppl who worked in my industry...its always nice to make contact...I need a ner business card...
Aso this brittish guy was interesting...he tried to sell insurance in taiwan...
Joel is also brittish, it was a perfect match...
We also made him buy Kopparbers cider...to support sweden...
My norweigan friend seemed to enjoy the place...he got alot of attention from the girls...
And the staff got alot of tip...
But tomorrow is another day with new adventures...2013 continues...

Taipei Beer run

I came to taipei today at 6...
Back in taiwan, the heaven for scooter lovers...
And where birds are not allowed to take bus...
Directly when I arrived to went to the beer run near guring riverside park...
Many people were there...
My friend christopher was promoting it...
They didnt have any beer at the start, so many people went to a local 7-11 to buy some...
Many foreingers there...
The queue system didnt work totally...some queues were 1 or 2 people...
Long queue here...people prefered line up on this one...
I haf a Gold medal Taiwan beer...
They started people every 20 minute...
And we needed tattoos and an age check before we could start...(but they never checked it for real, i guess anyone could have started and participated for free)...
Many people taking pics...
And alot of light beer waste...but this we could not drink...
Everyone needed to wear the "beer run" t-shirt...
Some people ran, some walked, it was 3 km in total...
At many places they already wasted all the beer...I guess the early birds had more fun...
The first pitstop...
I felt sorry for people try to cycle here...so crowded...
And no strucutre...the kids working here did now know how to manage it...they asked everyone to queue somewhere else...(i guess its a consequence of the high power distance in this culture), since no one came with any good solution, just do as they were told...(barely anyone got to drink here...(when I passed by)...
They had this malt drink at the first stop...
The ran continues...
Ukulele performance...
I use to run on this field...its close to zhonghe...
Some maze that the participatns needed to passs, mad upon beer cans...
They were all full...
Some people took the bottles....
After a while everyone ended up stealing cans from the decoration...
After onther 10 mins we came to the end...
And got a medal...
With super long queues for everything...I alwyas wonder why they dont have double instead of single queue system...chalmers often has it, it speeds up the distirbution by double...
This was some competition, that people lined up for...not sure what you could win...
More queing...
Another queue...
I won a beer helmet...
And tried some peanuts, with malaspices...it makes my mouth go numb...not a good idea to eat if i want to be able to drink...
The queue were very slow, many foreingers blocked the entrance...since they didnt display who won, except on internet, they wanted to ask if they won, befoing queuing for 20 minutes...
But if they won, they took the prize directly...it was irritating for those who lined up...
But drunk foreingers dont care about others...
This is the prize...
Omg, a guy sneaked a whole box of beer...
I had my beer from the maze...some nice guy shared...
Else everyone got 3 cans...
I went back to the maze to see if they had any cans left...but it was all gone...
Some guys took a box of beer...and so did I...they had soo much left over...
Later I went to an all you can eat and drink...
It was with hotpot and sushi...
And Tsingtao beer...
Joel was amazed by the fish...
We also went by costco...
And tried local whisky...
And checked the wine...
Omg, christmas is approaching...
Later we went out drinking...and catching up on time...
Many different kinds of beer...
I also brought my glass from the oktoberfest in Munich...
To get the real beer feeling...(but it didnt taste better)...
They restores the hi-life near Joel...not sure why...but it was a face-lift...

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