Monthly Roundup for June 2017: The 5 little things that made my month

I thought it would be fun to start a new series on the blog, detailing 5 things that I’ve been enjoying, using and reading this month.  Some bloggers do this on a weekly basis, but I think I will start with a monthly list and go forward from there.   Summer is in full swing here in Taiwan, and in June, I’ve enjoyed summer fruit and have been trying to get into some more healthful life habits.  時間真的過的很快, 忙著忙著 突然意識到,已經快七月了! 從這個月起, 我想開始一個新單元, 紀錄我這個月以來的生活點滴。

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Homemade Yogurt 第一次做手工優格~大成功!

After my trip to Daylight last week, I felt inspired to try to make my own yogurt.  I’ve always had mixed feelings about doing so because I heard that homemade yogurt may involve complicated ingredients, like yogurt culture powder and warmers (as seen here and here)  But after a bit of research, I realized that it’s possible to make homemade yogurt with minimal fuss or equipment. For my first attempt, I used  an easy recipe from the New York Times as a guide. I made some improvisations, such as halving the recipe, so I wouldn’t waste too many ingredients in case it didn’t work.  I also liked this particular recipe, because it involves no special equipment or ingredients.  Just a pot, milk, and yogurt.

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Field Trip: Daylight 光合箱子 Brunch

A few days ago, I visited Daylight 光合箱子~ a restaurant that specializes in enormous servings of fresh vegetables, freshly made bread and homemade yogurt.   For my first visit, I tried their salmon scrambled eggs, over freshly baked bread.  The plate arrived accompanied by the trademark generous serving of salad and roasted vegetables,  and a small serving of  handmade yogurt.

最近天氣真的開始熱了。 一到了這個季節 我就想過悠閒的日子~例如睡到自然醒, 然後再跟朋友們去吃早午餐。 最近發現了 Daylight 光合箱子 的 brunch~ 吃了兩次後, 非常推薦給大家。 喜歡他們超大份量的蔬菜 & 手工優格。

The entire plate was delicious. However, the star of the show was their handmade yogurt, which was creamy, with just a hint of tanginess, topped with brown sugar and assorted nuts and seeds.  This brunch kept me full, yet energized for almost the entire day~ from about 11:00 pm to 6:30 pm, through two meetings! Usually by the end of one of those meetings, I start craving sweets and coffee, but this time, I just sat calmly (and a bit smugly) in my chair, while the others ran out during the break to get their fix.

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Happy Dragon Boat Festival! 端午節快樂!

It’s a long weekend in Taiwan this Monday~ we are celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival~ and in addition to all the relaxing, I will be doing some small projects around the house.  This holiday officially marks the beginning of summer, so I will probably be cleaning out my closets and switching seasons and taking winter sweaters and coats down to the dry cleaners.  My attempts at Marie Kondo types of cleaning have failed epically so far, but I’m going to give it another go this weekend.  Happy Dragon Boat Festival!

端午節快樂! 終於有假可以放啦。 這個假期我打算z整理家裡~ 衣服也要換季了。 當然也會好好的休息一下。 大家下禮拜再見喔!

Original image source: BBC

Field Trip: Jane Doe’s Kitchen 新莊區的 無名女孩廚房 

Most days at the office, I just have time to gulp down a (lukewarm) bento before heading back to work.  However, one lucky day, I came to the realization that I was a tiny bit ahead of schedule, and I actually had time for a real lunch. Like one that involved non-disposable silverware.  So my assistant and I decided to pop into Jane Doe’ Kitchen for a bite and chat.  The interior of the cafe is simple, yet inviting.  Make sure to check the blackboard for the specials of the day.


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Field Trip: Mandarin Oriental Bencotto Italian Restaurant 台北文華東方酒店 Bencotto義大利餐廳

A few months ago, I had the chance to have lunch at a place I had only admired from afar; the Mandarin Oriental.   This place looked special, and I had always reserved it in the back of my mind for a celebration.  I was really looking forward to this meal, but it turned out I was sorely disappointed by the experience.

First, you will come upon this imposing door. Don’t try to enter through this door. It’s locked!


Instead, you have to go around to one of the side doors.  Then be prepared to wander around aimlessly until you find an elevator that goes up to the correct floor.  However, during my search, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the interiors of the Mandarin Oriental are stately and elegant.


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Field Trip: Quel Ques Patisseries 大安區的 某某甜點

After several weeks of travel posts, I feel like I’m ready to come back to reality and tell you more about desserts that can be found in Taipei.  I keep mentioning this, but since I see no sign of improvement, I think I will have to keep going on about it–I am, probably the most directionally challenged person in the world. One day, I will learn how to use Google Maps, but until then, I mostly just rely on landmarks and wild guesses. This is a bit challenging in Taipei, which I’m sure has one of the most complicated alleyway systems in the world. Of course, this doesn’t stop me from going on wild goose chases whenever I have time. Especially if the end of the chase involves the promise of desserts. My latest chase was in search of QuelQues Patisseries (某某甜點) After about 15 minutes of aimlessly wandering the small side streets, I finally found it!


QuelQues is located in a residential neighborhood. The most straightforward way is to come out of Xinyi Anhe MRT station, Exit 2, walk across the street, towards the red brick building, and turn left when you see the sign for Mentor Hair.


During my visit on a weekday afternoon, QuelQues was filled to the brim. There was a wait to order takeaway pastries, there was a wait to eat in. (This photo was taken right before I left, around 4:30, and the both the crowd and pastry case had thinned considerably by then).


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