Field Trip: L’idiot Restaurant 驢子餐廳 (華泰王子大飯店)

L’idiot Restaurant| Address: 369, LinSen North Road, Taipei 104 | Phone: 0903-393-098 (reservations recommended) |台北市林森北路369號 華泰王子大飯店1F

L’idiot has been on my list of restaurants to try, after watching the movie My Egg Boy (see the trailer here).  Trust me, watch the movie and you will understand why. Just fast forward through all the parts about the figurative eggs, and focus on the fabulous produce and cooking… and the person that does the cooking.  Currently the restaurant has moved from the original location in Ming Sheng community, to the first floor of the Gloria Prince Hotel, in Zhongshan District. Continue reading

Tiny Kitchen Series: Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta 小廚房 大料理: 小番茄義大利麵

For the past few months, I’ve been working really long hours, and sometimes not even getting home until after 8 pm at night.  By then, I’m usually exhausted and starving, so I just buy a bento and eat it half heartedly before crashing to bed.  After a few weeks of this, I’m noticing that it’s having such a negative effect on my lifestyle, and I want change!  As I mentioned in this previous post, lately, I’ve been trying to make more active use of my kitchen. Even though it’s super tiny, it’s still adequate enough to cook and bake. I thought I would start a new series, “Tiny Kitchen” to document my latest adventures cooking (and baking here).  It always helps me to have a concrete (yet realistic!) goal in mind, so my goals are to make dinners at least twice a week for the next month. This pasta is the first in the series, and it was inspired by a box of cherry tomatoes that I received in my weekly fruit box delivery.  In Taiwan, cherry tomatoes  are a fruit. However, I personally consider them to be a vegetable, and thought they would be perfect for a quick, yet satisfying dinner. A quick search on the internet, and I was in luck.  How can you resist a recipe with this description? “Juicy sweet cherry tomatoes burst open in warm olive oil, creating a luxuriously silky sauce that comes together in minutes”.

最近的生活只能用一個字來形容。 就是: 忙 。很多晚上都加班到8點多才回家。一到家就在附近隨便買個便當或是麵包 吃完就差不多想睡覺了。 我其實很不喜歡這樣! 所以想從些小小的調整還有改變開始。 雖然我家廚房不大 但其實是方便;該有的設備都有, 可以舒服的做菜還有烘培的。 我下定決心~ 要每一個禮拜至少有兩天, 在家吃晚餐 ~ 而且是吃自己做的菜!

這次做的菜真的超級簡單的。 小番茄是果物配這一週送來的  看到番茄, 我就會想吃義大利麵! 一下是世上最簡單的番茄義大利麵作法。PS- 在我廚房最常用的小刀就是這個瑞士番茄刀 (除了切番茄以外 也很適合切麵包)

By the way, there is actually a knife by Victorinox, made especially for slicing tomatoes!  This knife is one of the most often used knives in my kitchen, so handy for slicing tomatoes, and bread, actually.


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Hello Hong Kong! LOG-ON, Midori Traveler’s Notebook Hong Kong Tramways Edition and Simply Life

Information: Simply Life  Shop A,C&D, G/F, 13-15 Cleveland Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong |銅鑼灣Fashion Walk加寧街13-15號地下A,C&D舖 | Log-On Fashion Walk, Level 1 Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

When I was in Hong Kong, I made time to visit the Log-On Store to see the「Traveler’s notebook and Hong Kong Tramways」special edition. The Log-On store that carries this line is located in the Fashion Walk shopping complex, in Causeway Bay. (I went to the other Log On Store in Kowloon Tong, and they did not have them there)


In case you are wondering, Log-On is a branch of City Super, which is a chain of grocery stores that sells a combination of local and imported products. I think the City Super chain originated in Hong Kong, and now there are several branches in Taiwan too.  In Hong Kong, Log-On houses all the lifestyle, homeware and stationery products and is in a completely separate section from the groceries. In Taipei, there is some stationery in the City Super Stores, but the layout is not very user friendly. It’s sort of squished in the same section as the sweets and personal care products.  While it’s convenient enough to do some impulse shopping, while you are popping in to buy milk or something, I think it would be better to have  a separate section just for stationery and lifestyle products.

Back to the Log-On store in Fashion Walk, which was really very pleasant to shop in. The layout of the store is clear, and there is plenty of space for you to browse. Naturally, the first thing to catch my eye was the washi tape display.


The Traveler’s notebook and Hong Kong Tramways special edition display is located a little further into the store.


I seriously wish it was my job to design these bulletin boards. Love everything on this board, and the way it was laid out. So many fun details.

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