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Brick Works, a Lego-Themed Restaurant in Taipei

Yes, Brick Works is another toy brand-themed restaurant, this time based on the popular Lego property. Much like Tokyo, themed restaurants are quickly becoming the norm in Taipei. In fact, the restaurant that I would say kick-started and popularized the genre locally was the obnoxiously pink, faux Victorian Hello Kitty Sweets, created as a partnership between a local businessperson and the Japan cultural staple organization Sanrio.

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Random Encounters: 89 Seafood, Taipei

Both my taxi driver and and my sister-in-law claimed that this is currently the best restaurant in Taipei to get seafood. Im not much of a fan of seafood myself (Im kind of the opposite of a pescitarian), but the street-side kitchen made for a cool photographic subject. If you do enjoy giant crab and happen to be in Taipei, you can find 89 Seafood here.

Now on to the pictures.


Kiko’s Diner, Taipei. Sanrio-Approved Hello Kitty Done With Taste! 1

Taipei now has a second officially Sanrio-approved eatery and, thankfully, it involves far less pink. In fact, there’s no pink at all. Kiko’s Diner in Taipei soft-opened about a week ago and is set to have it’s grand opening January 1st. Contrary to it’s older sister Hello Kitty Sweets, which sits just a couple of blocks away, Kiko’s Diner is less of a novelty-themed restaurant and is more in the style of a business lunch restaurant in both appearance and menu items.

Boyfriends and spouses of the Sanrio-obsessed need not fear.

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Streets Saturday for Week 21

Another week of shots off the mobile. Its just so darn convenient and faster to reach for something in my pocket than in my bag. Also, its a lot less conspicuous in a hospital where a couple of these were taken. Yes, Im fine. I was just there for a blood screening and MMR vaccination.

Did you know vaccinations fade after a couple of decades?

I did take advantage of some Taipei MRT construction that I came across with a proper camera, but since the photos are related theyll be posted under the Random Encounters banner next week.

Here we go.


The Barbie Cafe, Taipei, Taiwan 9

The Barbie Cafe in Taipei, Taiwan is not the first Barbie-themed restaurant in the world but it is the first Barbie-themed restaurant in the world officially licensed by Mattel H.Q. In El Segundo, California. The obvious question is Why Taipei?. Themed restaurants are very popular in Asia in general and seem to be especially popular in countries like Japan, China, and Taiwan. In China, enforcement of intellectual properties and trademarks is ridiculously lax making it a poor environment in which to open a business that relies on its branding as a selling tool. In Japan, the market has matured (and might even be called glutted). While theme restaurants are popular in Taipei, there is still room for new players here. It also helps that one of the most popular restaurants in the city is the Sanrio-approved Hello Kitty Sweets, which has remained popular for some time. In demographic terms, they appeal to the same pie. And guess where the Barbie Cafe is located? Its less than a block from Hello Kitty Sweets, so Mattel is well aware of the demographics.

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