This past Saturday I made a trip outside Taipei to the Gongyuan Rd. street market in Hutoushan Park, Taoyuan. On the way back I made a quick stop at a local I-Mei factory that also has a play area, restaurant, and a few other tourist-y bits to it.For those unaware, I-Mei is like the Wonder Bread brand of Taiwan. Its an almost-century old Taiwanese baker and desserts maker. They both sell their products within groceries and through their own outlets and its virtually impossible to go to an engagement dinner without returning home with a box of I-Mei cookies and cakes.
One of the best things about Taiwan are the street markets. Night or day, it doesnt matter. If you are a shopaholic, they are the polar antethesis of an addicts anonymous meeting. If you are a foodie, some of Taiwans best culinary delights are found in them. If you are a culture conisseur, there is no better Taiwanese cultural nexus. If you like photogtaphy, there is no equal in accessibility to such a variety of subject matter.
This is inarguable Truth.
Lets call this an image dump of my favorite Taiwan street photos since the last time I posted…which has admittedly been awhile…
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.
So a couple of weeks ago I stopped by the nearest Taipei City street market, Raohe Night Market, which sits next to the Sungshan Train Station, to pick up some dinner. I was also interested in visiting because a coworker claimed that on her last visit she had come across a Texan selling deep fried Oreos.
A Texan in Taipei with a stall at a local street market selling deep fried Oreos.
Well, I confirmed his existance and went home with dinner, some photos from the market, and confirmation that this guy does exist (along with deep fried banana pieces).
No, I didnt stay up late on New Years Eve. Yes, I went to bed early. So did the rest of my family in fact, because New Years Day was an early one for us. Shortly after the sun cleared the horizon we all awoke, found a taxi willing to carry a dog (this took some time), and headed to the Chiang Kaishek Memorial in Taipei to meet up with hundreds of other dog owners in the city. Officially, it was an event to educate dog owners on spaying/neutering their pets, making sure they had their shots, etc… . Unofficially, it was an excuse to let our canine pals run rampant through a national landmark with a huge open space.
And the weather was perfect.
On the last day of the year my wife, a lover of all things Sanrio, met for lunch at a newly-opened Hello Kitty-themed restaurant in the downtown area of Taipei. Afterward, she wanted to take advantage of our location and year-end sales and do some shopping. I waited patiently in front and took pictures of the sidewalk traffic, making sure not to wander to far just in case she wanted my opinion on something.