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.
Wow, that escalated quickly. Seriously. Last years level of participants and attendees was fairly low, almost quaint. There was open space with which to move without having to force another human being against an exhibitors booth and walk around without needing to worry about accidentally stepping on someones 6-legged crawling robotic creation. This year was very, very different.
Welcome to this weeks random collection of random street photos of Taipei. This weeks leftovers consist mostly of non-food related pictures of Raohe Street Night Market (for food-related pictures, see my Top 5 Street Market Foods post from Tuesday) and a few from around the Hsinyi Discrict where the kids treated mommy to a Mothers Day tea time.
And where daddy had very fancy-yet-amazing slow drip iced coffee.
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).
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.
Heres comes yet another selection of my recent street photos of Taipei. Most…in fact, all…were shot while exploring the small streets and alleys off Civil Boulevard near Taipei Main Station with my kids looking for Halloween costumes and props.