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Taiwan Trip 2012

While I’m focusing on my family getting back to our daily routine and recovering from jet lag, I put together highlights of our recent trip To Taiwan from my Instagram between unpacking and several loads of laundry.  Hope you enjoy!

Leaving for Taiwan

Taiwan 2012-1

1) The morning of our trip.  After many trips back home, I usually need 2-3 hours to pack for my family.
2) San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
3) Four suitcases total, checking in two.

Taipei, Taiwan (North of Taiwan 台北)

Taiwan 2012-2

1) Taipei 101, the 2nd tallest building in the world.
2) The amazing view from the 89th floor.
3) Taipei 101 from the ground level.
4) National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
5) Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and my daughter.
6) Busy street at night near Regent Hotel.
7) Subway ticketing machine.
8) Taking subways is fun – reminds me of my life back in Japan.
9) Lots of motorcycles on the street.

Taiwan 2012-3

1) The view of Taipei 101 from our room at Regent Hotel.
2) View of Taipei 101 at night.
3) Japanese flavor macarons from Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki Paris: yuzu, hojicha, matcha, (strawberry for my daugther,) genmaicha, (blueberry for my son).
4) A friend took us to the best Peking Duck restaurant in Taipei (龍都酒樓).
5) We loved their thin wraps instead of buns!
6) Ippudo, one of the popular ramen shops from Japan (with locations in NYC, SG, HK, South Korea, Sydney, Taipei), happens to be close to our hotel.
7) Shiromaru – original ramen .
8) Akamaru – modern ramen (I prefer this over Shiromaru)
9) Pork belly bun.

Train Trip to Taitung, Taiwan (East of Taiwan 台東)

Taiwan 2012-4

1) Taking a train to Taitung (East of Taiwan).
2) Traditional bento box on a train with pork chop, seasoned egg, veggies, and rice.
3) Surrounded by the rice field.
4) Peaceful view near the resort.
5) Papago Resort, where we stayed.
6) Our spacious villa with a private pool.

Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Southwest of Taiwan 高雄)

Taiwan 2012-5

1) Our first meal, Tonkatsu at Shinjuku Saboten.
2) Traditional breakfast stand.
3) 2 egg pancakes and 6 pot stickers with garlic sauce for $3!
4) Dan Zai noodles, pork ball soup, and pig feet.
5) Black chicken soup (skin and bone are black).
6) 7 ingredients soup including shark fin and frog ovary.

Taiwan 2012-6

1) Sweet rice with crab – my favorite dish at the wedding reception.
2) Another day with crab.
3) And more crab!!
4) Mullet soft roe – not really my favorite.
5) Braised pork belly with bittermelon.
6) Traditional Taiwanese stew dish.
7) Famous Chou’s Shrimp Roll from Tainan.
8) Fish and fish ball soup.
9) Deep fried stinky tofu – I love this particular restaurant where they serve special sauce over the tofu.

Taiwan 2012-7

1) A Taiwanese wedding reception.  It reminded me of my wedding in Taiwan 7 years ago with 500 guests (which I don’t know most of them).
2) One of the most beautiful subway stations I’ve seen, in Kaohsiung.
3) Visiting a temple with Ama (“grandma” in Taiwanese).
4) Kids praying for education.
5) Taiwanese opera on the street at the temple.
6) Playing at a park.  Besides that, we went swimming almost everyday.
7) VIP room at cinema – my husband and I watched Skyfall and Breaking Dawn Part II.
8) My most favorite thing to do in Taiwan: foot and whole body massage (went 3 times!).
9) Going home, at Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei.

Taiwan 2012-8

Last but not least, I want to thank my friend Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover for sending me beautiful wooden plates and bowls.  On her recent trip to Bali, she remembered that I have hard time finding wooden products here in the US so she bought some for me and shipped these along with other kitchen gadgets to my in-laws in Taiwan from Malaysia.  Thank you so much Sonia!

If you haven’t seen her blog Nasi Lemak Lover, I hope you stop by.  She has a wide-ranging collection of Asian and baked goods recipes from her kitchen in Malaysia.

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  • Stephanie November 28, 2012, 3:30 pm

    It looks like a wonderful fun-filled and food-filled trip! Looking at all your pictures made my mouth drool since I haven’t been to Taiwan in 4 years. Maybe I should make a trip soon. hehe Glad you had fun! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 28, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Looks like you had a blast out there! And that photo collage of all the food? Uh yes please! I may just make a trip out there solely for the food!

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  • Kimmi November 28, 2012, 3:54 pm

    The food photos look absolutely amazing! And I’m sure that the real thing was extremely tasty! I always love an Asian breakfast and things like rice congee and savory pancakes. =)

    Glad to hear that you had a lovely and exciting trip with your family. Thanks very much for thinking os us and taking the time to share highlights from your trip. Good luck with getting back to the daily grind and over the jetlag!

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    • Nami November 28, 2012, 10:50 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed my pictures, Kimmi! Thank you for your kind words. Hopefully my kids will get back to regular routine soon so I don’t have to make breakfast super early in the morning! :)

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  • The Ninja Baker November 28, 2012, 4:01 pm

    Sadaharu Aoki Paris macarons are in Taiwan, too! 勉強になりました。

    Thank you for sharing all your fantastic photos from your trip. Including the 超可愛い very cute pictures of your daughter.

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  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 28, 2012, 4:03 pm

    Looks like an amazing trip! Hope you are recovering, and getting caught up!

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  • Lillian November 28, 2012, 4:19 pm

    LOVE all the photos, Nami! Thank you for sharing them so I can re-live a bit of “home”. =) Glad you all had a great time visiting family. Hope you get over jetlag soon!

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  • Mel November 28, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Beautiful photos taking during your Taiwan hokidays. I’d enjoyed viewing it and reading the descriptions….

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  • Nobida November 28, 2012, 5:07 pm

    Correction. It is Taiwanese* opera on the street at temple. It’s quite different from Chinese style. :p

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    • Nami November 28, 2012, 6:15 pm

      Hi Nobida! Thank you for pointing that out! I just edited it. :)

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  • tigerfish November 28, 2012, 6:04 pm

    You brought back memories (esp. those of food!) of my 1 year stay in Taiwan when I was living in central Taiwan.

    I believe most authentic Chinese (Cantonese) restaurants in Asia serve Peking duck with thin wraps. I love those too! Think wraps + crispy skin = yum yum!

    Hope you recover fast from jet lag. Every time I come back to US from Asia I take weeks to recover :(

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    • Nami November 28, 2012, 10:49 pm

      Were you in Taichung (台中)? I did not realize that Cantonese restaurants serve thin wraps! I see! I really liked this and can eat it every week… :)

      Thanks! My kids take at least 1 week to get back to regular sleeping routine. Sigh…

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  • Laura @ Family Spice November 28, 2012, 6:04 pm

    Beautiful! Looks like you had a wonderful time – and the food?! Yummy! My dearest friend that I’ve known for 25+ years just visited me last week and told me she’s going to whisk me away to Taiwan. Thanks for showing me what’s awaiting me – one day!

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  • Swee San @ The Sweet Spot November 28, 2012, 6:06 pm

    wow looks like u went to alot of places as well in Taiwan.. :)

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  • yummychunklet November 28, 2012, 6:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing such great images!

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  • Esther November 28, 2012, 6:22 pm

    Sounds liek a fun filled trip, lotsa swimming, massages and food – my kinda holiday :) yea, now its the aftermath that we mummies have to deal with ya! Take it easy..plenty of time to ease back into the routine.

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  • Hyosun Ro November 28, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Nami – looks like you had a great family trip! Look at all those amazing looking food. Welcome back!

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  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 28, 2012, 6:35 pm

    I really want to visit Taiwan. My son’s in-laws are in Kaohsiung and while I’ve met Ming’s sister in Tokyo and her mother when she visited Atlanta, I’ve never been to Taiwan. My son went to Kaohsiung for his brother-in-law’s wedding several years ago and he said it was, “Let’s watch the tall round-eye eat.” Al’s 6’4″ and he isn’t the most adventurous eater at the best of times but he ate everything they gave him when he was on display – even the ceremonial pig’s blood with the other men. When they weren’t looking, he lost 15 pounds. :) I laughed when he said, “Donuts with beans inside?? Mom, really.”

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  • Muna Kenny November 28, 2012, 6:38 pm

    I’m glad you had good time, Taiwan look like a beautiful place and I’m so tempted to visit. All that food made me hungry, you’re so lucky :)

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  • createengwp November 28, 2012, 6:44 pm

    Sounds like you are having an awesome feast in Taiwan. I will make sure to eat a few of these dishes and keep my waistline as is. Thanks for sharing!

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  • chinmayie @ love food eat November 28, 2012, 8:03 pm

    Such lovely photos… You all seem to have had a lot of fun!

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  • Eha November 28, 2012, 8:09 pm

    ‘Getting to know you . . . getting to feel free and easy . . . getting to know you . . . getting to know what to say; : from the ‘King and I’ just a tad [!] ago :) ! How much knowledge to absorb and remember . . . :D !

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  • Gina November 28, 2012, 8:51 pm

    I loved watching your adventure on Instagram. Everything you did looked amazing. Loved how you went to the spa multiple times. Must be hard to come home and get back into a routine.
    -Gina-

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  • agnes November 28, 2012, 9:03 pm

    I was told that Food in Taiwan are delicious and cheap. Should plan a visit there. I saw you mentioned frog ovary in one of the soup..what is that?

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  • meg franco November 28, 2012, 9:14 pm

    Beautiful pictures of beautiful food!

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  • Vi November 28, 2012, 9:15 pm

    Beautiful pics. Thanks for taking the time to share and welcome back!

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  • A_Boleyn November 28, 2012, 9:16 pm

    So many exotic dishes, Nami. I know I’d eat well though I don’t know that I’d have to courage to try them all. :)

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  • Juliana November 28, 2012, 9:21 pm

    Wow, lovely pictures of Taiwan…especially the food…yum!
    Thanks for sharing your pictures and hope you recover soon from the jet lag :)

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  • Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) November 28, 2012, 9:40 pm

    I went to Taiwan in 2010 (for the food!)… I wasn’t there long enough to explore very much outside of Taipei, though. Your photos make me want to go back again soon, and explore other parts of Taiwan… Also Nami, I’m so impressed that you can pack for your whole family in so few suitcases, and so quickly! :)

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 28, 2012, 9:53 pm

    I adore your photos Nami and welcome back! I can’t wait to read some more and I really love the way you have detailed all of the food that you ate :D

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  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book November 28, 2012, 10:21 pm

    What a magical trip Nami – so much beauty. Thank you for sharing it all with us.
    :-) Mandy

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  • kat November 28, 2012, 10:35 pm

    enjoyed seeing your photos on Instagram :)

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  • Katerina November 28, 2012, 10:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing photos of your trip to Taiwan! That way I saw food and places that perhaps I will not be able to enjoy throughout my life!

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  • Hotly Spiced November 28, 2012, 11:03 pm

    I haven’t been to Taiwan and I haven’t seen many photos of it either so it’s been lovely to read your post. The food looks great and it looks like your children are having the best time xx

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  • Fern @ To Food with Love November 29, 2012, 2:11 am

    Your pictures tell a great story, and the collages are very nicely done. Taiwan is always about the food, and if I were to visit one day, I’d probably have to stay for a month to try all the food! Nice to see you and the family had such an enjoyable trip, and the kids are so photogenic, as always :)

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  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen November 29, 2012, 5:10 am

    Wow, Nami what an awesome album packed with so many wonderful memories. You are now making me want to go to Taiwan and experience all these. I love the food shots most of all! How cute your children are. I can imagine how it must have been for you — a lot of work to prepare for the trip, but at the same time, an exciting time with family. You’re fortunate to have this chance to bring your kids to visit their roots and family ties. Thanks for sharing, Nami. And I love those wooden spoons and bowls. I’ll go visit her Sonia’s site!

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  • Orchidea November 29, 2012, 5:24 am

    Hi,beautiful travelling pictures of Taiwan. It looks such an interesting place and the food… it looks so good!
    Ciao.

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  • Eri November 29, 2012, 5:42 am

    I loved every picture from your trip, one by one.
    Thank you Nami for showing me different things.
    So now, happy “Western Holiday season”!
    Hugs and Kisses!

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  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover November 29, 2012, 5:57 am

    I just saw few new bloggers stopping by my blog and I was wondering why, look like they all direct from your blog , hahaha..Just few small humble gifts, don’t mentioned, Nami.
    You know what, my mother, sisters and few blogger friends also went to Taiwan in Nov, I was so envy you all , hehehe .. Thanks for sharing your trip, will keep these info for my future reference, I must visit one day.

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  • Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings November 29, 2012, 6:16 am

    Welcome back! We’re missed you! What a great family adventure!

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  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist November 29, 2012, 7:40 am

    OH MY GOSH!! All of that food!! I want to go with you next time. What an amazing trip!!

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 29, 2012, 8:09 am

    Love your pictures, Nami! Glad you were able to eat well and relax a little – yay for the massages! ;)

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  • Linda | The Urban Mrs November 29, 2012, 9:27 am

    Welcome back! You had awesome trip there when you went for massage 3 times. Definitely something that we can do to often here. Not to mention peking duck, crab, buns – what a lovely vacation.

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  • Betty November 29, 2012, 9:45 am

    Thanks so much for sharing these pictures. Helped me feel like I’m more in touch with my Taiwanese roots. Hopefully I can experience it myself next year. I just want to say that your recipes and cookbook turned me into a better cook, and I thank you for that. The black sesame ice cream was such a hit during my Thanksgiving dinner. Keep the recipes coming! =)

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    • Nami November 30, 2012, 11:36 pm

      Hi Betty! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed my post. :)

      Your feedback made my day. I’m glad you enjoy cooking my recipes and I will continue trying to be better at cooking and sharing my recipes on this site. And yay for your black sesame ice cream! :)

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  • cheapethniceatz November 29, 2012, 10:47 am

    I am so envious of your trip. I have yet to go to Asia. Your pics are so beautiful and I like the personal touch of them …as if we were there to. Japanese flavored macarons lol? First time I see that.

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  • Lawyer Loves Lunch November 29, 2012, 11:25 am

    It’s settled! I’m making a trip there for the ramen alone! So glad you guys had a good time :)

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  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen November 29, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Hi Nami, welcome back! Sounds (and looks) like you and the kids had a wonderful time. The food looks marvellous.

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  • Rosa November 29, 2012, 1:44 pm

    It looks like you had a great time in Taiwan! Gorgeous food and lovely landscapes (countryside).

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie November 29, 2012, 2:39 pm

    Hi Nami,
    It looks like you had a wonderful trip. Makes me want to hop on a plane and go to Taiwan. All of the food looks delicious but particularly the crab dishes -yum! Have a great weekend:)

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  • Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings November 29, 2012, 3:03 pm

    Nami, what a gorgeous collection of photos! Looks like you had a food-filled and fun-filled time away! First off, they have Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki in Taipei??? Lucky them! And all the food you ate…oh, all the food! Very nice…especially the fried stinky tofu! How was it? And yes, full body massage!!! WOW! It’s so nice that your kids got to spend time with their Ama! I miss my Ama :( She passed away in 2009, but since we moved to Canada in 1995, I only saw her once in 15 years before she passed away. And to think that I lived with her and slept in her bedroom for the first 20 years of my life before I moved to Canada!!! Anyway, take care :)2

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    • Nami November 29, 2012, 3:37 pm

      I enjoy living abroad but when it comes to family, I really wish that I can live closer to home. I miss all the holiday family get together and some important celebrations. You must have wonderful memories of your Ama. :) Thanks for sharing your story!

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  • Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings November 29, 2012, 3:06 pm

    By the way, I visited Sonia’s blog at Nasi Lemak Lover. She’s Hokkien – just like me!!!

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    • Nami November 29, 2012, 3:35 pm

      My husband is Hokkien too. :)

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  • Ashley - Baker by Nature November 29, 2012, 3:41 pm

    Your trip looks amazing, Nami! Happy you’re back safe and sound ;) Good luck with the laundry haha

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  • Balvinder November 29, 2012, 4:18 pm

    looks like you had a fun filled trip. So much food and so much to see.

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  • kitchenriffs November 29, 2012, 4:21 pm

    Great photos! It appears that you saw some great sites, and had some amazing food to eat! Really fun to read about your trip (and look at the pictures) – thanks so much.

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  • Karina November 29, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Hi NAMI,
    nice pics and even better ideas for the kitchen! I envy you for this trip.
    My main Thank-You! to you is the historical aspect of your trip. I’ve never heard of Dr. Sun Yat-sen before. I looked him up and (for all readers, just google him – he was a very intersting character who lived in rather turbulent times).
    I very much like the picture with your daughter infront of his statue.
    So cooking and preparing food is central to the human condition. And this has been the case for the past 8,000 years or so.
    Love your blog!

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    • Nami November 30, 2012, 11:22 pm

      Hello Karina! Thank you for your kind message. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed my travel post. I wish I could have more time to explain in details but with the limited time I had I failed… Thank you for following my blog! :)

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  • Suzanne November 29, 2012, 5:06 pm

    Nami, what a fun trip you all had I loved seeing the photos on instagram but of course I did not see them all so, it was nice to see them. Such interesting food with so much seafood sounds great. Glad you made it home safe and now trying to catch up on things.

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  • Liz November 29, 2012, 5:52 pm

    Welcome home, Nami! What a great snapshots of your trip…looks like lots of wonderful memories were made :)

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  • Tina Driz November 29, 2012, 6:50 pm

    Like like like Nami wish I was with you I have never been to Taiwan how many hours is the trip hope I can visit one of these days! The kids must have loved the trip they are adorable Nami. I also love the food except the crabs since I am allegic.. Thanks for the wonderful pictures like I am there with you I can see and smell it…

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    • Nami November 30, 2012, 11:33 pm

      Thank you Tina! I’m actually allergic to crab too (I found out around mid 20s), but I enjoyed eating a little bit. :) I couldn’t resist! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed my post. Thank you for your kind feedback!

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  • Patty November 29, 2012, 7:44 pm

    What a fabulous trip, I enjoyed following you on Instagram-you’ve shared some great photos that give a taste of your amazing trip! Welcome home ;-)

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  • Sandra's Easy Cooking November 29, 2012, 8:53 pm

    Such a beautiful trip and I am glad you took some time for yourself too. Food looks amazing, and every picture speak for itself. Wonderful post…I am glad you are back!!!

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  • Lail @ with A Spin November 29, 2012, 8:58 pm

    Looks like you had a blast on your trip. I can totally relate to the 2-3 hour packing. I used to travel the world with one carryon and wouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to pack until I had a baby.
    Beautiful pics by the way.

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  • Shirley November 29, 2012, 10:22 pm

    Welcome back! Love all the photos, and I’m jealous you got to eat prime Peking duck. And eat at Ippudo! The one in NYC is great. Your kids are so cute!

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  • Ramona November 30, 2012, 4:13 am

    What a wonderful and delicious trip!! Your kids are world travelers!! Mine have yet to be on an airplane. :) Now you have given me another place on my list of places I must visit someday. Taiwan is a Beautiful country. :) Glad to have you back. :)

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  • Renata November 30, 2012, 5:38 am

    So beautiful, Nami! I can’t believe I lived almost 6 years in Asia and didn’t visit Taiwan. I’ll be going home to Brazil very soon, but who knows one day I will be back :)
    Lovely shots!

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  • mjskit November 30, 2012, 7:16 am

    What a great trip! I have so many comments about these pictures I don’t know where to begin. The shot from the 89th floor, I thought was from a airplane! What a city! I’d love it if Americans would ride more scooters around instead of SUVs that never go into 4 wheel drive. You and family definitely ate like royalty from my perspective. All that wonderful food are foods that I crave, but have little to no access to. Three foot and body massages?!?! You definitely traveled like royalty! Good for you – that’s what vacations are for!!! Lovely, lovely trip. Thanks for sharing the pictures and welcome home!

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  • Tiffany November 30, 2012, 7:47 am

    Oh my word, these pictures are AWESOME! I’ve never been to Asia, but I am dying to go… perhaps Taiwan should be first on my list??? (Although my brother really wants to go to Japan!). Hugs Nami!!!

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  • Rhonda (@diningalone) November 30, 2012, 7:52 am

    All of the food looks amazing, especially the ramen and the duck. Thanks for sharing all of the awesome pictures. I can’t imagine staying on the 89th floor of a building!

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  • Mi Vida en un Dulce November 30, 2012, 8:10 am

    OMG Nami, what a exiting trip…!!!
    I had the opportunity to be in different countries of several continents, except Asia, and countries there are so beautifful, and full of culture. Some day I will.

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  • Jill @ MadAboutMacarons November 30, 2012, 8:59 am

    Superwoman Nami! What a trip. Love your comments too. Wedding and not knowing most of the guests. Gosh, that food looks incredible and the view from the 89th floor? I’ll trust you it’s wonderful up there. What a place!

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  • Priscilla@ShesCookin November 30, 2012, 10:39 am

    What a wonderful and DELICIOUS trip, Nami! So many great pics – I love that opening shot (missed that on Instagram) and that definitely the most stunning subway – it looks like a nightclub :) Pork belly bun and sweet crab with rice – now I’m hungry, time for lunch!

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  • Andrea November 30, 2012, 10:47 am

    Nami, these are just amazing pictures of what must have been a fabulous trip to Taiwan! It is so much fun looking at all the pictures and you all look so happy and delighted! How wonderful!
    Hope you will have a great weekend!

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  • Reem | Simply Reem November 30, 2012, 12:12 pm

    What a fun trip Nami!!!
    It is always nice to visit family…
    I am gald you had a nice break and relaxing time ;-)

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  • Laura|My Little Gourmet November 30, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Looks like you had a great time and ate some delicious food. I’m especially liking the ramen!! Good luck with the jet lag and getting back into your routine.

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  • Sandra November 30, 2012, 6:47 pm

    So many wonderful pictures you must be exhausted.

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  • Baby Sumo November 30, 2012, 8:34 pm

    Nami, your kids are super adorable. Your food photos on IG and also here is making my mouth water!

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  • Sanjeeta kk November 30, 2012, 9:28 pm

    What a wonderful trip, Nami..am sure you would have loved everything about it. And those wooden bowls are cute.

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  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. November 30, 2012, 10:46 pm

    It looks like it was an amazing trip! I enjoyed seeing all of your pictures!

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  • indiferent November 30, 2012, 11:12 pm

    Wow ! It’s great !

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  • Lynna December 1, 2012, 12:04 am

    WOW. Love the pictures. That is one beautiful subway station. Taiwan is one country I hope to visit. I simply love Taiwanese food.

    Also, you had 500 GUESTS at you wedding?! Hope you weren`t too stressed! Haha.

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  • Valerie Brunmeier December 1, 2012, 8:34 am

    I love the Instagram photo collages! Your kids are just so cute Nami :) The food looks fantastic and always seems to be the highlight of any travel. I’m glad you have such a great family vacation but I’m also glad that you are back home!

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  • Yelena December 1, 2012, 11:06 am

    Dear Nami, I am so happy for you, seems like you had a wonderful time. So many culinary adventures, so many scrumptious dishes. I love to try all. But the most, I like to try the black chicken soup, always ready to try new things. Perhaps I need to visit Taiwan very soon-)) Welcome back and of course we missed you dear Nami!

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  • mycookinghut December 1, 2012, 11:34 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful time!

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  • ChopinandMysaucepan December 1, 2012, 1:12 pm

    Dear Nami,

    Your daughter is so freakin’ cute sitting in that suitcase! Looks like you had your fair share of crab – it looks really delicious. And braised pork belly with bitter gourd would be my pick. I have yet to try Taiwan’s most famous stinky tofu :(

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  • cakewhiz December 1, 2012, 1:16 pm

    oh nami! what a fun trip and look at all that delicious food. i am so glad you shared these pictures with us :)

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  • Lori Lynn December 1, 2012, 3:20 pm

    Hi Nami – terrific compilation of photos. Sounds like your family had a blast!
    LL
    P.S. Love the crab photo grouping especially…

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  • Kristi Rimkus December 1, 2012, 5:33 pm

    What a wonderful family holiday! It’s so much fun to get away and share the experience with our closest family, isn’t it? Food is such a part of that experience and I can see you truly had some delicious eats!

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  • Jennifer @ Delicieux December 1, 2012, 8:07 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing trip Nami. That photo of your daughter in the suitcase is so adorable!!!

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  • Raymund December 1, 2012, 11:41 pm

    Wow that’s a gastronomical tour, look at all those food! Yum

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  • Baltic Maid December 1, 2012, 11:49 pm

    I am happy to hear that you had such a good time. The food looks so amazing. I’d be in heaven trying all these different thing. But I hope you didn’t actually eat the crab given you have an allergy… Taiwan looks like a place worth visiting. Thank you for sharing all these pictures with us.

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  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 2, 2012, 2:37 am

    Welcome back Nami :) Hope you’ve had an amazing trip! I am SO SO SO jealous! I truly LOVE Taiwan so so so much! I’m going back in January woo hoo I can’t wait ;) All the food, people and so much to see xox

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  • Sissi December 2, 2012, 5:34 am

    Nami, thank you for sharing these wonderful travel and food photos with us. You have made me dream of going to Taiwan now… I would give a lot to have such a beautiful porkbelly bun, not to mention discovering other delicacies you have been lucky to taste.
    I have eaten macarons from Sadaharu Aoki!!! (In Paris) He has some very original tasting ones (I think I had savoury ume once for example). What a coincidence that you mention him.
    It looks like you have had excellent holidays with your family!

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  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles December 2, 2012, 6:16 am

    Oh my Gosh, gorgeous photos of your trip Nami… it does take a while to recover from that kind of travel, doesn’t it? Especially when you are moving that kind of distance with kids… even though it can be lots of fun, it’s also plenty of dislocation and jet lag for sure. Hopefully all will go smoothly as you transition back to life in SF. I’m in love with those wooden bowls/spoons – totally my style!! Cheers Nami.

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  • Charles December 2, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Lovely to see the photos Nami – glad you had a wonderful trip and are all back safely! Love the sound of a VIP room for movies… now that’s my style! :D

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  • Carolyn Jung December 2, 2012, 3:28 pm

    That shrimp roll has me intrigued. Never had anything like it. I wonder if there’s any place in the Bay Area that serve something like that?

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  • Chef and Sommelier December 2, 2012, 7:51 pm

    Ok, let me leave the 100th comment for the post! :)

    Wow! Looks like you and family had an amazing trip to Taiwan! Especially the food there. Good to be back home?

    Just wonder, your 2 lovely kids speak English, Mandarin, Japanese and Hokkien? :)

    Your holiday post makes me more looking forward to my trip to Melbourne and Tasmania next week. :)

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  • Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats December 2, 2012, 11:24 pm

    I have never been to Taiwan, and it has been in my list for a year now. Great clicks and what an array of food gastronomy. Have a good week ahead and hopefully you have recovered well from jet lag. Hugs, Jo

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  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice December 3, 2012, 8:30 am

    Looks like you and the family had a wonderful time in Taiwan, Nami. I have instant cravings the moment I looked at the pictures of Peking Duck and the sweet rice crab dish! Did you make it to the original Din Tai Fung? Oh boy, give me some of these authentic Chinese foods!:) Thanks for sharing your travel snippets. It was so fun looking through the pictures.

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  • Hannah December 4, 2012, 7:56 am

    Thank you for sharing your visit with us, Nami! Your photos are stunning. What a special family time. Looks like you ate well and enjoyed yourselves immensely! I’m sure it was hard to say good-bye when you left. I hope all your laundry is done now and you’re settled back into life at home. :)

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  • Food Jaunts December 4, 2012, 9:45 am

    You only need 3 hours to pack for your family? You’re amazing! Great photos Nami; hope you had a fantastic time with your family!

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  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 6, 2012, 8:16 pm

    It’s lovely to see how Instagram really has changed the way we capture the moments of our lives, what a great compilation of images from your trip.

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  • twobacas May 27, 2013, 9:49 pm

    Hi again,
    How was the stinky tofu?………twobacas

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    • Nami May 27, 2013, 11:17 pm

      Hi Twobacas! I only like this particular restaurant’s stinky tofu because it has a broth over the tofu and it’s easier to eat. I can imagine I can get used to eating this when I grew up eating it, just like Natto for Japanese people… I don’t really notice strange smell and like the slimy texture. :D

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  • Vita Tauté September 6, 2013, 4:15 pm

    How wonderful to see those highlights in Taiwan, it made me proud to be a Taiwanese. BTW, it seems like your husband is from TW as well, which city is he from? I am from 彰化。

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    • Nami September 8, 2013, 9:34 pm

      Hi Vita! My husband is from 高雄 (Kaoghsiung). :) I haven’t been to 彰化 yet but hopefully one day! Thank you so much for your kind comment!

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  • Suzi April 15, 2014, 7:42 am

    Amazing, it is a small world! I have been reading nasi lemak lover for a while and I bumped into your blog today while searching for kurigohan recipe. And you are a friend of Nasi Lemak lover!!!! Indeed , the world is round.

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    • Nami April 15, 2014, 8:50 am

      Hi Suzi! Haha it’s a small world indeed! Sonia is such a kind and generous friend I met through blogging, and she’s been a wonderful friend! She is a great cook, not to mention! Thank you so much for your comment. :)

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