A fishie Addiction!

By Adinda

A fishie addiction
Dear friends! I have not abandoned thy! I was busy with some fun stuff that’s been taking up most my time. I hope to share these things with you shortly. But for now, to make things up I came back with a somewhat looooonnngggguuuh post, filled with photos. You see, iv’e been digging into my iPhoto lately and I found these photos I took almost A YEAR AGO when I went to my go-to-fishie-restaurant here in Taipei. And so I found out, I NEVER POSTED these photos before! Shame shame… That’s why i’m sharing these photos with you now.

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei
The name of this restaurant/fish market/supermarket/BBQ garden restaurant/hotpot restaurant is: Addiction Aquatic Development (pfffff…I just say Addiction) I think most of the Taipei locals are familiar with this place. If you’re not and you love to eat fresh fish in Japanese style or sashimi/sushi: you must visit this place!

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When you first enter the fish market you can see all kinds of king crabs and scallops and more of the same family. You can buy fish straight from the tanks if you like and let the folks of Addiction prepare it for you to eat in the BBQ garden.

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Addiction has all the walls covered in fridges filled with all kinds of fish and excellent quality meats. Even (alcoholic and non alcoholic) drinks, fruits, vegetables Japanese ceramics and other pretty home interior stuff (last one sounds kinda weird, but it’s great to explore that section if you’re there). I even saw a great collection of cheeses the other day!1!!111!!1 This is a great place if you’re having special dinners at home, this is your go to place to shop for ingredients like meat and fish.

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In my opinion the best place to eat at Addiction is the sushi bar. I know i’m not the only person who thinks this because the queue’s have been crazy lately! My advice to you: first go to the sushi bar and grab a number and after that go explore the rest of the restaurant/market etc. This will save you some headache.

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Outside down the hall way is a fruit and smoothie bar. You can even get fresh coconut juice, so yummy!

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei
Even flowers if you’d like!

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The day I took these photos we went for dinner in the BBQ garden outside. It has a nice atmosphere, especially at night. Look at the lights! Be ready to wait in line too for this though. Busssyyyy!

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If you’re having dinner in the BBQ garden you can pick your food from the freezers outside. There’s not a real menu available. Just point and stare, that’s what I always do.

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They’ll serve the food on these Japanese style BBQ pots. It’s mostly for show and for keeping your food a little warm as soon as it’s done. They will place the meat or the fish right on top of the hot stones, those are being kept warm by the hot coles inside the pot.

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This is me slurping my coconut’s hart out.

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei
And our yummy food! This is mouth-watering fresh, fatty marbled meat, straight from the BBQ. Don’t tell me you didn’t just die.

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei
We dip the meat as much as possible in this deep-fried garlic. DON’T SMELL JUST EAT. So delish.

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei
BBQ pork on a stick!

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei
Salmon and some mushrooms

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei
O yes we did: fresh lobster!

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei
A little-biggie-clammy

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei
Some king crab legs, these things are big!

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei
See?

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei
And finally some salted shrimps.

Addiction: a fish market and restaurant in Taipei

Bet you’re putting on your flip-flops now to run to this place and get your fishie Addiction on! Can’t blame ya, i’m hungry now too and I just ate.

A!

Addiction Aquatic Development
No. 18, Alley 2, Ln 410, Minzu E Rd
(02) 2508 – 1268

Chicken Pho

By Adinda

Chicken Pho
Iv’e been cooking almost every day since the last month or so. I think it’s because i’m just fed up with the very salty and, most of the times, not so healthy food I was eating for the last 11 months. And I was reading about food so much lately that I just can’t wait to cook something up every day. WEIRD. I’m even thinking about making my own cheese! More about that in another post.

But a while ago I made some delicious chicken pho. There are a lot of Vietnamese restaurants here in Taipei but for some reason I haven’t found a restaurant that makes chicken pho. So after eating beef pho for 10 months on a weekly basis I started craving the chicken pho and made it myself.

Now for some reason it always tastes different then my mom’s chicken pho (or any other type of dish I try to copy from my mom). Different in a way I just can’t get it as good as my mom’s pho, but definitely still super yummy in general. I guess I just need to practice more.

Chicken Pho
If you like to make this chicken pho yourself, here is how I make  it. Well, sort of make it. I like to use a lot more garlic for example and a lot more fish sauce. But still, this is the way to make this delicious dish.

Chicken Pho

I hope you like it (WE LOVED IT!!), i’m off now to check on my cheeses. Talk soon and bon appetit :) xadinda

A floral surprise

By Adinda

A floral surprise
Remember when I went to this flower styling workshop a couple of weeks ago? Well, I got to meet Takako Mine the teacher, florist and also the owner of a flower shop called Violet located in Taipei City. Takako invited me over to come see her shop so I did!

Violet Flower shop in Taipei
Located in a buzzing area of the Datong District, filled with fashion and accessories store’s (and tuns of hairdressers!) but back in a more quiet street, you can find a cute store called Chifeng 28. Don’t get confused: Takako’s shop Violet is located inside Chifeng 28.

Chifeng 28 is one of the eight Japanese style stores and a restaurant, carried by the Japanese brand xiao qi (with literally means ‘little home wares’).

Takako teamed up with the Japanese store owner and now holds her flower shop on the main floor of Chifeng 28. The store itself has three floors (!) filled with Japanese/European home wear goodies and this makes it the biggest store of all the xiao qi stores.

Violet Flower shop in Taipei
Violet sells many different kinds of flowers i’m not used to see in flower shops. Like this coral like looking plant. Never thought of using this style of plant in a bouquet!

Violet Flower shop in Taipei
Fresh flowers are delivered to the store by Takako herself. She takes her car and drives up to local flower farms or flower markets to get the best and beautiful flowers for her store.

Violet Flower shop in Taipei
I’m a HUGE fan of wildflowers. So happy to see she has a wide selection of wild flowers in her shop.

Violet Flower shop in Taipei
And what about this green fella? I was told it comes from a pine tree or some sorts. Interesting…

Violet Flower shop in Taipei
Apart from the wildflowers she also has to more ‘normal’ flowers like roses or lily’s.

Violet Flower shop in Taipei

Violet Flower shop in Taipei

Violet Flower shop in Taipei
Way up on the 3rd floor Takako organizes flower workshops too. Every couple of months she will post a new scheduled workshop on her Facebook page.

Violet Flower shop in Taipei
I loved this little water spray thingie and a lot of other stuff she used for her store. Turns out some of these things are for sale in the rest of the Chifeng 28 store.

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They even sell Aesop skincare. Not the complete Aesop collection but a lot of basic essentials. I know because i’m a true Aesop fan :)

Chifeng 28 store Taipei
Every floor of the Chifeng 28 store was filled with home wear things like vases, plates, cups etc.

Chifeng 28 store Taipei

Chifeng 28 store Taipei

Chifeng 28 store Taipei

Chifeng 28 store Taipei
I LOVED this kitchen, it reminds me of my time waaaay back when I was a student in Amsterdam. One of my friends lived (and still does) in a typical Amsterdam style house with a kitchen like this. Come to think about it: the staircase of the store has the same feeling of an old Amsterdam home.

Chifeng 28 store Taipei

Chifeng 28 store Taipei
Wait what? A kitchen stove with four burners?! And an oven? Looking vintage cute? In Taiwan?! Ok, I NEED this stove for my kitchen…

Chifeng 28 store Taipei

Chifeng 28 store Taipei

Great right? Everything you need to style your home the way you like, from amazing, fresh flowers till pretty home ware stuff: all packed into one store.

Chifeng 28 store Taipei

Violet flower store and floral workshops by Takako Mine, more info here
Xiao qi store for all things home and Xiao qi restaurant, more info here
Address of the store I visited: No. 28-3 Chifeng Street Datong District, Taipei, 103

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