Archive | August, 2012

W hotel – WooBar

20 Aug

Last time i went to Yen bar on the top floor of the W hotel (with the waitress in mini black dress and high heels), this time i went to woobar, which does a lounge bar, afternoon tea, lunch…

The menu is only in English, so some Taiwanese may have a problem with that (but then if you’re a foreigner that’s perfect for you).

I asked for a White Russian: vodka, Kahlua and cream, which is perfect for a coffee and cream lover like me. It’s really nice! Loved it. However i’m not really fond of the place, too dark and the music is too loud. Just like the Yen bar, it’s nice if you want to go to party after or if you’re trying to seduce a girl/boy in the puffy pillows. Liked the drinks though. And you have a view on the outdoor swimming pool which is quite nice.

A thing also to notice is that even though both W and Le Méridien belong to the same company, their guests are totally different. Le Méridien is more for families, business men and it’s pretty calm, while in W you have a lot more foreigners, young, fashionable, like to show-off and daring people. As a worker i definitely prefer Le Méridien and as a guest…it just depends the event. But for a room, as when i travel i want a quiet place, i would not choose W.

Woobar
10F W hotel
Xinyi area

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Mala – 馬辣

17 Aug

A “吃到飽” (read “Chi dao bao”) or all you can eat restaurant like it doesn’t exist in France. You pay a fixed price, here 549 NTD (roughly 15€) and you eat until…you explode. And obviously in a limited time (2 hours) because otherwise the restaurant would really lose too much money.

You have a buffet where you can pick fruits, desserts, ice-creams, and all the meat, seafood and veggies are on a list that you just need you check. All the ingredients are cooked in a broth (for 4/6 people) that you choose. Mala is famous for its spicy broth of course (辣 of 馬辣 means spicy), but as some of us were not too sure about the level of spiciness of the broth, we picked also another one, an all veggies mixed. In Mala; you one have 3 choices concerning the broth: spicy, mixed veggies or cabbage. 
Once your broth is chosen, you then select all the meat/food you want. You go and pick your sauce. Personally i do like i did in Japan when i was eating sukiyaki: I put my cooked meat in a beaten raw egg. For the seafood, i just mix green onion, chili paste, chili sauce and japanese soy sauce.

Now the meat here really has a lot of fat which is quite disappointing. The seafood however is pretty nice, i loved the squids and calamars.

Their desserts are awful, it’s some of the worse i’ve ever eaten, but their have a wide range of ice-cream, including Movenpick, my fav, and Haagen dazs.
Overall, it’s nice when you are a lot of friends, you can spend a nice time chatting and eating and it’s cheap. It’s also very Taiwanese.  But, i advise you to bring medicines because you may be ill in the end, as the food keeps coming.

Mala
3F Neo 19
Xinyi Area

Pear and Caramel Dome

17 Aug

A thin layer of caramel cream, a pear mousse, some poached pears, a little crispy with the pralin and nuts, all this on top of an orange soft biscuit. That’s exactly what is in this dome. I have to say that i love its shape, like Saturna.

They gave me this pastry for free and actually i wouldn’t have tried it if they didn’t give it to me. It wasn’t appealing, but i was really surprised by it, and actually i think this is their best entremet.

Last but not least pastry before going back to the country of Pastries!

Latitude 25: Fresh Mango Frappé

17 Aug

That day I got quite lucky. I was offered a Fresh Mango Frappé from Le Méridien. It’s pretty nice, just a wee bit too sweet for me. Easily made with mago purée, mango juice, mago syrup, ice, fresh mango and a hint of mint for the freshness. Actually i think the mint makes it good and increase the flavors.

Arroz con leche

13 Aug

Arroz con leche or Rice Pudding or Riz au Lait, is a dessert that actually exists in a lot of countries. One of my Colombian friend gave me her recipe. The way you decide to use condensed milk and all the ingredients de pends of your taste, it you like sweeter, more liquid rice…

Ingredients:
– round rice
– 1 tablespoon of sugar
– milk
– water
– half a can of condensed milk
– one pinch of salt
– cinnamon
– raisin

Put the rice into water anfter washing it and add the sugar, stir a bit and wait for the night for it to rise.
The next day, cook the rice into its water. Once the main water disapearred, add the milk, the cinnamon and stir again until it’s thick. Then add the condensed milk, the raisins and the salt. Wait again the rice is soaked with the milk, and serve.

Fried mozzarella sticks

1 Aug

I’m not a big fan of American food in general to put it midly, but well I wanted to try something new and I decided to go to Juicy Bun again. They changed their location and are now more like an American pub, with a new menu. I noticed some Fried Mozzarella sticks so here it goes! Crispy on the outside, with herbs, garlic and melting inside. Unhealthy like hell. That’s ok but not amazing, and considering its unhealthiness, i can live without it, just like French fries.

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