Breakfast - Pork Cutlet Sandwich w/ Dou Jiang
I was really looking forward to getting another Fan Tuan but the lady seemed to be taking the day off. That's fine, I'll be back another day. I "settled" for a sandwich and sweet soy milk in the cafe under the apartment. Satisfied :)
Another day, another dragon fruit. :))
Lunch - Wu Pao Chun Bakery
For lunch, mom took us to the famous Wu Pao Chun Bakery in Taipei. I was overwhelmed by the gorgeous selection. Everything looked SO good. I really love the soft, not-overly-sweet style of Taiwanese breads and pastries.
Eventually, I settled on a giant loaf of the famous, award winning Taiwan Litchi Rose Champion Bread. Pat got an assortment of more savory breads to share including curry-filled naan, a Margherita roll, a loaf stuffed with warm cheese curds, and toasted french bread with bacon. I was practically drooling in the checkout line. It was so hard to choose, and it took all my willpower not to duck out of line and grab a dozen more morsels from the shelves.
So good. Willpower broken. Pat and I ran back into the store and each grabbed a couple more loaves for the road.
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
While in the city, we also visited the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall where we watched the hourly changing of the guard. However, I was far more interested in the dozens of students dance groups all around building perimeter practicing hip hop choreography. Some were using the reflective windows of the building as mirrors. Was there a dance competition coming up? Or was this just a known hangout for teenagers to chill and dance? Either way it was really cool to get a little peak into the local youth culture.
LIULI GONG FANG Glass Gallery
After, we stumbled upon a Liuli Gong Fang glass art gallery. It was stunning. I think Elean would have really liked it!
Our final destination for the day was Taipei 101. In general, we're pretty casual, relaxed travelers so we decided to keep the itinerary light and save Ximending for another day. We didn't feel it necessary to go up to the top, the mall and galleries were cool enough. I forgot to take pictures of the really fancy shops. I thought I wuldn't enjoy Taipei 101 but it was cooler than I thought. I like how Taiwan is a really neat mix of old and new, rural and urban, traditional and modern.
Before getting on the bus home, we got some CoCo. Pat's mind was blown at how cheap boba tea is here. Just about $1 USD. I could easily see the same drink costing at least $4 in the US.
Dinner - Mom's Paigu Luobo Tang (Pork Ribs & Daikon Soup) & Hard-Boiled Tea Eggs
We had a lot of bread for lunch so I requested protein for dinner. Mom delivered. I've always loved her soups and stews! The paigu luobo tang really hit the spot and the tea eggs were a welcome side dish.
The bakery was the highlight of the day but this home-cooked meal was a delightful bookend.