Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken in Ximending neighborhood of Taipei, Taiwan

The famous Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken

One of the most well-known streets food found at Taipei’s Ximending is Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken. This small restaurant, ironically located below KFC, has become famous for its large Taiwanese fried chicken. The first Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken location opened at nearby Shilin Night Market. Today, the restaurant has chains across Taiwan and across the globe. One thing I noticed about this restaurant was how busy it was, at all hours of the day. You could always find a line…

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Tian Tian Li: Lu Rou Fan in Ximending neighborhood of Taipei, Taiwan

Lu Rou Fan, Taiwanese braised minced pork over a bowl of rice, Tian Tian Li, Taipei, Taiwan

If you’re visiting Taipei, you can’t leave without trying one of the most simple yet delicious Taiwanese comfort dishes, Lu Rou Fan (滷肉飯). This beloved dish is simply braised pork over rice. You can find lu rou fan at restaurants and street food stalls all across Taipei and Taiwan. One of my favorite places to sample the dish is at Tian Tian Li (天天利美食坊) in the Ximending neighborhood of Taipei, Taiwan. Tian Tian Li was located off Hanzhong Street, the…

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Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle in Ximending neighborhood of Taipei, Taiwan

Only one thing on the menu, Mee Sua, Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle, Taipei, Taiwan

Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle (阿宗麵線) in Taipei’s Ximending neighborhood is hard to miss. You can always tell which places are popular by the number of people waiting outside. Just look for the long line and crowds of people standing around in the street with bowls of flour rice noodles. The restaurant, more of a street stall in a building, seemed to be busy at all hours of the day. From opening to closing, both locals and tourists flocked here for the…

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Lan Jia Gua Bao: The best Gua Bao in Taipei, Taiwan

The best Gua Bao (Steamed Pork Bun) in Taipei, Lan Jia Gua Bao in Taipei, Taiwan

If you are looking for the best gua bao in Taipei, you go to one place, Lan Jia Gua Bao (藍家割包). Gua bao, sometimes called the Taiwanese hamburger, is usually made by stuffing a steamed bun with braised pork belly, pickled vegetables, cilantro, and peanut powder. Nowhere prepares this popular Taiwanese snack better than Lan Jia Gua Bao. Popular with locals, tourists, and pork lovers, you will usually find a line of hungry people waiting patiently out front of this…

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Beef Noodle Soup (Niu Rou Mian) at Lin Dong Fang in Taipei, Taiwan

A delicious bowl of beef noodle soup, Lin Dong Fang in Taipei, Taiwan

Out of all the beef noodle shops in Taipei, none are more well known than Lin Dong Fang (林東芳牛肉麵). At any hour of the day, you can expect to find a line of both locals and tourists patiently waiting outside of this tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant waiting to try a bowl of their famous niu rou mian (牛肉麵), or beef noodle soup. Beef noodle soup is an iconic dish of Taiwan. It’s the national dish. If you have never had it…

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How to get from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei Main Station by Bus 1819

Bus 1819 parked at Bay 3 at the bus station of Terminal 2

One of the best and easiest ways to reach Taipei Main Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is by using Bus 1819. The journey, which takes about one hour, is inexpensive, comfortable, and perfect for travels in a group or with luggage. Orientation to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport   Taoyuan International Airport is located in the city of Taoyuan, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of central Taipei. The airport is the largest and busiest in Taiwan and is…

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Tiki’s Grill & Bar on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii: Fish tacos and gyoza

You can't beat the views from the restaurant overlooking the ocean

Tiki’s Grill & Bar, located across the street from Waikiki Beach at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, is one of my favorite spots in Honolulu for happy hour drinks and food. Every time I return to Hawaii, I make a stop here, whether with friends, family, or even alone. There’s just something special about this place for me. Maybe because my dad would bring me here when I was younger on my much-anticipated yearly trips to Hawaii. Today, the food,…

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First time using Lyft? Important things you need to know

Lyft iPhone app

Uber may be the king of ridesharing services, but Lyft is not far behind. As with Uber, Lyft gives me the ability to request, track, and pay for a ride at the tip of my fingers. It’s such a simple yet brilliant idea that millions are now using. But with any new technology comes pros and cons. You hear stories on the news and from friends and family. Some swear by the service while others avoid it at all costs.…

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Jingzun Peking Duck Restaurant: Best cheap roast duck in Beijing, China

The specialty, the Beijing Roast Duck, Jingzun Peking Duck Restaurant, Beijing, China

In Beijing, it seems as if there’s a roast duck restaurant on every corner. One of them is Jingzun Peking Duck Restaurant. The casual restaurant, busy with both locals and expats, is popular for their affordable and delicious Peking duck. Peking duck is a specialty in Beijing. If you’re a foodie headed here, you should add it to your food bucket list. With that said, eating roast duck is often a special occasion, meaning expensive and fancy. When I’m in…

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Electronics larger than a smartphone banned on certain airlines flying into U.S., U.K.

Planning to fly between U.S. and Middle East or Africa? If so, you may need to leave your electronics including iPads and laptops in your checked baggage. This ban includes, but is not limited to, electronics such as laptops, digital cameras, iPads, tablets, DVD players, and gaming devices. Exempt from the list are cellular phones, smartphones, and medical electronic devices. Based on new intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) decided to enforce these new…

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