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Dim Sum Brunch at W Hotel

Karla

 

Located on the 31st floor of W Taipei is YEN restaurant. With its floor to ceiling windows, it is utterly the most sought out spot for a spectacular view of Taipei. Whether you decide to brunch or have dinner at YEN, your palate will not be disappointed. Opted for brunch to experience the upscale dim sum and roasted duck, which is carved and served nicely onto your table. YEN has elevated the typical dim sum into a delicious and beautifully plated dishes. 

 

Prawn spring rolls wrapped in steamed rice flour.

Pan fried pork dumplings

Pan fried pork dumplings

Crystal shrimp dumplings (hargow).

Crystal shrimp dumplings (hargow).

Roasted duck is crispy and very moist. Served with tortilla-style bao, bean sprouts and soya sauce.

Roasted duck is crispy and very moist. Served with tortilla-style bao, bean sprouts and soya sauce.

W Taipei - Yen Restaurant
10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taipei City, 110
(map | menu)

The Hottest and Oldest Geothermal Hotspots on Earth

Karla

 

Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest thermal area in Yellowstone. Located 25mi (40.2km) from the west entrance, and it is also on the way to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Spring. The continuous change in temperature that goes up to 192°F (88°C)., makes it one of the most extreme environments on Earth. The best way to see these basins is to follow the pathway that surrounds the area.

 
 

The colors are vibrant and beautiful during sunrise or sunset. This is the only area where steam was just a constant feature and widely spread out. It literally feels like you’re in a middle of a whole bunch of boiling tubs.

 

Norris Geyser Basin
(map)

MUME: Nordic Influences Meets Taiwanese Flavors

Karla

 

Mume is the word for plum blossom also Taiwan's national flower. The casual fine dining restaurant utilizes Taipei's local seasonal produce and nordic influences to create something new and innovative in a gastronomic city. Behind its doors, lie an amazing restaurant with its food, interiors, service and value. The menu is categorized in four sections: snacks, smaller, bigger and sweeter. I enjoy restaurants that provides
a refined and simple menu for eaters. 

 

Beef tongue with oyster emulsion, brussel sprouts, grilled pineapple and pistachio sauce

Smoked chicken breast with baby corn, bamboo and corn sauce

 

sourdough bread paired with beer and smoked beef fat butter

 
 

wagyu tartare topped with confit egg yolk and preserved daikon

 
 

prawns with shaved yam bean, prawn head sauce and topped with smoked ricotta snow

 
 

kampachi crudo paired with preserved green mango and rose geranium 

 

MUME
No. 28, Siwei Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106 (MAP)
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10 Reasons to Visit Taipei

Karla

 

There's more to Taipei than night markets and temples. Of course, these indulgences should always be part of one's itinerary, but also explore Taipei in a different way. 

 

Brew of the Day

 

In a bustling city like Taipei, everyone loves to keep it going. They definitely take their coffee seriously here and it's excellent! Some of my favorite spots are alpha Black, Fika Fika Cafe and Tamed Fox.

 

Brunching

 

Eat at one of many brunch cafes like One Fifteen, Antipodean, SPOT Taipei, and Tamed Fox, where they serve open-faced sandwiches, avocado toasts and acai bowls.

 
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Be Active

 

Elephant Mountain is the most accessible hike in the city.

A little bit outside of the city is Yangmingshan National Park, where you're showered with beautiful nature and hot springs.

 
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Free Exploration

 

Being it an efficient city, it's no surprise that you can get around easily with all the different transportation available. The best way to see the city is by walking or by bicycle. YouBike and the recent launch of oBike has made it easier to freely explore the city.

 

Get Artsy

 

At the creative hub of Huashan Park, there's always something new. With it's ever changing pop-up art installations and events, it will spark a creative nerve. Also nearby, see all the new and popular tech in the world at Guanghua Digital Plaza.

 
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Drink More

 

The heatwave is no joke here, luckily there are bubble tea shops in every corner. Try the oolong milk tea or jasmine milk tea. For more of a refreshing option, try the wintermelon with lemon drink. Check out CoCo, Tea Pa Tea, or Baroness.

 
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Exquisite Dining

 

Taipei has become one of the most sought out cities for fine dining. With RAW restaurant making it on the top of Asia's best restaurants, there's no surprise that other restaurants are keen to exquisite and unique presentation while satisfying your palate as well. MUME restaurant combines nordic influences with taiwanese flavors, and creates well-balanced dishes that keeps people coming for more. 

 
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After Hours

Festivals

Partake in the festivities at Pingxi with their annual Lantern Festival that brings people all over the world. Watch the hundreds of lanterns go up all at once!

Nightlife

Enjoy a night out in town at one of the popular clubs. Weather if electronic music, hip-hop or a mix of both is your jam, Taipei has choices for you. For hip-hop, check out Chess or KOR and OMNI or Myst for electronic music. 

Shrimping

For more of a chill vibe, try shrimping. Enjoy a beer or two and catch those prawns!

Most Breathtaking View in Yellowstone

Karla

 

GRAND CANYON OF YELLOWSTONE

Sunrise at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is the most breathtaking view I've experienced while I was in Yellowstone. The neutral hues of the canyons and mist from the waterfalls during sunrise felt enigmatic. It is located 38mi (61km) from the west entrance. You can also find the longest undammed river in the United States here; The Yellowstone River. 

There are several ways to see the Upper and Lower Falls.
If you're up for it, you can hike the following: 

South Rim Trail
starting point at Uncle Tom's Trail .9mi (1.4km) - map
starting point at Artist Point 1.9mi(3km) - map

Artist Point
1.75mi (2.8km) - map

Uncle Tom's Trail
.7mi (1.1km) - map

 
 

Lookout points also provides a wonderful view of the waterfalls.

Upper Falls - map

Lower Falls - map

Grand View - map

Which every option you choose, you'll be amazed by the beautiful scenery.
I suggest going during sunrise where there's less crowds. 

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
(map)