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Hui Lan Wan Superior View Restaurant (most amazing dish presentations!)- Hualien, Taiwan

I think I would have blogged more if I was able to translate half the restaurants’ names I went to when I visited Taiwan. All relatives seemed to have different translations. Hui Lan Wan Superior View Restaurant was one of the grandest places I’ve ever visited for dinner. The presentation of each dish BLEW MY… Read More Hui Lan Wan Superior View Restaurant (most amazing dish presentations!)- Hualien, Taiwan

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Taroko Gorge National Park – Hualien, Taiwan

Has it been a week since I’ve been back in the States. Yes. It has. Everyone I knew in Taiwan had gotten sick and I had managed to avoid it at all costs (thanks to Costco vitamins I think). But, I had a feeling, an intuition, that the 12 hour flight back to LA was… Read More Taroko Gorge National Park – Hualien, Taiwan

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Mr Goose (revisit to 2nd location) – Hualien, Taiwan

I consider Hualien my second home here in Taiwan. It’s become a routine to visit Hualien whenever I come back. This trip was no exception. I didn’t have many expectations other than to eat really good food while I was there. My mom and great uncle had a few surprises for me which I’ll share… Read More Mr Goose (revisit to 2nd location) – Hualien, Taiwan

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Mr. Goose (2nd location) – Hualien, Taiwan

Sometimes the literal translation of a name/phrase/word makes me laugh. Mr. Goose is a popular restaurant in Hualien and they specialize in, well, goose. The restaurant name, when said in Chinese, sounds so formal to me. Almost like, Sir Goose. Or you’re politely calling an animal ‘Mister’ or ‘Sir’. I’ve been to Mr. Goose on… Read More Mr. Goose (2nd location) – Hualien, Taiwan

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Kazoku – Hualien, Taiwan

To say that I’m making each moment count here in Taiwan is an understatement. Jet lag can’t even stop the time I’m memorizing with my mom and grandma. I haven’t been sleeping much, not just because of the time change, but mostly because the three of us stay up talking and laughing until well after… Read More Kazoku – Hualien, Taiwan

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Xiao Long Bao expedition (I’m in Taiwan! + family ramblings) – Taipei/Taichung/Hualien, Taiwan

The last few weeks have flown by hasn’t it? I’m not even sure how it’s even 9/10/2013 today. I feel like I’m in some sort of time warp b/c I was just here in Taiwan less than 3 months ago – and here I am today – in Taiwan – AGAIN. The weather here is… Read More Xiao Long Bao expedition (I’m in Taiwan! + family ramblings) – Taipei/Taichung/Hualien, Taiwan

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Fullon Hotel (AYCE lunch buffet & Beautiful roof top pool/spa + Mom story) – Hualien, Taiwan

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I’ve blogged. Totally not me as I’ve always been consistent. And I always checked out fellow blogger’s sites everyday or every night. But life got ‘busy’ I guess – I’ll explain that probably in the next post… So mom and I were obsessed with trying out… Read More Fullon Hotel (AYCE lunch buffet & Beautiful roof top pool/spa + Mom story) – Hualien, Taiwan

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Beef Noodle Soup (2 Broth versions + funniest story in Hualien) – Hualien, Taiwan

*I wanted to write this post later as there were a few other places in Hualien I tried before my departure – but in light of this heat wave here in SD, I thought it only fitting to write about a hot bowl of Beef Noodle Soup…* I FINALLY had beef noodle soup on my… Read More Beef Noodle Soup (2 Broth versions + funniest story in Hualien) – Hualien, Taiwan

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Mr. Goose – Hualien, Taiwan

Arghhh. I’m *finally* back home to the States. Most of my trip was in Hualien. I flew to Taipei, stayed just one night there, left for Hualien the next morning around 8a something, stayed in Hualien for 5 nights, took the 10:05p train from Hualien to Taipei Monday night, then stayed In Taipei Monday-Wednesday, then… Read More Mr. Goose – Hualien, Taiwan

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Sushi Express (Conveyor belt Sushi NT$30/plate = $1 US/plate) – Hualien, Taiwan

I have a huge fascination with sushi served on conveyor belts. My first experience with the sushi conveyor belt was in LA’s Little Tokyo. There was something about seeing the little, covered plates of sushi go around and around and around. So mom told me she heard of a sushi bar conveyor belt restaurant here… Read More Sushi Express (Conveyor belt Sushi NT$30/plate = $1 US/plate) – Hualien, Taiwan