I Between Whiles – 時常在這裡

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No. 35, Lane 194,Songjiang Rd  台北市松江路194巷35號

02-25621618

Thursday – Sunday 1300 – 1800

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I arrived around 12:30 and there were already a line in front of a closed door, no signage, no post, there were nothing indicate that it is a cafe.  I swear if it wasn’t because of the line, I wouldn’t know its a cafe.  People waited patiently and yet excited. Everyone was taking #selfies posting on IG showing off that they were lining up for this infamous but mysterious shop.  Doors opened promptly at 1:00, without further adieu customers were seated accordingly and I was lucky enough to get the last table.  It isn’t a huge cafe, in fact it has less than 15 seats.  Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡 Between whiles is here 時常在這裡

The shop is decorated with artworks and furnitures from Japan, also an area designated for Between Whiles General store which sell some of the good finds from parts of Japan.  The cafe was filled with delicious aroma from the busy kitchen, cakes, cakes and cakes.  Each of the cakes were limited and yea they only have one menu to go around, so you have to wait for your turn to order.  Between whiles is here 時常在這裡

My friend was a bit disappointed as they only offer teas but not coffee, we agreed that it was a right decision for a shop like Between Whiles, but they offer a summer drink menu during summer time.  If you do manage to get a table, it doesn’t mean that you will get all the choice on the menu.  Their cakes were so limited that they sold out before the first round, so yea, it’s playing the I’m hard to get game.   If you want to do take outs be sure to come early, they tend to sold out within an hour or two.  Other than their regular salted butter pound cake ($200) and apple turnover ( $200), they also have a weekly special – the one we had was  sweet potato chiffon cake ($180).

Girls never have enough sweets!!! We ordered three desserts to share between the two of us.  The sweet potato chiffon was layered with creamy mash which was very dense  and it was a strong comparison to the light and fluffy chiffon layer.  I also liked the salted butter pound cake, it was warm and companioned by their fluffy whip.

My friends from Hong Kong always love the pound cake I buy them as souvenirs.  I do always FB message them two weeks before I fly out from Taipei and get my order sorted.

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How we roll on a lazy Sunday afternoon – Rokucyoume Cafe 六丁目cafe

 

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No.7 Alley 6 XinZhong Street  台北市松山區新中街6巷7號

02 2761 5510

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Took a stroll after church on a Sunday afternoon.  MinSheng District is always fun to hang out and explore, an area full of new and tiny cafes and stylish shops.  You gotta check it out every now and then,  to keep up the the vibe.  My friends were doing their street performance while we waited to be seated.

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postcards, stickers, collectables, scenery frames etc etc, they had fitted alot of things in this tiny cafe.  There must be something unique to this cafe in order for them to survive in the central cafe district (can’t believe how many cafes are there in this area).  They have special coffee arts and home style japanese curry, not to mention that rice comes in dolphin or rabbit shapes. Their cakes are pretty good too since it was the strawberry season, we ordered the strawberry cake.  The soft and fluffy sponge cake came with big n juicy strawberries, a good companion for your matcha latte.

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Be sure to try out their Chocolate banana tart, ($120) chocolate sauce dripping down from the banana tower.  It was soo guuuud, sad that my friends ain’t the banana type of person so we gave it a skip this time.

With plugs and free wifi you can surely spend your afternoon there.

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The real Cafeteria in Taipei – QueenS Cuisine 皇后美食館

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QueenS Cuisine 皇后美食館

02 8712 2525

 No. 303 Dunhua North Road, Taipei 台北敦化北路303號

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This time I brought my local Taiwanese friends to an American cafeteria, shamefully this is my first time in a cafeteria too.  We don’t see much of them in New Zealand, and the one in my Uni / College was much different to the ones you see in American drama.  Our one looks more like a foodcourt, and UoA is pretty much modernized now with cafes and food outlets.

QueenS Cuisine shared the same owner with Juanita Burrito (i will never forget that they delivered burritos to the riverside park for my b’day picnic), and my favorite Yakitori Kikori 樵 (click here).

QueenS replicated an upscale cafeteria interior from stainless steel trays to long benches.  It employed the up to beat technology where you beep in and out, which the smart card total up all your spending in the cafeteria.

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QueenS offers an overwhelming selection and you can easily go overboard here.  Here’s the drill.

You picked up your smart card at the entrance, then you made you way through Main/ Entree >> sides & appetizers >> salad >> crisps >> soup >> pizza >> burgers and waffles (made to orders) >> cakes >> drinks

The meals were at an affordable price with a big portion, which ranged from TWD 168 – 238 with an entree, 2 sides and salad / soup.

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Out of the three mains we had, I loved the BBQ chicken the most which reminds me of the roast chicken breast my mom made back home.  I was quite disappointed with the parmesan chicken which was a bit too dry and chewy. As you can see that my friend asked for extra sauce and rice.  Surprise, surprise,  this was the first time I saw leftovers in his plate, he was simply bloated.  We seated at the semi-outdoor area which was really nice, we had our guitar with us and sang throughout the dinner.

I had been here two weeks consecutively and had not yet try their chocolate marshmallow waffle.  I guess I will have to go back for a 3rd time just for the waffle

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A filling dinner on a lazy Sunday – 庫卡咖啡 Kooka Coffee

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庫卡咖啡 Kooka Coffee

 No. 5, Alley 57, DaZhi Street 中山區大直街57巷5號

02-85095859

Came to this cozy cafe on a lazy Sunday night for a long chat with my dear friend.

Kooka Coffee is named after Aussie’s native bird Kookaburra, this little chap was the mascot for the 2000 Summer Olympics.  He has a very unique chirp which to be found in a lot of sound tracks, you might not meet him before but I’m sure that you must have heard of his chirp.

This cafe was filled with wooden furnitures just as what you could find in a beachside Aussie cafe.  Post cards on the walls, magazines on the stand, free wifi and power outlets on the wall, you can easily spent your day here.

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They have a large selection of drinks, from the usual black coffee to Rum chocolate and prices are relatively cheap compare to the others in this area.

This was my first meal of the day so I went for the colorful cold noodles on the menu.  My friend was second guessing my choice “You sure you want the chinese cold noodle crossover with pesto sauce?” when the east meets the west, either a hit or a miss.  Only $140 (TWD) what do you expect, the homemade noodles wasn’t too bad and the sauce was a bit over with it’s garlic.  Other than this I would say I am satisfy with what I am paying.

My friend gave a thumb up for the Rum Chocolate$140 (TWD) she was having, sorry I would have to say no to my Grapefruit chocolate $130 (TWD). I was expecting fresh grapefruit with the chocolate, longing for the spark of citrus and chocolate, no-no they used the yujacha paste.  Double the sweetness and not my cup of chocolate, their chocolate drink was quite rich thinking of trying the dark chocolate next time.

good thing always come last, Kooka finished strongly with its Moochi waffle.  The waffle was really good even when it was cool the moochi was still soft and chewy.  loving it !!!

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Ladurée macarons in Taipei – laduree馬卡龍

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1/F main entrance Breeze Center 微風廣場1F

“Have you been to Ladurée yet?” “Did you see the lines at Breeze?”

The latest greeting lines in town!!!

I was surprise to see the dreamy green box at my door last week, this box reminded me of my best friend, she is my supplier of Ladurée I will get a big box of macarons for souvenir whenever she is in Paris.

With all the gossip I heard about Hk Ladurée, I was worried that the Taipei branch tastes as bad.  YAY they taste not exactly like the Paris ones but similar, good enough for the crave.

Not to exaggerate , but I had 7 boxes of it within one week!!! I get ’em for moon festival, thanks guys I do prefer it over mooncakes.

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The crazy line made me mad, the staff was saying that you need to wait at least one hour!!!

Macarons are TWD $98/piece and if you want the pretty box you needa pay extra.  The basic 6pcs box is TWD$780 and the round cylinder box that I had is $ 1080.  WOW $400 odd for a box…

8pcs box are $1060 – 1080

18 pcs $2050, 24pcs $2800

The round box with clear cover is cheaper

15pcs $1600 , 20pcs $2150 , 24pcs $2680

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They also have hampers as well, I reckon that will be a nice christmas pressie.

The Taiwan pop up store also sells accessories, candles, tea, chocolates, etc.

With Breeze’s usual practice it seems that Ladurée will be a permanent shop very soon.  I am so in love with Breeze now not only having my favorite macarons but also my favorite heels – the little red sole Christian Louboutin.

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All these colourful macarons how do you resist them.  Many claim that “Macarons are too sweet, I am not a big fan of it!!!”

You should try Ladurée with a cup of soothing tea, it might change your mind!

I love my rose petal and lemon macarons, just like my love for the rose petal jam.  The Raspberry one has a tint of sourness to it which is good for those who doesn’t like it too sweet.  I love the colour combinations for the pink pepper, grey and pink just my type of colour, and this flavor is a real surprise sweet macaron with a pepper aftertaste, like!

Salted caramel is not too sweet and they are such a happy couple, do give it a try if you have never tried this combination.  Lastly, pistachio is my first love I love its colour, its taste and most importantly it was my first ever macaron.

What makes Ladurée stand out from the others?

It comes in the right size not too big nor too small (that’s what I think of when I had a box of Just Sweet on the 8th day).

You can tell the flavor by taste, a lot of macarons you get nowadays you can only guess it’s flavor by the color.  I don’t know have it ever had a box of macrons and the only differences are the colours, you don’t even know what you are eating.

It is not overly sweet, not overdose on sugar which you can keep eating one after one.

Not to mention that it has the right texture for macrons, I had some crunchy macarons, sticky macarons, and soft macarons.

Make sure that you get your hands on one of the dreamy green box when the lines die off a bit 🙂 and hope it change your opinion on these little round dessert .

 

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Dazzling cafe VS. Perfume Dance 玳思琳蜜糖吐司專賣店 VS. 跳舞香水

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G/F, Breeze Center, 139 Sec.1 FuXing South Road 復興南路一段139 微風廣場 G/F

02-27317976

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Perfume Dance 跳舞香水

2/F, 104 Sec.4 ZhongXiao East Road 台北市忠孝東路四段104號2F-1

02-27521552

I have been planning on this post for so long.  As most of you know that Dazzling has always been my to go place for all my friends visiting me.  I love their toast, fries and fruit tea, one of my good good friend said that she is gonna prove me wrong and claimed that Perfume dance is way better.  That was why I had such a high expectation on it I woke up early for that day’s meet up and planned well ahead that I am gonna compare it with Dazzling on my blog.

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Perfume Dance has this mask area which allow all the their customer to put them on for photos, but the masks looked like they have been lying there for a long and weren’t taken good care of.

Both places have open bar areas, Dazzling was sparkling clean and everything lined up nicely.  Whereas, Perfume Dance it was a relative tiny space and they squashed the everything in there with several honey toast was being made at the time when I went pass.  It felt like a worker working on assembling a product in a factory.

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Let’s look at their drinks first.  I ordered fruit tea on both occasions, for the most fair and square comparison.  Uh-oh the Perfume Dance one wasn’t my cup of tea my friends said I looked like I was gonna puke, it had this super strong taste of preserved plum, which is not my type of food.  The tea had a tint of bitterness to it not as fruity as the others in town.  Both of the fruit teas had fresh fruit pieces in it, Perfume Dance was more generous on the fruit pieces which they had lime, oranges, strawberries, and passion fruits, Dazzling on the other hand only had grapes, apples and orange.

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none of us finished our drinks at Perfume dance, but for Dazzling I think my cousin finished hers in no time.

Here comes the best part, HONEY TOAST!!!! Let’s have a look at them

Perfume Dance 跳舞香水Perfume Dance’s looked very dreamy like a floating raspberry fountain, I admit that I was attract to it.

dazzling cafe 玳思琳蜜糖吐司專賣店Dazzling’s was a big chunk of toast with ice cream and fruits decoration on top of it.  It doesn’t have the WOW factor.

Perfume Dance 跳舞香水 Perfume Dance 跳舞香水 couldn’t wait to try it!!! The first bite was fair but as you ate it, it tasted very artificial as it was actually made out of syrup , runny ice cream and flavored powder along with a few pieces of raspberries.  The toast itself was to churchy to match with the soft and liquid companion. The four of us couldn’t finish it at all.

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Dazzling Cafe they think outside the box, they left the toast on the table for you to take pictures with it and you can wave down their waitress after you done with all fb pics, instagram pic, weibo pics and twitter pics.  Then, they would disassemble the whole thing and lined them up neatly on the plate. The toast you can choose soft or crunchy, but it wasn’t as dry as Perfume dance’s.  This one actually tasted better as it had ice cream, more fruit pieces, custard and honey to accompany the toast.  My cousin and I finished the whole thing including the hard crust walls.

Overall, for taste, environment and services I vote for Dazzling Cafe, Perfume Dance was just too disappointing.

On a side note, Dazzling does have different collaborations with different brands, while the Hello Kitty crossover is still happening, they have redecorated Dazzling Deluxe for the new Mercedes Benz x Dazzling theme.  Great thinking to attract customers !!!!

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Pâtisserie Francis 旋轉木馬點心坊

Pâtisserie Francis 旋轉木馬點心坊

Pâtisserie Francis 旋轉木馬點心坊

No. 46 Lane 672, Ming Shui Road, DaZhi 中山區明水路672巷46號

02-85022600

http://www.facebook.com/FrancisPastryCo

Having a bad day today so I decided to drop by the fairy tale cake shop by my place.  Pâtisserie Francis has a dreamy interior decoration using Tiffany blue with white as their main colour, they also have the marry-go-round horses for their staircase decoration, isn’t it a place to die for?

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I wasn’t hungry but all i needed is something sweet.  I ordered the 3″ strawberry tart($160) and the hazelnut latte($160).  There must be something with the Hazelnut Latte and I, I have been ordering this drink recently betraying my black coffee.

The drink was a bit too sweet or may the the one I had at Rahdesign yesterday was way too good, but still better than the one you get at Starbucks.  Plus, they use the Bodum double wall mug here, my favorite glassware 🙂

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I love their strawberry tart ,at first I liked the Arrowtree fruit tart more.  However, if the pastry wasn’t overly thick and with more custard, the whole thing will be just perfecto.  I love this tart because it has a hint of Hazelnut flavor to it that enhance the whole thing even more.

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A place to go when your sweet tooth aches!!!

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