Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Good Eats: Full House Restaurant, Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


Full House Restaurant  No. 8 Shuixiu St., Yuchi Township, Nantou County.  The owner here began preparing fruit-enhanced dishes as a way to help his sick wife.  The menu features exotic and delicious items such as soursop fruit with shitake mushrooms or dragon fruit with salmon.  A personal favorite was a fruity-sauced pork dish with very ripe melon.  Hot pot cooking is also an option.

fruit-enhanced dishes at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
fruit-enhanced dishes at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

fruit-enhanced dishes at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
fruit-enhanced dishes at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

The intriguing dining room is a mish-mash of vintage tables and accessories and features an expansive granite floor.

interior decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
interior decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

Throughout, fresh fruits such as giant pomelos and round green squashes are clustered together in attractive arrangements as part of the decor.  Also throughout are hung memorable paintings by the owner’s wife, Lin Yan Ping. 

fresh-fruit decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
fresh-fruit decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

fresh-fruit decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
fresh-fruit decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

fresh-fruit decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
fresh-fruit decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

Plenty more seating is available in an expansive garden, where one umbrella is wired with a crystal chandelier and colorful blown-glass fruits decorate. 

garden decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
garden decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
  
garden decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
garden decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

garden decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
garden decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

garden decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
garden decor at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

Inexpensive lodging is available upstairs in ten knotty-pine rooms, some with deep Japanese-style bathtubs and lake views.

lodging lobby at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
lodging lobby at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

guest room at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
guest room at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

bathtub at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
bathtub at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

view from guest room at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
view from guest room at Full House Restaurant at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Good Eats: Dean & DeLuca, NYC


Dean & DeLuca  560 Broadway/Prince St., Soho, (212) 226-6800.  This is the original location of this department store for foodies.  It is the perfect place to pick up a picnic, a dinner to-go to eat in your hotel room, or an airplane meal (you better pick up a tad extra to share or your seatmate will hate you).  Choose from gorgeous fresh fruit, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh pastries and breads, an array of cookies and candies, and so much more.  Yum, yum!  

produce at Dean & DeLuca in NYC
produce at Dean & DeLuca in NYC

deli counter at Dean & DeLuca in NYC
deli counter at Dean & DeLuca in NYC

cookie selection at Dean & DeLuca in NYC
cookie selection at Dean & DeLuca in NYC

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sights to See: Wenwu Temple, Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


Wenwu Temple  No. 63, Zhongzheng Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County.  Open 24 hrs.  Free.  Located on the north shore of Sun Moon Lake and facing west, this large temple is also known as Literature-Warrior Temple.  It was built in 1932, rebuilt in the 1960s, and then rebuilt again after a devastating 1999 earthquake.  Two gigantic red stone lions act as gate guardians, and three large halls are dedicated to Kaiji--the God of Literature, Guang Gong--the God of Justice, and Confucius--the Great Teacher.  Exceptionally beautiful and well kept, it features stone carvings and fountains.  Lakeside in front, the “Year of Steps,” also called the "Stairway to Heaven," is a flight of 366 stairs that represent each day of the year plus one extra for leap year.  This stairway leads down to the lake and was the original entrance to the temple.  Today visitors can hang prayer bells on either side.  Note that custom indicates that when there are three doors at the entrance to a temple, the middle door is for the deities and nobody enters through that door.  Facing the temple, you enter through the right door (the dragon’s mouth side) and exit through the left door (the tiger’s tail side).


entrance gate to Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
entrance gate to Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan


guardian lion at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
guardian lion at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan


view of lake from Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
view of lake from Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan


interior details at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
interior details at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan


orchids in Confucius Hall at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
orchids in Confucius Hall at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan


blessing dispenser machine at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
blessing dispenser machine at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan


dispensed blessing item at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
dispensed blessing item at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan


offering in stone beast's mouth at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
offering in stone beast's mouth at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan






prayer bells line "Stairway to Heaven" at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan
prayer bells line "Stairway to Heaven" at Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan


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Friday, October 7, 2016

Things to Do: Fishs Eddy, NYC


Fishs Eddy  889 Broadway/19th St., Flatiron District, (877) 347-4733, (212) 420.9020.  Named for an unincorporated village in upstate New York, this shop is filled with sturdy dishes, glasses, coffee mugs, and dish towels decorated with Manhattan's skyline.  They make great souvenirs.  Many more selections are found online, and they ship cheap.  

sale at Fishs Eddy shop in NYC
sale at Fishs Eddy shop in NYC

New York dish towels at Fishs Eddy shop in NYC
New York dish towels at Fishs Eddy shop in NYC

souvenir kitchen items at Fishs Eddy shop in NYC
souvenir kitchen items at Fishs Eddy shop in NYC

vintage kitchen items at Fishs Eddy shop in NYC
vintage kitchen items at Fishs Eddy shop in NYC

NYC skyline kitchen items at Fishs Eddy shop in NYC
NYC skyline kitchen items at Fishs Eddy shop in NYC


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sights to See: Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area
Popular for honeymoons, Sun Moon Lake is known for its natural thermal hot springs and crowded with Chinese tourists and tour buses.  It is located in the nation’s center 157 miles north of Taipei--about 2 1/2- hours by High Speed Rail--in scenic Yuchi Township, Nantou County.  At 2,454-feet altitude and surrounded by mountains, it is the only Taiwan county not by the sea.  A large power plant here, which was destroyed in World War II and then rebuilt, produces 40% of Taiwan’s electricity.  Enlarged by half and made deeper during the Japanese occupation, this natural lake is the largest lake in Taiwan.  Its name comes from the fact that the southern part of the lake’s Lalu Island is shaped like a crescent moon, and the northern part is shaped like a sun.  Bird-watching is good in the forests, and sightings might include the Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Grap-throated Minivet, Formosan Yuhina, Gray Tree Pie, Bamboo Partridge, Chinese Bulbul, Muller's Barbet, and Black Bulbul.  Colonies of Black-crowned Night herons and Egretta garzettas, as well as birds such as the common kingfisher and the Green-winged Teal, can also be seen.  


Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


making selfies among the cherry blossoms at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
making selfies among the cherry blossoms at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


wedding couple at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
wedding couple at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


evening at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
evening at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


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