Thursday, October 24, 2013

First scooter accident

Some say your not officially inducted into the Taiwanese life until you've tried sticky tofu and gotten into a scooter accident. Well if you've been reading, the stinky tofu was checked off quite some time ago. But since I don't dare own or drive a scooter in Taiwan, I haven't experienced any vehicular accidents. However I've just entered Taiwandom. Although I was only riding my bike, I was hit by a scooter. It was at an intersection to a small street. NO stop signs, NO traffic lights. Your typical Taiwanese free-for-all intersection. So I can't say anyone was particularly at fault here. However I kind of do feel bad for the guy. His scooter was badly broken. My cheap $1300 NT bicycle is now significantly less functional than before. And the poor guys mirror and dashboard was busted. His steering arm was definitely tweeked. When we went our separate ways, he scooter was dead in the water. The engine wouldn't turn over. Bodily, he was OK since he had protection. And miraculously, I'm fine. No scratches, no bruises, no blood. Well, I have some ravioli cooking in the kitchen, so...Dinner time!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Sconester

Happy October everyone! Look what I found on my Costco trip yesterday. Scones! I love eating these delectable English quick breads for breakfast. I happen to have some jam and awesome tea I brought back from Seattle. So Cheers! to an awesome Wednesday morning breakfast. If you've been reading my blog, you know I'm always on the search for western treats wherever I can find them. I'm just finishing my first one right now. Although not the best scone I've had in Taiwan, but it's a cheap. I think I picked it up the pack of 6 for $130 NT at the Neihu Costco. And in the spirit of Halloween, my scone looks positively ghoulish with it's mouth wide open and gleaming raisin eyes. Next week is the TAS food fair, so I hope I'll have time to make it out and post what delicious food awaits.