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Breakfast all day, Stammtisch is your way! 

Feeling like brunch, I promise you won’t be disappointed at Stammitsch!

I often wonder how do people find these kind of curious, special places. In my case, one of my friends too me there. It is a little far from where I live, but driving to get there was worth every second.

Here is where you will find it:

小聚, No. 124, Section 2, Shulin St, West Central District, Tainan City, 700

TEL: 06 213 9798

Opens from 9am to 5pm, except on Sunday, cause they close at 3pm.

Be careful with the map, because it marks another place, which is just not Stammisch.

Go though the alleys and on your right side, you will see it.

During weekdays, they will take reservations, but on weekends, you gotta get there and cross your finger hoping that there will be a table for you.

It is a cozy little place where you wish you could stay all afternoon. With home baked bread, real cheese and different especial types of coffee you feel more like in northern Italy than in Tainan.

I delighted myself with bombón coffee, which was bitter and sweet. Bitter because I could taste all the hues of the excellent coffee they have,  but with a touch of condensed milk. It was delicious!!! Try it!

They have English menu and English service.

Eating in here made wonder why didn’t know it before. Brunch was exceedingly great.

The SunShower rating is

4.6/5

Please, you have to go there and tell me what you think!!!!

99 is just a Number, but this Place will Relieve your Hunger. 

Only the most special cakes and the very best of drinks. The name is actually Noventanove, which is “99” in Italian, and it was named after it’s address:

ZhongShan St. No. 99

Here is where you will find it:


It is located in the heart of the city, so getting there should be easy, weather it is by scooter, train or simply walking, but I would not recommend car, as the centre is always crowded.

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Eurovision 2017 – Second Semifinal (Quick Note)

The opening

Out of nowhere one of the hosts gets a flute and other other an accordeon. It is hard to top Sweden when they have presented such great musical numbers the last two times they hosted the Eurovision . So, to start the second semifinal with a compilation of some of the past Eurovision hits, but with Ukrainian instruments and dance moves. Beautiful start. These are some of the moments where you can see all the people involved in this event and how much the care about the details. Personally this begging got me thrillied ’cause the play my favortite song and the one that got me involve in this, Fairytale by Alexander Rybak, Norway winner of 2008.


After that amazing start let me five you the highlights


Romania – Pelasurable exccentricity

The name of the song is “Yodel it”, and it is a rap. Guess what? A ras never won. But I guess, that is not the point. This song is a compilation of so many sounds. It’s is one of those things that you can’t either love or hate, it just gets you a smile out. Listen by yourself! If you it got you a smile and rise your eyebrows in amazement, then you are feeling exactly the same as me. But, 12 points for Romania

Croatia

Opera and pop, this is usually a nice combination, but all sang by the same person….. ehh.. changing back and forth from deep and high pitch voice. I get that he guy has a talent, but people should understand that it is not a talent show and it is show that is solely at trial here.


Bulgaria
Sometimes it is the show and sometimes it is the eccentricity that get them tot he final, but in this case, it was a good song. As it should always be, eh!


Here are the other countries

1. Serbia – She has got a hot dancer with her, maybe she will deserve some points because of that.

2. Austria – Awwwww.. Cute. He young red headed Shia Lebouf

3. F.Y.R. Macedonia – Alright, very energetic, but she should learn some better dance moves.

4. Malta – Years back they used to have better song that were nice to listen and catchy… but it appears that last year failure was not a one time thing.

5. Romania

6. The Netherlands – destiny’s child?

7. Hungary – One of those classics that just want to show some folklore. But that is not enough, they gotta mix it with rap. Why?

8. Denmark – ok, nothing special.

9. Ireland – She has a hot air ballo… sorry I mean He has a hot air balloon… but it feels like he is the missing member of a 90′ boy band.

10. San Marino – Finally something nice.

11. Croatia

12. Norway- Disco time???

13. Switzerland – Pink and Yellow, pink and yellow… She might get to the final, but not win.

14. Belarus – folklore, folklore, and more folklore in white.

15. Bulgaria

16. Lithuania – I can only see more 90’s style. Am I watching the right show?

17. Estonia – Love her voice, hate his. Please, go get lost in Verona.

18. Israel – I still wonder why you guys are in the Eurovision. But with hot guys like this I feel alive.


This is the list of the contestant that passed and will be in the final

Eurovision 2017 – First Semifinal (Quick Note)

Even when it starts at 3 am in Taiwan, it is a show that I love to watch.

The Hosts

This year it is being hosted by Ukraine. Some years the hosts are really lame and they make the show terrible. Sweden has had the best hosts I have seen, but these Ukrainian guys aren’t falling behind. Nice, charming and witty.

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Kinda hot, if you ask me. I wonder if they are straight.


Highlights

Sweden!

So they decided to start the show with this absolutely outstanding handsome guy! Mans did a great Job two years ago, but I would not mind going back to Sweden AGAIN for him.

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Montenegro

A highlight? Yes! Not because he was good, but because he was a living braid helicopter, look at him! Then you wonder why the Eurovision is eccentric!

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Portugal

What a lovely song! Sweet, calm and it sounds so romantic. I am pretty sure he will not win, but it would be lovely if he does!

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The Other Songs

  1. Sweden
  2. Georgia – Beautiful voice, nice dress.
  3. Australia – His voice is too mature for his young face. I hated his background. Next time Aussies.
  4. Albania – Nothing special
  5. Belgium – I am surprised by her deep voice. Not my favourite, but the song is not bad.
  6. Montenegro
  7. Finland – it’s ok. Nothing more to say
  8. Azerbaijan – Not very good. I remember this country as having nice, well polished songs with classy performance. I think they are absobing the eccentricity from other. I, personally don’t see them in the final. But maybe if they buy it, of course.
  9. Portugal
  10. Greece – Nothing special
  11. Poland – Ehm… next.
  12. Moldova – They make think of Ed Sheeran… but, don’t misunderstand me, no nobody compares to Ed’s talent
  13. Iceland – a cape???
  14. Czech Republic – soft song, that is it.
  15. Cyprus – I actually enjoy this song. Very nice and the guy is good looking. Hope he makes it to the final.
  16. Armenia – Interesting hue
  17. Slovenia – Doesn’t he look like Robbie Williams?
  18. Latvia – Why??? are you the Miley Cyrus of Europe?
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Slovenia’s Robbie William

 

And if you are curious about Latvia

 

AN UPDATE

The countries that made it to the final are (in the order they were announced):

  • Moldova: Hey Mamma by Sunstroke Project
  • Azerbaijan: Skeletons by Dihaj
  • Greece: This Is Love by Demy
  • Sweden: I Can’t Go On by Robin Bengtsson
  • Portugal: Amar Pelos Dois by Salvador Sobral
  • Poland: Flashlight by Kasia Moś
  • Armenia: Fly With Me by Artsvik
  • Australia: Don’t Come Easy by Isaiah
  • Cyprus: Gravity by Hovig
  • Belgium: City Lights by Blanche

Ok, with Armenia, Greece and Poland, I  think they were just filling the remaining space. As these songs were not special at all.

I am also pretty sure Azerbaijan and Australia, pay quite a lot of money for this event, so even though they are not in the Big Ones, they always make to the Final.

Moldova, wasn’t a complete disaster. So altogether with Cyprus and Belgium, they are fairly in this list. Hope they do good in the final. and by this I mean I hope they do not end up last. I simply do not see them winning.

Sweden and Portugal. As you read before, they are some of my favorites. It would be very hard for me to have to chose between these two countries, but although the Swedish is hot, I think the Portugal guy has more talent.

As he did not needed much in his performance to make the audience vote for him. He did not even had to sing in English. His inicial introduction was so cute and not show off as others. It was only him in libraries and reading in the tram. He looks like a nice, well-hearted guy, with not only sweet voice but knowledgeable brain.

12 points for Portugal.


I hope you liked this quick note on the Eurovision.

I have watched the Eurovision for 8 years. Yes, sometimes it is disappointing to see get too political. But every year the show is espectacular, they put a lot of effort in the details and many of the performances are high quality. The songs feel fresh from what there is always on the radio. It can be quite weird sometimes, but it is entertaining. In short words, I love the Eurovision.

I will post again for the second semifinal and the final

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Poems for my mother

Mother’s Day in Guatemala is celebrated on May 10. But they way I see it, every day is the perfect day to honor mom.



I wish I could write a nice poem and stop being so aleatory

and I wish I had the gift of verse so that could write a better story,

but to talk about you means I need to go on forever

and I only managed to put some lines together

 

This is my effort to make the best rhyme

But I think I have managed to make these lines sublime.

As every word comes from deep within my heart

and I hope one day I will get good in this kind of art.

 

Before I begin I want to express how grateful I am

To be the daughter of such graceful madam.

Your eyes always say “don’t worry, I care”

And you sweet smile tell me “I am always there”.

 

I hope I am not wandering astray

but there are two poems I bring you today

so, without any further delay

let me start what I am here to say.

 


 

The One

You are the one who sang me songs and read me stories that gave me a spark.

You are the one who keeps the candle lit if I start to tremble in the dark.

You are the one who picks up the fallen leaves that my autumn left.

You are the one who clears my cloud of doubts when I am bereft.

You are the one who transcribes my nonsense worries into laughter

And I am the one whom with love you have always look after.

 

My Pale Moon

Pale, beautiful and delicate like a Lily’s white

But sturdy and flawless as a diamond with bright

The world is beautify with your presence

having you near is an angelical blessing

Still, these things are not sufficient

That is why I am choosing something omniscient

 

Like a mystical pale moon, this is how you appear before my eyes,

I tell you from my heart, it is not just a simple appraise.

loving and faithful and of loveliest hue

these are only some of the things that I see in you

Timeless, admirable wisdom and grace

There is nothing of you that I wish to erase

 

You know how the moonlight breaks upon the city’s dome

and fall along cemented steel and stones?

a simple spark changes the lugubrious monotone

of the grayness that being afar invades my home.

that is why joy end excitement sit next to me when I get your call

And you appear int he screen of the iPad like a blue dress doll.

 

More than that, you are my pale silver moon that tucks me at night

the one who conforts and inpires me with its bright moonlight.

The kind of light that can only come from the sky

and it comes down to my cheek gliding with its graceful fly

so at that moment I close my eyes and I iamgine I am a star

cause I know it is you who I see in the moon from afar.


 

Before I finish I need to say

than I admire without dismay

and not only for today

I wish you a happy Mother’s day

 


 

I hope you enjoyed my poems. 

Above anything else, I treasure my mother. 

And everyday passing day I kneel down and be thankful to  have her with me. 


I love you mom! 

Pinotage – 56 hundred Nederberg

About three weeks ago, I was in charge to get the wine for the night. So, I dropped into the store and found a collection of Nederberg. They seamed interesting so I went for these two beauties.

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I should have written about them right after drinking them for I have forgotten some of their features, however I have very clear the rating I want to give them.


PART I

Let me start with the Pinotage.

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Chardonnay – Andean

The Andean Malbec was a thrilling experience and when I found its counterpart, a Chardonnay, I knew I had to try too.

This was the first time I had a Chardonnay, so I cannot compare with others, but I have heard how good this type of wine is, so I had double high expectations.

I wasn’t disappointed, none of my friends were. Just by smelling the cork you can tell that this wine is promising.

It smelled as something serious and sophisticated. I imagine myself in an elegant place with a gourmet menu.  This is the type of wine you want to have for a intense conversation, or even over business.

It’s coloration is darker than other white wines I have tasted, but just add to its elegance.

The taste was well balanced, and just like the smell, it is was sophisticated.

Sweetness: 3.9/5

Fruitiness: 4.0/5

Body: 4.5/5

Found in: Carrefour

The overall SunShower rating is:

4.5

Click this link to read more about the Wine Ranks and Specs

Why do White Wines are Better when Chilled?

More Chill for Whites, Please!


So, I take my precious Frontera and offer a sip to a friend and he goes:

“Yeah! It’s ok.” – Okey? Just okey? It is great for me and why is he not enjoying it more???-

“But I would prefer it cold!” – He finishes saying.


Red ones are fine at room temperature, but why would white wines be just better if they are cold? Why?

Time for the chu chu twirling train of science. Let’s discover some wine chemistry.

Wine Making

Ok! So, wines are made from the fermentation of grapes and sometimes, of some other fruits and plants.  In short words, if it is a RED one, the grapes are crushed with the skin, which provides the color and the tannin. And if it is a WHITE one, the juice is extracted from the fruits. For ROSE ones, the juice is allowed to stay with the crushed skins and it is removed afterwards.

Either the case, some bacteria are added at this point and after 1 or 2 weeks, the carbohydrates and some of the sugars are transformed into alcohol and acids.

Wonderful! Now we have our wine. It is delicious and a real piece of art. A few weeks later we want to share it with friends. But instead of a pleasant wine night, it turns into a disaster; the wine had changed color and it smells like rotten nuts and tastes like vinegar.

The wine did not fully become vinegar, as it did not contain the right type of bacteria for that. But what happened?

OXIDATION!!!!

If you are wondering what is Oxidation , it is what happens when you leave an apple half bitten on your table. It turns brown

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  1. This is mostly the reason of the change of color into a darker brownish one, and it is also partially responsible for the smell.
  2. Because there is enough oxygen, the bacteria in the wine proliferated and continued the fermentation process, releasing not only alcohol but molecular sulfur. Which is the main responsible for putrid odor.

 

How to controlling this problem?

SULFITES!!!!

YES! More sulfur! Not in the molecular style, but in its SO3 form

In case you want to know, here is the reaction:

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No, it isn’t not harmful!

They are preservatives, used in many types of food. As the matter of fact, most the goods the consume contain more sulfides than wine.

The Bottom Line on Sulfites in Wine, Wine Follie, January 15, 2014, http://winefolly.com/tutorial/sulfites-in-wine/

Basically, sulfites join all the molecules that could oxidize, thus preventing oxidation. But there is one more thing, sulfites can cross the bacteria’s cell wall and damage it from inside.

This is how you prevent the wine going bad.

A little of history!

The romans discovered that they could burn sulfur candle in the wine barrels and thus and thus the fermentation odor cause by the bacteria was reduced. Sulfites have been used in wine ever since then.

How Sulfides do their job

Let’s not get into nerdy stuff, but it is important to mention that Sulfides will join all the available molecules that can oxidize. ALL OF THEM! Therefore, the sweeter the wine, the more sulfites it needs. I am looking at you Moscato!!! You sweet, delicious, heavenly thing!

1.Frontera                       2. Obikwa                3. Italian Botter

Red wines are normally less sweet and because they have tanning, their own natural antioxidizing they have less sulfites than white ones.

Now, let’s go back to our original question.

Why white wines are better when cold?


 

As I mentioned sulfites will join all the available molecules that may oxidize. Let’s imagine sulfite as an annoying child that requires attention. sulfite.jpg

 

Wines have esters, phenols and aldehydes. These three guys give the wine its taste, the body, the consistency. These three are the main musicians of the orchestra.

Esters, Phenols and Aldehydes

And they will not perform well with a crying baby next to them.

Luckily, a child is not allowed to out when the weather is cold. The colder it gets, the less children are allowed to go out. So, when the wine is chilled, sulfites stay at home and the musicians are left alone to perform their best.

director

The alcohol is, of course, the director. If the musicians aren’t performing well, he will come out too strong and be all over the place. As a result you will end up with a disappointment and a possible headache.

The answer to our question

Because there are more sulfites in white wine, it will require a lower temperature (around 5-8°C) to control the bonding with other compounds. While reds are best at around 14-18°C. Not really at room temperature (usually 20° C), but a little colder.

Don’t worry! Lower temperatures will also stop bacteria proliferation and with the appropriate sealing, a cork or a screw cap, just a little oxygen will be in contact with the wine.


I think I will talk about wine sealing, next time.


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While my next post is ready, why don’t you go check some of my wines reviews.

Andean-Chardonney

La Bateliere

Cuvee Pinot

Penghu Island – Return to the Wilderness

It was what I call ADVENTURE and it was AMAZING.


Meet the crew:

Karl, the Estonian Captain; Bats and Yann, the dynamic French crab hunter and cook master; and the amazing blogger and one of my closest friends, Grexxen, the Australian… I mean the Austrian.
The plan was to camp, so we had a tent, sleeping bags, rain coats and a load of enthusiasm.

This was some-of-us first time camping in the real wild. I had done it before, but it was in a place well prepared, with a place to get food, showers and all. This time it was for real and we were on our own.

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Merlot – Tambo

When I started this section of the blog, my close friends thought they would give me a hand with some wine tasting. I call it Wine-Tasting 01.  So we adventured into the local tiny supermarket. For those who know it, Simple Mart.

The goal of the night was a red and a white one. The white one was Cape Elephant, we had previously had it with Jessi and we just needed to have it one more time. So the indecision was, which red one? We did not have many choices, but we hadn’t tasted any, so any option would be a new adventure.

MERLOT! One can never go wrong with Merlot. And as a South American Wine fan a Chilean Merlot was the winner.

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