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POP PIE a great place to try!

Not to be confused with Popeye, the spinach eating guy in the cartoon!


 

In a mood for a light meal?

Well, Tainan has many beautiful hidden places to eat, and this has to be one of the most hidden ones. But make sure not to miss it, since it has great pies and a magical atmosphere.

Here is the location:

The place is cosy and well decorated, check it out!

Ok, so it is time to order!

You are usually required to order a set, it includes a soup and a well dressed salad. Check out the nice detail of giving you a wooden spoon!

The soup I got is pumpkin and the pie I order is mushroom and chicken.  It was a great combination and they were both of great taste. I absolutely recommend this place to change the daily routine of the traditional lunch boxes in Taiwan.

The coffee I ordered is a Vienna cafe, it was good, but nothing extra-ordinary. But overall I liked it!

They also offer green tea. Just as the coffee it was good, not nothing too memorable.

So conclusion, the drinks are just ok, but the pies are delicious, it is a place worth giving a try.

SunShower rating:

4.5/5


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Across Confucius Temple – Aug 15, 17 #Photography

The picture of the Confucius Temple arch are beautiful, if you missed them, you can check then out here. However there is certain margin of crossing the street and admiring it from the other side. And this is what we got, with a touch of the hectic life of Tainan.


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Bordeaux – Baron de Lanezac

Bordeaux – French -2015

The only way to get better at wine, is sharing and discussing it with other people, better if they are close friends and extra points if you know them for 8 years, since you first came to Taiwan.

If you have been reading the blog, you maybe have notice that I am developing a fascination for Bordeaux wines. And this one was shared with my friend Sebs, who has a great taste for wines.

The first thing we noticed was the deep dark colour and not aggressive smell. We noticed some orange hue, and little raspberry, but not many other layers.

He then proceeded to show me about “the legs” of the wine. When you take a sip and put back the glass, the wine will slowly flow back down on the walls of the glass, forming the legs. This has nothing to do with the quality, but more with the consistency. Sweeter wines will be more viscous, forming thicker legs, while wines with higher content of alcohol will form more legs.

This is a new way of understanding wine. So, it is possible to know how sweet or how strong a wine will be, without even tasting it.

Thank you for you for showing me, Sebs!

Now, when tasting the wine, we had some differences in opinions, here is the ratings.

Fruitiness : 3.4 / 5 (Sebs: 2.8 / 5)
Sourness: 3.6 (Sebs: 2.4 / 5)
Tannin: 3.1/ 5 (agree)

Style : Light Medium
Body : 4/10

Legs: Thin

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

Overall SunShower rating is:

3.2 /5

Rating levels:

4.7 – 5.0 The finest of all!
4.0 – 4.6 Oh this is good!
3.1 – 3.9 This ok! Pleasant. But don’t be demanding.
2.3 – 3.0 Ok, this is weird.
1.0 – 2.2 Don’t try this, I already sacrificed myself for you.
0.0 – 0.9 Cannot believe there is something this disgusting.

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Here! Have you heard of white Bordeaux? try this one! 

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Typhoons – The Frenzy of Wind and Rain

July 30th to July 31st

One of the reasons SunShower was born, is because I get instant urge for writing while hearing the rain drops fall. While the rain showers outside, the inspiring sun shines in.

Rain is beautiful, but it does not usually stops me from my daily routines, however typhoons are another thing. The best thing to do is to stay safe inside and not try to risk it. Although typhoons can be very dangerous, they are part of the life experience in Taiwan and cannot be separated from the adventure here.

Tonight is typhoon night. (July 30 and 31st, 2017)

a Typhoon is…

It is a meteorological depression. A storm, but just not any storm, a violent one. There will be a lot of water and strong winds. Not just any water and wind,  rain is more like water-whips, and wind is like giant of destruction.

It will rain for a span between 6 to 20 hours, depending on the size of the typhoon. But what gets really bad is the wind. Sometimes it gets so strong that the rain falls more like horizontally than vertically. I have seen it slide scooters along the street, take down advertisements posts and even rip off entire trees, taking them from theirs very roots! Yes! It gets pretty bad.

If you are wondering if typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes are the same, then let me tell you that YES! They are basically the same, the difference is just the area of the world they occur. They can all be very devastating.

Typhoons are to be respected, they flood cities, destroy towns and sometimes even take human lives with them. If one of the great typhoons come knocking your door while you are here, remember, you can never be too safe. Be prepare!

My recommendation is to get food and water, and more importantly try not to go out. I have never experience a blackout in Taiwan, but I know they happen, so you might want to prepare a flashlight and something none-electronic to be entertained with.

 

But…

Typhoons aren’t that bad. If you keep safe and are well prepared, you will get to be at home with a justified reason. This is why many locals actually like typhoons and sometimes receive it gladly. The national government is likely to cancel classes and work. You can check for this here: Central Wether Bureau

 

go to “Typhoon News” and then check if work and class have been cancelled.

 

Over all, the chances you live through an extreme typhoon are very slim.  They are mostly common, during August and September and although there are many, the ones that get to Taiwan are about 3-4 in a year and not every time they will affect the city where you live.

For the 8 years that I have lived in Taiwan, I have always been safe from Typhoons. It is just a matter of staying safe and once you have this much free time, try to catch up with you blog. My friend, Grexxen, wrote things to do during a typhoon last year and you might want to check out his post.

 

The Frenzy of Wind and Rain

Although Typhoons are really strong, I prefer to see them as a passionate moment of two lovers. Wind and Rain, desperately love each other, but because their love is so destructive, they are destined to live separately most of the year and in most places of the world. Sometimes they flirt with each other, maybe you have felt the wind’s warm touch on your face, when it drizzle in the afternoon. But then, summer comes, and low pressures in the atmosphere allows them to be together, if  just for a few hours.

I give you…

The Frenzy of Wind and Rain 

By Adriana

 

Last year, devastating was the goodbye

as they kissed each other for the last time,

now, more than 10 months have gone by.

 

A love so strong full of passion and desire

silently waiting to be admired,

nothing can put down their lust on fire

 

During the time apart to the mountain she talks,

sometime promising to wipe clear his slopes

but he knows she cannot handle his heart full of rocks.

 

He, on his side, converses with the beauty river

sometimes promising to make of her a wider mirror

but she knows, a flow to wide will make humans shiver.

 

Strong, striking souls with  power of size abysmal

yet tenderness can be found on their touch and whistle,

maybe you felt it during your walk on the afternoon drizzle.

 

Every day they wait for each other restlessly

their love is intense but full of complexity

because being together brings catastrophe

 

But the relaxing summer days are here

bringing low pressure, like every year

with some luck, our lovers can now come near.

 

First they see each other over the island far away,

and the thunder sounds as if they are playing croquet.

I can see from my window that the sky is now gray.

 

They seduce each other with words so charming,

it starts raining with love, passion and all the yearning.

Though my window I can see that it is now violently storming

 

As a gentlemen he has made the first move

then she follows, blowing a kiss to approve

and we feel how the breeze has now stronger groove.

 

The lovers cannot take the distance any longer

in less than a second it is impossible to go and wander

’cause the passion and strength keeps getting stronger

 

They have only but a few hours to together spend

They have to count, they know the are condemned ,

so they forget about the world and who they might offend.

 

Unstoppable Rain pours while Wind loudly howls

but it filters through the window during the long night hours,

this much water is impossible to dry. I need more towels!

 

Don’t get them wrong, their raging destruction is  a pantomime

just a protest for being apart all this time

They want to be noticed, their love is transcendental and divine

 

They accomplisehd their purpose, leaving all this destruction,

but seriously, it isn’t any worse than human corruption

pulluting the oceans and air, just for a few goods production

 

There is no knowing when will Wind and Rain will meet again

it all goes back to normal and their love is constrain

but their passion is eternal and nothing vain.

 

The end.

 


 

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For the best in town, the Arful Dodger’s deserves a crown 

I am rating this awesome place because it is one of my favourites, but it is not necessary to state how good it is, because everybody already knows that this place is incredible. I just want to let more people know what they are missing if they haven’t tried it. Although it is very easy to find physically and online, since it has already been rated and talked about in many other web pages. But perhaps you just came to Tainan and just don’t know where to go for a great meal. Here, let me introduce to you the Artful Dodgers.

It is promoted like an English bar/restaurant, but the truth is they not only serve fish-and-chips but western style food. You know, a little bit of Latin American food (like quesadillas), a little bit of North American food (burgers), Mediterranean food (like Greek salad, one of my favourites), and of course, European (meat pies, exquisite English breakfast, and one of the best pasta in town).

Parmesan Chicken

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Quesadilla
Besides their spectacular regular menu, they also have specials, varying from roast beef, to curry and other special dishes.  The place is truly awesome. Personally I love to get brunch here, as the atmosphere makes feel more like in Europe than in Taiwan. And the service is also very good, the staff always receive you with a welcoming gesture, either in English or in Chinese

But my favourite time to go is Friday night, it is lady’s night and we girls get discount on drinks, plus an absolutely delicious truffle.

Their drinks menu is also a good reason to go, great variety of beer, cocktails and wine.  If you have wandered in the wine section of this blog, you will be able to find their red Cabernet Sauvignon and the newly added Pinot Grigio. 

No matter the time of the day, I just simply love to go there with my friends and share together a wonderful time.

Now, let me tell you a little anecdote… When I first discovered this place, I noticed that my male friends took unexpected long time in the bathroom, but, of course, it would not have been polite to ask. One day, one of my friends came out staring at a picture in his phone and then enthusiastically showed us. We felt a little awkward, but then it all became clear.  There is a Titanic poster with details about the ship, take a look:

If you are in Tainan and feel like a wonderful none-Asian meal, here is your place to go.

Variety: 5/5

Taste:5/5

Drinks: 4/5

Atmosphere: 4/5

Service: 4/5

The SunShower rating is 

4.8/5

And if you are wondering how to get there, here is the location:

It’s open every day except on Tuesdays.

 

They have recently made some udgrades, I am eager to go check it out!!! 

 


 

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Bordeaux – Puisseguin Saint-Emilion

Bordeaux! What a blessing for the world of wine! And, this one was particularly outstanding, as it was carefully chosen by my favourite French friends. It was a lovely movie night!

This wine felt soft and shy but at the same time rather elegant. It felt refined, as its smell was pleasant and not aggressive at all. It was or dark ruby red and well layered.

Personally, I really enjoy how French people are into the Bordeaux wines, and the magical thing is that they never dissapoint me. I can’t wait to get another recomendarion from you guys!

Fruitiness: 4.0 /5

Sourness : 4.0 /5

Tannin: 3.0 /5

Style: Medium

Body :4 /10

Year: 2014

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

Overall SunShower rating is:

4.0 /5

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Merlot-Long Country

Playful! That is the perfect word to describe this wine. And it is exactly how it makes you feel.

As a merlot, it is low in Tannin, which is a characteristic feature, but I would have expected it to be more layered. It is a two year old wine, and it was too flat, perhaps if it is aged for longer time.

Either way, it is a great choice to share with friends and spend a great time.

Fruitiness: 3.5/5

Sourness : 3.6/5

Tannin: 3.2/5

Style: Light-Medium

Body :4/10

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

Overall SunShower rating is:

3.9/5

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Moscato – Dilé

As promised when writing about Queen Adelaide, which is an excellent Moscato, I am now writing about a very different one.

White wines should be get better when chilled, as I had previously stated in my post “Why do white wines are better when chilled?”  Curiously this one got better when not too cold.  At the first sip, I would have not given it more than 2.6/5 but as we kept on drinking, it became more like 3.3/5. If you have read the wine ranks, you would know that this is a lot, since it changed from “don’t drink this” to “Ok, not so bad” status.

The problem with this Moscato is that it is too sweet! However, I am not saying it is absolutely bad, it was layered and it was possible to feel some Peaches and Guavas. Its color was absolutely beautiful, and just look at the bottle, it is really unique, and that was the reason we got it. If you are looking to make some wine pictures, it is a good choice.

Fruitiness: 3.9/5

Sourness: 2.1/5

Sweetness: 4.9/5

Style: Light

Body: 3/10

Found in: Carrefour

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

3.3/5

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If you like moscatos and want to try something nice, check out the Frontera or the Yellow tail!

Bordeaux Supérieur

This post is special is a special one. I needed special guests in order to do it.

This is wine is also not sold in Taiwan, just like CASTELMAURE, it was brought directly from France. And the thing is, French wines are a piece of art. There is nothing simple about them and when done properly, they are an adventure for one’s senses.  This beauty was not the exception.

Dark beautiful ruby and strong steady smell. High in tannin but well balance so that it agrees with your paladar. With many different layers so that you can feel the different grapes and fruits of the Bordeaux region. Lovely!

Fruitiness 3.3/5

Sourness : 3.8/5

Tannin 4.3/5

Style: Medium

Body  6.5/10

 

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: France

Overall SunShower ranking

4 / 5

The only reason I have to rate this awesomeness a little harsh, is because I know that France has higher standards. For Taiwan, I would rate it about 4.6/5, but according to GG, who kindly shared it with me and Grexxen, it is about a 4/5.

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Moscato – Queen Adelaide

As a fan of Moscatos, I am writing about his one with great pride. It felt like a royalty drink. I have to be honest, it is not very expensive, and because of the price I thought it was going to be very bad. It wasn’t!

Beautiful color, delicious smell, perfectly balanced. Not too sweet and bothers my tongue and not too sour. It was absolutely perfect. Highly recommended! Queen Adelaide for all amazing people out there.

Fruitiness: 3.8/5

Sourness: 3.2/5

Sweetness: 3.9/5

Style: Light

Body: 4/10

Found in: Carrefour

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is: 

4.4/5

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Special thanks to the Salty Avocado, who chose this wine and it was great to enjoy our last Taiwan movie night! Looking forward for the next one!