A Quiet Time in Beijing

Beijing can be overwhelming at times but a great time to visit is during winter. The pollution is not terrible since the air is cold and dry and there are very few people out and about. Of course, this means that you will have to brave the cold but it’s no worse that New York in the winter and you will get the whole place to yourself.
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Food in Taiwan (Part 1)

I was reading the NYTimes and there was an article highlighting the virtues of Taipei. It definitely made me remember the many awesome adventures I had in Taiwan while visiting my family there. Taiwan has some of the most amazing food I’ve ever tasted as well as beautiful and extremely varied landscapes. Plus, the transportation system is very well-developed so you can basically get around without a car (though I recommend renting a motor scooter for a few hours, just to see how fun it is to ride one). In this post, I’ll highlight some of my favorite things to eat (things to do will be in the next post).

Taiwan has the coolest fruits; be sure to go to a fruit and vegetable market and try all of the foreign looking fruits. Taiwanese guava usually has white flesh and is very crunchy and refreshing. I love the lian wu, which looks like a waxy red pear, and tastes crisp and sweet. Starfruit is a juicy, yellow fruit that looks like a star when you cut it. Somehow my parents always cut off the edges of each fin but I don’t know if you have to do that. Also get some asian pears, which have a similar texture to Bosc pears. The flesh is crunchy and very sweet.

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