Monday, 31 May 2010

All grown up 都長大了

財哥說:服務一下台灣的讀者嘛~ 偶而用中文寫吧






boys will be boys

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Sketching old people sculptures

Sketching plaster busts is still so difficult, but I'm less and less afraid of them now.

I had trouble making this guy look old at first, and it turns out the trick is to make the eyelids thicker, to make them look droopy and old.

From today's class. I have a really good teacher.

Mother's Day brunch at Palais de Chine

The new Palais de Chine hotel in Taipei has a very pretty Rococo styled restaurant on the 6th floor. Dad decided to throw a brunch party for Mom there on Mother's Day. The love to party, and they love each other. Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

The ambience great, the service is good and the food has potential. I've been there twice and still think so. I'm still good to go for at least a third time.

More pictures from Mother's Day brunch here.

Palais de Chine
Restaurant, 6th floor
+886 2 2181 9999
#3, Section 1, Chengde Road, Taipei

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Bistro le Pont

How do you feel about eating pasta with chopsticks? Or having sushi with a fork? Kind of weird? Kind of fun? Yes, maybe sometimes. Provided that the pasta or the sushi is good, right?

If you're looking for that similar, funny feeling, Bistro le Pont in Taipei's Yongkang Street area may be a place to try out next.

The setting is a French bistro, but the restaurant owners are from Kaohsiung, and they feature goose-related food you're more likely to find at a night market or on some dirty street corner, served on flimsy tables made of stainless steel with matching rusty stools or creaky wooden benches for people to sit on, eat quickly and leave.

The food at Bistro le Pont is decent, and so are the prices (of course not as incredibly cheap as your neighborhood hawker). P-chan highly recommended the rice with goose fat (we got the luxurious version of that, with stir-fried scallop toppings) and the goose blood rice cake. They were pretty OK. I think I've had better goose, but this place was more than acceptable. Just about everything is served in plates with the pink rose trim you'd see at any street corner place, but with nice chopsticks. The surprise of the night was the lychee beer. That was really interesting. It tasted like lychee cider with a hint of hops.

The story behind the restaurant (as told to me by P-chan).
The original store is like any other goose food place, and it's in Kaohsiung. When it was time for the kids to take over, the kids felt they wanted to climb the food chain, wanted to be more classy and international. So they came to Taipei, opened up shop in the touristy Yongkang Street area, and put their food in a French bistro type place, complete with songs like "La Vie En Rose" playing in the background. The menu is in Chinese and French, the price listed in Taiwan Dollars and Euros. There are also "fusion" items like thick cut potatoes fried in goose fat.

In one word, 妙。

More pictures here.
P-chan's takes

Bistro le Pont 樂朋
+886 2 2396 5677
#176 Chaozhou Street

Saturday, 8 May 2010

End of night shift!

Finished the night with a report of a heavily tattooed 28 year old man getting shot in the left chest in an apartment off of Linsen North Road.

Off tomorrow, yay!

Friday, 7 May 2010

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Sky over FTV

Finally, some nice weather!


This picture was taken with the Canon IXY 910is that I bought with o-toshidama (New Year's money that parents give to kids) in 2007. I keep it with me all the time. I've been thinking about retiring it, but it still takes nice pictures when there's lots of light out. Maybe I'll get another one with next year's o-toshidama. Hee hee hee... Lucky me!

Monday, 3 May 2010

Oyster noodles

We had oyster and intestine noodles and stinky tofu for dinner after our live shot at the Freeway Bureau. There was an accident beneath a freeway interchange where a worker was killed.

The place was a hole in the wall, dirty and uncomfortable for me, but the noodles were really good. Next time, I'm getting it to go...