FH and I really enjoy Fleming’s for happy hour, but haven’t had a chance to visit for a while. Their clever slogan is “5 for $6 until 7.” In other words, 5 appetizers, cocktails, and wines for $6 each, served from 5-7pm, seven days a week.

We don’t particularly like going to happy hour during the week because it tends to be so busy. So we really love that Fleming’s even serves happy hour on the weekends, when it is less crowded. It’s a great way to unwind on a Sunday evening before dreaded Monday morning.

I received an email about some drink specials during the month of October. Fleming’s usually alternates the cocktails and wines on its happy hour menu each month. This month, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month , there are two drinks on the menu made especially for to raise money for breast cancer fighting charities: a Cline Cashmere wine and a Stiletto cocktail.

The drink I was most interested in checking out was the Stiletto. First, 100% of benefit the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Second, this drink is only 99 calories.

The Stiletto is a mix of blackberries and gin. Normally I’m not a fan of gin, but the cocktail was quite sweet so I couldn’t really taste it.

I had a lot of success adding pumpkin and spices to some of my favorite baked goods. A few weeks ago, I thought about making pumpkin soft pretzels.

Rather than keeping the pretzel savory, I added some cinnamon and sugar to make it a little sweet to match with the pumpkin.


One of my favorite things about going to Taiwan are the buffets. The buffets in Taiwan generally are quite extravagant, making the Las Vegas ones pale in comparison.

The week before my trip, fellow Taiwanese food enthusiast Danny of Kung Food Panda, sent me several links of places to try on my trip. One of the links he sent me was for this video for Hakkai Shabu Shabu (八海精緻鍋物料理), a hot pot buffet.

Thanks to the convenience of the subway/MRT system, we were able to get here quite easily. And the restaurant was directly across the street from the MRT stop.

Lunch is priced at 399NT per person, or about $14. The amount and quality of food was definitely worth the low price.

The place is set up so every two people share a large hot pot. The hot pot is divided down the middle so actually every person gets their own section. We first selected the broths, and there were 12 different flavors to choose from! 12! I don’t think I could even come up with 12 if someone were to ask me. We chose the herbal one, mushroom, milk, curry and spicy.

There are additional items you can get for extra, but with so much food, we didn’t bother.

Milk is one of the ones highly recommended and popular. While it sounds odd, it’s basically a cream base soup and I actually really enjoyed it.