Other than really loving the food in Taiwan, one of the main things I look forward to on a visit to Taiwan is seeing family. A large portion of my mom’s side of the family still live in Taiwan, including beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.
When my uncle and aunt found out we were coming, they went all over Taipei city trying out new restaurants to find the best places to take us to. Our first full night, my uncle took us to the World Trade Center Club. He told me they had the best Peking duck ever. I love the crispy skin on Peking duck so I was eager to try. What he failed to tell us, was that he had gone all out: we had a private room, with a gorgeous view of the city and a full 9 course set menu. The peking duck was actually an additional item, not included in the menu.
On our table were 8 complimentary cold appetizer dishes. Each one was quite tasty, but we didn’t finish them because we had to save room for the feast ahead.
Recently, I was sent a sample box of Peet’s coffee to try as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. When I opened my box, I was excited to see two bags of Peet’s coffee along with a travel thermos. I love thermos cups.
Inspired with so much coffee, I decided to save money and brew my own coffee at home to bring to work with my new cup.
The two coffees provided were Cafe Solano and Cafe Domingo. I adored the aromatic smell when I first opened the bags of coffee. I just wanted to bury my face in the coffee grounds. I settled for scooping some out instead.
The Cafe Domingo is described on the website as ” smooth and balanced medium roast with hints of toffee sweetness and a clean, crisp finish.” The Cafe Solano is described as “a lively yet perfectly rounded cup with floral notes and a subtle fruit essence.” Taste-wise, I preferred the Cafe Domingo because it had a stronger, richer coffee taste.
This past weekend there was some interesting weather. While we were experiencing a heat wave in San Diego, parts of the East Coast were experiencing some severe snow. In October!
Hot cocoa didn’t seem really appropriate with the 80 degree weather in San Diego, but I was thinking of the people experiencing snow. I saw a few nutella hot chocolate recipes last week and immediately knew I had to make it. I have such an obsession with Nutella, I’m surprised I didn’t think of this sooner.