Yes, I’m in Taiwan. These two pictures and the one above are of the Grand Hotel, once owned and run by Chiang Kai Shek’s wife, the infamous “Dragon Lady,” Madame Chiang. See?
The trip was pretty much a surprise. Just a few weeks ago, I was invited to visit Taipei and the surrounding countryside to learn about Taiwanese indigenous cuisine and regional Chinese styles as interpreted by Taiwanese chefs. It was kind of bad timing, and kind of impossible not to go.
I’ve already learned much, and am thinking of ways to integrate the Asian diaspora into my classes.
So much to tell already. I’ve only been here 12 hours and I’ve already been photographed for a local magazine and tried many new things to eat, including this delicious international buffet in the lobby of my hotel with fresh Taiwanese fruits, Swiss pastries, congee, dim sum, a full Japanese breakfast, and bacon-sausage-eggs. More soon!