Wednesday, December 28, 2016

For those in the know, a common fun Japanese snack is the Tokyo Banana! The first time I ever heard about it, I thought it was a frozen banana.  It's actually a banana cream inside a moist cake.
The cutest things are the packaging! I've seen the caramel ones with giraffe spots and now they have the hearts all over.  Leave it to the Japanese people to make everything super cute! It's almost too cute to eat! 😋

Friday, December 16, 2016

This is my first time back to Taiwan since I was 5 years old and I was super excited at all the possibilities! Needless to say I brought empty suitcases and filled them up to the brim before coming back! lol One of the places that I was most excited to visit was 7 Eleven as I heard it was completely different from what the US offered. There is literally one of these or another chain that is 24/7 every block or half block in Taipei, Taiwan.
I was happy to find out that there was one DIRECTLY across from my hotel and needless to say I was there every day at least once or more. The one thing that I was looking forward to the most was getting my fill on Yakult! I HATE that the US charges a ridiculous CRV on those tiny @$$ bottles, which cannot be recycled! I would be okay with the charge if you could actually recycle it. In Taiwan, there is no such thing as CRV and the drink is so cheap. It's only 8 NT and it was worth it! I probably drank over 30 of those suckers in the short week I was there lol.
The 7 Eleven also offers a variety of prepared foods and what I loved was the onigiris! Cheap and tasty. They are offered as combo meals too, but I didn't quite like the drinks so I just started buying them individually. The onigiris run about 25 NT, which is less than $1! Oh how I already miss Taiwan! lol My favorite flavor was the wasabi salmon.
Each store may offer a slightly different choice. Some offered tea eggs or odens, which was nice. You can purchase a wide variety of snacks and drinks. There are some great instant noodles that you can buy and immediately add hot water to and eat on the spot.
The fun part is you are 'rewarded' for shopping there. They have monthly programs of special items that you can purchase at a discount price once you collect enough stickers. Somehow in the short time we were there, we collected enough stickers and ended up trading it in 4 times to collect the item. Of course all the desirable items like the cute blanket and footwarmer were sold out everywhere, but we still chose something fun. Be sure to check out the 7 Elevens if you've never been to Taiwan. I already miss them! =9
7 Eleven
Lane 107, Linsen N Rd, Zhongshan District 
Taipei City, Taiwan 104

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cauldron Ice Cream is a fun place to try if you like Creamistry and egg waffles.  They have some unique combination of flavors but the most fun is having your ice cream served in a egg waffle cone that they call a "puffle".  The first time I came here I ordered the Earl grey lavender flavored ice cream and was a bit let down
This time around I brought Ms. Lin Guide and decided to give it another try as well as show her what a "puffle" is lol.  The batter for the egg waffle has improved from the first time I had it.  For our flavors we chose S'mores, mainly because it had a torched marshmallow on top.  How can you say no to that?  =D  It comes with chocolate ice cream and graham cracker crumbles.

For the second cone we decided to try the Sea Salted Caramel Crunch, caramel ice cream with bits of pretzel and sea salt.  This was nice and light, which did not overpower the puffle.  All in all we had fun and the puffle was nice and hot.  Honestly, the best part was the puffle.  The ice creams are just so-so but it is a fun place to hang out with pals or take people who've never been so they can try it out.

Cauldron Ice Cream
1421 W MacArthur Boulevard, Suite F
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Cauldron Ice Cream Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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