Tartine Thursday

SOGO department store had its annual anniversary sale last week and instead of shopping for cosmetics and clothes like most young women, I shopped for groceries! And today I used some of my purchases to make a simple cheese and prosciutto tartine.

One more day of work till the weekend, then I’m off to Hsinchu and Miaoli in Eastern Taiwan.

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Konayuki – Round 2

Sunday afternoon was beautiful and sunny, so I decided it would be a good day to go shopping. It was a bit chilly outdoors, and after wandering around Shinkong Mitsukoshi square (there are always interesting street performers there and things to look at), and taking photos of a cute golden retriever all decked out in his Christmas attire:

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I decided to head over to Zhongshan station street mall, where it would be warmer because it would be indoors. Plus, there are a lot of book stores there. By that time it was already 5pm, and I was getting hungry. I ended up taking V to Konayuki for afternoon tea.

Latte:

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I originally ordered the macchiato without realizing that it was an espresso shot, but the server was kind enough to inform me of this, and I switched to a latte. I don’t drink coffee often, so when I do, I have trouble falling asleep. The latte at 5pm that evening kept me awake until 1 in the morning..

Sandwiches (smoked salmon and shrimp croquette):

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I really enjoyed the smoked salmon last time, that’s why I wanted to get it again. And I like the shrimp croquette sandwich better than the cheese croquette one, but the shrimp pattie inside was so tiny! The rest was all shredded cabbage.

Double fromage cheesecake (original and chocolate) with Hokkaido milk soft serve:

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As I had expected, the original cheesecake was better than the chocolate. The milk soft serve was good, but the one served at 711 was better.

Our total came to ~800NTD. V ordered a peach earl grey tea (cold) as well, but it wasn’t great, so I didn’t bother taking a picture of it. Surprisingly, the tea didn’t come sweetened. That’s quite interesting as most cold teas are usually sweetened before being served.

Their matcha drinks (both hot and cold) seem really popular as I saw a lot of people ordering them.

A cool and sunny Sunday afternoon strolling in Shinkong Mitsukoshi square, doing some light reading at a bookstore, and ending off the afternoon with afternoon tea at Konayuki. I enjoy Taiwan winters.

Melange Cafe – Shinkong Mitsukoshi A11

This past Saturday I attended the ‘Family Day’ event hosted by Meimei’s company with mom and grandma. The event itself was aight. It was supposed to be a carnival, so there were stalls selling food (like dorayaki and stir-fried noodles), as well as bouncy castles. Some company employees also performed on stage, but because the place was so big, there was a lot of echoing going on, which hurt our ears.

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It was held at Nangang Exhibition Centre (the very last stop on the Bannan Line), and it was my first time there. The place was huge, and there was free food, but in terms of entertainment, there were none of interest, so while Meimei had to stay there since it counted as a work day for her, mom, grandma, and I went off to have afternoon tea instead. We decided on Melange Cafe in Shinkong Mitsukoshi’s A11 building (B1), which is located right by MRT City Hall station.

We didn’t make a reservation beforehand, and Melange Cafe was packed. However, the turnover rate was pretty fast and we only ended up waiting for ~20 minutes. Not bad for a Saturday afternoon that was prime time for afternoon tea.

Melange Cafe also has the ‘one drink per customer’ minimum order rule, so we had to oblige, which meant I didn’t end up ordering a waffle like I had originally wanted to.

Some interesting facts about Melange Cafe: The owner of Melange Cafe actually used to work for Coffee Alley (another well-known cafe in Taipei), and decided to leave and start a new cafe. The first Melange Cafe is located at MRT Zhongshan station, and that one is only a few metres away from a Coffee Alley cafe. Talk about competition!

None of our drinks came with added sugar, and sugar came in a separate jar, to be added as desired.

Mommy ordered a cafe ou lait (3.5/5):

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I’ve never seen coffee served this way before! It came in 2 pots: 1 pot contained coffee, the other contained milk. You can choose to pour it in the ratio that you like. How neat!

Milk:

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Coffee:

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The way that the pots are designed, you can even pour both at once!

Grandma’s osmanthus citrus tea:

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She said that it tasted light and floral, with a hint of citrus. She enjoyed her hot tea quite a lot.

My royal milk tea, original flavour (3.5/5):

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I added a bit of sugar to my tea because I like my milk tea on the slightly sweet side. It was good, but I would have enjoyed it that much more if the tea flavour was stronger. I felt like the tea wasn’t brewed long enough so the flavour wasn’t completely infused into the drink.

Club sandwich (3.5/5):

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Melange’s club sandwich with egg, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, and chicken. Tastewise, it was very normal, but made for good finger food as an afternoon tea snack. It was a fun afternoon catching up with Mommy and Grandma. It’s rare to take Grandma out because she doesn’t normally venture so far into Taipei, so I’m glad that I got to have afternoon tea with her that day. We’re planning on a lunch date for this upcoming Saturday at 三本味 (I had previously blogged about that place). Thank goodness I do exercise on a regular basis. Eating is what I do the most in Taiwan!