Better Late Than Never...2017 Travel/Feature Highlights!


What? It's already been a year since I published my 2016 highlight post? 2017 has definitely gone by way too fast and I sure made a hell lot of memories and milestones this past year. I continually want to make Taipei Foodie progressively better and stay authentic to the content I share. Thank you all for joining me on this crazy ride. And now...onto the fun parts, let's take a quick look on some of my best moments in 2017.

TRAVEL

SINGAPORE

The highlight - Got lunch at Airbnb Singapore office!

First overseas trip in 2017 was Singapore. It's been 5 years since I last visited and it has changed so much! Singapore's got a very well-established cafe culture with the help of social media over the past few years. Almost every cafe I've been has its own aesthetics and don't worry, they don't just look pretty, they actually all serve really delicious food! It is very easy to navigate around in Singapore with subways, cabs, ubers available almost everywhere. I also visited Airbnb Singapore office thanks to my friend Jody who works there! If you work at Airbnb, I must say, you're freaking lucky because the lunch I had at Airbnb was SO good.

Favorite Spots: Luxe Singapore, Grounded by CMCR, Botanist

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HONG KONG

The highlight - Bar hopping at its finest!

Hong Kong is truly one of the best cities for nightlife in Asia. I visited twice this past year, the first visit was with a friend and the second visit was with whisky brand The Macallan for their MOP6 launch.The first trip with friend we explored Lan Kwai Fong. LKF is the go-to place for nightlife, it's filled with different bars with unique concepts and nightclubs. It is the ideal place for bar hopping. My friend and I managed to visit some of the best ones including Quinary (must order earl grey martini), 001 (whisky speakeasy), & Mrs.Pound (restaurant & bar disguised as a stamp shop).

Favorite Spots: Happy Paradise, Quinary, Elephant Grounds

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BANGKOK, THAILAND

The highlight - Dining at two of the best restaurants in Asia!

I was super fortunate to be invited on a weekend trip to Bangkok by Chef Fatih Tutak of the Dining Room at the House of Sathorn & W Hotel Bangkok. The 128-year-old building House of Sathorn was once the Russia Embassy until 1999. Read about my article on my dining experience with Chef Fatih here. Besides the House of Sathorn, I also visited Gaggan, AKA the BEST restaurant in Asia. You can read about how innovative their dishes are and my thoughts on the restaurant here.

Favorite spots: The COMMONS, Roast, Hands & Heart

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INDONESIA

The highlight - cooking lesson with chefs from Locavore (ranked no.22 on Asia's 50 best)

I was invited by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism to go on the "Trip of Wonders" with 9 other international influencers from all over the world. We spent a total of 12 days in Indonesia and explored 4 different major cities! It was definitely one of the most memorable trips I've ever had. I've only been to Bali prior to this trip so it was eye-opening to see the other cities and really experience the local culture this time.

I've writtten 3 posts on my trips in Indonesia, links down below!

5 Instaworthy cafes in Bandung 5 Cafes in Bali you can't miss! Cooking with the locals in Makassar

Favorite spots: Cafe Pomegranate, Sea Circus Bali, Two Hands Full

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HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

The highlight - Coffee time with my mom