Day Tripping in Taipei: National Palace Museum and Addiction Seafood 故宮博物院

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Shipping all of the arts and artifacts from the Forbidden City in Beijing to Taipei is probably one of the smartest decisions that Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Party ever made. Anthony Bourdain visited this museum and said he found the pork of his dreams — a meat-shaped stone that looks like a piece of marinated pork belly. The meat- shaped stone is as famous as the Jadeite Cabbage — a piece of jade carved into a cabbage with a camouflaged grasshopper on top.

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Sunrise at the Bean + Maple Glazed Ham Biscuit = A Perfect Morning in Chicago

Chicago Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits

After I shot at dawn and sunrise once, there is no going back. The lighting in midday is just too plain. So, during this recent trip to Chicago, I made my sister wake up early with me to go to the Millennium Park for the sunrise.

拍過日出就無法走回頭路了,大白天的光線變得很無趣。這次去芝加哥,逼我妹早早起床去千禧公園看日出。

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Hot Doug’s: Get a Foie Gras Dog Before It’s Too Late

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It is impossible to not notice the publicity of this “encased sausage emporium” when you research must-eat’s in Chicago. Anthony Bourdain loved the foie gras sausage and duck fat fries in his show, No Reservations. Hot Doug’s is in his list of 13 places to eat before you die.

找芝加哥旅遊必吃的東西一定會看到這家店,Hot Doug’s不說自己是熱狗店,而是個包裝肉品百貨,波登超愛這裡的鵝肝狗和鴨油炸的薯條,把這家店列為死前必吃的13大餐廳之一。

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DC Cherry Blossoms: Schweinebraten and Spring at the U.S. Capitol

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My third day in DC turned out to be a day of cherry blossoms plus gourmet sandwiches. I had German fusion Argentine sandwiches for lunch and Spanish tapas-sized sandwiches from 100 Montaditos for dinner. Great food and amazing companies outweighed the blossoms.

在DC的第三天意外變成櫻花與高檔三明治日,中午是德風阿根廷三明治,晚餐是100 Montaditos西班牙三明治,食物和朋友比這天的日出和櫻花厲害一百倍。

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Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area 紅岩峽谷

Red Rock Canyon

Beautiful rock formation and desert scenes in Arizona and Utah have always been on my list of top travel spots. I secretly really want to go with my dad with our cameras. Last year Aaron showed interests in going there. As a planner plus a dreamer, I planned out a nine-day trip from Zion National Park, the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, to Monument Valley, and then circling back to Vegas through the south rim of Grand Canyon. From budget to food to things to do and see. It seems that this dream trip will not come true any time soon, so Red Rock Canyon became a tiny sample of my grand mission.

亞利桑那和猶他州的沙漠和岩壁一直是美國我最想去看的地方,人生夢想是帶相機跟我爸去。去年發現Aaron有興趣,很有行動力地排好從玩到吃到住的九天行程加預算,從錫安國家公園、大峽谷的北邊、Monument Valley,然後從大峽谷南緣回拉斯維加斯,目前看來短期內無法成行,所以先拿紅岩峽谷來當做小慰藉。

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