As dog owners ourselves, we tend to do pretty much anything to make our beloved pet feel great. Depending on what breed you have, dogs can be quite expressive. Sure, they can’t speak, but they can express what’s going in their little minds. What would you say to a machine that could record and translate your dog’s barks while you were away?
Chad told me that there was a really good food stand near my house. They serve Thai-Vietnamese food. The only trouble is finding out when it’s open. As usual, stands tend to have strange schedules.
The sisters who operated the stand/restaurant told me that they are open every day, from 3PM to 10PM. I’d come by two days in a row to find their stand all boarded up. It was 3:40PM when I arrived and they weren’t set up yet. They told me that I’d have to wait 20 minutes. I thought about this for a few seconds. I’d been trying to get food from them for this whole week. I also had a good book in my backpack, so I just pulled it out and read. The girls made me a complimentary French bun, kind of Vietnamese, filled with spicy meat and veggies for waiting so long. I was at the stand for about 40 minutes. It was delicious. It hovered on the verge of being too spicy, but wasn’t spicy enough to make me stop eating it. I told them that it was great.
I ordered a chicken/papaya salad. It turns out that they made me a chicken/papaya salad and a papaya salad. These salads are typically Thai. They don’t use ripe papayas, but green ones. I didn’t really mind. It was once again excellent food. In fact, I’m going to go back there tomorrow and the day after until I get tired of it. It’s just so tasty. And the spicyness. The spicyness of the salad was exquisite. It was dosed in finely cut red chilies. You never knew what you were going to get and when you got some, they were spicy, but not too spicy.
I ate the salad in two sittings. It would have been too much for just one meal. I’m pretty happy to have this nice eatery a few minutes away from home. Obviously, there are other places, but they tend to be noodle and BBQ stands.
Update: I know remember why I don’t eat that many spicy foods. They hurt on the way out. Still, it was pretty good. I went back for some French buns filled with meat and veggies today. I have been told that this is Vietnamese, not Thai.
Published August 29, 2009
Tags: Apartment Therapy, blogs, posts, unplggd
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Just like a lot of people, we had Nintendo Entertainment Systems at home. It was the first console that started it all for a lot of game players. The others just followed this 8-bit wonder. Well, as a testament to the NES, the guys over at 8-Bit Memory will convert NES cartridge games to fully functional external hard drives.
Apparently the prices in Taipei for computer parts are higher than in the US. Someone at work told me this and I just went along with it. I didn’t really believe this, but do admit that if things are made for export only, like the iPhones and Macbooks, and have to be imported back from the US, they will be expensive. I have a hard time seeing how this applies to computer parts though. He was talking about gaming gear, high-end video cards and the like.
Published August 28, 2009
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Tags: Apartment Therapy, blogs, coffeemaker, cook, cooking, Gizmodo, MacGuyver, technology, unplggd
Cooking without appliances is one thing, but we never imagined using a coffeemaker for anything else but making coffee. But apparently you can do loads of things with it, like poaching chicken with couscous. We’re actually quite serious, but even to the most accepting, this sounds like a ludicrous claim…
If you are like us, you must have trouble waking up. We tend to dislike our blaring morning alarms. The violent shock of waking up rarely puts us in a good mood. That’s one of the reasons why we really like the Philips Wake-Up Light. It gradually wakes you up using light, which makes perfect sense since we are naturally diurnal mammals.
Not all lamps fit in all spaces. Some spaces have awkward and unforeseen angles in which the best suited lamps don’t really fit. That won’t be a problem anymore, since the Macrolux Supercool LED lamps will enable you to place lamps in any way you see fit. They are extensible and telescopic.