a teatray in the sky

在高雄 (in Kaohsiung)

Posted in 5D Mark II, Food, Photography, Taiwan by firthefirst on February 20, 2012

we’ve all had moments in our life where we eat something so good that we tell ourselves (and our friends next to us, and the yelp universe) that we could “eat this every day.”  and that is a huge, Archer-esque lie.  the reality is, unless you’re my father with taste buds of stainless steel or you have survived prison internment, you couldn’t go four days of eating the same thing without craving something different.  and that’s the dilemma we find ourselves in every time we return to Taiwan.  it’s all so good, but it’s all so … much.  going down to Kaohsiung was a great break-within-a-vacation.  the same feeling of relaxed joy you get from loafing off, watching koi carelessly gyrate in a pond.

it’s incredible how much the weather changes from Taipei to Kaohsiung.  it’s as if you left winter in DC to find it was summer in Richmond.  flowers are in bloom, birds are in song, and you are in a t-shirt.

having a relaxing stay isn’t the same thing as not doing anything.  besides biking 10 kilometers on cycles sized for wizened asian grandmothers, we went with pop out to eat at an authentic, old-time Taiwanese restaurant.  it’s sort of like eating at a diner on a country road, full of autographed Elvis photos, a jukebox straight out of the 1940’s, and vintage goods plastering the walls.  the difference here is that the vintage goods not only celebrate the best parts of Taiwanese history, but also commemorate some of the worst parts.  cute bobbleheaded football players stand facing Japanese wartime propaganda posters, classic beer bottles adorn shelves beside Heineken-labeled DDT spray canisters.

the food was simple, unpretentious, and delicious.  on one hand it nearly brought tears to pop’s eyes … on the other hand, it nearly left Henry in a comatose state.

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  1. womo531 said, on February 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I really like that picture of Dad!


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