Steeped in Delusions and Other Bits and Pieces

Steeped in Delusions and Other Bits and Pieces

Excuses, Excuses This is a bloggers worst nightmare; I’ve run out of things to write about. Oh, I haven’t run out of ideas; I’ve plenty of those. I’ve just run out of up to date research. I write mainly about Taiwan and as I’ve noted previously, Taiwan is notoriously...
Stinky Tofu!

Stinky Tofu!

Epicurian delight Have you ever tried Taiwan’s “stinky tofu?” it’s usually deep-fried and is sold at night markets in most of Taiwan’s larger cities. It IS stinky and it IS an acquired taste; one that I have yet to master. Not certain I ever will; or really want to....
Counterfeit Tea and What You Can Do About It

Counterfeit Tea and What You Can Do About It

Hey, can you change a hundred? That was a regular question back when I had a “brick and mortar” business.  Happily I never did get stuck with a bad note but it certainly could have happened. Today so many things are counterfeited; money, of course, but also jewelry,...
Drinking Tea “Properly”

Drinking Tea “Properly”

Tea is naught but this: First you heat the water, Then you make the tea. Then you drink it properly. That is all you need to know. Sen no Rikyu I recently came across the above lines immortalized by Sen no Rikyu, the great master of the Japanese tea ceremony. Sure, I...

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