Evergreen Brickworks Sunday Market

Growing up, I always had a field trip to Evergreen Brickworks, to learn about the eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives. I’ve only been to the main buildings and never got a chance to venture further into the Don Valley Brick Works Park or the Belt Line Trail.

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I finally got the chance to do so, this past Sunday and made my mom come with me. I didn’t realize that I’m not much of a walker, after an hour I was quite tired. I was secretly waiting for the market to open so I could get a bite to eat.

There were many vendors, mainly food vendors but there were clothing, jams & honey, fresh produce, maple syrup and even children’s books.

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I literally wanted everything from quesadillas to passion fruit juice. There were so many food choices to choose from.

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Mom and I settled for a tomato and zucchini tapioca crepe. We were surprised by how the dried tapioca powder cooked on the skillet and turned into solid without adding water. It was lovely and fresh. And the tapioca crepe was light and not leaving my stomache heavy.

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I would totally recommend exploring Evergreen brickworks and the Sunday market. Check out the website here.

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Raohe Night Market (饒河街觀光夜市) – Taipei Part 8

To be (very) honest, I thought all of Taipei’s markets were the same (at least, from the ones that I’ve been to). With all that being said, I really enjoyed my last night market, and that was on the very last day before going home.

This particular market, Raohe Night Market, greeted us with a bright sign… I knew this would be one of the best memories I will have from Taipei.

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Within one meter of entering the market’s invisible ‘gates’ there was already a line lineup, and yes of course, we had to peep our heads to find out what on earth was going on. And it was a line for Taiwan’s famous pepper buns.

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We went on Thursday night, which was disappointing because there weren’t as many people as I thought there would be, but every night’s the same, so I guess people are bored of hanging out at the same place?

This market is one of the bigger markets, in terms of area. There were so many food choices to choose from; the typical Asian food market staples (fresh juices and fruit, grilled corn, grilled seafood, skewers, etc).

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These potato balls are bomb! We bought a bag and instantly ate it all. So we HAD to go get another one. The potato balls are light, fluffy and sweet. It’s like snacking on potato chips, but 100 times better! (I found a video that is similar to the potato balls).  Anyone know what the official name is for this unbelievable snack?

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But Raohe does have its distinctiveness, which was a first for me. There were caucasians selling tarts and desserts. But what a bummer, their stalls weren’t busy and hardly anyone glanced over to see what they had to offer. The tarts and desserts sure looked delicious!  One stall was even selling macarons!

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One of my favourite parts of this night market is enjoying the music. Even though some stores had music blasting from their speakers, nothing soothes the soul by listening to a harp . What surprised me more, was that people actually stopped to enjoy an old man playing, the harp is so unappreciated.

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But the main purpose for visiting this night market is to try  Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodle.  At first, I wasn’t keen on trying the noodles, but there’s a ‘crunch’ to the noodles that I find very interesting and I never had anything like it. 

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Click here for more information for Taiwan’s Raohe Night Market.

Addiction Aquatic Development (Taipei Fish Market) – Taipei Part 4

It is Saturday night/ Sunday morning as I write this post. This is how I spend my weekend nights, usually high from drinking a large green milk tea with tapioca this afternoon. I must drink as much as I can since I did not have any while in Taipei…


And this is my favourite part of my trip while in Taipei. I was really looking forward to seeing the Addiction Aquatic Development (AAD; weird name eh?) but I was sadden that I didn’t (we didn’t) eat all the foods that I wanted to have (partly because my dad and his absurd thinking that you should eat ‘locally’ when abroad).
We did spend a fair amount of time and I would 100% go back next time I’m around. I love being surrounded by gourmet good (even if I can’t afford it all, I can capture and remind myself of the wonderful (and heartbreaking moments).

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The place is quite large, so there’s a map that guides you through the store. Before you walk in, there is a person that gives you some hand sanitizer, for you to clean your hands. Then you are in the first zone, I like to call it. The first zone is all the fresh non-cooked foods; ranging from crab, fish, other seafoods, drinks and refrigerated items.

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Next, you can take the ramp up to zone two, which is has all the cooked items, other groceries and restaurants. There were tons of sushi, sashimi, fruits and everyday pantry goods.

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There are a few restaurants inside this place you could eat at. But it’s not a fine dining place, it’s a stand-up meal, meaning that there are no seats, just tables. My cousin and aunt ate there, while my family chose to buy the cooked food and some sushi to eat outside AAD.  The prices are very reasonable (if not cheaper), compared to what you can find back in Toronto.

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We ended up buying two grilled fishes, one plate of sashimi and one package of sea urchin. Everything was fresh and did not taste fishy. There are plenty of tables (only tables and no chairs) for people to choose to buy food and eat there. They also provide free chopsticks, soy sauce and wasabi.

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AAD does remind me of Pusateri’s (Canada), Eataly (U.S.A.) and Harrods (England).
Click here to go to AAD’s website.