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