Long-time Topics contributor, Lonely Planet writer, and all-around travel geek Joshua Samuel Brown returns from a trip to Yilan with four food-themed vignettes. Yuanshan Township: Taiwan’s Best Chicken Vegetarians can’t comprehend the visceral, savage joy of ripping apart a roasted bird with their bare hands, and this is one of several reasons they (and their…

 Perhaps influenced by the popularity of cooking and culinary reality TV shows, Taipei’s dining scene has been becoming more diversified in recent years. From gourmet Taiwanese cuisine, trendy Peruvian restaurants, to health-conscious vegetarian and vegan cafés, these new restaurants will surely provide something for everyone. By Anita Chen   Mountain and Sea House 山海樓 No….

Three companies with somewhat different business models are offering options for those looking for healthfulness and convenience. By Timothy Ferry In the wake of the multiple food scandals that have shaken Taiwan’s faith in its local food industry – and considering the oily, starch-laden foods that typify Taiwanese cooking – health-conscious consumers are hard-pressed to…

Two experienced managers discuss what it takes to make it behind the bar in local night-life establishments. By Timothy Ferry Long-term expats will recall when Taipei’s nightlife consisted primarily of girly bars, karaoke clubs, and a handful of Western night spots. Today, the scene could hardly look more different, with hundreds of bars competing for…