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VVG Hideaway

VVG HIDEAWAY
Address: 台北市士林區菁山路136號
Tel: 02 2862 6488
Hours: Mon – Sun 12pm – 9pm
Website: VVG Hideaway’s FB page

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VVG Hideaway is a restaurant that belongs to the VVG Group. VVG, that stands for “Very Very Good”, is one of Taiwan’s best known lifestyle brands. VVG Group leads a whole lifestyle concept; the group has a boutique hotel (VVG BB + B), a bistro (VVG Bistro [好樣餐廳]), a restaurant (VVG Thinking [好樣思維]), a cafe (VVG Action [好樣情事]), a restaurant themed for kids (and not so kids) (VVG Pomme [好樣蘋果兒]), a bookstore (VVG Something [好樣本事]), a bakery and a crafts/DIY boutique (VVG Chiffon [好樣喜歡]), and a shop, cafe & bookstore (文房VVG Chapter).

VVG Hideaway is in Yangmingshan mountain, in the outskirts of Taipei. It’s somehow hidden, a bit difficult to find, but totally worth the trip. The access is through a garden with a beautiful fountain.

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Going up the stairs, you can see an aromatic herbs garden with rosemary, basil, etc. Then you arrive at the outside terrace, which has a nice view, and the entrance of the restaurant.

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The building, all white bricks, big windows and skylights, has incredible amounts of light. The decoration is simple: white walls and some mirrors to reflect the light, wood furniture and light wood floors. Some curtains or folding screens create some corners and separate spaces to give more intimacy.

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The menu has a bit of everything: appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta and desserts. We ordered the sautéed assorted mushroom and bread salad with prosciutto and baked eggs (360NTD), and two sandwiches (380NTD each): one with French ham, cheese and seared vegetables; and another with shiitake mushroom and Grana padano cheese with homemade rosemary mayonnaise, both served with VVG chips.

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As there is always room for something sweet, we ordered two latte (220NTD each) and a carrot cake to share (180 NTD).

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It started raining after lunch, so we stayed taking a look at the store area. Imitating a big living room, some sofas face the big windows with views over the mountain, while other sofas face each other, perfect for calmed conversations while listening the sound of the rain. There is even an interior garden!

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At the store you can buy multiple things, from stationary products, craft supplies, handmade products, to books and travel guides, all from a curated selection by VVG.

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VINOZA

VINOZA
Address: 台北市大安區仁愛路四段122巷59號
Tel: 02 7709 7730
Hours: Mon – Sun 2pm – 10pm
Website: Vinoza’s FB page

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VINOZA is a shop where you can find European wines and accessories, with two stores in Taipei. Opened in 2014, their selection of wines is imported from Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Their newest store is in the Zhongshan District, while the first one is in the Daan District, very close to Savour Cafe or Truffles Living.

The adorable turquoise front of the building is very chic, reminding us of European houses designs. Besides the name in big letters in the front of the store, a big and round sign helps us locate it from the near streets.

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Besides the shop, they also organise wine tasting events and other activities in the attached multipurpose room. The wine tasting event that I attended was about Portuguese wines. Despite being in Chinese, Ann, the sommelier, made very easy to understand and follow her explanations.

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In this Portugal Wine experience, we tried 6 different wines, each more delicious than the last. To enjoy even more the tasting, they provided some bread, cheese and green olives stuffed with anchovy (from Spain), served in wood boards. Excellent tapas to relish the wines!

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After the class, you get a cute bag with a wine tasting glass and a wine tasting journal, to keep track of all the wines you try and your opinion and thoughts about them. Isn’t this a great idea? Can’t wait for the next wine tasting!

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The Comeback Kids

A couple of months ago, my friend Henry presented his first book: The Comeback Kids. I was happy to be at the launch party and see his accomplishment. The event was full of supporting friends and family, and people who wanted to know more about this book. I even have a photo with the author, like a groupie!

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The event was hosted at Ombré, a restaurant and cafe located in an alley near Zhongxiao Dunhua, just in front of Herban. They were offering some beverages and delicious finger food, like these cups of salad or these cute mini hamburgers.

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Ombré is a nice coffee place in the center of Taipei. Despite being close to one of Taipei’s most crowded areas, its location in a hidden alley eases to disconnect. The decoration is simple but beautiful, with wooden floor and furniture, and some vintage trunks decorating any corner or being used as a table in the terrace.

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Now I have finished reading it and it’s a great book! I already have my copy, how long until you get yours? You can purchase it on Amazon.

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Truffles Living

TRUFFLES LIVING
Address: 台北市大安區文昌街66號
Tel: 02 2708 8961
Hours: Tue – Sun 12 pm – 9 pm
Website: Truffles Living’s FB page

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Truffles Living is not only a coffee place, but also an old furniture shop. Located in a quiet street parallel to Xinyi Rd., you will easily find it thanks to the big and white sunshade, the wooden entrance with plenty of plants and a beautiful bicycle usually parked there.

Once inside, the decoration is simple but cozy. The high ceilings and the diaphanous space accommodate both objects and furniture for sell as the comfy sofas, chairs and wooden tables where to enjoy their drinks and food. The big windows make it a light-filled space during the day. The ambience is usually quiet, offering a perfect spot to work on your laptop on a Sunday afternoon.

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They mainly sell old furniture and objects like typewriters or lamps coming from Europe, but you can always find a nice and original surprise like an old jukebox.

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Besides the drinks, their menu also offers some salads, paninis, and desserts. I ordered a hot latte (150 NTD) and a delicious lemon tart (170 NTD), accompanied by some fruit.

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Herban

HERBAN KITCHEN & BAR
Address: 台北市大安區忠孝東路四段101巷27號
Tel: 02 8773 7033
Hours: Mon – Fri 12 pm – 11 pm, Sat – Sun 10 am – 11 pm
Website: Herban’s FB page

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Herban is a lovely vegetarian restaurant located near to Zhongxiao Dunhua, in Taipei, with a big terrace and a great atmosphere. Despite being close to one of Taipei’s most crowded areas, its location in a bit hidden alley eases to relax, like a urban oasis.

The decoration is modern and simple, with wooden tables, some sofas, and touches of green everywhere, even inside the lamps. A perfect spot to relish amazing vegetarian food, even if you are not vegetarian. The menu is quite extensive, with dishes from salads, grilled sandwiches, pasta, to the indispensable brunch options. From all the desserts, I chose the delicious lemon tart (180 NTD).

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Even the toilet has awesome details, like drawings hanging on the walls or the tiled floor!

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