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Palo Alto Market

Palo Alto Market is a street market in Barcelona, happening the first weekend of every month (except in August). It started two years ago, combining shopping with culture and leisure. It is located in an old industrial complex, now reconverted in an urban island.

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Its inner “streets” are full of stalls selling different things: clothes and shoes (new, vintage, second hand,…), decorative objects, food, etc. And visitors stroll around, taking a look at each one of them.

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Besides the food stalls, there is an area with food trucks that offer plenty of choices to eat and drink, from options as Spanish as “paella” to Japanese food. You can eat while you continue walking, or you can rest in one of the relaxing areas with seats and tables.

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Besides the outdoor areas, the warehouses host very interesting contents as well: at the Design Gallery you can find the pieces of different artists with a wide variety of styles; at the Club Aperol there are music and DJ performances; and at the Boheme Gallery you can see more stalls offering their clothes, accessories, etc., like the one belonging to SugoiHunter. I had a great time talking with Sara, the responsible of SugoiHunter, about our common passion for Asia; their pieces are handpicked in Japan, Korea, etc. I hope they visit Taiwan soon! 🙂

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You can find more info at Palo Alto Market’s website.

Eating & drinking Lifestyle

La Pepita

LA PEPITA
Address: Plaça Verdaguer, 9 Tarragona (Spain)
Tel: +34 699 493 448
Website: La Pepita’s FB page

During my stay in Spain, I went with some friends to have dinner at La Pepita, in Tarragona. La Pepita is a new restaurant located in the center of the city, near its older sister La Lola.

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As it’s typical in Spain, the restaurant has a terrace but, since it’s already a bit cold outside, we decided to have dinner inside. Its interior is cozy and welcoming, combining wooden tables and chairs with elements like lovely wallpapers, vintage objects and flowers everywhere, even hanging from the ceiling. One of my favorite pieces is that they have recycled old theater armchairs into seats for the restaurant.

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To start, we shared three tapas: hummus accompanied with bread (6.60€), braves al caliu (kind of spicy potatoes) (4.60€) and provolone with sobrasada (6.90€), also with some bread.

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Then we ordered two “pepites”, their specialty. A “pepita” is a kind of thin and crunchy dough, similar to puff pastry. One “pepita” was with cheddar cheese, bacon and egg (7.20€), and the other one was with chicken, goat cheese and lamb’s lettuce (7.10€).

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We finished this delicious dinner with two desserts (around 5€ each): an almond cake with cream, and a “pepita” that was double, one filled with white chocolate and the other with dark chocolate.

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Fashion Lifestyle

REC.0 Experimental Stores

Hi there! Sorry for my absence but I’ve been in Spain for a couple of months, enjoying with my family and friends and it’s been great! Besides eating, drinking, more eating, sleeping and having fun, I’ve also been doing other things, like attending the REC.014. Twice a year, and for four days only, the former factories and tanneries of the old industrial district Rec (in Igualada) are temporarily transformed into pop up fashion stores where leading brands sell their stock and samples at one-off prices.

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Each brand can decorate its own space at its taste, creating a different and unique atmosphere inside each warehouse.

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But this is not only for famous and well-established brands; young designers and small companies also have their place at the REC.

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For those who like to spend the whole day shopping, don’t worry, there is also a space for food: REC Street Food. In different areas there are many food trucks with plenty of choices to eat and drink, from burgers to sushi, from juices to selected wines, etc. so you can gather all the energy necessary to continue shopping.

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And in case all of this wasn’t enough, you can also enjoy some live music, artist performances or spend time taking photos to all the cute details surrounding  you.

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You can find more info at REC’s website.

Eating & drinking Lifestyle

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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Eating & drinking Lifestyle

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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