It went by in a flash and we were already on the last day of our trip in Taiwan. We woke up early to go to the Taipei International Flora Exposition 2011 where we heard it was a must see attraction, and people were lining up as early as 7 am. Well, I wouldn't and couldn't wake up that early to go line up even if I try, so we got up and left for the expo just right before 9. Once we arrived and saw the state of the lineup, and out of all the lineups I had seen on this trip, this one was actually the longest I had ever seen in my LIFE! It was so long that we couldn't even see where the line ended. After finding a spot to line up, it would've taken us at least an hour an a half to get inside an exhibition hall. I guess it could have been a much longer wait.
|OMG! (I was standing at the other end of the same lineup which looped around)|
After a couple hours of roaming around the expo, I was already feeling the heat stroke in my "winter gear". Apparently, Taipei had been very chilly except for that day when it was sunny and deemed as the hottest day in the season (of course!). While the flowers were beautiful and we still had more than half of exposition to explore, I was dying from the heat and dehydration (and once again we were getting hungry). So we left the expo and searched for a nice, cool, relaxing place to have lunch. We ended up at Sonnentor Cafe, an organic cafe which is located in the Shilin district. Offering selections of European fare, bakery, tea and coffee, Sonnentor Cafe has been gaining reputation for their quality products made from fresh and organic ingredients. We arrived the cafe just passed the lunch rush. The ambiance was cozy, warm and welcoming. The patio situated at the front was lush with the botanical garden surrounding the area, which had put us to a calm and serene state after a long morning in the sun.
|Set lunch menu with soup, salad, entree, and a beverage|
|A platter of organic bread|
|Starter salad with orange yogurt dressing|
|Hearty bowl of onion soup|
|Creamy Fettuccine with eggs and bacon|
|Fettuccine with roast vegetables gratin|
|Pesto chicken fettuccine|
|Napoleon for dessert|
|Ending things off|
Soon, the aftermath started to take effect when too much carbs at the table to make us feel really sleepy. But it was time to go back and pack before heading home. Thanks so much Ivy and family for being such great hosts and showing us around. We had a great visit with tons of great eats, and can't wait to come back again!