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    Eating & drinking Lifestyle

    Swell Co. Cafe

    Address: 台北市大安區四維路23號
    Tel: 02 2700 3003
    Hours: Sun – Thu 10:30am – 8pm, Fri?– Sat 10:30am?– 10:30pm
    Website: Swell Co. Cafe’s?FB page

    Swell Co. Cafe is a nice coffee place located in the center of Taipei, near the Renai Rd. and Dunhua S. Rd. intersection, not too far from Savour Cafe. It’s easy to spot the “Have a swell day” graffiti on the outside wall. As you can see through its big windows, it’s a cafeteria built according to surfing lifestyle. This is reflected in all the decoration, with surfboards hanging on the walls, photos, paintings, and even neon lights. Wooden furniture and many plants, specially cactus, fill the space.

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    They serve some food and desserts, which I haven’t tried (yet!) The drink menu is mostly specialised in coffees and teas, but you can also find some other drinks. We ordered a hot flat white coffee (150 NTD), and?a hot kir royal fruit tea (220 NTD). I love the wood coasters!

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    Eating & drinking Lifestyle

    Ole Tapas

    Address:?台北市大安區安和路一段109巷4號一樓?Taipei, Taiwan
    Tel:?+886 909 800 433
    Hours: Weekday?6pm – 1am Weekend?6pm – 2am?(Monday off)
    Website: Ole Tapas?FB page

    Ole Tapas Bar is a Spanish restaurant and bar in Taipei. Previously located?in?the Shilin MRT area, a few months ago moved?to the downtown, near Xinyi Anhe MRT, very easy to spot in a not-so-hidden?alley thanks to its luminous sign and the outside fence painted with the Spanish flag. The interior is simply decorated with a few Spanish motifs, like posters or a Spanish map painted on the wall, creating a warm atmosphere.

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    Its friendly chef and owner, Alain, comes from a French and Spanish family, making?a singular mix from two very rich cultures, at least talking about gastronomy, and creating his own unique signature in each dish. He goes to the local market every night, after closing the restaurant, selecting the freshest ingredients by himself. Because of that, the menu changes everyday, rotating the selected dishes and making you want to try everything. The available dishes are posted on the wall, both in English and Chinese.

    On this occasion, we tried the whisky shrimps (280 TWD), the clams with white wine sauce?(280 TWD),?the St. Pierre fish with French mustard (2 pieces for 200 TWD), the skewed piquillo with boletus?(200 TWD), eggplant with black sugar cane and a few more. To drink, a good Spanish DO Rioja red wine from their wine collection.

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    Boven is not the typical library. They call themselves “The world’s first magazine library”, and they include a collection between 15.000 and 20.000 copies of magazines from not only Taiwan or Japan, but also United States, Europe, etc. A curated selection of magazines covering topics like design, art, photography, fashion and much more!

    Placed?in a quiet alley around the Zhongxiao Dunhua area, the inside?is even more quiet as it is located in a B1. Just look for this sign on the street level and then go down the stairs.

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    At the door, you will see the enrollment instructions. If you want to be a member, there is an anual fee of 1.000 TWD that offers an unlimited access to Boven. If you are not sure about getting a membership, don’t worry. There is a single entrance?fee for non members of 300 TWD/day, so you can try it and see how it goes.

    Once inside, you will be asked to remove your shoes and use the courtesy sleepers. Remember, be silent?and respectful. Everybody tries to maintain a relaxing atmosphere without disturbing each others reading. As they say, “Reading is power” and here is a great place to do that!

    The magazines are organized in the shelves by topic, so just take a look around and pick up your favorites. You can seat in one of the comfortable sofas and armchairs, as you were in your living room. Or in one of the collective tables, where you can plug your laptop if?you need. At the reception, they offer a brief selection of beverages in case you want a drink to accompany your reading. Everything you need to relax in a nice environment and enjoy a lovely?time reading a magazine!

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    For more information, visit their Facebook’s page.

    Eating & drinking Lifestyle

    The Apollo

    Address:?44 Macleay Street,?Potts Point, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    Tel:?+61 2 8354 0888
    Hours: Mon – Thu 6pm – 09:30pm Fri?– Sat?12pm – 11pm Sun 12pm – 09:30pm
    Website: The Apollo’s?FB page

    During our?holidays in Australia, on Christmas Eve?we were in Sydney and all our Sydney friends were already out of the city. So my hubby and I decided to have a romantic dinner at The Apollo. It is located?in the same neighborhood where we were staying and some friends recommended it to us, so it was perfect!

    The Apollo is in a corner, where two of the walls have huge windows that let the natural light come inside during the day. At night, it is still cozy but the?low lighting and the traffic lights outside make?the atmosphere change, in a very intimate way. The elegantly minimalist refurbishment?includes?furniture all made of?wood, bare walls of rough concrete, and warm and simple lamps.

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    For dinner, we shared several dishes: fried king prawns (6 AUD EA), warm pita bread (4 AUD) served in an original cardboard box like the pizza ones, baked eggplant with pomegranate and almond salad?(18 AUD), and grilled BBQ octopus with green olives and potato salad (26 AUD). To drink, two glasses of Nick O’Leary white wine (13.5 AUD each). And for dessert, we shared a walnuts file pastry with coffee cream (12 AUD).

    The file pastry dessert was good, though a bit too sweet for my taste. Maybe it is because we were already quite full from the dinner.?Everything was delicious, and you can feel that the ingredients are really fresh. I love this Greek cuisine style, traditional cooking?with a modern twist, using new?elements in the dishes. It is?definitely an excellent choice for that or any other evening!

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    Eating & drinking Lifestyle

    Coogee Pavilion

    Address: 169 Dolphin St, Coogee NSW 2034, Australia
    Tel:?+61 2 9240 3000
    Hours: Mon – Sun 07:30am – 12am
    Website: Coogee Pavilion’s?FB page

    During our?holidays in Australia, we?did the Bondi to Coogee walk, near Sydney. It was summer, the sun was shining, the surfers were riding the waves, and we were walking the whole morning. When we arrived at Coogee beach, we saw the beautiful Coogee Pavilion?building and we decided that it was time for a light lunch.

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    Over 3 floors, it offers pizza, burgers and Mediterranean dishes. The ground floor as an outside terrace, where seagulls pick the food scraps, and an indoor space full of light and tables where people gather and share their food.

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    Also on the ground floor, there is a nostalgic games arena with games like?noughts and crosses, petanque, ping pong, a giant magnetic scrabble, etc., were kids and not-so-kids can play and have fun.

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    On our way to the rooftop, we can appreciate that the whole place is inspired by the sea and decorated with maritime motifs, from the colors used to objects like buoys, paintings, etc., keeping the original spirit of the pavilion but in a modern way.

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    The rooftop features four indoor and outdoor bars, all with a Coogee ocean view. The light and the ocean breeze entering through the windows fill the space. One remark: the rooftop area is an adults only?space.

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    As the weather was really?warm, everybody was enjoying a cold drink outside. For a light lunch, we choose two light dishes asa summer tomato and watermelon salad with burrata, vincotto and basil (23 AUD), and raw tuna, white soy and roasted garlic oil, daikon, shiso, toasted nori (23 AUD),?both super fresh and delicious! To?think about these dishes, it still makes my mouth water!

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