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First fall mushrooms

The fall mushroom season seems to be a bit delayed this year due to the very dry summer. Despite a few patches of chanterelles in early August, not much else was ready to be picked and the strolls through the forest were a little disappointing. With the recent rainy days, very slowly the mushrooms are coming out. I found the first patch of bay boletes (Braunkappen) last Sunday. They were still very young and smallish but very firm and untouched by snails and worms. They ended up in a risotto and the next couple of weekends are now planned for further mushroom hunting trips.

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Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine in Taipei

On our first evening in Taipei, we went to the Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine, a popular small chain of vegetarian restaurants around Taiwan. The interior has several Zen elements with lots of wood, flowing water over a black marble wall, and a little stone garden. The menu is quite big and most prominently are many diverse vegetable stews and soups. In October, there were also many specials with pumpkins and different kinds of mushrooms. We went for the option of a set meal with salad, soup, a main course (mostly stews), and dessert. Here is the salad that came out first: Shortly

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Early season mushroom hunting

Since this year everything is a bit early in nature, we decided to give hunting mushrooms a try on the last weekend in July. We went to my hometown in the middle of Germany for the weekend and my parents organized a get together with some of their friends who own a beautiful ancient forest lodge from the late 1800s in the middle of a remote forest. So we could start looking for mushrooms right off the front porch and it did not take 15 minutes before we found the first porcini waiting for us. From there on, we found

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Prahan Market: Coffee cupping and portabello mushroom burgers

Every Saturday, the Market Lane Coffee place at Prahan Market offers a free coffee cupping with 5 different roastings. We arrived just in time, the Prahan Market is on the other side of town and the tasting starts around 10am. The cups were already set up in the tiny tasting room, there were 2 sample cups for each coffee on a beautiful wooden table. Anthony followed us through the tasting and started grinding the beans. He then poured hot water in all cups and then it was time to wait for 3-5 minutes to extract the coffee. After the little

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