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Chocolate On The Road: Taiwan

“Most Asian people care about their health. And the dark or black [chocolate] means health.” -Joyce Lee, Founder & Chocolate Maker of JL Chocolate Taiwan has developed immensely over the several decades since Japanese occupation ended, often referenced as one of the Four Asian Tigers. The country is now better known for bubble tea & …

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Taiwanese Cacao & Chocolate Culture

Many people confuse the countries of Taiwan and China. Citizens of both places speak mostly Mandarin, and many share Chinese ancestry. But indigenous culture on Taiwan is not to be overlooked, accessible in the country’s most prominent landmarks, like Taroko Gorge or Kenting National Park. Ask any Taiwanese person where they’re from, and they’ll introduce …

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Taiwan Itinerary: 7 Days Outside Taipei

Spending 7 days in Taiwan is perfect for seeing the country’s varied landscapes, sampling local dishes, and getting a handle on the island’s complex history. While most people start & end their visit in Taipei, I’d actually recommend getting off the beaten path and skipping Taipei entirely. If I hadn’t planned my first Taiwan itinerary …

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Food: Farm to Fermentation in Nantou County, Taiwan

Fermentation is an age-old process, constantly happening, often aided by human obsession. Alive & well in Taiwan, the natural wonder of fermentation is responsible for some of your favorite flavors. Fine Foods From Fermentation I imagine it would be difficult to get though the day without eating something fermented. In chocolate school, one of the first …

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Cacao Plantations in Taiwan: Tree to Bar Chocolate on Formosa

I’ve just returned from another week on Taiwan. Originally inhabited by aboriginal peoples, and opened to the world by Dutch and Spanish explorers in the 1600’s, Taiwan is a stunning tropical country. For most of its modern existence, it’s also been under varying degrees of Chinese rule. The dominant language is still Mandarin, but many …

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