Taiwan Revisited Series: “Mango Cha Cha”

I was trying to figure out where to start for this very special series, and after careful consideration, I decided to do the Cha Cha… lol. The Mango Cha Cha! The people of Taiwan generally consists of a vibrant culture with traditional Taiwanese roots, Japanese influence and some affinity for Korean Culture as well. Taiwanese culture can be described as friendly, outgoing, inviting and as a visitor, you don’t have to look far to find a helping hand (Maybe learning a little Mandarin, might not be so bad either). Taiwan was the first country I visited overseas, and it was by chance, from a friend that used to teach English as an exchange program, many years ago. I was milling about in my head about a place I wanted to visit first and as usual, London or Amsterdam came to mind as good places to start.

My friend and I were having a conversation one day, and he mentioned he was going back to Taiwan to visit old friends, from when he lived there several years ago. For whatever reason, (Probably the Stiff Old Fashioned I was drinking) I piped up and said: “I would like to go with you!” It was not long after that, I booked my hotel, an Airbnb Flat in Taipei, and my ticket on United and China Airlines. It was not long after that, that I was packed and ready to visit a world, in which I knew very little about. Asia has always fascinated me, however, it seemed like a place where I needed to have a bit more experience before one would simply jump right in. Well, I was very, very wrong, however, some of those stories will be for a different day, and you will have to stay tuned for that!

So anyway… Back to The “Mango Cha Cha.”

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Mango Cha Cha, Taipei, Taiwan.

This picture is every bit as good as it looks! You have fresh mangos, mango shavings, mango ice cream and what the heck… let’s throw some Lucky Charm Style Marshmallows into the mix. It’s placed on top of the shaved ice, which is covered in what I was told, was a liquid brown sugar. Trust and believe, if you are a mango freak, then this dish is for you! Mango Cha Cha does not mess around with their name, as it is every bit of mango madness as you can take.

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The logo for Mango Cha Cha in Taipei, Taiwan.

The cool story behind this was it was one of the first things I ate, during my time in Taiwan. It was an amazing, friendly, vibrant introduction to some of the incredible feelings and experiences you can have when visiting Taiwan. Taiwan is a lot like this Mango Dish, which is a bright, fun, cheerful and tasty representation of the expansive world of this amazing country. When you visit, make sure you come to do a little bit of the “Cha Cha” at Mango Cha Cha.

One of the best ways to experience food in Taipei, Taiwan is to take a night tour! It is only a couple of hours, but you will an amazing guide, amazing eats and a fast pass, right to some of the most amazing Taipei Night Market Cuisine.

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Night Market

Stay tuned for more stories of fun, food, and culture, from the Keep The Eats: Taiwan Revisited Series! Make sure you visit our Link List to get access to all the places and businesses we visit!

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Patrick Lucas
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Taiwan Revisited

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Well, folks, it has been a long time since I have written in this blog, however, it does not mean that I have not been busy. I have been traveling the world collecting photos, videos, and some amazing stories to go with them over the last few years. One of my favorite life-changing moments in life was my visit to Taiwan. I will be posting photos and stories from visiting this wonderful place, and I can’t wait to get started. If you have not had a chance to, please check out my Instagram and keep track of my travels and reviews. You can click my profile link to access all the places I have visited or interacted with, so you can be taken right to where I was!

So let’s begin, with a place that changed my life forever, the people and the stories behind, beautiful Taiwan.

Oh, and welcome to Keep The Eats!

-Patrick

The Beauty if Taiwan.

In beginning this blog, I feel I need to go to back in time, and visit a place that changed my perspective on the world forever. I have traveled mainly in the US, since the age of 19 (33 now). This time last year, one of my best friends invited me to accompany him back to Taiwan. He taught English back in his college years, and was heading back to visit old friends.

One friend that should be noted later, was his host mom, whom had one of the most vibrant, welcoming personalities I have ever known.

This is a food and travel blog, with an emphasis on food, however the people tend to be the ones that meld it all together. Taiwan was my first travel experience, that took me beyond the boarders of North America.

Most people usually go to London, Canada or someplace easy for their first experience, but through my best friend telling me stories about Taiwan for several years, I knew this was the opportunity I could not pass up.

This city changed my life, changed my career & bolstered my love for food and culture.

Welcome to my Journey, and this Journey starts with Taiwan.


Welcome To Keep The Eats!

Hello Everyone!

I travel the world documenting local life, which often includes local food, culture and the like. I have always done this on my own, sharing with friends etc… however I love it so much, that I decided to share with everyone else. When people travel, they usually want to know place to go, places to try, what to do. As I pass through various cities, I will attempt to document my findings here. Take note… I don’t talk about places that I don’t like, or have had a bad experience. I feel sometimes establishments simply have a bad day, and sometimes need time to get a good things in order. I certainly hope you enjoy this page, and you can also follow me on my instagram: @keeptheeats or my Facebook!

I plan to start talking about my Travels to Taiwan, which really opened up the world to me. Taiwan with their spirited, engaging people & culture is a great place to start experiencing travel. It is easy to get around, the people are friendly & the food is amazing & may slowly get you outside of your comfort zone. Stay tuned as I take you on my journey through Taiwan.

Cheers,

-Patrick