A Taiwan Wedding   This weekend we went to a neighbor’s wedding banquet.  Here in Taiwan the actual wedding and the banquet/reception may be on different days.  Our neighbors were married on Wednesday and the banquet was on Saturday.

One of the highlights for me was the live band (a singer, singer/guitarist, keyboard player and saxophone player).  Interestingly, the band consisted of three women and one man. No “hokey pokey” or “chicken dance,” but lots of music to entertain the guests.  There was also no dancing but the band worked hard.  The band participated as emcees and provided background music for the speakers and the toasts.

As you might expect there was too much to eat and drink.  As is the custom here, many people left with bags of food or bottles of wine.  The banquet hall actually provides plastic bags to take the food home in.

There were about 40 tables of guests (400 people) so the wedding banquet was large.  You can see an example of the wedding banquet company’s style at the link below.  There are many photos there and if you click on any photo it should take you to that specific wedding banquet’s pictures.



East Meets West, the YouTube mashup series that combines the best of Asian pop music with the best of American pop music.

The sounds of 2015 are beginning to fill the air in the East Meets West mashup lineup and it all starts here with my latest mash featuring EXO’s “Call Me Baby” and Taylor Swift’s “Style”. This one is bound to be a must hear for you, so enjoy listening! :)

Enjoy this epically awesome mix and be sure to subscribe to get more remixes and mash-ups like this every Saturday (or Sunday if you live in Australia like me).

Style Me Baby mash-up between:
*Style - Taylor Swift
*Call Me Baby - EXO

DL in the video (coming soon since Dropbox is taking forever)

All images and music are not my property; copyright and credit goes to all the music companies, artists and YouTube uploaders responsible for this mash-up’s creation

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Taiwanese Stir-fried Greens

As I mentioned in my last post, I was thrilled by some of the vegetarian options in Taiwan. One of the very best things that they do is sautéed greens. There they often use sweet potato leaves, but those are pretty hard to find in the states. The trick to making the Taiwanese style of greens is to use lots of garlic and make sure your oil is nice and hot! Sautéed greens are a great way to get a ton of nutrients. The greens really cook down, so you actually eat a lot more of them than you would in, say, a salad. This makes a great side dish to go with Asian food or even to go with a baked chicken.

Serves 2-4 as a side dish

1 pound greens such as spinach, washed
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, grated
1 small red chili (such as Thai), finely diced
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce  

Step by Step Instructions 

You will need a very large skillet or wok to make this dish. To start, heat the oil until it shimmers. Then add the garlic, ginger and chilies. If you want your dish to be less spicy, make sure you seed your chili when you are dicing it. Stir-fry your aromatics until they are fragrant (30 seconds-1 minute).

Next, add in your greens. Don’t worry if your pan is overflowing, because the greens will cook down quickly. Keep stirring the mixture, so that all of the greens have access to the heat.

Once the greens have cooked quite a bit, but have not yet released all of their moisture, add the soy sauce. Cover the mixture and cook for one minute longer, or until the greens have released their water.

2015 Entry Number 23