Take-Out: La leone

When it comes to rainy season in Taipei, nothing beats a decent take-out dinner from La leone. Not only the rain has stopped me from eating out, it's also been frustrating that the sandwiches at local breakfast booths these days taste extra soggy. Back to the point, I had an amazing dinner tonight, and will finish this post I enter food coma.

Apple pizza, seafood risotto w/ tomato sauce, clam spaghetti
w/ white wine sauce


I would highly recommend the apple pizza: thin-crust, very crispy, and topped with lots of slices of fresh apples. Apple pizza gives off a light and refreshing taste; definitely a healthier dinner option comparing to sausage or pepperoni.

I found an online recipe for a similar version of apple pizza, enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 1 12-ounce can refrigerated ready-made pizza dough
  • 3 large apples, sliced thin
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese

Preparation:

1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. 2. Lightly coat a 14-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Press dough into pizza pan.
3. Cook apples in apple juice until tender. Drain off juice and reserve.
4. Place apple slices on dough.
5. Dissolve cornstarch in apple juice, cinnamon, and honey. Cook over medium heat until clear. Spread sauce over apples.
6. Sprinkle pecans on top. Top with cheese.
7. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
8. Makes 8 slices of apple pizza.
 

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 270
Total fat: 9g, Saturated fat: 3.5g, Calories from fat: 80
Protein: 7g
Carbohydrates: 41g
Cholesterol: 15mg
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sodium: 370mg
(Source: http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianpizzarecipes/r/applepizza.htm)

-55°C Sashimi

-55°C is a Japanese restaurant that specializes in Japanese sashimi, sushi, set meals, and yakimono (Japanese grill). It is located in a small alley at Dong Chu, across from the bakery Ca Sent Bon. The sashimi at -55°C is well-known for its quality---the fish is caught, gutted and stored at the optimum temperature of -55°C. I would recommend this place for an informal family dinner/friend gathering.




MISO SOUP (25NT)---free refill available


TEMAKI SUSHI (50NT)
Temaki sushi, also known as hand-rolled sushi, is a great appetizer and a popular casual Japanese food. The conelike form of temaki incorporates rice, and specially prepared seaweed called nori, Ingredients of the temaki sushi from the photo below include: crab meat, cucumber, fish eggs, rice, and seaweed.

GRILLED SUSHI SET (8pcs/190NT)
Specially recommended to those who cannot stand the fishy taste of raw fish sushi. Salmon, squid, and different kinds of fish are used as ingredients, topped with special sushi sauce, sprinkles, and green onions. I would highly recommend this dish, for it is definitely one of my personal favorites.

YAKIZAKANA(250NT)
Yakizakana, also known as Japanese style grilled fish, is one of the most classic dishes in the Japanese dining culture. Since Japan has a huge fishing industry, fish is almost present in all daily meals, even breakfast. Yakizakana is usually made quite salty, so a bowl of rice is strongly recommended.


YAKITORI (120NT)
Yakitori literally means grilled chicken, which is commonly a type of Japanese skewered chicken. The yakitori is made from several bite-sized pieces of chicken meat, skewered on a bamboo skewer and grilled, and topped with sesame for mostly aesthetic purposes.



SUSHI&SASHIMI COMBO (700NT)
Perfect for 4-6 people to share. It is a pretty classic sushi combination that includes everyone's favorite tuna and salmon sashimi, and sided with small cucumber sushis. Needless to say, the sashimi's freshness is at its maximum quality.The soy sauce and wasabi provided are pretty mild, which wouldn't be a problem for most customers.




+phone: (92) 2721-1716
+facebook: click here
+MRT: zhong xiao dun hua exit 3
+address: 台北市大安區仁愛路4段345巷4弄24號
No.24, Alley 4, Lane 345, Sec.4, Ren-Ai Rd., Taipei, Taiwan




Yoshinoya: Beyond the Classic Beef Rice

Established in 1899, Yoshinaya is the one of the most popular Japanese fast food restaurants. It is well known for its delicious gyudon (beef rice), reasonable in price and excellent in meal delivery speed. Yoshinoya is available in the following countries: Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, and USA (Arizona, California, Texas, Las Vegas, and New York).

TAIWANESE VERSION OF YOSHINOYA


If you are 90-100% HUNGRY, definitely go for the large CLASSIC YOSHINOYA GYUDON. There's no beef rice anywhere that tastes like the beef rice from Yoshinoya. Though I never really liked onions, the sliced onions in the gyudon were pretty sweet and edible to me. I would also recommend KIMCHI GYUDON, topped with egg and green onions. Good news is, kimchi at Yoshinoya is definitely a fit for those who have spicy appetites.



Let's say you just had a snack and you're around 70% HUNGRY, I would highly recommend SAKURA COLD NOODLES, topped with seaweed and sesame, and sided with soba dipping sauce and wasabi. I tried this back in July on a really hungry day, and I ended up having to splurge on a second dinner. Besides the small/medium serving size, I did enjoy the pretty pink noodles a lot more when I ordered it again on a not-so-hungry Friday afternoon.



When you're only 30% HUNGRY, and can't handle a huge bowl of rice, here is your solution: KID'S MEAL.This is a healthier version of gyudon balanced out with veggies. The kid's meal was a pretty decent combo---served with calpis and a small jelly for dessert.

MORE VARIATIONS OF YOSHINOYA FOOD TO TRY: BEEF/PORK SANDWICH AND BEEF/PORK TEA RICE


+website: http://yoshinoya.com.tw/
+address&phone: http://yoshinoya.com.tw/store_search.php
+service line: 0800-099-789

Yang Ji BIG WONTON

Yang Ji (楊記) is a traditional family-styled Taiwanese restaurant, a very popular place among the local students, residents, and commuters. Yang Ji is price-friendly and fabulous in both its taste and serving size . The average price one person would pay is around 80-100nt. Since I'm a huge Taiwanese foodie, I ordered all of my favorites: lu rou fan, gan mien, water-boiled veggies, and mixed red oil dumplings (pork, shrimp, and veggie-meat).






LU ROU FAN (35NT)
Topped with egg and yellow pickle, Yang Ji's lu rou fan is definitely local commuters' favorite. The lu rou sauce includes soy sauce, sugar, pork, and mushroom. I would recommend this for two to share if you are around 60% hungry since the serving size is pretty incredible.


WATER-BOILED VEGGIES (35NT)
This is the closest version of water-boiled veggies of the healthy kind I have at home. Even though veggies are often labeled as "water-boiled" in a lot of Taiwanese restaurants, I tend to find them quite saucy and greasy. I would recommend this healthy version of water-boiled veggies to balance out with the rest of the meal.



GAN MIEN (45NT)
Serving size of the gan mien is great for someone who's 80-90% hungry. Gan mien at Yang Ji is quite typical---topped with a fair amount of meat sauce and a lot of sliced cucumbers.



MIXED RED-OIL DUMPLINGS (70NT)
Definitely my favorite dish of the week. I couldn't make up my mind when I had to choose between pork, shrimp, and veggie-meat dumplings. The option of a three-in-one was my way to go. The dumplings were huge and took about 5-8 bites to finish. "YANG JI BIG WONTON" is definitely no joke.




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+hours: 12:00pm-22:00pm
+phone: (02) 8771-6970
+address: 台北市忠孝東路四段205巷3號之1 No.3-1, Lane 205, Sec. 4, Zhong Xiao E. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan

Perfume Dance Cafe


Perfume Dance Cafe opened at around the beginning of October, and is located between Zhong Xiao Fu-Hsing and Zhong Xiao Dun-Hua MRT station. Perfume Dance is similar version of Dazzling Cafe (without the long waiting line), and rumor has it that Perfume Dance directly hired chefs from Dazzling. Like Dazzling, it is a very young and chic cafe that attracts mainly young female customers. I would highly recommend this cafe to those looking for excellent food and some fun afternoon tea time. The service at Perfume Dance outstanding---the waitresses were all very friendly and enthusiastic to help around. And of course, 10% service fee goes along with the great service.


 THE CAFE



Masks and head accessories are provided at the cafe for
photo-taking and entertainment purposes.



Aren't these masks gorgeous?
MENU

Perfume Dance serves pasta and quesadillas during lunch hours (11:30am-2:00pm) and sandwiches only after 2:00pm. Desserts include honey toast, chocolate cakes, and waffles, and they are available all the time. Credits to the Perfume Dance Official Website






I ORDERED:
1) BEEF QUESADILLA (180NT)

Ingredients: beef, cheese, green pepper. Sauce on the side
was pretty mild. A great appetizer to start off a big meal.
Very hot and crispy. Loved it!
 2) CHICKEN LEG SPAGHETTI W/ CREAMY PESTO SAUCE (240NT)
Chicken leg is usually used in place of chicken breast meat in
Taiwanese Italian restaurants since most would agree that the
juicy chicken leg tastes much better than dry chicken breast meat.

Officially my favorite spaghetti of the month.

3) SALMON PASTA W/ PUMPKIN SAUCE (250NT)
Loved the creamy pumpkin flavor. The only thing that would
make this dish beyond perfection would be extra salmon.

If you like pumpkin soup like I do, then you would love this!

4) SHRIMP RISOTTO (240NT)
Other risotto options include: creamy chicken, pesto fish,
pumpkin&veggies, and mushroom.
The big, fat delicious shrimp was undoubtedly the best part of
the risotto. Recommended to seafood and risotto lovers!

5) DESSERT: CARAMEL HONEY TOAST

Dedicated to all dessert-lovers. This is one of the most irresistible
desserts in the city. Couldn't wait to cut it open!

I would like to thank the chef for his extra effort to make
this look so pretty!
Ready to destroy.
Overall
I really had fun not only just gobbling the amazing food, but also taking a bunch of photos with the different masks and head accessories. Both the food and the design of the cafe reminded me a lot of Dazzling, and I'm glad that found this place because the food delivery speed was a lot faster and I didn't have to wait for five hours just to eat honey toast.




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+website: http://www.zoe-grp.com/perfumedance/
+facebook: http://www.facebook.com/perfumedance
+phone: (02)2752-1552
+hours: 11:30am-10:00pm
+mrt: dong chu metro mall exit 13
+address: 台北市忠孝東路四段104號2樓之1
2F-1, No.104, Sec. 4, Zhong-Xiao E. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan

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