Fruit Republic (Xinzhuang, New Taipei City) | 水果共和國 (新北市新莊區)

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既然我已經走訪了台北市多半獨立營業手工冰淇淋店,我不得不把我的冰淇淋雷達延伸到較遠的地方,發現更多尚未寫過的店! 幸好,新北市的冰淇淋店好像不少,而且日益增加。位於新莊區去年七月開幕的水果共和國,就是新北市最新開的店之一。

Now that I’ve visited most of the independent ice cream shops in Taipei City, I have to start expanding more into New Taipei City to find new shops to write about! Luckily, there seem to be a lot of them, with more popping up every day. Open since July 2015, Xinzhuang district’s Fruit Republic is one of the newest additions. Continue reading

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Taiwan Pure Handmade Ice Cream (Tonghua Night Market, Da’an, Taipei) | 台灣純手工冰淇淋(台北市大安區通化夜市)

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我最近開始擔心台北市內的冰淇淋店都吃過了,非得遠遠離開台北去採訪在地冰淇淋店,正好碰巧發現了通化夜市裡藏有一家專賣手工冰淇淋的小攤子!(我幾個月前發生了一樣的事情,發現了我家旁邊的樂華夜市裡就有台北最好吃的手工霜淇淋店之一!)

Just when I started to worry I was going to have to go further afield to find local ice cream makers to write about, I stumbled across one in an unexpected place: Tonghua Night Market. (The same thing happened to me a few months ago when I realized LeHua Night Market, next door to my house, had a fabulous handmade soft-serve stand!)

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Right Ice Cream (Songshan, Taipei) | 來特手工鮮果冰淇淋(台北松山)

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隱藏在松山區靠近市民大道被遺忘角落的「來特手工鮮果冰淇淋」是一家不可能偶然遇到的店。周圍地段只有二手家具店跟車行,不是逛街的地區,所以這家小小的店非得特意找才能找到。「來特」這麼不好找會讓人懷疑他們躲著顧客!只因為有一次遇見他們的冰淇淋車的緣分我才知道萊特冰淇淋的存在,當時剛好賣完了冰淇淋正收拾中,所以沒有吃到。我就是因為要寫這個部落格才堅持尋找這麼不好找的店! 但我對結果感到十分滿意,因為找到了萊特冰淇淋以後我發現了它就是我所要寫的目標,一家充滿土生土長台灣風味的,很草根性的家族生意。來特冰淇淋不光提供好吃的手工冰淇淋,也提供一個冰淇淋故事

Right Ice Cream is one of those places you will never, ever find if you don’t go looking for it. Tucked away in a back alley just off the Civic Boulevard highway, in a forgotten corner of Songhan district that seems to be mostly junk stores and auto shops, it’s not only nearly invisible – it seems absurdly out of place. One almost wonders if they’re hiding from customers! If it weren’t for their ice cream cart, which they occasionally wheel out to more visible areas, I’d never have heard of it at all. It was only by chance that I spotted the cart near Ningxia Night Market one night, just after they’d sold their last scoop and packed up for the day, and if it weren’t for this blog, I doubt I’d have bothered to follow up and come all the way out here to find the shop. But I’m glad I did. Right Ice Cream turned out to be a real gem – a grassroots, made-in-Taiwan family business. Exactly the kind of place this blog is dedicated to. You don’t just go to Right for an ice cream – you go there for ice cream and a story. Continue reading

Red On Tree (Da’an, Taipei) | 在欉紅本鋪(台北大安)

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台北咖啡店「在欉紅本鋪」帶有很地道的歐美風格,你去倫敦或溫哥華遇到它不會感到突出。「在欉紅」專門製作和販賣精緻手工果醬,還提供果醬為主題的下午茶和點心,如自製斯康、優格配果醬。「在欉紅本鋪」最有名的點心就是他們自家果醬基底做的,做成完美花朵造型的手工義式冰淇淋跟雪酪。但不管這家店的包裝有多歐美化,他們還是忠於台灣根源—-他們所有的果醬和點心主要的是用本土食材料做的。

Local cafe Red On Tree wouldn’t be at all out of place in London or Vancouver. They specialize in artisanal jam, which they sell by the jar or serve with yogurt and housemade scones. But they’re most famous for their gourmet house-made gelatos and sorbets, which they make using their jams as a base and serve European-style, expertly paddled into a flower shape. But in spite of their Euro-American packaging, Red On Tree is faithful to its Taiwanese roots, featuring a menu that’s almost exclusively made up of local ingredients.      Continue reading

Jason’s Fruits Store (Songshan, Taipei) | 陳記百果園(台北松山)

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我開始寫這個部落格的原因,主要是因為我希望向國內外讀者推廣台灣產品和當地小型企業,所以我找到像雪王蜜朵麗O Rose等等強調台灣食材的店,覺得很開心! 當我發現松山區有一家台灣頂級水果專賣小店,「陳記百果園」,我特別期待去試試看。作為水果專家的「陳記百果園」,當然懂得怎樣把水果最好的一面顯示出來 — 就是把它做成冰淇淋喔!

One of the reasons I started this blog was to promote local products and small businesses to both Taiwanese and foreign audiences. I’m always pleased to find ice cream shops like Snow KingMidori and O Rose that emphasize Taiwanese products. I was especially excited to try Jason’s Fruits Store, a cute little shop in Songshan that specializes in Taiwanese fruits. Like any fruit experts, they know how to show their product in its best light — by making it into delicious, fresh ice cream!

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