Taipei Restaurant Guide
Hello, Jaysun here. I took almost two years off from food blogging and teaching English to write a novel, The Beasts of Success. The novel is now finished and published under my pen name: Jasun Ether. Even though it was a fictional novel (a literary comedic satire), apparently it contained too much truth, so it was, and still is being shadow-banned. Anyway, I'm not going to get into that here; you can read about it on my author website if you wish.
I reacquired Jaysun Eats Taipei from my good friend, Brian, but I won't be reviewing a place every week like I did before. Maybe I'll review a place every month — I can't say at this time. I'm currently writing a second novel and wish to devote most of my free time to that endeavor while I'm not teaching English. I've spent many hours marking all the stores that have closed since I've been away from food blogging and have updated some of the places' locations and hours, but I'm not going to update all the chain places, as their locations change frequently. I don't make trillions of dollars and have over 100,000 employees like Google to keep all information accurate; it's just me and it's my pro bono hobby. I advise you to check Google Maps before you depart on your food adventure to see if the place you want to visit is still there, especially if it's a chain store.
Besides saying "Hi", I want to inform you that I'll be writing a very serious and important article on this site that will be posted in a few weeks' time. It's a very serious issue in Taiwan, especially for keeping one's immune system high to avoid getting and spreading any virus (even the yearly common cold and flu that kills over a hundred people in Taiwan every year), yet, few people seem to know about it. Although the issue I'll be speaking about is a global issue, it's very important in Taiwan in particular. And the issue regards food, so posting it on this site is relevant. I love Taiwan (that's why I made it my second home) and I won't stand by silently when I possess the information that will help everyone in Taiwan live healthier and happier lives. Others in Taiwan have already spoken about this topic in the past, but unfortunately they didn't have a big enough platform to be widely heard. Update: I have now published the article (non-GMO Soybean Glyphosate Cancer Imported to Taiwan), and like they did with my novel, Big Tech is now censoring this website because of it. That's what happens when you try to speak the truth about something important.
Taipei offers a smorgasbord of delicious cuisine. Taipei has collected its food scene from its indigenous tribes, traditional and modern Taiwanese influences, Chinese history, and a growing international population. I'm known as being a picky eater, which is a natural trait for someone who can recognize and appreciate quality food. It doesn't hurt that I can also make excellent homemade meals, if I do say so myself.
I never sellout with bribes or friend connections when it comes to my ratings, unlike other food bloggers. Incognito is my reviewing style because it's the most effective way of creating a genuine review. One of the drawbacks of reviewing a restaurant this way is that I'll not capture professional photos of restaurants' decor, but my photos still convey enough of the surroundings in order to grasp the atmosphere, and the trade-off is definitely worth it in order to get a truthful review, which of course is much more important. Also, I make my food photos look just like the food I ate in real life on purpose: I don't deceptively edit them to market a falsity.
I'm also different from other food bloggers in that I usually make several dining visits before reviewing a place. I've found this to be very important because sometimes the rating I would've given on my first experience turned out to be much different on my second, third, or fourth visit. That also ties into the reason why there aren't too many restaurants that I don't recommend on my website: if the food is bad but I don't have enough information to make a proper assessment, I will not bother returning and reviewing that restaurant. I think I've made it clear that I'm unlike most food bloggers, and the reason for my style being different is: It's not about ego, and it's the most intelligent way to procure honest, unbiased, and thorough reviews for the everyday clientele. If a food blogger busts into a restaurant and uses their ego to receive free food in exchange for a review, of course the restaurant is going to go out of their way to make the food better than usual, and sometimes it's so altered that it doesn't look much like what the everyday customer receives; also, the food blogger's review would most likely become compromised due to a conflict of interest. I think I've clearly made my point.
My website is all about cuisine appreciation, mostly reasonably priced cuisine, because we all work hard for our money and shouldn't waste it on overpriced food when there are more than enough quality and delicious restaurants available to choose from that are just as good as, or better than, pretentious places. Finding and trying new restaurants and cafes is a hobby of mine, and I want to share my findings with you. You'll find my Taipei restaurant guide to be very informative, easy to navigate through, and containing no ads (I'm a food blogger solely to help people, I don't accept money or free food). All of my reviews include pictures, a Google Map, usually the menu, a related video, a voting poll for guests, a song from my MP3 player, informative links, and a link to the restaurant's Google Map page.
Recognize that the Taipei restaurant scene is one of the ficklest in the world with restaurants opening and closing frequently, menu items and prices changing regularly, and inconsistencies abounding, so some reviews' information may differ from your experiences or may be outdated. Keep in mind that this is my hobby, I don't get paid to do it, so I don't have the time to keep every review updated.
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Below is a list of other great food or drink related websites & blogs. I share them because it's not about competition, it's about sharing & love.
All About EAT Taipei
Confession of a Foodie
Bluesomeone's VEGAN World
Eating in Taipei
Two Scoops Taiwan 臺灣「雙」淇淋
Chef in You - Making Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes Easy