Thursday, May 14, 2009

A TASTE OF 7TH AND MONTANA ... IN TAIPEI

What does the corner of Zhongxiao Xinsheng and Gungyuan Road in Taipei have in common with 7th and Montana? Quite a lot if my experience this morning was any indication. You see, there's a Starbucks at that corner -- just seven blocks from the Danshui River -- and it seems to have become a magnet for Local Loons. Take the woman pictured above. She spent all morning standing on the sidewalk wearing what looked like a White Ninja Costume and a Sandwich Board which read, in Chinese, "There's no Justice." She clanged away incessantly on a pair of Portable Cymbals and chanted over and over, in Chinese, "There's no Justice." I found out what she meant shortly after walking into Starbucks.

"That will be $95," said the Taiwanese Barista, handing me my coffee with a straight face. "What?!?," I cried, "$95 for a small cup of coffee?!? Are you insane?!?" He laughed. "That's 95 Taiwanese Dollars," he explained, "which is only about 3 American Dollars." "What?!?," I exclaimed, again. "$3 for a medium drip coffee?!? ... There's no Justice!!!" The Barista laughed. "Would you like anything else?" That's when I looked down at the Pastry Case and came face-to-face with the local equivalent of an Apple Fritter.

It's called a "Dragon Festive Sweet" and is essentially two scoops of technicolor bean paste atop a banana leaf. In the Dragon Boat tradition, I'm told, such sweets were thrown into Hong Kong harbor centuries ago in an effort to prevent fish from eating the corpse of a well-known official. I wouldn't try that these days. Not only would the fish prefer the corpse, but local authorities would probably slap you with a fine for Toxic Dumping, to boot. Now that's what I call Justice ...!


7 comments:

garnett109 said...

I rather eat the corpse also!

Rose said...

Oh my..........

Come home ASAP

Hugs, Rose

Indigo said...

I think I would prefer the $3 to $95 still a bit steep for a mere cup of java. (Hugs)Indigo

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Having a ....gag... time making a ...gag.... comment....:o)

Beth said...

Hey, maybe that place can be 7th and Montana's "Sister Starbucks!" You know, like cities always have sister cities in some exotic place. South Bend's sister city is in Poland.

Hmm. ;)

Sonya said...

What fun you have in your corner of the world! lol
Love the Meez just typing away! I'm tired of studying Marty!!!!
Have a good weekend coming up!
lSonya

Saltydawg said...

Oh my, never come to Londodn then it's more the $3 for a coffee in Starbucks!