Miss. Delicious #80 : The Cow Inn - Ximen, Taipei!

in food •  6 months ago

Dear Steemit friends:

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Today, Miss. Delicious is on a journey to find the taste of happiness. There's a saying in Chinese that delicious food brings joy and happiness. No doubt, Taiwan offers some of the most palatable food in all of Asia, and does so, so effortlessly devoid of gift wrapping, or assertive marketing. This is a place to taste food because it is in the rawest sense of the word, simply delicious.

Taiwan is home to a very ethnically diverse population having been occupied and visited by not only the mainland Chinese, but also the Japanese, Dutch, Spaniards, and even many Southeast Asians.

Because of Taiwan's early rise to development, it is known as one of the four Asian dragons which also include Singapore, Hong Kong and South-Korea. With this early affluent economy, Taiwan was able to assimilate delicacies from all over the world, blending them with it's own ethnically diverse traditions. The result - a nation labelled as the food heaven of the east.

Today, we'll be eating around the lively neighbourhood that is Ximending. This is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Taipei, but remains one of the most lively. You are never too far away from alluring food waiting to be eaten, whether it's the snack foods, night market stalls, or full blown restaurants, the options are everywhere and you just don't have enough time (or stomach space) to try them all!

Just below where I lived, there is a beef joint, called Beef Shop. It's considered a five star beef noodle joint and has won awards of being a top 10 Beef Noodle Soup joint in Taipei at the 2010 Taipei International Beef Festival.

The restaurant is so popular that after passing and forth for several days, I never found the opportunity to just walk straight in to eat. There was always a queue. On this particular day, I decided that I would permit the waiting time and join the queue. It's as simple as writing your name down on the list then waiting to be called. All in all, about 30 minutes waiting time can be expected.

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Outside, they have a few examples of their signature beef noodle soup dishes, as well as some of the cold appetisers frequently consumed with the noodle soup.

Like most shops, restaurants or stores in this area of town. They are tucked away inside the pavement which itself is overlapped by the buildings. It's a curious design, one which suggests that it probably rains a lot and people want the ability to walk around places without getting wet. In either case, the result is we have a lot of these places out of view, and a lot of neon lights and sign boards hanging on the side of buildings to advertise their existence.

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These are all the people waiting, within the crowd, i hear a mixture of languages, there is of course English, but also Japanese. Clearly this place is more than just the talk of town, but probably also TripAdvisor (no, I haven't checked).

This is the sign stating that they're a top 10 Beef Noodle Soup restaurant in Taipei according to the 2010, Taipei Beef Festival. Knowing how essential Beef Noodle Soup is in Taiwanese Cuisine, that's quite a prestigious prize!

The restaurant is arranged such that the kitchen where they prepare the noodles, broth and beef is at the front by the entrance. Like in Hong Kong, you can see the chefs working tirelessly as they prepare the various dishes. The teasing aroma that seeps outside is a reminder to the people queuing, it's worth the wait.

This is the menu of appetisers which you are given whilst waiting outside. Obviously, I was mistaken for being Korean because all the writing is in Korean !

This is the Beef Noodle Soup menu, and also where you tick off which dishes you would like to order. As soon as you enter, this is handed to the kitchen, and they prepare your food right away. The red sign is pointing the "registration". This is where you write your name down to join the queue.

Once inside, you realise the restaurant is not very large at all. The kitchen already occupies nearly a third of the available space.

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The cold dishes are pre-prepared and are at the end of the kitchen near the dining tables. Some restaurants even allow customers to serve themselves. Here, they are paid for at extra cost.

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At first, I thought this board was decoration. The writing looked very much like Chinese poetry or calligraphy. At closer inspection, it is actually their menu! This is an example of functional decoration!

This another board hung on the opposite wall. The bricks and mortar give the restaurant a sense of an unfinished industrial refurbishment. Of course, this was the intention of the design, and I think it bodes well with the overall atmosphere of the restaurant, fitting in with the rustic Japanese colonial style buildings of the area.

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The restaurant has had a significant amount of media attention because of it's prestigious award, and as a result has framed these pieces in a glass display for all to see.

This is the dining floor. Not much space as you can see, and all tables occupied as expected. Right at the back, a formidable painting of a bull, pointing it's horns towards a set of real bull's horns. I always wondered why restaurants like to animate the animals from which their meat comes from. It's a little off putting and doesn't make the meat more appealing, quite the opposite.

Alas, the Beef Noodle Soup arrives. Let's see what all the fuss is about?

Beef Noodle Soup originated from Mainland China during the Tang Dynasty and was first prepared by the Muslim ethnic minority called Hui. Today's red braised beef noodle soup as popularised in Taiwan, came across from Chengdu, China. It wasn't until it became a popular dish in Kaohsiung that the rest of Taiwan began taking notice and also started cooking this dish.

Up first, the Red Braised Beef Noodle Soup - "Highest Quality".

Beef in the noodle soup tends to lose it's flavour the longer it is left in it's soup as the soup dilutes the taste. On the other hand, beef tends to absorb more flavour the longer it is left in it's sauce. It is this restaurants desire to allow it's guests to choose how much taste is retained in the beef and noodles.

The little piece of paper suggests that you take a sip of the noodle soup for reference, then take some noodles and put it in the small empty bowl. Then, according to the degree of taste of the soup, you can add the beef to the noodles in the small ball, and garnish with the picked vegetables. If the taste is too strong, then add some more soup to dilute. If the taste is too bland, you can add more braised sauce to the mix.

To most Chinese people, Taiwanese cuisine is known for being light. Not only is it not very salty, it's also not very oily. So, my preference was to add more beef sauce to the mix!

I really enjoyed the ability to eat the beef with noodles dry. One of the things that stand out to me was how soft the meat was. You could "chew" it with your tongue!

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This is the half tendon half meat, beef noodle soup. This is the classic dish that most people will be familiar with. There is an option for full meat instead of half tendon. I would say go for the latter. It's probably the tastiest part of the meat, and also good for people who need some collagen supplementation.

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The scallion doesn't just add to the visual appeal of the dish, it also brings out a rich herbal scent that makes the soup taste more flavoursome.

After the noodle soup, I was craving for some dessert, unfortunately these specialised restaurants don't serve desserts.
So I wandered around for about 30 seconds and came across this bubble tea stall. Instead of opting for bubble tea, I was curious about the colourful fruit teas. Some are a mix of quite contrasting colours, others just a single colour.

I opted for a mixed fruit tea, which I thought would be a gradient of colours. Turns out it's just pink. Still, it was worthy of a refreshment and there's always a big variety to choose from, you could never get bored of choice!

Finally, another short wander from the bubble tea place, and we're at the main entrance to the Ximen MRT station.
Here, the lights are very bright, and there are so many stalls everywhere.

One stall that caught my eye was this Starfruit ice stall. Also originally from Chengdu, this store was founded in 1966 and thus has over 50 years of history. Interestingly, the store has maintained it's original appearance and even selling it's original Starfruit ice, Plum ice and Pineapple ice.

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Starfruit takes 3 full months to brew before being ready to serve. It's known for it's particularly sour taste. It's quite different from the sugar filled desserts and drinks we're used to in the modern day, and it certainly gave me a strong kick when I took my first sip. It has a cheeky fragrance with a bit of spice. Despite the odd taste, it was definitely authentic and most importantly natural. Really great for granting some relief after a long hot day.

This is my closing picture of the Ximen pedestrian area. One of the oldest places in Taipei, and yet one of most visited. In a later blog, we'll take another look at Ximen more closely, and discover the reasons why it remains one of the most popular places to visit in Taipei.

Today, we learned about the origins of one of the most popular local dishes in Taiwan, the Beef Noodle Soup. Not only did we find out about it's acclaimed history, we also had the chance to visit one of the absolute best restaurants in Taipei to enjoy this dish. It turns out that the preparation has indeed evolved some what over time, and now people are discovering many new ways to prepare, cook and eat this traditional food.

For people who have had Beef noodle soup elsewhere, you will be surprised by the stark contrast of taste the Taiwanese version will bring you, and for that reason, I highly recommend this dish as one of the must haves during your (potential) stay in Taiwan.

Remember to upvote if you liked the post, follow me for more food and travel logs, and leave a comment to let me know what you think!



都说美食让人吃出幸福的味道, 来到台湾之后,每天都是狂喜的状态,好像可以完全忘记不开心是什么滋味了。台湾,除了浓烈的人情味给我别样的亲切感受,那惊艳的美食小吃更是让人赞叹不已。有时候总在想,宝岛台湾应该是用美食征服全宇宙的吧,那千千万万种口味各异的本土小吃,总有一款会夺走你的心,成为你的挚爱。台湾有着多元的民族和文化,历经南岛民族,荷兰人,西班牙人,明朝和清朝,还有日本人,东南亚及战后中国各省人大规模的迁徙移民,再加上宝岛的物产丰富,较早富裕起来的经济可以让台湾从世界各地引进美食。在历史的传承,不断的融合创新中,成功的赋予台湾丰富的饮食文化,从而诞生了各式各样的台湾美食。

今天就让我们一起走进台北最热闹的西门町,探索一下那里的特色小吃。论西门町美食小吃的密集度,绝对是别的街区难以比拟的,住在西门町的我,出门就有大堆极具诱惑力的美食等着我,简直让我欣喜若狂。听到台湾的红烧牛肉面,你会不会已经垂涎三尺了。在我住的旁边就有一家卖牛肉面很牛的店,名叫牛店。它号称可以提供五星级牛肉面,曾经在2010年获得台北国际牛肉面节10大好店的殊荣。我来来回回观察这家店很久,发现人气火爆一点不假,到了用餐时间,门口排队等位的人潮络绎不绝。今天行程不满,我也决定加入排队人潮,试吃一下这碗超人气的牛肉面。这家店由于人手忙不过来,采取自助排队方式,在门口的纸条上写上名字和人数就算排上队了。我在门口足足站了半小时,还好透过橱窗,可以欣赏到厨师们现场制作牛肉面的过程,只见厨师把那色泽鲜亮的美味面条从浓郁的汤锅里捞出来,顿时烟雾缭绕,仿佛隔着玻璃也能闻到那勾魂的香味。

快排到我的时候,店员递给我菜单让我选择,这家餐厅提供丰富的清凉冷菜以应对炎热天气的需求,面条的选择则简单明了。走进餐厅,店內空间不大,位置不多,分为小菜区,煮面吧台,用餐区和自助茶水区,每个部分都干净整齐,布置精细。从细节之处的观察就能发现,虽然店面大小被局限,但是店主在装修上有精致入微的发挥。例如店面灯光气氛柔和,以灰色为主调的环境,水泥地面,复古的红色砖墙,还有店面正中挂着超大幅一头壮牛的海报和那引人注目的牛角,侧面墙上挂着木质画板,上面是手写风格的菜单,乍一看还以为是一幅漂亮的书法画作。餐桌也是由古色古香的原木打造的,把店内的各式装饰融合起来看,确实别有一番风味。

热腾腾香喷喷的牛肉面上桌,这盘极品红烧牛肉面以套餐盘的形式来到桌上,秀色可餐。盘子里纸条上还贴心的提示了面的吃法,首先要尝一口原味汤头,再把2或3勺汤匙的红烧浓汁加入面里,夹些面条到小碗里,拌上红烧汤头,再添加些酸菜拌匀,搭配红烧浓汁里的鲜嫩肉块,就可以尽情享用了。虽然第一次用这样的方式吃面,但是尝过之后才发现,这真是红烧牛肉面最极致的吃法。如果喜欢口味重,还可以加点店里特调的辣酱。我吃的津津有味,完全停不下来,真是让人满足的一餐享受。吃完了够味带劲的牛肉面,我又继续沿着街走,尝了路边百喝不厌的水果茶,凉爽清新的感觉扑面而来,让人欢喜的不得了。

吃过美食之后,我还想找一家甜品吃一吃。这家成都杨桃冰吸引了我的注意,这家店创立于1966年,已经有40多年的历史了。有趣的是,这么多年这家店一直保持着最初的模样,连卖的甜品也只有杨桃冰,李梅冰和凤梨冰。为了保持食物的品质,让杨桃和酸梅入味,这些人工采摘的优质食材需要酿制3个月才能卖。老板递给我菠萝图案的小碗,晶莹剔透的杨桃藏在碎冰下面,尝了一口,才发现这纯天然的新鲜滋味是真的,尝不出一点人工色素和香料的影子,口里只有杨桃纯粹的沁凉滋味,齿颊留香,妙不可言。在炎热干渴的温度里,一碗透心凉的杨桃冰纾解了我一整天的乏累和疲劳。夜幕下的西门町散发着迷人的魅力,今天的台湾美食之旅就要告于段落了,希望大家享受这里的美味佳肴,之后还有更多的美食故事想要和大家分享。

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Wow such a great post..... and beef is my favourite

i would eat everything here ;)

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after several miss delicious's glad to have you back!!

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看着照片里你一个人吃饭,真想上去陪你吃啊,哈哈。

I would like to sit besides you when you were eating along (looking at the picture of this post). :)

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大家一起再來~~ :D

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好主意呢^^

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If I want it not on the side but in front of it, while enjoying a delicious meal, I can feel the lovely gaze @sweetsssj and feel the charm ...

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haha I do like company when eating:)

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不如对镜吃饭。

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That is a little creepy... especially the alone part lol

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follow me please. i already follow u.

It all looks so delicious!

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tastes delicious too! :)

I love all of the colors in the market. The streets look so clean too! Great post.

an interesting post today, sssj, a departure from the elegant hotels and fine dining establishments you usually frequent.

Frankly, I find fine dining at times to be snobbish, but I've noticed you gravitate toward establishments that are 'real' and offer excellent food, often homemade.

The emphasis on beef at the Cow Inn reminds me of peoples' preference for tasty, fast food.

McDonald's is a world-wide purveyor of this concept and they are even planning to open a restaurant a day in mainland China. The Steer Rules!

Getting back to the post, it seems your theme today is comfort food, and what's more comforting than delicious soup and steaming hot tea?

Admittedly, street food has its downside particularly with regard to ambiance, but on the other hand, sipping hot soup beneath an awning on a rainy day creates a cozy atmosphere of its own.

A delightful change of pace from your usual posts, @sweetsssj

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john, thank you for the quick reply and noted insight.

I've written a little about the Chinese attitude towards fine dining, amongst other activities considered superficial. But, it's very much endowed in the Chinese psyche because of it's lagging development relative to the west. Take afternoon tea for example, the British have had this for hundreds of years and no longer consider this activity a big deal. The Chinese on the other hand only discovered this in recent years. To them, it means more than just having tea, it is a symbol of status. Countries that developed into wealthier economies in recent years and in short spaces of time, all exhibit this typical behaviour. The Asian Dragons - Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong. And now China.

As time passes, the rest of society catches up, and flamboyant displays of decadence no longer become central to attracting the attention of peers. People start going back to basics, as you said enjoying things like McDonalds which is becoming as popular as 7 Eleven is in Taiwan.

In the words of Rick Warren, people stop spending money they don't have, on things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.

Whilst I do enjoy fine dining, I certainly never turn away from establishments like the Cow Inn, and if i'm honest, I've never rated Michelin restaurants higher than these restaurants in terms of quality of food, I would be a very biased and selective connoisseur if I did!

I stand by tasting food from all walks of life, whether it's a fried pancake from a night market stall on the corner of the street, or foie gras and caviar from The Dorchester in Mayfair. To be honest, i'd probably choose nightmarket food any day of the week! :)

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I appreciate that about you, sssj - you are all about the food and not the display.

You are an amazing person. Your reading and experience travelling has broadened your taste and provided you with insight into more than merely matters culinary.

A quite from Rick Warren? You certainly do live a purpose-driven life :)

Thank you for the insight into the changing Chinese attitude toward the rituals surrounding the afternoon tea - very interesting, and appropriate especially considering the long tradition of tea in China.

By the way, I would like to see a post sometime in the near future about cats. Yes, I have a cat, or rather he has me, but I'm not given over to ailurophilia rampant on Youtube. My tabby is my Muse, but lately, I've only caught glimpses of your feline companions.

Just a small request :)

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The problem with the Michelin rating system is that people's tastes are influenced heavily by what they eat growing up, and therefore, what food is considered better or worse tasting depends on culture. Michelin is super biased towards french restaurants, which isn't necessarily a bad thing - Michelin is just a french tire company which originally made the guide as a way to market themselves towards french motorists, and of course they would target their customers. It's only a problem when they try to make it more general than that, and say that the guide is some official measure of objective tastiness when it really isn't.

I think crowdsourced rating systems like yelp or google maps are better at identifying tasty food rather instead of "fancy" food, but you could also say that its just targeting millenials/people who like smartphones. In something as subjective as food there is no such thing as a rating system without bias, it's just a matter of finding experts / systems that have similar tastes to you personally.

Siempre me ha llamado la atención su gastronomía, la mezcla de sabores, productos y sobre todo hortalizas frutas verduras legumbres, todo en un platillo que hace una explosión de sabores

All that food make me gain some weight hehe...that's a cool restaurant you visiting :))

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haha i wish i was in your shoes.. I want to gain weight!

Starfruit brew doesn't look very appealing.. but maybe it's healthy?

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Yes, but at the same time, it's an acquired taste. Sour is a strange sensation, one which improves the more you get used to it. Still, you're probably right, health is the main reason people drink it!

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I love star fruit, it is one of my favorites here in Trinidad and Tobago. We in the Caribbean have a wide variety of food, from Indian to Syrian, to African, to Chinese even American. All in a very little Island. @sweetsssj you should come visit us sometime.

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john, i've really wanted to visit for quite a while, maybe in my next visit to that part of the world :)

Wow this is a great post. I like the photographs you use into your article.

Good post @sweetsssj restaurants or stores in this area of town. They are tucked away inside the pavement which itself is overlapped by the buildings. It's a curious design, one which suggests that it probably rains a lot and people want the ability to walk around places without getting wet. In either case, the result is we have a lot of these places out of view, and a lot of neon lights and sign boards hanging on the side of buildings to advertise their existence. Nice thebest

Sometimes, when I got rich in steemit, I should make a trip here...😀😁😂

Nice post @sweetsssj 😍

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ooh don't wait till then, life is too precious to wait until you're rich to enjoy it!

Wow, am salivating already.. Infact where is my own noodle.. Lol.

Kızım sen nerelisin geçenlerde bizim buralarada gelmişsin . Ama insan bi arar sorar biz senden büyüğüz dimi
Nolurdu gelip elimizi öpsen.:)

I really love your content! Not only have you posted amazing photos, but have also taken the time to write a story with it and I think that's real art and your posts are wonderful!

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thank you katie, that's so kind of you to say. I think every experience has a story worth telling, and i'm very grateful that you find it interesting enough to read !

I love china and see that it has invested so much in developing African railroads that actually improve lives and infrastructure investment in Indonesian slums turning them into nice neighborhoods. Taiwan and China relations are being healed by posts like yours! You are directly helping.

You are a beacon of hope for the blockchain future of the world! Taiwan will only grow more in love with bitcoin and steemit! China and Taiwan and all asian nations will use Bitcoin in the future and the bitcoin owners of today will be the market makers of the future!

These pictures make me hungry

And this website shows us global bitcoin being purchased , all the fiat leaking into butcoin! CHina and USA buying up most all the bitcoin!
http://fiatleak.com/

I know you will end up making a magazine or a youtube channel with millions of viewers!

you will be first to reach 100,000 followers on steemit!

Hello @sweetsssj, I'm curious about the SBD transfers to you. Are your outgoing votes automated? I see that many Steemians are interested in your vote and I would be too, but if you manually vote, I think that places a burden on you and your time. (I feel that I do not want to bother you if you do a manual vote, because if it was me, I might get a little irritated with all of the attention, transfers, reading posts, time...)

I'm posting a few days after your post went out so your not overwhelmed with a 100 within the first few hours...

Glenn =)

Wow, like you rocked it again, my friend. I love the way you enjoy life and how you drain every moment into a adventure in food. I love the photos, and I know impossible, but I can even smell and taste the various foods as you write about this amazing world around you. How do you stay so slim with such a love of food?

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thanks johnnyray, you know I really would like to know the answer to your question too.. i've been trying to put on a bit more weight but its not happening! To food so good you can smell it through the screen!

It is delightful to know a little bit history Taiwan along the food journey which is off course delicious to read.

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There's always a bit of insight worth looking into! :)

台灣真的很重視牛肉麵啊!每年都有牛肉麵的特別評比。好吃的牛肉麵,不僅湯頭讚,牛肉鮮甜軟嫩,吃起來就是不一樣。不知道別的地區吃牛肉麵是不是都加酸菜,我覺得加酸菜味道超級配的。
西門町的楊桃冰超級好喝的,酸酸甜甜,從小喝到大的好滋味呀

Hi, Beautiful Girl I must say till now from all your Posts on Taiwan the journey had been amazing and you are really enjoying it. It is really a very beautiful place and great variety of food. I am sure going to travel there one day , but till then you are my Travelling Guide and I am connecting somehow with you in all your posts and you make me feel as I am there too, that's your magic dear. Thanks for these amazing posts , giving wings to fly to many of us. Love you so much , take care , bye ☺

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vikbuddy, so lovely to see you and so happy to have you join me on my travels through steemit. Hope you are enjoying the food :)

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Hello dear friend , hope you are having a great time . Plz have a look at my Post on India's Most Celebrated Festival 'Diwali' : https://steemit.com/india/@vikbuddy/wishing-happy-diwali-india

@sweetsssj I was just going to get some lunch after reading this post. What I am having for lunch does not look half as good as what you had. Wonderful Noodles and Very Tender Beef, yummy. I am getting excited now because my STEEMIT Account Value is close to $1000.00...........Here is to the Next gracious meal you send us beautiful pictures of.

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stokjockey, what a coincidence haha, I do hope I haven't changed your mind on what to get for lunch now..

Congrats on a very important milestone, you are doing well! Only up and up now! :)

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the way @sweetsssj present her article on food makes you want to travel to that city to eat and come back, read this and was hungry by the time i was done reading

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great!that means the desired effect is happening! :)

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Wow yes @stokjockey nice seeing you here !man you are evrywhere! hey so tell me, it says you have ben here since August 2016! did you leave and just get bck? Man how long did it take you to get to $1000 since youve gotten back? a few months? ? I bet if you realy tried you coiuld startmaking $10000 in a day like sweeetsssj by this time next year! man imagine when we have $10 steem sweeetsssj will be getting $10,000 per post! oh hell yeahhhh oh its gonna be so awesome i cant WAIt to see all the new people joining steemit and getting to be one of the original users from the 2016 2017 time! oh its gonna be nice! ooh we will be able to moderate all the big new communities that will form here!

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@ackza I joined STEEMIT right when @jeffberwick joined and mentioned it. Until about 3 months ago I really was not here paying any attention to it. Now I am goofing around here everyday and when I get serious I am sure it will only get better. I want to be bigger but I am not pushing the envelope yet...........

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you only have 925 steempower, thats awesome for just messing around and not bein serious! imagine if facebook would have been paying you this whole time lol......but hey man you gotta buy 10,000 Steempower! ... so you can then upvote my posts at $1 each! and my commenst! dont forget the comments! imagine how crazy people will get on this platform with their steem gangs and measuring loyalty and how i head some big whales will start withholding Upvotes from new or old users who are constantly powering down AND withdrawing and that you'll have to not power down to get the biggest upvotes from the biggest whales as a Common sense policy... obviously why would we want to reward people who powerdown and dont have enough confidence in the system to invest their money in it! Wouldnt you agree that top whales should invest in a system that simply counts who is power downing and withdrawing and who is at least never withdrawing, also you can powerdown and hold steem I GUESS but honestly teh steempower is the real show of longterm confidence..... holding all steempower or at least mostly steempwer should be the requirement to get any big upvote from big whales and of course only an OPTIONAL requirement id LIKE big whales to adhere by... and itd be in their best interest to... honestly its an idea that sells itself and the big whales should want to only upvote people who just keep at least teh Steempower that they receive so that the steem isnt hjust all immediately sold for bitcoin as soon s its rewarded draining all the value out fo steem... we need people to be hold iut and SEE the value and if we ALL hold it and refuse to sell it, it gets more and more expensive and they SHOULD actually save the BIGGEST upvotes for people who post at 100% Steempower rewards and who yah man good job youve saved up good amount of steempower just from foolin around u say right? yeh its great, like any other social media forum about Crypto youd be participating this on your own anyway alot of us would and the money just makes it so we try and actually bring value to the table... almost like a massive human intelligence network that we can all use to get information from all around the world!

We have the best Human Intelligence network with steemit... the money pays people for information and so we get to know whats going on before anyone else. @thejohalfiles is going to become a Billionaire and other whales like @stellabelle and @fyrtsikken are going to end up with their own Multi Million subscriber Youtube Channels and Dtube channels or whatever is the dominant Video platform probobly will include Youtube in the future its pretty big, and so they will end up with some pretty cool Youtube channels that will let more and more peopel about Steemit and kind of show steemit Posting and giving people money, with sound effects everytime stellabele upvotes a post i can see it now, just make an episode on Youtube called "Stellabelle gives out $100 or something like that and she will just give out a bunch of $10 upvotes to 10 different people she actually likes, and ishell sift through a bunch of comments edit the video so theyre all next to each other and t will be a video with nice music in the background while everytime she upvotes someones good comment and we hear a CHA-CHING sound effect lolol and dude everyone will wanna use that platform aka steemit!

@stellabelle could just start making videos kinda like how @jerrybanfield did but her videos would be way cooler and shed get a lot of people interested when they see shes just Upvoting people on camera and to Youtubrs it would simpy look like stellabelle giving out money on camera and she will be if she makes a video just upvoting cool awesome comments on steemit and videotapes it!

looking good


-the Red Braised Beef Noodle Soup -

i love this food. i already tasted it here at our country at chinese restaurant..

i love the taste of it..but the taiwan version i want to try ^^ how i wish to taste it there..^^ i just imagine the taste of it..^_^
i want to try it also..hmmn...
-taste the Taiwanese version- is very special. as you recommended to us.

i'm so hungry now..Lol ^_^

thanks for sharing this wonderful post and article you have..
and the delicacy of taiwan special food.

i give you my upvote and support by resteem your post..

-love your post-take care my sweet friend ^_^ @sweetsssj..

have a nice day..^_^

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thanks mrblu, i welcome you to try this same dish at a Taiwanese restaurant. Let me know what you think of the difference :)

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^^ i will look at here on our place on downtown area..there's a taiwanese restaurant call Taipan restaurant..^^ i look of that kind of soup..i'm so excited ^_^

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I have new account. I write about losing weight and sport I i share my sad story i hop you like what I do

i upvote and Reply for you and thank for the Upvote and Reply you too for me , followed right back @hadebrahim

Are you still in Taiwan? @sweetsssj

Or are these like #throwback posts?

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i've been back for a few weeks now.. just haven't had the time to write them "on the fly" as it were. Will be doing Turkey and Taiwan for a few weeks more than off to somewhere new for Xmas and the new year :)

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Awesome! Are these sponsored trips, by any chance?? @sweetsssj

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nope, out of my own pocket.

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Ommo, #lifegoals right there!

@sweetsssj. It is good to comment on your add within an hour of it being posted. I have been a pescetarian for a few years now but seeing your stuff is making me reconsider. It would be good if you could give some advice on how to reach these places. I personally love traveling, but the how sometimes beat me.

Great post.

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hi nicholas, that's an interesting choice of diet, I also thought about becoming a vegetarian, but for now I have to live with the reality that I enjoy eating meat too much. I will try to point people in the direction of these places in the future. You'll be happy to hear that Ximen is a Taipei hotspot, so finding it and the restaurant will take just a few seconds with google :)

As i was reading this post and looking at all those great picture of food my mouth started to water.

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haha, job well done!

What an interesting place, I like the decor of the restaurant looks familiar. Thirty minutes of waiting is not so much unless you are very hungry.
Thank you for sharing your culinary experiences. Greetings from Venezuela.

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thank you dear, you know i wasn't that hungry when I first started waiting, but then the smell from the kitchen made it quite difficult to wait! I was tempted to goto the restaurant next door which was also a beef noodle place. That place however had no queue and I just had to see what all the fuss was about this place!

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When hunger strikes, there is no waiting.
Now, your case is that the wait was worth it. That dish you were eating looks delicious. true?

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incredibly delicious.. i'm really missing it now..

Had to google Starfruit, it's inside looks like lemon, I wonder how close is it's taste to lemon. 🍴

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Not quite like lemon, in that it's not zesty at all. Closest thing I can think of is sour chinese medicine

That beef with the noodle soup looks so well cooked I bet it tasted great. 3 months for Starfruit to brew? thats a long time but it would have a strong taste no doubt. I love Ice drinks and sour ones are best.
@sweetsssjYou never disappoint when you blog about your choice of food and also about the history of the history behind the country and food. Amazing .

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thank you keviginge, there's always a story to tell!! I personally thought the sour taste was unusual but the more I drank the more I liked it:)

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very nice post i like your post

Great Post & Pictures as always!
Thanks for sharing :)

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thanks jcsteem! Lovely to see you comment :)

Nice indoor design, at first I thought that was a simple restaurant, but those boards, they nail it. I always wanted to try a real Beef Noodle Soup, here is not so good. Taipei is so cool, and looks delicious!
PD: Your comics are really funny haha love them.

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Hey jokossita, I have to agree, the indoor design grew on me as I sat in the middle and saw both sides. The hanging menu boards were like antiques and helped boost the traditional feel of the place! :)

Wow great post and great history about beef noodle soup!!! Ive ate it here in korea at japanese restaurants so I always thought it was japanese food

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Oh, trust me the Taiwanese variant is different from those too!

Oh boy some of those places look scary to an european . I would be searching for a McDonalds and missing out on some fine cuisine

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Aww well mcdonalds are everywhere too, so something for everyone :)

Terrific post. @sweetsssj

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thank you traveled

Very nice again, did you see my request to consider a witness vote?

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hey rival, i'm not sure what you mean, can you explain?

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I hope that you would please vote for me as witness on steemit. I started 2 weeks ago and your free vote could be really help me. I can send you the screenshots how to do it... thx soo much if you vote for me

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have you got a witness proposal I can read? I don't know much about what you plan to do to support Steemit as a witness?

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This is my second week report.. but is is hard to get noticed when you are not into the big projects yet.. I also see you have some old votes to witnesses who don't exist anymore. So I hope I can receive yours.. It can really change my future.
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And, I hope you liked my witness proposal and would like to vote for me.
for example: arhag and witness.svk you voted for but they don't exist anymore.

What! You didn't get the bubble tea? Madness! ;0)

That beef noodle soup sounds awesome, I love tender beef. Over here a beef ramen style thing can often be a little chewy

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Oh you now bubble tea is not the fad there now! It's all about the vibrantly coloured tea concoctions..

The beef there was just heaven, the cotton of beef :)

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Hehe, we are vastly behind then. It's all the rage here. We are all going wild for it!!

旅游的一大乐趣就是尝尽美食 😋😋😋

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是呢,这个是最幸福的事情呀:)

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thank you!

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In Indonesia is Taiwanese food easy to find?

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thanks novaptconline :)

I've always loved chinese foods..i just hope i will be able to taste one someday

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Definitely come to taiwan, it's not very expensive, that's one of the reasons why there are lots of expats in Taiwan :)

Congratulations it's beautiful @sweetsssj . Must feel great - that is a lot of work!

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thanks montecarlo :)

Keep smiling ! I am planning to go Thailand as global volunteer in January. Hope I will find some foods you are habituated with :)

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thanks, and will do! I think you will find great food there. I certainly enjoyed my food adventures in Thailand :)

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Will dig out your Thailand food adventure from the blog before I go there :)

光是看着面都想吃了,小姐姐好好奇你有多少steemit帽子?😍

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哈哈,暂时就2顶啦:)

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好好看,喜欢你的设计!

來台灣就是要吃吃吃!😂

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对的,向Lydia学习,吃吃吃:)

what an interesting setup! thanks for sharing :) & safe travels ✈!

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thanks doitvoluntarily, safely back home now :)

Thank you for taking me on a visual journey the the streets of Taipei. A very interesting and fascinating part of the world. I enjoyed reading about the history of the city and facts of the food. Great post!

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You're welcome revdrbrenda, the miss delicious posts have emphasis on the food, but I like to show people what the surrounding area and local area is like.

Thanks for sharing.

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no problem leomichael, my pleasure :)

I was just in Ximen two days ago! Ate at Xin Kong Restaurant and watched a movie in the theater there! Short walk to Lung Shan Temple too.

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greattt! how long you there for?

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I was in Taiwan for 2 weeks and Taipei for 3 days. Spent 2 days in Taichung and a little over a week in Kaohsiung. I like Taiwan a lot....if it only weren't so hot all the time.

Oh Sweetsssj, oh so pretty! I would love to watch the chefs at work. I would be amazed. Interesting Beef Noodle soup menu. You said the meat is really tender...I think I can taste it! Great pics. Looks like you are having a lot of fun. Hugs. Tess

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Thanks tess, there's actually the HK variety and Chinese variety of this dish, but I can say for sure the Taiwanese variety tastes the best :)

you are very right dear friend @ sweetsssj a well-fed person is much happier than those who are not, good food is the basic nesecidad of the human being.
That place you've visited is really very busy! What a prize! Taipei International Beef Festival 2010, this explains the attendance.
it is good to attend a place where chefs prepare the rations in public view, one can appreciate what they really eat, the dishes look very delicious, I must admit that it has opened my appetite.
you can appreciate that the place is very beautiful, the images as always of excelentisimacalida.
thank you very much for another wonderful journey
I wish you a beautiful week

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Thanks jlufer, I hope you can taste how wonderful this dish is yourself one day. Perhaps a steemit food festival is in order sometime in the not too distant future :)

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I would love to try those dishes, they look very delicious, serai a great honor for me.
thank you very much for the good work you give us every week
I wish you a wonderful day

Lindo, lindo, lindo. Este post se ve muy profesional. FELICIDADES!

我也好喜欢吃冰呀,杨桃冰太赞了。顺便夸一下甜心姐姐的逆天大长腿哈哈。

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是的,尤其夏天吃,非常清凉呀,谢谢你咯^^

I would appreciate, traveling with you. Even if its just once.
Yeah!!! I know that would never happen. But I don't mind if the trip would have to happen in my dreams. 😂😂😂

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sweet dreams :)

You are gorgeous! Followed and resteemed! Hope you can follow me back. See you on the dance floor!

It looks delicious. You look pretty today. I feel good every day~ Thank you~ :)

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thank you rosaria :D :D

Wow ! Im sure you found happiness @sweetsssj !! Great post as always , a definite up vote and resteemed to share with all my foodie followers in my @momskitchen blog !! Thanks for sharing !!

For Sweet sssj ! Mmmmmmm! Im hungry now !!

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haha very cool, thanks momskitchen!

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Good post

That looks so yummy!!! Why is there no place like this ANYWHERE near where I live?????

@shayne

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you'll have to find a taiwanese noodle soup joint. I haven't found any abroad or in China!

u r doing best

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thank you zahidsun

very beautiful and wonderful😍😍

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thank you dear :)

wow is a delicious tourisment

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food tourism at it's best haha :)

Hey I am robot everyday i will upvote you and comments you so now follow me and upvotes my all posts,,,,
Thank You so much

nice food information

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thanks, not too much to take in i hope!

Awesome as always @sweetsssj! I see that you didn’t have any dumplings because you are waiting for our dinner with @Ned :). Most importantly, where did you get that cool hat???

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Oooh, the meet is an inevitability one day.

I'm starting to build up a nice collection of my steemit apparel. This is one of the new additions :)

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Fancy! :)

Friend last day my reputation 43 but today is 12 im so upset...
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I really love your posts!!!!!!!!!!!
I think if we do things with passion everything is possible
Saludos James!

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thanks james, you're right, finding something you are passionate for is half the journey

Food looks delicious and the place is awesome.

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thanks resteemr, just had to share this local gem for all of the web to see :)

Hi, how are you
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It turns out that the beef noodle soup is also in Taipei, not much different like in my country, soup soup noodles, chicken soup noodles / cow also so much in love with my place, the taste so attached to the tongue is difficult not to taste.
Thanks for sharing @sweetsssj

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I think the soup is actually a big part of the taste, i'm sure the tender beef is fairly easy to make. You might be surprised at how different it tastes to what you knew before, I certainly was.

It turns out that the beef noodle soup is also in Taipei, not much different like in my country, soup soup noodles, chicken soup noodles / cow also so much in love with my place, the taste so attached to the tongue is difficult not to taste.
Thanks for sharing @sweetsssj

excellent, that looks very rich

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thanks jairbs, very rich taste indeed :)

I liked your hat @sweetsssj. by the way when you visit my blog again. like yesterday @sweetsssj

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thanks nasrud, I designed it myself :) I will come sometime :)

There is so much to write about the food in Taiwan, so thank you for bringing some of these stories to the Steem community. Have you also been to 士林夜市 or the fruit shops in Tainan? Would love to hear about your experiences there.

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as it turns out, I have! I will write about them in the next couple of blogs, Tainan will have to be on my next visit (hopefully soon :))

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I thought that the fruit shop culture in Tainan is quite unique, where you walk into a myriad of shops all around the city and they will serve you nothing else except for fruit (from local producers) that are nicely prepared and presented for you. I have to dig out some of my old travel photos but I haven't seen anything else like it in SE Asia.

Great food miss @sweetsssj 😊.

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thanks kcire 😊.

Do you think the best food and drink after trying it ?

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Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed... I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself.
Food brings people together on many different levels. It's nourishment of the soul and body; it's truly love.

GOOD POST

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thank you, in China, food is a daily opportunity to have a 'meeting' with your family. We treasure this opportunity very much, because it is also another reason why we can achieve happiness 😊.

All this food is making me hungry, it looks so delicious.
I always enjoy your very well explained posts with your amazing photography. You rock @sweetsssj

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joalvarez, thank you so much, appreciated it as always :)

So many people have there in restaurant. Seems great place.

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it's a lovely place to snuggle in a small group together over some hot soup and beef :)

Great post! You are one of my blog inspiration here on steemit. I'm still a newbie though. Way to go! Keep up the good work and keep on inspiring others!

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thanks teeheecakeph, keep on trying, it's all about being persistent !

They are simply amazing. Lovely place and amazing foods. Great choice @sweetsssj

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thanks robin-ho :)

wow really cool destination I hope I can eat their too.

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Yum! I am a sucker for this kind of food. And i have always said that my daughter was Asian in a past life because she looooves this food.

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Maybe you were both Asian in a past life!! I totally agree though, I've had many a beef noodle soup in China, but none quite like this!

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I think we were! It does look delicious!!

Wow ! Its relly interesting post . Specially ,I like so much beef noodle soup.