My friend, who is an avid coffee lover, recommended that we try out Coffee Alley, a place that she found through the hungry girl’s guide to Taipei. It was quite easy to find, and to be honest, it exceeded my expectations. For that, my stomach was thankful.
There was a time, in the beginning of my study abroad experience, when I would avoid Western food. I had come all the way to Asia, why would I eat something I could have back home? Well, I soon changed my mind. First of all, what is served in Asian cafes generally don’t have the same taste as what we serve in the U.S. Second, it is entirely possible to get sick of Asian food and just be craving a nice sandwich and decent coffee. (I had a mad craving for bagels for a while…)
Coffee shops also offer a weary traveler a nice break and place to relax for a bit, since often when I’m traveling I’m on my feet all day. Add to that the fact that it was raining in Taiwan while we were there, you can understand the urge to be indoors and take it easy. When I ran out of things to do for the day, I’d often find myself coffee shop hopping–spending an hour or so in one cafe, going out again to find something to do, only to end up in another cafe a short while later.
We didn’t exactly waste hours hanging out in Coffee Alley, but we did enjoy a good meal and conversation. But on to the food.
First, here’s the drink I ordered, a sea salt caramel latte. I’d give it 4/5 stars for taste and presentation! I wasn’t totally sure what I was supposed to do with the extra cream and caramel, but I ended up just adding it to my latte as I drank, and eating the almonds with the extra whip and caramel at the end. And here’s what my friend ordered, a beautifully presented little coffee set, so that she could make her drink exactly as she liked:
Regarding food, it was about lunch time, so I was debating whether to go for a breakfast-type dish or a regular meal, and in the end I decided on a crossaint sandwich, which was very tasty, and the portion size surprised me. Living in Japan, I’d become accustomed to a world of small portion sizes, where the meals are never actually as large as they seem in the menu photos. Well, reality came a’knockin’: