On our way to Kaohsiung (southern Taiwan), we stopped at Taichung for the night. My parents decided to humor me, so we went to a vegetarian restaurant called Easy House. In Taiwan, it’s kind of hard to be a vegetarian because it’s a more expensive lifestyle. And from my experience, people find it a little weird.
Easy House was decently priced and very filling, especially if you get the full meal that includes salad, soup, smoothie, entree, and fresh fruit dessert. And like most restaurants in Taiwan, the service was excellent.
One thing I’ve noticed about Taiwan is how polite and friendly people are, especially when it comes to service. You can be ordering from the local street vendor or from the most expensive restaurant in the city — either way, you’ll still be treated with the utmost respect. In the US, there are times when waiters and waitresses give you an attitude if you’re asking too many stupid questions or if they’re having a bad day.
I actually feel a little intimidated by how friendly Taiwanese people are, especially when I’m shopping. The store owners always hover around you, and as soon as you touch something, they eagerly tell you everything about the item. I never really know what to say afterwards. It probably goes to show how used to indifference and “freedom of expression” (or lack thereof) I am in the US.
But anyway, it’s definitely a refreshing change. I like how food, no matter where you get it from, is thoroughly enjoyed. So whether you’re a vegetarian or a blood-thirsty meat eater, always enjoy and appreciate food.
Your body is not a temple. It’s an amusement park: enjoy the ride.