Archive | August, 2013

Trying to make this blog bilingual 我要寫雙語部落格!

12 Aug

I’ve been thinking about adding Chinese since I started this. It does make sense to include it, but I hadn’t yet because I was afraid my Chinese was too bad. But it is good practice, and might be useful for readers, so I’ve decided to try. Apologies for grammar mistakes; hopefully it at least makes sense!

我剛開始寫這個部落格, 我想我也可以用中文. 可是我怕我的中文太爛. 但是如果我都沒有練習, 我不會進步, 所以我要開始努力 (你可以看我剛寫的). 如果我的文法有很多錯誤, 請包涵!

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Cafe Fima (菲瑪咖啡)

11 Aug

CIMG0978 Cafe Fima (菲瑪咖啡)

Address: 新北市永和區仁愛路300號

Hours: 13:00-22:00, closed Wednesdays

Minimum cost per person 每人最低消費: NT$100

This is another cafe with only one cat, but it’s definitely worth visiting. Cappu 卡布 is an adorable blue-grey Scottish fold. When I got there, she was asleep under a chair.

這個咖啡館只有一隻貓, 還是一個不要錯過的地方. 卡布是一個很可愛的灰色蘇格蘭折耳貓. 我來的時候, 牠在椅子下面睡覺.

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This cafe smelled wonderfully of coffee beans because they also grind and sell bags of beans. They have a wide variety of coffees from around the world to choose from.  A cafe Americano hot or iced is just NT$100, and it doesn’t cost extra to add flavored syrup to it. Coffee with alcohol is NT$150, and I had one with Kahlua.

咖啡館有超好的味道因為他們也在賣咖啡豆, 他們自己碾的. 他們有很多全世界的咖啡. 一杯美式咖啡(冰/熱) 只要NTS$100, 如果你想加口味(薄荷,焦糖,之類的)不用加錢. 咖啡加酒是NT$150. 我點一杯黑咖啡加卡魯亞酒, 很好喝.

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Eventually, Cappu came out from under the chair to eat.

終於卡布出現, 來吃東西.

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While I was drinking my coffee, I noticed that the girl at the table next to mine had the same cat cafes book that I have. She said that she’d been to a lot of the cafes in the book too. She asked the owner to take a picture of us with the books. Here it is:

我喝咖啡的時候, 我發現一個女生在我旁邊的桌子也有 ‘貓日和咖啡館’! 她也有去過很多貓咖啡館. 她請老闆幫我們拍照.

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The owner also brought Cappu outside so we could take better pictures of her.

老闆也帶卡不外面縮衣我們可以拍比較好的照片.

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CIMG0999CIMG1001Like some other cat cafe cats, Cappu has her own business card, and this one is the best yet! At first, it looks like a normal business card, still very cute:卡布有自己的名片! 我沒看濄怎麼有創造的名片! 我先以為是普通的名片, 還是很可愛: CIMG1004

But, it folds open like this: 可是, 你可以打開這樣:

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Then, you can turn it over and cut out these piece that look like this: 然後,把它 反起來, 剪這些卡片:

CIMG1005And fold them together to make this! 最後一步

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And don’t worry about losing the information on the business card by cutting it up. It’s also printed on the side of the cat! 別擔心失去名片的資料, 貓旁邊還有!

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Light and Shadow Dance (只是光形)

9 Aug

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Address: 桃園市新民街19號2樓

Hours: M-Th 12:00-22:00, Fri.-Sun 12:00-23:00

Minimum cost per person 每人最低消費: NT$100

From the pictures in the book, I expected this cafe not to be very interesting. In fact, the book said that it’s like a lot of the cafes near Shida, but it’s nice for the people who live in Taoyuan because there aren’t many cafes like this. But I think it stands out even compared to Taipei cafes.

我看書中的照片, 我沒想到這家咖啡館會怎麼有趣. 書說這咖啡是想很多師大的咖啡館, 可是桃園遊比較少這種的. 但是我自己覺得只是光形還是比很多臺北咖啡館特別.

It has warm lighting, dark wood floors, and doesn’t smell of cat at all even though they have three. The friendly cats looked content stretched out on the floor.

裡面很漂亮, 有很舒服的氣氛. 他們又三隻可愛的貓咪, 但是店裡沒有臭味, 其實有很香的咖啡味. 貓都看起來很開心.

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CIMG0962This cafe was more crowded than Words Cafe, but it had a better atmosphere. I was really afraid I might not get a seat there and I hesitantly asked if I could sit down, and the barista smiled and said of course I could and gave me a menu. I liked the design of the menu, which was almost like a book, though I didn’t get a picture of it. It also had an advertisement for a book club in it that meets in the cafe one evening a month, and it told about the books for the next three months. I hadn’t seen that in a cafe before.

比啡文館, 這邊有比較多人, 但是氣氛也好很多. 我看怎麼多人, 我怕沒有位置.我問他們又沒有位置, 他們熱心說當然有, 給我看菜單. 他們的菜單看起來很特別, 一點像一本書, 但是我沒拍到.

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I ordered an iced coffee and a waffle with ice cream. The waffle with ice cream was just NT$120, and they had many other waffles to choose from for the same price. As seen below, it was huge, and it was delicious.

我點一個冰美式咖啡, 還有一個冰淇淋鬆餅. 冰淇淋鬆餅只要NT$120. 他們還有很多口味鬆餅可以選. 鬆餅超大又超好吃!

CIMG0969 And here are more pictures of the cats: 更多貓照片:

CIMG0973CIMG0975The cafe has books for people to read there and also sells some books, as well as stationery and pencils. I bought a cute postcard that was designed just for the cafe:

咖啡館也有書. 有一些賣的, 有一些客人可以看的. 他們還在賣文具. 我買這個很可愛的信片.

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Words Cafe (啡文館)

9 Aug

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Address: 桃園市中山路156號2樓

Hours: Weekdays: 13:00-23:30, Saturday 12:00-23:30, Sunday 12:00-23:00

Minimum cost per person: NT$120

I went to Taoyuan today, an hour from Taipei, just to go to the two cat cafes in the book that are there. I’d especially been looking forward to this one because it has four beautiful fluffy cats (apparently only three now). The cats were as beautiful as in the pictures and very sweet and friendly.

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However, the cafe and its staff were not so nice. The main seating area had carpet and it smelled of cat urine. I had been hungry but I just ordered a hot cafe mocha.

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At first, I was sitting at the table with the red backpack beside it. I mainly chose it because it had a good view of the cats, and the place wasn’t crowded so I didn’t think it was a problem. But when these people came in, the guy who worked there asked me to move because they have three people, it’s a four-person table, and I’m by myself. I was kind of annoyed because there were other places where they could sit, but I just moved. I thought I’d go to the front of the cafe where they have these beanbag chairs.

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But the guy told me I probably don’t want to sit over there because it’s hotter there and they have air conditioning in the other section. Actually, they didn’t have air-conditioning, just fans. When I first went in, I didn’t notice as much because at least it was slightly cooler than outside (which was 36C!). But it was really hot even with the fans on. The cats looked hot too. This one was trying to stay in the path of the fan as much as possible.

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I regretted ordering hot coffee and they took a long time to bring it over. And since there were two people working, and only about 8 people in the cafe, who all came in and ordered at different times, there was no reason for it to take that long. People have to pay when they order rather than when they leave, maybe because people would get tired of waiting and give up if they hadn’t paid first. The cats are adorable, but I’d recommend just looking at them and then leaving for the other cat cafe “Light and Shadow Dance”, which is less than 5 minutes walk away and is much better (and air-conditioned!).

Cafe Ballet (芭蕾咖啡館)

8 Aug

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Address: 臺北市松山區民生東路5段8弄62號

Hours: Weekdays 11:30-20:00, weekends 10:00-20:00

Minimum cost per person: NT$130

 

 

 

 

This “cat cafe” now also has no cats, at least most of the time.  I asked them about it and they said he’s at home today and only comes to the cafe sometimes now. The closest thing to a cat was this photo:

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It was still a nice cafe. Their afternoon tea special is buy a drink, add NT$25 and choose any dessert. They bake the desserts there. I had an iced americano and cranberry cheesecake.

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The cafe has a pleasant atmosphere for working or studying and plenty of light. It’s also convenient that they have fast free wi-fi and outlets by almost all of the tables. If it weren’t far away for me, I would definitely come back here often and see if the cat shows up sometime.

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Katze Cafe (Updated Nov. 2015: Now closed 停業)

6 Aug

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Address: 臺北市信義區基隆路一段147巷25號 (Near City Hall MRT exit 1)

Hours: 10:00-22:00

Minimum cost per person: NT$80, tea

As I was walking to Cafe No. 218, I happened to see this place. It isn’t in the book, but it’s even more of a cat cafe than the other one. It has four cats, kept in a separate glass room.

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The cafe itself was clean enough, but the cats’ room was smelly. The door was shut though so customers wouldn’t smell it unless they walked in, but I felt a little sorry for the cats. Three of the cats just wanted to sleep, but one of them was playful.

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The cheapest item on the menu is tea for NT$80. I had an oreo frappuccino for NT$130. They also have a wide variety of pasta dishes for NT$150 each. Although this is a nice, reasonably priced cat cafe, Bibi was my favorite cat of the day and I’d rather go back to Cafe No. 218.

But the cats at this one do each have their own business card:

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Cafe No. 218 小猴子咖啡

6 Aug

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Address: 臺北市信義區基隆路147巷34號 (near City Hall MRT exit 1)

Hours: 12:00-21:00, closed Mondays

Minimum cost per person: NT$110, Americano

This cat cafe only has one cat, but it’s such an adorable fluffy orange cat it’s worth visiting.

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His name is Bibi and he’s about 10 years old. He looks so happy and contented I could watch him all day.

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There’s a sign in the bathroom that says to make sure to put the toilet lid down so Bibi won’t play in the water. He was playing in his own water dish.

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