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Witch House, of bras and obscenity

It happens to the best of us. You are wandering around a new city, a new country, trying to preview your venue for a conference, the next thing you know–you really need to pee. It was a mixture of desperation and humor. Some establishments are not really friendly. I got shouted at for trying to buy coffee and asking to use the toilet. And then we find it, the Witch House…

They didn’t really mind that I had to use the restroom first. As courtesy, we ordered. We are up for a very amusing adventure. Though not as pretty as Mykonos, the Witch House has a rougher and darker feel, without the danger. They have the same white paint and curved edges, but in a less polished manner. A little taste of a tavern.

First to catch the attention is the decor. Yes, the chairs are decorated with brassieres. A Facebook friend joked if this was mine. The wooden floors and chairs gives a touch of homey feel with underwear strewn all over the place.

This place was just one of those nooks that you find near universities. From what I saw, they use this place for performances as well. This is quite near the National Taipei University. I got confused with this university and with the National Taipei University of Education. Two different places. In different locations. It would help us find Sigur Ros in the coming days though (another story).

The real highlight of this place of course is the menu! Loads of laugh, this one.

Quite a lot of restrictions for such a small cafe. As they say, an obscene creed! Very limiting. But totally worth the experience. And they did let me use the loo.

I ordered the flower salad, actually expecting some flowers in my salad… Oh well. But this is a good salad, sans flowers. I am still trying to re-create this peanut-based sauce. I’m not quite sure how they make this.

I only wanted the salad, so I had to order the one that came with juice, to uphold the creed.

Cherry cheers to getting lost and finding something great!

I still have not figured out the popularity of the exposed beams design. I’m not complaining, I love it! I just want to know where it’s coming from. These places are such a relief from the international food chains abound everywhere. Oh, and if you’re curious, we figured out where we wanted to go, eventually…

 

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