What’s going on with Heroes Season 4 (Volume 5)?

January 22, 2010 in Entertainment by pacejmiller

I started watching Heroes right from the beginning.  Seasons 1 and 2 were awesome, but Season 3 started getting a bit old.

I recently started watching Season 4 (Volume 5: Redemption), and I still have a bit of catching up to do.  But seriously, what is the deal?  When did Heroes get so…’meh’?

I always thought the Sylar as Nathan thing at the end of Season 3 was a big mistake, and I think I am being proven right.  Matt Parkman has always been an annoying douche, but now even the normally likable Hiro is getting on my nerves.  And the whole Claire lesbo thing was just a ploy to score some viewers.

Oh, and don’t get me started on T-Bag, LOL.

I guess the writers kind of backed themselves into a corner by making certain characters too powerful, and now have no choice but the fudge things to make them ‘weaker’ or lose their minds so they aren’t at their full potential.  However, for some reason it just feels like things keep going in circles and there’s no real sense of direction.

I’m only about 6 eps in, so there is still a chance for things to turn around.  Hopefully it will, because I’m the kind of idiot who will keep watching no matter how bad things get (case in point: I still watch Smallville).

KFC’s Portuguese Egg Tarts!

January 22, 2010 in Food, Taiwan, Travel by pacejmiller

One thing you don’t expect to find at a KFC is egg tarts.

But head into any KFC in Taiwan, and no joke, you can order Portuguese egg tarts.

And these aren’t just your everyday, run of the mill, Portuguese egg tarts.  Believe it or not, these tarts are the ‘same’ as the ones from the world famous Margaret’s Cafe e Nata in Macau.  Apparently, several years ago there was a massive boom in Portuguese egg tarts in Taiwan, and KFC bought the recipe off Margaret for a healthy lump sum.

To keep things interesting, KFC has made some ‘advancements’, such as the mochi and brown syrup egg tart, and my personal favourite, the ‘exploding’ custard egg tart (I saw some commercials of it on TV while I was there and apparently they were a great source of porn jokes).

Bee Cheng Hiang: The Place for Jerky

January 22, 2010 in Food, Taiwan, Travel by pacejmiller

Look, I’m a jerky guy.

And so when I came across Bee Cheng Hiang in Taipei, I just had to check it out.  The smell of fresh jerky was just too inviting.

Bee Cheng Hiang is a Singaporean chain store that only sells jerky (as far as I can tell).  When I was there I got some pork jerky and chicken jerky for an afternoon snack, and man, it was great.  They tend to either cut it up into squarish pieces or medallions.  There’s the regular flavour and chilli flavoured ones.

Mmm...jerky...

Awesomeness.

There are plenty of stores around – you can check out the addresses here.

The one I went to was just across the road from the Zhongxiao Fuxing SOGO.  Big yellow sign, can’t miss it.

Brunch at Second Floor Cafe!

January 22, 2010 in Food, Taiwan, Travel by pacejmiller

Restaurant: Second Floor Cafe
Cuisine: Western
Address: No. 14, Lane 62, Section 2, Dunhua South Road, Da-An District, Taipei City.
Website: http://2floor.yi-fe.com/index.html

On New Years Day in Taipei, we celebrated the start of 2010 with brunch at a popular little place called Second Floor Cafe in the Da-An district.

Second Floor Cafe is the type of place you would go on a Saturday morning for a nice big brunch.  It sells the type of food many cafe-style establishments in Western countries sell, such as sausages, eggs, bagels, sandwiches, juices, teas, coffees – you know the type.

They also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well on weekdays.

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