Taiwan is known for ‘street food’, but ‘snack food’ is a better description for what is found throughout all of Taiwan.
Taiwanese cuisine is most obviously Chinese cuisine, but influenced by the Japanese, who ‘ruled’ Taiwan for 50 years from 1895 to 1945.
Japan constructed and organised much of Taiwan’s civic infrastructure and has greatly influenced public behaviour in general – something that is still much in evidence in (orderly and efficient) Taiwan today. Continue reading →
Having missed Jason Isbell when he visited New Zealand 4 years ago, I didn’t want to miss out this time, especially with our Nadia Reid opening as a stellar bonus – at The Powerstation venue, 27 Mar 2018.
Isbell’s work now is billed with his band as ‘Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit‘.
Now a multi-Grammy winning artist, Alabama-born Jason Isbell was a guitarist first Continue reading →
Peruvians are known for their genial warmth and hospitality.
Peru today has a mixed population but is still predominantly ‘Amerindian’ (indigenous American indians). There are many ‘mestizos’ (mixed Amerindian-Spanish/European) but less so in the Andean highlands, away from the capital, Lima. And also a significant Asian (Japanese, Chinese) population or mixed ethnicity. Continue reading →
I was fortunate to catch James McMurtry playing at Workplay Theatre. A really nice all-purpose, small venue – in a city that seems to be re-vitalising, after the decline of the iron and steel industry in the 1970s.