Ccaza Ccomodore Alibag ☆ Relaxing Vacation Destination Nearby Mubai

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If you live in Mumbai and would like to take a break from a big city and go away on a long weekend without a hassle of flying, one place that would come up in my mind is Pune. Now the other destination that I would recommend is Alibag which is about a 3-hour drive from Mumbai. Some of my friends have gone to Alibag and they all seem to have stayed at Ccaza Ccomodore. They always spoke highly of Ccaza Ccomodore bungalow, but I never thought to go there with my family. After staying at Ccasa Ccomodore in Alibag for my yoga teacher training retreat, my experience was much like “a picture is worth thousand words”. Now I would love to bring my family to Alibag.

Ccaza Ccomodore is known among expats. It has 3 bedrooms and one additional guest room in a small building. When you book, you would have to book the whole house. During the yoga teacher training retreat, there were 13 of us adults staying at Ccaza Ccomodore and I felt that it accommodated us comfortably. All three meals are included in the price which was great. Ccaza Ccomodore is known for its delicious food. I can attest to that.

Once you get there, you wouldn’t feel the need to leave the bungalow. If you go to Ccaza Ccomodore with your children, I recommend you go there with another family or two. That way you can split the cost, but also your kids will have more fun. Your children would entertain each other if they have friends. There are a trampoline, a tire swing, ping-pong table, hammock and so forth. Bringing a board game or two will come in handy. Books and magazines will make a good company as well.

If you have a baby or toddler who walk or crawl, you would have to keep an eye on your child in certain areas because of the design around staircases. You can also bring your dog to Ccaza Ccomodore. During our stay, there were a few neighborhood dogs who came to hang out with us in the morning. They were friendly, but played quite roughly. A friend of mine who stayed at Ccaza Ccomodore in the past said it never happened to her when she and her family went there. It might not happen to you, but I thought I’d tell you in case anyone would like to know about it.

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CCAZA CCOMODORE
688 Village Dhokawade No 2
Mhatre Phata, Alibaug 11022, India

TEL: +91 982 013 2158
EMAIL: ccazaccomodore@gmail.com

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Qin Wei Guan ☆ Shaanxi Cuisine Restaurant In Taipei

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Qin Wei Guan is one of our friend’s favorite restaurants in Taipei. We purposely did not eat much for lunch to prepare for our dinner at Qin Wei Guan since they warned us that we would eat so much. Qin Wei Guan serves dishes from the Shaanxi Province of China. Shaanxi cuisine is influenced by the numerous Muslims living in the area called Shaanxi Province (陝西). To accommodate local palettes in Taiwan, the owner Lin Hui-lin (林惠玲) has added fish, pork, and tofu to the menu. (via Taipei Times)

To learn more about Chin Wei Guan, I recommend reading two articles. One is this blog post by iEATTAIWAN. The other is a restaurant review of Qin Wei Guan on Taipei Times. There were surprisingly more vegetarian dishes that I thought. I especially loved the dish made with tofu skin. I could have it everyday! Other fried vegetable and noodle dishes were excellent as well. Everything was delicious and I walked out of the restaurant feeling I didn’t need to eat for a week. The restaurant was packed and did not see any open table even though it was on a week day night. You would probably not be able to get a table without a reservation.

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We went to Qin Wei Guan especially for the lamb dish which our friends raved about. You could see the photos of the dish below.

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Growing up in Japan, I hardly ate lamb meat as a child. To me lamb can taste gamy depending on how it is prepared. This lamb was something else, though. The lamb dish came with a side of salt, pepper and some spices. We dipped lamb meat in this spiced salt which I loved. Why does salt taste so good…? Anyways, the flavor of the lamb spreads in your mouth and melts. When we saw the lamb and all other dishes that came to our table, we all said there was no way we could finish it. Well, we did. Here are some other dishes that we ordered. These are not all of them. I was too busy eating than taking photos. I also did not want to forget taking photos of the kids.

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I miss all the delicious food we had in Taiwan!! I think of Taipei as a gourmet city probably thanks to our friends who introduced us to their best and favorite places. Looking at the photos I had taken during our trip in Taiwan make me so nostalgic!!

Qin Wei Guan 秦味館
No.2, Lane 138, YanJi st, Taipei
台北市延吉接138巷2號

TEL: +886 2 8771 3288
Hours: 11:30 – 14:30 17:30 – 22:00

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Other posts on Taiwan can be found HERE.

Yilan Taiwan Part 3 ☆ Spring Onion Farm

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On the same day we traveled to Yilan, Taiwan from Taipei on a fast train, our friends, Josh and Kara, took us to a spring onion farm because Yilan is famous for spring onions. (Please give me a few more days to check the name of this place.) Kids got to wear boots and go pick spring onions. As you can see in the photos below, after picking some spring onions, they washed them and then made spring onion/scallion pancakes. Those pancakes were delicious!!! The crispy outside layer has a lovely texture and an accent flavor of scallions spreads in your mouth with each bite. We all scarfed them down.

My son who was 2 at the time was too young to go. Thus, I stayed behind with him. Can you tell he was envious? The spring onion picking only took about 10 minutes. It was really quick.

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The main reason for our visit to Yilan was the National Center For Traditional Arts. Please click here for the post on the National Center For Traditional Arts. As for our accommodation, we stayed at Forte Dong-shan Villa. I recommend Forte Dong-shan Villa if you would like to visit the National Center For Traditional Arts with young children. Please click here for the post about our hotel in Yilan.