Working parents Lin Wen-hui and Lu Yi-xiang try it out for a romantic break
Ice Mountain, with its inventive shaved ice bowls, gained fast fans when it opened in the summer of 2017. Fast forward to this season’s winter in Taipei and we get working parents Lin Wen-hui and
Lu Yi-xiang try it out for date night.
What is your favorite item on the menu?
Wen-hui: The fresh fruit ice is pretty, refreshing, healthy and tastes great. It’s just my type of treat.
Yi-xiang: I like the lychee flavoring in the ice; the passion fruit goes well with the sweet mango too. It’s well balanced.
Who would you recommend Ice Mountain to?
Wen-hui: All of my friends, really. The cool interiors make for perfect photo backdrops.
Yi-xiang: My friends and colleagues — it’s got a good ambiance and the choice of music is great.
So what’s your verdict – is it a great date place?
Wen-hui: The décor reminds me of a swimming pool. I think it’d be cool to hang out here in the summer, eating shaved ice and people-watching through the windows.
Yi-xiang: It’s the ideal place for office workers to relax in at lunchtime or after work hours. The boss was a big help too when it came to introducing the shaved ice treats.
We wish it had …
Wen-hui: Menus that reflect the types of fruits that are in season. It’d be great to also have warm options in winter.
Yi-xiang: Grass jelly as an ingredient — it can be had either warm or cold. I like it for its sweet but slightly bitter flavor.
Ice Mountain is at 16 Ln 41, Sec 2, Nanjing East Rd, Zhongshan District
Love is in the lair: Taipei’s love motels
The dating game in Taipei often starts with friends or family setting up two people they think are compatible. If the chemistry is there and more dates follow, the inevitable conclusion is a couple of hours spent together in a love motel. As things go with these motels, outlandish properties make up many of the city’s popular, higher-end accommodations. This has helped turn motel stays into sought-after, novelty experiences. There are the Wego hotels on Linsen North Road and Jingye 3rd Road, with themed rooms and hot tubs. But if it’s opulence that you’re after, then head for the fantasy-style Sato Castle, which has a drawbridge and knight guarding the entrance. Meanwhile, voguish divans and mood lighting at Mulan Villa Spa offer lots of charm. Feeling loved up? Get a room.
This article first appeared in the February 2018 issue of Smile magazine.