Gosh it has been so long since I last updated anything on our dessert sprees in Taipei and Osaka last year as well as Hong Kong earlier this year. Been really lazy recently with blogging, not to mention a writer’s block, evident in the recent Belachan Beehoon post. Anyway, we’re going Taiwan again (yes again!) in less than 2 months’ time, so upon some “
stern firm reminder” from J, I thought I’d better clear as much backlog as possible before the two rounds of dessert sprees to come. Yes! we are going Taiwan again next May as well! Alas, Taiwan has become more or less an annual pilgrimage for us. Hoping to steal some time for Japan as well since we’d missed it this year! How I wish it would be an annual pilgrimage for Japan as well! Anyway I’d digressed!
Our trip to Taiwan last year brought us for the “first” time to Taichung. Well, our last trip to Taichung was many many years ago and that was more of a “turn around”, since our local friend drove us down from Taipei and we’d “toured” Taichung for barely 2 hours before scurrying back to Taipei that same night. Thus, impressions on Taichung had always been blurry and non-descript, to say the very least. Despite our brief encounter, we’d never really been motivated sufficiently to visit Taichung again. In fact, there had always been a lot of impedence to visit this city located in the middle of the island country, owing much to the lack of a properly built-up transportation infrastructure. Unlike Taipei or Kaohsiung, Taichung does not have an MRT system within the city itself. Public bus routes are not easy to navigate, not to mention the irregular waiting times. Sparse and erratic bus service frequencies ain’t of much help as well. However, we’d been wanting to visit Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市, reputably the largest night market in Taiwan for the longest time now. Also there’s been a steady development in patisseries opening up in Taichung over the last 2-3 years which made me very curious about the quality of the bakes and makes produced by the growing crowd of young, budding patissiers in this city. Alas, the inevitable is finally here, so Taichung here we come!
Our first review on Pavé Chocolates and Confections was For Alice almost a year back. It was a sexy lil’ number which we couldn’t forget. Helluva creation it was, dramatic in both taste and looks. Since our first visit, we’d been back about half a dozen times, sometimes lazing the evening away over a slice of cake and a cuppa, sometimes “wacarons” takeaways or simply popping by to say hi. I must say the initial visits were somewhat out of convenience, since we hang around Katong and Parkway Parade pretty much every weekend. It wasn’t long before we felt drawn to the place. Their creations suited us, i.e. bold ideas, use of premium ingredients, gutsy display for innovation in taste, texture and appearance. But most importantly, their constant strive for improvement and change, as well as being very customer-oriented,i.e. sincerity and willingness to seek out opinion and suggestions.
Feeling rather unsatisfied with dinner at another food joint somewhere in the vicinity (yes! we try to be nice and not to write about bad stuff…unless its really bad!), we were in dire need for some instant remediation and damage control! Service over dinner was horrid, and that most certainly “pavéd” the way (pun intended!) for our latest visit! And no takeaways today! We’d decided to sit in for our “treatment” to commence immediately!