FREE tips to get sensuality sizzlin' in YOUR kitchen!   name: e-mail:

Lana has been featured on

abc_news_logo businessinsiderlogo_full_600 examinerlogo msn The_Epoch_Times_exhibitor_logo yoganonymous_logo yoganonymous_logo yoganonymous_logo

Goodnight, Taipei, on Valentine’s Day

july

Do you love holidays? I love the idea of an unconventional holiday. Our writer, July spent some time in Taipei, and wrote about it to give you a taste of something you might have yet to try. Here’s your chance to experience a lil’ spice of Taipei.

 

 Goodnight, Taipei, on Valentine’s Day  |  by: July Westhale

How do you ever been out on the streets on Valentine’s Day? Couples are all grinning at each other, giving each moon eyes, eating sitting next to each other instead of across the table, and generally just making the lives of those who are single pretty miserable. However, aside from big metropolitan cities, Valentine’s Day in the United States is more about packaged candy and stuffed bears then eating the taipei noodlessame spaghetti noodle in a back alley of an Italian restaurant. In a certain sense, the commercialization of the holiday has made it loose a little bit of it’s charm.

 

This is actually not the case in Asia. My recent trip to the Philippines and Taiwan confirmed that Valentine’s Day is no small deal in Asian countries. The first time I was in Asia, I went to the Philippines, experiencing Valentine’s Day on a busy night in Manila’s Makati district. The table was, every flower shorn from it’s bush, and every romantic video-aoke song sung in front of mobs of people at the mall. This year I happen to be in Taipei. Or, more specifically, Taiwan. If you’ve never been to Taiwan, then you may not know that Taiwan has some of the best and most hands-on street food in the entire world. There our entire markets dedicated to finger foods, districts dedicated to dumplings full of soup, and mannerisms surrounding the kinds of noises you must make when eating particular kinds of foods. It is rude in taipei soupTaiwan, for example, to eat noodle soup without slurping. Equally offensive is taking a bite of the soup dumplings, and failing to suck out all of the soup in one gulp. The country boasted its own similar Valentine’s Day sentiments, with many young couples sitting next to each other in noodle houses, chopsticks poised over rice or fried bean curd, but the sentiment around food was wholly erotic. From all around me, I could hear the lustful sounds of drinking broth, the gulps of satisfaction when tongues hit bone marrow, the slight moan at sweet tea, or the dazed look of satisfaction when someone was warmed buy something they ate.

 

What was this place, so full of people in love? It was a kind of lust single people could access, people whotaipei dumplings are septuagenarians, cynics who would long ago stopped believing that they could enjoy love on Valentine’s Day. And in Taipei, the capital of such decadent delicacies, such readily available street food
and deliciousness, that feeling of being in love happens every day. Do you ever wander the streets thinking, I wonder if the next person I see will be the love of my life? Do you ever wonder what it is that ?somebody who will become very important to you in the future is currently doing? Does the taste of something delicious and homemade make you feel a first kiss, a time when you felt very alive with someone else, or like you’ve just received an extraordinary present?

 

 

Welcome to Taiwan.

taipei teapots

Email Address First Name Last Name



Posted by on Jan 12, 2016

Protein Shakes aren’t just for Bodybuilders

Happy New Year! How was New Year’s Eve for you? Did you set intentions or make resolutions? I love the energy of pivotal moments like 11:59 on December 31… Incredible shifts and transformations are swirling around in my life, and it’s taking some effort to embrace them. I am enjoying the idea of a clean […]



sensual carrot tops Posted by on Dec 25, 2015

The sequel sensual music video

Happy Holidays!    How do you feel right now? I’m feeling really peaceful. The hustle and bustle energy that Christmas seems to bring each year has died down, and I’m so relieved. Even though we have chosen not to carry on this tradition for at least five years now, I still feel the intense energy […]



sensual Kitchen LA Posted by on Dec 15, 2015

If you can do it in the kitchen…

Then you can do it all over! It may be a bit of a pun, but it’s not a joke at all. Today, I was on a conference call with a group of incredible authors (or authors to be). We’re collaborating on a book, with the focus as relationships. I can’t share much more, but […]



messy kitchen Posted by on Nov 27, 2015

Bypass cancer with 10 action steps

Just over one month ago (though it seems much longer) I wrote about my father being in the hospital as a result of COPD. It really sucks to say; I’m not surprised that my grandmother ended up in the hospital over 2000 miles west, only a few weeks later. What are the chances? I guess I […]



bag of shit Posted by on Nov 5, 2015

How to make the best decision (hint: guts)!

That sick feeling I get in my “stomach” (or somewhere in that area) when I watch a scary movie, might not just be a feeling. It might be a decision being made, to never, ever watch that movie again. How can I make this conclusion? I have stopped watching scary movies since I became familiar […]



Joe and I visiting the foreign land of London around the time that we first met in 2008! Posted by on Oct 22, 2015

Coming out of the Closet

In “coming out of the closet,” I am referring to the psychedelic closet, as legendary Rick Doblin has put it. Sometimes I wonder if we’re all in the closet in one way or another. Is there anything that I keep to myself? Yes, there are a few things, but then again, there are always a few people […]



wake up call Posted by on Oct 8, 2015

When health sends a wake up call

Last week I didn’t post an article. This week will be brief and very personal. My head is spinning with all of the external overwhelm. Of course, I’ve labeled it overwhelm, in all honesty, it’s just life doing what it does. My 55 year old father moved from Wisconsin to Washington last year, and now […]



sensual food Posted by on Sep 25, 2015

Sensual Food is about the sex…

sex seks noun verb 1. determine the sex of. “sexing chickens” 2. informal present something in a more interesting or lively way. “the department set up a task force to help sex up the concept of conserving water” When I introduce myself as a “Sensual Foodist” I usually get a reaction, followed by a question. What […]



one of my favorite Burning Man moments...Joe and I went to meet this adorable little guy and he stole Joe's organic carrot right out of his hand. Posted by on Sep 16, 2015

Feelings of shopping as a Sensual Foodist

What’s the most excited you’ve ever been while eating? Think of that time. Could you barely get the food in your mouth fast enough, or were you taking all of your sweet time to savor every bite because you just didn’t want to finish? Was it the greatest moment ever? Have you ever had one […]



Email Address First Name Last Name