Monday, June 15, 2009

Meet Fresh (鮮芋仙) Part 2

You can read my original review of Meet Fresh here. I wasn't lying when I said I really like this place. While I won't go so far as to say the quality is unmatched (because I have had much better), it is consistently solid, and hasn't failed to please so far. Since I've done a review previously, this post is actually just an excuse to post more food porn.

This isn't really food porn, but I was pretty enamored with their food notification system. I realize shake shack has an equivalent beeping and vibrating notifier, but to be honest, theirs looks kind of bootleg. Meet Fresh actually put forth an effort, and it looks so legit.

Onto the food! No I didn't eat both of those in one sitting (although the fat version of me probably would... and if you know what I'm referring to, you must be a pretty good friend of mine). On one of my return trips, I went for the 紅豆牛奶冰 (adzuki bean milk shaved ice). Coming in at just 50 NT ($1.50), it's a heaping bowl of ice... the bowl itself is a squarish plate 12" on each side... covered first with a boatload of condensed milk... followed by fruit syrup... followed by a generous portion of adzuki beans. I've had better, but for the cost and amount of stuff they give you, it's pretty unbeatable. The second is the 芒果冰 (mango shaved ice) that is so famous in Taiwan. The only reason I got this was because they were doing a promotion where it was buy 1 get one half off. It normally costs 100 NT ($3), which is still a steal, but I probably wouldn't get it from here at that price. Anyway, it's pretty much the same formula, but topped with fruit syrup (which is actually flavored by the mango chunks), chunks of fresh mango, and a scoop of mango ice cream. Both of these are absolutely amazing, and even better given the unbearable heat in Taiwan. They tend to melt pretty quick, but it doesn't really matter, the 'soup' that it becomes is pretty damn good too. In any case, I'd go and try each of these. There are better places (ones that I'll post about soon), but Meet Fresh is pretty decent and convenient too.

Today's run... oh boy. I want to get better at shorter races, namely the 3k and the 5k. I suck at sprinting. So I decided to change my training regimen I guess. Lately I've been doing daily runs that pace out to about a 40-50 mile week, and while it's helped my aerobic base, I realized I'm not getting any faster. So today was dedicated to speed work. Total distance ended up around 4.51 miles, which consisted of 1/3 mile sprints at about a 6 minute pace, followed by jogging for the next 1/3 mile at about an 8 or 9 minute pace. I'll be honest, I'm completely out of shape for short races. Anyway, my legs are pretty dead now... I hope I'm doing this correctly. Any other suggestions for improving speed on shorter races (intervals, cross, and plyo are covered)?

distance for the day: 4.51 miles
distance biked for the day: 0.00 miles

distance on the year: 315.24 miles
distance biked on the year: 142.68 miles


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Nicholas said...

can't see... it's a broken link (what is it?)

on that note, finally figured out why I can't comment... 3rd party cookies

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