There’s no doubt about it—these are challenging times. Amidst the difficulties and uncertainties, some small shops (including some that are foreign owned and operated) continue to prepare and sell—to take-away, of course—some excellent food.
This thread is dedicated to the shops we love to support, especially now. Who do you love?
Allow me to begin with one small business, in Gongguan, that has prepared an excellent small lunch for me today: Bretagne de France (法國布列塔尼甜點).
It’s a tiny place, in the same lane as Miss Energy’s Gongguan outpost, between Roosevelt Road and Tingzhou Road. Address: No 2, Lane 52, Roosevelt Road Section 4, Taipei City; 台北市羅斯福路四段52巷2號
For less than NT$100, I am enjoying a finely prepared salmon quiche. It hits the spot for me: light and bright with vegetables yet also packed with nutrition and protein. It’s seasoned perfectly to my taste.
Also available are a range of tarts and other sweets. I was pleased to see a seasonal mango tart for sale. It’s now chilling in my fridge—a nice afternoon snack.
The man from France running this shop (it’s a tiny spot, and a one-man show) is friendly and sincere and good at his craft. He told me that with the pandemic ongoing he is now at this small takeout spot every day of the week.
This place is worth supporting at any time. It’s especially worth supporting now, particularly if you are working or living near the university district.
Dont forget them when the virus panic blows overover… all these shops were there before, and will be there after.
The hard times for small business is during regular times, when the public isnt filled with fear and paranoia and they are actuvely happy to support red chinas oppression. support the good ones forever. we all should make a habit of it. And for the big ones, support those that buy manufacturer direct. Big isnt bad, but big often can be bad (greedy/sellfish/destructive). Let the money spread, any massive commpany.that does that gets my business.
Follow up with links for this one; I’d never heard of this place before, and will try to get there sometime soon. Chinese name is 米吉米咖啡/三明治; based on Google, open 6:30am to 3pm; address is 251新北市淡水區新民街120巷15號.