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COMPASS MAGAZINE > July 2014
   

Cool down this Summer with a refreshing milkshake--The Uptowner, Early Bird Diner, Burger Joint 7 'fen' So, 3 Mins American Diner (Zhongmei Branch), Cold Stone, Häagen-Dazs

Translated by Angela Cheng

The Uptowner

(04) 2326-0429
1, Alley 480, HuaMei St, West Dist.
Hours: 7 am-10 pm (ast order 9:30 pm)
Free Wi-Fi.
English menu available.
Credit cards accepted.
No service charge.

New to the scene, The Uptowner offers a modest selection of milkshakes, ranging from NT$100 to NT$165. On the pricier end of that range, the Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake is a delightful infusion of flavors. However, even the plainer versions are made with care and fresh ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed. These include the Strawberry Milkshake, with soothing milky flavors that include hints of sweet strawberry that complement without overwhelming. --By Daniel White

The Uptowner The Uptowner

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Early Bird Diner

(04) 2320-2608
62, ZhongMing S Rd, West Dist.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 am-12 am, Sun. 8 am-5 pm
English menu available.
Wi-Fi available; pet-friendly.
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.

Early Bird offers a great selection of milkshakes with special NT$150 flavors like Peanut Butter-Chocolate or Mint Chocolate, plus NT$120 basics like Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry. Made just right--not too thick and too watery--these tasty concoctions are piled high with whipped cream and sprinkles for some added color. The Mint Chocolate variety had a sharp minty flavor that finishes with a subdued, enjoyable chocolaty coolness. --By Daniel White

Early Bird Diner Early Bird Diner

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Burger Joint 7 'fen' So

ChaoFu Rd, Xitun Dist. (04) 2252-3309
46, FuKang Rd, Xitun Dist. (04) 2462-0309
410, HuaMei St, West Dist. (04) 2326-7339
Hours: 8:30 am-10 pm
English menu available.
Cash only.
10% service charge.

Thick, smooth, all-American-style milkshakes are a popular highlight at Burger Joint's three branches, thanks to the fact that they are solely made with milk, instead of the water that some places use, plus ice cream--all thoroughly mixed with other ingredients in imported milkshake makers and served American-style in the tall metal mixing cup. Among 15 flavors (NT$130-210), favorites include the pictured Banana Chocolate Chip and Irish Bailey's, served with swirls of caramel. New flavors coming in July include Strawberry Banana, Oreo Chocolate, Vanilla Latte, "Mr. Peanut" (peanut butter-chocolate) and "Miss Peanut" (peanut butter-vanilla). --By Douglas Habecker

Burger Joint 7 'fen' So Burger Joint 7 'fen' So

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3 Mins American Diner (Zhongmei Branch)

(04) 2329-5551
27, Lane 419, ZhongMei St, West Dist.
Hours: 9 am-9:30 pm
English menu available.
Cash only.
No service charge.

3 Mins' big selection of American-style food includes a dozen milkshake flavors (NT$110-160), to which some new flavors--such as Brownie, and Pineapple Banana--are being added in July. The owners stress that their key to creating creamy, thick shakes is only using ice cream and milk, with no added ice. Long-term favorites include the pictured Oreo and Banana Peanut Butter flavors, as well as Cappuccino, and Banana Chocolate Chip. There are also many fruit-based milkshake flavors, including Blueberry, Cranberry, Strawberry, Passionfruit, and Mango. --By Douglas Habecker

3 Mins 美式餐廳 (中美店)  3 Mins 美式餐廳 (中美店)

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Cold Stone

0800-001-677
http://www.coldstone.com.tw/
Credit cards accepted.

Cold Stone Creamery, famous for its personalized, exclusive ice cream combinations, also offers three kinds of milkshakes (NT$145)--Milk Biscuits (vanilla ice cream and Oreos), Very Vanilla (vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce), and Delicious Strawberry (strawberry ice cream and strawberry). If you're looking for something special, try the Very Vanilla Milkshake, which is not too sweet and combines a rich vanilla ice cream with the fragrance of caramel in a refreshing, energizing combination. In Taichung, Cold Stone is easily found at many department stores. --By Cheryl Huang

Cold Stone Cold Stone

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Häagen-Dazs

0800-056-118
http://haagen-dazs.com.tw/index.aspx
Credit cards accepted.

Häagen-Dazs ice cream is obviously familiar to many people, including lots of loyal fans. With the hot summer here, Häagen-Dazs is also serving a variety of cool, fresh milkshakes. The signature top-three milkshakes are the Blueberry, Strawberry, and Green Tea flavors (NT$265). On a sticky, hot summer day, a rich, creamy, sweet-and-sour tasting Blueberry Milkshake is most certainly a refreshing option. If these flavors aren't enough, you can get creative, choose any two scoops of your favorite ice cream and have them blended into your own customize milkshake flavor (NT$265). --By Cheryl Huang

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