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FUN MAGAZINE, May, 2006.
is on fire!
302, WenLin Rd
Tel: (02) 2888-1220
Hours: 11 am-2 am; 11 am-3 am
Credit cards not accepted. Smoking allowed.
MRT: ShiLin Station
--By Charles McHale Translated by Liu
Orange is Taipei's own fire dance troupe.
On Friday nights in Shilin, they deliver their home
stage performance in a space smaller than an MRT car.
Dancers take turns spinning, twirling and occasionally
breathing flames inches from the packed audience.
The dancers use poi (oil-dipped wicks on chains), flaming
staffs, devil sticks and a few tricks of their own to
bring you the fire. Their dancing style and music varies
with each performer, from an acrobatic limbo under a
flaming staff to sultry hips swaying between spiraling
poi. It's an exhilarating option for surprising friends
or a date.
Orange Music Cafe is the Xie sister's
answer to the perfect cafe. They opened four years ago;
Joyce manages, Mini runs the kitchen, and Paula leads
the fire dancing. It's just across the street from Exit
2 of Shilin MRT and, appropriately, its Chinese name
is "Trainspotting Cafe". Coming in off the
street, it's a great place to grab a shot of Illy espresso
(NT$100/ NT$130 for the latte) and meet friends on your
way to the Shilin Night market. The second floor has
tables, couches and booths for those who have more time,
and is layered with art and unusual decor.
Orange is a full-service cafe, including
bar. The menu is wide open, from set dinners (NT$240
and up) to snacks and dessert. Try the Thai chicken
with Mini's tangy sauce. The kitchen is open for dinner
until 9:30, serving snacks afterwards. Snacks include
a Chicken Caesar Salad and other satisfying dishes,
so you won't go hungry.
Don't forget to check out the roof! Enjoy the open-air,
covered deck all summer long, sipping Mango Lassi (NT$130)
by day or Mojitos (NT$250) at night. The fire dancing
starts after 10 p.m. and be sure to ask Paula about
upcoming performances. Orange fire dancers appear at
outdoor festivals all over Taiwan (available for booking).