【Good Finds】- "Hawker" Glassware


This glassware was once ubiquitous in Taiwan. The sight of them always takes me back to the oppressively hot summers and amazing open air restaurants. Usually decorated with corporate logos such as Taiwan Beer (which is not the oxymoron Westerners automatically assume), 7 Up, Sunkist Soda, or the local root beer, these restaurant glasses were used for a variety of beverage including Cognac, Whiskey, the local high-test hootch as well as beer, and soda.

To me these glasses have become ambassadors of brotherhood and the renewal of familial bonds. Asian restaurants have historically served their food and their alcohol "family" style and these glasses were designed with this custom in mind. Whenever I see these glasses I always "see" a group of people gathered around a large table in a casual restaurant or something slightly less stable than a card table, street side, burning down a few while bullshitting each other after a long work day. My ever resourceful wife was able to help me rescue this set of glasses from the storage locker of a friend of a friend whose family once operated a restaurant. Experience has shown that everyone in Taiwan is twice removed from everyone else, no doubt the product of drink.


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