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Snapshots from JUE’s Creative Market
Yesterday saw one of the most popular JUE 觉 Festival events thus far – their Creative Market featuring over 80 food and creative booths! This family-friendly event drew in massive crowds to LANNG Art Center (just southeast of Guomao) and was a weekend highlight for many.
Running between The Bookworm’s Literary Festival events and other happenings around town, I was only able to swing by for an hour in the later part of the afternoon to check out the many creative stall, snap a few photos and grab one of the very last Nori Bagels by Migas + Traitor Zhou‘s (something I’ve been keeping my eye out for all week – see pics below).
In addition to all the creative and boutique vendors selling unique gifts and crafts, they also hosted workshops that introduce participants to: Contact Improv, Salsa dancing, Poi, NIa, along with musical performances, square dancing and body-painting. From what I saw, square dancing with the Yellow Weasels was a big hit and of course all that great food – Cuju, Rager Pie, Big Bear Baked Goods, etc. I’m actually relieved most of the food was sold out by the time I arrived as I definitely would have gone to town at each and every stall if I had the stomach space.
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Alan Wong, Chef Bruce Yan, Hatsune, sushi making class, sushi making kit, Sushi Samurai | 2 Comments »
Hatsune’s Sushi Making Class: From Hand Rolls to Dream Rolls
One of their most in-demand events, Hatsune hosted two back-to-back sushi making classes last week. With one class taught in English by Hatsune master samurai Alan Wong and the second taught in Chinese by their head sushi chef Bruce Yan, they took on a group of fun-loving sushi fanatics to learn the skills and secrets behind Hatsune’s legendary California-style sushi rolls.
Equipping each participant with their very own take-home sushi kits inclusive of all the necessary ingredients, instructions in how to re-create Hatsune’s prized sushi rice and spicy tuna recipes and tools like their sushi rolling mats and seran wrap for sushi making at home.
After learning how to wear their sushi headscarves, each participant followed Hatsune’s steps for standard hygiene with a 6-step hand-washing technique, and only then were all students put to the test in learning three sushi roll techniques – hand rolls, maki rolls and inside-out rolls. With these three sushi techniques, the Hatsune team empowered every participant to use their own creative imagination to invent their own dream sushi rolls!
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Health & Fitness, Hot Tips | Tags: 3-day Juice Cleanse, coffee, cold pressed juice, Dongzhimen, fit foods, Juice by Melissa, juices, Little Adoption Shop, organic, super food cafe | 3 Comments »
After months of waiting, Juice by Melissa Officially Opens Shop!
Known for her organic cold pressed juice cleanses, Juice by Melissa opens a super food cafe in Dongzhimen just next to Great Leap Brewing #12 Brewpub (how appropriate – now you can detox just after you retox!).
With a lively opening party on a windy Sunday afternoon (yesterday), you can already see that this juice shop has made a name for itself in Beijing with a packed house full of delighted juice friends. That says a lot as Beijing is a city where juice cleanses has recently taken over in the same way that the cupcake craze hit a few years back (glad we’ve moved toward more healthy trends).
With so many other juice brands saturating the market, I stay loyal to Juice By Melissa, home of when I tried my very first Purification 3-Day Juice Cleanse over a year ago and have never looked back.
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Health & Fitness, Travel | Tags: Beijing, Feilada, Huashan 华山, iron road, Jianfeng, Jules Carret, rock climbing, Via Ferrata, Wang Qingqing, Xiao Changcheng 小长城, Yanshan, Yulingdao 郁陵岛 | 5 Comments »
Via Ferrata in Beijing: Rock Climbing Made Accessible
One of the coolest things I’ve done recently, Via Ferrata is something I highly recommend for anyone based in Beijing who’s seeking more outdoor adventure activities. Suitable for almost everyone (via ferrata has had kids as young as 6 years old complete their routes!), this is an awesome activity for families looking for a day trip escape out of the city (it’s only about 1-1.5 hours outside the city) or if you have visiting friends and families who have already been to see the Great Wall but love exploring the gorgeous mountain landscapes just outside Beijing. It’s incredible that so much natural beauty is right at our doorstep and via ferrata is a great way to experience it.
An outdoor activity that The Hutong Education team organizes for 7th grade students, I was first introduced to this sport last month. After completing the training and rescue course with my adventurous colleagues, I surprised one of my best friends with a via ferrata trip for her birthday. Nervous at first, she was doubting her ability to complete the activity both from her perceived lack of strength and her fear of heights, but after completing the experiment course (designed for first timers), she was both confident and excited to continue on and complete both the intermediate and most difficult via ferrata climbing routes in Yanshan.
Honestly, if you happen to have a fear of heights, Via Ferrata is probably your best option to try and conquer your fear. Just like stepping up, down and across a ladder, this climbing sport gives participants all the perks of rock climbing without the actual physical strength and endurance that outdoor rock climbing generally requires.
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Chateau Latour-Martillac, China Wines & Spirits (CWS), Domus | 2 Comments »
Stay Tuned for the Re-Opening of Domus
This weekend I had a big blast from the past. I revisited a venue that I had helped to open back in 2009 called Domus, a venue that I haven’t been back to for over 4 years time.
Long gone as I had assumed, I was surprised when I received an invitation to attend a Chateau Latour-Martillac wine tasting organized by CWS at Domus, a name I haven’t even heard whispered for years. Though I enjoy my fair share of fine wine tastings, my real motivation to attend this event was to revisit Domus and find out what has happened here in 4 years time.
Turns out that Domus is under new ownership and new management. It is now owned by the Huayi Brothers Media Film Production Company and the general manager of the venue is none other than the incredibly talented mixologist Frankie Zou, formerly of Temple Restaurant Beijing.
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Hot Tips, Travel | Tags: Bespoke Beijing, Drum & Bell Tower, Great Wall of China, Gubei Watertown, Jinshanling, Sarah Keenlyside, Simatai, The Great Wall | 2 Comments »
Rejoice! 10 of Simatai’s watchtowers are re-open to hikers once again!
As city experts, Bespoke Beijing is on top of their game. Not only are they whizzes on Beijing’s history and culture (here are 5 things I bet you didn’t know about the Drum & Bell Tower), they make a big effort to always be among the first to know whenever a new restaurant opens, they knew as soon as the Forbidden City decided to close every Monday, and they are pretty much clued into all the city’s hidden gems and most guarded secrets. I owe a lot of my Beijing knowledge to Bespoke’s founder Sarah Keenlyside.
For the past 4 years (since June 2010), Simatai has been saying they would re-open “next year”. We were beginning to lose hope until late March this year, they finally re-opened to the public.
Thanks to Bespoke, I got to tag along with them on their most recent team field trip to explore the recently reopened Simatai Section of the Great Wall!
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