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LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Fashion | Tags: Charity, global connection, In and Out, indiegogo, Musana, sustainable, Taozi Tree Yoga, The Taco Bar, The Yoganda Project, Theresa Pauline, Uganda, YiHe Hot Yoga, Yoga, Yoga Yard | 3 Comments »
The Yoganda Project by Taozi Tree Yoga’s Founder Theresa Pauline
The first time I laid eyes on these gorgeous, vibrant Yoganda yoga bags was at The Hutong‘s annual and festive winter fayre. With so many bright colors, these bags popped out among all the other merchandise for sale and I couldn’t help but admire all the colorful patterns and and learn more about this passion project.
Started by yogi and world traveler Theresa Pauline, who is also founder of Taozi Tree Yoga, she wanted to find a self-sustainable solution to bringing vulnerable women out of extreme poverty in Uganda. A project that developed after several trips to Uganda, this is a project that remains very close to her heart as Uganda is where Theresa’s sister is the founder and head of the Musana project.
“Musana is a non-profit organization led and run by community members that creates local businesses to generate income that will sustain all outreach projects that cater towards the community’s needs. These initiatives include educating vulnerable children and orphans about God’s love while building them into knowledgeable leaders with integrity, empowering women through skill development and employment, and enlightening the community on how to live holistic, healthy lives.”
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: American Fusion, BJ Foodies, Casa Pagoda, Crabmon Salad, Eric Li, Fatbuddha, Fatface, Fatface Dining, House Ribs, Hsu Li, Musana, Remade Carbonara, Signature Steak, Taiwanese-American, Taozi Tree Yoga, The Smokeyard, The Yoganda Project, Theresa Pauline, Uganda | 3 Comments »
The Smokeyard Sanlitun Branch Soft Opening Launch
The Smokeyard is a restaurant concept started by the friendly duo behind Fatface Dining catering and events, two Taiwanese-American brothers Eric and Hsu “Fatbuddha” Li. Not only have they made the big move from organizing many fun community dining events around town to opening their own restaurant, they are simultaneously opening two branches with one in Wudaokou and one on South Sanlitun Road, just next to Casa Pagoda furniture shop.
Last week, both restaurants opened with very soft-opening trials and I was lucky enough to snag a seat last Thursday evening at their Sanlitun branch because our party of four opted for a late dinner at 9PM. By the time we arrived, both floors were buzzing with happy diners and fellow foodies congratulating both Chef Eric and Hsu on their busy opening.
Spread across two floors, the venue design is a playful mix of brick accents, wooden tables and floor panels, bold red couches and chairs, a bright blue ceiling and nice graphic artwork on both the opposite facing tall 2-story walls. Like the restaurants owners, the vibe is welcoming and comfortable. It’s very much got an American vibe with the red, white and blue color theme and with a name like The Smokeyard, you wouldn’t expect anything different.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Badr Benjelloun, BJ Foodies, Bottega, Caravan, Cuju, Daniele Salvo, Hong Kong Red Cross, International Medical Corps (IMC), Italian food, JUMP foundation, Justin Bedard, Neapolitan pizza, Nepal RISE, Paulo Salvo, Pizzaria, SuSu, Yoopay | No Comments »
BJ FOoDiEs Take Over Bottega this Sunday, May 24th
One of the biggest perks about eating with the monthly BJ FOoDiEs charity group dinners is their ability to book out very busy, popular restaurants and seek out places that are truly worthy of a room full of hardcore foodies. Last month’s charity dinner was hosted at the stunning hutong authentic Vietnamese restaurant Susu and this month they’ve managed to lock in one of the most talked about new Italian pizzarias in town – Bottega!
Though they do pull a wild card here and there in trying out brand new restaurants that are still in soft opening stages and not yet open to the general public, even then it’s more of a sense of privilege rather than taking a gamble. Their March FOoDiEs dinner at Caravan is a perfect example because even though the restaurant had opened on a Sunday just to host the BJ FOoDiEs group and had not been running regular business hours yet, Badr Benjelloun is no amateur with already a successful Moroccan Bistrot, Rummery and Sport Bar Cuju under his belt and a trusted reputation for generous hospitality and a whole lot of fun whenever he’s around (click here for LDS review).
Clearly, the BJ FOoDiEs team have had their eyes set on Bottega ever since they opened this winter and it’s very exciting to hear that one of the city’s most authentic Neapolitan pizzarias is about to show Beijingers how real Italian ought to be. This place is legit and the BJ FOoDiEs team scored an incredible meal deal for those who are lucky (and quick) enough to score a seat.
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While the monthly BJ FOoDiEs charity group dinners are often hosted in newly-opened restaurants eager to spread the word of their new business to the foodies scene in Beijing, they’ve managed to lock in one of my all-time favorite spots to impress out-of-town guests – the stunning hutong Vietnamese restaurant Susu to host their next event on Sunday, April 26th!
Ready to show off their new Spring-inspired menu, this dinner menu features basically all my favorite Susu dishes from their Shrimp Salad, Salmon Spring Roll, La Vong fish dish and that incredible Lemongrass Tofu that will convert anyone who questions whether or not they like tofu.
With limited seating, I’d recommend booking seats in advance. After the last BJ FOoDiEs dinner at Caravan booked out in just 4 days, this Spring menu by Susu is sure to book out just as quickly!
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Badr Benjelloun, Brazilian Embassy, Cajun, Caravan, CBD, Chicken Tagine, creative art space, Cuju, Duck Étouffée, Live Music, Moroccan, New Orleans, Philanthropy in Motion (PIM), soul food, wine | 3 Comments »
Moroccans won’t let you walk out hungry
After a quiet Chinese New Year’s break, the BJ FOoDiEs team have woken up from winter hibernation and jump started 2015 with a packed-out dinner party at Beijing’s newest up-and-coming Moroccan/Cajun restaurant called Caravan. Opened just a few months ago by Badr Benjelloun, this is another multi-purpose venue combining the concepts of a soul-food restaurant, wine bar, live music + creative art space hotspot into one. Seems like a lot, but actually it makes perfect sense once you know this is by the same brains and talents behind Cuju Moroccan Bistrot, Rummery + Sports Bar (click here for LDS review).
Still in soft-opening, Caravan actually opened their restaurant specifically for the BJ FOoDiEs crew this past Sunday, March 14 (they normally are closed Sunday evenings). On top of that, they managed to serve up a fully packed house of 50+ foodies to sample their signature dishes representative of both Badr’s Moroccan and Cajun roots. Similar to the lively, rambunctious nights I’ve enjoyed at Cuju, Caravan was so much fun with drink specials all night (house wine that’s friggin’ fantastic), food made with so much heart (the chicken tagine was slow cooked for over 12 hours!) and Badr’s sincere hospitality where he proudly claims – “if us Moroccans can do something right, it’s to never let people walk out hungry!”
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LumDimSum & The Hutong Host their 2nd Annual Cookie Monster Bake-Off!
Cookie Monster’s DREAM-COME-TRUE, the 2nd annual Cookie Monster bake-off’s display of drool-inducing cookies was unparalleled in both talent and creativity.
Having taken place this past Saturday, March 14, the event was co-hosted by LDS (yours truly)+ The Hutong featuring 19 different baking contestants (18 of which were brand new to sign up!). These were the baking finalists who made it through a tough screening process in order for us to present the best of the best cookies we could find.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Badr Benjelloun, Beijing Daze, BJ Foodies, Brazilian Embassy, Caravan, CBD, Charity Dinner, Chicken Tagine, CityWeekend, Cuju, Cuju Beijing, Duck Étouffée, Jasmine Lau, Moroccan, Philanthropy in Motion (PIM), PIM, Ritan Park, rum, SmartBeijing | 1 Comment »