LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Alejandro Sanchez, Chef Pan Huiya, Iberico Ham, new menu, Niajo, Niajo Spanish restaurant, Paella, pintxos, San Sebastián, Spain, Spanish food, Spanish wines, tapas, Terras Gauda, That's Beijing, Vinícolas by Raúl Aleixandre | No Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alan Wong, Become a Sushi Samurai, Chef Bruce Yan, Hatsune, Hatsune Kerry, sushi making class, Sushi Samurai | 1 Comment »
Owner & Sushi Samurai Alan-san Teaches his Sushi Secrets
Famous for their unique and playful signature sushi rolls, Hatsune is the original California-style sushi creators in China.
And with over half of the sushi rolls listed on Hatsune’s menu already named after and created by their die-hard, loyal customers over the years, they know that their sushi lovers are as crafty as they are insatiable. Hatsune doesn’t like playing by the rules because as long as the ingredients are attainable, anything is fair game. The biggest limiting factor is really only your imagination when it comes to creating your ultimate dream sushi roll.
“Since Hatsune first opened over 14 years ago (in 2001), we’ve built a tremendously close community of sushi addicts whose opinions we respect, feedback we value, and for successful sushi ideas that have come to them over the years, we also give due credit, rewarding each with name recognition on our menu every time they came to us with their own dream sushi creation. Some of our most popular sushi rolls are dedicated to our valued addicts – from the Moto-Roll, Pastor Roll, Clayton Roll and Amy Roll, these are all real addicts who either created or inspired these creations.” - Hatsune
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife, Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Dongsi, Growler Day, Hamburger Hump, Pour Pitcher, RMB 25 Brew Tuesdays, Sausagefest Brunch, Slow Boat Brewery, Slow Boat Taproom, The Brat, The Fryburger | 1 Comment »
Struggling to find food options at 10PM in Beixinqiao on a Thursday evening (and not wanting to eat anything that Guijie has to offer), we were delighted to remember Slow Boat Brewery‘s Taproom on Dongsi Batiao 东四八条. They’re open late and so is their kitchen (food prayers answered!)
Stepping in on a Thursday evening just after 10, the place was rammed. Every table was occupied, so we had to squeeze in between two couples at the two ends of one of their long bench tables. At first, it was a little awkward to ask other diners to shuffle their bags to make room for us, but everyone was friendly enough and the atmosphere was conducive to a social environment. Though we came for their burger and German bratwurst, we ended up with two pitchers of beer cause Thursdays happen to also be their “Pour Pitcher” weekly special with select brews on tap for only RMB 70 per pitcher. (More weekly specials listed at the bottom of this post!)
LDS Snapshots of Slow Boat Brewery’s Taproom:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alejandro Sanchez, Alex Sanchez, Culinary Collaboration, Dinner Event, Fiume, Happi Sake, Italian, Japanese, Mercante, Niajo, Niajo Spanish restaurant, Omar Maseroli, Paella, Rice Flavored Ice Cream, rice pudding, Sake Manzo, Spain, Spanish, Taka Yamamoto, Temari Sushi, The World of Rice, Valencia, Wine Pairing | No Comments »
The Triple Threat: Alejandro Sanchez (Niajo), Taka Yamamoto (Sake Manzo) + Omar Maseroli (Mercante + Fiume)
The first of most likely three collaboration dinner series between three very talented chefs, The World of Rice is a special 6-course rice and wine-paired dinner menu created by Alejandro Sanchez (owner and executive chef of Niajo Spanish restaurant), Taka Yamamoto (International Wine Challenge (IWC) sake judge, Sake master and owner of Sake Manzo + Happi Sake restaurants) and Omar Maseroli (founder and head chef of Mercante and Fiume Italian restaurants).
Each of these master chefs are known and very much praised for their authentic and drool-worthy cooking and I have no doubt that this culinary collaboration event will be a spectacular eye-opening experience. More than just Japanese sushi and paellas (more obvious examples of dishes made with a rice base), they will be creating a unique menu that will change the way you think about rice.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: American food, BJ Foodies, CandleX, comfort food, community workshop, Element Fresh, healthy salads, Julia Child, LAD, Lily's American Diner, mental illness, Paul's Steak & Eggs, Rug Cafe, Sanlitun, Shuangjing, Sihui, Western Breakfast, Xiaojie Qin | No Comments »
American Comfort Food Done Right + Great Value
Lily’s American Diner (LAD) first opened in Beijing in September 2009 and made a name for itself in Shuangjing. Since then, they’ve branched out to a total of 3 restaurant locations around town (Shuangjing, Sihui and Sanlitun).
“We think of LAD as a small restaurant with a big heart. The main goal of Lily’s is simple – to make our customers happy by focusing on good service and quality food. We also want to continue to offer new dishes and we are always looking for ways to improve every aspect of our restaurant operations. ” – Lily’s American Diner (LAD)
LAD is not flashy and it isn’t trendy, so while I suspect some foodies may overlook LAD thinking that it’s not “catchy” enough, I really quite like how simple and straight-forward it is. All about comfort American diner food, it just hits the spot in a way that I never felt Paul’s Steak & Eggs (RIP) did. And with many establishments like Element Fresh and Rug Cafe serving the same food at double the price, LAD has positioned itself smartly and rather discreetly in this competitive F&B scene.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Health & Fitness, Upcoming Events | Tags: bodyweight, Bon Juice, cardio, Chef Sue Zhou, Crossfit, Crossfit Slash, field trip, Hani Gejiu, Heaven Supermarket, high-intensity workout, Instagram, Moon River Farm, organic farm, Outside the Box, Spirit Nutrition, SueZhouDoesFood | 1 Comment »
*This Event has been moved to SATURDAY, Aug. 22!**
For anyone who likes sweating in the great outdoors, CrossFit Slash will be hosting their monthly “Outside The Box” field trip at the gorgeous countryside organic farm called Moon River Farm this Saturday, August 22 from 10AM-4PM.
Once a Month, CrossFit Slash Takes a Field Trip Outside of their Underground Box
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Lau Pa Sak, Nitai Deitel, Paltadungkar Tibetan Restaurant, roasted lamb, Tibetan Food, Xindong Lu, 巴扎童嘎藏餐吧 | No Comments »
Delightful, Vibrant Tibetan in Sanlitun
It’s incredible how many times I’d walked or biked past this restaurant and never walked in. Located just above Lau Pa Sak (authentic Hawker food on Xindong lu), Paltadungkar Tibetan Restaurant is super accessible and you can’t miss that gigantic sign on top of the building. Even the outside is very Tibetan-themed, which is one of many reasons why I’ve always been curious to try it. But it’s also been one of those places that has been around for awhile, will be here for awhile and thus lacked the motivation to make it happen until this summer.
Thanks to fellow foodie Nitai Deitel who dined there and gave me the scoop on all that yak and lamb goodness, did I finally get around to organize that big group dinner I’d long been postponing.
With its own door on the ground floor just north of Lau Pa Sak’s entrance, as you step up the wooden staircase and admire all the colorful Tibetan prayer flags and artwork, you step into a gorgeous dimly lit dining room. With deep blues and purple hues all around the restaurant, you feel like you’ve just walked into some place magical.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: 1949-The Hidden City, Arepera, Chef Rob Cunningham, Drink Beer + Curry On, East Hotel, Flying Fist IPA, Hagaki, infusion beer, Jing-A Brewing Co., Kitchen Takeover, MOKA Bros, Pak Pak Thai Restaurant, Thai Curry, Thai food | No Comments »