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Bash Out the Balloons, Beijing’s Beloved Flea Market Turns 1!
Celebrating their 1st birthday, The Beijing Flea Market is ballooning to double its size by spreading across two separate venues – The Bookworm (its home base) and now also Pop-Up Beijing just a few steps away in south Sanlitun.
This is the first time Beijing Flea Market has expanded and we’re all the more delighted to see this fun and crafty market continue to grow with more vendors selling unique craft goods, hand-drawn art, fashion pieces and accessories, gorgeous jewellery and tasty bites!
“Eat cake and drink champagne and spritzers with us as The Beijing Flea Market celebrates its 1st birthday on Saturday, July 16 from 11am to 5pm!! Aside from an indie makers sale on The Bookworm’s rooftop, we’ll be extending the market grounds to include an additional awesome venue in Sanlitun’s Courtyard 4 community: Pop-Up Beijing. Look out for even MORE vendors between the two spaces, new faces, and of course, locally made design, clothes, food, drink deals and more!” – Jessica Rapp, Founder of The Beijing Flea Market
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The Hutong’s Gorgeous Rooftop will host their annual Summer Fayre this Saturday, June 11!
The hutongs in Beijing are best viewed in summer when the trees are lush and green and everyone is out and about proudly sporting their Beijing “bikini” (and by everyone, I mean men with their white tanks knotted up and their beer bellies out for all to admire). Oh, the summer months in Beijing are a glorious time of year and somehow always feel far too short so you’ve got to savor them while you can!
The Hutong has got the right idea with their awesome annual Summer Fayre. While everyone knows that The Hutong’s Christmas fayre is the jolliest of them all with their abundant pots of spiced mulled wine and effervescent holiday cheer all around, their gorgeous rooftop has never looked better than at their summer fayre packed with plenty of artisan food items and plenty of sunshine.
“Here comes the sun! Drop by our Hutong to get together, meet old friends and make new ones, and munch and sip in our cozy courtyard. To celebrate all things summer, we will be serving attendees a free glass of our secret-recipe Hutong Summer Fruit Punch. Make a toast with your ice-cold glass, taste gourmet goodies from Beijing culinary artisans and restaurateurs, savor some of the capital’s best local brews, and try out some summertime jewelry and apparel.” - The Hutong
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RAW by Mosto: A Peruvian Pop-Up!
Ever since the dream pop-up dinner once upon a time called Nikkei (a collab dinner between Mosto & Hatsune), I’ve never let go of that vibrant and colorful tiradito bursting with flavors, a dish that’s a mix between Japanese sashimi and Peruvian ceviche which has come to define a signature style of Peruvian cuisine combining raw produce with fresh Peruvian produce.
Hatsune’s Alan Wong working side-by-side on this incredible Tiradito dish with Chef Daniel Urdaneta of Mosto/Modo/Moka Bros Fame
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Now that the temperature has hit 30 degrees, Beijing’s 2 week long Spring is over and we are into Summer!
To celebrate the warmth, Migas have updated their already stellar “El Asador” meat-fueled brunch with a new Pintxos & Tapas Weekend Brunch. Widely regarded as having one of the best terraces in the city, now there is no reason to ever leave! Arrive for a late brunch on Saturday afternoon, enjoy a bit of day drinking and then just continue straight on into the evening! Migas, we know your dastardly plan!
We All Can’t Seem to Get Enough of Migas
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Previously known as Vineyard Cafe on the River, the new Arrow Factory has taken over this gorgeous space located along the lovely tree-lined Liangmahe River Canal. The smaller Arrow Factory Taproom still remains tucked inside Stuff’d on Jian Chang Hutong 箭厂胡同 (just around the corner from Wudaoying Hutong).
Part of the same family as the Vineyard and Stuff’d by partners Will Yorke and Thomas Gaestadius, the taproom finally has room to stretch its arms out with this lovely 3-story building.
Snapshots of the New Arrow Factory Brewing:
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Midnight in Peking still stands as my favorite China book. A true story about the horrific murder of a young expat girl in the late 1930’s of old Beijing, this story still haunts me but I love recommending it to everyone I know. It’s one of those books you just can’t put down (I think I read the whole thing in 72 hours and I’m sure there are many others who have done the same).
The book begins with the discovery of her dead, mutilated body found at the base of a haunted watchtower and the conclusions of her autopsy, so the scariest part is pretty much over after the first chapter (no need for spoiler alerts), but it really draws its readers deep into the twisted plot of this story as the murder mystery unfolds. While offering fresh insights into pre-war Peking, it’s incredible to learn about how Beijing’s network of alleys that surrounded the privileged and exclusive Legation Quarter was a seedy mix of brothels, dive bars and opium dens. In this tragic quest for justice, you have to just remind yourself that this isn’t fiction.
Not to be morbid, but the year that I read Midnight in Peking, I went to the Bookworm and bought 5 copies for family and friends back home as Christmas gifts. I was also one of the first people to sign up for Paul French’s walking tour. Not only did this walking tour through the back alleyways of old Peking bring the story to life, it was pretty awesome to have the privilege to meet the talented author of this gripping tale.
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