LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Global Hanukkah Feast, Katharine Schub, The Hutong | 1 Comment »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Bao Yuan Dumpling House 宝源饺子屋, Chaoyang Park West Gate, izakaya, Japanese food, Kagen, Maizidian, Middle Kingdom Fitness, Tim Hill, Tori Tei BBQ, Vin Vie, wine, Yakitori | 1 Comment »
You Know You’ve Found Something Special When You Step Inside Vin Vie
I was just recently introduced to Vin Vie 萬火and it blew me away. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a new find. And it isn’t even new. It’s been around for at least a couple of years, but its inconspicuous location tucked behind a narrow, dark alley in Maizidian (not far from Baoyuan Dumplings) near Chaoyang Park West Gate ensures that only the most adamant and determined foodies will be rewarded with the knowledge that such a special gem exists in Beijing.
I’ve heard Vin Vie’s name thrown about here and there, I’ve heard people sing its praises, but with such a long list of restaurants on my “To Taste List”, it just unfortunately got pulled down the pecking order until it was almost forgotten about. That was, until fellow foodie Tim Hill, of Middle Kingdom Fitness put Vin Vie back on my radar by including it as one of his top three favorite restaurants in Beijing. With someone who’s been there before, I was on a mission to see what the fuss was all about.
…and it was a mission to find! When I say that it’s tucked away and hidden, I’m really not exaggerating. I definitely recommend memorizing the map below to make sure you don’t waste hours wandering around lost in Maizidian. When you’re looking down the little hutong it’s on, all that indicates its existence is a little red light box at its entrance door.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Food For Thought, Personal | Tags: Super Quiz, Thanksgiving, Trivia, turkey | No Comments »
Only Americans and Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving as nations, but that doesn’t matter so much in Beijing. In Beijing, Thanksgiving is for anyone and everyone! If you like turkey and like the idea of getting a group of loved ones together over a beastly feast, then Thanksgiving is just for you.
Did you know that Thanksgiving holiday is the biggest travel day of the year for Americans? So that basically boils down to Americans getting more excited about a turkey pig-out than flying about for Santa’s presents.
For every year I’ve been in Beijing (since 2006), Thanksgiving has been a round-up of friends and extended friends of friends to get together and feast. I’ve hosted classic turkey dinners, I’ve been a guest at pot luck dinners, once we even made a turducken, and this year, I’ve got 2 (maybe 3) Thanksgiving dinners lined up this week!
From a celebration of good harvest to a day of feasting and turkey comas, Thanksgiving should be nothing short of a joyous occasion shared by family and friends over an incredibly good feast – a feast that’s so fantastic, I’m totally going to ignore my Paleo diet and go to town and indulge on everything.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: 3sums Burger + Bar, burgers, Cold War Bunker Party, DJ Danny, DJ Mike Hotten, DJ Mo Bass, DJ MO'O, DJ Will&Helm, Jerry Guo, Lama Temple, LDS Hook-Up, Linda Li, Tavalin Bagels, Yonghegong | 8 Comments »
Cold War Pop-Up Bunker Party by 3Sums
Jerry Guo of 3sums Burgers Bar is organizing a one-of-a-kind, one-off Cold War Pop-Up Party in an abandoned cold war bunker that was built during China’s Cultural Revolution as part of Chairman Mao’s underground city that connects to the Forbidden City through a tunnel.
Head Down these Stairs to Rave Underground
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: 4corners 肆角餐吧, Back Alley Bistro, Brandon Trowbridge, Capital M, Chef Too, Great Leap Brewing, Jeff Powell, Max Levy, Meilian Tan, Nola, Okra Works, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Pie Puff, Sanlitun, Sweet Tooth Bakery, Thanksgiving, The Big Smoke, The Bookworm, The Local, The Opposite House, Traitor Zhou's Kaifeng Nonkosher Delicatessen, Two Guys and a Pie, Village Cafe | 2 Comments »
Beijing’s Best Thanksgiving Feasts 2013
With terrific Thanksgiving spreads available around town throughout the week, there’s no reason why you have to pressure yourself into picking just one Thanksgiving meal. We’ve waited all year long for this incredible turkey feast to come around again so make the most of it this year and sign yourself up for as many as you can stuff yourself with.
Whether you’re American is irrelevant because no matter where you’re from, everyone can appreciate a holiday focused on phenomenal food and good company, and celebrate Thanksgiving with a home-style meal even if they are so far away from home.
Last year, my gang of foodies managed to eat through two turkey feasts in one day. Some might call us guilty of gluttony, but I just say we were fully embracing the spirit of Thanksgiving. A very special time of year for foodies like us, it’s a time where diets are thrown out the window and you indulge guilt-free in anything and everything that is Thanksgiving goodness.
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Adam Murray, American, Dustin Merrett, Home Plate Bar B-Que, Home Plate Hoedown, Hutong Yellow Weasels, Michael Ismerio, South Sanlitun | 2 Comments »
Home Plate Hosts a One-Night-Only Hoedown in New Sanlitun Venue
Gearing up for the venue’s opening, Home Plate‘s new location in South Sanlitun hosted a one-night-only Hoedown last Thursday, November 21st.
NOTE: The venue is NOT yet officially open, this was just a night “to welcome curious souls and seekers of unpretentious, old-fashioned square-dancing fun”.
But seeing as the Hoedown sold out a week before the party and was completely full, I can guarantee they have a bright future in South Sanlitun.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Biscuits and Gravy, carrot cake, Great Leap Brewing, Kin Hong, Liz Phung, new menu, Rickshaw Roasters, Sweet Tooth Bakery, Waffles with Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Weekend Brunch | 1 Comment »
Waffles + Slow Roasted Pork Belly: Weekend Brunch Hangover Cure
There’s something about weekend brunch that makes for strong cravings for hearty comfort food and Great Leap Brewing‘s new Weekend Brunch menu does just that.
After a couple weeks of test runs and tastings to critique their new creations, they are now ready for brunch business starting this weekend, November 23 and 24th (and here on out)!
To give you a better idea of what you can expect to find on their new Weekend Brunch Menu, I’ll walk you through the brunch tasting I recently did to get the scoop on their new list of brunch offerings.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Film & Movie Reviews, Upcoming Events | Tags: 22 Springs: The Biography of 22 Married Women, 706 Theater, China Women's Film Festival, Dalian, Daughter's Choice, Daughters of the Dust, Dongjen Center for Human Rights Education, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Julie Dash, Lucy Edwards, Mother's Way, Renmin University, The Inside-Out Theatre, The Rosa Parks Story, Trekking the Way Home, Tsingying Studio, UCCA, When the Bough Breaks, Wuhan, Zajia Lab, 三世三生聂华苓 (One Tree Three Lives), 危巢, 季丹 Ji Dan, 杜晓宇Du Xiaoyu, 猪肉与月亮 (Pork and Moon), 陈安琪Angela (On-Kei) | 1 Comment »