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LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Fiume, gnocchi, Italian, Liangmaqiao, Maizidian, Mercante, Omar Maseroli, Soft Opening, tiramisu, Zuppa Inglese | No Comments »
Be Among the First to Dine at Fiume: Soft Opening Week
As soon as I heard that Fiume Italian restaurant was in soft opening since last Friday night (November 28), I’ve been as eager as an Apple addict waiting for the new iPhone 6 to squeeze in a proper dinner all this week. And I’m ecstatic to report that even in soft opening, Fiume is on fire. Good thing I made a reservation in advance as the house was fully booked with a wait of Italians even at 10PM as we were ordering our desserts.
Omar Maseroli (who also owns and runs hidden-hutong-hipster gem Mercante) has a widely respected reputation for his dedication to maintaining a high standard for his handmade pasta and local specialties from his home town Bologna, Italy.
Fiume is his second restaurant located in the Maizidian area just southeast of Liangmaqiao behind FX hotel along Liangmahe river. In Omar’s own words, Fiume (meaning “river” in Italian) is a concept similar to Mercante but with a modern edge and with more space in the kitchen, he plans to experiment with creating more handmade pasta varieties (gnocchi, wheat pasta, winter pasta with broth, etc). We ordered the gnocchi on Fiume’s soft opening menu and it was definitely my favorite dish of the evening.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Great Leap Brewing, Jing-A Brewing Co., LDS Hook-Up, Mitch Masilun, Pies & Ales, Slow Boat Brewery, The Beijing Homebrew Association, The Hutong, Two Guys and a Pie | No Comments »
Celebrating Home-Baked Pies and Crafty Beer Creations
(photo by Mitch Masilun)
This coming Sunday, December 7th, The Hutong Community & Culture Center is hosting one of my all-time favorite events: Pies & Ales Night which brings together two independently awesome things that pair together for an even more remarkable match-made-to-be.
Homemade Australian meat (and dessert!) pies come courtesy of Two Guys and a Pie will be serving up loads of their popular classic “Slow-Loving Aussie” meat pie made from 100% pure beef brisket, fried onions in a slow simmered, homemade beef reduction, their popular Honey-Soy Chicken Pies, Chicken Cream Sage Pies, a vegetarian option and, last but not least, their irresistible sweet apple pie to top you off for the ultimate pie feast.
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Modest & Refined, Sureno’s Mediterranean Flavors Work Magic in the Kitchen
While Sureno Mediterranean restaurant has remained immensely popular since The Opposite House first opened, it’s unintentionally fallen off my radar the last couple of years. Perhaps partly due to the loss of Bei Japanese restaurant (Max has how moved onto his new restaurant Okra in 1949 – The Hidden City) or the transformation of Punk Bar into Jing Yaa Tang Peking duck restaurant, there’s been a lot happening in the B1 level of the luxurious Opposite House boutique hotel, but it seems that their one constant has been Sureno.
And after a few recent re-visits, it’s felt like the rekindling of a romance with a blast from the past – I have fallen head-over-heels-in-love with Sureno all over again.
The past two meals I have enjoyed at Sureno – one to try the incredible Greek dishes prepped by Sureno’s manager Themis Kouris’ “Mama Kouzina” guest chef dinner and again to try new winter menu dishes, have both been very eye-opening dining experiences. I admit that I always jump to book a reservation at TRB, The Courtyard or even Mosto when I’m looking after out-of-town guests or in the mood for splurging on fine Western cuisine, but Sureno has jumped to the top of my list with its simple elegance. Their dishes may not look as fancy-pantsy and over-the-top as you may find in fine French establishments around town (no fancy foam here), but every bite lets the quality of their premium ingredients speak for themselves.
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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: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Chaoyang Park West Gate, Fiume, Hot Tip, Italian, Mercante, Omar Maseroli, Soft Opening, Solana | 1 Comment »
A little birdie just shared some very exciting restaurant news that I’m pretty ecstatic to share with YOU!
Beloved hidden-hutong-hipster-gem Mercante Italian restaurant is opening a second location on the east side of town called Fiume (means “river” in Italian). Located next to the Liangmahe river surrounded by trees, it’s in its own little peaceful oasis away from traffic and chaos. You can find Fiume in the FX hotel, not far from Solana shopping center at the top of Chaoyang Park west gate.
Photos of Fiume’s Location (provided by Omar Maseroli)
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Family Thanksgiving Feast: Where to Find Turkey-Coma-Inducing Feeds!
Back at home, Thanksgiving is generally enjoyed at home amongst close family, but for many of us, Beijing is our home away from home. And with Christmas just around the corner, we often opt to sacrifice one for the other, leaving us stuck in Beijing for Thanksgiving so that we can at least go home for Christmas. Never quite the same as grandma makes it, but on the bright side, at least you’re not short of options in Beijing! If you think about it, Thanksgiving in Beijing has the potential to be so much more fun than it would normally be at home. Leave the long hours slaving away in a kitchen cooking and dirty dishes to the restaurants and rally up all your friends to just enjoy the feast!
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.
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