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“Meat” the Carnivore Club Dream Team
A native Aussie who grew up on a farm in Victoria, Chef Rob Cunningham of FEAST by EAST Hotel knows his meat. And I don’t just mean he knows how to grill a seriously good steak (like most Aussies I know). I mean that his childhood experience has taught him to use every single part of the animal and to show meat lovers that there’s a whole lot more to beef than just a burger or a ribeye steak.
Though Chef Rob started his very own Carnivore Club 2 years ago in March 2014 (with the BJ FOoDiEs entourage), it’s continued to grow over the years to also collaborate with other like-minded, talented chefs around town. For the first Carnivore Club dinner of 2014, Chef Rob will be teaming up with Chef Marino D’Antonio, Executive Chef of Opera Bombana this Thursday, March 24!
A personal project started by Chef Rob to help increase awareness of secondary cuts and offal that restaurants no longer commonly use, Chef Rob has continued to hold the torch of this food baby project high and proud and I can’t wait to see how these two talented chefs are about to re-define your concept of beef in this 5-course Italian-inspired dinner menu.
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Get that Glass of Milk Ready, You’re About to Enter Cookie Heaven
Cookie Monster’s dream-come-true, Beijing’s sweet tooths are in for a real treat this coming weekend. An event designed for insatiable cookie addicts and have a bottomless pit for homemade, stuff-your-face-silly cookies, we’re all about that cookie.
But I’m not just talking about any cookie. I’m talking 20 different types of creative cookies, each one made from scratch by 20 brilliant bakers based in Beijing. There will be more than your fair share of cookies to munch your way through, it really doesn’t get much better than this!
From chewy and gooey to salty cookies, vegan cookies and crafty variations of your classic Chocolate Chip cookies, we are very proud to announce the top contestants who have made the cut and will be competing in this year’s Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off!
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Beijing’s bar scene has been hit hard recently, with the closure of Ichikura, The Den and several other stalwarts. But as ever with the city, development continues unabated. And with that in mind, I have the honour of presenting to you, what I think has the potential to be the bar known for having the best cocktails in Beijing.
I was privileged to be invited to an exclusive tasting by owner Frankie Zou. Frankie has previously worked for Maison Boulud, TRB and Domus, so rest assured, this is no upstart. Botany is the name of a company Frankie set up in 2009 in order to create much of the product that he wanted and needed for his cocktail making. Now, it has been transformed into his very own bar.
Located in the Yongli Guoji apartments (NOT the shopping center portion!), Botany is very reminiscent of a speakeasy. You will not find this place unless Frankie wants you to! Pray that he does though, because it is incredible.
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Get Ready to Pig Out at Home Plate’s Smoke Out Celebration!
Just announced, this is not one you’re going to want to miss!
After Home Plate BBQ closed its doors last week after it got a little too smoky in its smoker, they’re re-opening their doors this Saturday, March 12th with “The Great Smokeout”.
“Last week we learned that laying two hogs side by side our smoker gets the meat love a little bit too hot, and 119 was called. Bad news for us, good news for you!” - Home Plate BBQ
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Cacha Cacha’s Authentic Northern Thai is Giving North Sanlitun an Extra Dose of Spice!
Taikoo Li North has started to see a revival in the past 6 months. I can remember the days when Beijingers would flock to the North end of the village and were obsessed with the Colibri cupcakes. In the intervening 5 years alas, I haven’t ventured up there much. With the revitalisation of Colibri and the introduction of Cacha Cacha, alongside the long-term solid performer Transit, things are looking up.
Cacha Cacha is a Northern Thai restaurant (think Chiang Mai) and the food is by a very talented chef Tom Samranjit who boasts both an impressive and extensive culinary track record, mostly working with big name hotels in Hong Kong. Breaking free to do what he knows best, Cacha Cacha’s menu is distinctively different from other Thai restaurants in Beijing using treasured family recipes.
“We specialize in authentic Lanna (Northern Thai) cuisine by our proprietor chef Tom Samranjit. As a second generation Thai chef, Tom brings his exotic recipes inherited from his family legacy of more than 50 years.” - Leo Wu, Partner of Cacha Cacha
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It’s shocking to realize that March is already upon us when it feels like it was just Christmas yesterday but I guess that’s the norm when we spend most of Beijing’s cold winter months bundled up indoors. But this March isn’t just the start of warmer weather, it’s the return of the Beijing I’ve grown to adore, a dynamic city full of non-stop events that keeps us on our toes and wanting more.
This year not only marks my 10 year Chinaversary but it will also be the 10th year celebration of The Bookworm’s Annual Literary Festival (BLF), which continues to stand strong as one of the most anticipated events of the year. Organized by one of Beijing’s most beloved community centers, The Bookworm not only serves as a bookshop but a reliable resource and platform for sharing ideas, open discussions and debates for the international community. Recently named one of “The Best Bookshops in the World” by Lonely Planet, The Bookworm fosters a welcoming and creative space and their annual literary festival is a perfect example to showcase what The Bookworm is all about.
“We believe in the power of literature, which challenges us to understand the world outside of ourselves. It introduces new perspectives and shifts paradigms. We’ve created BLF to be a forum for thought and dialogue – fundamentals of a progressive society. Literature is an ongoing, live, global discussion, and BLF is proud to be part of it.” – The Bookworm
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