LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Brasserie Flo, Executive Chef Cyrille Molle, French fusion, Nali Patio, Parnas, Sanlitun | 2 Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Health & Fitness, Travel | Tags: Beijing, Feilada, Huashan 华山, iron road, Jianfeng, Jules Carret, rock climbing, Via Ferrata, Wang Qingqing, Xiao Changcheng 小长城, Yanshan, Yulingdao 郁陵岛 | No Comments »
Via Ferrata in Beijing: Rock Climbing Made Accessible
One of the coolest things I’ve done recently, Via Ferrata is something I highly recommend for anyone based in Beijing who’s seeking more outdoor adventure activities. Suitable for almost everyone (via ferrata has had kids as young as 6 years old complete their routes!), this is an awesome activity for families looking for a day trip escape out of the city (it’s only about 1-1.5 hours outside the city) or if you have visiting friends and families who have already been to see the Great Wall but love exploring the gorgeous mountain landscapes just outside Beijing. It’s incredible that so much natural beauty is right at our doorstep and via ferrata is a great way to experience it.
An outdoor activity that The Hutong Education team organizes for 7th grade students, I was first introduced to this sport last month. After completing the training and rescue course with my adventurous colleagues, I surprised one of my best friends with a via ferrata trip for her birthday. Nervous at first, she was doubting her ability to complete the activity both from her perceived lack of strength and her fear of heights, but after completing the experiment course (designed for first timers), she was both confident and excited to continue on and complete both the intermediate and most difficult via ferrata climbing routes in Yanshan.
Honestly, if you happen to have a fear of heights, Via Ferrata is probably your best option to try and conquer your fear. Just like stepping up, down and across a ladder, this climbing sport gives participants all the perks of rock climbing without the actual physical strength and endurance that outdoor rock climbing generally requires.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Annie's Family Italian, Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory, Peter Boizot, Pie Squared Pizza, pizza, Pizza Express, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, UK | No Comments »
Beijing Welcomes its First Branch of the UK’s Pizza Express
The Beijing branch of trusted UK brand Pizza Express marked its 500th store! Sure, Shanghai may already have 9 branches and another dozen in Hong Kong (majority remain in the UK with a sprinkling in the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia), but with a lucky number like 500, Beijing’s first branch is destined for success (especially if you’re superstitious and believe in the power of numbers). Joking aside, the real question is whether or not the 500th’s Beijing branch of Pizza Express good enough for Beijingers to change loyalties from our city’s tried and tested Annie’s or the beloved Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza brand or the irresistible thick-crust Detroit-style pizza of Pie Squared?
A down-to-earth pizzeria that is frequented and loved by Brits all over the UK, the story of Pizza Express begins with its founder Peter Boizot-
“It all started with Peter. Gloriously unique. Proud to be different. Peter Boizot didn’t just break the mould. He knocked down entire walls. He brought great pizza to Great Britain. And a great deal more besides. So he’s much, much more than our founder back then. He’s still our inspiration today.”
LumDimSum | Filed under: Upcoming Events | Tags: Comedy Show, Des Bishop, John Oliver NY Stand Up Show, Just for Laughs, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Live at Gotham, Sheng Wang, Stand Up Comedy, The Bookworm, The Humor Section, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Youtube | No Comments »
The Humor Section Hosts Taiwanese/Texan Comedian Sheng Wang
The Humor Section Hosts Taiwanese/Texan Comedian Sheng Wang
For the first time, The Humor Section is hosting a Monday night stand-up comedy show (normally it’s a Friday night). Get your week off to a laughing start with this upcoming stand-up comedy show at The Bookworm from 8PM-10PM.
Created and organized by Irish-American Comedian Des Bishop, this month’s headliner is Taiwanese/Texan Comedian Sheng Wang.
“It’s time to cure the Monday Blues! Which is really a way for me to try and make a Monday show sound fun. But we have a rare chance to host a serious up and coming Comedian over from the U.S. and this is the only day we could get him. We did not want to miss out on the chance to have Sheng Wang at the Humor Section. So on Monday the 22nd we are anticipating a real cracker. I mean come on a Taiwanese/Texan Stand Up in Beijing seems a real recipe for unique stand up. Talking about a clash of ideals! I personally can’t wait.” - Des Bishop, MC and Creator of The Bookworm’s Humour Section
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Assaggi, Dai-style, In & Out, Jenny Lou's, Lijiang, Middle 8, Sanlitun, Yunnan Cuisine, 一坐一忘, 一坐一忘丽江主题餐厅 | No Comments »
I prefer this In & Out Yunnan Restaurant to the Burger Franchise Any Day
While some restaurants you choose for the convenience of location and others you choose because the food is just too good to resist, there’s that third element of restaurant design and decor that weighs heavier in importance when you’re considering a restaurant to bring out-of-town visitors. Unless you’re actually going to be bringing your guest to Yunnan, you want them to have an authentic dinner experience, which is about as close to Yunnan as they’re going to get.
In & Out (一坐一忘丽江主题餐厅) Lijiang style Yunnan restaurant is one of those restaurants for me, especially when you’re considering a Yunnan restaurant in the Sanlitun area. While the dishes at Middle 8 are delish and I often like to go there with a big group of friends, the decor is a bit swanky and the location within Taikoo Li mall is a turn-off. In & Out is located in Sanlitun North (above Dongzhimen) between Jenny Lou’s and Assaggi Italian restaurant and after a much-needed face-lift (they underwent renovations just earlier this year), this restaurant’s newly painted walls and lighting changes have made a world of difference.
The restaurant atmosphere is lively, the lighting sets a warm and intimate mood and the comfortable seating in big couches and armchairs is a bonus along with all the waitstaff dressed in Yunnan minority uniforms. Spread across three stories, there’s plenty of dining space and yet this restaurant is packed. Don’t expect to walk in without a dinner reservation, but thankfully their waiting system is efficient and you can expect to be seated within 20-30 minutes of getting your wait number.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Home Plate BBQ, Mexican food, Pan de Elote, RMB 50, South Sanlitun, tacos, Team Rocky, The Taco Bar, Tortas, Weekday Lunch Deal | No Comments »
Starting Thursday, September 18th, The Taco Bar Commences Lunch Service
Since Team Rocky re-opened The Legendary Taco Bar in South Sanlitun mid-June this year, they have gradually started expanding their opening hours to not only include boozy late-nights of six-too-many-tequila shots and those dangerous cocktails they keep letting people purchase. After launching their weekend brunch in mid-July, I’m happy to share that they’re now offering a lunch set that’s basically too temptingly good to deny.
The Taco Bar Weekday Lunch Set
(Available Tuesday-Friday, closed Mondays)
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Special Events | Tags: Anniversary Party, ceramic sake shot glass rings, DJ Patrick Yu, Hatsune Kerry, Hatsune Sanlitun, Japanese, Karaiya Spice House, Summergate Wines, sushi, sushi head photobooth, Sushi Samurai | 2 Comments »
Hatsune Celebrates its 13 Year Anniversary!
Entering a corridor lined with strings of origami cranes, guests were given a ceramic sake shot glass ring upon arrival to help themselves to our free-flow drum sake wells. Following the pathway of colorful lanterns and Hatsune’s signature school of ceramic fish led guests into the main party area where guests went crazy for our Sushi Head Photobooth and DJ Patrick Yu was playing everything from classic hip hop jams to old school rock.
Hatsune’s annual anniversary bash celebrates everything we love about Hatsune – tasty sushi rolls, great cocktails, free-flow sake and awesome sushi heads who know how to party. It’s been an eventful year with the opening of Hatsune’s newest restaurant branch in Kerry Shopping Mall and renovations of both Hatsune Taikoo Li Sanlitun branch and Karaiya Spice House, it’s only appropriate for the Hatsune team to host an extra awesome birthday bash as they have a lot to be proud of achieving in just a year’s time!
Continuing in their tradition to innovate and impress guests with new surprises – this year’s sushi head photobooth and sake shot rings were as precious as they were adorable and the photo results below say it all!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: 1949-The Hidden City, Alex Acker, Andy's Craft Sausage, Bar Veloce, CapitalBrew, Jing-A Brewing Co., Kristian Li, Le Fromager De Pekin, Okra 1949, Richard Ammerman, South Sanlitun, Two Guys and a Pie, 京A, 京A Capital Brewing Co. | 2 Comments »