LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Badass, CBD, Central Park, Chef Daniel Urdaneta, Coro Urdaneta, MOKA Bros, Sanlitun, Solana, Source of Life, Superfood, The Place, The Place Shopping Mall | No Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alex Acker, Beijing, Bethel China, CFFC, CFFC 2015, Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC), East Hotel, Educating Girls of Rural China, EGRC, Elizabeth Koch, Eric Schmidt, Hong Kong, Julia Lim, Kristian Li, Live Music, Love is Blind Project, Michael Crain, Ray Kelly, Roberta Lipson, Shanghai, Sophie Van Pelt, Sylvia Liu, Tyde Pimsey, Xian Bar | No Comments »
Last Chance for Tickets to CFFC 2015 on November 7th in Beijing
Only one week left before one of Beijing’s most fabulous events the of the year - Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC) 2015! A charity dinner event that started in Beijing by Michael Crain back in 2009, the event has grown to Shanghai and Hong Kong as well and throughout the past 6 years, they have raised over RMB 3.7 million!
CFFC is Taking Place Saturday, Nov. 7 (Beijing), Nov. 14 (Shanghai) & Nov. 7 (Hong Kong)
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: brandnü, ch'uar, Chi restaurant, chuan'er, Dong Bei, Dongsi Beidajie, Jing-A Brewing Co., Nathan Zhang, White Tiger Village, Wudaoying, 东北, 串儿, 白老虎村 | No Comments »
Yet again demonstrating that the Hutongs offer some interesting possibilities for small, agile businesses, White Tiger Village is Nathan Zhang’s latest venture (who opened the innovative, upcycling Brandnü charity shop to support rural women in China and heavily involved with the classy Chi restaurant on Wudaoying Hutong by Lama Temple).
Situated on Xiang’er Hutong, White Tiger Village 白老虎村 is an experimental Chuan’er 串儿 (obligatory pirate accent for proper Beijing pronunciation) and Dong Bei 东北 restaurant. The name comes from his hometown and Nathan has recreated dishes that his mother cooks in this novel space.
The open kitchen where you can watch your skewers being prepared and barbecued pays homage to the streetside vendors you used to visit before the Chengguan decided to ruin all the fun. This is the future of Chinese street food and whilst many of you may be nostalgic for RMB 2 Tsingtao-fuelled night market feasts, this is definitely much more hygienic and so much more cozy for the winter months.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Chef Alberto Becerril, Chilean Volcano Wagyu, Fideuà de Gandía, Gastrobotany, Let's Burger, Michelin Chef Rodrigo de la Calle, Migas, Nali Patio, Paella, Pan's Labyrinth, Sanlitun, Spanish food, Spanish wines, tapas, Velvet, Velvet Verde | 2 Comments »
Velvet’s Showcases Rare Desert Vegetables in this Black Squid Ink Paella
Before reading this blogpost, you probably already had a bad impression of Velvet. First opened as a restaurant-patisserie with a lot of fancy-pantsy velvet chairs and a menu serving everything from Mediterranean “snacks” to Asian fusion dishes, everything about the concept seemed random, all-over-the-place and one of those restaurants that would be closed before I even got around to trying it.
Fast forward a few years later since it first opened in 2013, Velvet has had a major facelift. I don’t know when this facelift actually took place, but I think it’s relatively recent because the Head Chef I met has only been in Beijing for a few months. Honestly, what I experienced just last week was a phenomenal dining experience and I can’t believe that no one seems to even realize that Velvet still exists and that it’s nothing like it was when it first opened.
First off, Velvet’s Head Chef Alberto Becerril takes the time to greet every table and shake each diners’ hand and personally ensures a hospitable and personable dining experience (the best kind!). He introduces each dish that comes to your table and maneuvers his way around the restaurant between all his guests flawlessly.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: 1949-The Hidden City, Cantonese food, Dim Sum, Duck de Chine, Jing Yaa Tang, Sanlitun, The Opposite House | 1 Comment »
Duck de Chine’s Half Price Daily Dim Sum Deal
I’m not sure what the deal is with Peking duck restaurants doing Cantonese Dim Sum for lunch, but looks like this is becoming a growing trend in China’s capital.
After The Opposite House‘s in-house duck restaurant Jing Yaa Tang came out with their unlimited dim sum lunch deal every day between 12PM-3PM, Beijingers went gaga for dim sum delicacies. And now 1949 – The Hidden City in south Sanlitun’s Duck de Chine is about to give Jing Yaa Tang and every other Canto resto serving dim sum some serious competition with its half price daily dim sum deal.
Offered every day of the week (including weekends!), Duck de Chine’s half price dim sum menu is available between 11AM-2:30PM. Using its own mini paper menu (pictured above), the menu is written in both English and Chinese and broken down into different dim sum categories: Soups, Steamed, Pan-fried/Deep-fried/Baked, Rice/Noodles, Rice Rolls, Snacks, and Sweets.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Hot Tips, Travel, Upcoming Events | Tags: Bespoke Beijing, Bespoke Travel Company, Wild Wall, Wild Wall Weekend, William Lindesay | 2 Comments »
Join Bespoke’s Wild Wall Weekend with William Lindesay (OBE)
One of the most majestic and mind-blowingly awesome sights in China is hands-down the Great Wall. It’s amazing how often people ask me if I get tired of going to the Great Wall and my answer is never.
It may be a little bit (or a lot) of effort to get to, sometimes you have to hike through some pretty rugged terrain to reach the Wall, but once I’m on it, I never regret it and have gained more appreciation and admiration for The Great Wall the more I visit and the more I learn about it.
So when I heard that Bespoke Travel Company is organizing a Wild Wall Weekend with William Lindesay, known as the world’s leading Great Wall historian, I couldn’t help but jump with joy.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Ben Kalman, Cantonese food, Dim Sum, Guloudongdajie, Hong Kong, Nan Luo Cantonese Restaurant, 南锣港式茶餐厅 | No Comments »
Happy Times with Hong Kong Eatery Opening Deals on Gulou Dongdajie
Sipping on 南锣港式茶餐厅 Nan Luo‘s Signature Hong Kong Style Sweet Iced Milk Tea, this totally hits the spot and though we won’t compare it to the ones that line the streets of Hong Kong, we’ll take what we can get with this new 茶餐厅 on the main street of Gulou Dongdajie.
Fellow Foodie Ben Kalman gets all the credit for introducing me to this new dining spot, which he’s been a happy customer returning multiple times per week since he first discovered it.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: BBQ, BBQ Rainbow Trout, Carl Setzer, craft beer, Ginger Soda, Great Leap Brewing, Harvest Fair, Honey Ma Gold, Imperial Pumpkin, IPAs, Jeremiah Jenne, Jottings from the Granite Studio, mask painting, pumpkin decoration, Roast Pig, The Hutong, Tianxianyu | No Comments »