LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife | Tags: Arrow Factory Brewing, Arrow Factory Taproom, British food, Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, craft beer, hipster walls, Scotch Egg, Shunyi, Stuff'd, Thomas Gaestidius, Will Yorke | No Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Awfully Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Martini, Chocolate Mille Crepe Cake, chocolate truffles, dessert, Haagen Dazs, Indigo Shopping Mall, Lido, Sanlitun, Sanlitun Taikoo Li, Sweets, waffles | 1 Comment »
Awfully Chocolate’s Expansion into Sanlitun’s Taikoo Li
I didn’t realize what a come back Awfully Chocolate has made until my friend was surprised with a Chocolate Mille Crepe Cake (photo snap below) for his birthday last month. Since this game-changing dessert re-discovery, I’ve been tormented by friends’ photos of repeat visits to the branch in Lido’s Indigo Mall the past few months (Lido is a little bit of a trek since my mode of transportation is by bike), so I’ve sat anxiously waiting for its opening in Sanlitun Taikoo Li Village’s basement floor.
Awfully Chocolate’s Mille Crepe Cake Blows My Mind
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Beef Brisket, Great Leap Brewing, Hong Kong, Noodles, Phở Laboratory, Qi Ye, Qing Tang Nan, soup noodles, 七爷清汤腩 | No Comments »
Hole in the Wall Hong Kong Noodle Joint
Since my office is close by, I just stumbled upon Qi Ye (Qing Tang Nan) 七爷清汤腩 by total accident because we were hungry and walking in the general direction of a handful of our regular office lunch go-to spots. What lured me in was not the slick wood and brick exterior, but a retro photo of Bruce Lee displayed on their wall. It caught our eye as something out of place for your average Chinese restaurant and we wanted to see more.
Slick Wood & Brick Exterior next to Pho Lab
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: al fresco, food craze, Gateway office, Gulou, Home Plate Bar B-Que, In & Out, Kimchi Carnitas Quesadilla, Korean Mexican Fusion, Los Angeles, Michael Tsai, Miso Dog, New Restaurant, Oak Chateau, Outdoor Patio, Palms L.A., Regency Taipan, Retro, Salad, Sanyuanqiao, Soft Opening, Tacos Protein-Style, vegetarian friendly | No Comments »
Korean-Mexican Mash-Up at Palms L.A.’s 2nd Location at Sanyuanqiao
With way more demand than they could possibly supply in their original space in Gulou’s hutongs, it’s happy news for all of Beijing’s foodies that their beloved Korean-Mexican fusion Palms L.A. Kitchen and Bar has expanded to open a much larger second location on the other side of town in Sanyuanqiao.
It comes as no surprise how well received this food concept has been (because it’s quirky, unique and tastes BOMB), but it’s been incredible to witness how this niche fusion combo of Korean and Mexican that started as a Southern California food truck fad has made its way all the way to Beijing. And this is all thanks to one man in particular- Palms L.A.’s owner Michael Tsai (Los Angeles native), who is solely responsible for making this all happen and bringing this food craze to our city.
“A slice of Los Angeles in China, Palms L.A. Kitchen and Bar serves up Mexican Korean fusion, unique small bites, creative desserts, and premium cocktails.” – LA Palms on FB
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: BMK, BMK Catering, Brian McKenna, Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard, Comptoirs De France, Hatsune, Ignace Lecleir, The Courtyard | No Comments »
Brian McKenna Closes the Courtyard this week
It was officially announced via press release at the end of May that Brian McKenna would be closing his restaurant BMK @The Courtyard on June 14 (hurry cause it’s your last chance to dine tonight!).
“Brian is closing his restaurant Brian McKenna @The Courtyard so he can focus on new simpler design concepts; something he has been working on behind the scenes this year. However, he is also going to do more consulting projects. Brian is already working with 2-star-Michelin chef Ron Blaauw on his new restaurant in Amsterdam, as well as doing a range of desserts for Hatsune Restaurant Group and Comptoirs de France in Beijing.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alan Wong, Best of Both Worlds, Chef Daniel Urdaneta, Culinary Collaboration, Culinary Concept, Hatsune, Hatsune Restaurant Group, Japanese, Mosto, Nali Patio, Nikkei, Pop-Up, Pop-Up Dinner, Rooftop Terrace, South American, Uni, Wagyu | No Comments »
Alan (L) & Daniel (R) Team Up for NIKKEI Pop-Up Dinner
In case you didn’t already know, NIKKEI is a pop-up culinary event concept between Chef Daniel Urdaneta (of Mosto fame) and Alan Wong (Hatsune restaurant group) combining Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. This may sound like a random, crazy combination but actually Nikkei is nothing new.
While Nikkei is a food trend taking London, Paris, Lima, Barcelona and Miami by storm, this is a cooking style that’s come to define Peruvian cuisine. While ceviche is Peru’s national dish, Peruvians didn’t actually use raw seafood as an ingredient in their cuisine until the Japanese diaspora migrated to South America and used their own cooking techniques to transform local dishes.
I think this Munchies article titled “Nikkei Is the Beautiful Love Child of Peru and Japan” explains it best -
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife, Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Anniversary, Badr Benjelloun, Cuju, Cuju Beijing, hutong, hutong BBQ, Moroccan Rum Bar, Rummery | No Comments »
Time to Toast Cuju for 3 Years of Rum Ragers!
Monday, June 8th marks the 3rd Anniversary of little Cuju Sports Bar & Rummery. From opening back in 2012 as Dongcheng District’s only sports bar in the hutongs to everyone’s friendly neighborhood rummery, they’re ready to celebrate with a week of festivities starting tonight!
“From that first night jitters (on the first game of the Euro 2012) and arguing with neighbours, through landlord problems and staff turnover, we somehow made the 3 years mark.” - Badr Benjelloun
Here’s a day by day play of every discount and super deal you can look forward to enjoying. You’ll find lots of drink deals and sandwich deals depending on the day (expect Wednesdays as they’ll be closed!). And notice the increasing momentum and excitement as we make our way to the grand finale this Sunday, June 14th for a blow-out Hutong afternoon BBQ with free flow Kirin beer, sangria and mixers! Price is RMB 150 per person, just remember to help Badr out (with managing as best he can given the limited space in a small hutong) and RSVP in advance if you want to join!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, LDS Interviews | Tags: 3rd Wave Coffee, American pies, barista, Bulletproof Coffee, cafe, Chunky Punkin’, coffee, Colombia, Costa Rica, Don't Rage Alone, Empie儿, Farm to Neighbors Organic Market, Folgers, Frito Pie Pie, JAKA 扎咖, Jeremy Wood, JUE 觉 Creative Market, Kenya, Lamburger, Mandeling, Maxwell House, Minotaur, nitrogen cold brew coffee, Pecandrogynous, Pie Day Fridays, Rager Pie, Ragerhaus, Starbucks, whole wheat crust, Wilson Hailey, Yirgacheffe, 狂聚派 Rager Pie | 1 Comment »