“Our tour is specially designed for travelers and food lovers who are venturing into India for the first time. We’ve picked destinations that will ensure that the traveler can sample the rich cultural heritage, the numerous religions, traditional folk arts, the varied terrains and above all the diversity of its multi layered cuisine.”
India has been at the top of my bucket list for the past 2 years but the big question for me has always been – how do I eat my way through India’s incredible cuisines without getting sick? How would I know where to go for the best local specialties and what’s best to avoid? I’ve heard of so many horror stories of India trips being ruined by immobilizing stomach bugs and that’s the worst.
When Cantina Agave first opened in Beijing in March 2013, it was caused quite a stir as their popularity in Shanghai is unparalleled by any other Mexican taqueria and tequileria. Famous for their California-Mexican style menu dishes and serving over 100 types of tequila, this trendy Shanghai brand managed to lock in a sweet location across from Flamme restaurant on the 3rd floor of Sanlitun Taikoo Li Village. Making a big splash at their opening party, Cantina quickly made a name for themselves as a hot spot for tequila shots and tasty cocktails.
BJ FOoDieS Returns to the Reinvented SSAM restaurant now called One Pot
SSAM is not a new restaurant in Beijing, but it’s been reinvented into One Pot 一锅 by SSAM and I’m delighted to share that the BJ FOoDiEs team is hosting their next dinner here on Sunday, August 31st from 7:30-9:30PM.
Though the restaurant’s popular whole roasted beer chicken has received decent media coverage across various magazines and blogs, I still don’t think that this restaurant has reached the mainstream foodie scene so I’m hoping that this upcoming event will make a splash because Chef Andrew Ahn of One Pot by SSAM is a very talented chef who deserves much more credit and praise (this is the same chef that is currently corresponding with Chef Rob Cunningham of EAST hotel in Lido to organize the menu for their upcoming Carnivore Club feast).
Super Smoothies by Timezone 8 (in 798 Art District)
One of Beijing’s coolest contemporary Chinese art district neighborhoods, 798 is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike where you can browse new exhibitions in different galleries while shopping for quirky, artsy souvenirs and follow around dozens of wedding couples seeking that edgy, industrial look.
As much as I love spending the day in 798, it gets exhausting. Luckily for the thousands of people who stop by for a visit every day, there are a growing number of dining options and cafes to satiate your thirst and hunger. Glad to have more options but it’s still going to be a hit-or-miss so best to not just go into a venue at random.
One of my tried and true favorites of 798 is Timezone 8, a Western restaurant started by Texan Robert Bernell who is also one of the original founders of the 798 Art District back before it became a hotspot hub for creative artists. I was delighted when Robert teamed up with restauranteur Alan Wong of the Hatsune Restaurant Group to open up a sushi section in 2012 and now I’m very pleased to share a new development – their new smoothie/juice menu!
What happens in Tuanjiehu Park Every Tuesday and Saturday
Just when you thought Beijing had run out of niche sports for expats, here comes…Roller Derby???
That’s right, Beijing Roller Derby makes it possible for the athletic-minded in our fair city to play (do? roll?) a sport that has been around in one form or another for more than 80 years (that’s right, look it up!!!) but which few of us have ever seen, let alone participated in. Gathering twice-weekly at Tuanjiehu Park, Beijing Roller Derby is open to anyone who’s interested in the challenge of what has been described as rugby, on wheels, without a ball.
A year infamous for grow pains and awkward moments, the Hatsune Restaurant Group seems to be ahead of the curve as they turn 13 this year. Not only do they have 5 restaurants under their belt in Beijing and another 5 in Shanghai, their restaurant empire is continuing to grow with another Hatsune branch set to open in Beijing by early 2015 (location to be revealed in due time!) and expanding to other city options (equally as exciting!).
Entering their teenage years makes Hatsune a living dinosaur in the fickle and unpredictable Beijing restaurant scene where most places are lucky to make it past their 5 year mark. But Hatsune’s charismatic personality, lovely design and consistently delicious sushi rolls have won them over a growing number of sushi fanatics who just can’t seem to get enough.
And continuing in their tradition of hosting epic anniversary parties with free flow booze and sushi, it’s clear to see that Hatsune is really just a big kid at heart.
Here’s something worth spreading a buzz about: a farm to table feast by Fatface Dining using urban honey by Shangrila Farms and both craft honey iced tea by Cha He and the launch of JingA’s newest craft beer: Urban Buzz Honey Ale.