LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Hot Tips, Travel | Tags: Beijing Zoo, Cherry Blossoms, CityWeekend, Great Wall Jiankou, Journey to the West, Military Museum, Seasons of the Great Wall, The Hutong, Yu Yuan Tan Park, 玉渊潭公园 | 1 Comment »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Beijing Kids, Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard, CityWeekend, Easter, Easter cupcakes, Fat Bunny Bakery, Guy Beringer, SALT, Sparkling Sunday Brunch, Sunday Brunch, The Hutong | No Comments »
Early Easter Chicks Get the Worm!
Easter fun comes in many shapes and forms from died egg shells to festive cupcakes (photo above by Fat Bunny Bakery), there are plenty of Easter Egg Hunts and Sunday brunches available across Beijing.
Practically every hotel is hosting their own Easter brunch, but I choose to opt away from hotel-style buffet brunches and instead, I’ve put together my top picks for Easter activities/events in China’s capital.
LDS Top Easter Picks:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Cantina Agave, CityWeekend, Kelley Lee, Mexican food, Modo, Modo Urban Deli, Raffe Ibrahamian, Sanlitun Village, Swire Properties, tequila, Tequila Flights, Va Va Voom | 3 Comments »
Shanghai Import Cantina Agave Replaces VaVaVoom in Sanlitun Village
Yet another Shanghai import has made its way to into Beijing’s Sanlitun hood, Cantina Agave is a legend in the Shanghai dining scene known as “Shanghai’s favorite Taqueria & Tequileria” with its tasty margaritas, tequila flights and house specialty cocktails matched by an equally impressive range of California-style Mexican food.
“We use only top quality ingredients including imported chilies, cheese and garden fresh produce. Age old recipes make your experience with us as authentic as Mexico. With over 100 different types of tequila, regular food specials, daily wine boards, and monthly events, we want to satisfy your cravings for authentic Mexican food and certifiably amazing tequila.” – Cantina Agave
Owners Kelley Lee and Raffe Ibrahamian just opened their doors last week and a few of us came in on Saturday night to admire the view over a couple of margaritas and shared dessert. I gotta say, the restaurant design is stunning.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife, Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Baking Made Easy series, BCIS (Beijing City International School), Charity Book Fair, CityWeekend, Cooking with Beer, Gourmet Cupcakes Cooking Class, Great Leap Brewing, Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey's Frosting, Irish Car Bombs, Lollipop Bakery, Murphy's ShamRock 'n Roll Pub Crawl, Phoebe Mroczek, PhoebEvents, Roundabout, Slow Boat Brewery, St. Patrick's Day, Sunday Brunch, The Hutong, The Taproom, theBeijinger | No Comments »
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in True Irish Form: With Drinks
Before we get carried away with all the drink-heavy parties in the name of the patron saint of Ireland St. Patrick, let me first divert your attention to an important community event to help save a young girl with cancer.
Roundabout is hosting its biggest ever Charity Book Fair at BCIS (Beijing City International School) this Saturday, March 16 from 10AM-3PM. (In case you can’t make it on this day, rest assured, the book sale will continue Monday-Friday from 9:30AM-3:30PM until Tuesday, April 9th.)
Transported in two giant truckloads, there will be thousands of books to choose from at amazing prices with paperback books starting at RMB 10, hardbacks at RMB 20 and children’s books as little as RMB 1. The range of second hand books come in different languages and genres including but not limited to: fiction, art, travel, coffee table books, special interest, etc.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Ai Mo Town, CityWeekend, Dali 2, Dali Courtyard, Gulou, Guloudongdajie, hutong, Middle 8, New York Times, Southern Barbarian, theBeijinger, Time Out, TIME Travel, Travel + Leisure, Yun Er Town 云洱小镇, Yunnan Cuisine | 4 Comments »
Dali Courtyard’s Discreet Entrance
A classic Yunnan favorite, Dali Courtyard is a restaurant so popular in the warm summer months that you can’t count on walking in without a reservation, a lesson I’ve learned well.
It’s a trusted restaurant among the local foreign community with a reputation to serve consistently tasty and authentic Yunnan cuisine in a charming little courtyard nestled in the hutongs.
But I was surprised to find it rather quiet in my most recent visit a few weeks back. I was convinced that hoards of hungry diners would all arrive any moment, but they never came. In one entire evening, there were a total of about 10 other people in the entire restaurant. Needless to say, it was too cold to sit outside in the courtyard (which is covered up with a temporary roof in winter months), but there were hardly any other diners even in the cozy indoor spaces.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Alex Sanchez, CityWeekend, Galicia Night, Nali Patio, new menu, Niajo, Norma Bisbal, Open Kitchen, Paella, Sanlitun, Spanish food, tapas | 1 Comment »
Niajo’s Star Dish is the Paella, made with high-quality imported ingredients
In an effort to keep up with Beijing’s aggressive dining scene, eating out almost every night of the week, trying to tick off restaurant after restaurant on my never-ending Restaurant Hit List, I sometimes lose sight of my favorite restaurants, forgetting to give them deserved LDS attention.
It’s been years since my last dining experience in Niajo Spanish restaurant and that’s just wrong because I was a huge fan of this little authentic Spanish restaurant since it first opened and have always thought very highly of it, especially their phenomenal paellas. I stand by what I’ve always said about Niajo – their paellas are even better than the ones I used to love in Spain.
I was also pleased to find on my return visit last week how much Niajo has improved. With years passed and after plenty of restaurants have come and gone, I wasn’t sure what state I’d find Niajo in and was pleasantly surprised to find it totally renovated, looking better than ever with a steady flow of customers that filled pretty much every table available. Check out my LDS snapshots for a visual tour of the newly improved Niajo interior design.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife, Foodies & Dining Scene, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: 4corners 肆角餐吧, Acupuncture Records, Blue Frog, Chaoyang Park, Chateau HalloWINE, CityWeekend, DJ Alston, DJ Blackie, DJ Dio, DJ Eric Lee, DJ Jackson Lee, DJ Mickey Zhang, DJ Mike Gonzales, DJ Ou Yang, DJ Patrick Yu, DJ QQ, DJ Shen Yue, DJ Usami, DJ Weng Weng, DJ X Lee, Elvis T, Enoterra, Halloween, Heyrobics, Houhai Lake, IMPACT band, Indigo, Lido, People's Run, Spooked, Tango, theBeijinger, Time Out, Xiu, Xiulloween, Yen Fetish, Zombie Commute, Zombie Walk, Zombification | No Comments »
“Goblins and Ghosts and Creatures of Fright,
Don’t Miss the Call of Halloween Night.”
Halloween used to be all about pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating around the neighborhood for sweets, but now it’s about freaky, spooky, sexy parties running throughout the city.
With Halloween falling smack, dab in the middle of the week, there will be events taking place all week starting this Friday through the end of next week.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: American food, BBQ, Beijing Boyce, CityWeekend, Frost Nails, Home Plate Bar B-Que, New Restaurant, The Big Smoke, theBeijinger, Uncle Otis, Xingfucun | 4 Comments »