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Restaurant of the Year 2013, City Weekend – Editor’s Pick
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Before trying Juice by Melissa‘s 3-day Purification Juice Cleanse, I have not not eaten longer than a few hours in a day. I’ve never tried fasting, I’ve never even considered any form of diet that didn’t allow me to continue eating.
But a juice cleanse is not a diet. Its goal is not for you to lose weight, it’s more about detoxing and re-booting your body by cleaning out that funky gunk in your system and giving your digestive tract a well-deserved break.
I was first introduced to the very lovely Melissa McKenna, founder of Juice by Melissa through a personal recommendation (big thanks to Michael Crain, founder of Chi Fan for Charity and fellow Crossfit addict at Middle Kingdom Fitness).
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With a handful of Halloween parties that took place last weekend and more than a handful in the next 5 days ahead, it looks like this haunted holiday is really starting to take off in Beijing!
I still remember Halloween in 2006 was a big mishmash mess with Christmas lights and Easter eggs on display. We’re now seeing a lot more variety with various events happening all over town – a mix of costume contests, autumn-themed meals, haunted houses and magnificent masquerades in a ridiculously over-the-top castle! See below my top picks for events starting this Thursday, October 31st!
LDS’ Top Picks for this Wicked Week of Halloween:
Thursday, October 31st:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: 12 Year Anniversary, Anniversary Party, Best Japanese, Best Restaurant of the Year, CityWeekend, Hatsune, Hatsune Restaurant Group, Taikoo Li Sanlitun | 3 Comments »
…12 Years and Counting!!
The original Hatsune opened back in 2001, which makes this restaurant a living dinosaur.
Still going strong after 12 years, we’re incredibly proud to have recently won both Best Japanese AND Best Restaurant of the Year by CityWeekend’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards Restaurant Awards. Hatsune has a good track record of winning Best Japanese Restaurant each year, but we were honestly a little shocked to win Best Restaurant of the Year too! Winning this prized title once before back in 2008, Hatsune is the only other Beijing restaurant to ever win this honor twice in the history of CityWeekend’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
I think they say it best here -
“In a city where restaurants come and go so fast that sometimes we don’t even have enough time to publish a review before they’re gone, Hatsune has defied all the odds by staying packed almost every night for nearly 12 years. The menu of quality sushi, rolls and many other Japanese favorites continues to attract legions of fans, and this is also one of the only restaurants in the city where you have to book a table, even on a weekday night. Consistency is a major problem in Chinese F&B, but Hatsune’s got its formulas down pat, and neither the original Guanghua Lu or second Sanlitun location disappoints.” – CityWeekend
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Photos Don’t Lie: Yu Yuan Tan Park is Bursting with Cherry Blossoms
In CityWeekend magazine’s recent cover story “Journey to the West (of Beijing)”, they highlight a part of Beijing often ignored and unknown to most of us based on the east side of the Forbidden City. The article sites many of the attractions, museums, parks, shopping and dining that make a trip west worth the effort (it’s really not as far as you might think). I can’t say I’d have much interest in seeing the Military Museum or the sad animals in the Beijing Zoo, but the bit about Yu Yuan Tan Park 玉渊潭公园 boasting “Beijing’s Best Cherry Blossoms” stopped me in my tracks.
“Whether cruising the big lake in the shadow of the CCTV Tower or skipping along winding paths, Yu Yuan Tan, the Jade Lake Park, is a perennial favorite for springtime cherry blossom peeping.” - CityWeekend’s Article “Journey to the West”
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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.
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