LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: A Salty Surprise, Abigail Arterburn, Anete Elken, Audrey Tao, BEAM, Becca Ruskin, Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center, Bethel China, Charlotte Arneson, CHP, Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off, East Hotel, Grace Yang, Greta Bradford, Jamie Kung, Juice by Melissa, Kyla McIntyre, Laurey Lou, LumDimSum, Malou Claessens, Matthew Edmondston, Peter VanderMeulen, Queen of the Cookie Jar, Rachel Friedman, Rager Pie, Sugar & Spice, Sweet Tart Bakery, Sydney Hess, The Hutong, YinYang Shortbread Cookies, Zhaoyi | No Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife | Tags: 4 Nine City, Andingmen, Baijiu, bar, Bar 4 Nine, bar snacks, Beijingy, Chinese medicinal herbs, cocktails, Douzhi, East Hotel, Fragrant Mountain cocktail, Gulou, Old Gangster cocktail, Peking's Past, The Hutong Hipster, Xian Bar, Xian Lao Man 馅老满, 泗酒城, 豆汁 | 2 Comments »
I am coining a new adjective in this post: Beijingy. Bar 4 Nine 泗酒城 is really Beijingy.
It represents the flourishing of something that I have hoped to see for the entirety of my time in Beijing. Local Beijingers, skilled and knowledgeable with regards to the modern, but proud of their heritage putting forth really high quality products in a thoughtful, quaint atmosphere.
Bar 4 Nine is named after an old name for the city – the 4 representing the 4 inner gates to the Forbidden City and the 9 being the 9 outer gates that now follow the circular Line 2 Subway. A bar created between 3 owners (2 Chinese bartenders and an American), the one who created the concept for the bar is an old Beijinger (old as in he is local – 老北京, not in reference to his age as he is quite young!) and wanted to demonstrate that China may well be modernising and adopting Western habits, but Chinese culture still has a lot to offer.
Located above a chicken restaurant just south of Xianlaoman Dumpling House 馅老满- the best way to find it is to look for the large red “鸡” sign that hangs outside on Andingmen Nei Dajie – then walk through the restaurant and up the stairs in the back. But if you are coming to the bar after 10PM (after the chicken restaurant closes), then note that they do remove the illuminating 鸡 signage and replace it with their own nicely branded sign.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: Abigail Arterburn, Afternoon Tea, Ahava Bistro & Cafe, Anete Elken, Audrey Tao, Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant, BEAM, Becca Ruskin, Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP), Bethel, Britt Langford, Cafe Zarah, Charlotte Arneson, CHP, Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off, East Hotel, Greta Bradford, Gretchen Johnson, Hatsune, Hot Chocolate, Hot Toddy, Ivy Wang, Jamie Kung, Jing-A Brewing Co., Josh Kernan, Juice by Melissa, Julie Bonanno, Kelvin Goh, Kyla McIntyre, Laurey Lou, Malou Claessens, Matthew Edmondston, Melissa McKenna, Migas, Mosto, Obentos, Pak Pak Thai Restaurant, Peter VanderMeulen, Punjabi, Punjabi Indian restaurant, Rachel Friedman, Raffle Prizes, Rager Pie, Shirley Fan, Sugar & Spice, SuSu, Sweet Tart Bakery, Sydney Hess, Tea with Georg, The Georg, The Hatchery, The Hutong, The Taco Bar, This City Art, Traitor Zhou's, Warm Milk | No Comments »
Get that Glass of Milk Ready, You’re About to Enter Cookie Heaven
Cookie Monster’s dream-come-true, Beijing’s sweet tooths are in for a real treat this coming weekend. An event designed for insatiable cookie addicts and have a bottomless pit for homemade, stuff-your-face-silly cookies, we’re all about that cookie.
But I’m not just talking about any cookie. I’m talking 20 different types of creative cookies, each one made from scratch by 20 brilliant bakers based in Beijing. There will be more than your fair share of cookies to munch your way through, it really doesn’t get much better than this!
From chewy and gooey to salty cookies, vegan cookies and crafty variations of your classic Chocolate Chip cookies, we are very proud to announce the top contestants who have made the cut and will be competing in this year’s Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off!
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, Upcoming Events | Tags: 1949-The Hidden City, Arepera, Chef Rob Cunningham, Drink Beer + Curry On, East Hotel, Flying Fist IPA, Hagaki, infusion beer, Jing-A Brewing Co., Kitchen Takeover, MOKA Bros, Pak Pak Thai Restaurant, Thai Curry, Thai food | 1 Comment »
Pak Pak Takes Over Jing-A’s Kitchen
Home of my choice Thai in Beijing, Pak Pak is branching out from its venue in the CBD (just across from the back entrance of The Place Shopping Mall) to take over Jing-A‘s kitchen for one night only this coming Thursday, August 20th from 7PM onwards.
Part of an ongoing series of “Kichen Takeovers”, 京A previously hosted some of Beijing’s most beloved restaurants to mix things up in their kitchen. From Moka Bros Arepera night complete with a beauty pageant to Hagaki (East Hotel)‘s Japanese night with sumo wrestling blow-up suits, I’ll be looking forward to see what Pak Pak has in store for their kitchen takeover. Though I’m sure they’ve got some good surprises up their sleeves, you can count on Pak Pak to start things off right by heating up 京A’s Kitchen with some bold and vibrant Thai flavors.
A set dinner menu inclusive of various Thai curries to choose from, two veggie sides and a dessert, this menu was designed to match 京A’s hoppier beers like the Flying Fist IPA, but according to my inside sources at 京A Taproom, they’re already working on an infusion beer specially for this event.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Andrew Gilliland, Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant, Big Bear Baked Goods, Britt Langford, Cara Gleeson, Charlotte Arneson, Chef Sue Zhou, Clare He, Cookie Monster, Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off, Corner Melt, Daisy, East Hotel, Grace Yang, Hatsune, Jacob Miller, Jing-A Brewing Co., Jon Ellis, Jordan Silva, Josh Kernan, Juice by Melissa, Kelvin Goh, Kinsey Morrow, Kitty 李坤, Lory, Lotus Qi, LumDimSum, Marte van Os, Maya Jing 亚静马, Michelle Tang, Middle Kingdom Fitness, Migas, Miho Lai, Mosto, Obentos, Pantry Dropper Cookies, Punjabi, Robynne Tindall, Split Works, Sue Zhou Does Food, Sunila Cook, Sweet Tart Bakery, Sweet Tooth Bakery, The Hutong, The Taco Bar, theBeijinger, Traitor Zhou's, Tribe, Two Guys and a Pie, 狂聚派 Rager Pie | 6 Comments »
LumDimSum & The Hutong Host their 2nd Annual Cookie Monster Bake-Off!
Cookie Monster’s DREAM-COME-TRUE, the 2nd annual Cookie Monster bake-off’s display of drool-inducing cookies was unparalleled in both talent and creativity.
Having taken place this past Saturday, March 14, the event was co-hosted by LDS (yours truly)+ The Hutong featuring 19 different baking contestants (18 of which were brand new to sign up!). These were the baking finalists who made it through a tough screening process in order for us to present the best of the best cookies we could find.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife, Upcoming Events | Tags: 32 Via Dei Birrai, 8 Wired Brewing Co., Baird Brewing Company, Beijing Autumn Craft Beer Festival, Beijing Craft Beer Festival, Beijing Invitational Craft Beer Festival (BICBF), Boxing Cat Brewery, craft beer, East Hotel, Galaxy SOHO, Great Leap Brewing, Harvest Brewing Company, Hilden Brewing Co., Hong Kong Beer Co., JingA, Le Ble D'or, Lucia Wang, Slow Boat Brewery, Strong Ale Works, Thornbridge Brewery, Victory Brewing Company, Windsor & Eton Brewery, Yeastie Boys, Yoopay, Young Master Ales, 京A Capital Brewing Co. | 1 Comment »
Great Leap Hosts Beijing’s First Invitational Craft Beer Festival
Sometimes it’s good to get a reality check and break free of the Beijing bubble and remember that there’s more beyond our 6th ring borders. As much as Beijing’s craft beer community has blossomed over the past 5 years, it’s also nice to see how the rest of the world is getting on in their homebrewing creations.
After Great Leap Brewing hosted their third annual Beijing Craft Beer Festival this summer at Galaxy SOHO, they’re finishing 2014 off strong by launching Beijing’s first Invitational Craft Beer Festival (BICBF) in conjunction with XIX Spirit to bring over international craft beer brand names to Beijing for the very first time from November 14-16 at EAST Beijing Hotel.
“This festival is designed around established international and greater China brands, giving them access to the Beijing market and allowing local drinkers an opportunity to see the grander scale of craft beer.” - Lucía Wang, PR & Events Director of Great Leap Brewing
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: 18 Brewery, Andy's Craft Sausage, Autumn, Becky Lane, Beijing Autumn Craft Beer Festival, Biteapitta, Boxing Cat Brewery, Cuju Beijing, East Hotel, Great Leap Brewing, Hagaki, Home Plate Bar B-Que, Hops Magazine, NANJING CRAFT BREWING CO., NB Craft Brewing, Palms L.A., Qingdao, Shi Cheng Ji Shao Bing, Slow Boat Brewery, Strong Ale Works, The Beijing Homebrew Association, Two Guys and a Pie, UberBJ, Wuhan, 京A Capital Brewing Co. | No Comments »