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 »
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: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: AMAZEBALLS, Beixinqiao, Biteapitta, Giant Salads, Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory, Hatsune, Japanese food, Jinshisong.com, Josh Kernan, Set Lunch Meal, Suzuki Kitchen, Tofu Don Set Lunch | 4 Comments »
Silly Bunnies All Over Suzuki
Whenever I’m working in the Beixinqiao 北新桥 area (at least once or twice a week), you can pretty much pin me down at Suzuki Kitchen between 12:30PM-1:30PM. Suzuki Kitchen is a down-to-earth little Japanese restaurant that has recently exploded on Dianping with positive reviews praising their quick service, relaxed atmosphere and affordable prices and I totally agree. It’s simple, it’s cute (little decorative bunnies in every direction you look), and it’s great value.
They currently have a handful of branches around the Gulou area including Mao’er Hutong and Xiao Ju’er Hutong near Nanluoguxiang. I believe this Beixinqiao branch is their newest location (the one I frequent most often), is tucked just behind the southeast corner of Beixinqiao subway station entrance.
I can’t seem to get enough of Suzuki because it just one-ups every other lunch option available in a 5-minute walking radius. There is an entire strip of small local restaurants within walking distance to choose from on the Dongsibeidajie 东四北大街 and Yonghegong 雍和宮 street, but before Suzuki came along, we found ourselves regularly ordering office deliveries from either Gung Ho! Pizza or Biteapitta (via Jinshisong Delivery Service). Though many of the local Chinese restaurants in the area are all relatively cheap and quick, they always left us feeling groggy and unhealthy. Suzuki is also quick, easy and cheap (we’re talking as low as RMB 30 for a whole set lunch meal), but most importantly, it’s also quality. These are all components that make Suzuki such a solid option for the little Beixinqiao neighborhood.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: 2013 Genghis Khan MTB Adventure & Grassland Marathon, Andrew Papas, Chef Sue, Genghis Khan MTB Adventure, Heyrobics, Jared Cline, Josh Kernan, Matthew Wong, May Lea Ling, Nina Griffee, Pie Italiana, Pierate of the Caribbean, Polly Ashmore, Sanlitun, Sean Silbert, Shangpai, The Hutong, Time Out Beijing, Two Guys and a Pie, Two Guys and a Thai | 7 Comments »
“Only one pie will outwit, outpie & outlast the rest!”
Instead of training for my Genghis Khan half marathon in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia as I originally planned to do last Wednesday night with Heyrobics‘ Running Team, I was summoned for pie jury duty by Beijing’s pie kings Matt & Andrew, co-founders of the Aussie meat pie cult Two Guys and a Pie. And yes, I do have my priorities in order, thank you very much.
This was not me giving in to gluttony, this is me fulfilling an honorable duty to help friends in need, to give closure to an unanswered question, to give the Beijing community what they want, what they need – a new pie winner!! This was a selfless act, an exemplary case of LumDimSum (once again) putting the needs of others before my own. And now that the deed has been done, I have taken it upon myself to share the results of this case with my dear LDS readers…
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Travel | Tags: Duolemeidi, Genting Grand Hotel Secret Garden Resort, Josh Kernan, Ski Resort, Taizi Village, Wang Long Ski Resort, Wanlong, Zhangjiakou, 密苑云顶乐园 | 10 Comments »
Can you believe this is only a few hours from Beijing, CHINA?!
No, the photo above is not taken from Lake Tahoe, California – it’s from Genting Secret Garden Ski Resort 密苑云顶乐园, the newest addition to Beijing’s quickly developing neighbor, Hebei Province.
After a two-day weekend getaway to Genting Grand Hotel Secret Garden Resort, I’m feeling a little spoiled. The skies were bright, bright blue without a trace of smog, the weather was not too cold, and the runs on the mountain were all relatively remote with all the beginners shuttled over to snow trucks to the other side of the mountain for all the bunny slopes (suckas!). I couldn’t have asked for better conditions and for anyone aching to get out of the city for a couple of days, you should seriously consider escaping to Genting Secret Garden’s marvelous mountains.
Even on our drive up to Chongli, we were gobbling up the incredible scenery along the way. Since I was carpooling with speed-racing driving maniac Alan Wong, we were able to get up to Genting within 2.5 hours, beating out the 5 buses that left from Beijing 2 hours before us, but I think it’s safe to say that Chongli is a good 3-3.5 hours drive from Beijing’s CBD.
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Health & Fitness, Travel | Tags: Bike Challenge, Bike Trek, Biking, Bulangshan, cycling legends, Ganlanba, Jinghong, Joe Wood, Josh Kernan, Manbo, Manzhao, Menglun, Morgan O'hara, Mountain Biking, Nannuoshan, Pu-er Tea, Ride of a Lifetime, sing song, The Hutong, Travel, village home stay, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, Yunnan Cuisine | 11 Comments »