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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year!
The Hutong’s Winter Fayre is one of their biggest community events of the year and it also happens to be where I plan to do most of my Christmas shopping every year.
While many of Beijing’s Christmas bazaars and fairs have all been taking place across the city in various embassies and hotels over the past couple weekends, The Hutong’s Winter Fayre may be one of the smaller fayres in terms of its number of vendors and sheer capacity, but it makes up for its size with its merry vibes and abundance of spiced mulled wine.
Taking place this Saturday, December 9th from 11AM-4PM, this is a great place to stock up on prezzies for the holidays and also a great place to meet and learn about some pretty crafty and talented companies who will be showcasing the best of their merchandise!
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Before I begin this review, note that everything that was seen and eaten was a preview version of the restaurant and may not be entirely representative of the final product, but based on the strength of our first tasting, I strongly urge all foodies to make Beyond Yakitori a priority visit once it soft-opens on July 2nd (they plan to officially open mid-July).
Located in the Topwin Centre (same building as the Mercedes Me project), Beyond Yakitori is on the 3rd floor alongside a bunch of other restaurants who also seem to be just opened or in the process of opening very soon. It specialises, as you might have guessed, in Yakitori; aka Japanese chuanr.
LDS Snapshots of Beyond Yakitori:
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Beijing is Spoiling Love Birds for Choice with Romantic Dinners for Two
Beijing is not the most romantic of places even at the best of times but on Valentine’s Day, there are hundreds of restaurants all around town ready and willing to do all the swooning for you.
Glasses of champagne to start, a red rose to make your heart flutter, hundreds of candles to set the mood, and a little momento to take home, these restaurants have plenty of tricks up their sleeves to make this day as special as can be.
Here is a curated list of recommended places for you to kindle that spark this Valentine’s Day.
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Creative Pork Floss Pastries Mimic Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Brushes
Chengdu may lure you into Sichuan with its absurdly adorable panda bears, but what will keep you coming back will be its addictive cuisine. Known for its “ma la” numbing peppercorns, the tingling sensation on your lips and spicy kick have earned this Sichuan capital the title of China’s “City of Gastronomy”.
When planning our 3-day weekend visit to Chengdu, we were delighted to be given so many helpful tips, but perplexed to have 90% being food related and only 10% to do with pandas. I guess the panda research center is pretty straight forward, but we did learn that pandas are most playful and active in the early mornings (so best to arrive right between 8-9AM). This article by Chris Beam for Travel + Leisure also does an excellent job summing up the current state of Chengdu with all of its challenges in modernization while maintaining its heritage buildings and chilled-out vibes.
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Let’s Celebrate Our Love for Fine Foods
Whether you’re single or taken, you certainly don’t have to be in love to love the idea of indulging in course after course of beautifully presented dishes that makes you weak in the knees.
Everyone can enjoy this holiday celebration by treating yourself to a special dinner at one of Beijing’s top restaurants and milk this holiday for all its worth!
Happy Valentine’s feasting to my fellow foodies who love to love fine foods!
Valentine’s Day Dinner Break Down: (in alphabetical order)
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Add Some Spicy Flair to Your Weekday with Karaiya’s New Set Lunch Menu
While there are plenty of superb lunch deals in the Sanlitun area, it’s not very often that you come across a thoughtful set lunch menu at a Chinese restaurant.
From my experience, most Chinese restaurants either offer some sort of buffet spread or it’s ordered a la carte as you would at dinner. And I’m talking about the restaurants with a whole range of dishes on offer, not your neighborhood hole-in-the-wall 拉面 noodle or 盖饭 shop. And with so many of the Western restaurants all around town offering great value 2 to 3 course set lunch menus, Indian restaurants offering massive lunch buffet spreads, it makes me wonder why more Chinese restaurants don’t offer the same bang for your buck at lunch to keep up with their neighboring competitors.
Always one step ahead of the rest, Karaiya Spice House has launched a set of 9 different weekday set lunches designed for those of us who don’t want to waste too much brain power thinking about what you want to order for lunch (you’re only half-way done with your work day!) and if you prefer your lunches to be speedier than you average dinner experience.
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