LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Agua, Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard, Capital M, Great Leap Brewing, Hatsune, Lollipop Bakery, Migas, Mosto, Niajo, Okra 1949, Spanish Restaurant, Valentine's Day | No Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Alice Retson, Barbara O'Connell, Brandon Trowbridge, Burger Bar, Cookie Monster, Cookies, Fat Bunny Bakery, Happy Heart Collective, Hatsune, Hayden Hughes, Hélène Ponty, Jamie Chu, Jamie Kung, Jamie Penaloza, Jing Ting Cheah, Joanna Crain, Jon Ellis, Juice by Melissa, Katharine Schub, Kelvin Goh, Lexie Morris, Lollipop Bakery, Lucia Wang, Mandy Van Veen, Meilian Tan, Middle Kingdom Fitness, Nia China, Nola, Peyton Cheong, Pie Squared Pizza, Punjabi, Rebecca Ruskin, Sharee Hebert, Sienna Parulis-Cook, Sweet Tooth Bakery, The Hutong, Two Guys and a Pie | 9 Comments »
LDS + The Hutong Team Up to Create Beijing’s 1st Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off!
On Saturday, December 7, The Hutong Community Center hosted its first ever Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off!
A creation by yours truly, this event showcased many of Beijing’s Best Bakers (both professional and up-and-coming) to indulge the city’s most avid cookie monsters in an effort to support a wonderful community charity – a non-profit organization called Bridging Education and Mobility (BEAM) that seeks to connect teachers in rural and migrant schools with the resources to help their classrooms succeed.
Through the event’s raffle ticket sales, a portion of the total bake sales throughout the day and entrance tickets, we raised over RMB 7,560 to fund at least 5 upcoming education projects for BEAM – to support and provide resources to educators in rural and migrant schools in China for BEAM!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Upcoming Events | Tags: BJ Postcards, Christmas Shopping, Lollipop Bakery, Paddington Puddings & Pies, The Hutong, Tu Textiles, Winter Fayre | No Comments »
Stop By Beijing’s Last Christmas Fair of 2013 for Treats + Gifts!
(Photo of Lollipop Bakery‘s Festive Cupcakes!)
Most 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, but The Hutong’s Winter Fayre is the LAST Christmas Bazaar of the year and it’s taking place this Saturday, December 14th from 11AM-3PM.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alice Reston, Barbara O'Connell, BEAM, Bridging Education and Mobility, Burger Bar, Charity, Cookie Monster, Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off, Cookie's Cookie Shop, Diana Hu, Dustin Marrett, Fat Bunny Bakery, Happy Heart Collective, Hatsune, Hayden Hughes, Hélène Ponty, Hummingbird Therapeutic Spa Retreat, Jamie Chu, Jamie Kung, Jamie Penaloza, Jing Ting Cheah, Joanna Crain, Jon Ellis, Juice by Melissa, Kelvin Goh, Lollipop Bakery, Lucia Wang, Mandy Van Veen, Meilian Tan, Melissa McKenna, Middle Kingdom Fitness, Nia China, Nola, Peyton Cheong, Pie Squared Pizza, Punjabi, raffle, Rebecca Ruskin, Sesame Street, Sharee Hebert, Sienna Parulis-Cook, Sweet Tooth Bakery, The Hutong, Tim Hill, Two Guys and a Pie, YCIS Beijing, Yoga | 7 Comments »
ME WANT COOKIE!! ME EAT COOKIE!! ”OMM-nom-nom-nom…“
Blue and fuzzy with an insatiable appetite, Cookie Monster has always been my absolute favorite Sesame Street character. I can relate to his voracious appetite and sympathize with his addiction to cookies. It’s no wonder Cookie Monster, the most iconic, lovable muppet ever to be created, makes the perfect spokesperson for our cookie contest!
Designed for both cookie addicts (like Cookie Monster) and for those who stand tall and proud by their superb baking skills, LumDimSum and The Hutong have teamed up to host our first ever Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off. We’re inviting Beijing’s best bakers to compete for the top 20 spots for our Cookie Monster Competition and all of Beijing’s cookie-munching sweet tooths to determine which cookie would make Cookie Monster most excited.
The concept is simple. The Hutong will be hosting a Charity Bake-Off to indulge Beijing’s most avid cookie monsters by showcasing some of Beijing’s Best Bakers to support a wonderful community charity – a non-profit called Bridging Education and Mobility (BEAM).
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Special Events | Tags: Agua, China World Hotel, Full Moon Farmhouse Ale, Haagen Daz, Lollipop Bakery, Maldives, Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon Cake, Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa, The Sweet Spot, 中秋节, 京A Capital Brewing Co. | No Comments »
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 中秋节快乐！
While most Chinese will be rushing home to spend the Mid-Autumn Festival with their family, that’s just not an option for those of us living here far away from home. But that’s OK because we still get to enjoy the long weekend holiday with more moon cakes than we could possibly ever stomach. Moon cake party anyone?!
A Chinese confection traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival (today!), these little pastries are everywhere at the moment. You can find them packaged neatly and individually by small vendors and local bakeries or sold in elaborate package box sets designed to impress. As tasty as they are (I especially like the ones filled with red bean paste), these moon cakes are more than just a symbol of China’s mid-autumn festival, they have also become an obligatory gift this time of year.
If you’re living in China, this is the time for you to start purchasing some fancy pantsy mooncakes to give as gifts to all your Chinese colleagues, friends and clients (or anyone you want to show a sign of gratitude and appreciation for). But as foreigners, many of us didn’t grow up eating moon cakes and don’t exactly have a discerning palette when it comes to picking out which fillings or whether or not to go for the ones with an egg yolk inside, case in point.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: Barolo, Belita Jewelry, Cafe O2, Eric Paris Salons, Hilton Beijing, InterContinental, Lollipop Bakery, Mother's Day, One East (Hilton), Ritz-Carlton, SALT, Sanlitun, Shunyi, The Full English, The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu | No Comments »
Time to Treat the Most Important Lady in your Life
Better not forget the date, mark your calendars twice, set your alarms because this Sunday is Mother’s Day and it’s time to start planning something worthy of your family’s Queen Bee.
Pretty much every hotel is on it when it comes to brunch options this Sunday. From complimentary roses to champagne to free spa massages, these guys are pulling out all their stops to prove that they know exactly how to properly spoil mom. If you bring your mom to Barolo Italian Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, they’ve prepared chocolate carnations and sweets for all moms, The Hilton Beijing’s One East is serving up their organic brunch and they’re treating all moms to a 40-minute massage in their Jing Chen Spa, and if you bring your mom to Café O2 at InterContinental Beijing Beichen, she dines for free! (offer limited to “one mom per table” so you’re out of luck if you were planning to bring your grandma or aunts along for the freebie deal)
Though the hotel deals above are pretty sweet, a few of my top picks for Mother’s Day include a few experiences I’m pretty confident will “WOW” her:
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: Hot Tips | Tags: 2013, AnyShopStyle.cn, Chinese New Year, D-SATA by CuR, Lollipop Bakery, The Hutong, Year of the Snake | No Comments »