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Slow Boat Brewery

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Slow Boat has finally opened their long-awaited new storefront in Sanlitun. Walking in, you are greeted by a slick modern interior, with pops of red dominating the colour scheme. To get an idea of how bright and airy Slowboat is, the space was originally a warehouse and took over 5 months to renovate. With a delicious, extensive menu, Slow Boat …

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Shanghai Eats: MAVI

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If you’re ever in Shanghai, don’t neglect to pass by Mavi and spend awhile enjoying their desserts. Located in Xintiandi, it’s the perfect place to pop by and enjoy something sweet. An artisan chocolate and gourmet patisserie, Mavi specialises in desserts that are at once beautiful and delicious. As visually stunning as they are delightful taste wise, we can guarantee …

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Uncle 表叔茶餐厅

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Walking into Uncle (表叔茶餐厅) is like entering a hidden little cha chain tent off a side street of Hong Kong, albeit one a lot brighter and cleaner, and actually located in the Grand Summit in Liangmaqiao. The wall is decorated with tins of Carnation condensed milk, Vitasoy soy milk and pictures of HK movie stars. The menu offers dishes just …

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GLO Kitchen + Fitness

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A bright airy space located at the front of Guanghua Soho, GLO occupies a split level space with seating areas and a fridge stocked full of delicious, healthy goodies. Think green drinks, raw energy balls made from cacao and dates, and house made fresh nut milk. GLO’s official name is GLO Kitchen + Fitness – the kitchen is situated above …

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Cacha Cacha

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Cacha Cacha is a new Thai food joint opened up in the swanky Taikoo Li North. Specialising in Northern Thai food, it boasts a chef from second-generation chef from Chiang Mai whose grandfather used to cook for the Thai royal family. The restaurant itself is fun and kitschy, with neon lights and metal. The design is reminiscent of a food …

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Diao Ye Niu Nan 雕爷牛腩

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Stepping into Diao Ye Niu Nan 雕爷牛腩 is almost like stepping into another dimension. It’s hard to believe that nestled into the corner of a bustling, cosmopolitan mall is an avant-garde, high-end Chinese restaurant. First of all, the decor is positively futuristic. Steps rise out of the grounds and waiters clad in black with cloth masks on their heads weave …

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Soul Bowls at the Hatchery

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Soul Bowls is back and better than ever. After a brief stint at the Bookworm late last year, the tasty bowls are available at culinary incubator the Hatchery. The revamped menu has something for every palate, from ultra-healthy smoothie bowls to an indulgent brioche burger. Soul Bowls is the perfect place to eat if you are health conscious or have …

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Dark Chocolate Covered Popcorn with Sea Salt from Finger Licking Fit

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First time I made this I was jumping around my tiny Beijing kitchen like an excited little monkey. The magical wonders of chemistry: boring corn kernels go into a pan which will be covered with a lid, there’s the sound of great fireworks and, tada, the pan is filled to the brim with warm and fresh popcorn. One cup of plain popcorn …

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Bear Kung-Fu Noodles 熊样儿功夫面

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Stepping into Bear Kung-Fu Noodles (my own shoddy translation), or 熊样儿功夫面,  is a bit like walking into a Sanrio, a chain of Japanese stores that sell cutesy stuffed toys and everything Hello Kitty. The decor is kitschy, and yellow and black are predominant in their bold colour scheme. The dining area is relatively small, and the motif of a black bear …

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Bites Around Beijing: Hatsune and Napa Edition

Bites Around Beijing: Hatsune and Napa Edition

The Egg-plosion salad (58 RMB) at Hatsune is a relatively new addition to their menu, and not only is it delicious, it is also Paleo-friendly, if that’s your thing. A mess of crisp, fresh arugula leaves strewn with juicy, salty salmon roe and tobiko roe, it is completed by the perfectly poached, very runny egg placed in the middle of …

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Sweetie Salad

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You may have heard of Sweetie Salad because of their unfortunate PR stunt gone wrong last year, but there is much more to them than scantily-clad gladiators handing out salad. We all know it’s hard eating healthy, especially somewhere like Beijing. Sweetie Salad offers a sizeable range of good, affordable salads. All the salads come in clear cylinders, complete with …

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Country Kitchen at the Rosewood

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The Rosewood in Beijing keeps hitting it out of the park with their restaurants. Country Kitchen, their trendy open-kitchen restaurant, serves up authentic comfort food from the north of China. Walking in, we are greeted with billowing clouds of steam as chefs hand pull fresh, chewy noodles and steam piles of dumplings. The hefty menu is packed with hearty northern …

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Battling Beijing Winter: Broccoli Soup Recipe from Finger Licking Fit

Battling Beijing Winter: Broccoli Soup Recipe from Finger Licking Fit

Battling Beijing Winter: Broccoli Soup Recipe Beijing winter ain’t no joke. If it’s not the icy wind or all the people in the subway sneezing straight into your face, it’s the sticky hand of the five-year old English student you’re high fiving. Come to think of it, in Beijing we can always use an immune system pick-me-up. This health boosting …

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Obentos at the Grand Summit

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The BJ Foodies dinner last night gave everyone a chance to experience the new Obentos in the Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao before they officially opened the doors to the public. There was a set menu consisting of starters, mains and dessert to be shared between four groups of diners. The new space is clean and airy, much larger than their original …

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Walking into Okra, located in the hidden courtyard, is like entering another, more zen universe. The hustle and bustle of Beijing is nowhere to be found in the soothing, quiet room. Plaques commending Okra litter the walls, and their logo, the star-shaped cross-section of okra, is incorporated in a lot of the restaurant’s design. We were promptly seated in a …

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Soul Bowls Pop-up at Bookworm

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The minds behind successful Peruvian pop up Buena Onda have just opened their new pop up concept in the Bookworm. Soul Bowls, a mixture of hearty, nourishing, healthy bowls good for the body and the mind, are on offer for the next few weeks. With the smog at an all time high in Beijing, what better way than to cleanse …

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Da Dong Duck Burger

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Stepping into Da Dong burger has the feel of entering a slightly more upmarket fast food joint. Think of a fancier Burger King. High ceilings and windows make the venue bright and airy, and the staff is polite and willing to help, offering recommendations at the drop of a hat. The Classic Crispy Lean Roast Duck Burger (22 RMB) is …

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Jing A Brewing Co.

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Jing A Brewery Co. is always packed. No matter what time you go, it’s packed to the rafters with people relaxing after work and enjoying the chilled out, welcoming vibe at Jing A. When we went, it was filled to the brim on a Thursday night, it is highly recommended you make a reservation. The menu is small and concise, …

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Kenny’s Burgers

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Kenny’s Burgers, a new burger joint situated in the heart of Nali Patio, opposite Moka Bros, is the perfect place for any meal. Don’t be fooled by the name, which conjures up images of clogged arteries and greasy fast food joints. Kenny’s Burgers aims to serve the healthiest version possible of burgers and chips. The restaurant is bright and airy, …

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