Foodie Diaries in Beijing

I love eating. I suffer not eating. However, since I moved to China I gained, and I gained a lot, considering I’m doing around 15km per day by bicycle just to come to work and leave from work. Insane right? I decided to continue my weekly dining diary about what and where to try.

Last week I tried dieting, cooking home made healthy lunch and pretend I was eating healthy. That was before we decided to eat out… These are the reasons to blame.

The Healthy Cafe.

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This was absolutely by chance that we got there. I was looking for a baseball cap as I am very sensitive to sun. So on Monday, when AH found himself being off (he actually showed up at work first) we went together to the Place to look for it. As the prices were disappointing, we decided to grab a lunch together. We walked around The Place and found the Healthy Cafe, which turned out to be a Honky restaurant. As AH is from Hong Kong, I decided to let him choose.

The choice very simple and nice. Couple of dim sum, noodles (the head picture) and a dessert can make anyone happy.

Hai Di Lao.

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Through Monday to Friday I was a good girl and pretending dieting. I swear to God, I did not plan on giving up. But on Friday I suddenly got a craving for hot pot. All of sudden I wanted it.

As it is hot outside and AH works late, we went for hot pot at 10pm. I wanted to go to gym, I promise, but found myself in a hot pot.

The best place to have a hot pot is Hai Di Lao. Just get yourself this amazing mushroom soup base, sliced beef, some greens, crab sticks, needle mushrooms and noodle and enjoy!

Element Fresh.

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Sunday breakfast-brunch when we are both off is the most important time for us. We always try to get the nicest choice. So we were headed to the Mosto as they supposedly had a new menu. But when we came we just found exactly the same five dishes as before. So moved elsewhere.

We walked around looked at Wagas, Cafe Flo and even the cooking studio and then found ourselves in the Element Fresh.

As it was brunch we decided to share the Big American to have out breakfast supply. And, of course, we could not skip our favorite The Classic Cobb. Paired with a cup of the English Breakfast – great start of the day.

City Garden.

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As we moved from Sanlitun to Wangfujing to have a staycation in Hilton Wangfujing, we looked for the early dinner options in APM. After going through the menus of well known Din Tai Fung, Genki Sushi, Pizza Marzano, we’ve noticed a new opening – City Garden. It is a Singaporean restaurant serving quite nice food. Even though I really did not feel like it, we still went.

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Our picks were Hainan Chicken Rice, which was not bad.

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Then we had our stir friend greens.

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And finished with minced meat and green beans.

The dinner was quite nice and also very filling.

Tous les Jours.

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As I didn’t bake anything for quite some time, I also got a craving for a dessert. In APM it is quite challenging to find a place with nice desserts so we headed down to the bakery. I got a strawberry tiramise, which turned out to be a Red Velvet. It was not bad, but not what I wanted.

Mooncakes.

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Everyone has moon cakes for the Festival time in October, but I was “lucky enough” to be present on a moon cake tasting.

Mooncake is a very sticky and heavy cake, very famous in Chinese culture. Nowadays, you can find all sorts of them – cold and traditional, with modern taste and local touch.

I had a chance to bite a few tastes: rose petals, coffee, tiramisu, red bean and coconut (which was the nicest). The other tastes that were on the table were more traditional like goose liver and lotus. Eww, not my favorite but as I always say, every experience is experience.

Last week I got to explore two new restaurants, find a dessert place and taste local special desserts. This week I am planning again to keep up with my diet, but I feel that Jinan trip might destroy all my plans…

What was on your menu last week? Anything special, you’d like to share?