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When Yi Xiao and partner Peng Xiao began to imagine their tiny cafe near Lama Temple, they pledged to abandon the formula that was so common to most of Wudaoying Hutong's coffee shops. Gone were the velvet, maroon sofas, the overpriced, subpar Western food and mangy cats. In their place came a neutral color palate dotted with cacti and candles, a handful of round, wooden tables, and a handwritten menu that doesn't wander beyond aromatic teas, coffee, and dainty desserts. And, of course, scratch the cats.
2014 Mar 08 Peking Man: Prison Break
Peking Man is a regular feature that appears monthly in each issue of the Beijinger.
2014 Mar 07 JUE 2014: Our Picks for Music
Chinese filmmaker Wu Tianming, known as the 'Godfather of the Fifth Generation' and former head of Xi'an Film Studios, passed away from a heart attack at his home in Beijing on March 4. Responsible for a variety of important films including King of Masks and Old Well, Wu also aided in developing many important filmmakers after the Cultural Revolution and the reopening of the Beijing Film Academy. Under his tutelage directors like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige were able to prosper and influence the current cinematic environment and making China the second-largest film market in the world. Memorial services will be held in both Beijing and Xi'an.
The opening of Warehouse on Di'anmenwai Dajie just might be a dream come true. That is, if your wildest dreams consist of exchanging USD 20 for a bulging bag full of grandma's eccentric garment collection at the Bargain Bin. If you have images of funky-patterned sweaters, floral blouses and '80s-style denim dancing in your slumber, then head on over to the Broadway-style lights adorning Gulou's latest vintage store.
At least some of the JUE Festival's opening weekend events in Beijing, scheduled to begin Friday, have been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The Warm-up to JUE Market event will be rescheduled for March 22, organizers told the Beijinger.
2014 Mar 07 New Portuguese in Town: Santos Bar and Grill
It was in the belly of World City where I realized how Vasco da Gama must have felt when he discovered India.
With so few Portuguese options in Beijing – the city’s main claim is its restaurant named after Portuguese adventurer Luís Vaz de Camões in the Legendale Hotel – the opening of Santos Bar and Grill is a welcome find. Its draws: fiery peri peri chicken, a selection of stone-baked Mediterranean breads and a festive chorizo sauce.