The Jue Festival Warm-Up Market slated for Beijing tomorrow — Saturday, March 8 — is POSTPONED TWO WEEKS to March 22 and will now coincide with the end of the JUE Festival thus making it more of a “cool-down” / “wrap-up” event.
Organizer Split Works says postponement is due to “circumstances out of our control” but that all vendors contacted thus far — see a list here of all those bagel, pie, beer, wine, sweets, etc suppliers — are on board for March 22 at the complex that includes Face Bar, just south of Workers Stadium.
The wrap-up market will precede the Jue Festival After-Party, which will be held in the same site starting at 9 PM that night.
The new Great Leap Brewery is a good place to grab some beer and grub. Yes, many people I know find the beers hit and miss, and some friends I went there with last weekend felt the same, with the Hop God 120 a particular disappointment. But there is a fun range of brews — I remain a fan of Iron Buddha although I didn’t see it listed last weekend — and the burgers are good. In fact, the food seems to be the swing factor given most people I saw in the place, and it was packed as usual, were mowing down.
Anyway, Great Leap also has a good spirits deal. It stocks seven options — six whiskies and a gin — from XIX. These include Jura, Glenfarclas and Spice Tree and are priced at rmb50 for a double shot. That’s a fine price whether you’re looking for something to sip or as a chaser.
The former Pyro Pizza space in Wudaokou is slated to reopen as Sugar Shack this Friday.
“We’re stripping the old location down to the bricks and creating a brand new space,” read a statement from management. “Once we’re done, we’re going to take this show on the road and finally expand into other cites with our first outlet opening in Hebei in May.”
It also read, “The name might be changing but it’s still the place you remember, with the food you love”, which made me wonder how brand new it can really be. So, I asked Josh Lally of Pyro / Lush.
“The interior design is completely new and much different than it was previously, but the menu and the food are not changing at all‘, says Lally, who is from Las Vegas, famous for its Celine Dion shows. “We’re just re-branding the concept to be more in line with a wider audience as we expand into new markets.”
As for the name, he said, “Unfortunately it has nothing to do with the Canadian or Northern American concept of a sugar shack. So we won’t have any maple candies or maple syrup pizza.”
So, is it because the name Sugar Shack sounds “suh-weet”. He would not consent to being quoted on that but did say, “It’s because no one has better hit the sweet spot of legit New York-style pizza like Pyro, hence Sugar Shack, representing Beijing’s best New York-style Pizza and American-style wings.”
If the renovation schedule stays on track, look for Sugar Shack to be serving beer, pizza and wings as of Friday. You can call ahead to make sure — 8286-6254 or 8286-6240. Also, no smoking allowed.
IMPORTANT: This event has been delayed until March 22. It will be held 11 AM to 6 PM, at the complex that includes Face Bar, just south of Workers Stadium, with the Jue Festival after-party following at 9 PM. Consider it a cool-down, instead of a warm-up, market.
Last year’s Warm Up to JUE Market was lots of fun and this year’s event, slated for Saturday, March 8, is looking good, too. Along with live music, fashion, art, body painting and more, all as part of a lead-in to Jue Festival proper, there will be lots to eat and drink. Here’s a list of vendors from Danni Zheng of organizer Split Works:
- Two Guys and A Pie (with fresh juice, possibly hand-squeezed by Andrew Papas and Matt Wong)
- Tavalin Bagels (hopefully without that scary paper mache bagel art from last year: see photo below)
- 1421 Wines (with local Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay)
- Jing A (with a beer called “Shua Ye” specially made for JUE)
- Great Leap (partnered with Plastered T-shirts for interactive fun)
- Shangrila Farms (with coffee from Yunnan)
- Sue Zhou Does Food (with some creative Chinese festival food)
- SOS Cafe (with baked goods, candies and jams)
- Sweet Tooth Cafe (with desserts, desserts and more desserts, including, if we’re lucky, lamingtons)
Note: Jue Market is March 8, 11 AM to 6 PM, at Balance Art / 均然艺术中心 (26/F, Tower A, Tianheng Plaza, No.46 Dongzhimen Wai Dajie东城区东直门外大街 46号 天恒大厦A座 266层).
Last year featured bagels, beer, wine and sweets.
Plus arts, crafts, music ‘n’ stuff.
Plus this art, titled ‘WTF: Tower of Bagelon’, by Julian Tavalin.
A test batch at Tavalin-Horowitz HQ
Foodies abroad have been abuzz about hybrid baked goods like cronuts, crownies, doissants, bruffins, bronuts and poopies, although maybe not all of those, since I made a couple of them up (the last two, in case you were wondering). But we in Beijing have no need to look overseas for creative baking genius (and given the current state of the air, we couldn’t even if we wanted to, thanks to Breathtaking Beijing).
Enter the sausage bagel roll. This baby is the result of much love from the joint kitchen of Tavalin Bagels and Andy’s Craft Sausages near Workers Stadium. Basically, the ingredients used to make bagels are used to make rolls and then stuffed with — in the case of a taste test on Monday — either Cumberland sausage or salami and cheese.
The sausage version came out meaty, moist and big enough to serve as a light breakfast or sizable mid-morning or mid-day snack. The salami and cheese is heavier on the bread but with a nice slight spiciness and gooey-ness. More versions, including a pizza-based one, are in the works, says Horowitz.
These concoctions, which should be available at Tavalin within the next week, will need a cutesy name. Bagroll doesn’t sound too appetizing. Neither does rollbag. Maybe b-roll? Or bagoll? Smarter people than I will undoubtedly create something.
Horowitz is also selling sausage rolls via his website, starting at rmb120 for six, with delivery available..
Get sausages delivered to your door via the ham-bulance.
This monkey holding a bagel roll was meant to provide a sense of scale. But that would require knowing the size of the monkey, wouldn’t it? And I’m not telling. As compensation for that, and the blurriness of the photo, I invested eight seconds in creating an attractive and colorful photo frame. Enjoy!
How about scoring a bunch of goals early this time?
The Canada-U.S. men’s gold-medal hockey game at the Vancouver Olympics was the most stressful sports-watching experience of my Beijing life. Packed into The Irish Volunteer in the wee hours of the morning alongside seventy-plus fans while downing coffee after coffee, knowing not only the game but the Olympic record for most gold medals was on the line, feeling the tension rise as Canada hung onto a slim one-goal lead and — ! — having my brain’s Denial Zone go on red alert as the Americans scored with 24.4 seconds left. I had enough acidity in my stomach by that point to dissolve the CCTV tower, the Bird’s Nest and every panda on this planet. Yes, Canada ended up winning in overtime, but that simply made me feel as though I had narrowly missed being pulverized by a high-speed rail train: grateful to be alive, prefer to never relive it. Then someone gave me a shot of Canadian Rye and all was good again.
Anyway, it’s four years later and this time Sweden and Canada face off in the final, 8 PM on Sunday. Here are some places to catch the game:
- The Four Seasons: Look for a big turnout, including from the Canadian Alumni Network, at Opus Lounge on the first floor. CAN’s Richard Liu says the hotel will show the game on a projector screen and several TVs and have poutine and happy hour drinks.
- Irish Volunteer / Hockey Bar: If you want a seat, get there early or reserve a spot via trishsmithus (at) gmail.com. I’m guessing ample supplies of Moosehead and Absolut will keep fans of both teams happy. And I’m hoping, in the spirit of sportsmanship, shareholder / chef Zach Lewison will make poutine topped with Swedish meatballs.
- Paddy O’Shea’s: Given a strong turnout for the U.S.-Canada semi-final early Saturday morning, I’m guessing there will be plenty of fans on hand at this place on Sunday.
- Cuju: Look for specials on Screech, Crown Royal and Absolut. I say mix all three together in a shot glass and call is The Hat Trick.
I’m also guessing other places will also show the game. I’ll update if I get any more details.
Greek wine events are few and far between in Beijing but our fair city will see one tomorrow as Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB) hosts a sampling of a white, a rose and a red. Fans of these wines can follow up this sneak peak by having a bottle of each delivered at home for rmb588 total.
Even better, winemaker Mihalis Boutaris of leading Greek producer Boutari will be on hand to answer questions. Boutaris is no stranger to China given his involvement in a pair of wine projects in Gansu and as an importer. Here are the wines with descriptions as provided by TRB:
- Ktima Pavlidis ‘Thema White’: ‘Clean, new world-style, perfection in fruit expression.’
- Kir-Yianni Estate ‘Ramnista’: ‘Stand out for exceptional aromatic intensity and complex structure. The connoisseurs’ favorite label among Kir-Yianni wines.’
- Kir-Yianni Esate ‘Akakies’: ‘An austere, yet sensual wine with rich taste and refreshing acidity as the only Greek AOC Rosé.’
The tasting is 1 PM to 3 PM on Sunday — February 23 — at TRB.
And I would drink beer in Great Leap.
And I would drink beer with my peep.
Yes, I will drink beer with Karl Long.
And in a pub. In a hutong.
And in a mug. A mug or three.
It tastes so good, so good, you see!
Among a certain subset of Green Eggs and Ham aficionados that is so hip that members need three seats each when flying, they refer to beer as Seuss Juice. It is one of the many quirky anecdotes that involves beer and literature.
Less quirky is an event that blends those topics for the betterment of humanity and that will happen this Saturday from 4 PM to 10 PM at the Great Leap Brewing hutong brewpub where ten kuai from each beer sale will be given to The Library Project so a generation of Chinese children can grow up to be literate drunks just like us.
It’s called Beers for Books. Can you spare some time this Saturday to do your part and drink Seuss Juice? (Say! You like to drink good beer! You do, you like it, so I hear!) Be there or you might get Bukowskied, whatever that means.
Beer for Books
Great Leap Brewery
4 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, February 8
Doujiao Hutong (map)
rmb10 per beer to
The Library Project
You can order in food, including
from nearby Hutong Pizza.
Also, if you haven’t been to this
Great Leap for a while, you can
check the new digs while you
have a few beers, raise some
money for books and relax with
your dog-eared copy of Twilight.
Say, I won’t judge. No-I-won’t.
Click here for a photo essay of
the last Beers for Books
event at Great Leap Brewing.