Though the Dagnachew family has only been in Beijing for six months, they are already making history. Dad Danny and mom Marlo have combined their many talents – his experience in the restaurant and music business and her background in art – to open Beijing’s first-ever Ethiopian restaurant, Ras Ethiopian Cuisine (see Family Dining directory under African). When not working on their flourishing business venture, these parents love exploring their new hometown with kids Melake (5), Tshyona (3) and Adey (1). Here are some Beijing treasures they’ve uncovered so far. Jennifer Cotton
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Favorite Rainy Day Activity
Cooking and entertaining friends at our house. Or pizza and a movie with the kids!
Favorite Beijing Snack Food
By far the BBQ, but the roasted sweet potatoes are tempting, too.
Best Shop Till You Drop Spot
Norange near Lady Street (Nüren Jie) for plant shopping.
Favorite Way to Relax
Getting a foot massage!
Best Restaurant for a School Night
Grandma’s Kitchen –it has all our American favorites.
Favorite Beijing Neighborhood
Gulou by the Drum and Bell Tower because it has an Old World charm.
Best Spot for a Parents’ Date Night
The Together Bar
Place Our Kids Beg to Go
Best Place to Celebrate a Special Occasion
The Ethiopian Embassy