Before the sun becomes blinding, before people in the office start to change into colorful dress, spring is inching its way into our lives. Searching for the early signs of the season, we’ve been to the forest park to watch for returning feathered friends (see this month’s beijingkids magazine), looked for the most delectable seasonal bites, and are waiting eagerly for April blossoms (see our next issue).
For a relaxing and laid-back way to enjoy the sunshine, a refined afternoon tea with a couple of close friends is as sweet as the spring. If you are looking for a new place to try, the city’s dining scene has had some exciting announcements.
New opening: Rui at The St. Regis Beijing
The St. Regis Beijing has just opened a new gourmet shop called Rui, offering freshly-baked goods and homemade cakes both for dine in and take out. Choose from a variety of brightly colored and eye catching cupcakes (RMB 16 each, 12 flavors) and macaroons (RMB 80 for 7). Good news for the health conscious: all the desserts are made with low-fat cream, and 30 percent less calories.
Till end of the month, you can enjoy 20 percent off on all baked items and 50 percent off on selected baked goods after 7 pm daily.
New opening: Deli at Regent Beijing
The new opening café Deli at Regent Beijing offers freshly baked Danish, sandwiches and fruit pie with coffees made with pure Arabica beans. Fresh bottled juice (RMB 38-50) is another healthy option.
New comer: The Ritz-Carlton Cake
The Ritz-Carlton has just launched a Ritz-Carlton Cake at its hotels all over the world. The 400g cake (RMB 350) contains orange comfit, Grand Marnier and several special chocolates blended to create an "intense chocolate" flavor. Owing to its special recipe, the cake is preservative-free but can be kept for 7 days at room temperature. The cake is available both for dine in and take out.
Photos: Courtesy of St. Regis Beijing, Regent Beijing and Ritz-Carlton.