Beijing Riviera compound welcomes non-residents in using a number of its facilities. These include the restaurants, hairdresser, spa, and the Jamaica Blue Café. Recently a new branch of the April Gourmet supermarket chain opened up within the clubhouse, a very welcome addition to this part of Shunyi. The store stocks all of those essential items, except for pies. So where can you get a decent family meat pie or sausage roll? Two Guys and a Pie, and their delivery service of course. It’s not just pies you can have delivered, gourmet sausages and burgers are also available from BJ Sozzies. As we head into August, thoughts turn to the start of the school term, and with that comes after school and weekend sports activities for the kids. Sports Beijing are hosting a sports festival and registration day, towards the end of August; don’t miss out.
April Gourmet at Beijing Riviera
A new branch of the supermarket chain April Gourmet has opened up within the clubhouse of Beijing Riviera compound. The small store has a good selection of wine, imported cheeses, dairy products, cold cuts, as well as staples like bread, dried pasta, canned vegetables, cooking sauces, biscuits, and cereals. They stock a range of baking ingredients, some of which are difficult to find in other stores, including leaf gelatine and cream of tartar. There is no meat counter, just a few frozen meat items including sausages and chicken.
Beijing Riviera, No.1 Xiang Jiang Bei Lu.
Pies and Pastry’s
Two Guys and a Pie use only the freshest ingredients in their products, with no additives or preservatives. Pies are frozen from fresh and can be kept frozen for 2 months. You can choose from Chicken Cream Saga, MC Brah (beef mince with cheese), Slow Loving Aussie (beef and onion), or Biggs Apple RMB 25-30 for the small size, RMB 120 for the family size. The Paddy (beef and mushrooms), Sweet Tweet (chicken and honey), Sup Lamb (lamb, carrot and turnip), and Garden of Pie (vegetarian) are all RMB 25-30 each. Sausage rolls or spinach feta rolls are RMB 20 each. They provide free home delivery for orders over RMB 200, for smaller orders there is an RMB 30 delivery fee. Shunyi deliveries are done on Fridays. To order (SMS 186 1255 7637, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.twoguysandapie.com
The Sausage Club
Every week Drew, the owner of BJ Sozzies, sends out a sausage list and you submit your order by email. His gourmet sausages and burgers are all handmade from the best quality cuts of meat, using natural hog or sheep casings. With no preservatives, additives or MSG, all sausages and burgers are frozen from fresh, with gluten free versions available. Fresh pork flavors include Cumberland, basil and sundried tomato, rosemary and garlic, wild garlic and cracked black pepper, ginger and spring onion, and caramelized onion and red pepper. Prices range from RMB 70-90 for 500g, RMB 140-180 for 1kg. There are also fresh beef burgers and lamb burgers, from RMB 95-180. Deliveries are made to pick-up points, in Shunyi these are Starbucks Pinnacle Plaza, Jamaica Blue Café Yosemite, and Beijing Riviera Clubhouse. There will be no sausages available during August, because of the holidays. To sign up to The Sausage Club mailing list contact (186 0003 9708, email@example.com)
Festival of Sport and Registration Day
Bring the whole family out for a day of sports and entertainment organized by Sports Beijing, on Saturday August 23 10am-3pm at the ISB Dome. Sports Beijing is kicking off the fall 2014 season in style, with a range of sports demonstrations, to include baseball, basketball, rugby, soccer, handball, and many more. You will have a chance to meet the coaches, try out some of the sports, and then register the children for the fall season. To entertain the crowds, there will be live martial arts and street dance performances, with Sports Beijing’s various sponsors giving away plenty of goodies. Contact (6439 1370, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.sportsbj.org
Photos: Courtesy of Sports Beijing, Two Guys and a Pie; Alpha (flickr).