Many times in my life, I have craved nothing more than a good burger and a Belgium waffle on a stick. Okay, maybe not on a stick, but after experiencing the joy of Waffei’s 2rmb sugar/syrup-infused waffles…..I AM HOOKED!...[read on]
The rumors have been abound for years. Urban legends of trips to Shanghai and Shenzhen, dining on a pizza with flavors non conforming to the chinese pallet. A pizza that when eaten eyes closed, might evoke a sense of calm, of peace, of home.
The legend is true. Such a pizza does exist within the the walls of the middle kingdom, and now, also in Chongqing. Papa John's(棒约翰) opened their first CQ location last week at Wan Da plaza in Nan ping. And though the prices a bit high(130rmb for 14 inch), the pizza is GUUUUUUUUU. And for anyone who's rendezvoused with the big papa before will be happy to hear that, as always, your pizza comes accompanied with garlic sauce and peperoncinis. Now I don't know about y'all, but thats enough to make me want to throw my hand in the air regardless of the fact that i'm not a true player.
any one who's been a fan of cqscene for a while probably noticed last spring, that I have an affinity for the sweet, circular fried batter that we call doughnuts. So much so, that I am now dedicating my second post to the subject matter.
I have come across yet another legitimate example of what a doughnut ought to be, here in Chongqing(presumably throughout China). This time it comes from the fine folks at Qin Yuan bakery who have recently introduced a sugar sprinkled specimen that, though not excellent, could hold its own anywhere from here to Baghdad (traveling eastward).
Though not all of the Qin Yuan location carry them, most of the bigger ones do, and at a mere 1.5 RMB you cant go wrong.
This Friday(Dec. 11) Canadian indie Rockers Hollerado bring their high-energy live act to the Nuts club stage. Friend of the scene and City Weekend Shanghai columnist Dan Shapiro asked the band his "8 questions" which you can read here. If reading's not your thing, you can give them a listen here, or just check them out for yourself at Nuts(recommended).
Hollerado @ Nuts
Fri. 12/11, 20:00-22:00
"Ohhh.. it big" and she is not the only one who said it, when i asked a patron before i entered the so called Big Pizza. As usual a skeptic i was, as i have seen, been and tasted what is supposed to be, but cant come close to being American style pizza. unlike most things CQ Big Pizza does it bigg, American style big! and its not the very authentic tasting American pizza that does it , but its variety and service. Boasting an all you can drink beer and wine, a good size salad bar and selection of meats, veggies and side dishes that cater to foreign and local tastes a like, it is not hard to see why it is an easy choice for one CQSCENE'S best of Chongqing. So if you find yourself in Shapingba's san xia guang chang around lunch [45 RMB] or dinner [45 RMB] drop in to capital retail on the 4th floor. Don't forget to bring an empty stomach and pick up a CQSCENE sticker while your at it.
As usual, this weekend's action begins on Thursday with Fresh W. Promo's(FWP) weekly dance party "Thirsty Thursdays." known primarily for the drink specials and not necessarily the dancing word seems to be spreading that Nuts club is the place to be Thursday night. The following night(Friday the 4th), Nuts club plays host to the 'oh so dreamy' folk sounds of Yangon Burma(via Melbourne Australia) singer/songwriter Tamas Wells. immediately following Tamas, is FWP's first ever Salsa night, also at Nuts.
On Saturday, the Chongqing Conquerors rugby team hosts both Shanghai and Chengdu in a 1 day tri-series. And that same evening, the Chongqing International Women's group has their annual Christmas charity ball, beginning at 18:00 in the Intercontinental(11th flr. ballroom).
p.s. if you can't wait until Thursday to get things going, tonight(tuesday 12/1) a Taste of Singapore restuarant in Shapingba hosts their weekly pub quiz @ 20:00.