A spate of new openings have caught my eye on social media over the past couple of weeks. 

International chain Crystal Jade has opened a branch in Indigo Mall, specializing in noodles and xiaolongbao. They've only been open a week or so, but word has it the queues are already round the block at lunchtime.

Continuing the "noodles and snacks" theme, we've been hearing a lot about a small restaurant called Tiger Mama that has opened on the same street as Sanlitun Police Station and the former Heaven Supermarket. The restaurant serves Macau-style snacks such as curry fish balls and beef brisket noodles.

On the Western side of things, a café and florist called Tomacado Kitchen and Flowers (apparently a portmanteau of avocado and tomato) has opened in the Jiaming Center, just north of the Conrad Hotel on the Third Ring Road. They serve healthy western cuisine, coffee, and desserts.

Over at Beiluogu Xiang, Voyage Coffee originally of 798 has opened a stylish space, all wood and glass and restored vaulted roofs. Although I'm not a coffee fan myself, I heard good things about the brews from friends.

We'll be here with full reviews of all of the above soon.

Finally, a couple of dining events that didn't make it into our round-up of Independence Day events yesterday.

Feast is giving its popular Saturday semi-buffet steak night an American twist, with a selection of barbecue starters, including pulled pork, beef brisket, crawfish, and corn on the cob, and desserts, including apple, pecan, and lemon meringue pies.

Tim's Texas Bar-B-Q is offering a hot dog and a beer (Coors Light, MDG Draft, or Budweiser) for just RMB 20 for the whole month of July.

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