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This weekend is Burns Night in honor of Scottish poet Richard Burns and celebrations are happening the world over. Beijing has a few things on: This Friday, look to The Bookworm for haggis with tatties (potatoes) and neeps (turnips), bag pipes and a couple drams of whiskey. The festivities start at 8pm and RMB 280 bags you three courses plus two glasses of whiskey. Saturday sees a slightly more formal affair when the Beijing Scottish Society hosts their annual Burns Supper at the China World Hotel from 6.30pm on. Full details here.

Scots are a welcoming folk it seems, so try attending one of these evenings if you’re free. I’m certainly excited for my initiation to a tradition with such a thing as an “Address to a Haggis.”

In other news regarding food that has been equally revered through spoken word with quotes like, “Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza,” Pizza Plus seems to be on a roll. Their second shop opened near Chaoyang Park earlier in the winter, and now they’ve just opened a new location in Fulicheng.

Shuangjing seems to have another notable opening in casual fare. Plan B has a pretty strong hold on the burger scene there, but a new player has joined the mix. The venture called Burger Break has opened in Fulicheng near Gungho Ho! Pizza. We’ll be over soon to get you our take on the goods.

Over within the Second Ring Road, Hunan restaurant Nice Rice (白米粒) has reopened in Dongsi Ertiao after a short spate of closure for renovations.

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