Vivian Zhou

I’m off work. This means that I have more time to write posts, and more time to meet good friends during daytime. And also, to enjoy different business lunches in different places that normally I don’t have time to visit. So today, I met Vivian, dear friend of mine, and we went for lunch at DinTaiFung (鼎泰丰), Taiwanese restaurant specialising in yummy dumplings.

Vivian and I have been friends for a long time now, our common friend Mareike introduced us, and we share a passion for a cozy chat &  good food. And for fashion, and trips. And for red nail colour and lipstick. Ah, now I realize I could go on forever! Anyway, today it was about catching up before CNY break – I gave her last updates about my blog (that is doing great thanks to all my readers!), my collaboration with some jewellery & fashion designers and my dreams for 2014, she told me about her very recent moving-in with her boyfriend and her plan to visit the Netherlands in June to meet his family. It’s always nice to have a chat with her!

This time we met at Parkview Green, one of the latest addition to Beijing shopping-mall scene. And by far the best. First of all, it is the first integrated commercial project to be awarded LEED Green Building Rating System Platinum certification. This means that  its energy usage is approximately 50% lower than that of other buildings similar in size. It has an ETFE film roofing and transparent glass wall and this ensure optimised climate control system savings. Also, in every washroom and restaurants’ kitchens, they have not only electronic taps, water-saving sanitary ware, but also low-flow shower facilities. I read on their website that rain water is also filtered and recycled to provide green irrigation.

If this was not enough, the mall was designed by IDA, HK based architecture & design firm. And they did a great job.

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In particular, I love the fact the mall is full of contemporary art pieces – I heard the owner is one of the richest art collectors in the world. He is from Taiwan and is using the mall as a showcase for his pieces.

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The mall offers a really wide choice of restaurants, but we had no hesitation and headed to Ding Tai Fung. Ding Tai Fung was listed by the New York Times as one of the top ten restaurants in the world – the only Chinese one. Originally from Taiwan, where the first restaurant opened in 1972, today they are present in US, Japan and HK.

In all their restaurants they have an open kitchen.You can peek into, and have a look at cooks preparing dumpling, folding their wrapping and steaming them.

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The specialty at DinTaiFung is a dumpling whose wrapping is manually folded 16 times. They have different fillings: pork, chicken, vegetables, seafood. Ah, they all taste delicious!

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Today we had two different seasonal vegetables (both of them were 30 RMB) and then Vivian ordered a spicy soup with shrimps dumpling.

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I added two giant chicken baozi instead. They were super delicious – thick wrapping and juicy chicken meatball inside (total: 18 RMB).

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We both enjoyed the food, and kept talking all the time! It was supposed to be a quick business lunch, but we actually sat there for almost two hours!

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I was so happy after this lunch! Food was delicious, Vivian is amazing and CNY celebrations are even closer now!

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While having lunch with Vivian I was delighted to wear:

Black silk blouse: Sportmax

Silver necklace: Tiffany & Co.

Silver ring: Furla

Nail color: Chanel 559 frenzy

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