Lunch with Nainai

During the past three Spring Festivals, my wife and I have gone to lunch with Nainai and others from my wife’s father’s side of the family at a branch of the Bian Yi Fang restaurant. This restaurant, known for their Beijing Roast Duck, was supposedly founded in 1419, although this branch is quite a bit newer than that… taking-up the entire fourth floor of the Glory Mall, conveniently located next to Nainai’s siheyuan. (That said, we would gladly have given-up some convenience to have had the Glory Mall located elsewhere, since it now sits where a fair amount of the hutong that surrounded Nainai’s siheyuan once was.)

In any event the food was delicious, the company fantastic, and I’m looking forward to going there again next year.


  1. How lovely! My dear mother is now 83 and we cherish our times together. I loved the story your mother told me about your grandmother. She had moved in w/ your mom, after living with (I think) one of your cousins and her partner??? Not sure about that. Anyway, that gal had told your grandmother she could only eat ice cream once a week. Your mom told her she could have ice cream every day, and she made fresh ice cream for her EVERY day. I loved that story and, of course, I love your mom too!!!!!

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      1. i’ll never forget the dinner you took me to at dadong. one of the best i have ever eaten. i would look forward to eating at this restaurant with all of you. that will be very special in many ways.

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