Family Favourites: The Rhamans

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Canadians Tariq Rahman, Sylvie Boulay and their kids Tabatha (10) and Adam (7) certainly get around, having already lived in Canada, the US, Sweden and the UK. Next on the agenda: a family-friendly life in Shunyi. Here are a few of their Beijing favorites.

Toy Shop
Kid Plus at Pinnacle Plaza is definitely Adam’s favorite. Second best is the little toy shop in Jenny Lou’s.

Saturday Night
We always eat out. Our favorite restaurants are Piazza Café because it has Chinese, Thai and Western, and Baan Chokdee which is Thai but has the best hamburgers in town, according to the kids.

Lunch Spot
Wine and Dine in front of the Canadian Embassy is great value for lunch – the menu includes great food, a glass of wine, dessert and coffee.

Place for Weekend Fun
The Blue Zoo is a big favorite for the kids, but as a family we really enjoy exploring the art district of Dashanzi.

Weekend Ritual
On Saturdays, Tariq plays golf, the kids do English reading and composition, and then it’s playing with friends. Sundays are for the kids – they do gymnastics, rugby and track and field.

Cure for Homesickness
When the kids miss snow too much, we go skiing indoors at Qiaobo.

We just spent a few days in Sanya on Hainan Island at the Kempiski Resort and Spa. We loved it. The kids thought it was paradise.

First published in beijingkids magazine and on the beijingkids website.

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