Archive for August, 2012

Aug 31 2012

Review: The Bistrot, Seminyak

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The Bistrot has only just opened its gleaming glass doors and is a seductive, stylish addition to the busy scene on Bali’s Jalan Laksmana, or Eat Street, in Seminyak. We stopped by this week for a peek and after-dinner dessert and loved the decor, from the exposed brick walls, antique decorative telephones and semi-open kitchen … read the full post

Aug 29 2012

Where is Bali’s best babi guling: Part 4

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Crackling, skin, heaven -- call it what you like.

Isn’t it always the way that you overlook what’s staring you in the face? It took me a while to try the babi guling at Sari Kembar in Seminyak, most likely because it’s the nearest joint to my own house. But I’ve now been back several times, and each time the serving has been really … read the full post

Aug 26 2012

Jakarta: A photo essay

Published by under Java

Modern architecture is starting to make an impact in Jakarta

Jakarta. The steaming capital of the fourth most populous nation on earth and home to anywhere between 10 and 19 million people. It has a reputation among travellers as being one of the worst places to visit in Indonesia and a place with absolutely nothing for visitors — meaning they want to escape elsewhere quickly. … read the full post

Aug 14 2012

Review: Black Pepper Cafe & Food Circus

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Yum, and yum again.

UPDATE: Black Pepper has been closed. We’ll fill you in on what opens in the now vacant space, if anything. A name like Black Pepper Cafe & Food Circus is likely to conjure up images of waiters on unicycles, or perhaps juggling barmen – our curiosity got the better of us, so we decided to … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Accommodation in Surabaya

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Surabaya has some stunning colonial architecture

Surabaya is Indonesia’s second biggest city behind Jakarta and we’ve previously written about the many activities that can be undertaken both in the city itself and the nearby town of Trowulan, where temples from the 14th century Majapahit empire still stand tall. But visiting such a large city can often pose a problem of where … read the full post

Aug 09 2012

Anomali coffee, Seminyak

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Mmm, coffee.

If you’re doing a spot of shopping along the Eat Street stretch of Seminyak and the heat is driving you nuts, urbane coffee house Anomali makes for a good rest and recharge-with-caffeine stop along the way around to Jalan Basangkasa (as Jalan Legian eventually becomes known as it heads north). Anomali has branched out from … read the full post