Archive for the 'Bali' Category

Jul 14 2012

Cooking class at Hotel Tugu

Published by under Sights & activities

My eyes water just looking at this.

When I did my cooking class at Bali Asli recently, chef Penelope Williams told me it was worth checking out the cooking classes offered at Hotel Tugu due to their lovely surrounds. So I booked in for a half-day class, comprising a pick up, market visit, then cooking in the “warung”, a kitchen set up … read the full post

Jul 07 2012

Cooking class at Bali Asli

Published by under Sights & activities

Ah, my definition of perfect prep -- prep done by someone else.

Suck on a lemon, then a lime, then a lemon again, the lemon will seem much sweeter; take a slice of kencur, a root essential to Balinese cooking, bite down on it a little and it will leave your tongue anaesthetically numb; take slices of ginger and smear over sunburn for relief — it’s cool … read the full post

Jul 04 2012

Munduk by motorbike

Published by under Munduk

After almost a week in Bali I had still only managed to acquire one two-word phrase of Indonesian, which is more than a little sad really. Fortunately, terima kasih is a phrase with a lot of mileage; it got me all the way from Denpasar to the magnificent volcanic highlands at Munduk and back again, … read the full post

Jun 27 2012

Medewi beach, Bali: Learning to surf and enjoying a massage

Published by under West Bali

The walk up from Medewi Beach to the mosque. (photo taken on a different trip to Medewi)

What exactly does a travel writing scholarship entail? We’ve been busy finding out with New Zealander Hanna Butler, winner of the World Nomads/Rough Guides travel writing scholarship for 2012. We’re only two days in and we’ve surfed, been massaged, eaten and drunken and yes, we have driven quite a few miles. But what exactly is … read the full post

May 27 2012

Where’s a good place for cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak? Part 3

Published by under Seminyak

We’ve covered some cheap Indonesian eats in the Legian area of Seminyak already, so now we’re turning our attention to the Laksmana/Petitenget loop, where despite the ever-growing numbers of fancy boutiques and pricey restaurants, you’ll still find some bargain eats. A few years ago I interviewed chefs here in Bali about where they like to … read the full post

May 17 2012

Where’s a good place for cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak? Part 2

Published by under Seminyak

When I started this series on cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak, the place at the top of my must-try list, because I still shamefully hadn’t after four years in Bali, was Made’s Warung. Everyone knows Made’s Warung; it’s been around since 1969 and these days has two outlets; I tried the one in Seminyak, which … read the full post

May 13 2012

Where’s a good place for cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak? Part 1

Published by under Food,Seminyak

If you’re shopping in Seminyak and need to stop off for a quick lunch or dinner and you’re in the mood for some cheap Indonesian food, you have a few options to choose from. Here we cover just two of our favourites: Warung Ocha and Taman Bambu, with two more places up our sleeve for … read the full post

May 09 2012

Review: Villa Kresna Boutique Suites, Seminyak, Bali

Blindingly white with a small but glittering freeform pool, lovingly decorated Villa Kresna is hidden away on the beach-bound spur of Jalan Sarinade, a five-minute walk from the beach end of Jalan Abimanyu. A few years ago Villa Kresna lost around half of their land and a couple of years later it underwent a complete … read the full post

May 06 2012

Peekaboo Bali

Published by under Kids

Call me mother of the year but when I go to an indoor play area in Bali, I’m hoping for three things: good coffee, decent air-con, and five minutes’ peace. At still relatively new Peekaboo in Sanur, aimed at kids under nine, I mostly get all three — Mr 3 still wants me to play … read the full post

Apr 26 2012

Review: Warung Organic, Sidemen

Published by under Food,Sidemen

We spent last weekend with friends at Life in Amed, in one of our favourite houses in Bali and decided to take a scenic route home via Sidemen (home to another of our favourite places to stay in Bali). A friend had mentioned stumbling upon Warung Organic on a similar trip, so we kept an … read the full post

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