Jul 28 2012

Great cafes in Bandung

Published by under Java

Chicken and duck rice is amazing at Mangkok Ayam

Most travellers arrive in Bandung by train and immediately head for the nearby hotels that surround the smoggy, noisy and dirty station area. These shocking first impressions of Bandung can lead one to believe that Bandung is nothing more than just another big Indonesian metropolis with absolutely no redeeming features let alone a well-developed eating … read the full post

Jul 27 2012

Photo essay: A walk through Jimbaran fish market

Published by under Jimbaran,Sights & activities

In they come.

There’s more than meets the eye to consider when you go for a stroll through Jimbaran‘s fish market. Yes, it’s a stunning sight as traditional boats, or jukung, bring their catches to shore in the lemon-yellow morning light. Going for a walk through the markets with chef Heinz von Holzen, who runs several restaurants and … read the full post

Jul 21 2012

Review: Kreol Kitchen, Seminyak, Bali

Published by under Food

The brochure saying, “Soul food cooked with passion,” and the bright ribbons dangling in the wind at the entrance to Seminyak’s Kreol Kitchen drew us in to this quirky, lovely spot. Entering the cafe, we were met by an enormous blackboard presenting an enticing menu, which at first glance was a tad overwhelming. Australian owner … read the full post

Jul 20 2012

Review: Reborn Refexology, Kuta, Bali

Published by under Spas and massage

Time to be reborn.

Reborn Reflexology has a chain of 20 outlets in Malaysia, and just a single operation in Bali located near Simpang Siur. This is not the prettiest spa I have ever been to; in fact it leans towards tacky in decor – think fake plants and office-type carpets up the stairs. Nevertheless, news of their therapeutic … read the full post

Jul 19 2012

Review: La Lucciola, Seminyak, Bali

Published by under Food

Enough cheese? There's no such thing as enough cheese.

Italians do all the important things in life well – shoes, bags and food. Most people enjoy Italian food, but it can sometimes be too heavy for a tropical climate. Bali institution La Lucciola, located a stone’s throw from Petitenget temple on one side, and the thundering Indian ocean on the other, manages to put … read the full post

Jul 17 2012

Highlights of Indonesia’s Java

Published by under Java

Gunung Bromo is worth the effort and definitely lives up to the hype

Many people arrive in Indonesia with limited time to travel through this sprawling archipelago of more than 17,000 islands; typically they pick just a couple of islands to focus on, with Java being high on the list of choices. Many times during our travels through Java we’ve been asked about which places should not be … read the full post

Jul 16 2012

Beachwalk Bali

Published by under Shopping

There’s a new kid on the Bali mall block, and, for a mall, it’s rather pretty. We’ll put aside arguments about what our beachside Bali dream might be for now and look at the curvy new Beachwalk, across from Kuta beach, for what it aims to be. In summary, if we absolutely had to have … read the full post

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 12 2012

Review: Warung Bunana

Published by under Food

dishes

UPDATE, October 2013: The Jalan Raya Kerobokan location has moved around the corner to Sunset Road, about 50 metres on the left as you come rom Raya Kerobokan. I was poised to write something about roti canai and how it’s the simple things in life that are often the best… and then I remembered we’d written … read the full post

Jul 09 2012

I’m in Jakarta, where do I go next?

Published by under Java

Bandung's volcano, Tangkuban Parahu

Many people arrive in Jakarta without a clear plan of where they will go in Java. In many ways, this is a mistake because this first impression of Java can be a very poor one and can encourage travellers to move as quickly as possible across the island. But with a bit of research, you … read the full post

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