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Bali’s Best Local Food

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Let’s talk Balinese cuisine – a mix of rich and bold flavours, spice pastes loaded with coriander seeds, galangal, turmeric and candlenut, pork, chicken, duck and fish cooked over wood fires, grilled over coconut husks or slow-braised. Rice and a spoonful of sambal – a mix of chili peppers, shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, sugar, lime and vinegar – to top it up. Want to experience Bali’s best local food on your next trip? Drop by these 5 amazing local warungs we love:

Warung Ibu Eny, Seminyak

Warung Ibu Eny is tucked away on the famous Petitenget street in Seminyak. Its leafy offering-scattered entrance and modest wooden furnishing make it a cozy spot to enjoy local food. Try their signature nasi campur, which can feature anything from whole roasted chicken in a betutu-style sauce to garlic and chilli-infused stir-fried water spinach, spicy pork steamed in banana leaves, deep-fried tempeh or braised tofu.

Warung Ibu Eny, Jalan Petitenget 97, Seminyak, +62 361 736 892.

Liku Ayam Betutu, Kuta

Betutu – chicken or duck wrapped in the banana bark with a mix of coconut oil and spices, and smoked for a day in an earthenware pot – is one of the great dishes of Balinese cuisine. Because it’s complex and time-consuming to prepare, you won’t often find it at your average Indonesian restaurant, but a small garage-like warung on Jalan Nakula, just outside Kuta, offers one of the finest versions on the island.

Liku Ayam Betutu, Jalan Nakula 19, Badung, no phone.

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Warung Makan Teges, Ubud

Located amongst the lush tropical gardens, in a traditional Balinese house, Teges serves best home-style Balinese cooking. Best-seller – nasi campur traditionally served on a banana leaf lending an appetizing aroma to the rice. Nasi campur here comes with two options — chicken or pork — all minced and cooked together with vegetables in coconut milk. The true highlight of the meal is the devilishly spicy sambal matah, the sauce made from fresh chili pods and sliced shallots and lime leaves.

Warung Makan Teges, Jalan Raya Cok Rai Pudak, Banjar Teges, Peliatan, Ubud, +62 361 975 251.

Nasi Campur at Warung Makan Teges in Ubud.

Warung Mak Beng, Sanur

This warung specialises in just one dish- nasi ikan (fish and rice). Snapper cutlet, deep-fried and served with rice and a bowl of fish-head soup with green papaya,

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Bali Wedding: Absolute Beachfront Villa Pushpapuri

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The idea of getting married in Bali already paints a beautiful picture, but imagine this – the sounds of pounding surf, the views of the mystical Mount Agung and your bare feet in the warm shimmering black sand as you say “I do”. Just a few highlights of the stunning beachfront Villa Pushpapuri.

Approached through terraced rice fields, tobacco plantations, papaya and banana groves, the villa’s entrance beautifully frames the view to sea. And that’s just the beginning. Dotted with towering coconut palms, which are perfect to fit the fairy tale lights, terraced garden to seat your guests or have a sunset cocktail reception and beautifully manicured lawns for that walk of your life.

More info about the venue: www.pushpapuri.com/weddings.html

Special thanks to these amazing folks for making this happen:

Styling – Inside The Knot
http://insidetheknot.com

Photography – Terralogical
http://www.terralogical.com

Flowers/Props – Gloriosa Bali Wedding
http://gloriosabaliwedding.com

Furniture/Props – Bali Event Hire
http://www.balieventhire.com

Make Up Artist – Putri Bali Makeup
http://putribalimakeup.com

Models – Mary Oprandi and Natalie Soh

Gowns – Jessicacindy
http://jessicacindy.com

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Editor’s Pick: Old Man’s in Canggu

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As frequent visitors to Canggu, we just love Old Man’s. After-surf drinks, sunset gigs, traditional beer garden bites and chill-out vibes all just few steps away from the shimmering black sands of Batu Bolong beach- what else could we ask.

Gaze at the stars from the plush sofas enjoying a glass of wine or sip margaritas by the bar mingling with fellow travellers and local expat crowd. With Dirty Ol’ Wednesdays and Salty Sundays the place turns into a huge beach party with beer pong, island’s best beats and attractive promos on beers, wines and margaritas promising a night you won’t forget.
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Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Old Man’s serves meals excellent for sharing. Grilled seafood platter and hand cut fries or traditional beer-battered fish and chips are amongst favourites. For the health conscious- fresh salads is the way to go.

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Old Man’s have not forgotten the little ones as well. It’s a one-stop beach, play, eat adventure for kids and there are always other little people to muck around with. The menu is crammed with kid’s favourites like pancakes, fish and chips, pasta, fresh juices and, of course, milkshakes. There’s lots of space to run around, a box of wooden toys to play with and comfy cushions to lounge on or have a nap. Too much energy to nap? Head down for some fun in the sand or rent a colorful long board and test your skills.

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Aussie artist Lucas Grogan added funky vibes to Old Man’s with his signature blue murals, which act as a magnet for curious kids and art savvy adults.

Stay updated on Old Man’s events via their Facebook page. There’s plenty going on including monthly Saturday markets full of awesome vintage goodies and organic produce.

Address: Jalan Batu Bolong, Canggu
Phone: +62 361 8469 158
Open daily from 7 am till late

Feature image by www.rowetimson.com

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Sri Lanka – Need to Know

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Thinking of booking your family villa stay in Sri Lanka? Here’s what you need to know about travelling to this magically diverse island in the Indian Ocean.

Weather

Sri Lanka’s climate is tropical and affected by two monsoons. Between November and April, the south and west coasts and hill country are generally dry and sunny whilst the Maha monsoon brings rain to the north and east coasts and Cultural Triangle. The Yala monsoon conversely affects the south and west coasts between May and October, offering a mix of sunshine and showers, whilst fine weather and calm seas dominate the north and east. The temperature across Sri Lanka remains around 28-32 degrees for much of the year with a high degree of humidity (sometimes as much as 90% before the monsoon) in the lusher south-westerly regions. The mercury in the high-altitude hills can drop to single figures at night. Despite its terminology, the monsoon season rarely incurs full days of rain – rather the weather is quick to change. Dramatic monsoonal showers typically break out in the afternoons or evenings and usually last an hour or two before the sun breaks out again. As such, some of the best deals are to be had by travelling in this so-called ‘low season’.

Currency

The currency across the island is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) although many hotels display their rates in US dollars, which is the island’s preferred foreign currency. Notes range from LKR10 to LKR5,000 and coins from one rupee to ten. At current exchange rates, US$1 is equal to LKR130; GBR£1 to LKR200; EUR1 to LKR175; HK$1 to LKR17.5; and AUS$1 to LKR95. ATMs are widespread across the island and all major currencies and traveller’s checks can be exchanged in Sri Lanka, as well as at authorised currency exchange counters in banks. Credit cards are accepted in up-market stores, hotels and restaurants, but beyond that most transactions (including tuk tuk and taxi fares) are cash-based. Having notes in a various range of denominations handy is useful.

Time zone

Sri Lanka is five and a half hours ahead of GMT and shares the same time zone as India, its closest neighbour. Sri Lanka is two and a half hours behind Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hong Kong, and one and a half hours ahead of Dubai. Most cities in central mainland Europe are four and a half hours behind.

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Pastry Classes at Monsieur Spoon

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If you are visiting Bali with kids and looking for unique things to do, go into any of the three branches of Monsieur Spoon and you are bound to see children staring at the pastries, biscuits and macaroons, their faces etched with wonder and delight. It’s not just the anticipation of something sweet, it’s the way the food looks, smells and is displayed and how it encourages their curiosity: “How do you make croissants?” “How do you colour macaroons?”. Book a pastry class with Greg and Rafi and your kids can find it out for themselves.

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Pastry Classes and Garden Parties

It’s this curiosity that Monsieur Spoon co-founder Greg recognised in his own children and the children that come into his bakeries, and that led to the launch of baking classes at Monsieur Spoon.

“I want kids to come into the kitchen, meet the bakers, touch the dough and see the caramel being made. I want them to understand that baking and cooking are an art and that they can all be artists” says Greg.

Classes are scheduled every last weekend of the month.

For more information e-mail: office@monsieurspoon.com

Monsieur Spoon also hosts entertaining garden parties.

About Monsieur Spoon

Monsieur Spoon was founded in 2012 when Rafi Papazian and Gregory Guerguerian decided to leave Paris and set up on the Island of The Gods. Bali might seem as a strange place to be creating French pastries, but Rafi and Greg say that it was the creativity and passion they found in Bali that charmed them to stay and share their dream with the locals. Visit Monsieur Spoon at any of these locations:

Monsieur Spoon Umalas, Jln Umalas 2, n°43 Kerobokan, Bali.

Monsieur Spoon Canggu, Jln Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali.

Monsieur Spoon Oberoi, Jalan Kayu Cendana no. 2 Oberoi (next to Seminyak Square).

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