I must say that traveling back to Bali was something I always was a little bit afraid of. Having lived there for a year in 2011 I dreaded seeing all the changes due to excessive building, tourisme and pollution. Due to the increase of population the island had radically changed into a hectic traffic nightmare. The southern side of the island is not the best for kids, the sea is way to rough and not very clean however if you are into food and shopping eat your heart out!
Rent a scooter in the area of Seyminyak, Canggu or Umalas and make your way through the maze of endless restaurants and shops for both inerior and clothes.
Here’s my shortlist…
Earth Cafe http://www.earthcafebali.com/
Mama San http://www.mamasanbali.com/
Made’s Warung http://madeswarung.com/
Desa Seni is also one of the best yoga venues http://www.desaseni.com/
Cafe Organic http://cafeorganicbali.com/
Ku de ta (just for a sundowner) http://www.kudeta.com/
La Luciolla for an easy quiet lunch with sea view https://www.tripadvisor.nl/Restaurant_Review-g469404-d804047-Reviews-La_Lucciola-Seminyak_Bali.html
Dahana for some seriously good Japanse food http://www.dahanabali.com/
Magali Pascal http://www.magalipascal.com/
Lulu Yasmine http://www.luluyasmine.com/
Milk & Roses http://milkandrosesboutique.com/
Great inspiring day trips:
Green School https://www.greenschool.org/
Five Elements Spa http://www.fivelements.org/en/
So scooter your way through traffic and be sure to wear your helmet even though it might ruin your looks;-)))
Being a ‘spicy’ food addict this version of a Sambol (hot spicy sauce) or as the Dutch would call it ‘Sambal’ was a devine surprise to me. At it everyday on my trip in Sri Lanka and had to get the recipe!
It well with just about anything; from my omelet or eggs in the morning to a relish with a cheese sandwich, a roast chicken or a curry of course.
There is something about adding spicy ingredients to your food… Makes you feel alive especially when you need that extra kick, wake-up call or rush:-)
Here is a list of what you need:
- grated fresh (firm) coconut meat
- 1 fresh green or red chili peper
- pinch of salt
- juice of 1 lime
- thinly sliced medium sjalot
- 1 tea spoon of chili powder
- 1 tea spoon of chili flakes
Grate the coconut, slice the sjallot and mix in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients according to taste. I personally like it with alot of lime and chili. Be careful with the quantities, you can always add more later.
Once made promise you it will be finished in no time, otherwise you can keep it a couple of days in the fridge.
Are you a Netflix fan? Incredible how this has changed the way we use our television.
Love the documentary section especially the food related series. I just watched the Michael Pollan documentary ‘Cooked’. Wow! Seriously the thing to watch if you want to know more about the basic principles of food, cooking, health and the problems we have today in our western food culture. A very powerful message for all of us to understand where we come from and how the food industry has altered the way we eat.
Michael describes the four elements fire, water, air, and earth and the ways they have been used to cook and prepare food in the course of history. What I found very chocking is that he describes why things are going wrong in todays diets and how this is directly related to chronic diseases. Something most of us have believed in for years but never found the audience to broadcast it to.
He describes how the quality of our bread has a big role in the huge increase in gluten intolerance. So buy wisely and try to find traditionally made sour dough bread. Bacteria and fermenting food is essential for our living bodies. This process is complicated yet fascinating and shows us how bacteria and fungus are not to be banned from our diets.
Michael, you got me, fan for life!
review by the guardian nails it
Almost summer… 2016 can you believe it? Can’t wait to put on that long dress, wander in my garden and look up at the stars at night and wonder what the hell am I doing back in Amsterdam most of the year. As soon as I land just the scent of the air brings me back to my childhood year on the island.
My book is full of tips of places which still have that authentic feeling and haven’t changed through the years. Wonder why everyone always wants ‘new’ when there is so much beauty in ‘old’?
Just a list of my all time favorites:
La Paloma is the hippie favorite. The food is always excellent and has never let me down. I usually order different starters to share as choosing one has never been my best quality.
Ex Xarcu where time just does not seem to matter. The amount of the bill on the other hand does as this can be quiet stiff.
Macao Cafe is the best Italiaan where you can drink wine all night and have your kids running around the town square without having to (really) worry.
The Passion Cafe does serve the best organic health food. Great menu and juices, perfect for the day after guilt comfort food.
Oh almost forgot, Can Guimo, best countryside breakfast place! Homemade cakes, great breakfast, lunch and healthy juices!