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As we are getting more health-conscious and more concern in what we are eating, the trend speaks to the world as it expands the opportunity for the businesses to carter this demand, by means in supplying healthier and sustainable food products. I really hope that this is not just a short term trend, but will be a sustainable one for the benefits of our society and planet of course.

Society in general is getting more conscious and particular in what they are eating, how the food has been produced, what are the ingredients in the package, how honest does the food labeling apply, do you really read the amount of calories and sugar before you decide to buy or not to buy some food products? I did not, but now I do and I always do, for me it works like an auto-scan before I really make a purchase; but never mind, impulsive buying will not harm you every now and then right?

With the growing trends towards a healthier and more sustainable eating lifestyle, there are more food outlets in the market that specifically carter to this demand; one of those is the one that I tried last time, named Fedwell.

A rather newish establishment tucked away in PIK area (as it already has another 2 outlets), Fedwell greets you with the pink hues interior, a flamingo neon decor on the wall, plus an array of cooked superfood which believed to be fully packed with micro and macro nutrients. How does that sound to you?

The shop was not ready until 10AM, even though it said to be opened at 9AM. So here, you would have to place your order first, pay, then find a table to sit and enjoy the food. Other than that, you also be given 2 choices, either you create your own meal, or simply take one of its signature bowls. The DIY bowl priced at IDR75K for the regular one, add another IDR20K then you will be served the hungry portion!

Having heard the rave reviews of this place from friends; I decided to try two of its signature named ”The Shrub Grub” and “The Pesca Pasta”. The former consisted of greens, salmon gravlax, kale slaw, tomato basil, edamame, broccoli snap, basil ranch, wholewheat kremes, and super seeds; and the former consisted of gigli pasta, salmon gravlax, tomato basil, mushroom party, almond cauliflower, onsen egg, skinny alfredo, wholeweat kremes and puffed quinoa.

When they came, overall the portion was alright but there were few things that did and did not match my expectation (perhaps? correct me if I am wrong).

  • Greens were super fresh but I wished they served in a cooler state
  • Salmon, tomato, edamame, broccoli, basil ranch, wholewheat kremes were enjoyable
  • When I read Kale slaw, I was expecting something like coleslaw but made from Kale instead; but I was wrong, it was just a Kale without a slaw? I was not sure if it was the way it meant to be served; or else it should be listed as ‘Kale’ not Kale slaw (?)
  • The almond cauliflower was the star! And so did the beef meatballs!
  • I enjoyed the pasta and the mushroom party (really good!)

Tempted to try the cake, and the carrot cake seemed the most tempting from the rest (that time there were honey cake and chocolate cake on display; but did not find lemon chia cake). Surely the carrot cake did not disappoint at all for IDR40K.

All in all, it was a pleasant and enjoyable dining experience, you get what you paid for. I wish that the portion could be a little bit more generous though. Nevertheless, good space, nice interior, and super food!

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Received a glossy red box that says ‘Open Your Dream’ and when I opened it of course I was not dreaming as the content was so heavenly.

You could scent the fresh blueberry upon opening the box and since it was not sliced then it was a messy foreplay with creme and the sponge cake to start of with.

I love the texture of the blueberry sponge cake and its filling but I am sorry to say that I am not a big fans of that creme de la creme. Luckily fresh blueberries managed to calm myself down and enjoy every bite of late night indulgence l would say. Two words: very satisfying!

Unfortunately, the brochure attached was not as appealing as its product plus with its broken English here and there and (pardon me) the design could have been way better than what it is now (proof read is needed here). But hey forget about the marketing stuffs and just enjoy the cake! Everybody says YUMMMM!!

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Having a late evening class and went home after with horrible traffic condition plus nothing on the table were meant for impulsive decision when it comes to hunger.

I was looking at the flyer from PHD and hey it wasnot an usual one. The new flyer came in a glossier piece of paper, more sophisticated wording and divine appeal. All in all to introduce its new product – the Thin Crust Club line pizza.
It took 20 minutes to arrive and came not in ordinary red box ala pizza hut, it came in a black box instead. I believe this is to allure the more premium market for the line (somehow it feels like marzano)

My pick was the Italian beef pronto that has quite a decent topping and premium taste, do not expect the old school style of mountained toppings. This one was subtle but surprisingly tasty with that crispy thin crust as promised and this line only comes in one size contains 8 pieces.

Other selections in the menu were: Spicy chicken soy, Salmon shiitake mayo, and Spinach cream cheese (priced at IDR64K to IDR79K)

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All in all, the pizza and cheese wheezy plus the delivery cost come to IDR116K, quite reasonable especially when you are feeling like eating something.

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I have passed this outlet for countless time, but one day decided to dine in there. Rainy Jakarta did not stop me to try this Indonesian flare restaurant. I was first browsed through its website about the menu etc, and I found it quite interesting to try. Well, I was not a first-timer to this local chain, in fact that I tried its dish in Sate Senayan Express that is located in Food Louvre Grand Indonesia. Promising more variety of dishes than its tiny outlet in foodcourt, this outlet in Kebon Sirih might always been the choice for both locals and foreigners.

 

Ambiance: The 2-floor span restaurant fills with Indonesian flare here and there, reflected in the choice of wooden tables and chairs. Try to get a table by the window with a plenty of natural light, as otherwise I would feel a little too dimmed inside. I was expecting a traditional tune just like Tesate does to welcome its guests, but in Sate Senayan they played kind of a 70’s pop tunes back then. A little nostalgic I would say and the background music has changed over an hour.

 

Food: Even-though it carries the title ‘Sate’ but one could expect more than just ‘sate ayam’ or ‘sate kambing’ here. The extensive menu would ensure to satisfy everybody’s taste buds. Starting from appetizers such as ‘otak-otak’ or ‘tahu isi’, then the main dishes consist of selection or rice or noodle that comes with condiments, and it still followed by vegetable dishes, snacks plus meat or chicken dishes to go with. So if you are not sure which one to pick, then go for rice dishes that comes with almost everything in a plate, just like I did. My pick was Nasi Pecel Empal Komplit – a Javanese style steamed mixed vegetables with peanut sauce, comes with shredded beef empal, serundeng (shredded fried coconut) and plenty of crackers (yeayyy!!). Too bad that they do not serve Nasi merah or brown rice as it becomes a common thing in many restaurants these days.

To start was Tahu Isi, but this comes a little later than the main dish and I felt that the oil that has been used was not that new as it carries after-taste for other fried things, too greasy indeed. However, it tasted good with full fillings. My mum ordered Soto Betawi and it was okay, was expecting to be warmer.

 

Service: very friendly and attentive, as far as I could remember they have more staffs than the guests on that afternoon. I believe that one lady as a captain would ensure her crew and everything were in order, she would consistently check on every single order, not just my table but others too.

 

Price: an appetizer, main dishes for 4 guests and drinks plus 3 dishes to-go comes to IDR500K. Quite pocket-friendly.

 

Contact: Jalan Kebon Sirih 31A – 021-3192-6238, more outlets in http://www.sarirasagrup.com

 

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I would say this is the best-kept secret in the busy CBD life in the heart of Sudirman/Senopati district in Jakarta. It is rather confusing to find this place, but hey a GPS always comes handy, or in case you do not have one then just call and ask for direction!

Named ‘Rumah Baba’ or house of Baba, this homey-feel restaurant serves a rather authentic Betawi cuisine. I was wrong to expect something like ‘Baba’ or ‘peranakan cuisine’ during my visit, but the description in its twitter makes things clearer of what do they really serve for hungry tummy.

 

Ambiance: Rumah Betawi back to 70’s or 80’s, you would feel as if you are having your meal in someone-else’s dining table. The waitress and waitresses are all dressed in Betawi traditional costume, much more like you would see in Kafe Betawi too. The exterior is painted in bright lime green perhaps so that it is easy to find this spot, while the interior is simple without being too much.

 

Food: Menu-wise you would expect dishes like Nasi Uduk, Nasi Kuning, Ketupat Sayur, Soto Betawi, and many more but sadly Rujak Juhi has never made its presence during my first and my second visit.

Bir Pletok is the diva here, so make sure you have one of those on your visit. I personally like Es Teh Lemon Sereh and not forgotten to mention the list of the desserts which includes es selendang mayang, es podeng (a-must-try!!) and many others too. I think Rumah Baba’s es podeng would make everybody happy and deserves its top rating.

 

Service: friendly and attentive. My food was served in quite a quick pace.

 

Price: pocket friendly for the size of portion. You can always order few dishes and share the calories.

 

Contact: 021-5270173 (Do call them up if you are somewhere in Senopati area, entrance is just right before Office8, where you should find a small street heading to Rumah Baba)

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It just happens that almost every year during mid-autumn festival or for me it is a mooncake festival, I would have a chance to fly to our neighbour and would dive myself into the world of mooncakes. I wonder why they do not bake the one fills with ‘tau-sah’ which commonly found here back in Jakarta, lotus paste filling is more popular there I guess.

My top rated (and I would recommend this to all my friends) is the snowskin mooncake by Shangri-La Singapore that creatively fills the mooncake with not-so-sweet custard and the daring birdnest as its highlight. You can either get it a single box or a box of 4. It comes in a rather small size as compared to the usual mooncakes but trust me it is satisfying to have one.

The outer layer of the mooncake is so called snowskin because of its softness and somehow it is scented too. You can actually scent a kind of sakura or some kind of petals there, whilst the custard filling is not utterly sweet and complements the skin very well. Digging into the base, you can taste the sparkling looking birdnest by its purest I believe, not too much just the right amount of it.

 

If you missed it this year, then you should wait until next year. Ok, I am a fans.

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Having a chance to visit Perth (again) this winter time has really delighted me. Been here, studied here and lived here for sometimes makes me feel emotionally bound to this city. Of course one way or another many have said that Perth is relatively quiet as compared to eastern coast cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, but I personally think that what makes Perth differs and unique from others, laidback, not rushing, beautiful weather this time.

I stayed in my host-parents’ house where I used to live when I was here years ago. A beautiful cozy house with italian flare I would say (since my hostparents are Italian) plus that it is convenient to either catch a bus or a train.

/DAY1

my sister and I were craving to have lunch at this Japanese canteen called ‘tanpopo tea-house’ that is located near our former school called St. Mark’s somewhere in Mt. Lawley; so we decided to take bus from the city to go there. Surprisingly St. Mark’s is not there anymore, either they have closed down or relocated somewhere else. Our school building has been transformed to a city-loft style of apartments block. In addition ‘tanpopo’ too has relocated itself from the corner of the small supermarket to now its own shop across the street. Still the best menu we rave is the Teriyaki Chicken Katsu.

The rest of the day we strolled the city and not forgotten to visit Jaws sushi shop in front of GPO where we used to have our post-school-mid-day hunger fixed plus Miss Maud too (you will not find miss maud anywhere else except in this city!). Everything on display is soooo good!!

/DAY2

The next day we decided to go for Cicerellos even before we plan to go to Perth this time, so Fremantle is the answer. Same old school style of fish and chips but we love it. Luckily that we did not order one for each, instead we ordered one and we shared and evenĀ  that successfully made everybody full. Huge portion that is. After that big brunch we strolled upon cappucino strip – that is a street where all the coffee shops are located and yes, they all offer cappucino! If you are not into coffee then the famous gelare shop is just around the corner (Yes, we do have ones in Indo but trust me it tastes somehow different!). We spent the rest of the day in the city, try to navigate our way since the city itself has been progressively renovated and relocated, in a good way of course; bought some snacks australian made in woolworths and plus not forgetting our favourite Baker’s Delight!! If you ask me what is good there, I always love it’s banana cake.

/DAY3

When we were students here, we did not really spend our time to go to the countryside or visit other suburbs that are famous for local produced items, so this time we decided to embark on half-day tour for farm and winery visit. The tour starts at 9 in the morning and lasts for 4 hours.

Our first stop was Margaret River Chocolate factory, massive chocolate display and extensive chocolate variants to choose from. I do not really like the chocolate but the home-made ice cream was something to-die-for! Next stop was Caversham wildlife park where you could see and experience the Australian outback. I have been to similar place before when I was in excursion for my English course but I could not remember where it was. So that was Caversham park, full of koalas, kangaroos, snakes, lizards, dingos and so on.

After that we went to one of the well-known wineries in the region located in Swan Valley called Lancaster. I am not into alcoholic drinks either, but its own produced dessert wines have blown me away! Good review on this one that I finally bought one for my host mum.

Last stop is the nougat factory which I think it runs by an Italian family too. You can ask for free sample before you decide which to buy, ranging from hard nougat, soft nougat, plus more than 10 flavours to choose from. This stop would make up the whole half-day tour and we were happy!

One thing that has never changed, dinner is always a fiesta or a celebration. My host mum would normally cook more than 2 dishes plus salad and dessert, so the dinner menu would be something like:

/Appetiser

Traditional style cannelloni with ricotta and spinach filling

/Main Course

Beer battered baked fish with mixed garden salad and olive, balsamic dressings

/Sweet Ending

Home-made banana custard, raspberry crumble sponge cake and ice cream

/After dinner

Selection of cookies and lemon cake

 

Last but not least, enjoy some shoots here. Perth anyone?

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