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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 could hardly recall when was the last time to visit this place again after sometimes being attached to cozy.

The other day I managed to slot in a session for 90mins foot reflexiology and since I did not have anyone I preferred in particular so I left the decision to the receptionist.

I was attended by female therapist and the usual routine followed. Started with a warm water and salt dip upstairs while the shoulder was massaged, then led to a private room which would fit for 3 guests at one time. A warm rice pillow was placed either on the shoulder, back of the neck or lower back, whichever preffered. Huge massage chair I would say.

Pressure, skills and techniques made my 90minutes such a bliss, aslept through almost up to the end of the session when she offered me something to drink: water, tea or ginger. Ginger was my pick and the session was not ended there, another round for my shoulder, back and neck for the finale.

All in all, Zen has successfully maintain its consistency of service and for IDR98k for 90mins session I think it is worthed.

Book early as it might get very busy for afternoon to closing time.

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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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Last weekend I had a chance to do my weekly reflexology after a long due. Having heard the rave about this establishment then I decided to give it a try. Tucked in the busy Kebayoran Baru district, one must do the reservation way in advance since this place is in the hype and rarely for those walk-ins to get an instant spot, well you would if you are lucky enough.

The Balinese details wrapped the whole outlet, stretches from the entrance, hallway, waiting lounge, up to the treatment rooms. I picked the most-wanted foot reflexology for 90 minutes by then.

 

Ambiance: Clean and surrounded by frangipani scent all over the place, it was very relaxing and would guide you to doze off in seconds. The balinese traditional gamelan filled up as a background music; complemented the whole atmosphere.

 

Service: Upon arrival and waiting for my therapist, I was offered a drink (a glass of water or a cup of tea); then I was guided to the second floor to have my feet soaked in the Luke-warm water, added bath-salt and slices of lemon. While I was soaking, my therapist did my shoulder and pressed at few points at my upper back to ease the tension.

Then I was brought up to the room that consists of three huge massage chairs, with personal TV and dimmed-light. I believe this was more like a private room so if you are with friends or family, then you can always be sitted next to each other.

Good thing was that the therapist would always ask whether the pressure was alright to my preference. After that then I was instantly doze off until my hands were being massaged. Once everything was done, then I was offered another cup of ginger tea which I only had a gulp since it was very hot to my liking.

I noticed that all of the therapists here do not have a name tag, instead they have numbers tagged. Many have booked their own favourite therapist by their second or third visit. All in all, the experience was not bad, eventhough I personally feel that other places have made their way closer to total relaxation; plus I would say that the pressure was not that consistent throughout 90 minutes, but then again perhaps it is just a matter of preference.

 

Pricing: 90minutes foot reflexology (which includes hands, shoulder and head massage) priced at IDR98K. They also offer Royal Massage, Balinese Body Massage (the one that hits the rave according to the review!), Face massage and many more.

 

Contact: Jalan Gunawarman 43, Kebayoran Baru; 021-726-2375

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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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