Friday, 13 November 2015

Chilling out at Ingka

Ingka has only been open a few months and is a great new addition to the Kerobokan scene. Located on Jalan Mertanadi it is a lovely setting with a garden full of lemongrass out back and lovely plants decorating the entrance. There is a good range of food, from Asian delights to Western fare and prices are reasonable. I opted for the Pad Thai, and it was really good. However, I felt the portion could have been a tad bigger but then that just might be me and my big appetite. The vibe is chilled with sofas here and there and in the evening the candles come out and it feels intimate and romantic. I will definitely be back to try some of the other dishes on the menu and am delighted to see more and more cafes like this opening in Kerobokan. They are very welcome additions!

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Wooden wonders at Mertanadi...

So, I am a confirmed knick-knack lover. Luckily, Bali is a great place for people like me. There are hundreds of roadside shops selling all shapes and sizes of trinkets. You can imagine my delight when I discovered this wonderful shop at Jalan Mertanadi. It's called D2 Detail Deco Collection and it is full of wooden wonders. Collections are organised by colour so as you walk through it's like taking a stroll through the rainbow. My new house here is currently ocean-themed, and there were so many perfect things to add to my theme. I got a wooden anchor, lighthouse and fish. Prices are pretty reasonable but you can bargain a bit if you buy a few pieces. I would like to say that I had hours to pick and choose my way through everything, but I have a husband. Anyone who happens to have one of those, knows what that means...toe-tapping, long-sighing, eyes-rolling when I pick up an item I swear I've never seen before but hubby swears I've already looked at twice. So my visit was a tad shorter than I would have liked. Next time I'm going back alone...

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Xich Lo...Vietnamese deliciousness nestled in the rice fields

After driving by Xich Lo many times, we finally decided to try it out for lunch. It's right round the corner from where we live but you know the way sometimes you just take for granted that somewhere will always be there so there's no rush? Well, I have to get back into going to new places and not falling into that easy way of just visiting all the familiar places. Yes, I'm back in Bali and loving every second of it all over again. 
Back to Xich Lo, it's a small Vietnamese warung that looks right on to the rice fields. The 'window' seat allows you this stunning uninterrupted view of green bliss. The menu selection is quite small but covers all the main fare that you would find in Vietnam. There are raw spring rolls, fried spring rolls, papaya salad, noodle soups, rice dishes and a pork sandwich. We had the raw spring rolls and papaya salad to start with and they were delicious and fresh. I went with the beef noodle soup which was delicious and Hubby went with the rice and pork which was well presented and tasted great. Is like to say I have lots of photos of delicious food, but it was 2.30pm and we stopped on our way back from the beach after a good swim so when the food came there was no time to snap the deliciousness. Next time we are back I will update with more photos, because there will definitely be a next time. This place is too good for just one visit!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

The Fat Turtle, Petitenget

If you haven't yet had the chance to pop into the Fat Turtle in Petitenget (next to Deus) then you are truly missing out on one of the best brunch spots in town. I discovered this place quite by accident and instantly fell in love with it. From the cosy interiors with copper piping on the walls, to the sack covered cushions, you feel immediately at home. The menu offers a wonderful array of brunch options, like french toast banana bread, eggs benedict, red velvet pancakes and breakfast sandwiches. The coffee is good and strong and staff are friendly and welcoming. Portions are perfect, prices are very reasonable. What are you waiting for?