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High Tea at Cacaoté with Bio-Oil: Discover Your Happy Skin

Today’s afternoon tea get-together was organized by Bio-Oil, a skincare product specialized in clearing out the appearance of scars and stretch marks, skin issues with which women are unceasingly in battle (some more than others). Boasting a record of being the number one specialized skincare product for treating scars and stretch marks in 17 countries, in addition to 191 international awards since its launch in 2002, Bio-Oil also claims to take care of yet other skin “concerns” among women: aging, dryness, and unevenness (yes, the bottomless pit of issues!) To complement the topic of beauty, we were joined by the lovely Ratna Somantri, Founder of Komunitas Pecinta Teh (Tea Lover Community) and Head of Promotion of the Indonesian Tea Board, who shared not only her fondness for tea, but also tips on how to properly store, brew, and enjoy different kinds of tea. And while she did, we lady-likely sipped from our hot cup of Chamomile. To further champion Bio-Oil’s campaign “Hello Happy Skin,” Spokesperson Tiara Dwijayanti Lestari, joined by Product Manager Nurhayatini, gave us insight on the …

Dill Gourmet Cafe New Year’s Feast: A New Concept and Menu

You probably know Dill Gourmet Cafe to be, well, a cafe. Think coffee and cake. During our last visit, we had some light bites from the sandwich, pizza, pasta, and cake selection. And when I say light, I mean it. But with the new year, Dill is rebranding and revamping its concept from cafe to casual dining, which means a whole lot more selection of mains that will actually fill you up. Oh before I get too excited and forget, we got to take home these almond chocolate chip cookies as a favor, and boy were they a treat! I wiped out the whole can (with a bit of help from three friends) in a day. I regret nothing. You’ve got to get your hands on these! And since they were bite-sized, it didn’t even feel like I was eating anything (ha! the lies I feed myself!). The new Dill features a gourmet market/cafe concept, complete with an inviting display of fresh pressed juices and a handsomely put-together menu. The first thing on my table: the …

The Holy Crab Swims its Way to Bali, with New Menu Exclusive to #TheHolyIsland

Our table affair with The Holy Crab began almost a year ago. The first time was a treat. The second a feast. And at tonight’s tasting, we were in for a surprise! Ushering in the new year, The Holy Crab is swimming its way to the holy island of Bali this week, specifically to the Petitenget, Seminyak area. And with a new outlet comes a new menu, of course. So for all you crustacean fanciers in Bali, the wait is over! So what have we to look forward to with the new carte? You’ve guessed it: rolls! Here we have the classic Lobster Roll (180K), Crab Roll (50K), and Shrimp Roll (35K), with the optional topping of The Holy Crab’s Original Sauce. The rolls were pre-toasted with butter (thank goodness, as it should) and the meat toppings were liberal. You don’t see very many seafood rolls being served in town, so I’d say these ones are a pretty good bet. Next, crab cakes. Something I hardly get to eat in Jakarta, but a classic that I love. These …

Happy 1/365!

2014 has been awesome and full of surprises (good ones, of course). And I know 2015 will be even more kick-ass. And even though life is far from perfect, we can’t get enough of it. We work and play, we laugh and cry, we hurt and we love. And we repeat. Life is what keeps us going. And although it isn’t always champagne and glitter, we are all given the same 24 hours in a day. What we choose to do with them is up to us. So in light of my excitement for the new year, I have compiled a list of my most magical moments from last year, things/places/people/moments/happenings that have made me learn, discover, smile, laugh, and feel warm and fuzzy inside. And this year, instead of creating a catalog of new year’s resolutions (which usually barely last a week), I decided to write down a “more” and “less” list of things I want to do more and less of. And of course as with many things, you, my lovely readers, are the …

Ippudo Indonesia First Blogger Gathering

Ramen, lamian, pasta, bakmi, noodles…call it what you may. The Italians have it, as do the Chinese, Indonesians, Americans (question mark, question mark), and of course the Japanese! And even though I love them all, and dare I say equally, the Japanese ramen holds a special place in my heart (and in my gut). It’s one of those viands that’s almost impossible to get sick of. A comfort antidote to a flu as well as the perfect company for those late-night television-binging sessions, I cannot not can say, to ramen, I will never say never. Today’s ramen chow down was brought to us by international chain Ippudo, whose stores you’ll find all over Japan and in 10 countries all over the world and major cities including New York, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Sydney, Bangkok, London, and now Jakarta! Can we all just take a moment to acknowledge the craze, fad, and frenzy over ramen in Jakarta over the last few years? Ippudo has been around since 1985, and so we believe they know a thing or two about serving ramen. And we …

Grandi Marchi Wine Tasting Seminar: A Celebration of Fine Italian Winemaking Culture

Wine, oh wine. Wine? Count me in! This week, the Grand Marchi, with the support of the Italian Trade Agency, hosted their first ever wine tasting seminar in Jakarta, showcasing 10 brands coming from all over Italy. The Grandi Marchi is a collaboration of winemaking visionaries made up of 19 prominent Italian wine families with the mission of promoting the country’s best bottles on a global scale. Each member of the Grand Marchi has been in operation for at least 25 years, and in some cases, centuries. With enduring traditions in winemaking at their own estate vineyards, each of these 19 families are committed to the education, development, and innovation of winemaking. The event took place at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jakarta. Moderated by the spirited and amiable Debra Meiburg of debramasterofwine, the seminar proved to be not only educational (note that I diligently took notes), at times teasing, and amusing. We sampled 10 glasses of various brands from various regions (you’ll find the list below). My knowledge of wine is, to put nicely, finite. But even …

Cucina in Italia: Making Gnocchi al Pomodoro, The Sure Italian Nonna Way

Just so we are clear on how much I love pasta, besides loving it with the red, white, black, pink, green, and all the medley of sauces out there, I enjoy it as is too. And I mean, no sauce. Plain pasta appeals to me. Believe it or not. Believe it. In fact, when I cook pasta, I usually make way too much pasta (read my tips on Cooking The Perfect Pasta) and end up with no sauce to pair. But it never goes to waste. And it never will. So when I heard the words “gnocchi,” “Italian granny,” and “come,” I didn’t need to hear the rest of the sentence. I came. Today’s Cucina in Italia session was hosted by the IIC (Istituto Italiano di Cultura) Jakarta, jointly led by the talented and spirited Cecilia and Alessandro, and get this: Cecilia’s nonna (granny) and zia (auntie) all the way in Italy via the unflagging support of our good friend Skype. And by the way, Nonna and Zia were as excited as we were about gnocchi, although with regards to …

Shirokuma: Beware of the Great White Bear, He’s High. On Sugar.

Shirokuma (shiro meaning white and kuma bear in Japanese) is quickly becoming a popular favorite on the block. A Japanese-inspired dessert cafe, Shirokuma delights customers of all ages with its savory dogs (relax, we mean hot dogs) and sweet medleys of ice cream, mochi, cake, and more. Since its opening about a week ago, this delightful little nook has attracted an eager, whopping flock (I heard they even had to turn down some customers due to the crowd). Thankfully, they did not turn us down. And yes, were we in for a treat! Being graceful eaters, we of course started with the savories–the Terimayo Dog, Tonkatsu Dog, Kuro Japadog, and Okonomi Dog. Although a savory food, the hot dogs had a touch of sweetness to them. The sausages (there’s pork) were surprisingly tasty (I say surprisingly because I rarely find hot dogs with good sausage in town). And they weren’t the skinny, scrawny kind; they were a good size and woud fill you up. And although I enjoyed the hot dogs, I would’ve preferred less sauce. From the savory, we moved …

Island Creamery Celebrates a Month of Sweet and Savory Desserts

Calling all ice cream lovers, sweet toothers, whatever you call yourselves – Island Creamery offers unique concoctions blending the sweet and savory to challenge your palate to a whole lot of happiness! Get your taste buds ready for some fun!  Today, we are sampling 3 different desserts: The Lightning Rod Sundae, Secret Pop! Sundae, and The Elvis Milkshake. All 3 were individually cooked up to create a unique flavor, crunch, and interpretation. Drooling? We won’t judge. The Lightning Rod Sundae Island Creamery’s signature walnut brownie topped off with a scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream, chocolate fudge, and salted pretzel sticks. I enjoy the blend opposites of hot and cold in desserts. So it’s no surprise that the marriage of sweet and savory made me happy. The 2 sundaes, albeit different, shared a parallel character in that there is not only creaminess involved, but a whole lot of different texture, crunch, and aroma. The brownie, nuts, and pretzel sticks in the Lightning Rod Sundae paired well with the rich chocolate ice cream, as did the caramel popcorn and bacon …

Bobobobo & Friends Gathering at Kogi Kogi

At last night’s lively menu preview event co-hosted by Kogi Kogi and Bobobobo, I met lots of lovely and food-adoring people. Korean food lovers – take heed! Kogi Kogi, literally meaning “meat meat,” offers a brand new dining concept clear of the conventional mammoth exhaust pipes! Yes, BBQ is still the star of the show, but even better–it’s all you can eat! So go ahead, enjoy all the Bulgogis and Galbis to your heart’s content! And as for you vegetarians, there is, too, plenty of greens to go around, along with a selection of dressings to pair with. According to its proud owners, the distinguishing factor behind Kogi Kogi’s concept in comparison with other Korean restaurants in town is their high quality food and affordable price. As we all have experienced, Korean food in Jakarta tends to fall into two extremes: premium quality at premium price, and low quality at low price. Now, that’s the gap Kogi Kogi is trying to bridge. As for the ingredients and cooking methods, Kogi Kogi owners tell us all vegetables are organic …