All posts tagged: event

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 …

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 …

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 …

Open Door Blogger Brunch Preview

When one door closes, another… Open the door to Open Door! Officially open today, Open Door is a brand new trendy place to keep you looking and feeling young and hip. At last Saturday’s Blogger Brunch Preview, a congregation of us food devotees, eager to meet, greet, and eat, got a taste of what makes Open Door the next most happening pad in West Jakarta. Located within the compounds of the Royal Mediterania Garden Residence, Open Door is unmissable (see detailed directions below). The design is dominated by a tasteful blend of recycled wood and metal, shaping up to look and feel like a well put together warehouse. The atmosphere is casual, a place to enjoy with good company. With two al fresco dining areas, you have the option of being inside and out. While the sizeable anterior area is furnished with dining tables and chairs, the posterior houses bar tables and a ping pong table (how fun is that!). Perhaps they’d host a beer pong throwdown? I’d be in. The menu has a decent …

A Valentine Soirée

Valentine’s Day—the most romantic day of the year (we’ve heard). Perhaps you’re picking this day to do something grand and unconventional, or you’ve decided on something simple that won’t require a parachute or oxygen tank. Regardless of how and with whom you decide to spend the day, make sure it involves something scrumptious traveling through your palate! With a passion for quality and artistic food, Chefs Francis and Shane are bringing in something special on this occasion. Using a variety of ingredients that uniquely represent the marvelous marriage between Japanese and French cuisines, the chefs also wanted to incorporate unique ingredients such as chili, pomegranate, chocolate, etc. that are known to have aphrodisiac properties. Read my recent review. Here’s a preview of the menu: For bookings and enquiries, please contact: NOUVELLE Equity Tower GF, Unit B2 SCBD Lot 9 Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53 Jakarta, Indonesia 12190 (021) 515 1356 www.nouvelle.co.id Enjoy! DISCLAIMER: Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Shopdeca’s First Blogger Event and Contest

Shopdeca is an online curated lifestyle and fashion store offering a variety of goods from clothings, bags, shoes, and jewelry to books, electonics, pillows, and plenty of other lifestyle items. Launched earlier this year, Shopdeca is quickly making its way to the hearts of shoppers who love scouting for products that are not only functional, but also uniquely designed and packaged. At the first blogger event hosted a Pong Me! Lounge in South Jakarta, Shopdeca introduced its dynamic team made up of creative minds and its premium selection of goods including its best sellers. The event kicked off with a friendly game of ping pong (great choice of venue, by the way), followed by a buffet (of course), and a whole lot of chit chatting and getting to know one another. I was thrilled to meet everyone–the team, bloggers, and the brilliant designers of some of the best selling goods on Shopdeca. An absolute inspiration for me! Among the wide selection of goods showcased at the event, I had my eye on several. But my favorite …