Thursday, September 26, 2013

A night at Brasserie Gravoche



September turned out to be rather busy in this household. I haven't really seen the husband much at all. He's been busy with his work and new project. That all we get is just a few words in between him coming home and me leaving for my workout and me returning to him leaving for entertaining.

Thankfully last Saturday, we managed to sneak in a date at Brasserie Gravoche. We'd always walked past this place after dining at Teppei and its classic Parisian fit out keeps calling out to me. Francophile, or what?! So I've made a mental note to return.

Unfortunately we made last minute ressies, so we got seats at the high table near the bar. No matter but we were moved to the main dining hall after our entrees, thanks to the kinda maĆ®tre dame. 

So that night, in the midst of all that wine and food, we sat, held hands and just talked. Random stuff. Important stuff. Kids stuff. Everything came pouring out. 

It was kinda therapeutic, in a way that only your spouse can hear the true words you wanna say, even when nothing is said at all. I guess no one can truly know your heart more than the man who has been with you for 11 years.

It's moments and not milestones that build the foundations of a relationship. 

I am glad that we are where we are today. 



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bake Shop, Jiyugaoka






I am definitely in wanderlust mode this week. 

With school running at a high intensity in the lead up towards exams,  I have been trying to find pockets of time to sneak away at the blog or just catching up on reading. So indulge me as I dig into my memory pockets as I recount some of my favourite places during my trips.

Tokyo has grown to be one of our favourite cities. (I should know la, I've been back 3 times in a year!) There is everything to love about it. The shopping, the food, the culture, the people. We always feel very safe when we are there and there are new places that we discover each trip. I am missing Tokyo a fair bit this week, actually.

So when I was there with my friends in May, we spent a day getting lost in the streets of Jiyugaoka. (Random fact: Did you know Jiyugaoka is one of the highly ranked suburbs that Tokyo women wants to live in?) 

Before we went a little crazy shopping for homeware, we hopped into the Bake Shop for Sunday brunch. 

I chanced into this adorable bakery cafe accidentally on Tokyo Eats. I knew immediately that this was where I would bring them for brekkie. After walking around a little, we finally found it. It is on the fourth floor of a small building (IDEE is on the ground floor) so unless you are in the know, chances are, you won't stumble upon it accidentally.










The menu was pretty comprehensive with both brunch and lunch options. And, more importantly, it comes in English and there is a server who speaks English too!! After being starved of proper western menu stuff, all of us gravitated towards anything eggy on the menu. I was quite pleased with my cup of latte and I know my girlfriend bought some of their baked goods and savoured every bit of it.

The service staff were polite but firm in enforcing their policy of no prams. So if you were to bring a little one along, you gotta park your pram on the ground floor of the building. Oh and also, make ressies well in advanced or be prepared to wait. Just like how we did for an hour and a bit.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tummy Guide to Bali

I don't think it's physically possible to cover all the new cafes that has opened in Seminyak over the last couple of months. We really tried to eat as much as we could but haha! the stomaches do have their limits. =) 

Here's a sample list of the few dining establishments and one homeware store that we have gone to! I'm sure the next time we are back, we would have more places to explore. Enjoy!







SARDINE
Jl. Petitenget No. 21 Benoa Kuta Badung Bali, Indonesia
Phone:+62 361 738202
If you are looking at dining with a view, you look no further than Sardine. Behind the high walls facade, lies a serene view of a large rice padi field. If you dine at a certain period of the year, you will get to see it in all of its crowing glory. Unfortunately, both times we were there, the rice has already been harvested.
Sardine serves mostly seafood that has been freshly caught earlier in the day. The food is prepared simply and certainly it showcases the freshness of its produce. The boys had the udon which was simple but had an umami effect. I love ordering the grilled fish, which is always served with a side of sambal and a bowl of coconut rice. It's an absolute bliss dining there.
I would totally recommend going either for lunch of an early booking for dinner. And don't forget to make ressies. They do get rather busy for dinner.








PETITENGET
Jl. Petitenget No.40X 
Seminyak, Bali
We used to patronise The CornerStore, which stocked the cutest kids clothes, that had burnt down and so the owner set up a new cafe called Petitenget. Now it a gorgeously set up cafe with a mod french decor. Mostly outdoors seating, it sits at the corner of Jln Petitenget, just across the Living room. I found it really easy to lose myself having brekkie there. It's kinda like being in Paris but with pocket friendly prices. 

Order the banana pancakes, paired with a side of palm sugar syrup and it was heaven. Yum! I loved the fruit platter too. Balinese fruits are always sweet! The dinner menu looks enticing but pity we didn't have time to head back to explore.





Potato Head Beach Club
Jln. Petitenget
Seminyak, Bali 80361

Indonesia

Now it's a no brainer that Potato Head is the must go destination for the kids. The drinks (both mock and cocktails) are excellent. And we love love love their food. Often the kids would spend all day in the pool and when they feel like a drink, there is a pool bar in the pool where you can order one. It's quite a fun experience for them, as it makes them feel like a little adult.

It's always good to arrive early to secure a bed. We were quite slackers and so it was a hit and miss for us but it's almost guaranteed to grab one if you arrive when they open. The menu changes quite a bit so I can't really recommend what to eat BUT I always order an insane amount of NOJITOs, a non alcoholic mojito. Yum!




Revolver Espresso at Gang 51
Jalan Kayu Aya No 3, Oberoi
Seminyak, Bali
Tel: 0361 788 4968

Revolver Espresso, a hole in the wall coffee joint. Hidden at a gang, you would totally miss it, had you not seen the sign that was hung at the front of the alleyway. I loved the vibe of the place. I thought the coffee was one of the better ones in Bali. Dark roasted under the 5 senses blend, it offered a good robust texture when served in the form of a latte. (And not burnt!) The breakfast was honest to goodness. It was fresh produce done really simply. We were quite pleased with our poached eggs on toast. 

If you ever wanna visit, it's directly opposite Bali Clinic. You can see a sign at the corner of the alley way.  Follow that sign. A guy would normally open the door for you.








Sea Circus
22 Jalan Kayu Aya [Oberoi Rd],
Seminyak, Bali
Phone: +62 361 738 667

Sea circus was a surprise hit for me. I've read rather mixed reviews online and the morning we rocked up for brekkie, they wowed me with their version of corn fritters. It was delish and in an odd color of green. The taste was divine and spot on. Coffee was ok. But service was top notch and have you seen their decor? Those rainbow hued windows in a house that could easily be on any gorgeous coast in the world. I forgot I was in Bali for a moment. So how could you resist stepping in for a cuppa or some juice. 

Next time we visit, we hop in for their shared plates and dinner. Oh! Do check out their toilets too!






Biku Restaurant 
Jl. Raya Petitenget 888 Ph. +62 361 8570888

Biku didn't have me at Hello. In fact, I was a little skeptical about the raving reviews I read online. Lol! It was all excellent but staring at the traditional balinese house in front of me, I was going HUH?! so loudly in my head. Thankfully, the food turned the most cynical thought in my head to a yes yes yes.

We ordered the bircher muesli which was very decent in my books, it was nicely crunchy and rather tasty that I kept scooping mouthfuls in but the stand out dish was the mexican breakfast for me. It had a bowl of retried beans with 2 sunny side ups above it and you get to wrap everything up in a nice burrito before devouring it. Comfort food IMO.




W Seminyak
Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, KerobokanSeminyak, Bali 80361
+62 361 4738106


A visit to W Seminyak is no brainer. We'd hung out there the last time with our friends and everyone, both the babies and adults, had a good time soaking in their pool. Brunch at the Starfish Bloo was not too bad but the cabanas that were the main attraction for us. 

Just note that the rules for visitors who are not their guests are now subject to a pool usage fee of USD$30 per pax. So in order to avoid that, it's best to go on a Sunday for brunch and then they would let you use the pool with compliments.


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Hotel Mexicola
Jl Kayujati No 9X Petitenget Beach, Seminyak Denpasar, Bali – Indonesia+62 361 736688. Open daily 11am-1am. 

Hotel Mexicola is new to the scene. It totally makes you feel like you are in Mexico. Almost all their fit out was purchased from the mother land itself. We were there for dinner on the first night and the food was pretty good. We were a little late so we missed out on the guacamole but the service was good and the drinks were potent. I'd say go during the day to enjoy the interiors. It's beautiful! Next time I head back, I'd grab a lounge at either the spacious courtyard or if it's just me and the hubs, at the bar for a frozen magaritha.







Carga is a place where they sell some gorgeous home decor stuff. It's probably pricier than most of the other decor stores but it's worth a visit as the items are quite intriguing and carries a lot of balinese essence in the modern way. These dolls were sewed by the cottage industries at the villages and sold as a source of income for the women. I did enjoy walking through the store and looking through the knick knacks


Monday, September 23, 2013

No Time for Monday Blues


This past weekend has been kinda crazy busy. There were karaokes, a gorgeous baby shower, friends hanging out at our place and date night with the man.

So blessed to have friends to always have a good time and fall back on. 

But for now... I think we are going to lie low for a little and start on party planning round 2 and 3.

Happy Monday, y'all!!
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