My Bali…

Hi everyone welcome back..

Today I wanted to share with you some of my key spots in Bali. I have been here enough times to be able to say I have found some gems even if they are well known about amongst locals and expats here.

I wanted to share these places with you but also have a little twist by partnering with      X Nihilo on showcasing there wonderful bags in paradise here on the island. The bags featured here are the X Nihilo Milford (Tan) and X Nihilo Eight bag (Gold).

This weekend I was lucky enough to stay at Katamama; a modern boutique hotel that sits next to Potato Head Beach Club. I definitely took advantage of that plus there is a MoVida there too (yes the one from Melbourne).

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Since I was staying at Katamama I was able to reserve the day bed for Potato Head. Normally you have to lineup to get the best spot at this popular beach club but no, not us! We reserved our spot and arrived at 11am the next day (best to book 24 hrs in advance). This was a completely chilled day.  I just took it all in by admiring my beach front view and sunbaking. The best bit is when it gets a little too hot I jumped into the pool and a had a few sneaky cocktails to match. I also did manage a nap as well…hahaha

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Another one of my fave places to check out is MoVida as you can experience a fine dining experience at a discounted price. A few good things about being in Bali is that food is generally cheaper even if you do go all out and splurge at a MoVida like restaurant. There is also a great bar attached to Katamama’s lobby – Akademi. Please check this out as you are allowed to make the cocktails you order. What a great experience!!

Another one of my favourite things to do is wander up an down Seminyak’s main strip and enjoy a coffee at the best coffee shop in Bali Revolver Espresso. These guys make the best iced latte in the whole of Bali and to top it off they are unbelievably nice. They also make a killer chilli margarita (Angel Eyes)…💥 bet you never had one of those before!!!

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Also, another great coffee stop is Coffee Cartel which has a wide variety of weird and wonderful lattes like the Beetroot latte and Charcoal latte. The colours are enough to excite the young and the old. I must say they do taste pretty good!

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I would also take the opportunity to wonder around the street and enjoy everything Bali has to offer. There is so much to do here and everyplace has its great things to do. There are many shops/boutiques in Seminyak worth checking out like Magali Pascal & Bamboo Blonde. Both worthy stores with Magali Pascal being the more higher end boutique. Also, check out the wide range of homeware stores as they will sure inspire you to redecorate your home. My go to place is near Sea Circus and is called Satunama. There is an eclectic array of homewares from woven bags to decorative statues and everything in between.

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On a side note, I just want to say how great and versatile both my X Nihilo bags are. The Milford in the tan is probably more practical and everyday…just as a bucket bag that can carry all your daily essentials. But the Eight…OMG. This has grabbed so much attention and did so in Bali. A few tourists did ask me where my bag was from and I’m eyeing off the silver mini version 😂

Be sure to check them out on Instagram and on their website…well worth it. Also, checkout my unboxing video on YT if you want to see my first impressions of the bag.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as its been a pleasure to shoot this and explore My Bali…

See you next time xxxo – the expat

 

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I am back

Hello All,

I have returned from my few days in Jakarta. It was a pretty chilled trip for me and R. We both took the time to spend with family and ate some of our faves there. Yum cha was a highlight as well as my favourite hot pot place Grandma’s Suki.

Jakarta is the home of massive shopping malls and we did end up going to a fair few. I did do my rounds at Dior, Louis V and Balenciaga. I just rediscovered my love of Balenciaga so perfect timing there. There will be a reveal of something here and on YT.

A few key things the cafe culture has grown since being in Jakarta a year ago. I have to say there is a true coffee culture that is growing as there is a focus on techniques such as cold brew, pour over and syphon coffee. The uses of these methods requires technique and most of all love of coffee. I must say I had a lovely experience at Djournal Coffee at Grand Indonesia. The whole set up was impressive and in my next video you will come along with me as I take my in-laws there. Also, I believe there is more than one in Jakarta which might make it easier for those that dread the traffic there.

Another thing worth pointing out is the service is excellent. They were able to recommend coffee based on different regions and the flavours I enjoy. I will definitely be back.

Another highlight was trying LaoLao frozen yoghurt. The company is Spanish and uses natural yoghurt instead of offering millions of different flavours. You can add fruit, crunch and a sauce for your froyo.

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The other place I love is Sensory Lab which I have known about for a while as there is one in Little Collins Street. Jakarta is not known to have a cafe culture. I come from Melbourne where life revolves around coffee shops and cafes. We go to catch up with friends, have meetings, complete work and simply sit and destress from the day. When I was working in the corporate world we would always make them time to pop down to our local cafe. We might not always drink coffee but it was the mere act of going that made it an experience and getting out of the office was aways a bonus 🙂

This is a recent opening in Jakarta and is a lovely place. The actual cafe has great decor and nice ambience. It actually look like it fell from Melbourne into Indonesia. Everything about it screams Aussie cafe. My coffee recommendation is the piccolo and the ice cold white which are both A+++. The traditional latte was also a nice homage to its Melbourne counterpart.

The other thing worth saying is the food menu. It is absolutely fantastic. I always struggle in Jakarta with cafe or Western food as it can often be subpar. The local food is fantastic but they have yet to master this. I have had some terrible sandwiches, salads and pastas when travelling in Indonesia and generally throughout Asia. There are always some exceptions to this and Sensory Lab is just that. The breakfast food including classic eggs on toast and eggs benny are worth coming for if you don’t do coffee. I am officially in love and know where I will be heading when back!

These are just a few places I managed to get to over the last few days. I have plenty more but so if you need others please comment or email me. Below are some extra photos from our trip.  😍

Also look out for my video from the trip – its coming and currently being edited at the moment.

 

xoxo – the expat

Places to go…people to meet

Hello,

I am back with a few recommendations for those either travelling to Bali or currently looking for a place to go. This will focus on my local area of Sanur and will definitely not be an exhaustive list of places to go as I am sure there are many fantastic places I have yet to discover.

I have discovered one of the best coffee experiences here and it goes by the name of Reaktiv Coffee. There does not seem to be a website but I have linked their Facebook and their Instagram.  They offer both cold brew coffee as well as nitro cold brew. Cold brew coffee is nothing new and is something that many cafes offer. The coffee has a less bitter taste but still that dose of caffeine that we all want and need sometimes. The amount of coffee given is a lot and they can always top up the milk if you run out. I was fairly impressed and the owner did say he cold brews his coffee for 16 hours.

Now the nitro cold brew is something I haven’t heard of and I did related it to the ice cream craze that is going on but the ice cream uses liquid nitrogen and this coffee uses gas nitrogen. I am yet to try this but from what I am told it comes out from the tap like beer with the head and maybe looks like Guinness. Obviously there is no alcohol in this but the taste is supposed to be worth trying. I will let you know how I go once I taste it.

The other place I would like to recommend is Grocer & Grind which is a cafe/restaurant that has locations outside Sanur as well. I first visited Grocer & Grind in Seminyak last time I came and I must say I loved it and felt it was better than Sisterfields which seems to be dropped into Bali from Melb.

The Sanur one is just as good to me and I particularly enjoy an ice latte with less ice and milk to hit the spot. The ice latte already has the double shot which of course is very important. 😉

I have been a few times now for a light dinner and breakfast and can say that their poached eggs are excellent and would be what you could expect in Melbourne. For me I like my poached eggs to be runny once the knife goes through and can say their eggs benedict do just that. I have also enjoyed their pizzas and some delicious tapas style food from their sharing menu.

A couple of other ones to include:

Soul in a Bowl – I have not tried this but there are many good reviews and it looks delicious from what I can see on FB and Google.

Kokoya Japanese – If you are after good quality Japanese at a good price in Sanur this is well worth a look. We went here and I have to say I enjoyed this meal, the tempura was lovely and the crispy salmon rolls are fantastic and my go to dish from here.

The only other place I would like to mention is Revolver Espresso which is not in Sanur but Seminyak. If you are like me and enjoy coffee I would say this is a must to venture out to. The coffee is the best I have had in Bali and meets that standard for a good latte. I was very happy to find this little gem.

I hope some of these places help on where to go in Sanur especially if you are a caffeine addict. Also, if you have any recommendations for me please comment.

Until next time…

xoxo – the expat