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Wonderful Indonesia and it’s exquisite cuisine

17 septembre 2017

It was about time to share with you my incredible experience in Indonesia this summer right?!

This summer was pretty intense for me. I first got to spend time in one of my fav place in this world, Ubud in Bali. I was then extremely lucky to be invited by the Wonderful Indonesia team to discover what this incredible country has to offer in terms of Gastronomy. This trip was also designed to give us the opportunity to experience the fascinating beauty and diversity of the country. Well… let me tell you that this country has a lot to offer !

I’ve never imagined that the Indonesian Gastronomy was so rich and so diverse. Indonesia has around 5,350 traditional recipes! We did not try it all but those of you who have been watching my stories know that we’ve been eating A LOT during those 10 days … like … A LOT! From rendang, to nasi goreng/campur/padang/gudeg, to our beloved martabak and much more , we had an incredible culinary experience while there and I’m excited to share with you my fav food spots!

We got to explore 4 parts of the country: Jakarta, West Sumatra ( Bukittingi ) , Yogyakarta and Bali.  I was already in love with Indonesia after exploring Bali and Lombok but that trip made me love that country even more! One of my favorite thing on top of the incredible landscapes and the exquisite cuisine ? The people! I’ve been traveling a lot and I can say that Indonesian people are some of my fav people on Earth! They are so kind and friendly! Crazy how writing about this country right now makes me want to go back asap!

One of the best part of the trip was also the team itself.  We were such a wonderful team! From the tourism board people to my fellow instagramers …What a team!!!! I miss them so so much! It was so much fun and I will never ever forget this incredible experience. A huge thanx to the Wonderful Indonesia team for making this experience happen!

You’ll find my recommendations at the end of the article ♥

 

Jakarta

As the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta has a lot to offer, from the various mouth watering street food to the luxurious fine dining. Located on the northwest coast of Java, Jakarta is the center of economics, culture and politics of Indonesia.

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Padang

Padang was my fav part of the trip. It is the capital of West Sumatra. Padang’s regional food is the most globally famous of indonesian culinary offerings, which makes a perfect reason to visit the home of padang cuisine.

Places I recommend:

  • Sate Mak Syukur
  • RM Gumarang : This place was very interesting ! Make sure to stop there if you have a sweat tooth as they offer some authentic local dessert! My favorites ? Pocket Ketan ( avocado sticky rice ) and katan sarkayo (sticky rice with egg and coconut milk custard). My least favorite the one I hated ?!  Ampiang dadiah (buffalo fermented milk with sticky rice and palm sugar syrup)!
  • Martabak Bandung:  favorite Martabak place ever/ right across the street from RM Gumarang . This was my first time trying martabak and it was love at first sight!!! Martabak is basically a super fluffy pancake filled with A TON OF BUTTER and condensed milk. You can order it with a bunch of different fillings including chocolate, cheese, fruit, nutella, and more, and more, and more! The one I first tried was filled with corn, cheese and banana! This stuff is so delicious!! But watch out!! It’s incredibly addictive!
  • RM Family Benteng : local restaurant serving Nasi Padang 
  • Uni Emithis one will have a blog post for itself as this was my fav experience ever!

 

 

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta ( or Jogja ) is the second most visited destination in Indonesia after Bali. It is a cultural hub known for it’s traditional craft and perfoming arts. I was actually very frustrated not to be able to spend more time there as it seems that this city has so much to offer. I got very surprised by all the cool places we discovered there!

Places I recommend:

  •  Martabak Kota Baru: second best Martabak we had on the trip 
  • Gudeg Yu Djum: When in Jogja you have to try Gudeg as it’s a traditional Javanese jackfruit curry dish mainly found in there and Central Java.
  • Sasanti Restaurant: Food was absolutely delicious there! A place you don’t want to miss while in Jogja!
  • Royal Ambarrukmo: Royal Tea ceremony or Patehan is a Kraton Tradition in which the Sultan of Yogyakarta takes a special kind of tea. We had the chance to experience this ceremony! We also had an archery lesson which I really enjoyed! I nailed it ( must have been an archer in an other life ahah )
  • Lulu Lutfi Labibi: That stunning striped outfit I’m wearing on the photo ? That’s where I got it from! Lulu is a talented local designer based in Jogja. You can see more of it’s work on Instagram.
  • Yats Colony coolest and super instagramable  boutique hotel in town.
  • Greenhost Hotel : eco friendly hotel with a very lush, green and impressive entrance!

 

 

Bali:

No need to introduce this one I guess ahah! Bali is definitely the most visited Island in Indonesia! It’s also, as mentioned at the beginning of this post,  one of my fav place on Earth! I’ve been going to Bali since 2011 et I’m never get tired of this incredible Island.

Places I recommend:

  • Seniman Coffee : great coffee , yummy and healthy acai bowls, avocado toasts!
  • Pison Coffeegreat brunch/breakfast.
  • Monsieur Spoon: French breakfast Alert! You got to try those croissants and pastries to believe it! And I’m French, so when it comes to croissants you can trust me! Make sure to also try the Avocado toast as it’s the best I ever had!
  • Hujan Local: probably one of my fav restaurant in Ubud. You gotta love spicy food though as it’s suuuuper spicy!
  • Warung Sopa : one of my fav vegetarian food places in Ubud!
  • Blanco by Mandif : fine dining in Ubud known for its modern interpretation of Indonesian cuisine.
  • Locavore  & Nusantara by Locavore We first had a cooking class at Nusantara, which just opened up recently in Ubud. We learned how to do sambal ( one of my fav thing ever, especially the sambal matah you find in Bali ) and coconut milk! We then had lunch at Locavore which has been recognized as one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants ( no. 22. ). Locavore uses sustainable locally sourced ingredients. We had an amazing 7 courses lunch ( not to mention the incredible amuse-bouches + petits fours ) and I can surely say thats this place is now on top of my fav restaurant list in Bali. Make sure to try the tomato consommé with a freshly sliced tomato and tomato sorbet as it’s to die for! This place is definitely a must do if you’re in Ubud!

 

Stay tuned for part two where I’ll be sharing one of my fav experience, a cooking class with locals and Uni Emi in Padang!

Sending you lots of Love from France

Sincerely yours ♥

Lily

 

First photo by the talented Kurt Dacheng / Other photos of me by the talented Jelito De Leon.

48 hours in Brussels with Take me to Brussels.

26 juin 2017

Three weeks ago I got to spend 48h hours in Brussels with Take Me to Brussels . This city if full of surprises and hidden gems. Can’t believe how many cool coffee places, restaurants, cute shops, (etc…), you can find there! It was my second time in the city and I keep getting surprised when going there! You’ll find a recommendations list at the end of the article :)

Take me to Brussels is a website that allows you to find hidden city gems by categories.

A huge thank to Take me to Brussels for this incredible diner in the MIM Penthouse. The light was incredible that night, which made that diner even more magical!


My Fav places in Brussels :

 

Have a fantastic evening guys. Sending you lots of love from Strasbourg.

Sincerely yours,

Lily

Urban Jungle ( New York city guide )

13 août 2015

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So I’ll try not to spend 20 minutes here talking about how crazy about New York I am and how bad I would like to move there cause I mean… I freaking love it !

No I won’t do that ! Today I will simply share with you some of the cool addresses I’ve enjoy in the Big Apple lately.

So here’s some restaurants I’ve liked:

                                                                                 

  Brooklyn:

The Generale Greene : Guys !!! they have the best French toasts ever !! I could kill to have some of those right now ! ( and make sure to try the omelette too ! delicious ! )

Stone Fruit : Make sure to get the Avocado smashed toast AND you have to try their Chia and Oat pudding with nectarines ! Like you have to ! I had the Egg fritata too I know I know I eat a lot and it was delicious too !

Buttermilk Chanel : The food was absolutely amazing!!! ( I had the Veggie Burger and I loved it ! )

The Bakeri : Not only they have great food but the place look super super pretty ! They have the most beautiful wall paper ever ! I’m obsessed with it since I’ve enter that place ! ( you’ll be able to see it on two of my pics further down ).

Martha : I didn’t like brussels sprouts til I’ve tasted their ones ! So even if you don’t like brussels sprouts you HAVE TO try it there! You will never think about thos vegetables the way you used to after trying those ! I give you my words !

 

       Manhattan:

Jack’s wife Freda : such a cute place ! If you want my advice, make sure to head to the one located in Carmine St , as the one in Lafayette St is always way too crowed ! Oh and btw the Tuna salad there is delicious !

Cafe Clover : Make sure to try the Octopus a la plancha ( if you like seafood of course ) and the Blistered Shishitos ! The food was delicious !

The Butcher’s daughter : such a cute Vegeterian place with great food !

 

                                        

 

OMG after putting all of this down I just can’t believe I’ve been to so many restaurants on this last trip ahah! Oh and I’m right in the middle of my cleanse detox ( The Master Cleanse ) so you have no idea how horrible it was to think about all the amazing food I had during this trip while I’m writing all of that but well, you guys totally worth it :)))

I really enjoyed hanging around at the Brooklyn Flea Market in Williamsburg too ( yeah I swear I have done more then just eating while i was there ahah ). This time I found the coolest vintage bag ever( some of you saw it on Snapchat) , some vintage glass bottles and an old New York Bus number plate! I could have buy so many things but I mean i was already a bit concerned about the fact that I had to carry a chandelier ahah, but well that’s another story!

Make sure to stop by the Fort Greene Farmers Market if you’re in Brooklyn on Saturday! I really loved it! All those fresh flowers, vegetables and fruits really made my day!

And to finish on a different note, some of you asked me on Snapchat where I did get my new tiny little « explore » tattoo. Well it was in Brooklyn, at Three Kings Tattoo. That was great cause I really wanted to get one in New York but I had to find a place where I could do it without any appointment. So on my last day , I just showed up there and done!New tattoo! The people there were super super nice and very professional. I definitely recommend it!

So this is the first time I’m sharing few address with you on the Blog. Is this something you would like me to do more? Looking forward to read what you think about this.

Thank you guys for following my journeys along. That means the world to me ♥

Have a fantastic day,

Lots of Love ♥

Lily

 

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Photo of me by Jeremy.

 

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