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Bali Take-Homes: Textiles, Fair Trade and Threads of Life

Bali Take-Homes: Textiles, Fair Trade and Threads of Life

Threads of Life is a gorgeous fair trade gallery-cum-shop in Ubud that sells exquisite handmade textiles from Bali and the rest of the Indonesia that are ethically produced. Forget the tourist markets. This is my pick for a one-stop shop for your Bali take-homes. Most visitors...
Escape to Ubud, the Heart of Balinese Culture and Art

Escape to Ubud, the Heart of Balinese Culture and Art

The artistic, cultural and spiritual heart of Bali for centuries, Ubud is serenely located up in the hills in lush jungle, surrounded by rice-paddies. Lined with galleries, cafés and craft shops, its narrow streets are a delight to wander — just watch out for those drains!...
Learning the Art of Making Offerings in Ubud

Learning the Art of Making Offerings in Ubud

Life in Bali is imbued with rituals – religious, spiritual and social; complicated and simple – from consulting the Balinese calendar to the daily offerings of incense and flowers made at Hindu and Buddhist temples. Every afternoon here at our home in Tumbak Bayuh, the...
Bubur Ayam Recipe (Indonesian Congee with Chicken)

Bubur Ayam Recipe (Indonesian Congee with Chicken)

This authentic Bubur Ayam Recipe (Indonesian Congee with Chicken), comes from Desak, the cook at our villa in Bali. A local Bali version of this classic congee. One of the things we are certainly not missing this year is the hotel breakfast. The repetition of...
Bali, a True Surfer’s Paradise

Bali, a True Surfer’s Paradise

Bali, a true Surfer’s Paradise. When I was a kid starting to surf in Australia, on the Sunshine Coast (no, not the Gold Coast) in Queensland, Bali was a mythical destination. Surfers would return from Indonesia with tales of epic surf, friendly locals and cheap...
Balinese Saté and Ayam Betutu Recipes

Balinese Saté and Ayam Betutu Recipes

In the first part of this post we gave you the recipe to make a good batch of delicious — and often fiery — Balinese Sauce. In this part we’ll put it to good use to make two dishes, a Balinese-style saté and ayam betutu. To make...
Basa Gede or Balinese Sauce Recipe

Basa Gede or Balinese Sauce Recipe

Basa Gede or Balinese sauce is a classic paste in the tradition of Asian pastes such as the Thai curry paste and the Cambodian kroeung. Commonly used for saté and duck and chicken betutu. While available commercially prepared, it’s best fresh from the mortar and pestle....
Price Check: a Bali Shopping List

Price Check: a Bali Shopping List

If you’re staying in a holiday rental in a village like Tumbak Bayuh in Bali, as we have been, you could find yourself a little frustrated by shopping in Bali, and might be happy to hand over the task to your villa cook if you...
Gamelan Lessons in Bali — Getting Giddy with the Gamelan in Ubud

Gamelan Lessons in Bali — Getting Giddy with the Gamelan in Ubud

The gamelan and its music had always intrigued me as a musician. I’ve always found the Indonesian ensemble of metallophones, xylophones, gongs, and various other instruments wonderful to listen to, but I had little idea as to how the hell they made that enchanting noise. Was there...