Shilin Night Market is often mentioned as one of must-visit-places while you’re in Taipei. Yes, I heard about it as well from my friends who have visited the place. So, I put Shilin on my itinerary with a mission to accomplish: find a memorable-digestible-souvenir for my colleague.
Yes, Shilin Night Market was on my Taipei checklist event it’s kinda mainstream whilst my colleague recommended us to check Raohe Street night market instead. Actually Raohe was closer to our hotel but instead we headed to Shilin because you haven’t been to Taipei yet if you skip Shilin night market.
It’s the biggest night market in Taipei where you can find local foods, souvenirs (even though I was pretty sure most of the products are imported from China mainland), attractions (ever heard about “shrimping?”) and so on.
Ordinary food blogger meet-up usually consist of these activities: taking food pics, eat, livetweeting. But what if you were just an amateur cook, got invited to join a cooking class at a real Italian restaurant?Challenge accepted.
Our government decided to give a bonus, by making our last Legislative Election Day (April 9, 2014) as public holiday. I was expecting a usual lazy day at home when Chichi texted me and invited to an unusual blogger meet-up. A gathering at an Italian restaurant in Jakarta called L’Osteria!
So, after fulfilling my obligation as a good citizen a.k.a nyoblos, then me & Suprie heading to Jakarta to meet the gank. Italian pizza and pasta, we’re coming!
L’Osteria was opened around end of 2013. It’s a nice restaurant with a homey ambiance. They have an open kitchen so guests can watch the cooking process. That’s where the blogger cooking class took place.
Guided by Chef Somad, a group of bloggers started session one cooking class. He made cooking spaghetti seems very simple! Well, actually it’s not that simple as it seems as the sauce has been prepared before. We cooked Spaghetti Alnero di Sepia, one of their signature meals. It’s spaghetti with black ink squid with tomato sauce. Chef Somad added fried dumpling as garnish. Cute!
Our friends also got the chance to participate on parallel cooking class with different menu: pizza and Mista di Pesce con Patate. There were 3 different meals cooked at the cooking class that day. We ate all the food together and all taste delicious. Eventho it was cooked by the bloggers where most of us were amateur cooks!
Done with the cooking class, then it’s time to try other food. My favorite was Pizza 4 Formagio with mixed cheese (taligio, mozzarella, Gorgonzola and emmental cheese). Eat it while it’s hot and enjoy the melted cheese in your mouth. Delizioso!
Come to their restaurant and try it by yourself! As for the drink, if you love mocktail, I’d recommend you to try their Happy mocktail as well.
Jalan Ciranjang no. 21
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 7269016
Aside from the magnificent Angkor Wat Archaeological Park and its vibrant night life in Pub Street, Siem Reap offer various places to enjoy good foods. As a popular tourists destination, they provide not only local foods, but also western and Asian food for us to relish our culinary experience.
On my first day, a friend suggested to try amok, a Khmer traditional food. It’s a coconut milk-based curry with fish/chicken/meat and vegetables served with steam rice. Its taste reminds me to opor/gulai (in Indonesia), but not as strong as gulai. We ate in Amok Restaurant, located on an alley in Pub Street, which claim themselves as the best Amok restaurant in Cambodia. I love the restaurant’s atmosphere with lovely floral table clothes and floral dress their waitresses wore. Try their Mango Juice, it’s super fresh!
Le Tigre de Papier
It was one of the cafes where we spent our night in Pub Street. On our third night, we were looking for a 24 hours cafe which provide coffee and internet connection since we had a presentation to make. We found this cafe still opened til 12 AM so it’s recommended for you who need free and fast internet connection when you in Pub Street.
As Blogfest Asia participants, we were invited to attend a formal dinner held in FCC Angkor Restaurant on Pokambor Avenue. It was a nice restaurant with bar, local boutique and outdoor dining tables, nicely decorated with pool. They serve local, Asian and western food. And oh, the wine was good! Too bad I can’t remember what wine was served during the dinner.
Maharajah Taste of India
On the 2nd day of Blogfest Asia event, a friend asked us to find halal food for lunch. So Anirudh recommended Maharajah, an Indian restaurant located on Sivutha Boulevard within walking distance from the Phsar Chas (Old Market) accros the Terrasse des Eléphants Hotel.
Just like many other restaurants in Siem Reap, the prices are listed in US dollars but still you can choose whether you want to pay in USD or Cambodian Riel. I ordered Chicken Curry served with rice, which its taste reminds me to similar food I had in Pakistan back in 2011.
They served in quite large portion, good for food-sharing with friends. How large? Please see below picture hahaha!
The Blue Pumpkin
The Blue Pumpkin (TBP) combine bakery, cafe and ice cream parlor. You can find their chained cafes spread in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and maybe in other cities in Cambodia. I love their Apple Tart and Mojito (they were quite cheap, by the way). Read my full review on TBP here: Cool Hangout Place.
The Soup Dragon
Oh try The Soup Dragon should you want to try Asian cuisines. It’s located on Corner Pub Street and 2 Thnou St, Siem Reap. The Soup Dragon is a fine dining restaurant serve western food and Asian cuisines like Vietnamese, Thailand and also Cambodian. So yes, they serve various menu fits for group with various interests. I ate Vietnamese menu, chicken cooked with ginger. This is where we had our last lunch in Siem Reap, along with bunch of people from Blogfest Asia 2012.
Do you have any other recommendations on where to eat while in Siem Reap? Let me know! I might be going back there as I love the city so much!
On our first night in Siem Reap, me and Chichi had a meet up dinner with some fellow Asian bloggers at a Mexican Restaurant called Viva on Pub Street. On our way to the restaurant, we spotted some interesting places to visit on the following nights. There were Amok Restaurant (who claim themselves as the best Amok Restaurant in Cambodia), a nice ice cream parlor across the Art Market, Cambodian massage, etc. But a friend of Chichi tweeted and recommended us to come to a cafe that has something called “the best apple pie in the world”.
Soon after we met at the Mexican resto, we looked for a cafe where Tonyo was sitting waiting for us to come. It’s a café that has “cool chairs and ice cream”. Apparently it was the cafe that Chichi’s friend recommended on Twitter.
That’s how we found this The Blue Pumpkin (TBP). It’s a café, bakery and ice cream parlor all combined.
We came to the cafe that’s located on the Pub Street, right across the street from the Old Market. Its first floor mostly used for their bakery while the cafe is located on the second floor.
Yes, indeed they have super cool seats (and bean bags!) that allow you to lean comfortably and laying as long as you want. They provide portable laptop tables as well. It feels like you were on your own bed enjoying the cakes and mojitos. They have free fast internet connection too. This is the place where we started a fun blogging tutorial to our Filipino friend, Kris.
TBP cafe then became our favorite place to hang out. We love it too much as we visited the cafe three nights in a row.
What to order from the cool cafe? Well, I’d highly recommend their Apple Tart. You can taste the fresh apples on top and also crunchy pie that melt on your mouth leaving a sweet and memorable sensation. I’m not good on describing foods’ taste as I can only taste “delicious” and “very delicious”. So, I’ll just let you imagine how its taste from the picture below.
Aside from the cocktails, ice cream and cakes, they also serve various Western foods as well as the Asian foods. Chichi recommended the Four Spices Ice Cream: ginger, pepper, star anise, and cinnamon. I didn’t get the chance to taste it but so far I’ve heard someone said that, “words just can’t describe it”. So yes, I’d suggest you to try its unique flavors.
Later, we found that TBP also have several other cafes located in Siem Reap, airports and also in Phnom Penh. It’s a local business that successfully expands their branches around Cambodia.
Rasa penasaran samamakanan ini sih udah lama, pingin tahu gitu kok bisa ya ada pedagang bakso yang mengklaim diri sebagai bakso sehat? Belakangan saya tau, mereka menyatakan tidak memakai MSG, bahan pengawet dan pengenyal. Dari situlah cap sehat mereka pertanggungjawabkan 😀
Saya mencoba Bakso Sehat Bakso Atom di cabang pertamanya di Loji, Bogor. Letaknya tepat di pertigaan Loji, kira-kira 500 meter dari pertigaan Gunung Batu ke arah Laladon. Saat itu ramai karena bersamaan dengan jam makan siang. Di pintu masuk ada keterangan, “Bebas ambil soun sepuasnya”. Wow!!
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