Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Bali Trip // 21 (Part 2)

As much as I love winter, I'm so over the rain  ... so let's share where we'd all rather be.

In my previous post, I ranted about my first 4 days in Bali and continuing are the last 3-4 days of my trip + what I did for my 21st :D

Highly recommend you read Part 1 here so you don't miss out on any amazing food and pretty views.

Day 5

For lunch we headed back to Biku which I mentioned in my previous post and we decided to try their twist on traditional Indonesian Food. We stuck to our Mixed Satay Skewers again, but this time tried their Pepes ikan laut (Fish w/ Spices Grilled in Banana Leaf) & Ayam Rica-rica (Manado Style Grilled Chicken). Personally, I found the street food more tasty , and call me blonde but the chicken and fish felt the same as well ...  Yes I have a bachelors + almost a masters but that doesn't mean I will know the difference !!!

Papaya Juice | Pineapple Juice | Strawberry Smoothie - ~$2.00 each

Grilled Fish in Banana Leaf - $5.00
Yes, we also ordered a Chicken & Leek Pie and oh that pastry was extremely flaky and buttery. It was a really really good pie, with lots of succulent chicken and oozing gravy. All it's missing is a serve of french fries ! I still can't believe I bought a PIE in Bali.

Chicken & Leek Pie - $5.50

I felt like something soupy but unfortunately the Creamy Mushroom Soup which was a special was really disappointing . There was a really rich mushroom taste in the soup, but the texture was really thick and gluggy and the cream layer and mushroom started separating over time. So sad at the cold bread too .

Mushroom Soup - $3.00 | Satay Skewers - $4.50 | All other foods

Even though we were pretty full, we HAD to order the Deluxe Beef Burger w/ pickles, onion jam & mushroom (again).  I don't know what's with this burger, but even with such simplicity, the beef is so beefy and luscious where juices melt with the sauces and seep out on the sides. The onion jam is sweet and with the layer of cheese, it was such a delight to eat (twice might I mention). And those shoe string fries, come to mumma.

Deluxe Beef Burger - $5.50

If I didn't emphasis how godly the Pavlova was last time, here it is again. That meringue ... all that whipped cream and fresh fruit.  YOU SHALL SALIVATE. 

Pavlova - $3.75

Tanah Lot Temple was our next destination, though along the way we stopped by to look at how the 'Kopi Luwak' was made and to sample some of Bali’s teas and coffees. Who knew that we’d be drinking coffee that has been eaten, fermented then pooped out by this little creature ?

The view at Tanah Lot Temple was seriously amazing. I love anything rock/mountain like, and not to mention the lovely view. We weren’t allowed to go into the temple itself, but we spent more than a good hour here until it started to rain.

Got myself a Blueberry & Coconut ice cream. Not bad for $2.

Blueberry & Coconut Ice Cream - $2.00

For some reason I have photos of this so I guess I must have this for an afternoon snack ..... as well

Beef Rendang, Potato Rosti, Vegetables, Saffron Rice - <$3.50

Day 6

Needed a coffee to start my day and yeah I aint no coffee person so an Iced Mocha is it. JCo (which is like our Gloria Jeans) is so generous to give free donuts too and it was like 100x fluffier than Krispy Kreme or whatever donut you’ve been eating.

Iced Mocha - $3.80 + Free Donut (yum)
Even though we had already been in Bali for 5 whole days, we had yet to have a swim at the beach I have no idea why and looking back, being at the beach for 4 hours through my whole trip was sad.

Quick stop at Uluwatu Temple before that though !

Some pretty flowers woo and gals ;)

We were pretty starved by this stage , not to mention the difficulty in finding this. El Kabron serving Spanish Cuisine,  situated on the edge of a cliff with an outdoor pool was an such an experience and photos don’t do it justice though you can stalk their website for better shots. DO IT !

We were told it was a minimum 200,00rp ($20pp) spend which is a lot pp for Bali ... 

The entrees came out relatively quick, starting with this Deep Fried Potato w/ Garlic Cream & Black Caviar Chorizo

Deep Fried Potato w/ Garlic Cream & Black Caviar

Our Grilled Octopus w/ Sweet Potato Balls was fairly nice, with the nice chewiness of the octopus and pretty presentation.

Potato trumps the chorizo, and they were especially stingy with the chorizo serving. Don't remember all the prices but they were around the $11 mark each dish - pretty much like Australian prices.

Now, for the ‘rant’. We came here at around 2/2:30 PM, well after the rush hour, and there was at most 4 tables in the restaurant with only 3 people per table. We had ordered 2 servings of Paella, which took well over 30 minutes AFTER our entrees had come out. Call me impatient, but the way the staff responded to us was very rude, and it was hard to get their attention every single time.

Rant over.

Fortunately the Paella was extremely tasty, with lusciously flavoured seafood, though I wouldn’t wait that long for this again. And not to mention the hefty 18% tax ontop of the meal.

Though Seminyak beach was a mere 5 minutes drive from our villa, the water and sand was very dirty so it wasn’t the ideal location to swim. That's just my opinion anyway, but any who.

This 'hidden-ish' beach was worth the wait ..

Pandawa Beach was the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. The water is extremely clear to the point where I could see the nail polish on my feet when looking down half way into the water, and the warmth of the water had me in at no time - none of this 14 degree water like you get at Bondi !

Friday, 8 August 2014

The Rusty Fork, Guildford via Menulog [GIVEAWAY]

Winter is the season where I'm extremely lazy to get out of the house to order food. I'm actually quite comfortable sitting in bed, having food delivered and eating followed by a food coma. Don't judge me, because you've probably done it before too ! And you can't lie it's amazing.

Menulog heard my inner cries and was generous enough to feed me with a $30 voucher to test out their website with over 3500+ restaurants to choose from and best of all FREE TO USE.  Simply enter in your postcode and a list of restaurants that do delivery will be shown and stalk your way through their menus. Or you can find a list of Sydney restaurants here.

PS: There's a giveaway below too !

The hardest part of Menulog is choosing where and what to eat as there's too many to choose from, but the ordering system is extremely easy.  Simply pick your meals, pay through credit card, pay pal or cash (if picking up).

And yes you do get a confirmation email/page/SMS .

To feed my family, I opted for Rusty Fork Pizza & Pasta as we wanted to try something new and they’ve opened recently. They had this amazing deal : $33 for 2 large pizza, 1 garlic bread (pizza), 1.25L Soft Drink though their normal pizza prices are ~$18 for a large.  Unfortunately our order arrived 10 minutes late, but I didn’t see it as a big deal.

My family always loves the Supreme though I found this one average. There were a generous amount of vegetables, but the only meat was some ham, rather than pepperoni or those meatballs you normally get.

Supreme - $18/Large

Our Treasures Of The Sea was my favourite,  topped with chunks of seafood, infact the most seafood I’ve ever seen on a pizza.  Crisp prawns and juicy squid, not to mention the luscious melting cheese. I’m a cheese lover so biting into it and having strings of cheese 20cm from your face was such a delight.

Treasures Of The Sea - $19/L

Garlic Pizza was also very tasty, though I wish there was more garlic on top of that super thin base.

Garlic Pizza - $8

Quite happy with the food overall as it was tasty, and it didn’t seem too oily. And instead of our 1.25L Sprite, we got 2L one.

The delivery was free and we requested for our delivery to be made at 6:00PM. Keep in mind some places charge for delivery.

To finish off, I’ve learnt that with growing technology you will and can always be fed and Menulog does just this. I would definitely use Menulog again, though the only disadvantage is that some places have a minimum spend (I’ve seen up to $50) and when you want a meal for two, it’s hard when you don’t reach that amount. But nonetheless, other places have no or only a $20 minimum spend.